My quest for the perfect, non-toxic kid’s cup

May 25, 2014
This Kangavou cup was one of my biggest disappointments. SOURCE IMAGES

In the world of baby gear, the cup options are vast and varied.

Last year, I started to attempt to rid my house of plastic. Plastic is one of the most used substances in the world – it is also one of the most toxic and the one polluting and clogging up our rivers and oceans. In my opinion, we all need to use less plastic. And, this goes twice for those of us who live by our dishwasher. Plastic can break down after being washed in a dishwasher because of the high temperatures. That means little bits of plastic are leaching into whatever you or your child is drinking from that plastic cup that you have been using for years. Plastic is a known hormone disruptor – meaning it can cause raised levels of hormones in yourself and your children. For adults, it may not be as toxic, but think about getting those little hits of hormones over the course of 20 and 30 years – it can add up! For our kids, it is a bigger deal. Their bodies are much smaller, so the impact of plastic is much greater.
And, today, everything is made of plastic!

And, so began my quest for the perfect, non-toxic cup.

Take a moment and go over to Type in child’s cup. You get about 20 pages of results and most of them are plastic. Then, type in non-toxic drinking cup. Way fewer results. And, I’ve tried most of them.

Since we’ve already discussed why I don’t like plastic, I won’t go into detail about the tons of plastic cups I tried before switching to non-plastic.

Basically, when you switch to non-plastic, you are looking at stainless steel or glass. Depending on the age and ability of your child, you may want leak-proof. Let me tell you, Droolface can find a way to make almost any cup leak. The 100 percent leak-proof cup is a myth, in my opinion.

Let’s look at the top results on Amazon for stainless steel and glass.

Read the rest with the specific information on the cups I tried here:

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    Rachel Swick Mavity, author of the blog, lives with a reformed drooler (Droolface), who at age 3 loves to get muddy, drink homemade smoothies, giggle and flirt with old ladies. Her current drooler (Birdy) enjoys spitting up on work clothes and leaving drool trails as a way of showing her love.

    Mavity previously worked as a journalist for seven years at newspapers from Pennsylvania to Maryland and Delaware. In Sussex County she worked for several newspapers, including the Cape Gazette. She lives in Lewes with her husband, Ryan Mavity, their son, "Droolface," and daughter, "Birdy."