When it comes to picking a straw cup for your toddler, it’s like an Olympic sport. I am a mom of two kids, so I understand how time-consuming and expensive it can be. How can you tell which straw cup model is the best one for your toddler when there are so many on the market? You’ve come to the right place if your child is ready to switch from a bottle or sippy cup to a straw cup.
During the testing process, I evaluated 12 popular straw cups for toddlers—with the help of my 15-month-old son, of course. The two main factors I considered were leakage and cleanliness.
According to nearly 30 days of testing, the best cup for toddlers to drink milk is the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles (available at Amazon). What makes this cup so good? It’s sturdy and durable, yet lightweight enough to fit in tiny hands, and most importantly, it doesn’t leak (no, really).
We recommend the Nuby Clik-it FlexStraw Cup (available at Amazon) if you’re looking for more value for your money. It’s easy to clean and easy to hold, and the price is unbeatable. With its insulated interior and silicone outer sleeve that keeps it free from condensation, the Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Insulated Straw Cup (available at Pura) is a great plastic-free alternative.
10 Best Cups for Toddler to Drink Milk Reviews
1. OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles
As the only straw cup that didn’t leak in our drop tests or after being left on its side for over 12 hours, the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles stands out for several reasons.
The cup also survived a few tumbles from my toddler without leaking a drop. As lame as this may sound, I was actually sad to stop using it during the testing period.
Its six-ounce capacity makes it appealing to both parents and kids. With its removable handles that won’t slip around during use and measurement marks on its exterior, you can keep track of how much your toddler is drinking with the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup.
You can also easily take apart and wash the straw, which comes in two easy-to-clean pieces. The whole cup and all of its parts could be thrown in the dishwasher, but I found that using a small bristle brush to clean the straw parts was more effective (and took less time).
Another factor that set this straw cup apart from other similar options we tested was its quality of construction. Other plastic cups we tested were easily bent by squeezing the center, but the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup did not bow. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, this cup is made without BPA, phthalates, and PVC, so it feels like it’s made of strong plastic.
In my opinion, the bottle is great, but my son had a hard time learning how to use the straw at first. It’s a win for parents who don’t want to worry about spills because the spill-proof straw does not release any liquid unless contracted—a win for parents. Since I introduced my son to the drink, it’s been a smooth ride.
- Easy to clean
- Removable handles
- Simple to assemble
- None that we could find
2. Nuby Clik-it FlexStraw Cup
It’s hard to beat the price of the Nuby No-Spill Cups with Flex Straw for toddlers. The cups, in addition to being easy to clean, have only four parts to wash.
When you press on the Nuby No-Spill cup, liquid only comes out when you apply pressure to it, just like the OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup. Although there were a few small leaks here and there when liquid accumulated in the upper portion of the straw, overall, this 10-ounce straw cup is a great option if you want a straw cup that won’t leak too much.
Besides the hourglass design, which is made of BPA-free plastic, this cup is easy to hold and easy to drink from. To summarize: this cup isn’t perfect, but it’s close.
- A breeze to clean
- Minimal leakage
- None that we could find
3. Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Straw Cup
A total of three stainless steel bottles were tested, and the Pura Kiki won us over for several reasons. You don’t have to worry about milk spoiling or water getting warm if you forget to put it in the refrigerator. Featuring a silicone spout that’s gentle on developing palates, the bottle is thoroughly insulated.
It’s the most expensive straw cup we’ve tested, but if you want a non-toxic, vacuum-insulated bottle that feels like it’s going to last long, it’s well worth the $26 price tag. You can keep tabs on the amount of liquid your toddler is consuming by looking at the interior of the nine-ounce bottle, which features measuring marks.
Despite being mainly made of hefty stainless steel, it’s still lightweight enough for small toddlers to use easily. As a bonus, the exterior silicone sleeve keeps condensation away and prevents the cup from becoming dented when thrown on a hard surface. Pura Kiki sells a bottom bumper at an additional cost, but we suffered several dents during our drop testing.
In spite of the fact that no liquid leaked during our overnight tests, small amounts of liquid collected in the top of the straw after my son drank.
A few droplets flew everywhere when he threw the bottle. The saving grace here is the soft silicone cover that can be easily attached and removed.
