There are so many cup options out there for toddlers! It can be overwhelming to figure out what to offer your child once they’re done with the breast or bottle. When picking out cups for toddlers, we look for these features: easy to drink from, promotes proper oral development, and simple to clean. Here are some of our recommendations:

Best Transition Straw Cup: Munchkin Any Angle Click Lock Weighted Straw Cup

Drinking from a straw is great for oral development, but can be a tricky skill to learn. Young toddlers are often used to tipping their bottle back to get the liquid, which can make teaching them how to use a straw confusing. The weighted straw on this cup by Munchkin prevents this issue and allows your toddler to drink from any angle. This cup is mostly leakproof when tipped and easy to hold with two handles on the side. There’s a bit of a learning curve, as your toddler will have to gently bite down while sucking to get the liquid out. We recommend introducing this cup after they have successfully learned how to drink from a simple straw cup with no leak-proof valve. This cup has a lid that flips over the silicone straw, keeping it free from germs when thrown in a diaper bag. Straw cups are more difficult to clean, but this one is top rack dishwasher safe.

Best Open Cup: EZPZ Tiny Cup

EZPZ makes this adorably sized silicone open cup. Learning to drink from an open cup takes a lot of practice by your kiddo and patience from parents. Open cup drinking supports healthy oral and speech development, but it is challenging to work on this skill with regular sized cups. The Tiny Cup solves that problem as it’s perfectly sized for little hands and easy to grip. While spills are somewhat inevitable with an open cup, this one has a weighted bottom making it more topple resistant than a standard cup. It’s easy to clean, and comes in cute, trendy colors that match the rest of EZPZ’s feeding products. Once your toddler has mastered open cup drinking, he can move from the tiny cup to the “mini” size, which has the same great features but allows for more intake.

Best Cups for Daycare: First Years Take and Toss Straw Cup

These cups are great for sending to daycare because they are inexpensive and easy to clean. These are not leak proof, but they’re easy to drink from and a great option when you need to purchase multiple cups. These are also a great cup for babies and toddlers to learn straw drinking with because they are so simple. You can often get these cups at their lowest price at your local grocery store or Target.

Best Leak Proof Cup: Contigo Kids Spill Proof Tumbler with Straw

This straw cup is one our favorites because it is spill proof even when held completely upside down. There is a leak-proof silicone seal around the straw opening and a spill-proof valve on the inside. To drink from this cup, your toddler does not need to bite down on the straw, so it may be more intuitive than other leakproof options. The body, lid, and straw are dishwasher safe on the top rack and the straw twists apart for easy cleaning.

Best for Older Toddler: Thermos FUNtainer Straw Water Bottle

This water bottle is great for older toddlers (age 2+) that have mastered drinking from a straw and are ready for a big kid cup! It’s perfect for the summer months because it keeps liquids cool for hours and is “sweat-proof,” so no moisture will build up on the outside. It has a click button in the front so your toddler can flip the lid open easily for drinking, and seal when not in use. When the lid is closed this cup is leakproof, so you can throw it in a backpack without worrying. This cup disassembles easily for cleaning, and there are no sneaky spots for moisture to build up. There are a ton of fun pattern options for your toddler to choose from, including their favorite characters. Your child may drink more liquid out of a fun character cup!

Hope this guide helps you navigate the world of toddler cups! As always, reach out to your local Mama Coach if you have questions or need support!

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