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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 #121 of 332
I don't like them, with exceptions or maybe rules.

Part of it is LOCATION. A kid doesn't need one to carry around the library, mall, et. Parents should slow down and respect their child's need for a break in some of these places. At a zoo, park, et I wouldn't bat an eye. Kids like adults need fluids in the heat and keeping them "water". I don't see a sippy cup any different than mom's and dad's water bottle. Plus there is nothing more gross than finding a loss sippy cup reeking days afterwards under a rack (water doesn't smell but some of the stuff in them eww. It isn't the way you want to start your day).

Kids like adults do not need sugery drinks to be sipping on non-stop. It is bad for their teeth and diet. If it was just water no biggy. But often it isn't just water.

Kids also do not need to be drinking laying down. Besides spill this can cause them to suck up crap into their ears. Our dd ENT has a sign hanging that he saying NO to both situation. But I have no problem with a cup on the night stand or bathroom for a mid-night sip of WATER. A lot of people have drinks at night and I can see this be mess control (groggy kids and cups). Downing the flame proof suit : I don't agree letting them sit at the couch drinking with them. FROM MY EXPERIENCES those are the kids that don't get why we sit at a table for drinks and make messes at retitives houses because they don't realize they can't do what they do at home. They have at least one costly accident while they are learning because they really don't see or understand the cause and effect (there age inhibits there understanding).

They also can breed germs. They get lost or picked up and sipped on days later. Then at some places (library reading times) the sharing of cups. One kid sits it down the other one picks it up. YUCK!

It is also what is in them that bugs me more. I have had mom's go JR won't eat but JR is drinking cup after cup of milk or juice.
post #122 of 332
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Originally Posted by Momma Aimee View Post
my 22 month old son does not have the ABLITY to drink from the foutain..............and NO WAY IN HECK I am showing him you push this big button and WATER srapys up : : : : : :

I won't even start on the germ rant my sister would give you ...... much less the "how safe is the tap water" arguement.
So true! DS saw older kids using the fountain and now must stop at every nasty germ-ridden fountain he sees. I don't know which is worse--pregnant back problem me lifting him, or him doing it himself w/ all the attendant touching/grabbing/pulling on it, and of course then there's the water all down his front afterwards. At the last fountain he drank out of there was a sign posted that said "NO SPITTING IN FOUNTAIN, PLEASE" Blech!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I'm liking my nice clean sippies--hey, reason #? to love 'em--ice stays cold in them longer! Ice in a cup=ice on the floor in my house.
post #123 of 332
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Originally Posted by Marsupialmom View Post
I don't like them, with exceptions or maybe rules.

Part of it is LOCATION. A kid doesn't need one to carry around the library, mall, et. Parents should slow down and respect their child's need for a break in some of these places. At a zoo, park, et I wouldn't bat an eye. Kids like adults need fluids in the heat and keeping them "water". I don't see a sippy cup any different than mom's and dad's water bottle. Plus there is nothing more gross than finding a loss sippy cup reeking days afterwards under a rack (water doesn't smell but some of the stuff in them eww. It isn't the way you want to start your day).

Kids like adults do not need sugery drinks to be sipping on non-stop. It is bad for their teeth and diet. If it was just water no biggy. But often it isn't just water.

Kids also do not need to be drinking laying down. Besides spill this can cause them to suck up crap into their ears. Our dd ENT has a sign hanging that he saying NO to both situation. But I have no problem with a cup on the night stand or bathroom for a mid-night sip of WATER. A lot of people have drinks at night and I can see this be mess control (groggy kids and cups). Downing the flame proof suit : I don't agree letting them sit at the couch drinking with them. FROM MY EXPERIENCES those are the kids that don't get why we sit at a table for drinks and make messes at retitives houses because they don't realize they can't do what they do at home. They have at least one costly accident while they are learning because they really don't see or understand the cause and effect (there age inhibits there understanding).

They also can breed germs. They get lost or picked up and sipped on days later. Then at some places (library reading times) the sharing of cups. One kid sits it down the other one picks it up. YUCK!

It is also what is in them that bugs me more. I have had mom's go JR won't eat but JR is drinking cup after cup of milk or juice.
I hear what your'e saying and those are all good reasons. But if you were slowing down at the zoo or mall, what would your child drink out of? Do you bring cups w/ you or water bottles? Now of course this is JMO/E but I loathe disposable water bottles because of the environmental costs, but even if I loved 'em , aren't they not a cup? Again, JME but at our mall/zoo the choices are water bottles, milk (allergies here) or soda (no freaking way). So bringing water is my choice and a sippy/bottle provides both the vehicle for carrying and dispensing it.

