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Old 03-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #1
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4yr old and sippy cup

We don't generally use sippy cups, but I bought some take and toss for Bean (almost 1yr) because she keeps turing the cups upside down and I'm tired of the mess. Gman didn't do that so we only had a couple for going out. Well, now he insists in drinking out of one of her sippy cups. Throws an absolute fit, and I'm not up to par since injuring my back and caved. I know it's an attention/sibling rivalry thing, but I'm concerned about the long term impact. Will this hurt his teeth or develpement?

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Old 03-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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I don't know if it will hurt his teeth, but I'd get him a cool big kid sports bottle instead.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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It can if you put sugary drinks and let him sip it all day. If you let him have juice and milk only at meal time and keep it filled with water between meals it should not be a problem.
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Re: 4yr old and sippy cup

Straws are better for the teeth. But, if it's temporary, or only occasionally it shouldn't hurt.

The damage usually happens with the duck billed cups, and overuse, and kids who use them ALL the time for three or four years.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #5
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Re: 4yr old and sippy cup

Our pediatric dentist told me no sippy cups or straws after age 1. I was shocked! She said it does affect their development. We mix capsules of supplements in a sippy cup for our kids each night with dinner because they can't swallow pills. It's too expensive to risk having it spilled. If we are at a restaurant they use straws. So far they have normal development, we just try to give a regular cup as often as possible.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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It's not a battle I would fight. He'll probably get tired of the slower flow pretty quickly and want his regular cup back. I'd probably make a rule that he can only have water in it (so he's not taking a sip of juice here and there all day) but overall it just isn't a battle I'd fight.
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I'd say the rule is water only, and yeah, I'd let it be. I'm willing to bet it's super temporary. My MIL passed on a ceramic two handled baby cup with bunnies on it that is clearly for a little one but my daughter requests it's use sometimes. I think I'd definitely wait for a request rather than just offering it. I know you're worried about his teeth but my bet is it'll be too temporary to make an impact.
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I wouldn't worry about it either and let him use it I am sure it will be a short lived phase. Not worth the battle IMO.

As for hurting their teeth-- our dentist never said anything about sippy cups.

All of my kids have used sippy cups of some sort. Especially in the car and out and about. I usually go with straw ones or there is playtex one that I like (doesn't have the hard spout)

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Re: 4yr old and sippy cup

Never occurred to me to take away the sippy cup....I mean, a water bottle bought in the exersize section is just a sippy cup with a different name. It's nothing more than a container to hold a drink.
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Re: 4yr old and sippy cup

When I asked about sippy cups, the pediatrician and pediatric dentist said it isn't the sippy cup but what's in the sippy cup that does the damage.
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