When did you take your toddler off the sippy cup?

Amy - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is 2 1/2 yrs and LOVES his juice(3/4water 1/4sugarless juice) and I'd rather NOT have my floors stained. SO when did you take your toddler OFF the sippy? I see nothing wrong with keeping him on the sippy cup until he starts PreK but I've heard I should take him off before then.


Jonna - posted on 06/15/2010




I stopped letting my kids carry their sippys around the house at about 18 months. They are only allowed to drink in the kitchen and I began at 18 months giving them water in a regular cup to practice with. My son is now 2 1/2 and only gets sippys for a long car ride. both my kids have a cup of water on the counter and know that they can go into the kitchen and get a drink anytime they want to. This is just my preference, but I don't think that allowing your child to have a sippy till they are 4 or so is bad at all. If that is what works best for your family, then keep the sippys around. I just hated finding old sippys under the bed or in the toy box. Whatever you decide, I don't think there is right or wrong in this case, it's all about family preference. Good Luck.

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My son is 3 1/2 and still uses sippy cups although I have started buying more cups with the spill proof straws. He likes those a lot. I use the spill proof cups for his "carrying around" the house and in the car cups but if we are sitting down at the table he uses a regular cup. I don't see any problem with using them until they are 4 or 5.


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Lydia - posted on 09/21/2014




My son is 4 and I have begun the process of Taking the sippy away and having him use a regular cup. He has to keep the cup in the kitchen so he doesn't spill it.

Kristi - posted on 06/15/2010




My son is 4 and I am in the process of trying to take his sippy from him. I use the term "big boy cup" and that makes him want to drink out of a glass rather than a sippy. When I took his binky away, I gathered all the binkies up and told him the binky fairy was going to come get them and take them to babies that really needed them, and that she would leave a present (similar to the tooth fairy) if we let her take them. I stole the idea from Nanny 911 lol. But it worked very well, I've been thinking of trying something like that to take the sippy, too.

Alicia - posted on 06/15/2010




My son is just 2 and I am so sick of the darn sippys! I like the straw ones for when we are on the go, but I'd really like him to just use a regular cup at the table BUT he refuses! Screams for a "cover" whenever I try! So I think we'll be on them for a while! There no longer seems to be a big issue about worrying about their teeth and such so i don't think there is any really major reason not to just keep using them.

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