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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 #181 of 332
Quite a few people really take issue with sippy cups, obviously. But even after 176 posts on the subject, I don't really understand why. What exactly is the big problem with them? I get that the opinion is kids of a certain age just aren't supposed to use them, but whyyyyyyyy?
post #182 of 332
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Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
I always wonder what people think when I go by with my 4 yo in a stroller. Not that I care..... I am not sure what else I am suppose to do though. The co-op is 3 miles away. That is 6 miles round trip. It would take us two days to grocery shop if dd walked. This is the case for most of my errands. I also have no way to jog if dd is not in the stroller. She is with me 24/7. She likes it and I get what I need to done. I have no idea what I am going to do when she will no longer go in it
Actually a 4yr old is still stroller age to me unless she looks like she's the size of a 7 year old then that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about children that are clearly older children, they hop out of the stroller to comment on the latest toy they see, etc and then sit right back in the stroller
. ok point in mind I have a friend whose DD is in kindergarten she's 6, a good sized six at that. We live walking distance to the school. If I had to go buy blocks I would guess maybe two blocks, it's about a 7 minute walk for my 1st and 4rth grader. She rides in the stroller to school and the mom brings the stroller with her when she gets picked up and she rides back. Her knees actually rise up towards her face while she is in the stroller other wise her feet would drag the ground. She's a good sized kid. I mean I get that kids get tired like a day trip to the zoo or something but she always rides in it when she goes to the store, to school, i actually have never seen the child not walk anywhere. BTw there is nothing wrong with her. I know SN kids that ride in strollers but this isn't the case. In your case I'd even let my 9 year old ride for a three mile trip, lol. I don't know why it bugs me..I'm just lame ignore me.:
post #183 of 332
I personally despise them because they are so gross, start to stink and hard to clean and keep track of all the pieces. Plus it's one more thing to have, store and keep track of. I prefer items which have multiple uses with such a small kitchen. Others can do as they wish. I think they may have a time and place, like a car (which I don't have). I don't judge, you never know someone else's situation.

However, I find a SIGG with a sport top is a great alternative. (Did I miss this already mentioned?) So that's what we used. Lidded and not plastic. Now my 4.5 uses a regular SIGG or Kleen Kanteen with a lid, which he opens and closes himself while we are out and about and we can share if need be (I am not using a sippy and as pedestrians I can only carry so many things at once). And he has for awhile. They are great as lidded cups for on the go. I highly recommend them for kids in cars and so on. At home, he uses a regular cup, but he has no problems with spilling.
post #184 of 332
My 4 year old looked like a 7 year old. My just turned 3 year old was mistaken for a 5 year old last weekend (when someone was being offended that she didn't speak to her).

This is why I so strongly recommend minding your own dang business.
post #185 of 332
I use sippy with no shame. I have 3 kids 5 and under. I physically cannot supervise all of them closely enough to prevent spills and spend time with them and do my f/t college homework. Also they like to take their cups with them. I take my drinks with me so I can't say no but I won't let them take regular cups with them. My 5yo is at the point where I give her a regular cup by default. I have for almost a year. Sometimes she asks for a sippy because she wants to take her drink out of the kitchen. I'm cool with that so whatever. I guess I don't see what the problem is with sippys as long as the parent will respect when their child is mature enough to go without. My 3yo is great with a cup but she never will stay in the kitchen. Then she leaves the cup where 1yo dd will get it and dump it. Therefore 3 yo is not mature enough to handle a sippy IN OUR FAMILY. I doubt most 3 yos would be.
post #186 of 332
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Originally Posted by chfriend View Post
My 4 year old looked like a 7 year old. My just turned 3 year old was mistaken for a 5 year old last weekend (when someone was being offended that she didn't speak to her).

This is why I so strongly recommend minding your own dang business.
How is anyone not minding their own business? it's not as if this thread is full of people saying " you should really talk to that mom about giving her kid a sippy cup" or" why is your overgrown child still in a stroller?"
Im not getting the last part of your comment.
post #187 of 332
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Originally Posted by meco View Post
I personally despise them because they are so gross, start to stink and hard to clean and keep track of all the pieces.

However, I find a SIGG with a sport top is a great alternative.
We use SIGGs but we also have sippies. I don't find them hard to keep track of or hard to keep clean. I replaced them all about a year ago just to be safe from leaching plastic (they were scratched up). I don't have a problem with cups with lids. I drink from a SIGG myself. So, why would I have a problem with a sippy cup. I don't get it. I voted "who cares."
post #188 of 332
since dd STILL spills her cup every day, i love them! we use more sigg sports bottles & thermos straw cups now that she's older- i think the actual "sippy" cups are all phased out for a while now.

i'm a 1st class klutz so anything spill-proof is all right by me!
post #189 of 332
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
Sports bottles, straws, and cups with lids are totally different IMO than the stoppered duck billed sippy cups that are on the market today.

I have no problem with older kids with water bottles and straws. The "baby cups" are (to me) unhealthy and unnecessary.

Most of these cups are not being cleaned well. There are a few parents who do clean the lids and the stoppers, but most of those parents that I know, don't clean them. Many parents will let a three year old walk around with these cups filled ALL day with sugary drinks. Juice is very sugary.
Just wondering, where did you find the info that most sippys are not properly cleaned?

My DD's are 3 and 5 and both still use sippys in the car, to have water in bed at noght, basically whenever they want to have a drink and not be tied to the table with it. At my daughter's kindergarten I have seen many kids with sippys with straws tucked into the pockets of their backpacks - they are encouraged to bring water in their bag for in case they get thirsty during the day. Also some kids have long bus rides twice a day, a sippy is a spill proof way for them to bring water on the ride.

