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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

50 Fun Screen-Free Summer Activities For Kids

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Your kids have worked super hard all school year, and now it’s time for them to unwind and have some well deserved fun!

For many kids, summer break means spending hours upon hours on an iPad or gaming system, and while a healthy amount of screen time is perfectly ok (hey, I binged on Super Nintendo during summers in the early 90s), it’s equally important to encourage healthy outdoor play, arts and crafts, board games, reading and other activities that help with cognitive development.

With that said, below are 50 fun summer bucket list ideas for kids that encourage connecting with the outdoors, creativity, and family bonding.

I’ve even included a printable worksheet at the very bottom of this article in which your kids can list their top 10 favorite bucket list activities to try each week!

Download And Print the list below!

Fun And Simple Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

  • Build a bird house or bird feeder
  • Spend the day at a splash pad
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Donate old clothing and toys to a someone in need
  • Redecorate your room
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit your local zoo and pretend you’re on a safari
  • Go on a picnic
  • Do some star gazing in your backyard (use a telescope for extra fun)
  • Plan a trip to the aquarium
  • Go geo-caching
  • Go on a date with mom
  • Build a fort
  • Go see a movie in the movie theater
  • Spend the day at the beach and collect seashells
  • Learn how to make slime
  • Ride a bike
  • Write a story
  • Spend a day at the community swimming pool (or your own)
  • Visit a farm and pick some fruit or vegetables
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Go camping with friends or family
  • Read a chapter book
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Have a family game night
  • Start a rock collection
  • Visit a National Park
  • Watch fireworks
  • Start a journal or diary
  • Go bowling with your friends or family
  • Have a sidewalk chalk art show
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Make a lemonade stand
  • Help wash the car
  • Learn Origami
  • Play Mini Golf
  • Build a backyard obstacle course
  • Camp in the living room
  • Go rollerblading
  • Create your own comic book
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Start a book club

Your child can also create their own bucket list by choosing their top 10 favorite activities from our list above! Feel free to download and print the bucket list worksheet below!

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Epic Parenting Fails Confessed By Redditors

Parents Of Reddit Confess Their Most Memorable Parenting Fails, And We Can Totally Relate

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Whether you’re a new parent, or have been around the block a few times, you know that being a parent is really hard work.

I mean, if you don’t have crippling anxiety from constant worrying on a daily basis, are you even a parent?

That’s why I’ve put together a compilation of hilarious parenting fail confessions from Reddit which prove that we’re all just trying survive this whole parenting thing.

These parenting blunders are great to read if you’re having a bad day, or feel like the worst parent in the world. They also make you realize that we’re all human, and there is no such thing as a perfect parent.

Epic Parenting Fail Confessions By Parents Of Reddit

“I had my son on my shoulders this weekend just walking around. Ran his head right in the garage door”

“Either me or my husband changed the sheets of the baby’s bassinet pad and put it back in the bassinet upside down. For almost a week, our 2 month old was sleeping on a freaking hard board.”

“When my firstborn was about 3 weeks old I decided to put him in the stroller and go for a walk to the mall. I’d been wearing flip flops for weeks, so I decided to dust off a pair of platform sandals to celebrate the fact that I actually had balance again. Or so I thought. On our way home, I tripped over something and completely lost my balance. I went over and so did my stroller. And my 3 week old newborn rolled out onto the sidewalk.”

“I managed to pour an entire 5 oz bottle of formula on my son’s face at 3 in the morning.”

“Once I pinched my daughter’s finger in the carseat buckle so badly. I was even pushing on it because I thought it was stuck. I looked up and she was doing that inhale-before-cry thing. I felt like shit all afternoon.”

“We were camping. My 4 year old was acting up so he got sent for time out on a stump near the tent. He was upset so he was crying and sniffling. He knew he had to wait four minutes, but he kept starting to talk and I’d tell him to be quiet and start the time over. Finally (about 3 minutes) I got fed up and went to talk to him. Turns out there were ants on the stump. Only one, a really really large one, crawled up him and was biting a line across his neck and he couldn’t swat it off. I took it off and smashed it in my fingers. Then started crying myself and held my little boy. I still feel like shit when I think about it and it was a year ago.”

“I forgot to feed my kids dinner once, when they were really small. Got them all ready for bed, tucked them in, and then my son says, “When’s dinner?”

