Sippy cups are a daily hassle for parents. What one do I choose? Where did it go? Where are all the pieces? Nearly one-third of toddlers with tooth decay problems used sippy cups, according to the study published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. Sippy cups were developed for children who have outgrown bottles and are too young to manage a full-size cup on their own. Sippy cups are much like sucking on a baby bottle. When toddlers drink from sippy cups, they immerse the six upper front teeth. If there’s something sweet in the cup, and the child is drinking from it all day, those teeth are literally bathed in sweet stuff all day long, and that includes milk which contains the sugar lactose. Sippy cups should be used only as a transitional step for children, not as a long-term solution, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. It also can teach children long term life long habits of sipping on sugary drinks during the day as adults. “Spill Proof” Sippy cups are not recommended because they cause children to suck, causing the same problems as a pacifier. This causes the swallowing reflex to develop improperly.
- Don’t allow children to use sippy cups throughout the day. Save them for snacks and mealtimes.
- Let children drink the occasional sugary beverage only through a straw, with a meal. Sippy cups with flexible rubber straws are fine.
My favorite cups are the Munchkin 360 cups. They are not spill proof but decrease the risk of spills while teaching the child to drink out of a regular cup.