Sippy Cups: Practical but can be dangerous!
- Child are born with a breath/suckle/swallow pattern. Sippy cups should be introduced no earlier than 6-8 months to assist development of a more mature swallowing pattern.
- Hard-lidded sippy cups can develop tongue protrusion patterns. The Avent Training Cups come with a soft spout and easy grip handles to help your baby move from breast to cup, drinking independently. Ideal for babies four months and up.
- WOW Cup is a sippy cup new on the market. Mom's love it because it doesn't spill. Orofacial Myologists love it as it doesn't have a 'straw' or 'spout' to drink from. It requires sucking to extract the liquid which is great for orofacial muscle development.
- Long term use of sippy cups has been associated with developing speech patterns as well as dental caries.
- It is best to stop using sippy cups by 2 years of age; encourage open cup drinking.
- Sippy Cups, bottle feeding and pacifier use; their negative impact on good dentofacial development is based on FREQUENCY, DURATION and INTENSITY.
Three tips from the American Pediatric Dental Association (2007):
1. The sippy cup is a training tool to help children transition from bottle to a cup.
2. Use at mealtimes only for a short period of time (water only).
3. Not to be used at bedtime while the child falls asleep.