The cabinet full of the plastic kid’s cups is one of my least favorite. Slowly I keep migrating them out of the main glassware cabinet to a lower kid-friendly pull out drawer. We have a wide variety of plastic sippy cups ranging from ones we got when our daughter was born, to newer samples sent to me when our third child arrived. It’s a hodgepodge of clutter and one I’m so ready to move on from.
In addition to dealing with “I want that color” issues with our plastic collection, it may be in everyone’s best health interest to switch to glass. Last year, the rumblings started about BPA-free plastic cups not really being any better than their toxic predecessors. They are still leaching chemicals that can disrupt our children’s endocrine system. Pass please.
Thankfully, there are so many great options for kids to transition to glass cups earlier than ever before. With easy to grip silicone sleeves, durable glass and small sizes, here’s a few of my favorite ones we use in our house.
Silikids Siliskin Glass Cups
These are cute and the easiest for the kids to handle. They have an easy to grip outside made with silicone that is dishwasher safe. Although silicone is a plastic, it’s considered one of the safest on the market as it’s the slowest to leech chemicals into your water, food, etc.
While these are my kids favorite ones to fight over, they are breakable if they are not careful. Our 20 month old also wants a “big kid” cup and grabbed this one off the table. When he was done swiping someone’s juice, he dropped it and it cracked inside the sleeve. Good news is that there was no mess. Bad news is that glass is still not gravity’s friend.
This cup comes in a 6 ounce size which is just right for children transitioning from sippy cups to big-kid cups. We have the Tart (orange) color but I think the Sea color is my personal favorite.
We stock our glassware cabinet full of different size mason jars as drinking glasses and a quick place to grab large ones for our homemade yogurt. For the kids, we are often using the half pint size jars. I got so tired of them spilling their milk when they use the lightweight plastic cups. I can’t say the spills have magically stopped, but the sturdy mason jars have held up really well.
One other option I have recommended to friends are the Duralex cups. I got our daughter a set when she turned three and all three pieces are still in tact three years later. No small feat considering how often they have fallen off the table or dropped into the kitchen sink. Since our first purchase, we have added the small bowls and plates to our collection. The 4.5 ounce size is great for kids transitioning from sippy cups to cover-free cups. Big enough to use long term, but small enough to fit in preschool hands comfortably.
Have your own glass cups on hand and want to give them a try? Silikids also has these fun silicone covers that can be used with a straw. This is great if you want to use what you already have. I haven’t tried them out but I love the fun colors they are available in.
What are the kids using in your house?
Note: I received Silikids cups and adorable placement to facilitate this story. All opinions shared here are my own. Amazon affiliate links are also included which means you help support this site at no cost to you if you make a purchase. Thanks!
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