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Sippy Cup Exasperation!

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I'm so tired of buying "no spill" sippy cups just to have them leak out where the lid joins the cup, or have the liquid spill UP the straw and out of the cup, or drops go flying out the spout when the cup is dropped. I'm also tired of trying to clean those little straws by hand! They get lost in my dish machine (despite buying a special basket dealy for them), and the sippy cup manufacturers don't have a tool to clean them, so I'm reduced to using Q-tips to scrub the inside of the straws (you know the ones I'm talking about... the milk you find 3 days later... ewwww!)

Please give me your sippy cup recommendations!


Erica - posted on 05/19/2011




I use arts and crafts pipe cleaners on the smaller straws and it has worked out fine.

Laura - posted on 05/20/2011




Best sippy cup ever-Thermos brand stainless steel...they cost a bit-about 20 bucks but they are leaks even if they are dropped, and the mouth parts are all silicone. The best thing is that if you lose the valves or the the sippy part breaks there is a no questions asked life time guarantee and they ship you replacement parts at no cost! They are relatively easy to clean and the silicone parts can be boiled.

Mimi - posted on 05/21/2011




I have had the playtex straw backup problem as well. When filling the cup have the lid completely off with the straw all the way out. If the straw is down in the cup when you are putting liquid in air gets trapped and it pushes it up. Also if the stuff inside gets warm it will start to come up the straw too. Obviously you know and carbonated beverage will also bubble out. To keep from losing my straws in the dishwasher I put them on the prongs on the top rack and then put the cup over top of the prong so they cant be blown off by the water spray. Hope this helps you some.


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April - posted on 05/23/2011




Nuk is the best for us as my son bites off the straws of other sippy cups. So, we regressed to the stage right before straws since he knows how to use straws anyway.

Jen - posted on 05/23/2011




I hated the straws as well so they were given away out of frustration. The 1st years cups without the extra part to clean worked well for us and the Gerber ones. The NUK was great until my daughter pulled the spout out around 15 months old. I honestly felt that the sippy was just the new bottle. I had my daughter weaned from it by 2.5. I'm probably not going to let my son have one past 18 months. My mom weaned me from the breast to a regular cup so it's very possible to skip the sippy altogether.

Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2011




I've heard Heinz baby basics are also really good but haven't gotten around to buying any.

Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2011




I just use the take and toss. Cheap and hardly ever spill and you can just throw them out and buy new ones if they start leaking and stuff.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2011




We have used all kinds of cups, including the leaky playtex ones with the straws. We finally found two that work great! The cheap take 'n toss sippy cups that come in a four pack for only a few dollars have worked very well. We use them around the house constantly and when we go out use the spout cover that comes with it and toss it on our bag. We rarely have spills. The other thing we found that is more expensive but works great is the nalgene sippy cup. Both are easy to clean.

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I'm pretty sure I didn't ask for advice on what my kids should be drinking, but hey, maybe others need to know!

We have a few of the playtex cups and those are the ones I have problems with liquid backing up the straw and spilling out that way. They don't leak where the cup joins the lid though, so I guess that's one way to advertise 100% leak free.

The other ones we have are Nuby, I think, and those leak out the side at the join and also out the top of the straw if the cup is laying on its side. I found that those straws break down particularly fast too, in the area around the built-in valve or whatever that brand calls it. Drops also often go flying when my child flips the lid open to release the straw to take a drink.

I'm not talking about small annoyances like a drop here or there. I have puddles :( Puddles on the couch, puddles on the floor, puddles on the coffee table. It's sad really.

Though I do have to give mad props to the Playtex insulated cup (no straw). It only leaks if dropped, and only a little bit. If just left laying, it generally keeps everything in.

Samantha - posted on 05/20/2011




Seriously, my kids couldn't use the valved non-spill cups. They couldn't get the drink out. Your child should mostly be using them with water anyway, and what's wrong with a few drops of water being spilt. we used cups that weren't non spill, easy to clean, and when we went out I'd take a drink bottle with a pop top. Mess is what kids make, you probably need to accept that you're going to be cleaning it up for a while, because even if you find the perfect sippy, they'll find other ways to make mess.

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2011




i buy playtex sippy cups...i have NEVER had a problem with son who is now four started out with them and now my daughter who is seven months is starting with them...they are spill proof and break proof...they are a bit difficult to open for they have redesined them to have a special lock where the lid screws onto the base of the cup but they get thrown or turned upside down and they are durable...they last forever and they do not spill...i am very happy with them and i have bought many (for my son anyway...i only bought these for my daughter) and the others that claim to be spill proof did not work so i stick with these...hope that helps a bit :)

KALLI - posted on 05/19/2011




I just use the ones that are plastic and the lid just pops on them...they are like sip and throws or something. Really cheap and work great. I never have messes with them and my son is hard on if you have one of those that disappear for a while then you find it a week later...just toss it and use another. That simple!

LauraBeth - posted on 05/19/2011




Nuk is all I found so far, I like how easy it is to clean, I habd clean all of mine because I found in the dishwasher that it makes them leak worst.

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