In which Ariel reviews how she mixed and matched accessories from the Pura Kiki to transition from a infant bottle to a toddler sippy cup. She tried them all! This post contains affiliate links to her favorite bottles and accessories.
Pura Kiki Infant Bottle 5 oz. & Vacuum Insulated Bottle 9 oz.
We have been using the Pura cups since Bean was about a 10 months and I am still just as in love with them now as they day I bought them. But mine isn’t the only opinion that matters – Bean is the one who uses them. Does she love them? Who knows, she is a toddler.
I originally bought both the 5 oz Pura Kiki Infant bottle set and the 9 oz Pura Kiki Insulated Toddler Bottle. I bought additional sippy spouts and the silicone sealing disks to round out my collection. But this only scratches the surface of available options. The Pura transitional system is meant to grow with your child, helping them transition from the bottle to a sippy cup to a sports water bottle. It can also be used for storing food and liquids with the use of the silicone sealing disks. Pura is multi-functional. This 100 percent plastic-free cup made from food grade stainless steel and medical grade silicone is truly one of a kind.
I ended up not using the infant nipple because we used Dr. Brown’s bottles with Bean. For anyone not familiar with them, Dr. Brown’s bottles are designed to mimic the amount of suction needed for breastfeeding, which is considerable. So the regular nipple that came with the Pura set was too easy; Bean was sucking so hard she was choking herself. I didn’t look any further at the time, but Pura does offer other type of nipples including slow, medium and fast flow-rate and y-cut nipples. Also, Pura bottles are compatible with Avent Silicone Spouts (NOT nipples), Born Free Nipples, Dr. Brown’s Wide Neck Nipples, MAM Nipples, Pigeon Nipples & Spouts and Think Baby Nipples & Spouts.
So this time around, we went straight to the sippy spout with the 5 oz bottle. Next time? Who knows! The possibilities are endless! I will most likely experiment with the different types of nipples or buy wide mouth Dr. Browns (we used the standard with Bean) to see if that makes our transition any easier. The 5 oz. bottle is a single wall cup – making it considerably lighter than the 9 oz. The 9 oz is double-walled making it heavier but better insulated to keep your cold stuff cold and your hot stuff piping hot! We started with the 5 oz because Bean lacked the upper body strength to hold the larger insulated cup up. Also, I am of the opinion that there is nothing cuter than tiny hands holding tiny objects. In retrospect we could have gotten the 9 oz single wall version, but we didn’t; we made it work. That is the beauty of this system. You can make it work for you.
We have been using this combination – 5 oz cup with the sippy spout - without fail until recently. About a month ago Bean discovered that if she turns the cup upside down and jabs the sippy spout into the tray of her highchair, the coffee table, the floor – any surface really – she can get the liquid out. She then proceeds to lap her drink up, like a dog. Toddlered! Toddlers are strange.
For the time being, we have switched to the Munchkin 360 sippy, which is much harder to create drinking puddles with. Not impossible - she somehow manages - but considerably more challenging. If my daughter puts half as much dedication into personal growth as she does figuring how to saturate the surrounding area with her drink, she will be unstoppable. But soon we will transition to the larger insulated cup with the silicone straw. After that? Eventually the sports cup.
My current favorite way to use the system is definitely not as prescribed. I drilled a hole in the silicon sealing disk just slightly smaller than the stainless steel boba tea straws I use for smoothies. Now with the sealing disk inserted in the 9 oz double-walled cup the straw stays securely in place. Voila! I have the perfect sippy cup for giving Bean a part of my daily smoothie. This is the ONLY way I can get her to eat spinach or kale. Who am I kidding?! Smoothies are the only way I will eat kale. If you don't keep an eye on your little this unorthodox use of the Pura Kiki can potentially be messy though.
I included links to both Purastainless.com and Amazon throughout the article. I did my research on Pura's website then purchased off Amazon. I found Amazon to be unnecessarily confusing because each combination - including different color combinations - is listed separately. But in the end it was worth it for me to purchase through Amazon because I found sets that included extra nipples, sippy spouts and straws at no extra cost. Just make sure to double check the list of accessories in the set to ensure you are getting what you need.
What are your plans? Is a transitional system like the Pura Kiki Bottles for you? Let us know in the comments below!
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