Sippy cups bad?

Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I just learned of a study done that say sippy cups are bad and can cause speach problems... I looked into it and found a site that has some of the study in it. My daughter wont take a sippy cup anyways so it doesn't really apply to us I guess but I was just wondering about what everyone thought of it!



Here is the site I found:

http://www.talktools.net/site/web-conten...

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Lisa - posted on 06/04/2009

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I have also heard that sippy cups aren't that great and straw cups may be better. Part of the reason is because, like Chelsea mentioned, the liquid can sit against their teeth and cause bottle rot (yes, they can get bottle rot when they are off bottles and on sippies).

I had never heard of sippies causing POTENTIAL speech issues until recently but I have read several things about it lately. I have to say my 2 oldest (3.5 and 5.5) were on sippies from about 15 months until around age 2 when we gave them regular cups at the table (and sippies or straw cups in the car so they won't spill... they still get those if they are in the car) and they have no speech issues. But I am also aware that new studies pop up all the time as the experts learn new things.

That's the thing here, studies change all the time and there's always new information. It doesn't mean it's wrong if it didn't or doesn't apply to you. It just means there's more information out there. I believe the OP was just trying to share her new found knowledge with everyone in this group to help in case anyone needed it. I also see her DD is a preemie (my first is as well) and I know preemies tend to have slightly more delays or issues than most full term babies. Maybe your toddler isn't having issues, and that's fantastic, but there might be someone in this group who has a child with issues and this article might help them get a new perspective. IMO that's what the OP was trying to do with her post.

I don't think it was fair to say that the OP posting this article was a way of parents taking the blame off themselves for not taking time to work with their children. Some parents can work with their children all the time and there can still be issues beyond their control. I dealt with that when my DD was born 3 months early. Let's all try to be considerate and not blame other moms we know nothing about for things they read in articles.

Like I said, it's great if you child(ren) are not affected by their sippy cups, mine weren't either. But that's not to say this article wasn't right or that the OP is a bad mother.

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Lacey - posted on 06/08/2009

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The study says that it only affects SOME kids....As a child I had a sippy cup all the time and sucked my thumb until a very late age and I have no speech impediment. My daughter will not go anywhere without her sippy cup (she's almost 15 months old) and she has absolutely no problem speaking. Amazingly enough the majority of the time you can actually understand her through all the babble. This study doesn't seem conclusive or even have enough evidence to support it! If you or the babies father has a speech impediment, and could be connected to the sippy cup or thumb sucking, then its understandable to not want that for your child but otherwise I think you're pretty much ok. But again its your decision on what YOU do....do not allow someone to tell you your wrong for believing what you want to believe. But I urge you to be open minded and listen to other mom's so that you don't stress about something that may or may not be a problem!!!

Good luck!!

Andrea - posted on 06/08/2009

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The cup is 3 oz fulled to the top of the cup, we fill it up to 2 oz and she doesn't have a problem with it sloshing over. One of my friends just told me about a new cup that is a babies-r-us that I am going to look for so I will post about it...

Julie - posted on 06/07/2009

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My guy's feeding therapist is anti-sippy. We are ok to use cups with straws (suck like a big kid) or a lidded cup with a hole or slit. I cannot find any cups that are lidded with a hole or slit and are smaller than 10 oz. I cannot tell from the link anything about that cup, have you seen one?

Finally, breast fed infants (read DAYS old) can be taught to drink from a cup so as not to interfere with their suckle ... FWIW.

My guy is also speech delayed but won't take anything but a bottle. We are working on a cup. Good thing we are skipping the sippy if the study is sound!

Andrea - posted on 06/06/2009

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LOl i tired one but she would just chew it up before she could learn to drink from it... you can buy it cheaper other places but that was the one with the better photo! I got mine from my daughters OT when I asked why she wasn't taking the sippy cup. So lol FREE

Andrea - posted on 06/06/2009

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The first link I put up (lol by accident) is the cup that we are using... it is called a infa-trainer cup and is used for babies who wont take a sippy cup or who can't do to medical reasons. It has a lid on it and flow setting just like some sippy cups do. My daughter was born 10 weeks early so I am not sure if her not taking a sippy cup is due to that or not but I work from about 9 months till about 2 or 3 weeks ago with the sippy and nothing just plays or screams at it.. lol!!!