“I was getting off a plane a few weeks ago with my four month old in a baby carrier and I needed to get my diaper bag from the back of the overhead bin. Stepped on the seat, pushed up, and absolutely smoked my child’s head on the overhead bin”

“I was exhausted and had been trying to get her to sleep for the longest. She finally fell asleep in my arms and as I groggily walked into her room – BAM – I hit the doorframe with her little head. ”

“When our daughter was 6ish weeks old I put her car seat on the counter to get her out of it because I didn’t want to bend over, when I took her out I smoked her lil skull on the cabinet above her”

“My hubby was leaving for work and had his satchel over his arm, went to hug our baby goodbye and right after pulling away, the bag smacked our dude in the face.

“I accidentally punched him in the face when I was trying to pull up the chest buckle to armpit level in his car seat.”

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The Best Minecraft Alternatives For Kids

Fun And Free Downloadable Apps For Kids That Are Just Like MineCraft

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When I was a kid, my classmates and I were obsessed with Mario, Zelda and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, lol. Now I’m raising children who are obsessed with pickaxes and cement blocks.

How times have changed.

When my son turned 7, he came home from school one day and asked if I can download an online game for him called ”MineCraft”.

Now, I had heard about MineCraft, but I had never played it myself, so I had no idea what this online virtual game was all about, let alone if it was safe for a 7 year old child to play—and I definitely did not want to pay for an app that I wasn’t sure he was going to enjoy.

However, while at the app store, I noticed free apps with similar aesthetics to MineCraft—and I ended up downloading a gaming app called MultiCraft and other Minecraft “clones” that both of my kids enjoy to this day—even more than traditional video games.

What Are Build And Craft Games All About?

As I’ve watched [in awe] my son play MultiCraft [in particular] for the past year, I’ve come to the conclusion that MultiCraft and similar apps are basically virtual LEGOs with endless possibilities.

Though these games allow you to choose between survival and craft mode, my son seems to enjoy the latter—he enjoys creating homes and building structures that never cease to amaze me. And I think it’s really neat that he’s found this love for engineering and architecture that I didn’t know he had.

In fact, one of my son’s favorite things to build in MultiCraft are treehouses.

These kid-friendly building apps also do not have any missions like MineCraft offers. And while there is a chat option to communicate with other players, my son doesn’t have a need to use it, and the kids that are on chat mode simply ask for help or tips on building stuff—it’s very rated G.

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What Are The Benefits Of Build And Craft Apps?

I have noticed several benefits to allowing my child play with building apps that consist of the following:

A Better Understanding Of Math And Engineering

I have noticed that since my son started playing MultiCraft, he’s more aware of and quick to point out geometric shapes everywhere we go. He’s also problem solving and figuring out how to make things fit together.

Developed Interest In Science (Particularly Geology)

MultiCraft has taught him all about different rocks and mining elements like obsidian, coal, iron, quartz, etc., and it’s really neat that he likes to research and learn more about these when he’s not on the app.

Fosters Creativity

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, my son’s newfound engineering and design skills have surprised me on many levels. He’s able to express his creativity in a safe and controlled virtual environment, and the pride that he has in his creations are priceless.

Helps Him Destress And Unwind

Building apps are a great way for your child to relax and unwind after a long day at school. When my son comes home from school, we allow him around 30 minutes of iPad time—which he really looks forward to.

These kid-friendly building apps are really great outlets, and I think that they are awesome alternatives to not only Minecraft, but traditional video games as well.

Some of these recommended apps are even made for players as young as 4 years of age, while most others are recommended for ages 9 and older (this is based on difficulty level, but I find that even my 3 year old can navigate those pretty well).


Without further ado, below are some of our family’s favorite Minecraft game alternatives for young children that your kiddo(s) will really enjoy.

MultiCraft: Mine And Build

Developer: MultiCraft Studio

Age: 9+ (but, my 4 year old plays this too cause its so easy!)

Tagline: “World of unlimited opportunities.”

MultiCraft is the very first buidling app that I downloaded for my son and I honestly could not tell the difference between the actual MineCraft game and this free [copycat] version because the aesthetics are so identical.

This virtual building game contains almost the exact same features like: mobs, animals and building tools.

Like MineCraft, MultiCraft can be played in both survival and creative mode, and the only difference is lack of the infamous creepers. You do, however, get to spawn animals and villagers.

This game is for age 9 and up, but in my opinion it’s easy enough for a child as young as 3-4.

