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breaking up with sippy cups

With kids you constantly have this battle of independence vs. convenience. Do you unload the dishwasher yourself in 5 minutes without breaking any dishes, or let your toddler "help"? Leave your kid in diapers so you can go to Target without fear of consequences, or watch them like a hawk stalking them with a tiny toilet in the house all day in an attempt to potty train? So many baby things were invented to make the parents life easier.

Sippy cups is one of those things. Our are getting increasingly lost or worn out. But we've got this habit with Olive, age 2 and some months... wake up in the morning, relax on the couch, throw her a sippy cup of milk she can leave around or drink out of and be peaceful.

She can drink out of normal cups now, but there's a risk to that. They spill. They can't be left on the couch.

I read all these posts against sippy cups...

1) They teach kids to just have a drink around with calories that you mindlessly nurse all day. Some ADULTS have this habit... just gotta have a drink in hand! It's not really healthy. Hydration is important, sure, but it shouldn't be thoughtless. And let's face it, for both kids and adults, most of the time we have something in a cup it is not pure water.

2) Injuries due to sippy cups are notable. They turn into projectiles in car accidents. Early walkers stumble while holding on to them.

3) Bad for teeth/mouths/speech development etc to be sucking on something all day instead of just taking a good size drink from a normal cup and calling it good.

So that's where we're at. I'm constantly tempted to have sippy cups for olive because they're so darn easy... so now that ours are worn out, I want to buy some new ones. But NO, be strong, I'm saying, we can gain independence!



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Oct. 3rd, 2015 02:16 pm (UTC)
I think that we did not really try to enforce real cups until just shy of the third birthday.

And our child who is turning 5 today has one straw cup that is made for toddlers that he likes for his breakfast juice. The cups are expensive, and I am not buying another one so we were trying to convince him to have breakfast juice out of a normal cup. And it was not happening.

Most of our straw cups contain water. They are not being constantly sucked on all day. There have been some phases of straw chewing with the silicone straws. We have bought replacement straws.

Oct. 3rd, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
I think argument #1 is silly but my kids only drink water. (I offer milk but they only ever want water).

I am not worried about any of the other things either.

I'm ALL for not having water spilled all over the house on a daily basis. Plus my kids drink water multiple times in the night. Sippy cups forever!

(Actually i look forward to getting rid of plastic and they're annoying but I still don't see us getting rid of them anytime soon).
Oct. 3rd, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
I remember that! And also the day I looked into the drawer of old sippy cups and thought, Not being used, give em away. I think there's another dimension to this as well, which is, how much does the parent want to push for independence vs. how laid back is she. Because your kid is not going to sixth grade with sippy cup in hand or in diapers, so you can wait until it's obviously time for the kid to let go or you can work to make it happen. I don't think either is the obvious choice, but then, Tristan was still in diapers when he was four, so don't listen to me! And we were frantic! Our problem was that we were too much on the "it will evolve" side, waiting for his supposed cues and not realizing that he was totally fine with avoiding anything new and scary. Finally - after consultation with child psychiatrist ha ha ha - we just took away the diapers and presented the Spiderman underpants. Done. But probably could have been done a year earlier, if we'd understood the issue.
Oct. 3rd, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)

We always have a water bottle out for beau to drink whenever she wants. She only uses sippy cup of milk at the table for three meals a day and two snacks. But we have these really cool cups that don't spill and saved my life! She's been using these for a few months http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00MRZIGVG/ref=sr_ph_1?qid=1443884754&sr=sr-1&m=ATVPDKIKX0DERπ=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70&keywords=sippy+cup

Love them!!

Edited at 2015-10-03 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
I am pro-sippy cup! I feel like the anti-sippy cup thing is bunk. Isaac has been drinking out of open cups since 1. He has no preference for open cup versus sippy cup, at pre-school they pour their own drinks out of pitchers into regular cups, he does just fine. I can see if they refuse to drink out of anything else than it makes sense to work on that, but it's not a problem for us.

As for sippy cups that just hang around causing tooth decay, in our house they do have water in them, occasionally milk, and furthermore they stay on the table.

But mostly we use sippy cups at night, so if he's thirsty in the night he can drink and not spill anything in the dark.

