The Big Sippy Cup Review

Baby Girl can do many things. But drinking out of sippy cups is not one of them. We have persevered since about 4.5 months, trying multiple cups, spouts, brands… Finally, at 9 months old, she’s starting to get the hang of it. Hallelujah!

So I thought I’d share what we’ve learned. So, in age appropriate order…

NB: all cups featured are BPA free

spilly cupThe Tommee Tippee Essential Basics First Cup 4m+
AKA: Tommie Tippie Spilly Cup
RRP £1.50

Baby Girl’s current status: utterly hopeless

Features:

  • 190ml capacity with measurements down the side
  • Free flow spout
  • Slim handles for little hands
  • Foldable spout for drip-free transport
  • Snap on lid
  • Available in a variety of colours

Positives:

  1. Dishwasher, steriliser & microwave safe
  2. Great value for money (if your child can actually use it)

Negatives:

  1. Childproof lid is also adult proof. It’s impossible get off.
  2. Free flowing spout (when unfolded) means the liquid just dribbles everywhere soaking bambino if they haven’t got to grips with sippy cups yet – which as this is a ‘my first cup’, that’s unlikely. Or pours all over your bag if spout left unfolded & it tips over in your bag. (Wish I wasn’t speaking from experience there… As I said, ‘Spilly Cup’)

Overall rating: **

aventc upThe Avent Bottle to First Trainer Cup 4m+
RRP £4.50

Baby Girl’s current status: almost got it, occasionally end up dribbling it everywhere while sipping

Features:

  • 125ml capacity with measurements down the side
  • Familiar bottle shape to ease your baby into the change to sippy cup
  • Interchangeable with any Avent classic shape bottle teats
  • Detachable handles can be used on trainer cup or Avent bottles
  • Slightly softer spout for gentle gums can be free-flowing or ‘suckable’ by removing a plastic cover under the spout
  • Cap to keep it clean when not in use

Positives:

  1. It’s really versatile. You can have it as a bottle with handles, a sippy cup without handles, a sippy cup with handles… Choices, choices!
  2. You can use the spout with bigger Avent bottles you already own if going out for a whole day so you’re not worrying about running out of water.
  3. Can be used with Avent breast pumps
  4. It has a cute bunny on it.

Negatives:

  1. If you don’t screw the lid on properly (which the handles can get in the way of) bambino ends up soaked. (That was not our best day.)
  2. Being white & a slightly more rubbery material, after a few rounds in the dishwasher it ends up a bit discoloured.
  3. Cap detachable; easily lost

Overall rating: ****

ird cupHaberman Bird Cup 6m+
RRP £4.95

Baby Girl’s current status: success!!! (As long as I lift it for her)

Features:

  • 250ml capacity
  • Drip free spout & leak proof screw top lid
  • Bird design available in pink, blue or green & the new black & white penguin design
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack) & microwave safe (without lid)

Positives:

  1. Easy to use, refill & clean
  2. The bird design seemed to delight Baby Girl – she played with this cup in a way she hasn’t with any other
  3. Drip free no matter which way I hold it

Negatives:

  1. No cap to keep spout clean.

And that’s it. I can’t think of anything else. I love this cup.

NB: From 6m, baby’s feeding equipment doesn’t need to be sterilised if cleaned in a dishwasher. This cup is not steam-steriliser safe, but could be used with cold water solution sterilisers.*

Overall Rating: *****

IMG_0094.PNGHaberman Cow Cup 6m+
RRP £4.95

Baby Girl’s current stats: just about success

Features:

  • 250ml capacity
  • Drip free spout & snap on leak proof lid (with handy arrows to show you where to fasten it together to ensure it’s leak proof)
  • Dishwasher safe (top rack) & microwave safe (without lid)

Positives:

  1. Awesome design, love, love, love it
  2. Easy to use and keep clean & no chance of baby getting the lid off (though sometimes no chance of me getting it off either!)
  3. Doesn’t drip or leak no matter which way I hold it

Negatives:

  1. I’m a weakling & struggle with snap on lids, but that’s just me.
  2. The rounder spout is harder for Baby Girl to use and she does still dribble a bit with this cup. But not as much as with either Tommee Tippee cup.
NB: From 6m, baby’s feeding equipment doesn’t need to be sterilised if cleaned in a dishwasher. This cup is not steam-steriliser safe, but could be used with cold water solution sterilisers.*

Overall Rating: ****

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Can be bought individually or part of the Tommee Tippee Explora starter packs

Tommee Tippee Easy Drink Beaker 7-12m
RRP £3.99

Baby Girl’s current status: we’ll use it if all the others are in the dishwasher

Features:

  • Large cup; 330ml when full
  • Drip free, spill free
  • Softer spout for gentle gums
  • Attached spout cap to keep it clean
  • Rubber grips down the sides to help baby hold on
  • Available in a variety of colours
  • Dishwasher, microwave & steriliser safe

Positives:

  1. It’s larger size is good for a a day out
  2. The cap cover it great & tucks away, clicking into place when not in use so it’s not in baby’s way

Negatives:

  1. The spout shape seems to be difficult for Baby Girl to use. Although not as bad as the Tommee Tippee ‘Spilly Cup’ above, she just dribbles whatever she sucks out everywhere & I spend more time mopping her up that quenching her thirst.

Overall rating: ***

*Please note, I am not an expert but ‘just another mom’ with experience who has read the NHS guidelines. The purpose of this post is to share my experience with you to help you make an informed decision for yourself. Your child’s welfare is your own responsibility and you should always do what you feel comfortable with.

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The Haberman Bird Cup and Cow cup were provided to me free of charge from the company in order to review then. However, the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own.170x30bwi
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