DINOCRAFT: Survive & Craft

Developer: Survival, Explore and Craft Games, LLC

Age: 9+

Tagline: “Dive into the world of prehistoric times with dinosaurs nearby. ”

In this app, your child is basically a caveman (or cavewoman) that can either build or play in survival mode.

This app is no different than all the other Minecraft alternatives with the exception of some really cool dinosaurs walking around.

Hence, if your child is into dinosaurs as well as virtual building, then this is a great app to download. This app is easy-going, easy to navigate, and the prehistoric theme is really cute.

BOOMCRAFT: Adventure & Building

Developer: Big8 Labs LTD

Age: 4+

Tagline: “An endless environment for building all your perfect buildings.”

Out of all the Minecraft clones, BoomCraft is perhaps the most basic and “little kid” friendly. It’s strictly all about building and doesn’t involve any mobs or weird creatures that try to raid your home.

BoomCraft is a very easy-going virtual game for kids, and easy enough for my 3 year old to navigate.

So if you’re looking for the most “rated G” building app out there, this is the MineCraft clone that you want to download.

KAWAII WORLD: Craft & Build

Developer: Bohdan Khylko

Age: 9+

Tagline: “a world of unlimited opportunities”.

Kawaii World may look feminine due to the pink color scheme, but both girls and boys, really enjoy playing this app.

This particular app begins with a pre-built house that your child can furnish and decorate, or you can venture out and build a whole new one.

Kawaii World gives your child the option of playing in both survival and builder mode, and your child can spawn a lot of really cute animals, villagers and traders.

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Best Sustainable Homework Desks For Kids

The Best Children’s Desks For Home Study

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If you want to give your kids the best advantage when it comes to academic learning, a good quality homework desk is a great investment to help a child excel.

Homework desks aren’t just for homeschooled children who participate in remote learning, they’re also a wonderful workspace for children who go to school and return home with homework assignments.

What To Look For In A Homework Desk

Finding an age appropriate desk is important because you want your child to be seated comfortably and have their supplies within arm’s reach. The recommended homework desks in this article are perfectly suited for children ages 5-12.

It’s up to you on whether you would like to purchase a desk made of wood, metal or hard plastic, but we recommend a homework desk made out of wood. Wooden desks are more sustainable, durable, less wobbly and more inviting.

All of the recommended homework desks in this article are made of different types of wood—from bamboo to engineered wood (which is eco-friendly because engineered wood utilizes less tree material per plank).

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Benefits of Homework Desks:

Promotes Concentration

Homework desks are a personal safe space that allow your child to concentrate and focus on their learning. Kids need a distraction free workspace that will help them retain what they’re learning.

Teaches Organization

Most homework desks come equipped with open and closed storage features which help your child learn to organize their learning material. It’s a great way to store writing material, books, and even a laptop while having it within arm’s reach yet out of the way to prevent clutter.

Provides Structure

Kids (and students) do best when they have structure, and a homework desk provides them with a familiar study space that belongs to them. Instead of bouncing around from doing written work at the kitchen table and reading a chapter book on the couch, a child can focus on those tasks in one area—their desk.

If a homework desk sounds good right about now and you’d like to get one for your child, then check out our 10 recommendations below!

KidKraft

KidKraft

KidKraft homework desks are especially great for children as young as 5 because they’re so low to the ground and have perfect sized chairs for little bodies. This particular homework desk is one of their best models and contains a nice amount of shelving and storage.

GuideCraft

GuideCraft

GuideCraft creates really lovely homework desks in multiple colors. And we really love the multiple storage compartments that this desk has to offer—perfect for separating homework assignments.

Melissa And Doug

Melissa & Doug

Melissa and Doug is household name for many families who have purchased the brand’s wooden toys throughout the years. This homework desk contains storage space for all of your child’s homework essentials and is great for small spaces.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

The Martha Stewart brand creates really lovely and durable furniture—and this homework desk is no different. It contains nice shelving and storage space for your child’s supplies and still has plenty of room for a laptop.

Lipper International

Lipper International

This homework desk by Lipper International is great for when you have more than one child. It has storage space all around and comes with two chairs. It’s also nice spacious up top which is perfect for puzzle building, arts and crafts and board games.

Unicoo

Unicoo

This sturdy homework desk by Unicoo is made from sustainable bamboo and contains a nice amount of shelving. It’s a great fit for any space in the home and perfect for either gender.

