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Non-Plastic cups for Babies & Toddlers

November 12, 2019

Looking for non-toxic alternatives to the sippy cup?

I spent so many hours researching bottles for J. Has anyone ever noticed how difficult it is to find non-plastic options for your baby? Whether you’re looking for more sustainable options or something that’s non-toxic and won’t leech chemicals, I compiled a list of 9 straw bottles – in no particular order.

1. Hydro Flask Kids, 12oz, $36

Insulated and will will grow with your kid. It is made with 304 (18/8) stainless steel, double wall vacuum insulation. Water stays cool for 24 hours, hot for 12 hours. It has a silicone bottom for protection.

The top portion however is plastic, along with the straw portion.

Overall I think this is a clean design, there’s a small loop handle which makes it easier to carry around. I like that it’s cute while doesn’t look like a baby cup so your kiddo is more likely to use it longer. Comes in two different shades of blue, pink, and a nice yellow.

The one downside I can see is the straw looking gnawed up. Also with a harder sprout, I’m not sure if this is the best one to start with if they’re learning how to drink out of a straw cup.

2. Munchkin, 8oz, $25

Insulated with double wall stainless steel. Unknown grade of stainless steel. Straw cup with handles. Comes with a cute kitty design.

It’s actually quite difficult to find a stainless steel straw cup WITH handles. There are many plastic options but the 3 combinations is quite difficult to track down.

3. Pura, 11oz, $35

100% plastic free straw bottle. This bottle is made with 18/8 stainless steel and medical grade silicone. They have interchangeable caps that you can purchase separately. We personally own and love this one.

The straw portion is removable so your kid can drink it with the bottle tilted or inserted to drink straight.

4. Zoli, 10oz, $35

18/8 Stainless steel, double walled. The upper portion of the straw appears to be silicone and comes with a removable plastic inner straw that attaches to the lid – so older kids can drink it upright. Comes in blue, pink, purple and green.

We personally purchased this one and starting to try it out.

5. Klean Kanteen Kid, 12 oz, $26

18/8 Stainless Steel. Interchangeable cap options, you can choose from a sippy, or sport cap (or any of the regular “adult” versions). If you have a bottle already, I’m sure your kid would appreciate that they have their own big boy/girl version.

Comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

6. Thermos, 12oz, $20

18/8 grade of stainless steel. Double wall insulation. The straw spout is made of silicone and the stem is made of LDPE. Comes with a flip up carry loop. Many colors and characters to choose from. I can see this being a hit with toddlers with options from Paw Patrol, Frozen, My Little Pony, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty and Finding Dory. For solid colors, they’re not really “baby” colors but you can choose from deeper colors such as blue, pink, green, purple.

For the size and price, I think this is a great one to try out. I would say this is the best value.

7. Thinkbaby, 9oz, $25

18/8 stainless steel. Medical grade silicone straw. Plastic parts are made with polypropylene. It comes in two options, sippy or straw. If you happened to start off with a sippy cup, there are lids that convert your cup from sippy to straw. According to the website, both stainless steel and plastic versions are almost identical in weight.

Comes in Blue, Pink, Orange and Green.

8. Munchkin

Unknown grade of stainless steel. Double walled, vacuum sealed. Keeps drinks cool for 15 hours.

I really like the 360 line for smoothies. 1, food won’t get stuck in the straw. 2, the lid will filter out the chunks.

Comes in Blue, Pink, Orange and Green. Although if you’re buying it online from Amazon or, you won’t really get a choice of color. If you buy it on you can put in your color request and they will try to accommodate.

9. Green Sprouts, 4oz, $26

Glass inner. Liquid only touches silicone and glass. This is probably the only glass bottle I found to date on the market that isn’t a baby bottle with a nipple. I like that it’s glass inside and comes with a protective plastic outer portion. It comes with two mouth pieces, a sippy and straw. A sippy option isn’t bad if they can’t figure out the straw part just yet.

Downsides: a lot of plastic parts and only holds 4oz of water -which for a baby older than 10 months or so, is not a lot of water. It’s fine if you use it at home and don’t mind refilling it throughout the day. Or plan to use it for something like juice.

Quick Overview of water capacity & price:

  1. Hydro Flask Kids, 12oz, $36 – insulated
  2. Munchkin, 8oz, $25 – insulated
  3. Pura, 11oz, $35
  4. Zoli, 10oz, $35 – insulated
  5. Klean Kanteen Kid, 12 oz, $26
  6. Thermos, 12oz, $20 – insulated
  7. Thinkbaby, 9oz, $25
  8. Green Sprouts, 4oz, $26

And for all of you who might be interested in pink for your little girl/boy:

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