- Vacuum insulated
- Beautiful design
- Doesn’t leak when dropped or shaken
- Hard to use cap
- Too expensive
4. Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup
Despite being a close second to our best overall pick, I was disappointed that it didn’t have the added features other cups do. The 7-ounce, Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup we tested comes with handles that aren’t removable, but Philips sells an almost identical version without handles for an additional cost if your child would rather hold onto the cup.
The cup also lacks measurement lines. This probably won’t matter to most parents, but markings are useful for parents who want to keep track of their toddler’s milk consumption.
Our favorite straw cup for toddlers is the Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup, but it is still a good choice for everyday use for most families even though it feels thinner and less durable. While it did not leak during overnight tests, liquid sometimes managed to escape when we pulled back the built-in cover, so you can count on Philips Avent for minimal leakage.
The straw pieces need to be cleaned with a small bristle brush, but the rest of the cup can be thrown into the dishwasher. A great feature of the cup (and its dinosaur-inspired design) is the wide straws, making them easy to clean. Overall, my toddler liked it a lot.
- Fun, colorful design
- Tough to assemble
- No measurement lines
5. Skip Hop Stainless Steel Little Kid Straw Bottle
There are many fun and fashionable products from Skip Hop for kids, and the stainless steel Skip Hop Kids Water Bottle With Straw is no exception. Stainless Steel Straw Cup is a great choice for people looking for an insulated cup that holds a lot of liquid. It comes in fun colors featuring bright and cheery cartoon animal designs, and the silicone sleeve keeps condensation from becoming a slippery problem for tiny palms.
You can attach the bottle to a backpack, stroller, or just as a different way to hold it with the carrying strap that’s attached underneath the lid. My toddler preferred to carry the bottle around without the attachment, but it only takes a second to remove the strap (and you’ll want to do so before cleaning).
It didn’t leak when my son tipped it upside down and began shaking it, even though it did not leak while left on its side overnight. There was a tiny hole in the mouthpiece that leaking water all over the place, and we got a tiny mess on our hands. During our drop test, we did not notice any leaks. As long as your toddler does not flip it upside down and shake it, you shouldn’t have any problems.
- Fun, kid-friendly designs
- Carrying strap
- It will leak when shaken
6. Thinkbaby Thinkster Ultra Polished Stainless Steel
Because the cup portion is plastic-free, I really wanted to love the Thinkbaby Thinkster Ultra Polished Stainless Steel straw cup, but I didn’t. The bottle doesn’t come with a sleeve, like Pura Kiki or Skip Hop stainless straw cups, so condensation causes a slippery mess after a while.
The second problem is that there is no way to tighten the handles to keep them in place. My toddler eventually became frustrated and stopped using the cup altogether.
Although the straw design does a good job of preventing leaks during our drop tests, I noticed that sometimes a small puddle of milk or water formed beneath the bottle. Although it wasn’t always the case, it’s worth mentioning.
It is also hard to clean the cup. The lid is easy to screw and unscrew from the base, but the straw parts require a lot of tugging before they pop out. Because of this, reassembling the straw parts was also not as simple as other cups we tested.
- Free of plastics
- It’s good at preventing leaks
- It gets slippery from condensation
- Difficult to clean
7. The First Years: Take & Toss Spill Proof Straw Cups
Despite being just three months short of 18 months, my son had no problem using these cups even though they are meant for toddlers. As a matter of fact, my envious 6-year-old thought they were “so cool” and joined her little brother in trying them out. We love these cups because they are affordable and can be used by all kids.
With their “Take & Toss” name, these cups are perfect for filling on the go when you’re eating out, on vacation, or at the park.
It’s not easy to put Take & Toss cups in diaper bags when they’re filled with liquid since there’s no way to cover the straw. The lids of these cups stayed in place when we threw them on the ground and they didn’t leak overnight. When the lid hit the floor the right way, the lid exploded off, sending liquid everywhere.
Its hard plastic straw concerns me, as most of our other cups had soft, bendable straws, but I worry what may happen if my child fell forward with a firm straw like this one in their mouth.