Also, re: the germs, that's true either way. I've found plenty of nasty cups/glasses around the house pre-kid. That's just inattention and can happen regardless. We limit ourselves to 4 sippies to curb that problem. When we're missing one we know it!

Seriously, I need to get a life. Why am I wasting my time on this pressing issue? Esp when there are big kids in strollers!!!
post #124 of 332
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Originally Posted by joy2bmom View Post
We Use Them, Love Them, Don't See A Problem With Them.
ditto
post #125 of 332
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Originally Posted by mistymama View Post
Oh and btw, my almost 5 year old is not using a sippy on occasion because I "can't let go" .. if anyone has invented a cup that he can lay down on the couch with without it spilling on himself, I'm all ears.

Really people, there are more important things to get worked up over.
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post #126 of 332
I loathe the typical "sippy cup", but we do love our Siggs.
post #127 of 332
So let me get this straight. When I see a child drinking from a sippy cup I should immediately assume that child......... can't respect other peoples "home" rules, is messy and lazy, has delayed speech, ear problems, and rotten teeth. I should then equally assume they have lazy parents who have no time to teach manners or table etiquette. Not to mention these parents are not smart enough to properly clean and sanitize, they just hand out juice and milk and send there little ones on their way. AND I CAN DRAW SUCH CONCLUSION JUST BY SPYING A CHILD DRINKING FROM A SIPPY CUP????????????? hmmm....Does that mean when I see a thirsty child with no drink or drinking from a cup I can conclude they have overly controlling judgemental parents?
post #128 of 332
DS still uses one at 2 1/2 because he doesn't have the motor skills for a regular cup. (As a matter of a fact, he didn't have a the motor skills for a sippy cup until he was almost 2!)

BUT, he does not run around with a sippy hanging out of his mouth all day. He gets pediasure in his sippy cup 4 times a day and he drinks it up all at once. I do leave a water cup out for him though because otherwise he doesn't get enough fluids. I never bring one with us on outings though (if he gets thirsty, he can drink water from a water bottle) unless we're going to be gone for a long time. Then I'll bring an empty sippy and an unopened bottle of pediasure.

Besides, his sippy is a Klean Kanteen - so whenever he's ready I can easily change it to a big kid sippy.
post #129 of 332
Those who use them will give reasons for doing so and that's fair enough.

We don't have any in our house and 3 of our children have gone through the 'sippy-cup' age without one. Our fourth will too because I don't see the point in buying one.
post #130 of 332
I get annoyed when older kids, like 5 or older use them. In the same sense it bugs me to see a four year old with a binky in her mouth. (seen it) But I have been on both ends of the spectrum. We started Aidan on a regular cup at 6 months and by 9 monthe he was a pro at it. He never HAD a sippy. On the other hand, my 2.5 year old still uses sippies. In fact, I JUST weaned him from his bottle habit three days ago and traded him for a really cool race car sippy. To me, it only annoys me if they are constantly used for kids perfectly capable of drinking out of a glass. I myself use lidded cups at times like with travel mugs in the car so its cool for kids to need the same at times but not always IMO, like my 8 year old sis using them during meals....(sigh)
post #131 of 332
We use them. Now, I would NEVER take them to library story hour. I always thought there were no food or drink rules at the library. Both of my kids are perfectly fine at drinking from regular cups, but my 2 yr old likes to play in the water/ beverage. Most of our glasses are, well, glass, and large, so the sippies are a nice size for them. And I am always pushing for hydration, especially my 2 yr old who had to be hospitalized for three days last winter because she just decided she didn't feel like drinking anything or nursing after recovering from a tummy bug. We have straw ones, starbucks type sippies, and a couple other types. We use them for the car and even often for around the house. At meals they get regular cups, at the table, but if they want to carry them around (and I encourage them to do so), they get straw or sippie cups.

Now the embarrassing thing is that my almost four yr old still uses a bottle. : I figure if she had nursed, I wouldn't have an objection, and she had severe oral motor problems that led to me pumping for her. She gets two or three a day. Doesn't get to walk around with them, and definitely not in public. (I'm too embarrassed.) We brush teeth afterwards (usually ) and only water at night. It is her lovey and I can't deal with taking it away yet. I know it's wrong and tacky, but I value her emotional health over those things. Sometimes I even give my breastfed 2 yr old a bottle with some prune juice to encourage her to drink from a novel source. (Sometimes just from novelty she will drink from a bottle when she won't from any other kind of cup. Plus, she gets very constipated when she doesn't drink enough.)
post #132 of 332
Well, I've got little left to add to this thread, but I'll tell you what I told my brother when he told my 5 year old with sensory issues that he thought bottles were for babies. No, they're not.

