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The Scoop with Sippy Cups

A sippy cup is a transition between a baby bottle and a regular, open cup. Because sippy cups are so effective in preventing spills and leaks of milk, juice and other liquids, parents have a tendency to employ these cups well beyond the age of 3, when most children are developmentally capable of drinking out of an open cup or, at least, from a closed cup with a built-in straw.

iSmileKids' Tips for Sippy Cups:

  • Stop using sippy cups as soon as possible, but definitely by the time your child is 1 years old.

  • Wash the cup thoroughly between uses to remove bacteria.

  • Serve milk, juice or sugary beverages in a covered cup with a straw.

  • If you must serve milk, juice or sugary beverages in a sippy cup, do so only at mealtimes, when saliva production is at its peak. Give water between meals.

  • Until your child has teeth, wipe gums with a damp cloth at least once daily.

  • Once your child has her first tooth, start brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush once a day.

  • See a pediatric dentist once the first tooth appears or by your child's 1st birthday, whichever comes first.

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