Sippy Cup

Tiffany - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 5 in March and she still wants her sippy cup??? I have tried numerous times to get rid of them but others will give them to her. Is it ok that she still has one or do I need to put my foot day and put a stop to the sippy cup???

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Rebekah - posted on 01/04/2011

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I admit I still have a supply of sippy cups for my son too! I alternate using them with regular plastic cups at the table, because frankly, he's still clumsy or unaware at times and the sippy has saved us a few times from a big spill. BUT, I know he needs to learn to deal without, so I will phase them out, I will. My son got excited to have his own little plastic cups with cute designs on them. That helps. Or a cup with a straw might be intriguing for your daughter to try something else. I also use plastic cups with a flip-top cap with a straw inside to pack in my son's lunch bag or when we are on the road--it looks more grown up and is a nice transition from the sippy (and no mess!).
Who is giving her sippies? Banish them from the house if you have decided to get rid of them and have a nice supply of something else (and share a few with grandparents or wherever she's spending time on a regular basis) so that can't happen.

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Jenn - posted on 02/28/2011

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The main concern with zippy cups at any time are the increased chance of cavities if anything other than water is put in the cup. We use the cups with straws for water but "big kid cups" for milk, juice, etc.

Andrea - posted on 02/23/2011

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My 4 year old son liked to have a sippy cup in the morning before he had breakfast and got ready for Montessori. It was a like a security blanket for him. Last fall I told him he was a big boy now and didn't need a sippy cup anymore. Then we agreed on a date to give up the sippy cup. Every week or so I would remind him of our agreement and let him know how many days were left. When the agreed upon date came, we celebrated the last sippy cup use and that was it. No tears, no drama. Since that day, I've noticed he eats more for breakfast. And I've heard sippy cups can be really bad for children's teeth as it can lead to an increase in cavaties and can ruin a child's bite.

Alicia - posted on 02/10/2011

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my son is 4 and he still has a sippy cup and my 7 year old does to. i took it from my 7 year old but my dad gave it back, he is my parents first grandson, they had all girls so my dad got really close to him and he is close to my dad he gets what he wants and he is so babyed by my dad he dresses him and he even carries him to the bus of a morning,but its ur call u don't want u want don't let others tell u what to do she is ur child..it dont really bother me that they still have it at least the floors don't get messes on them from spilled drinks..

Karla - posted on 02/09/2011

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no, katy i dont think u are mean at all, my son is 4 and he has been off the sippy cup since he was 2, and ur are right drinks stay in the kitchen. but sippy cups at 4 not in my house..but is the sippy cup for your protection so the child doesnt spill or does the child really want the cup..

User - posted on 01/30/2011

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as long as you dont give it to them all the time it should be fine, liam only gets a tupperware cup when we go places or doing anything family fun in the livingroom but at the table its a cup! Its a start! =)

Becky - posted on 01/30/2011

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Now see, to me, even the tupperware ones with the lids and straws are too much like sippy cups.

Desi - posted on 01/30/2011

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oh we use The Tupperwear cups with lids and i just buys straw's they are really great and dont spill at all!

Desi - posted on 01/30/2011

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We lost liams last sippy cup and he would ask to have it many time but all we did was show him that we dont have it anymore and cant find it so he has to use what we've got! Now he dont ask for it anymore and we are so done with sippy's nuk's ect... yeah us!

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2011

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WOW!! i just read all of the responses and now I am wondering if I am the only mean mommy out there. My houes house rules and those rules apply when we visit other peoples homes and restaurants. THE CUPS DONT LEAVE THE KITCHEN TABLE. and if a mess does happen, OH WELL, accidents happen. thats why we clean and teach our kids at an early age to clean up our messes. no babying goes on in this house no matter the age. or bad habits.

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2011

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well i broke my kids after they were able to hold a cup on their own. then I just tossed them. LOL however my sister tried giving my 4 year old a sippy cup to drink out of when we went down to vegas to visit. ummmyeah i dont think so. when your child has been broken of sippy cups for 2 years there is no way i will allow anyone to give my 4 year old who will be 5 in august a flippen sippy cup.

Becky - posted on 01/21/2011

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Maybe I'm mean, but all of ours are gone. Most of them were thrown out (they went through 3 kids) and some got donated. The kids aren't allowed to bring cups into the living room, or anywhere else besides the kitchen or dining roon. Therefore, if and when there are accidents, it's in a confined area. The kids do have a thermos with a straw they can use in the car, or take with them on the go. A few times the in-laws have given my 4 year old one and I have taken the top off. The main reason I got rid of the cups was to limit their fluid intake. When they have something in a cup, it takes them longer to drink it. When they had the sippy cup, it got toted around and they would suck it dry wanting more right away. I found with the regular cup, their appetites were better and were actually eating their meals, and the potty accidents went down.

Sorry for the rambling.

Kelley - posted on 01/20/2011

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my 4 year old also still uses the sippy cup, but mainly when she is lying down watching t.v. she will have a regular cup any other time.

Vicky - posted on 01/18/2011

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I have to admit I still use them as well. My daughter can drink out of a normal cup, but likes to wander around with a drink in her hand. So, the regular cup is when she's at the table. I insist on the sippy cup when she wanders. My goal is to be rid of them by her 5th bday in May. (Problem: my husband & I both drink our water out of sports bottles, so what's the difference? We've bought the tiny water bottles for her and added the sports top to it so she's like us.)

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