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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 #81 of 332
"WHY do men HAVE to back into their parking space? "

They don't. My brothers and father are men and they don't do this. But seem to have plenty of testosterone.

Why do people think it's okay to talk junk like this about the other gender?
post #82 of 332
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Originally Posted by wannabe View Post
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.
So you think 2 year olds should be carrying around open cups in a public library?
post #83 of 332
This whole thread has me : since here I sit with my nalgene bottle with the straw top. Oh, and I am 46.

If you hit your kids in front of me, watch out. How you keep 'em hydrated doesn't even rate a second glance. Please.
post #84 of 332
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So you think 2 year olds should be carrying around open cups in a public library?
or at the pack, or in the car, or ...... :

Aimee
post #85 of 332
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Originally Posted by chfriend View Post
"WHY do men HAVE to back into their parking space? "

They don't. My brothers and father are men and they don't do this. But seem to have plenty of testosterone.

Why do people think it's okay to talk junk like this about the other gender?
Okay, okay, I stand corrected. My husband did say he likes to feel he can make a quick escape though
post #86 of 332
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Originally Posted by katheek77 View Post
Mine is strollers. Sorry, it bugs me when I see a 4-5 year old in a stroller (insert disclaimer about special needs, injured parents, etc.). There's no GOOD reason for it, and I'm certainly not going to make a snide comment or give a dark look to someone because of it, but, it irritates me. Just because. I never said I was completely rational.
Sorry I replied before because I was totally mixed up.

You're allowed to be irrational
post #87 of 332
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Originally Posted by siobhang View Post
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.
Missed this one I have no problem with comfort sucking at "older" ages. I have no issues with a 5 yo nursing FE.

If a 2.5 yo cannot drink from a cup yet, there may be issues.

My bottlefed and breastfed kids could drink from a regular cup by the time they were 1yo.
post #88 of 332
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
Like.. WHY do men HAVE to back into their parking space? Why can't they just pull in and back out? I always get stuck behind some guy in a lifted pickup truck that NEEDS to back into his spot. Is it a testosterone thing?
I back into parking spaces (the rare times I drive) because I feel it's safer to back into the space than to back out of it. Maybe if I was a more experienced driver I wouldn't be as nervous about backing out...
post #89 of 332
It is much, much safer to back into a space.
post #90 of 332
Seriously, my 2.5 year old drinks almost exclusively from a bottle. He is disabled, though passes for NT. I really schedule my day so that I don't have to bottlefeed him in public, due to the dirty looks I get. If there's one thing I hate, it's defending my parenting practices to strangers in front of my child.

Maybe think twice before you judge mothers in public. You'll probably make a SN mother's day.

P.S. Siobhang, are you equally irritated by a toddler nursing?
post #91 of 332
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Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
It is much, much safer to back into a space.
Maybe not if I'm doing it

We have to back into our driveway as it's very hard to get out otherwise due to the narrow street. Our driveway is wider than a parking space but I sometimes have trouble getting in straight so I'm afraid to try a parking space.

I find two spaces and I drive through so I can drive out without backing up.
post #92 of 332
Well that's a good option too

Backing into a space or a driveway is one of the first things we were taught in my defensive driving class. There is no traffic in a parking spot or driveway, so it is safer to back in to there then into a busy parking lot or street.

I pull through two spaces too when I can because I am too lazy to back up, but I do back into a space when I can.
post #93 of 332
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Originally Posted by nextcommercial View Post
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.
Well that is a different story. If the thread read "Children drinking day old juice from dirty sippy cups" I would pass serious judgement too.
post #94 of 332
I haven't inspected the stoppers of anybody's sippy cups but my own, but I'm not so sure that all of them are filled with black mold.

It takes like ten seconds to pull one apart and put it into the dishwasher.
post #95 of 332
Who cares?
My dd who is 5 : still drinks from a sippy.
































































































































I wonder how many posts it will take until someone asks if she is able to drink from a cup too?
post #96 of 332
I voted "who cares?" This type of thing is low on my parenting radar. IF I'm going to care what other people do with their kids it's going to be something like proper carseats or spanking...not if they use a sippy or not.
post #97 of 332
Ok when you said older i thought you meant like 4 year olds. but at two a sippy is perfectly acceptable (gees I hardly bat an eyelash if a two year old still has a bottle) My nephew is darn near five and still uses sippy cups exclusively. and it boils down to his mom thinking he is a baby and not wanting to let go. she has control issues. . . . but they go way beyond sippy cups.

I think we lose the sippy somewhere between 2 and 3 around here. I am sure it was later for my first one.

really it is less about spilling or being opposed to a real cup, than portability and feeling like we always had to have a drink with us. With my first one I carried around a couple sippy sups so that she would not only have plenty to drink but options! With my second I carried a sippy cup with something in it. With my third I knew where all the fountains were or would just grab a bottle of water. Even still if we take something in the car with us it probably has some sort of sipper lid on it (not a baby cup but a water bottle or sports bottle or nalgene type bottle, or coffee cup with travel lid). heck I even have an insert thingy for my nalgene bottle si I can sip without getting sloshed.

I also wanted to comment on the gross factor. i don't care how well you think you clean them I did daycare and not once did I open an older sippy cup that didn't have mold in th stopper. Some brands were far worse than others. Dishwasher did nothing to fix the problem (and may have contributed to it since the parents with dishwashers assumed they got them clean). I recently had a water bottle made by the camel back company (also things of extreme grossness where mold lurks and hides and gross out of sight and far away from normal cleaning) and realized one day when I took it further apart that it was full of mold. so gross. I had been using that thing for weeks like that. But it looked perfectly clean until I stretched and prodded the rubber valves. So please inspect your lids and valves carefully. all the nooks and crannies. take a q-tip and cram it up past where your fingers can reach. in every nook and cranny. pull, stretch, push, contort any flexible part. if it can move moisture can get trapped up in there.
post #98 of 332
My almost 2 year old uses them quite often. He only has the kind with the staws. He does not like real cups, he hates to get any liquids on himself, so this is our best solution. We do not wander around the library with it, but he has been known to take it to story time from time to time, most of the kids at his story time are still being given bottles. So I find his sippy cup to not be a problem.
My 5 year old does have a sports bottle that he takes water in the car in, but it never goes anywhere but the car, the park and the house.
post #99 of 332
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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.

REALLLLLY look at those little rubber stoppers. Do you see black stuff?? Those things are so hard to clean.

The only sippy cup I will allow in my daycare are the nubby cups from Wal Mart. They are cheap enough to throw away, and they don't have the stopper. We mostly use the Take and toss cups with straws, but at age two, they don't get the straws anymore either
Honest to God, what is the difference between a sippy cup and a cup with a lid/straw or sport bottle? They are both designed to hold a beverage in a spill proof manner. I really and truly do not see any difference here. Sure, one may be found primarily in the "baby section", but they serve the EXACT same purpose.

About the cleanliness, I said before that I have sippy cups that are well over 3 years old. I just went and looked at every cup in my pantry and none of them have black mold around the valve and when I smelled them, there was no odor whatsoever. I am 100% confident that my cups are as clean as any other dish or cup I may use.

Again, for the OP. What exactly about seeing a child with a sippy cup makes you uncomfortable and why do you think that is? I am very interested in your answer.
post #100 of 332
Well I'll give you a reason to really freak out.

My almost 5 year old uses a sippy cup sometimes. He loves to lay down while drinking his PediaSure. So it goes in a sippy because if you haven't noticed, you can't lay down with a cup.

I don't see the big deal, AT ALL. Sippy cup, sports bottle, cup with a straw .. what's the difference? Why does anyone care?
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