The best cups and beakers for babies and toddlers

Moving your baby or toddler on to drinking from a cup or beaker? Here is our pick of great products

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  • Moving from bottle to cup

    Beaker, trainer cup, sippy cup? Whatever the name, they all do one very vital thing - aid our baby’s transition from breast and bottle to drinking from a regular grown-up cup.

    When should I introduce a cup?

    The NHS and the British Dental Health Foundation recommend your baby should start moving from the bottle and onto a free-flow feeder cup at six months - about when they are sitting unaided - and bottles should be given up completely by the age of one.

    This is because the teats and spouts encourage children to suck for long periods of time, which can mean the drinks that cause tooth decay stay in contact with your child's teeth for a long time.

    Like the assortment of names, there are a wide variety of baby cups to suit different ages and preferences. You can pick from spouts or straws, handle or open cup, free-flow or valve, cups with a rim valve or angled child-friendly cups with a weighted base.

    The NHS says that using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip rather than suck, which is better for their teeth, but it may be more practical on some occasions to choose a different cup. 

    What shall I give my baby to drink from a cup?

    Once you start weaning and you get into a routine of feeding, you can introduce a drink of cooled boiled water at mealtimes. A non-handled cup with a soft spout will be easier for you to hold to help your baby at first.

    Breast milk and formula can both be served in a cup too - and it's ok to give your baby water straight from the kitchen mains tap in the UK once they are at least six months old, but it should be boiled and cooled before six months.

    As your baby grows, try a cup with handles so he can hold and drink from the cup himself. Hygiene is important, and if you serve milk from a cup, the spout, cup and handles should be sterilised until your baby turns 1. 

    We've got more safety information right here:

  • 1. Nuby 360 Mini No Spill Cup, £4.49, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    Suitable for ages: 4 months +

    Why we love it: The cute design, handles and non-spill rim on the gold award-winning Nuby 360 Mini No Spill Cup put it at the top of the class for our MFM Awards 2017 judges.

    Suitable for 4-12 months, the smaller 240ml size – making it easy for little hands to grab – and the watertight coverlid for going out and about means it’s super practical.

    Plus it can be fully disassembled and popped in the dishwasher top rack or in a steam steriliser.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Nuby 360 Mini No Spill Cup:

    “Drinking from anywhere around the non-spill rim is a good feature. Cute design and handles a good addition.” Mum of 2, Magda

    “A good step between sippy cups and open cup.” Mum of 1, Kat

  • 2. Munchkin, £4.99 - MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    Suitable for ages:  12 months +

    This silver award-winning cup has got a large 296ml capacity, and is leak proof and spill proof, thanks to its valve that seals automatically after drinking from anywhere around its rim.

    Perfect for popping in the buggy, changing bag, or even on the nightstand, it comes in four bright colours and can be used from 12 months.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Munchkin Miracle 360° Sippy Cup

    “Durable looking non spillage cup, large capacity.” Mum of 1, Kat

    “Love the simple design and colours, great idea to drink from anywhere around the rim. Durable and large capacity, could be repurposed after use.” Mum of 2, Magda

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  • 3. Babycup First Cups, £7 for 4, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner – Joint

    Suitable for ages: 6 months +

    Recommended by dentists, these mini cups aim to get little ones drinking from an open cup from day one.

    At 5.2cm tall and 4.5cm diameter they are easy for even tiny babies to hold.

    Suitable for use from 4 months to age 3, each of the colourful cups holds up to 50ml and can be used for drinks, purees or even expressed breast milk.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Babycup First Cups:

    “They are comfortable for a child to hold, do the job and can be taken anywhere as they are a good size, perfect for single homemade jelly pots too.” Mum of 1, Kat

    “I love these - in fact I bought some for my friend recently! Good to encourage independent drinking and nice introduction to cups.” Mum of 2, Magda

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  • 4. MAM Learn to Drink Cup & Soother, £5.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner - Joint

    Suitable for ages: 4 months +

    Suitable for ages: 6 months +

    The soft spout and non-spill valve system means less mess as your baby first starts to learn to drink from a cup. Suitable for use from 6 months, the valve can later be removed to transform the cup to free-flow drinking.