PrePac

PrePac

If space is lacking, then consider this floating homework desk by PrePac. It has a good amount of storage shelving and looks functional in any room of the house. The only con to this floating desk is that it does not come with a chair like other homework desks do.

These Sustainable Baby Clothes Grow With Your Baby

A Sustainable And Stain-Proof Clothing Line For Babies And Toddlers For Minimalist Parents!

Snug Bub

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When it comes to babies, two things are certain: they grow super fast, and they manage to get stains on their clothing very easily.

When my children were infants, I had laundry going on a daily basis. From diaper leaks to spit up, my kid’s rompers and onesies were always soiled with some type of surprise—and a lot of them were very hard to clean. Some of the stains were so bad, that I couldn’t even donate them.

Baby’s also grow extremely fast. From the newborn stage to three months is quite a phenomenal difference in size. And that means that they outgrow clothing at a super fast rate. Unfortunately for parents, that means you’re constantly spending money on baby apparel that will only be used for a couple of months within that first year of baby’s life.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if baby clothing were expandable and stain-proof? Oh, and might I add organic to the list? Well, such a clothing line does exist! And it has all of that criteria.

Snug Bub USA Expandable Sleeper


Snug Bub USA is an innovative sustainable clothing line, and the only online shop that sells expandable and stain-proof baby and toddler clothing made from organic cotton. With Snug Bub USA, you can use a romper/sleeper on a newborn, and watch it expand all the way to your baby’s first birthday!

The Snug Bub USA clothing line was inspired by the designer’s own children. So they know what it’s like to constantly have to buy the next size up, while worrying about stain removal. Thus, Snug Bub USA became a solution to these everyday problems that parents, just like you, face. They even have expandable baby socks that grow with your little one’s tiny feet!

Snug Bub USA Expandable Socks

Snug Bub USA clothing is organic, non-toxic and breathable—all important essentials for sensitive newborn skin. The family-owned company also has a 30 day money back guarantee just in case you’re not satisfied with your purchase!

Investing in expandable and stain resistant baby clothing is also great if you’re going the minimalism route—which many parents are doing. A minimalist wardrobe saves money, closet space and a headache; because after your baby outgrows their clothing, you’re stuck with a pile of stained, ripped and unmanageable pile of baby clothing that nobody wants to take off of your hands. True story. Been there. Done that.

So, if you’re expecting a baby, or if you’re a new mom wanting to switch to sustainable baby clothing, give the Snub Bub USA clothing line a try. You might really enjoy the sustainable simplicity that’s healthy, functional and so darn cute!

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Teen Girls

Environmentally Friendly And Trendy Gift Ideas For Eco-Conscious Teenage Girls

Updated on March 9, 2022

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The current generation of young people are more aware of environmental issues that are plaguing this planet.

We have more young people speaking out against climate change, and striving to live more sustainably, which is really commendable.

Many teens and young adults understand the negative impact of disposable plastic waste, and have embraced the use of reusable products such as water bottles, straws, and other zero waste must-haves to help lower their carbon footprint.

Many teenagers also help with organizing and engaging in community trash pick up, and helping spread awareness regarding single-use plastic pollution through social media apps like Instagram, TikTok and VSCO.

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So, if you have a teen who’s eco-conscious and passionate about the green living movement, then you have one inspiring child!

And you’re in luck—because there are quite a few eco-friendly products that kids these days are really embracing—and I’ve listed the top must-have gift items to help inspire you on your ‘eco-friendly’ gift search.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Eco-Conscious Teen Girls

Brand | W7

The W7 vegan makeup set comes with all the neutral tone “basics”. This makeup set is cruelty free and made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients that are gentle enough for teen skin.

Brand | Urban Kissed

If the teen in your life loves fitness and activewear, then you should check out the recycled activewear collection at Urban Kissed! There are lots of great styles to choose from, and all the brands are ethically made!

Brand | Karma Organic

The Karma Organic nail polish sets are vegan, cruelty-free, nontoxic, and make perfect eco-friendly gifts for teen girls who love nail polish. This brand is great for sensitive skin, and is even safe enough for children and pregnant women.

Brand | LuckyPads

If your teen prefers natural alternatives to disposable period pads, which have so many unhealthy chemicals, get them a starter pack of reusable organic cotton menstrual pads at LuckyPads. The fabric is breathable, non-toxic, and can be thrown into the wash countless times. Plus, the designs are really cute!

