Sippy cups have gotten a bad rap lately. There has been an array of articles posted recently regarding potential problems with tooth decay and difficulties with proper speech development with prolonged use of the beloved sippy. Yes, it’s convenient and easy for a child to use, and it’s hands free for parents. However, do the pros outweigh the potential cons? That’s for you to decide…
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If you do choose to forgo the sippy altogether here are my top three choices for great alternatives:
1. Doidy Cup
Pros: easy to drink from, dishwasher safe, mimics breastfeeding, easiest open rim cup on the market, easy for child to put back down
Cons: doesn’t have a lid so when your child first is holding it by themselves be ready for some spill
Available: http://connectmommies.com/doidy-cup/where-to-buy/. Sold for $9.95ea
2. EIO Cups
Cons: it’s glass so possibly breakable, can be a bit pricey
Available: http://www.eiokidscup.com/retail-locations.htmlsold for $18.99 ea
3. Straw Sippy
Unfortunately, I have never personally used one of these so I don’t feel comfortable recommending one over the other. But if your heart is really set on a traditional sippy, this is a very good alternative as it’s probably the closest thing to. The sucking action required can be good for developing muscles in the mouth necessary for proper speech development. However, the problem with tooth decay is still present if your child is constantly sipping on anything other than water.
Pros: most like traditional sippy, has a lid, cost effective, better for speech development
Cons: not as sterile, can have lots of parts to assemble/clean, potential risk of tooth decay, can be difficult for child to learn to drink from.
Available: at any major retail store carrying baby supplies. Most available under $10.
Further reading on problems with sippy cups:
I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these products or others you have found that work well for your family!