Tips for transitioning away from a sippy cup

Eating & Nutrition   |   Age: 2 years 10 months

Tips for transitioning away from a sippy cup

Even though it’s recommended that children begin moving to regular cup drinking at around 12 to 15 months, things don’t always go according to plan. With your baby’s third birthday a few months away, it’s a great time to work on leave the sippy cup-era behind and master drinking from a regular cup, if she hasn’t yet. But as every parent of a toddler knows, change can be tough.

Toddlers and sippy cups

Even though there’s a big, wide world of toddler cups out there, sippy cups are often the favorite of parents and young children. They typically serve as a bridge during the move from bottle drinking to cup drinking, and sippy cups also go a long way in preventing surfaces from being doused with liquid after a cup slips from the hands of an active toddler. In addition, sippy cups work well for travel and on-the-go activities.

Challenges with sippy cups

However, sippy cups were never meant to be a toddler’s primary drinking vessel. Because toddlers can walk around with them, they often drink more liquids than they should, which interferes with mealtime eating. Also, sippy cup-toting toddlers often cling to them, wanting to take their cup to bed at nighttime and during naps, which makes transitioning to a regular cup even more difficult.

In addition, using a sippy cup containing sugary liquids like juice or even milk for too long can lead to decay in primary teeth, as little teeth can be exposed to more of whatever is in the cup when it’s being carried around, and the shape of the sippy cup can lead to deposits of sugar behind the front teeth.

Tips for transitioning your toddler to a traditional cup

Once you make the decision that your baby is ready to leave her sippy cup behind, try these tips to make the transition more manageable.

As with any toddler transition, moving away from the sippy cup is a process. Keep consistent and remember to recognize the big step your baby is taking in drinking from her grown-up cup.


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