Tips for Picking Out Your Baby’s First Sippy Cup

Hey Mommies! Picking out your baby’s first sippy cup can be very confusing and overwhelming! Do you pick a soft spout? Hard spout? Long or short spout? Handles? No Handles? Same brand as your baby’s bottle?

Here is a video I made to help you with this decision.

Main Points Summarized:

* Choose a cup with a hard spout- Silicone spouts are similar to the bottle and seem like a good idea, but really aren’t much different than just using a bottle. They can also be hard to suck from initially.

* Choose a cup with a longer, flat/thin spout- This is easier for your baby to manage and learn to suck on. Shorter, stubbier, and fatter spouts can be more difficult to manage.

* Choose a cup with handles (if possible)- The first 2 criteria are more important than handles, but handles really help your baby hold on when they are first learning.

* You can actually start with a straw instead of a sippy- Babies around 6 months can start with and actually learn to drink from a straw instead of a sippy cup. Learn more here!

This is the Avent cup that I mention in the video. It has a nice long narrow spout and handles (not visible in this picture)

tips for picking out your baby's first sippy cup

When you start with your baby’s first sippy cup, also remember not to give up, and keep trying. Starting a sippy cup is a whole new experience for a baby. They may be very unsure at first. It may even seem like they don’t like it, but they need time to get used to it. If you try 1 or 2 times a day over about a week, they should start to catch on.

By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L

Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author