The Great Sippy Cup Dilemma

My daughter loves, loves, loves to drink water. Since she was about 5 months old, she’s experimented with drinking out of my glasses. Usually she ends up covered in water, but it makes her happy so we let her do it anyway.

It’s pretty entertaining to watch her with cups. She sort of gets the concept and knows which side she should be able to drink out of, but she tries to drink regardless of whether or not there’s anything in the cups. See exhibit A from last night*:

Anyway, in an effort to satisfy her water cravings while keeping her a little bit drier, my in-laws bought her a very cute sippy cup for Christmas. It has Minnie Mouse on it, it’s pink, and it has perfect little handles on the sides. There’s only one problem: It’s hard – I mean really hard – to drink out of. Those little plastic valves they put in there make it nearly impossible for my adult mouth to coax the water out, so how can I expect my baby girl to get anything out of it either?

I was explaining this dilemma to another member of the mommy club, and she suggested a sippy cup with a straw. In fact, she was kind enough to bring me one that her son doesn’t like. And it’s perfect! The straw system has a similar plastic valve, so it keeps water from spilling, but it is MUCH easier to drink from. In case you’re wondering, this is what it looks like.


In the past couple of days, my daughter guzzled down quite a bit of water with this thing. It’s her new favorite toy, too. So cheers to my friend who introduced me to the concept of a straw sippy cup! By the way, I asked the pediatrician – using a straw sippy cup is totally fine, no better or worse than a regular sippy cup.

*Picture credit to my good friend LBK photography.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dodging Acorns
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 12:32:44

    yay – go L! M likes the take & toss cups or the Nuk cups – both have no valve, soft spouts, and easier to drink from. Straw sippies are great except for milk – getting them clean is a nightmare.


  2. focusedonhappy
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 21:28:43

    Haha, thanks for the advice. Maybe I’d better keep trying to get her to drink from traditional sippy cups so that we don’t have to worry about the milk and straws.


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