    With a 190ml capacity and curved waist, designed to be easier to hold onto, the MAM Learn to Drink cup also comes with a soother for 6 months plus, and has a cute blue or pink design.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the MAM Learn to Drink Cup:

    “Useful feature it can be used as non spill or free flow, bottle shape provides transition from teated bottle.” Mum of 2, Magda

    “Could be appealing for soother users.” Mum of 1, Kat

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  • 5. Haberman Anywayup Beaker, £5.49

    Suitable for ages: 12 months +

    This leak proof beaker has a one piece inbuilt valve, a 300ml capacity and comes in a cute cow design. It’s suitable from 12 months and is microwave and dishwasher safe.

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  • 6. Bickiepegs Doidy Cup, £3.70

    Suitable for ages: 3 months +

    Why we love it: Designed and made in the UK, the Doidy Cup teaches your baby to drink from a rim with its unique slant of the cup, without thrusting their head forwards.

    The natural mouth action used is apparently the same as in breastfeeding and the cup is available in loads of bright colours, and our mum reviewer loved the stylish, modern design, but warned it can get messy!

    Available from: John Lewis, and Jojo Maman Bebe.

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  • 7. Dr Brown's Soft Spout Transition Cup, £6.99

    Suitable for ages: 6 months +

    Why we love it: This sip-activated soft-spout trainer bottle has an interchangeable handle and is spill proof. while the attached lid means no losing it while out and about. It’s dishwasher-safe, and comes in either pink or blue. 

    Available from: Dr Brown's and Amazon.

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  • 8. OXO Tot Transitions cup, £7.50

    Suitable for ages: 4 months +

    This cup transforms as your baby grows into a toddler and beyond.  It can be used as a hard or soft spot sippy cup with handles, and then soppy cup with no handles to a toddler/trainer cup with lid.  Eventually, you can remove the lid to turn it into a regular cup when your child is ready.

    The perforated lid minimises spills and the cup comes in a range of colours. It’s BPA-free and suitable from 4 months.

    What our MadeForMums reviewer thinks of the cup: 

    "By having each stage of the cup segregated by the plastic this allows the parent to visually see the transitions that the cup can make.

    "It is very stylish and I love the simplicity of the design, I tested the cup in toddler mode, my first thought was that the cup was extremely fast flowing therefore I changed the teeth of the disk in the lid to be out of line as advised in the instruction manual and this did slow it down a bit. 

    My favourite feature about the cup is that the disk being clear allows the child to see the water coming therefore whilst in transition to the next stage of the cup when the disk is removed this will enable to them to monitor how much of a sip they should take.  Equally I think what lets the product down is that it has no anti spill feature so in the early training days as we are now there is lots of tipping water out and using the cup as more of a shaker.The size of the actual beaker is perfect for a 0-6m baby but I think considering the age range that this has the potential to cater for 150flz is not very big and does not hold much drink.

    "I do feel that the quality of the cup is reflected in the cost, to feel the base of the bottle is very smooth and a non-grainy plastic the interchangeable parts make it easy to clean and therefore prolonging the life of the product."

    Available from Amazon

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  • 9. Lansinoh mOmma Developmental Drink Set, £14.99

    Suitable for ages:4 months +

    Why we love it: With three different attachments, you’re getting a feeding bottle for use from birth, a two-handle non-spill beaker for use from 4 months, and finally a one-handle non-spill straw sipper. 

    Head to our review of the mOmma Developmental Drinking Set for more on how it works and performs.

    Available from: baba me

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  • 10. Sophie La Girafe Non-Spill Cup, £10

    Suitable for ages: 6 months +

    Why we love it: Sophie the Giraffe fans rejoice - now your little one can even have their favourite giraffe at meal time too! The cute handled cup gradually reveals Sophie hidden within their milk (or she can splosh about in their water). It can be used with the valve, or without to create a free-flowing spout.

    Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe and Kiddicare.

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  • 11. Pura Kiki® 11oz Toddler Sippy Bottle with Sleeve, £16.95

    Suitable for: 8 months+

    Fashionable but functional, the Pura Kiki® Toddler Sippy bottle is one you wouldn't mind owning yourself. But, aside from its stylish looks, it's beautifully designed to ease your toddler away from a nipple bottle with ease.

    Looking for sound eco-credentials? It's plastic-free, BPA and toxin-free, and made from aluminium so it won't shatter or crack. Good for your pocket and the environment! Created to grow with your child, one bottle can be used for years with a simple swap of silicone lids. 

    Finally, what's not to love about the pop of colour on the silicone sleeve - and, yes, they do have an adult range too...

    Available from: Pura and Ulula

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Last updated on 12 January 2018