Brand | Sinbono

For the older teen who is into purses, check out the gorgeous vegan handbags at Sinbono. There are a ton of styles to choose from (although the Ava bag shown above is my personal favorite) and they are all ethically and sustainably made.

Brand | Merbabe

The Merbabe face mask kit is an awesome beauty gift for teen girls of all ages. Each mask features a collection of organic plant-based ingredients to soothe, cleanse, and nourish your skin. These masks are also non-toxic and vegan!

Brand | Jangoul

Bamboo Sunglasses are incredibly stylish and are becoming a favorite ethical fashion accessory amongst eco conscious consumers. We particularly love the Jangoul brand because of the fun designs that they incorporate into the frame!

Brand | Birkenstock

Kids, teens and women everywhere are wearing Birkenstocks. Thats because these eco-friendly shoes are cute, comfy and sustainable! Birkenstocks are made with earth friendly material such as jute, cork, wool, and felt (to name a few!)

Brand | Jungle Culture

This beautiful metal safety razor by Jungle Culture is reusable and comes with a really cute jute travel bag. You can literally use any double edge razor blade brand for this razor, and it will greatly help prevent and reduce razor bumps! More and more young women are making this eco-friendly switch! The packaging itself is very classy and makes a beautiful zero waste gift!

Brand | Converse

Many people don’t know that the Converse Chuck Taylors are actually sustainable and manufactured with eco-friendly material like recycled plastic bottles, rubber and cotton canvas. Girls are also loving the new lugged trend that’s popular right now.

Maker Home Studio

Boba teas are incredibly popular right now, and this super cute reusable boba cup set by Maker Home Studio is BPA free, and comes with accessories consisting of sticker decals and a reusable stainless steel straw!

Hydro Flask

Brand | Hydro Flask

Remember back in middle school and high school when you really had to have a certain brand because it’s what all the other kids were wearing? The same goes with water bottles these days. Everyone has to have a Hydro Flask. I’m not sure how this particular brand gained so much popularity amongst kids, but I will tell you that they have good taste.

The Hydro Flask is actually one of the finest built reusable water bottles on the planet. It maintains temperature extremely well, and it’s incredibly durable. The ones with the flex handle are especially popular, and you will see kids decorating them with all sorts of decals and stickers.

Brand | FJALLRAVEN KANKEN

True, it has a funny name that even I have trouble pronouncing, but, this isn’t just any backpack. This is a fashion must-have for middle school girls all across the country. Although this Swedish-born book bag was created in the late 70s, the VSCO lifestyle that so many teens are embracing, has made this bag a fashion icon. But, there’s more to this hipster looking backpack than just aesthetics, the FJALLRAVEN KANKEN backpack is made from sustainable and ethically sourced material, is dirt and water resistant, and will last a lifetime.

Brand | Final Straw

Single-use plastic straws are everywhere, and chances are that your teen gets tempted to use them at school or anywhere else they go to where drinks are sold (like StarBucks). So help her combat plastic straw temptation with a reusable travel straw.

Teens are constantly on the go, so the best type of reusable straw is a collapsible one—and the FinalStraw is one excellent reusable and collapsible straw. Does the name sound familiar? That’s because you might have seen the founders of this brand on an episode of SharkTank. But aside from their popularity, these straws are functional, durable, cute and have a lifetime guarantee.

Brand | Kim Soong

One of the best ways to make a statement, especially as a young teen is with a t-shirt that has a good graphic and solid message. And one of the biggest fashion trends in the last year is a “save the bees” tee. Young girls love sporting graphic art that promotes environmental awareness and animal rights.

Brand | HaloLife Masks

If you’re shopping for a reusable face mask as a gift for your teen, then you need to purchase one that’s stylish, made out of sustainable fabric, and contains nanotechnology! The HaloLife masks are one of the best around because the inner layer is made from soft, sustainable bamboo, and they contain replaceable filters that last 200 hours and trap pathogens thinner than a strand of hair!

Apple Valley Natural Soap

Brand | Apple Valley Natural Soap

Girls love gift baskets full of skincare and beauty products. And based on personal experience (having ordered these products myself), I can assure you that Apple Valley Natural Soap makes the most luxurious hand-made haircare and skincare products! Check out their selections of gift baskets (which sell out fast)! Also, take 10% off with code AVNSDIARIES10

5 Reusable Straws Your Kids Will Love!

Plastic-Free Reusable Straws Made Just For Kids


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There are a ton of reusable straws on the market these days. But when it comes to kids, a majority of “reusable” straws that you see online or in the store are made of plastic. Granted, these reusable plastic straws are BPA free and perfectly safe to use, they’re still not eco friendly because they’re not recyclable, biodegradable, or zero-waste.

