It hardly seems possible that a year has passed and now I have a toddler…Whaaaa?!
Things have been great and busy and wonderous, for all of us. In the midst of myriad first birthday milestones like learning to walk and getting the okay to switch from formula to whole milk, many people also start to transition from bottles to sippy cups. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests eliminating bottles between 12-24 months (https://www.healthychildren.
org/English/ages-stages/baby/ feeding-nutrition/Pages/ Discontinuing-the-Bottle.aspx).
Depending on the child, these kinds of transitions can take a while, so we wanted to make sure that we got started.
We had some success serving water in sippy cups during meals, but I hadn’t been able to get Juniper to drink milk before naps or bedtime from one, whether it was heated up (in our trusty Philips Avent bottle warmer) or served cold. I don’t know if it was the texture of the milk (vs. water), the flow rate, or the spout, or what- but she just seemed to think that water is the only thing that can be had in a sippy cup. We tried a couple different styles (straw, plastic spout) but no luck. She’d either spit the milk out or refuse the cup altogether.
After my awesome experience with Philips Avent bottles and breastfeeding accessories when Juniper was a newborn, I jumped at the chance (again) to try out some of their toddler cups.
We received the following:
These come in both 12oz and 8oz sizes, and feature a twist and sip design, with flexible straw. I had picked a couple of flexible-straw cups from another brand, and unfortunately they leak, so I can really only use them when we’re at home (I won’t pack them in the diaper bag anymore, after what could only be described as a soggy incident) I’ve tried the Philips Avent ones with Juniper in a few different scenarios, and brought them out and about with us and I am SO happy to report that these are leakproof!
First of all, adorable penguin design…but seriously, a bite-resistant spout (can we say teething isn’t for the faint of heart?) and the two handles make this one a great one for little hands.
Featuring a soft silicone spout, with leakproof technology, and a snap-top lid, these are going to be great as Juniper gets older and has more dexterity. She’ll be able to flip the lid and drink all by herself (without losing the lid!). You know how toddlers love to be independent 😀
You guys! We have success! This is so far, the only cup that has replaced the bottle at nap and bedtime (in case you’re curious, we brush her teeth afterward, because that is another milestone we’re trying to be consistent with…)
The 8oz size holds just the right amount of water or milk for Juniper right now, and features the same soft silicone spout, with leakproof technology and a snap on lid.
Thanks to Philips Avent for designing such amazing products and coming to our rescue with transitioning to Toddler cups!