All you hear these days are the dangers of BPA and phthalates and all that jazz, so I do the best I can when picking out toys and gear for my little one. If you've been following my blog, you'll know my little guy has only had 2 bottles in his whole 8 months so far. I introduced the sippy cup to him about a month ago and he's JUST now started to figure how to get water out of it! But it's plastic, and I'm not all that comfortable with plastic so I was on the lookout for a non-leaching stainless steel sippy.
That's when I came across the Safe Sippy2 by Kid Basix!
Beyond it being non-leaching stainless steel and BPA/phthalate free, it's convertible - no need to buy a different water bottle once your baby becomes a big kid! There are different valves that let you use it as a sippy cup or as a straw cup. All the parts can be a wee bit intimidating (and washing them is super fun, though technically everything is dishwasher safe), but it's not so tough to figure out (with a brief glance at the diagram on the instructions!).
So, I washed and assembled the cup with the sippy valve adapter, filled it up with water from the Brita, and tested it myself. Tipped it over, shook it around - not a drip leaked out - Check! Then I took a swig - only slight suction required - easy to drink - Check! Next, I handed it over to the baby for the real test.
Easy for itty bitty baby hands to hold and maneuver - Check! Unfortunately, Kenzo has only used one sippy cup before, which had a soft sippy nub. It took him a month, but he finally learned that he just had to bite it a little to get the water to come out - no sucking required. So that's probably what he was attempting to do with the Safe Sippy2, only this one has a hard sippy nub and he just couldn't figure out how to drink from it! Look at him examining this thing, "Man! What is the deal here? Where's my milk? Or Water? Something!!? ANYTHING!?!?!"
He finally gave up on sustenance and decided to use it as a teether instead. "Yep, that'll do!" :)
It took Kenzo a good month of just playing around with his other sippy cup before he figured out how to get anything from it, and I figure it'll be the same with this one! So I'll give it to him at meal times and he'll get it eventually! But no rush, because this cup will be grow with him through the years! Once he's done with the no-drip sippy part, I'll switch the adapter to the straw part!
If you're using a plastic sippy, you might not like that you can't easily see how much liquid is left inside. With stainless steel there is no way around this, but it's a small price to pay for being way healthier. With experience, you'll be able to gauge how much is in there simply by picking it up and giving it a little shake. Until then, you can quickly unscrew the top, peek inside, and screw it back on. Takes all of 3 seconds.
I have to add that I love the statement on the box warning that giving drinks other than water at non-mealtimes and in bed can lead to childhood tooth decay. Go Kid Basix!
If you can't wait to get your hands on this cup, you can order one on Diapers.com for $15.99 - there are several fun colors to choose from! If it's your first order, get 20% off with discount code "MINYMOE" :)
You can check out the other Kid Basix products, including the Safe Starter (for babies - with a proper baby bottle nipple), Safe Sippy (like the Safe Sippy2 but doesn't convert), and Safe Sporter!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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