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Essential travel mugs for busy parents

Section: Mum Buys
reusable coffee cup

As a busy mum or dad there's always something going on - a baby crying, a toddler wanting to go play outside, mouths to feed, washing to hang. Moments for a cup of coffee are few and far between and tend to result in a couple of sips before you rediscover it on the kitchen table some time later, stone cold. 

If this sounds familiar, we have the solution! With a travel mug you can take your hot drink on the go with you, and it will keep your drinks hotter for longer so you can actually enjoy your coffee or tea break.

Whether you're looking for a travel mug to take out and about with your pushchair, a non-spill option that will prevent any accidents, something to reduce your takeaway cup footprint, or a mug that will keep your drink hot so you can enjoy it for longer, here are some of the best travel mugs on the market - a true essential for any parent.

The best travel mugs

You may have seen, or even used, the brilliant Chilly's bottles - which can be used for hot and cold drinks. But we love this coffee cup version, great for on the go or even when you're busy at home. As with any Chilly's bottle there are loads of designs available, meaning you can match to your buggy and changing bag! We love this rose gold option for a bit of glitz. 

The Calix is SHO's reusable coffee cup. It has been designed to eliminate single-use coffee cups by providing a more satisfying drinking experience - it keeps drinks cool for 12 hours or hot for 6 hours.

Fit with the straw lid to transform into the perfect iced-coffee sipper (sold separately). Now available to personalise with a name or message.

Capacity 500ml. 

Review: "I use this all the time, even in the summer to keep water cool when I'm at home. I always forget about my coffee and often have to heat it up in the microwave, so this has been ideal. It's great for heading out on chilly walks too, doubling up as a hand warmer! I love the range of colours available and the lid fits snugly so no spills!"

This BODUM travel mug is made of double-walled, BPA-free plastic to keep your drink warm or cool for several hours. It has a closable lid with a stopper for the opening and a slip-proof rubber silicone band with BODUM branding.

It is spill-proof but not fully leak-proof so please keep it upright when in use. For easy cleaning, it's also dishwasher safe.

The Keep Cup is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and manufactured from recyclable materials. It comes in 3 different sizes (227ml, 240ml, 454ml) and has replaceable components that allow you to change the look of your cup whenever you want.

Leak proof and easy to clean, this travel cup is a great option for when you have your hands full as it opens and closes with one click. The slim shape looks great and means it will fit snugly into the bottle holder on your pushchair or in your changing bag. 

If you're a bit accident prone (and lets face it, plenty of spills happen when babies and toddlers are involved) then this is a great travel mug. Auto seal technology automatically seals between sips to prevent leaks and spills; while the lid-lock prevents the Auto seal button from accidently being pushed while on-the-go!

Another fab idea for hot drinks around kids, this Topl cup is completely spill-proof. Simply tighten the lid, then loosen it a bit, then press down the middle section, and off you go. You can drink from any angle - think of it as an adult 360 degree sippy cup! There are lots of different colours available, we love hot coral (pictured).

This is the world's first reusable travel cup made from recycled single-use cups, so you're doing the environment a favour too. It also has an innovative design allowing 360-degree drinking. It's BPA free and designed to last at least 10 years. Comes in three stylish colours.

Another briliant eco-friendly travel cup, made from rice husks. This clever cup is good for hot drinks as well as cold. It's ergonomically designed to make drinking fuss-free and easy, won't burn your hands and is dishwasher safe.


Having worked across a variety of magazines, on topics from food to travel to horses, Stephanie now works as a Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online. 

She loves taking her lurcher puppy Moss for long walks in the country, and spending time with her niece and two nephews. In her spare time she writes fiction books and enjoys baking (her signature bake is lemon drizzle cake).

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