In my opinion, the best reusable and zero waste straws for kids are made of silicone. Silicone straws are durable yet soft enough on the teeth, and they don’t absorb hot or cold temperatures like metal straws do. Plus, they last a very, very long time—making them sustainable and zero-waste because there’s no need to replace them.

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Silicone straws are also dishwasher safe and just as easy to clean as any other reusable straw. And that’s important, because when it comes to kids, a whole lot of goo gets absorbed into these straws. My daughter is constantly using her reusable straws whenever she has a drinkable yogurt, a smoothie or any other thick beverage.

With that said, below you’ll find five of the best reusable straws for kids (all silicone) that your child will really love!

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AMALKA + ALBERT

AMALKA + ALBERT

These reusable silicone straws by Amalka + Albert are made from food grade silicone and are adorned with little animal friends, which kids love. They add so much fun to these little straws! This set comes with 4 silicone straws and one straw brush cleaner.

NIGHTINGALE

Nightingale

These silicone straws by Nightingale come in a set of 6 and have bendable tips which prevent spilling. They’re made from 100 percent platinum cured silicone which is much softer than natural silicone and are chew mark resistant.

SOFTY STRAWS

SOFTY STRAWS

These silicone straws for kids by Softy Straws come in a set of four with a squeegee straw cleaning tool that gets all that gunk out, and keeps your child’s straws nice and clean. These straws are bendy, collapsible, flexible and perfect for thin liquids as well as thick smoothies!

TEGION

TEGION

These reusable silicone straws by Tegion come in a set of 6 and include one straw cleaning brush. These straws are designed for sippy cups, but can be used in any small tumbler, mug and other small beverage containers. Mom can even borrow one to use in her wine glass!

MOOD STRAWS

MOOD STRAWS

These reusable silicone straws for kids by Mood Straws are awesome because they change color in cold liquid! These silicone straws come with a squeegee cleaning tool and are great for both thin and thick liquids. You can get these straws in two colors: berry and ocean.

Best Eco-Friendly Sippy Cups For Babies And Toddlers

Environmentally friendly and Non-Toxic Sippy Cups That Are Great For Babies And Toddlers

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Saving the planet and making it a greener place to live in begins with eco-conscious parenting. And there are several plastic swaps that you can make for your children as soon as they are born—some of which are feeding supplies.

We also live in a time where everything is mass produced and most of the sippy cups and dinnerware for toddlers that are on store shelves are made from plastic. And as a parent, I know how tempting it can be to purchase one because, let’s face it, they’re inexpensive and have your child’s favorite character on it. Heck, it even says it’s BPA-free, which serves as a reassurance for parents that the product is safe to drink out of. But, just how safe is it?

Unfortunately, BPA-free Sippy cups and bottles still leach other chemicals that have replaced the function of BPA—and they’re not any healthier. Just like disposable plastic bottles, even BPA-free drink ware can leach chemicals that disrupt hormones.

As a health conscious adult, I bet you prefer to purchase plastic alternatives when it comes to reusable water bottles. Maybe you’ve bought a stainless steel or glass water bottle because of these findings— so why not have the same concern for your child?

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So what can you do? The best investment that you can make for your child’s health is to switch to a nontoxic and eco-friendly sippy cup. Anything, but plastic. No matter how cute it is. And you know what? Most eco-friendly sippy cups are either biodegradable or recyclable!

Not many parents realize that some of the most basic essentials for babies and toddlers like bottles, sippy cups and dinnerware are available in nontoxic, compostable, biodegradable and recyclable varieties.

What Are Eco-Friendly Sippy Cups Made Of?

Eco-friendly sippy cups are made out of some really cool environmentally friendly material. Some are made out of your typical stainless steel, glass and silicone—and then you have some that are made from recycled waste products like rice husks, wheat straw, and recycled milk jugs (which I think is so clever).

Some sippy cups come with spouts and some come with silicone straws—some even have 360 degree lids for more advanced drinkers. Personally, it was easier for my daughter to transition from bottle to a straw, so if you’re having a hard time transitioning your little one to a “big kid” cup, consider one with a reusable straw instead of a spout.

