Drinking Glasses for Montessori Babies and Toddlers

Drinking Glasses for Montessori Babies and Toddlers I Vibrant Wanderings

Oh so many options!

I wrote about introducing a water glass when Annabelle, my now three year old, was a baby. Her little brother has just turned one and has recently become obsessed with drinking water from a glass, so we’ve had fun letting him try out various drinking vessels. The kitchen in our new home has far, far more cabinet space than our previous space, where we stored all of our kitchen goodies in the original 1950’s cabinetry. What that change means in practical terms is that a whole lot of space has been opened up for Annabelle and Elliot’s things, including their drinking glasses. 

While the stainless steel cup and the shot glasses that held Annabelle’s first sips of water work just fine, all were being washed the other day and Elliot needed a drink precisely now, so I was looking around for a substitute and found a plethora of options. Being the Montessori nerd that I am, I took each of them out, lined them up on the counter, smiled and giggled, and thought, “my goodness, I have to take a picture of these!” And so I did. I was thinking that many of you may have a baby or toddler in need of his or her own first cup and, if you haven’t recently moved and packed and unpacked every item in your kitchen like I have, you may not realize how many little treasures tucked away in your kitchen are calling your wee one’s name.

Drinking Glasses for Montessori Babies and Toddlers I Vibrant Wanderings

If you’re not sure why you’d skip the sippies and give your baby an ordinary cup, check out my first post on drinking glasses for an explanation of why all those spills are well worth it. Then, come back and see if you have one of the following lying around, pull it out, rinse it off, and let your baby or toddler give it a try.

From left to right, we have a:

  • Stainless steel condiment cup
  • Stainless steel espresso cup (I think this one was designed with coffee connoisseurs who love camping in mind. I actually found it at a tiny health food store, but I can imagine it being for sale at REI or some other outdoorsy place).
  • Bamboo cup from a sake set
  • Wee ceramic tea cup from a mini tea set
  • Glass shot glass
  • Silver cup from a Turkish Coffee set

Once your child becomes comfortable with a small cup or glass and starts wanting more to drink at a time, you can upgrade them to a rocks glass, small juice glass, or other medium-sized vessel. My new brand of choice for baby, toddler, and preschooler drinking glasses is Duralex (no, they didn’t pay me to say that!), which the husband and I actually use in appropriate sizes for us, too. I was turned on to them by Emily, and have never looked back. I love them because they’re real glass, but are incredibly strong, too. It’s likely you already have something that will work perfectly for your children on hand, though. It’s amazing what you can find when you start looking around.

Does or did your baby, toddler, or preschooler have a favorite cup or glass? Any favorites you’d like to recommend?

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9 thoughts on “Drinking Glasses for Montessori Babies and Toddlers

  1. Amy G

    We love Duralex, but Q-ball seems to want to use a different kind of vessel everytime she drinks- she’s really into water bottles right now, so our kleen kanteens are getting lots of use, even at dinner.

    1. melissa Post author

      Annabelle has been preferring her water bottles much of the time, too! So funny. Novelty has an extra special appeal at this age, I think.

  2. Janine

    I think I would die of the cute watching a baby drink from a Turkish coffee cup! We started with shot glasses and then wide rocks glasses mostly. We did get some hand-me-down sippy cups that I still like to avoid spills (not while drinking, but if they’re left on the coffee table!) in the living room, but I never bought sippy cups. (I actually almost didn’t share a photo recently because I was embarrassed by the sippy visible in the background!)

    1. melissa Post author

      Sippies definitely have their place! It’s important to let kids spill and make a mess often, but it’s also important for us parents to keep our sanity, don’t ya think? We have one klean kanteen sippy top for outings, and it does come in handy at times, though the sport top works just fine, too.

  3. courtney

    I’ve struggled so much with this – Lorelei insisted on using a straw for so, so long (never used a bottle, refused sippy cups) and we’ve never transitioned her to a regular cup even though she’s 26 months old now. I feel horrible about it! In lots of ways, I let her experiment and explore, and then there are other things I’m control-freak-y about (like how I realized a few months ago that I had never served her spaghetti – just small noodles that are easier to manipulate by hand and fork). Sigh…

    1. melissa Post author

      We all have our little things, and there has to be a balance between embracing the mess, and respecting our own need for order. I remember reading your posts before about Lorelei and straws, and it does seem like you have really followed her lead, which is so much more important than doing things in some specific way. You are awesome – no feeling horrible allowed here!

  4. Rachael

    I’m so glad you linked to this post this week, because I would have missed it otherwise while we were away. I’ve been meaning to ask you for tips on teaching little C how to drink from a cup on his own. Turns out that all I had to do was tolerate a few spills. He’s still spills a lot of water, and he still asks me for help, but he’s pretty much drinking on his own now. It took one day. Thank you!


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