The Trouble With Sippy Cups

Sippy cups are the bane of my existence.

When Eddie was tiny we found a brand/style that we liked (and that didn’t leak everywhere), but have never found them anywhere ever again. Since then we have tried every single brand that has been recommended to us with mixed results.

In the end, they all leak to some degree.

I know I am not alone when I say that there is nothing more maddening than finding a sippy cup behind a chair that has leaked milk all over the carpet or juice all over the couch.

There are milk spots all over our leather furniture.

So we gave the First Years One Piece Lid Sippy Cups a try.

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I said yes to trying them, but quite honestly I was pretty skeptical. We have had ZERO luck with lids that didn’t have the little stopper thing in them. I gave Eddie and Charlie some juice in them, and Eddie said they were hard to drink out of. That was good news to me because it meant they were just flowing all over my carpet.

Charlie didn’t say anything. He just drank his juice and then tossed the cup in the sink.  So you know, thumbs up from The Bird.

They have been through our dishwasher twice now and are holding up–the suck hole (for lack of a better term) isn’t getting blown out and leaky yet which was a fear of mine.

Another positive is that the entire line of First Years cups has interchangeable one-piece lids. This is key in our house because we have a zillion different sippies all with their own lid and their own style stopper thingy. It’s annoying. So if these sippy cups live up to their name and do not leak all over Sluiter Nation? I have no problem doing a full sweep of the old ones and restocking with these.

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I mean, what will I do with all the extra time I will have?  I won’t be cleaning up leaks or searching for sippy cup pieces! I can actually write a book!


Maybe read a book.

Ok, I can watch a show.

Anyway, what would YOU do with extra time for yourself?  The First Years wants to know!

Each week The First Years is giving away prizes, and on Mother’s Day three parents who enter this contest will receive a surprise they won’t soon forget: their wishes (valued up to $1,000) will be fulfilled! Visit The First Years Facebook Page to enter. Contest runs April 1 to 30, 2014. See official rules for complete details.

The First Years Gripper Sipper, MSRP $7.99 (2 pack) is for ages 9 months and up and available in-store at Walmart and online at and


Disclaimer: I was provided with a 2-pack of The First Years sippy cups to try out, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Dear lord, a sippy cup that doesn’t leak?? We need some of those babies here!

  2. Why haven’t I ever tried that one??? So funny that you wrote about this! I’ve been on a quest to find a non-leaking non-plastic sippy cup. I’m not sure if I’m being completely paranoid about all the risks of plastic… Still on the fence because they’re all really expensive.

  3. I, too, have had zero success with cups without the detachable stopper . . . but finding replacement stoppers is near impossible.

    I hope these hold up to repeated dishwasher trips — I have my doubts.

  4. We have those sippy cups. Unfortunately, ours do leak. Not as much as others, but still some. But I do like that there aren’t extra parts to clean.

  5. Suck hole, stopper thingy. Those descriptions are right on. Good luck with these new ones – boy do I feel your pain!

    I found a sippy cup in a toy bin the other day. It hadn’t leaked on anything, because it had been there since Christmas and all the liquid had probably evaporated (it was my nephew’s, not my own children’s, silly!).

    Still. It had been there SINCE CHRISTMAS.