The next step is Straw Sippy Cups! Drop the Spout Sippy Cups ASAP!
What’s next after breast feeding and milk bottles. Sippy Cups!
There are several types in the market - some with hard spouts, some with soft spouts and others with a straw.
Experts unanimously recommend skipping the sprout-shaped sippy cups and head straight for the Straw Sippy Cups instead. Here are some reasons why!
When should you start using them?
At 6 months old, your child is ready to be weaned. You can then start the transition from the bottle/breast to drinking from the Sippy Cups.
Why not Hard/Soft Spout-shaped Cups?
Oral Motor Delays
Using Spout-shaped Sippy cups deprives children of the opportunity to develop mature oral-motor and swallowing skills. Spout Sippy requires babies and children to drink with an immature, infant-like sucking motion, and the spout prevents the front of the tongue from elevating during swallowing.
Regular use of spout-shaped sippy prevent a child from developing the necessary lip, jaw, and tongue movements to successfully drink from an open regular cup at the appropriate time.
Immature swallowing patterns (such as when children use a bottle or Spout sippy cup) can also impact tooth alignment and speech development. Children with a tongue thrust (an immature swallow learned from the excessive use of bottles, spout sippy cups, and pacifiers) often struggle to produce certain speech sounds, such as the “s” sound.
Dental and Nutritional issues
For comfort, children at home tend to hold on to sippy cups for longer than they should. And this is where the majority of the damage to the teeth occurs.
Prolonged use of a Sippy cup containing juice or another sugary drink can have serious consequences. Long-term exposure to sugar obviously harmful, raising the risk of tooth decay.
Continuous use of the spout sippy places strong forces on the teeth. The cup's forceful sucking can have an impact on how the teeth and jaws develop, potentially leading to orthodontic issues.
Straw Sippy Cups
Straw drinking is more difficult than sipping from a Spout-shaped cup. It develops the same oral muscles that are required to successfully and safely manipulate food in a baby's mouth, as well as the muscles required to make sounds and talk!
So, by opting for a straw or open cup over a sippy cup, you're laying a stronger foundation for your child's development of these important skills.
Our Evorie Tritan Baby Straw Sippy Cup Kids Water Bottle is ideal for children 6 months onwards to learn to drink on their own. It is easy to use, durable, and 100% leak-proof. The innovative 360 degree gravity straw allows your little one to drink lying down, replacing the milk feeding bottle too. The cross-cut straw prevents your little one from choking as they transit to straw drinking initially.
Make the switch
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If you are still using the Spout Sippy Cups, it is time to make the switch!
As an alternative to a bottle or nursing, we recommend a leak proof Straw Sippy cup instead. This will help your children position their tongues correctly for speech and give them the strength they need to be better communicators.
Bottom line is using the Spout Sippy Cups occasionally is totally fine, but it is highly recommended to limit the uses or avoid them entirely.
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