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View Poll Results: Sippy cups for two year olds
despise them! 42 8.24%
Don't hate them, but why not a cup? 89 17.45%
Get a life, who cares? 207 40.59%
I use them 104 20.39%
I love them, as much as I love my Starbucks adult sippy 68 13.33%
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#1 of 332 Old 10-03-2007, 11:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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?

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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...
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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!
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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.

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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.:

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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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We Use Them, Love Them, Don't See A Problem With Them.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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We all use tip-free tumblers aka "sippy cups." My 13-year-olds have "sippy" cups (tall plastic cups with lids that snap shut) that they use for water at bedtime. We all know how to drink out of regular cups/glasses & do so for mealtimes, but otherwise, it's just neater to have something with a lid. My DH has tons of snap-shut bottles for carrying around his coffee.
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I'm not a big fan for my own children though we have some and do use them. I prefer to use sports bottles or the straw type cups where the child is drinking larger mouthfuls rather than constantly sipping.

What irks me is people giving little ones sticky juice or milk in a sippy to carry round constantly in places where eating/drinking is not appropriate (eg the library) they are NOT totaly leak proof and DO make a mess.

Actually it bugs me at playgroup too, I know little ones need drinks but I wish parents could just sit down with them while they have a drink then put it away. We always put the toys away before snack time yet still I have to clean juice and milk off them each week. With milk you certainly know when you open the cupboard the following week that you've missed it. I keep asking in our newsletter for children not to be running round with drinks but "it's OK, it's a leek proof cup" Arrggggg. OK rant over, I think I hate them more than I thought
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I don't really care if other people let their kids use them no matter the age. It's just a cup with a lid.
I like kids not spilling stuff. I'm not sure why kids need to wander around with a cup of any kind in the library though.
My dd graduated to a regular cup early I guess. I always hated trying to clean sippy cups.

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I'm not sure why kids need to wander around with a cup of any kind in the library though.
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yeah that.

I voted who cares. If the place is appropriate for drinking, I don't care what other people's kids drink from. But I don't think a library is an appropriate place for a drink. I kept a thermos of water for drinking outside, or introduced dd to the water fountain
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I'm another lazy parent that still gives my four year old a sippy cup. I'm a single mom with three kids, so anything that makes dinner time with my family easier is okay by me.
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I didnt vote because I think they are fine for 2 yr olds...once they hit 3 I try to start getting them away from them but not always...By 4 I want them gone. This is for my kids, I am not bothered by other peoples kids having them
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but I love my coffee and heck I use a sippy bottle for my water when I exercise.

doesn't bother me one bit.

Would it be okay if they were those expensive aluminum water bottles?
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What irks me is people giving little ones sticky juice or milk in a sippy to carry round constantly in places where eating/drinking is not appropriate (eg the library) they are NOT totaly leak proof and DO make a mess.
I said they're fine with me but I do agree about carrying them around. I was thinking more of the cup being put away most of the time.

Personally I never used them much because I was too cheap to buy them
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my son drinks from a sippy outside of meal times (when he gets a cup in his highchair) he doesn't carry it around like a lovey though. and i HATE when people allow their kids to lug one around public places like the library storytime and kindermusik. becasue my son decides he wants their sippy cups more than anything else in the world and we frequently end up leaving early b/c he throws a fit when he can't have another kid's sippy cup. I have tried taking him ina corner and giving him a sip from his own cup, safely tucked in the bottom of the diaper bag, but no he wants the other kid's cups.

it has really ruined alot of fun experiences for us. :
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i can't tell you how many times people have walked up and asked why my four-year-old was drinking out of a sippy cup. strangers would look at me in disgust...

um, cause she didn't have a choice? cause she has moderate/severe dysphagia and will aspirate without?

i think i hate the things. i hate having to ALWAYS deal with them...clean them, fill them, find them...gah.
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