Here’s your tid bit from our sassy SLP, Deann Hollander:
Sippy Cups are designed for short-term transitional use, but culturally, we’ve bought into the idea that sippy cups are the best way to keep kids from making messes all through childhood The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be weaned from the sippy cup by age 2. Offer instead an open cup with a little liquid or offer a straw. If you can’t quite wean from a sippy cup by age two, try using the sippy cup sparingly in situations where it’s absolutely necessary and focus on trying to wean completely by age 3.
Though sippy cups are convenient, improper use and overuse are associated with illness, injury, and developmental delays including:
- Illness due to mold and mildew growth inside the spout or valve.
- Mouth injury from falling while using a sippy.
- Tooth decay and cavities.
- Damage to developing permanent teeth.
- Speech problems.
- Improper development of the airway.
- Increased need for orthodontia.
- Change in facial appearance.
- An unhealthy relationship with food, developing “comfort feeding” habits.
- Child and adult obesity.