In the grand scheme of things I just don't see sippy cups as something worth getting worked up over.
post #190 of 332
IMO, the only thing they are good for is car trips. Kids can start drinking out of a regular cup when they start eating solids, (of course a dribble of water at first).

Frankly, I have gotten more comments about the fact that my kids have been able to drink from a regular cup under the age of 12 months.
post #191 of 332
Eh, I could care less what others do with their kids as far as sippy cups. I don't even notice children that use them, much less try and guess their age and then sit there and think, "Ew, they are too old for one of those things!"

My boys used them until they were 1.5 years old. My DD used them until 2 y/o. She only used them a bit longer because she had a habit of knocking over her drink CONSTANTLY. Finally around the age of two she began getting the hint that if it didn't have a lid (even if it did), she had to be careful and watch where she was swinging her arms (she'd swing her arms to get down from the table and knock stuff around.. instead of taking her time).

I get worked up over car seats being misused, babies not being tended to in the store (sitting in the car seat, screaming very obviously to be fed), etc.. I do care, just not about this subject and others kids so much.
post #192 of 332
We never used them much, just the car or the airplane until they were about 2. Both of my kids (6 and 3.5) go to a Montessori school where they use glasses, so we use those at home as well. For sports and travel we use SIGG bottles now.

I am not a bog fan of them, I just don't see the need after 2 or so, when you can use water bottles and such...At soccer there are 5 and 6 year olds with their sippy cups. I do think it's kind of odd.

My foster baby is 16 months and she is just now learning to use a sippy cup (bottles only at orphanage) and we're also using regular cups along with those.

ETA: We've only put just water in any of the sippy cups or water bottles. Anything else just sounds gross to me.
post #193 of 332
I think people who get their panties in a wad about other parents using sippy cups need to get a grip or a hobby.

My kid has special needs and is developmentally delayed. We try open cups. We work on them. He still has tons of trouble. But yanno what? He could be totally "normal" and still use sippy cups and I'd still say it's nobody's damn business but my own.

It never ceases to amaze me as to what petty crap people will judge other people over. Get a life. Much bigger fish to fry in this universe, for crying out loud.

Bleah.
post #194 of 332
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post #195 of 332
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Originally Posted by Finch View Post
I think people who get their panties in a wad about other parents using sippy cups need to get a grip or a hobby.

My kid has special needs and is developmentally delayed. We try open cups. We work on them. He still has tons of trouble. But yanno what? He could be totally "normal" and still use sippy cups and I'd still say it's nobody's damn business but my own.

It never ceases to amaze me as to what petty crap people will judge other people over. Get a life. Much bigger fish to fry in this universe, for crying out loud.

Bleah.
I couldn't have put it better myself!
post #196 of 332
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The water bottle I use has a straw and you have to suck on it to get water out. If it falls over, no water comes out. I like that.
ME TOO -- that way when 23 montrh old run off with it, knocks it over, rolls it around etc i don't have water everywhere -- i did just jsut a sports top water bottle but he learned to open it.

also helps with shareing, wheni was drinking out of a sprots top water botte (we wash them and refill them daily) he would choke himself by pouring too much in his mouth, he didn't want me to help him, (then of course after drinking he'd pour it all over).

My son only drinks water or milk -- no juice at all -- he never liked it before, now that he is older and i know WOULD like it, we choose not to give it to him.

I drink V8 Fusion, and he will taest mine, but it is too strong, and not really sweet.

ohhhhhhhhh and I am VERY careful about the sippy cups -- we have a lot so he can always have a clean new one -- the valuves are poped out and all three parts washed int eh dishwasher adn the valus not replaced till the cup is going to be used so ther eis no trapped water in the value / lid to get yucky.

just cuz we let our kids use sipply cups doesn't mean we are bad parents.

and 1/2 the time my son has mommas milk in his now that he choese to wean (or go on an extended nurseing srike) for the end of my pregancy.
post #197 of 332
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Originally Posted by jeca View Post
How is anyone not minding their own business? it's not as if this thread is full of people saying " you should really talk to that mom about giving her kid a sippy cup" or" why is your overgrown child still in a stroller?"
Im not getting the last part of your comment.
If you don't think your kid should be in a stroller, don't put them in a stroller. If you don't think your kid should have a sippy cup, don't give them a sippy cup. If you only think water goes in a sippy cup, only give your kids water.

If you are a dcp and you have rule that my kid can't have something they feel they need. Good and well. I get a new dcp.

But I agree with Finch that I don't appreciate the condescension on something as and not your business as whether other people's children do something you don't do in the matter of hydration and non-fuel consuming transport.

You don't have to be annoyed or....fill in the emotional response.... to something that simply doesn't concern you.

Personally, I save that sort of response for people who are crappy to their kids.
post #198 of 332
The OP referred to library storytime. Our library doesn't let you bring a regular cup in and grudgingly allows lidded cups. They also don't have a water fountain.

Also, I might have thought it was weird when I had just a baby or toddler, but now that I have older kids I tend to view two year olds as large walking babies.
post #199 of 332
I found it hard to vote because I didn't see an option that really described how I feel about sippy cups. In our house, by age 2 it's time to move on from the sippys. What other people decide in their own houses is their own business--just not something I would do. We followed a loose schedule for getting rid of pacifiers and bottles by 1 and now it will be sippys by 2.

I don't equate all covered cups with sippys, by sippy I mean the traditional no spill lidded cup with a spout that you suck on. Not a travel mug, not a straw cup, not a sports cap. Just a plain sippy.
post #200 of 332
Like the poll say, WHO CARES?! Why be so judgemental?

Just like Chfriend said, save it for something that really matters.
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