Move over sippy cups. Straw cups are the new best thing. We initially sought out looking for something to help our son drink his smoothies since the regular cup was proving to be difficult for him still. The sippy cup was fine for water but didn’t work for thicker drinks like smoothies. Enter the straw cup. Not only did the concept solve our smoothie dilemma, but I also realized after how the straw cup helps with proper tongue placement in the mouth and assists in building oral motor skill strength. Win-win! Once we discovered our favourite straw cups, there was no turning back. We tried a bunch of different kinds, but ended up sticking with our two favourites, and they are still used on a daily basis. Since smoothies are a big staple in our house, we’ve been using the straw cup since our son was around 9 or 10 months old. Smoothies have proven to be incredibly useful in getting nutrients into a child who isn’t feeling the food that day or needs that extra nutrient boost, especially if they’re feeling crummy and not up for eating much. I think we’ve created a smoothie monster, but I’m totally okay with that. Here are straw cup reviews of our two favourite cups – the Zoli Bot Cup and the Lolla Cup.
The Zoli Bot Cup: This is hands-down one of the best ones out there. It’s efficient, easy to-use and also fairly simple to clean (another one we tried was a huge pain in the butt to get clean and was ditched fairly quickly). They’re also BPA and phthalate-free, and have a cool weighted ball technology, which means little ones can get every last drop of their delicious drink. Plus, the straws are replaceable. The handles make them super easy for even the smallest of hands to navigate on their own, and the lid closes shut too. The cup comes in two sizes – 6 or 9oz. I’ve also found the company to have great customer service, as they replaced our cup when it cracked on us after a year of use. No problems since!
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The Lolla Cup: Another awesome cup. The Lolla Cup is also BPA and phthalate-free, plus it’s made in the USA. The handles are a bit wide so it can be tough to fit this in drink-holders like ones in the car, but they are also removable, which is a cool feature and works well as the child gets older. The straw is weighted and replaceable. I find the inside a bit trickier to clean compared to the Zoli, but both are great cups that get a ton of use in our household.
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