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Fess up, do you have a thing about sippy cups and older toddlers/preschoolers?

Poll Results: Sippy cups for two year olds

 
  • 8% (42)
    despise them!
  • 17% (89)
    Don't hate them, but why not a cup?
  • 40% (207)
    Get a life, who cares?
  • 20% (105)
    I use them
  • 13% (68)
    I love them, as much as I love my Starbucks adult sippy
511 Total Votes  
post #1 of 332
Thread Starter 
I know, I know, world peace, child abusers, war, pestilence, kids in cars at service stations. All more pressing issues. Humour me, OK?

I have this *thing* about sippy cups, just find the sight of kids running around with them in their hands or mouths all the time really icky. Not crawlers or new tiny toddlers, unless they're attached by the hip, but at library story time the other day a good 50% of the two-ish year olds had a sippy in their hands.

I just read a thread and lo and behold several other people said they hate it, too! How many of you secretly hate the things?

(if the poll options don't fit you perfectly, just pick one - it's not world peace, remember)
post #2 of 332
I don't secretly hate them, I openly loathe them!

Especially when it is my brother's 3 kids - his 4 year old son and his 8 year old twin daughters! And they are drinking strawberry milk out of them. Because my sister in law can't be bothered to supervise them enough to get them to keep a drink where it won't be spilled all over the place.


I could go on and on...
post #3 of 332
Quote:
Originally Posted by dentmom3 View Post
I don't secretly hate them, I openly loathe them!

Especially when it is my brother's 3 kids - his 4 year old son and his 8 year old twin daughters! And they are drinking strawberry milk out of them. Because my sister in law can't be bothered to supervise them enough to get them to keep a drink where it won't be spilled all over the place.


I could go on and on...

mmm sour milk!
post #4 of 332
I voted "don't hate em, but why not a cup?"

I admit that I use a sippy with my soon to be 2 year old because I am lazy. He can drink from a cup very well, but he still likes to play with his water and with the sippy I get an additional 10 seconds to grab it out of his hand.

And sippys are great for the car, though they still spill (says the woman whose car still smells like sour milk after a sippy spill last week).

What I really cannot stand are 2+ year olds who still drink from bottles. We never used bottles so I have no direct experience in this and it is just my own bias/ignorance speaking. And if a child needs a comfort bottle of whatever at night, he is a baby still and needs his comforts. But I know a family where their 2.5 year old cannot drink from a cup or sippy - only a bottle. That just strikes me as odd.
post #5 of 332
LOL. And I thought I would be the only one to admit using a sippy. Hey it's there, I'm thirsty...why not? But my son's is stainless steel with a sippy straw, so that's cooler than those plast -ick-y things you know.:
post #6 of 332
I'm torn.

When DD turned 3, I tried to outlaw them (she's been perfectly capable of drinking from a regular cup for years).

But I need something for her to drink from in the car without making a godawful mess back there.

And I can't seem to figure out how to make it understood the sippy cup is "car only" -- the distinction is lost on her.

Suggestions? I don't like the darn things, but she does...
post #7 of 332
Gimme a break. Let's see how you feel when your kids reach those ages. I could care less. I love how people try to judge other people's parenting when they haven't even reached that stage yet! (yes, that was sarcasm.) My kids, yes even my 8 year old! use sippy cups all the time. THey drink out of regular cups most of the time, but if they want to have their non-water drink in the car or not at the table, they have to use a sippy. And sorry if you think otherwise, but most 8 year olds don't require that much supervision. In fact, my 8 year old will make chocolate milk--in sippy cups!--for himself and his brothers with absolutely no supervision from me. Yep, I'm lazy.
post #8 of 332
It's not something I've thought a lot about, but I have vowed to myself that I will never lose a sippy cup only to find it months later. I keep close tabs on them because I'm seriously grossed out to think about them lying around out of sight.

I can see my daughter having at least a bottle of water around at all times, if not a sippy, because she's a frequent nibbler and slurper.
post #9 of 332
meh, I feel they have their place. I never let my kids walk around with them indiscriminately when they used them since I always had intruding thoughts about mouth injuries (which, btw, did happen once to dd with a babysitter even after I'd made it clear not to allow it), but in a car or on a rug, whatever. Just less mess. They switched to sports tops bottles/cups sometimes around the ages of three years I suppose. They can get pretty gross when kids just carry them around wherever.
post #10 of 332
I have a 15 mos old.

We use a sippy cup for water, and she can take it where ever she wants. We have light colored carpets in our apartment, and, I would rather not have to deal with the mess. This way, she has free access to water whenever she wants it. Water is the ONLY thing that goes in it.

She uses a bottle for breastmilk - that's how she's always gotten it, and she won't take it any other way, and I'm not going to force the issue. It's either keep the bottle or give up the breastmilk. She doesn't sleep with it, and she doesn't carry it around...she knows how to ask for it when she wants it, and I get it for her.