When you fill it up, make sure to place the lid on first and then the straw. It’s easy to take apart. If you put the lid on with the straw, liquid shoots straight up out of the straw and makes a mess. This is an easy fix, but something to keep in mind.
These cups are great for traveling or keeping in your diaper bag for those times when you forget your child’s usual drinking vessel.
- It works for children of all ages
- The lid stays on well
- Hard-plastic straw
8. Dr. Browns Baby
The Natural Flow baby bottles from Dr. Brown’s have won numerous awards from popular children’s websites, so I was eager to try out Baby’s First Straw Cup. With a weighted straw and removable handles, the 9-ounce, BPA-free cup is easy to hold and will ensure your toddler can consume every last drop.
During our overnight tests, however, a small amount of water leaked out. Occasionally, liquid can emerge from the straw when the bottle is full. This cup comes with a bristle brush that makes it easy to clean all the nooks and crannies of the cap and straw. If you are loyal to Dr. Brown’s, this cup is a fine choice, but it is not exceptionally noteworthy or memorable.
- Removable handles
- Weighted straw
- Comes with a bristle brush
- Prone to leaks
9. Thermos Funtainer
In spite of its 4.5-star rating from over 5,600 Amazon customer reviews, we weren’t impressed with the 12-ounce Thermos Funtainer.
We found that this bottle leaked most when left on its side overnight. During our drop tests, we only escaped a small amount of liquid, but as soon as we shook the Funtainer from side to side, the flood gates opened. While the locking lid is a nice feature, we think this cup is more suitable for older toddlers who are less inclined to throw or play with it.
It’s also petite enough to fit in the cabinets without taking up a lot of space, even though it’s one of the larger straw cups we tested. We also liked the fact that the bulk of the straw cup is made from stainless steel, which makes it an excellent option for those looking to live a more plastic-free life. It feels very solidly built, and it will stand up to everyday use.
- Locking lid
- Lots of fun, kid-friendly patterns
- Silicone straw can be bitten through
- Prone to leaks
10. Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip-it Reflex
The Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip-it REFLEX was my immediate favorite. It’s bigger than most straw cups we tested, but the middle portion has a rubbery texture that makes it easier to grip.
The bottle is lightweight, has a soft spout, and holds 12-ounces of liquid like the Thermos Funtainer. What I liked most about it was that my toddler really enjoyed using it. Maybe it was the bright green color and the cactus design that piqued his interest.
It is easy to pass liquids through the straw without much effort, but this bottle is flawed in its design. I would like to point out that, when the cap cover is not in place, this cup does not claim to be spill-proof. One afternoon, my son turned the cup upside down and drenched himself in water while heading to the grocery store.
Although I don’t expect any liquid to leak, the fact that he was able to empty the 12-ounce bottle in less than 10 minutes is impressive-and concerning if the bottle were left open.
We didn’t have any problems with leaks when using the no-spill cap, but the cap didn’t always lock the first time. We had to work a little bit harder on occasion to seal the cap. Additionally, the cleaning process went smoothly until we reached the mouthpiece.
This cup was definitely more difficult to clean than other cups we tested, since the straw came out easily.
- Extra lightweight
- Holds 12 ounces
- Known to cause some messes
- A lot of effort to clean
What You Should Know About Straw Cups
Special cleaning tools may be required
It is important to thoroughly clean your water bottle or reusable straw. Bits of food can get stuck inside the straw and come up when you take a sip later.
The same can happen with straw cups for kids, which is why it’s a good idea to keep a set of bristle brushes on hand. Some of the straw cups we tested included a cleaning device, while others didn’t. Still, if it gets lost or breaks, it’s always best to have more than one at home.
Opt for a cup with a soft spout, if possible
When a toddler falls forward when drinking from a cup with a hard spout, the inside of his or her mouth may be damaged. When a child is developing gums, it is best to choose a softer spout that won’t cause damage to their gums if they insert the spout too quickly or fall face down while holding the straw cup.
Straw cups are made from a variety of materials
You can choose between stainless steel or BPA-free plastic straw cups. You’ve probably seen the term “BPA-free” on a number of children’s products you’ve purchased.
A chemical called Bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as BPA, is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
A ban on BPA materials used in baby bottles and sippy cups was imposed by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 and 2013.