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Sippy cups and water bottles
for weaning adventures

Introducing your little one to the world of solid foods is an exciting milestone, but we understand that it can also be challenging. finding the right weaning products to make the transition as smooth as possible is incredibly important. one of the essential items to consider is a baby cup water bottle or sippy cup.

Choosing the right baby water bottles

Baby water bottles, also known as sippy cups, are designed to help babies independently transition from bottle or breastfeeding to drinking water or other liquids. sippy cups typically have a lid and spout, so it’s easy for bub to drink without spilling. they come in various sizes, shapes and materials such as plastic, stainless steel or silicone, and often feature handles to help babies grip the cup. 

When choosing a sippy cup, consider the following factors:

  • Age-appropriateness: if your baby is just starting to learn how to use a sippy cup, you may want to choose one with a soft spout that is gentle on their gums and easy to suck from. on the other hand, if bub is older and more experienced with sippy cups, you can choose one with a harder spout or a straw. there are also sippy cups and water bottles designed for toddlers who are transitioning to regular cups, with removable lids and spouts for easy drinking.
  • Type of liquid: consider the type of liquid you will be serving, as some sippy cups are designed for specific liquids. for instance, feeding cups for milk come with a softer spout that mimics the feel of a nipple for younger babies. other sippy cups are ideal for juices or thicker liquids as they have a wider spout or straw that allows for easier drinking.
  • Material: choose a sippy cup made of safe, non-toxic materials such as bpa-free plastic, stainless steel or silicone.
  • Spout: go for water bottle cups with spouts that are soft and gentle on bub’s gums and teeth. at the same time, consider the types of water bottle cups to go for. valve varieties are designed with a small valve that regulates the flow of liquid, making them a good option for babies and toddlers who are still learning to drink from a sippy cup. straw cups are a good option for older babies and toddlers who have mastered the sippy cup with a valve spout. they are often easier to drink from and can help them develop their oral motor skills. spoutless cups are designed to help your child transition from sippy cups to regular cups with which they can learn to sip and swallow without needing a spout or straw. they have a rim or edge that they can drink from, as they would with a regular cup, but without the mess. 
  • Size and shape: smaller bottles with gripper handles will fit well in tinier baby hands, while toddlers can upgrade to medium-sized sippy cups.
  • Ease of cleaning: some cups have more parts and crevices that can be difficult to clean thoroughly, so consider those that are easy to disassemble and reach tighter spots.
  • Leak-proof: during baby-led weaning, bub will most likely be moving about more often. when they get cranky, they may also lose their grip and drop the sippy cups. as such, ensure the sippy cup you select is designed to be leak-proof to avoid spills and messes. 

If you need help buying the right sippy cup for your baby or toddler, our digital nursery advisors are always here to help. engage our team of specialists on whatsapp for personalised guidance on selecting the appropriate sippy cups and other feeding items, such as toddler bibs, as well as developmental necessities such as teethers and soothers, when shopping online. our experts will answer any questions you may have and help you find exactly what you need for your baby. if you prefer to shop in person, we welcome you to visit one of our mothercare experience stores in singapore.

Frequently asked questions about sippy cups

When should a baby use a sippy cup?

Most paediatricians recommend introducing a sippy cup to babies at around six months of age when they start to show signs of being ready for solid foods after the breastfeeding phase. however, the specific timing may vary for each baby, so you’re advised to check with your paediatrician before proceeding.

Is it ok to give milk in a sippy cup?

Yes, it’s okay to give milk in a sippy cup, especially once a baby has transitioned to drinking milk instead of formula or breast milk. however, cleaning the sippy cup thoroughly after each use is important to prevent bacterial growth and ensure your baby's safety.

Is a sippy cup or straw better?

Whether a sippy cup or straw is better for a baby depends on their individual needs and preferences. sippy cups are great for early learners who need help developing drinking skills, while straws promote better oral development and can help prevent tooth decay. ultimately, it's best to consult with your paediatrician for personalised advice.