When you’re in search of the holy grail.

Last night @QueenofBiscuits and I were discussing a very important part of motherhood.  Sippy Cups.  But not just sippy cups, LEAK FREE sippy cups, and not just leak free sippy cups, but leak free sippy cups that a child will take it’s milk from instead of a bottle.

Sounds simple doesn’t it?  You just go into a shop, look at the array of brightly coloured cups in the baby section, select one that claims to be leak proof, the one that has your child’s age range clearly on the packaging, and the one with the picture or shade which you think would suit your child the best. Bish bash bosh you’re done.  You show the baby, he beams and reaches out to it, laughing and talking to the Waybufrickingloo characters on the front, throwing the mother of all tantrums when you take it off him to put it through the till.

You get home, and if you’re like me, you’re a little bit excited!  You tear open the packaging, you give it a quick rinse under the tap and you happily plonk a drink into it before giving it back to your child. The child takes one look at it and throws it onto the floor where it lands next to the table.

This is when the honeymoon period with the cup is over in our house.

The cup has failed on more than one level.  As it lies on the tiled kitchen floor it silently drips its contents out while I’m preparing dinner.  It flows down the little grout rivets and trickles into the kitchen area for me to stand in it in my socks.  I give it the benefit of the doubt, Fatso is hungry for food not drink, I mustn’t have put the lid on quite right, double threaded it or something.  I wash it up and prepare for the excitment of bed time.  It’s time to get rid of the bottles, we’ve had enough, they’re looking cloudy, and I’m sure there’s black under the teats, but I’m not buying any more, nope the time has come to break free.

Bath and bed time begins, I fill the cup with milk (although I’m experienced with this, having already been through it once, I’ve also brought an empty bottle up and placed it on the landing).  I had the excited milk hungry fatso the cup of milk.  He screams and throws it out of the cot.  HURRAH IT DOESN’T LEAK!  I empty its contents into the bottle, the baby is quiet, downs his milk in one and goes to sleep.  The cup is washed and has retired to the drawer.

The cup is regularly retrieved from the drawer and is used for water, and because it didn’t leak milk all over the nursery, it’s even selected for a day trip.  A cup can make or break your day out.  If it stays dry all is good, if it leaks, everything is ruined, spare clothes, nappies, snacks, toys the list goes on!  The cup leaks in the bag.  The cup is in disgrace and is slung to the back of the drawer again, where it is squeezed between the one the baby point refuses to drink ANYTHING out of and the one that the toddler used to chew on, but not drink out of.

We’ve now found a cup that the Fat one will take milk out of.  It however leaks if it is laid on its side for more then a few minutes.  The only one we did have any success with with the horrible one appears to have been discontinued (this Amadeus 360).  It was fab.

Has anyone any recommendations, because as you can imagine, I want to use my big draw as something other than a cup graveyard!



  1. PieAndBear

    Don’t. Logan, at the age of 3, *finally* gave up drinking milk from his one, manky old bottle for a Blue Mr Men Cup With Weird Bendy Straw Type Thing. This, however, is broken (he bites the weird bendy straw) … but he has a complete and utter meltdown if we suggest he drinks milk from a cup. He is three and a half!!!! He doesn’t even *need* to drink milk anymore!!


  2. deskmonkeymummy

    We have this. It’s universal.

    Skip the sippy cup. Straight to tea from your best china. We get less spillages when L has a mug because she knows she has to go careful or suffer The Chorus Of Disappointment.

  3. Cheetahs In My Shoes

    Oh the times I have dreamt of making my fortune with a leak free sippy cup – we found straw cups worked ‘best’, however I still have a cupboard full of sports bottles etc for days out – all of which lull me into a false sense of security for a couple of weeks, and then leak in my handbag!

  4. Andrea sloan

    Oscar used to drink his milk out of this

    It would be non-spill for about 5 seconds as he worked out that if he bit the straw he would make the hole bigger and get more milk!

    Hazel is a different one, I drove myself INSANE trying to get her to drink from a bottle but she totally refused. For my own sanity I can’t do the same with a beaker, she can have boob until she’s 20! ……….:-)

  5. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

    I am honestly yet to find a leak free sippy cup. I thought it was just my monsters that managed to break the defences of any no spill beaker but clearly this is a universal problem. I even have problems with the straw ones where the straw won’t stay attached and you have to fish it out of the drink. Ugh. If we could invent one, we could be rolling in it….. 😉

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