Why Are Sippy Cups Not Recommended?

What can I use instead of a sippy cup?

The occasional use of a sippy cup may not interfere with age-appropriate mouth development….Terrific alternatives can still protect from spills:Pop-up straw cups, like the Playtex Sipster, guaranteed by Playtex to be leak-free.

Fun valved toppers, like the Good2Grow Spill-Proof Bottle Toppers.More items…•.

What sippy cup should I start with?

If your infant is ready to start drinking water, breast milk, or formula out of something other than a bottle, trainer cups are the perfect place to start. (Read about transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup here.) Some parents skip directly to a “strawed” sippy cup or one of the newer 360 “rimless” cups.

When should babies start drinking water?

If your baby is under 6 months old, they only need to drink breastmilk or infant formula. From 6 months of age, you can give your baby small amounts of water, if needed, in addition to their breastmilk or formula feeds.

When should I give my baby a cup?

According to the AAP, age 6-9 months is an ideal time to let your baby experiment with cup drinking. You can do this with sippy cups (see below), or even help your baby drink from an open cup. This is just practice—he’ll be able to use a sippy cup solo by age 1, and an open-cup around age 18 months.

How do I choose a sippy cup?

Choose the right cup. Look for a sippy cup that is sturdy, spill-proof (so you’ll be in the clear when she throws it off the high chair — and she will!), weighted on the bottom (so it won’t tip over), and easy to grab. Most babies like cups with handles, but experiment until you find the right match.

Are sippy cups bad for teeth?

If the drink in the cup is milk or juice, the sugar will increase the risk of tooth decay. Bacteria growth. Once it has come into contact with the child’s mouth, sippy cups become a productive breeding ground for bacteria. This can enhance bacterial accumulation on the teeth.

Are sippy cups necessary?

Sippy cups can keep children hydrated in a spill-proof fashion, without requiring an enormous amount of clean-up and can help kids understand their own thirst. They can also be part of a variety of different cups parents use to help children understand different situations or simply develop drinking skills.

Do sippy cups cause crooked teeth?

The sippy cup teaches incorrect tongue placement. The reason is the spout — it contributes to the malformation of the hard palate, leading to malocclusions and crooked teeth. Prolonged usage of a sippy cup past 12 months slows down your child’s ability to develop proper drinking, swallowing, and articulation skills.

What age do babies drink from straws?

The best age to transition to a straw cup is between 9 and 15 months of age though it may vary depending on the baby. Just like introducing a sippy cup, there should be no major changes taking place in baby’s life while introducing a straw cup.

How long do sippy cups last?

“It depends on how often they are used, but daily sippy cups should be replaced every month or two max,” she says. “Kids are typically pretty hard on them and to avoid deep scratches in that amount of time is nothing short of a miracle.”

When should I stop milk before bed?

Say Goodbye to Milk before Bed After your little one’s first birthday, milk shouldn’t continue to be part of his bedtime routine. When you drop the bedtime bottle, there’s no need to replace it with anything. Milk before bed contributes to middle of the night wake ups and this is less than ideal.

Can adults use sippy cups?

Thankfully, you can still drink out of sippy cups as an adult without being judged too hard—you just have to invest in a grownup version (preferably one that doesn’t include a recommendation for “ages 1 to 3”). Here, the 12 coolest, spill-proof sippy cups for klutzy adults—and anyone who likes to drink on the go.

At what age should you stop using a sippy cup?

2In actuality, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be weaned from the sippy cup by age 2 (1). But in the real world, we know that can get a bit hairy. Though 2-year-olds may be able to drink effectively from a regular cup, they are likely to still spill regularly.

Is sippy cup or straw better?

For this reason, some pediatricians and speech and language pathologists recommend straw cups over sippy cups. With straw cups, your baby is more likely to learn the new skill of pulling her tongue to the back of her mouth when she drinks.

What type of cup should a 2 year old?

Similar to the options in 6-12 months, the type of cup you choose comes down to the child. Toddlers may prefer to move on from a spouted cup to a spoutless or straw because it’s easy for them to master at this age but all are still an option. Cup sizes are also larger, offering more capacity for milk and water.