Product: Lifefactory 4 ounce glass bottle with silicone sleeve, shown with sippy cap.
Price: $14.99 for the bottle (which comes with a nipple attachment)
$8.99 for set of 2 sippy caps
So, Adele has never had a bottle. When she was a few weeks old, she had her first ear infection, which caused her to be in too much pain to nurse. I used my cheap-o single electric pump to pump a little bit of milk, and then fed it to her with a tiny syringe. Other than that, she has always just been breastfed on demand.
When she was about 6 months old, I started giving her sips of water from a small cup. She became pretty proficient for a baby, and is now quite talented in the cup-drinking area. However, it is not possible to let an 11 month old loose with a cup of water. I realized she probably needed a sippy cup, but I hadn’t bought any in so long that I wasn’t sure what kind to buy. I really dislike the plastic, cartoon-y cups that most stores carry (but I will not judge if that is your sippy preference), so when I saw a Lifefactory sippy, I thought we’d give it a go. I wasn’t even sure Adele would drink from one, so I figured we’d start with one and if it worked out, order more.
Once we received our bottle and sippy caps in the mail, I immediately boiled them, filled the cup with a bit of water, and handed it to Adele to test. She loved it. Seriously, from the first sip, she loved it. She loves being able to hold it on her own, she loves having water whenever she wants it, and I think she loves the pretty color, too.
So other than the baby test of approval, what is so great about this particular sippy cup? What makes it stand out from the rest? What makes it worth $23?
Well, I’ll tell you!
First of all, the technical specifics:
- All Lifefactory materials are free of: BPA, phthalates, PVC, polycarbonate, lead and latex.
- There is not yucky taste when drinking from glass.
- All Lifefactory products are dishwasher and microwave safe.
- The silicone sleeve that comes with all bottles is insulating, as well as being a great protective shell for glass.
- Since Lifefactory products are made of glass, they are recyclable and made of one of the greenest materials available.
- The glass that the bottles are made of is borosilicate glass, which is extra durable.
- The sippy caps are leak resistant and have a steady flow that you can regulate.
- The nipple and sippy caps are interchangeable with all Lifefactory bottles.
You can boil these bottles, you can microwave them, you can move them from one extreme temperature to another. The glass is specially designed to hold up to all of these circumstances.
The sippy caps are one of my favorite parts of these bottles. You twist the cap more tightly for less flow, or a loosen it a little for more flow. I love that I can control how much water Adele is getting at once, so as to prevent choking, especially for a baby who is newly learning how to drink from a sippy cup.
One of my main concerns was whether or not the cup would really hold up, not only to an 11 month old baby, but to her older siblings who are a bit rough on things. And you know what? It totally has. It has been launched from her high chair, the sling while she’s being worn, and the stroller. She has even tossed it onto concrete and asphalt, and so far, so good. I am completely amazed. I love that I can feel comfortable with the cup my baby is drinking out of, yet also have something sturdy that holds up to rough children.
Overall, I love Lifefactory’s bottles with sippy lids. We didn’t try out the nipple that came with it, because we have no need to do so. But the sippy caps are amazing and the bottle is as well. Not only are they amazingly functional, they are simply the prettiest sippy cups I have ever seen. I will use my Lifefactory bottles as long as we need them, and then will be excited to pass them on to a friend to enjoy. They’re that type of baby item. And those are my favorite kind.