By switching your children to eco-friendly sippy cups, you’re also instilling a green mindset, and teaching them about plastic alternatives. And they’ll carry this knowledge with them throughout their whole lives and make smarter choices in adulthood as conscious consumers.

Another thing to consider is that baby bottles and sippy cups aren’t needed long term. Our kids outgrow them anyway. It’s not like they’re going to take them to college. And where do they go? The landfill! So let’s at least make a collective effort to keep plastic sippy cups out of landfills by switching to drinkware that is recyclable, biodegradable and compostable!

Below are some of the best eco-friendly, compostable and biodegradable sippy cups that have been hand picked by Eco Mom Diaries! All are BPA-free, nontoxic and safe for consumption by your kids.

Nontoxic Sippy Cups For Babies And Toddlers

Bamboo Bamboo Glass Sippy Cup

Bamboo Bamboo

These beautiful and eco-friendly glass sippy cups by Bamboo Bamboo are available in many colors and each glass cup is wrapped in a silicone sleeve and contains a bamboo lid with BPA-free straw. Some moms don’t like the particular straw design, but you can always incorporate your own (especially if baby prefers a bendable one).

REPLAY RECYCLED MILK JUG SIPPY CUPS

Replay

These no-spill sippy cups by RE-PLAY come in a pack of 2 and are made from recycled milk jugs! In fact, one cup saves two milk jugs from the landfill, which is really awesome! They have an easy to clean silicone valve and are extremely durable. Moms seem to be very satisfied with these!

Klean Kanteen Beach Bum Sippy Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen

This eco-friendly sippy water bottle by Klean Kanteen is made from high quality food-grade stainless steel and is molded to fit your child’s little hands, while the large mouth opening can fit ice, and is easy to fill and pour. This sippy features an easy to clean electropolished interior that doesn’t retain flavors and it’s dishwasher safe.

TRUE NORTH STAINLESS STEEL SIPPY CUP

True North

This 9oz stainless steel sippy cup by True North is double wall insulated and keep your child’s drinks cold for up to 24 hours. It has an elegant sleek design and handles for easy grip. You can even customize this cup yourself by adding vinyl letters for your little one, or as a baby shower gift for an expecting mom.

MOD WAVE SILICONE TODDLER CUP

Mod Wave

The Mod Wave sippy cup for babies and toddlers is made from 100% food grade silicone and can hold 4.4 fluid ounces of liquid. This Sippy cup is easy on the gums and contains a heart shaped handle for easy carry—and the lid can be removed and used as a regular cup as your child grows.

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WOLFSAY WHEAT STRAW SIPPY CUPS

This 8.5 oz sippy cup by WOLFSAY is made from biodegradable wheat straw—they’re completely compostable! It’s also extremely durable and contains a leak proof silicone sealing ring. The two handles are perfect for younger toddlers. The only con is that we wish more wheat straw sippy cups were manufactured because they’re so great!


THINKBABY STAINLESS STEEL SIPPY CUP

Thinkbaby

These Eco-friendly 9oz stainless steel sippy cups by ThinkBaby come equipped with easy grip handles and a travel top. It’s made from 304 stainless steel that’s dishwasher safe and a medical grade silicone spout.

SUNZIO STAINLESS STEEL SIPPY CUPS

Sunzio

These 10 ounce eco-friendly sippy cups by SUNZIO are made from kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel, and come in a pack of 4. The spouts and sleeves are made of food-grade silicone. The only con is that the silicone spout stretches over the mouth of the cups and over time, can wear out and rip if stretched too forcefully. Other than that, it’s a great product with many praises from green moms.


CUPKIN STAINLESS STEEL SIPPY CUPS

These 8 ounce sippy cups by CUPKIN are made from stainless steel and come in a pack of two. They each come with a food-grade reusable silicone straw, and can be used without them. The only con is that younger babies might flip open the lid if not supervised.

Bamboo Bamboo [Bamboo + Silicone] Multi-Purpose Cups

Bamboo Bamboo

If your little one wants to skip the spout and use a “big kid“ cup, then the Bamboo Bamboo cup is perfect for all ages—even babies! The soft inner silicone which flows over the edge of the rim allows these adorable cups to be used as is, or with a reusable straw. They also double as smoothie and ice cream cups and come in a variety of pretty colors!