We also use them when we're out of the house. I absolutely hate those straw cups, too hard to clean. I love my sippy cups for out and about.

Long live the sippy cup!

(Edit: Isaac is 3.5. I plan on continuing to use sippy cups for out and about and for night time until he's too embarrassed to use them)

Edited at 2015-10-03 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
We have a strict no food/drink on the carpet policy. Child #1 is pretty good about this at almost four and Child #2 is learning and needs reminders at 18 months. Sometimes he is cheeky and will sit on the carpet with his feet on the tile or vis-versa.

We do still use sippy cups for both, but Child #1 also has some small open cups he uses. They have to be guarded from Child #2 because he is in the "pour it out and see what happens" stage.

They also have water in them most of the time. I would worry if they dragged them all over and never set them downn but they tend to stay on the counter or get put in the fridge.

At this point I don't plan on buying any more and figure they will be open cups when all the lids die.
Oct. 3rd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Even my eight-year-old can't really drink out of a normal cup without spilling it half the time. Cups with covers are just easier. She only drinks water, but it's not fun to clean water.
Oct. 3rd, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
We used sippy cups just for the convenience of not having a mess if they tipped over. He didn't always have to have one-he would just have one with snacks or meals. (Man do they get funky though)

With unloading the dishwasher, it was never really a problem because he never really wanted to help. Still doesn't. :P
Oct. 3rd, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
When I decided it was time for my son to graduate from the sippy cup, he had no trouble switching to a regular cup -- except for when he was drinking milk. For some reason, for months after he switched to a regular cup for water (or anything else) milk had to be in a sippy cup. Finally he moved to a regular cup for milk too, but it had to have a straw. Even now (he's 13) if he's drinking milk (out of a regular cup!) he really wants a straw with it. He's fine drinking water without one.

That whole independence vs convenience thing never seems to go away. I was determined that my son would be making his own breakfast and lunch by now. He started to this summer, mostly because I wouldn't take no for an answer. But as soon as school started, my husband gave in to his complaints and started making breakfast and a bag lunch for him. To save, time, he says. Personally, I'd rather see him learn how to manage his time (make the bag lunch the night before, maybe). My husband has less tolerance for complaining, and usually just gives in, trading short-term convenience for long-term skills.

Oct. 4th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
Um, my six-year-olds still use sippy cups. In the car. By their beds for nighttime drinks. Until recently, even for their milk at dinner. I don't do mess, but I am also very strict about water vs. milk vs. anything else and the time and place for them (water whenever, milk at meals while sitting at the table only, anything else is just for occasional treats).

The other day, we had another six-year-old over and he picked up one of their nighttime sippy cups off of the floor in their room, and handed it to me and said, "Here's your baby's bottle." It occurred to me at that point that perhaps it's time for them to graduate...
Oct. 4th, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
We have a "no food/drink outside the kitchen" policy, and a "no milk/juice outside mealtime" policy, which means the only option for non-supervised use (for which we used a non-sippy cup from a very early age) is water in the kitchen. As a result, Gwen has grown up without a desire/interest in continually drinking between meals (though she DOES love to share my tea).

We had a sippy cup, but it never got that much use unless we were travelling. Teaching her how to safely use a regular cup was part of my laziness approach to parenting: it was easier to do that than to worry about transitioning to sippy cups, and then transitioning away from them.
Oct. 4th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. I think you nailed this description of every aspect of life with my daughter right now. Potty training is not for the faint of heart in my house. And I finally made the decision to stop helping her put her clothes on no matter how much she whines. Time to grow up and do it. But it's such a pain. It takes 10000 times longer when she does it.

We still do sippy cups though because my daughter barely drinks any type of liquid and I'm worried that she'd dehydrate. Maybe I should rethink that. I wonder if she'd drink more if it was less accessible and I forced her to ask for it instead of pushing it on her?
Oct. 5th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC)
I don't remember when we dropped the sippy cup for our son. With the exception of breastmilk until he was almost two (and only at daycare), we only did water in sippy cups. At some point we moved on to water bottles for daycare and when out and about. The only exception is that we have a no-spill sippy cup by his bed for nighttime water. I think having access to water at night is important, but I don't want to deal with any possible water spills at night.
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