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We’re Moving!

I will be taking a break from writing for about a week because my daughter and I are moving. Don’t worry we aren’t leaving Columbus, just moving to a new neighborhood.

Moving is absolutely crazy, especially with a toddler. So for the next week, I will be packing, painting, and moving! 

[Photo credit: Box]

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Recently, I have been trying to figure out why my dishwasher smelled. It smelled like spoiled milk even after I ran it. This has been going on for a few weeks.

Then, I discovered the source of the foul oder. It was the sippy cups! I was letting my daughter drink from stinky sippy cups. Oh the mommy guilt! 

I asked another mom what was up with this. She told me that she had the same problem and her solution was to replace the sippy cups periodically. What a pain!

I did some research. I read other blogs to find out what people were saying about sippy cups and reusable bottles. 

My solution was to buy a Klean Kanteen for the munchkin, and recycle all our plastic sippy cups. I decided to buy a Klean Kanteen because the bottles are made from stainless steel, which according to their website says keeps the bottles from absorbing odors or causing drinks to taste funky. The bottles are also BPA-free. (Here is an article about plastics containing BPA. Another thing to worry about!)

Here is the Klean Kanteen review from Tree Hugging Family. The site also reviewed Sigg bottles. But according to the Sigg website, Sigg isn’t able to fill orders right now because of high demand. So, that wasn’t an option. 

The Klean Kanteen website was out of the sippy cups bottles, so I purchased the bottle from Maple Grace website.  I bought one 12 ounce bottle, which came with two convertors and two spouts. I also bought two extra spouts for good measure.  The bottle cost $17.95 and the spouts were $5.45. Yes, it was expensive. My hope is that I will never have to replace the Klean Kanteen. When she is older, we can switch from the sippy cup spouts to the sports top.

Verdict: We have been using the Klean Kanteen for one week, and so far it’s pretty good. No odors. It does keep water and milk colder than the usual sippy cup, especially when I throw a few ice cubes in. I have been handwashing it because that is what the company recommends it. The easiest way to wash the Klean Kanteen is to use the bottle brush that I used when my daughter was using bottles. 

The only downside is sometimes a little milk leaks out from the top of the bottle. It is leaking from the seal between the convertor and the spouts. 

Overall, I am happy with the purchase, and I do plan on buying another bottle so that we have two. 

[Photo Credit: Klean Kanteen]

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