The meaning of transition
Sippy cups are intended to make a transition, not be become permanent! A sippy cup is a drinking device designed to help babies switch from using the bottle to using a regular cup. Sometime between 6 and 10 months of age, most babies can hold their bottle. Parents use this newly developed skill to start using a sippy cup.
According to certain specialists, later dental problems and speech problems seem to be associated with prolonged use of sippy cups in babies and toddlers. Just to stay on the safe side, do not allow your baby to use a sippy cup for longer than necessary.
There are different types of sippy cups (with valves, with no spill lids); however, you should avoid using them for too long if the baby needs to suck to get the liquid. Sucking is indeed a natural tendency in small babies; however, should the sucking habit be prolonged over an extensive period of time, your baby may experience orthodontic problems later in life.
These items are not always designed to be easy to wash; also, make sure they are BPA-free and phthalate-free before purchasing and using. Always keep your baby’s bottle and/or sippy cup extra clean to reduce germ exposure; some mothers use a microwave sterilizer, while others rely on their regular dishwasher; a small brush could also be useful for the details.
Also, it is not advisable to allow your toddler to drink fruit juice or milk from a sippy cup, especially at bedtime. Unlike drinking from a regular cup, using a sippy cup prologues exposure and increases acidity in the mouth. Brush your baby’s teeth after feeding her with a sippy cup or any other similar device.
Help your kid learn how to drink from a regular cup by letting her drink from a regular cup!
Some parents tend to delay regular cup training based on the assumption that “my baby’s not ready yet”. You should be aware that even newborns have the ability to drink milk from a cup: they lap it up without the need for any special training. There are no advantages in delaying having your baby drinking from a regular cup, except perhaps for a short period of “baby drinking independence” occurring slightly earlier in babies who are given a sippy cup.
Among the most ingenious alternatives to using a sippy cup is a “smart cup” with a double bottom where the second layer is perforated along the edge, allowing the liquid to pass freely and conducting it along the rim at any angle. Good luck!