Anything else (juice, lemonade, cocoa, goat's milk, almond milk, etc.) she gets is a treat (read: she gets a "treat" once a week or less), and she drinks from a small cup in the kitchen. She can use a cup fairly well, but still dribbles it down her front. I'm sure she'll master the cup soon enough. She does drink water from a cup from time to time, so, when it's time to transition to that full time, I don't anticipate too much difficulty (knock on wood)
post #11 of 332
No. I give my 2 yo and my 4 1/2 yo sippy cups (the kind with the straw). I like them in the car and in the diaper bag, and at nighttime my 4yo keeps one in her bed. They each get a colored cup each day and that's their cup. When they're thirsty, they can go find their cup. I find them very practical. We don't have a dining table at present and I'm tired of steam cleaning the carpet.

I only put water in them though - juice would bother me due to potential for tooth decay.

And I love my Starbucks sippy cup too.
post #12 of 332
We Use Them, Love Them, Don't See A Problem With Them.
post #13 of 332
Use them and love them. My oldest (6 yo) doesn't use them any more, but my 2 yo and my 4yo do. They can both use regular cups, but my 2 yo loves to spill cups of water for fun and my 4 yo always leaves her cups where 2yo can reach them. So if we don't use sippy cups, everything is wet, all day long. That said, I almost always have water with me with a sport top or a straw cup for me - I don't see what the big deal is.
post #14 of 332
I voted for the "I love them as much as my Starbucks adult sippy cup" In fact, my kids have those Starbucks tumblers.

It's nice to have a way to keep my kids hydrated where I don't have to hold it/help them open a bottle/etc. It is so hot here during the summer that having a child walk around with a cup of water is really the easiest way to keep them drinking enough water. If I had to pour them a glass of water every time, I would be doing a lot of laundry *and* would spend 1/2 my day pouring them tiny drinks (especially DD).

DS can work a water bottle, so he's fine there now. He does get a sippy of water at bedtime to keep in his room because it's so darn dry here.

DD totally doesn't "get" open cups yet, and can barely manage a sippy without choking so I think she will be queen of the sippys for a very long time.

Does it also bother you when adults walka round everywhere with a bottle of water? because I pretty much equate them to being the same thing.
post #15 of 332
James is 2.5 and still uses a sippy. He *can* drink out of a regular cup but we 1) Don't have a dining room table 2) Our kitchen is not big enough for 2 people and I'd rather he not be in the kitchen anyway because of the stove 3) I don't like steaming the carpet for stains.

He could use a sippy cup till he's 30 for all I care.

I hate buzzing around him making sure he doesn't spill, taking the cup away from him, making sure he sets it in the middle of the coffee table vs the very edge, making sure he doesn't sit it on the floor, making sure he doesn't drop it...Yikes, way too much work for me. It's way easier to toss him a sippy and let him do his thing.
post #16 of 332
Ds is 18 months and uses a sippy (straw kind). He knows how to use a cup, but does not have the patience to keep still to drink when he's thirsty... unless he is also wanting to nurse.

I reckon half the water he drinks comes from a sippy, the other half from a cup (usually my cup) that I'm helping him use - while I'm holding him.

He still drinks way more mom's milk than water. I don't care how long he uses a sippy for, really, as long as I can keep 'em clean!
post #17 of 332
Ummm, why not a cup? Because cups tip over and spill. My kids are long past sippy cup stage. But they used them until they were 5 or 6 for those times when they wanted a drink outside of the kitchen.
post #18 of 332
Ummm...I use a sippy cup, all...the...time. I carry it everywhere I go, why shouldn't my kids do the same? It's keeps me way more hydrated than trying to run and get a glass of water while keeping busy with 2 kids all day. I use a Klean Kanteen w/sports top. Granted my kids don't lounge around with a sippy hanging out of their mouth. At dinner, or snack, or any other time, they use cups. They do have access to their "water bottle" all the time. Ds, 4yo, uses a Klean Kanteen w/sports top like mine, except smaller. Dd, 2yo, uses a klean kanteen with a sippy top because she is a pourer. She loves to make a mess, which is fine and dandy when she's at the table or in the kitchen...but not so much when we are in the car on the way to an appt. Plus, they drink A LOT of water. Like I said though, they don't walk around with them hanging out of their mouthes. They pick it up, get a drink, and set it back down and go on playing.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dentmom3
Because my sister in law can't be bothered to supervise them enough to get them to keep a drink where it won't be spilled all over the place.
I think this is a bit judgmental and rude. Just because sil gives her kids sippys, mean she's lazy and doesn't supervise her children? :
I guess I can be counted as one of "those" lazy parents then.
I rather prefer that my children have access to water at all times and aren't neglecting to go inside for a drink because they have to stop playing.
post #19 of 332
Doesn't bug me.

My Dd had one until she was about 4, especially if we were on the go. Easier for her, easier for me. She could drink out of a regular cup as well. She just liked the independence and ease of having her own cup that she could easily manage.

My Ds had one too, but he didn't care for it as long as Dd did.
post #20 of 332
dont hate them. i do see a use for them. but, i dont have any and my daycare kiddos us a cup just fine.
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