Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BAK Gear: The Sippy Cup

Ahh yes, the ubiquitus sippy cup. You've seen them, you've read the reviews (or at least trying to find reviews), you've picked them off the car floor, from underneath the car, and from buried beneath the bark mulch where your dog just took a shit.

Although my eldest is exiting the sippy cup phase and straight into the beer bottle phase, we still have a little one who has yet to get into it (she's still on the boob).

We've probably tried every single sippy cup found at ToysRus, Wholesale Sports, and Valhalla Pure. Everything from brightly coloured princess ones, to save-the-earth hippy ones, to look-at-how-rich-my-parents-are, to look-at-how-my-parents-hate-me ones. Either way, its probably every BAD and BAM's quest to find the perfect sippy cup.

They all have their advantages and disadvantages. Some are spouts like the clean Kanteen, or that lime green one you see, some are coffee mug style like that blue one, some are straw-like. I'm not sure what is the best for kids, developmentally speaking, but I would think getting your kid use to a variety of dispensing methods is a good thing. I do know the current wisdom is that, if serving juice or milk, it should be in a cup. Only water should be put into sippy cup (or any clear fluid like vodka, zima, gin...)

Ok, so which one sucks...the one with the pink lid from Learning Curves. It sucks. I remember it being marketed as leak proof but easy to suck. It is leak proof, but it sucks at sucking. It requires finesse when assembling the straw to the gasket, and then the gasket to the lid.  If the air pressure release valve isn't seated just right, you will either have a big ol' mess or no suckage at all.  I have no time for finesse, it needs to be INSERT, TWIST, GO. 

The coffee-mug styled one is not bad, it too incorporates the use of a venturi effect gasket, but its simple and effective - big male to big female, small male to small female. easy peasy. This style of dispensing method does help develop their coffee habits at an earlier stage though. It features a smooth shallow hour-glass shape, that feels sexy in my - er...my BAK's hands. If your BAK has slippery hands from squishing frogs or cleaning guns then more than likely, she won't have a positive retention on the cup. 

I think BAK really preferred the purple plastic one from Playtex with the silicone straw, mainly because she can gnaw off the straw. Playtex doesn't sell replacement straws, so you're left with buying a whole new bottle. Those f*ckers.

For travelling, and being responsible eco-citizens we generally either take the green metal canister (from SIGG I believe), or the klean kanteen. Both are 18/8 Stainless Steel. The green one has a lid, that is ill fitting, so its almost next to useless as it doesn't stay on. the Klean Kanteen has no lid (although now they have come up with one), so the sippy part is exposed. The Klean Kanteen is modular in that you can actually interchange the spout lid system for an adult one. The sippy part is replaceable and can be bought from Avent.

The Klean Kanteen is just a hair too fat to fit inside the exterior netting of the Little Life backpack, so BAK just uses the green one.

For home use I would recommend any of the plastic ones above, except for that Learning Curves one. For outdoor use, go with something very cleanable like stainless steel. You may of noticed I didn't really comment on the side sippy cups. They are basic, and we use them as sacrificial items. Use a few times, and throw away...perfect for little visitors who's parents forgot their sippy cups.

So, in the end what would I recommend? Definitely every BAK needs a Klean Kanteen, which can be bought at most outdoor sporting good stores. And for plastic, well, it doesn't really matter, its a matter of preference for the kid.

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