January 31, 2007

Sweet Stainless Steel Sippy

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Good morning clean, cool water from a stainless steel sippy cup.

Stainless Steel Sippy Cup [Klean Kanteen, Greenfeet]

The 12 oz. Klean Kanteen water bottle with optional adapter takes regular Avent sippy spouts. It looks like most places sell it for about $16, which includes a 12 oz. toxin-free and non-leaching, durable, ultralight, dishwasher-safe, electropolished #304 stainless steel bottle coupled with a non-leaching #5 polypropylene adaptor and two (2) #5 polypropylene Avent sippy spouts. It uses materials which don't contain Bisphenol-A, which is thought to disrupt hormones, but is in pretty much every other plastic thing your kid chews on. All caps and lids fit all sizes of Klean Kanteens, so when the kid outgrows the sippy, swap a regular sports bottle cap or stainless steel flat cap. It's got a lame logo, but that should come off with a little metal polish. Klean Kanteen will also do private label branding of their bottles—minimum order for custom labeling with your own logo: 160 units.

11 Comments

As you're probably aware, we're looking for ways to avoid both Bisphenol-A and phthalates as a way of avoiding another orchiopexy, so this is a great find.

Although, as I wrote about, the American Chemistry Council wants you to believe that only phthalate and B-A laden plastics offer "Performance. Convenience. Fun." this proves that it's possible to get all three in a safe product.

We use Kleen Kanteen exclusively for our sippy cups now. The only drawback is that there's no insulation, so placing hot or cold liquid in the bottle makes the bottle close to the same temperature almost immediately.

Every sippy cup we have has trapped mold in the spout. Filth.

I will gladly invest $16 on a damn sippy cup if I don't have to deal with the built in mold filter of the plastic ones. Do you think that the stainless body will prevent that, people?

Hey, anyone else out there thinking what I'm thinking? How about some daddytype sippy cups?!

I don't think a stainless bottle would solve any mold/funk problems in the spout. The spout is still just a spout, and to keep 'em clean, you've got to sanitize once in a while.

In our experience, the spout is where the thing leaks. The round spout that snaps into the lid thing seems to fail after a few weeks. Now, if someone would make a one-piece lid/spout for that bottle...

The Klean Kanteen uses Avent Easy-Sip Toddler Spouts.

The mold issue in any sippy cup is a bit bewildering. You wash your cups every day, right?

I conferred with my wife and heard a story about a toddler in our playgroup who became sick. Surprise, surprise... the mother noticed the plastic sippy cup they've been refilling forever with juice had mold in its cap. I guess people need to be told to wash cups, and to take the valve insert out and wash it separately as well.

I love this thing -- great find, Greg! Re: insulation -- I use a builtny neoprene bottle sleeve. Works great.

The Avent sippy cup tops have a flat valve that's very easy to remove and clean. I think this would be about the most mold-resistant set-up around. But, yeah, you do have to wash it.

[great find, Andy. I'm just as excited as you are -ed.]

So when will these be available with the new Daddy Types logo?

[wait, you don't like the logo?? -ed.]

I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, I just thought you'd been hinting at a new design for a while now and this seems like a good forum to showcase it...

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