The Take n Toss cups were a good transition cup for us because they were a cheap way for me to make a decision and have enough cups to have a nice rotation. But...they're cheap! Dylan bites holes in the spouts and Stella (the dog) has eaten a few of the cups whole. I made sure to hand wash them, but the newest study about the dangers of plastic reinforced my concerns that they cups break down too easily (this is based in no way on science...just my own feelings about the cups).
This morning I decided that Dylan and I would take a field trip to Home Goods. He loves to look around at stuff and well...so do I. I'm a terrible decision maker when it comes to most things, but especially things for the house, so the only things we actually purchased were from the kid's section. I got a really cool Hape activity cube which Dylan already loves. I finally bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and it did a great job of amusing Dylan when he got tired of sitting. He seriously loves books.) And I bought a couple of Oxo Tot sippys that actually transition into regular cups.
They are spill-proof and it really seems to be true. I only saw a little spray when dropped really hard. But they have a really nice speed, slower than the Take and Toss cups, but not too slow. And I guess that all Oxo Tot lid types fit the same cup. So I can just buy straw cup tops when I'm ready and use the same bottom half (which has ounce and ml measurements - key for those of use who really need to keep track of what lo drinks). I got ones that have handles even though Dylan is fine without them, but they are also removable.
It's probably kind of nerdy to write a whole post about sippy cups and to actually be excited about it, but I am! I need to go back and get a couple more later this weekend! (At Home Goods, they are $2 off the Amazon price!)
And to summarize our overall bottle weaning process, it took about 2 days to be fully on sippys and it did not seem to bother Dylan too much. His total volume has decreased about 6 ounces to just 12 ounces a day which is not awesome, but it's enough and he has upped his solids intake a bit to compensate. At our last appointment, we learned that he's still stuck at 17 1/2 pounds (13.5 months adjusted, 17 actual) and has been since around Christmas. He is getting taller, which means he's getting skinnier! The doc revised her expectation for us...she now wants him to maintain 18 pounds through age 2. So we are still battling, but Dylan will eat a wide variety of foods which is great, we just need to keep pushing the volume!