Is my son too old for a sippy cup?

Angelique - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




My son is three years old, and still drinks out of a sippy cup. He uses regular cups, but he just perfers his sippy cup, he wont go a day with out it. I really dont have a problem with him using it, but some of my family members do, they think he is too old for it.


Brandy - posted on 12/06/2009




The only negative thing that I can think about using a sippy this long is that my sister in law who is a speech pathologist says she has alot of patients who have problems with their speech because of using the sippy cup. I guess it changes the placement of their tongue. I didn't try to get my daughter off of hers. She just walked up to the coffee table one day, grabbed my glass of water and took a drink from it. So after that, I just always had a glass of water on the table and she comes and drinks whenever she wants. She's 19 months now but she was only 11 months when she first came up and took a drink so I don't see why your 3 year old needs his sippy but if you don't have a problem with it, that's your decision.


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Taishana - posted on 12/07/2009




I don't think it's a problem because it is less mess!! However I know my two year old uses his sippy cups and knows how to use a regular one as well..But what i've done is gotten rid of the cups with the spout and replaces them with the sippy cups that look more like adult tumbler coffee mugs, so that his tongue didn't change placement and form to the sippy spout. I would sugget changing to that type of cup( it's more of a big boy cup) and see how he does and you still have no mess...good luck

Kerri - posted on 12/06/2009




I have two 3-yr olds and a 2 yr old that all use sippy cups for their first drinks of the day and cups throughout the rest of the day. They can all use cups, but I want to make sure that they are getting enough liquid in their bodies, so I let them use the sippy cups - at least in the mornings. I am about to start getting rid of the sippy cup for my oldest, but the other two will take a little longer.

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It depends on how he is using it. If he is constantly sipping juice and/or milk from it all day long then it is a potential dental problem. Juice and milk should be saved for meal and snack times, but there is no harm (that I know of) from having water in a sippy throughout the day.

Who cares if he is 'too old'? It's less of a mess. :)

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009




i think it's too old.. my 14 month old now uses a straw and cup..not always with a lid

Chloe - posted on 12/06/2009




hey is it not a problem for you to let him use a sippy cup then let him. he well tell you when it time to give it up. i know a kid that 7 years old and still use one all the time well not use a cup . not at 7 years old that too old. your son still leaning to be a big boy

Chez - posted on 12/06/2009




My son only uses it every now and then he also has a cup with a straw so maybe get him a cup with a straw it's still fun.

Chez - posted on 12/06/2009




My 3 and a half year old still likes his Wiggles sippy cup, but he know how to use a normal cup and if you son can use a normal cup then there is nothing wrong with him choosing to use a sippy cup.

Sheryl - posted on 12/06/2009




my son it three two. he also still use's a sippy sometimes. i think it ok as long it not all the time. i what would try is maybe, try some different type of cups. hope that helps.

Lexus - posted on 12/06/2009




i kinda think he's too old for a sippy cup cuz its just anutha step away frm da bottle but some children are different plus sum ppl dnt want they kids spilling juice n stuff everywhere

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