Unless you’ve been living under a rock, BPA is one of those buzzwords most parents are familiar with these days. (And if you’re admittedly not on the ball, it stands for bisphenol-A, a harmful plastic substance frequently used in baby bottles and sippy cups.) Acronyms aside, all you really need to know is that it’s best to avoid kids’ products that aren’t touting themselves as BPA-free. Considering the dizzying array of choices on store shelves, I know I feel more comfortable turning to a brand whose name I’ve known since I was a child myself. Thermos has come out with a line of drinking cups with a name that you’ll love to say almost as much as you’ll love the products themselves. The Thermos Foogo Phases drinkware collection comes in stainless steel (great for keeping drinks like milk cold for up to 10 hours) and see-through cups (dubbed Tritan). Whether your toddler is just getting a handle on drinking from a cup or has graduated onto larger sizes to quench her thirst, you’ll appreciate the sporty, yet sturdy design of these cups. And since all the lids are interchangeable, you won’t have to spend time fitting the right top on the right cup when unloading the dishwasher.
In a Nutshell: When I think of Thermos, I remember sipping chicken soup from a mug in my lunchbox. Extending this feeling of comfort to your own child is something any mom can appreciate.