Originally Posted by nikirj
Nah, I just used one of the ones we had laying around from the last kid
. I have really fast-flow breastmilk going on, so I didn't think it would be a problem that the cup I used doesn't have a valve (you tip it, it trickles out a little slower than a hot-beverage top would). Sure enough, she loves it. She does get a little wet though. I googled but didn't find the cup we used, which isn't really surprising since it's about 5 years old. It's probably toxic somehow or another, but the super-safe ones we have make kids suck too hard to get anything.
Where did you find a sippy without a valve? Or did you just take out the valve? The ADA has been saying for years that valves in sippy cups are a bad idea, so why is that all I can find?
We didn't use sippy cups for DD1, since she was breastfed and all she needed to drink was water. Water's easy to learn how to drink, and it's not the end of the world if a cup of water gets spilled.
However, we're eventually going to need something other than a bottle for DD2's formula, so I've been kind of keeping my eye open (even though it's a way off), but haven't yet seen anything that looks good. I know it can't be 100% leakproof without the valve, but I don't care about a few drips here and there as long as there are no major spills.
Everything I can find has a valve, and it seems like the only choices are sippy cups with hard plastic mouthpieces that increase likelihood of dental damage, or the ones with soft spouts that are really just bottle nipples placed on the edge instead of the middle. Between those 2 choices, I'd prefer the latter, but really, it's pretty much a bottle already, so why bother?