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Point well taken. I do see that in many different message boards as well. What's a baby cup?

Andrea - posted on 06/06/2009

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As for you ppl commenet I probably shouldn't have said that, but I have been readin post were mom's will post something and be jumped all over for beleiveing diffrently... it isn't a once in a while thing that happens!!

Andrea - posted on 06/06/2009

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That is right I did ask what ppl thought of the study and I also said that my daughter doesn't use a sippy cup and uses a baby cup.. Melissa said this in her post "I think that it is one more way for some parent to blame somebody else instead of themselves for just not taking the time to work with their child so they can learn." How can I no take that personally? Isn't it just saying that I am not taking the time to work with my child? To me that is jumping on me!!! And I will say one more thing, my DD doesn't use a sippy cup and is advanced in her talking...

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I also think it's extremely rude to refer to a group of mothers as 'you people'. Especially since no one jumped on you and only one person jumped on the article. Just my opinion though.

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Um... from what I read Melissa was disagreeing w/ the article based on her experience w/ her child. Not jumping on you, Andrea.



Anyway you are asking what we think, so.... sure I think it's possible that sucking on a sippy cup all day can cause speech problems. Just like there could be issues from sucking on a bottle or binky all the time. I don't think sippy cups are bad though. I used them w/ my girls when they were little and I use them w/ my son now. They are all very, very talkative. :)

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I've heard that it can hurt speech development if used for a LONG time, like past 2 years of age. The big concern that they brought up in the 2 new mother's group I was in was that just like a bottle it holds the liquids like milk or juice against the teeth and can cause rotting just as badly as using a bottle too long.

I took their advice and try to limit his sippy cup use to in cars or malls. Realistically I'm not going to give him an open cup to splash him down when we hit a pothole. At home he uses an open cup or a straw. Straws move the liquid past the teeth so it doesn't sit and rot them. Really as long as you are doing your 2 brushings with flouride toothpaste a day I don't think there is any harm in either.



That's just my opinion from what I've heard anyways.

Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009

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To me it seems that you people are so sure that everything you say is right... I asked what you ppl thought not to blame me for what you think is wrong... it is amazing what I have seen posted on this group, ppl have different views on different things and to try and make ppl feel bad because they think different than you just shows that you are a hypocrite!! So what if I tell you I think that it is wrong to give your child a sippy cup (which I have said before that I don't think that it is) that you are being lazy and are taking the easy way out how would you feel? Probably like nothing but lucky for me I am a lot stronger willed then most and don't go after ppl because I am not narrow minded like you seem to be... how do you think children before sippy cups came out learned to drink. I have tried for months to give my daughter a sippy cup, so according to you I should not give her something that works and let her starve? Something new comes along and it totally wrong because it is new to us, you are acting like ppl did back in the day when breast feeding was bad and formula was better in the minds! It took years for ppl to see that breast feeding has more benefits then formula!!! Look over seas and a lot of ppl I know from there don't give sippy cups to their children and they are fine!!! And if you looked at the cup you would see that it isn't an adult cup and has settings on it so that it isn't as hard! So Melissa I wonder who you blame for being ignorant? And one more thing I will tell you, intolerance is a terrible quality to have and to teach to your children.

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son uses a sippy cup at 14 months and believe me when I say it has not stopped his speaking one bit. Actually sometime I have to tell him to stop talking. He is not advanced but he is learning all of his words so he has to say them a dozen times everytime he wants something. We let him drink out of an adult cup but this time he eye hand coordination is just not good enough that he can use an adult cup all the time. I'm sorry but I don't believe your article. I think that it is one more way for some parent to blame somebody else instead of themselves for just not taking the time to work with their child so they can learn.

Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daugher is 14 1/2 months old and was born 2 1/2 months early so your corrective age is 12 months, she doesn't have a problem with useing a cup at all. She spills less the cup and really doesn't play with it. A sippy cup is a toy to her and she wont use to drink. We do have a special cup that has diffrent flow setting like slow medium and fast so she wont gag on it like a normal adult cup.

User - posted on 06/03/2009

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We use sippy cups only during meals or snacktime. So that's a total of 4 a day. We will use them until my son no longer wants to dump a regular cup over. We continue to work with him daily on using a regular cup but at age 14 months, they are still too young to use a regular cup.

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