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.