And you attachment mommies wasting your annoyance on offspring who are not your own being nurtured in ways you don't care for, no thank you.
post #133 of 332
posting without reading here. I hate using sippy cups personally, they drove me nuts with first ds so I just didn't use them with second ds. We take water bottles or straw cups with water in them in the car, but around the house both boys use normal glass cups. I don't care if others use them though, they just drove me nuts, lol.
post #134 of 332
Okay, not to derail the thread or anything, but I saw a friend once with a little attachment that she put on a regular water bottle that was sort of a sippie lid. Reduced the size of the opening and thus spillage. She said she got it from the gerber web site, but when I went to look, I couldn't find it. If anyone knows where I could find one, I'd be grateful. My kids *love* disposable water bottles, tho I don't love the environmental issues, but at times it would be a great alternative. Thanks!
post #135 of 332
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Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
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.
ITA
post #136 of 332
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Originally Posted by Terabith View Post
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Now the embarrassing thing is that my almost four yr old still uses a bottle. : I figure if she had nursed, I wouldn't have an objection, and she had severe oral motor problems that led to me pumping for her. She gets two or three a day. Doesn't get to walk around with them, and definitely not in public. (I'm too embarrassed.) We brush teeth afterwards (usually ) and only water at night. It is her lovey and I can't deal with taking it away yet. I know it's wrong and tacky, but I value her emotional health over those things. Sometimes I even give my breastfed 2 yr old a bottle with some prune juice to encourage her to drink from a novel source. (Sometimes just from novelty she will drink from a bottle when she won't from any other kind of cup. Plus, she gets very constipated when she doesn't drink enough.)
Don't be embarrassed, its Nobody elses business what your doing! Just for the record my 3 yr old loves her bottle and doesn't seem to be ready to give it up any too soon. She gets it out in public too if she wants, i guess i'm really big on the "nobody elses business" thing. I'd imagine alot of parents look at me in discust but ya know what, both of my dd's are happy and healthy, and neither one of them has ever had a cavity or any kind of dental problems and oldest dd is 15yrs. This is just my 2 cents but i'm sure many here feel that my "opinion" is wrong, but thats ok
post #137 of 332
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Originally Posted by Terabith View Post

Now the embarrassing thing is that my almost four yr old still uses a bottle. : I figure if she had nursed, I wouldn't have an objection, and she had severe oral motor problems that led to me pumping for her. She gets two or three a day. Doesn't get to walk around with them, and definitely not in public. (I'm too embarrassed.) We brush teeth afterwards (usually ) and only water at night. It is her lovey and I can't deal with taking it away yet. I know it's wrong and tacky, but I value her emotional health over those things. Sometimes I even give my breastfed 2 yr old a bottle with some prune juice to encourage her to drink from a novel source. (Sometimes just from novelty she will drink from a bottle when she won't from any other kind of cup. Plus, she gets very constipated when she doesn't drink enough.)
I agree with this. My 2.5 year old had bottles OFTEN throughout the day up until a couple days ago. He still nurses once a day but LOVES his bottle. (We intro'd the bottle when he was nearly a year old...darned if I can recall our logic in doing so NOW...) Anyway, to me it's no different than allowing him to nurse as long as he wants. Its a comfort thing. I am all for that. The only reason i switched him to a sippy is it was causing issues with the three year old i watch wanting a bottle all of the time and her mom did not want that. If he had been real attached to it or upset to give it up he would still get a bottle. This is my same deal with sippies. If a child uses it as a comfort or neccesity thing I am okay with it.
post #138 of 332
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Originally Posted by Terabith View Post
Now the embarrassing thing is that my almost four yr old still uses a bottle. :
No need to duck. My oldest was still using a bottle at that age. He was really big for his age too so he looked older. FWIW he has perfect teeth
post #139 of 332

Get a life, who cares.

I don't know what age is considered 'an older toddler'.
For that matter, I don't know how MDC defines 'infant'.

But I don't care about the sippy cups.
My first thought, less spills, cleaner home.
post #140 of 332
Both mine get sippies. Four year old DS is fine with a cup, uses one at preschool, but DD (2) likes to dump things. It's way easier for me just to give them both one (everyone having something different tends to create fights.) That being said, mine don't constantly walk around with them. If I leave them in the gym daycare for an hour, they get one, but we don't go into every store with one. In the car we often just all share my water bottle (which is constantly with me )

I actually never thought about the whole "issue" before - it wasn't even on my radar that people were thinking about it.
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