Updated April 29, 2008
By now, most parents have heard of the potential health effects associated with bisphenol A (or BPA), the basic monomer of polycarbonate plastic. If you haven’t, I’ll just say that BPA is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to a variety of health effects. BPA leaches from polycarbonate plastic so many parents have steered clear of baby bottles made of polycarbonate plastic. But many sippy cups are also made of polycarbonate plastic, and parents have been looking for alternatives.
At least for me, it has been hard to find a BPA free sippy cup that worked well. We tried the Avent Naturally Sippy Cup but had leak issues (my daughter tends to leave her sippy cups turned on their side). We liked the Thermos Foogo Sippy Cup, but it wasn’t right at the time.
My daughter (she turns 3 in February) LOVES the Safe Sippy cup from Kid Basix (although it is a little pricey at $14.95). The Safe Sippy is a stainless steel cup with a cap out of polypropylene. The cups are certified (and checked by an independent laboratory) to be free of BPA, phthalates and DEHA. We haven’t had any leak issues and she has not yet graduated to putting it right side up. But, she also doesn’t turn it over – and I have heard some parents do have leak issues. Kid Basix’s website isn’t currently taking orders but the site does list retailers.
Nuby has two sippy cups – the Nuby No Spill Sport Sipper and the 10 oz Sippy Cup with handles. These are lower priced options, and the 10 oz Sippy Cup with handles seems like a good transition sippy cup. My daughter said it was too babyish for her, and I don’t have a little one to test it out on.
Thermos has a FUNtainer Straw Bottle that works for my son, who is 5. It is a stainless steel bottle with a polypropylene lid and silicone straw. When we first looked at BPA-free sippy cups, my son wasn’t ready for a straw type design. But now that he is, he gives thumbs up to this one. A plus on the FUNtainer is that it comes it several designs. Downside? I think it is heavy. But this seems to be due to been very well designed for reckless and thoughtless kids. My son has thrown his around and it is holding up. Another downside is that the straw is a little difficult to clean. It is similar to the Foogo, but seems designed for older children. A bonus – it is widely available.
We haven’t tried it yet, but Think Baby has a 9 oz training cup that is free of BPA, phthalates, lead and nitrosamines. It has been well reviewed by some other bloggers, but we just haven’t tried it. One plus is that it is dishwasher safe (top rack), according to Think Baby’s website. Think Baby also has a line of BPA free baby bottles. Another plus – Think Baby uses recycled packaging.
The First Years Take & Toss sippy cups are BPA-free.
Playtex has the Coolster Tumbler, Eistein Sip & Discover Training Cup, Insulator Sport and some others. Playtex has listed each item with a picture and whether it is BPA free or not on its website.
Kleen Kanteen is BPA-free. This is a bigger sippy cup – 12 ounces – so better for older kids.
Boon Sippy. This one looks super cool. It is a little faster flow and I’ve heard that it drips if turned upside down.
GrowPure Multi-Stage Feeder and Sippy Cup.