The first year of your baby’s life is filled with transitions, from breast-to-bottle and milk to solids and from crawling to sitting to walking. Many big changes are taking place in the little body! One of the biggest changes is moving away from the bottle and instead using sippy cups.
With so many options makings the decision to choose the leak-proof cup may be a challenge. The best choice will reduce stress for parents and toddlers by avoiding leaks and making it easily cleaned and convenient to use and providing healthy choices to help develop a child’s systems. We’ll take you through the different cups and discuss those features we consider to be the most crucial.
Are Plastics Safe?
The plastic cups that we tested were BPA-free this doesn’t mean that they’re not an issue for health. Research has revealed a myriad of chemical components found in plastics act as endocrine disruptors and cause the possibility of health issues.
Why Get a Leak-Proof Cup?
Do toddlers require a leak-proof cup, or are they able to make use of a regular cup, without the need for this convenient product? Leak-proof cups aren’t required for children to master the skill to drink from the cup. Hydration Leak-proof cups help children stay hydrated without the mess that comes with drinking from a normal cup.
Potentially InjuredLeak-proof cups are the reason for a per 4 hours of emergency room visits across the United States. These injuries typically occur as a result of improper usage by children who have the spout in their mouths while they move. If children fall when drinking, hard spouts could cause damage to the palate or face. The best practice is to have toddlers sit while drinking.
Do You Have to Use a Sippy Cup?
There’s no need to drink from sippy cups even if you don’t wish to because the purpose is eventually to train the child is drinking from an unopened cup. All it depends on is your child’s patience, and yours too. It could be a case of spills and mess However, with the right reinforcement and practice your child will learn to master it.
Not every pediatric dentist suggests Bet Slow Flow Sippy Cups. According to pediatric dental expert Saadia Mohammed, DDS, of Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry in Boca Raton, Fl., “From an oral motor development perspective, a sippy cups should be avoided.”
It’s because the majority of sippy cups available sold on the market contain children sucking on the cup instead of drinking from it. “When a child is sucking from a sippy cups, they’re using more of a suck and swallow pattern, which is more of an infantile pattern.”
She says that when you swallow your tongue, it goes down, and then when you swallow it, it moves up. This is a pattern of function that you do not wish to see your child develop in the long run since it could create issues later on including impairment in communication and speech.
Everyone recommends avoiding the sippy cups in favor of straw or open cups whenever possible. “Yes, it gets messy!” says Dr. Reynolds. “But they can also develop the oral musculature caused by the act of drinking and drinking]. This is essential to increase the oral motor tone. Straw cups are commonly employed to aid in speech therapy to aid in this.”
Types of Leak-Proof Cups
There are three kinds that are leakproof. This review covers the transition cup and toddler cups.
Transition cups-usually designed for babies aged 4-9-12 months, based on style. They usually weigh less than 8 ounces they have spouts with flexible spouts as well as handles, as well as being light (often made of plastic).
All sippy cups aren’t made equal, which is why it’s important to think about the differences in these cups and how they can affect your daily usage.
Leak-proof cups are available in stainless steel, glass, and plastic with silicone components. Some cups are made of plastic, however, most are some combination of the two. Different components can also be a sign of the possibility of the longevity of the cup and the ability to clean.
The food-grade stainless steel makes a good option for cups that are leak-free. It doesn’t leach chemicals like lead, phthalates, and other elements into the beverage There is nothing inherently unsafe about stainless steel. Steel is easy to clean and is often available in insulated forms to keep liquids chilled.
Plastic is cheap, light, and versatile. It is also a good choice for parents and toddlers alike. Plastic cups come in many styles and styles and their less expensive costs mean less worry if they’re lost or damaged.
Straws, valves, and spouts are usually made of silicone. In general, the silicone used for medical purposes in cups isn’t exposed to a lot of contact with the contents and is considered to be a safe material to use in cups for children. Spouts made of silicone are pliable and comfortable to use compared to plastic counterparts.
The number of components inside your sippy cups could affect the frequency with which you drink it. This is why you must take a look at the components which make up the entire. How easily they are able to be joined and how difficult they can be to clean are the things you’ll need to keep track of regularly.
How to Choose the Best Sippy Cup
If you have decided if you require a transitional cup or sippy cups for your toddler (based on the age) Then you’re in a position to narrow the area. The consideration of key features can assist you in selecting the most suitable choice for your child’s needs. All the choices we suggest in this article are great but there is a chance that one will be to be more appropriate based on the needs of your child.
First, Health, and Materials
Health is a major concern for the team here in the Baby Gear Lab. No matter whether you’d like or not, we all come to contact with chemicals in our daily lives. And certain chemicals are harmful. Children’s systems are developing and sensitive which could be more susceptible to exposure to toxic chemicals as they are developing.
Next, Ease of Use and Cleaning
Cups should be simple to use or the little ones are likely to dump them into the dirt. Little ones typically choose cups based on design, color, or the characters that are on the sippy’s body. But, if the selected cup is difficult to drink from then they will move to the less attractive alternatives that are more comfortable to drink from and use.
Parents often buy a sippy in order to keep away the mess that could be caused by regular cups and the potential to spill. A cup that is leak-free should not leak this is the reason we test the cups we review for leaks using an inverse comparison to the other competitors.
Before you sit in eyes wide with wonder in front of an enormous shelf filled with leakproof cup options, think about the qualities we talked about and what are the most important for you as well as your child. Through our analysis of the various options for sippy cups, we truly think there’s something suitable for everyone, regardless of the performance metrics or attributes you believe are crucial.