When should a toddler give up the sippy cup?

My daughter is 4. I still give her a sippy cup so that she can drink in the living room or wherever. She is able to drink from a regular cup, but of course she has to be so careful. At what age do you think it should be gone completely?


Asked by hw1977 at 4:54 PM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I don't see what the harm is in a sippy cup my little boy is a mess maker and he is only aloud to drink out of a regular cup in the kitchen. But ultimatly she is your daughter and when you are ready then take it a way but it is not like she is still on the bottle! I say it is no big deal!

    Answer by proudusarmywife at 9:43 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • Before they start school.

    Answer by louise2 at 4:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • My daughter is 18months old. She hates sippy cups. We have only 1 or 2. But we never use them. She wants to be indepented so she drinks from a regular cup. I let her do it. If i wouldnt she will never learn it. Of course sometimes she drops the cup, but oh well. I just take a rag and clean it up. I wont fill the whole cup up. just 1/4.

    She gets better day by day.

    So yes, i think your daughter is old enough to drink from a regular cup. She wont learn to not drop it if she doesnt use a reg. cup ;)

    good luck and happy cleaning ;)

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 4:59 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • My daughter is 4 and will be 5 in a few months, I still give her a sippy...if you are worred maybe switch over to a sports cup or water bottle when she is not at the table

    Answer by ELC at 5:00 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • Is there some stigma to using a sippy cup? ... she has the skills for handling a regular cup, so she's all set for situations where the sippy cup is not available, so she's set. Good for you - good for her ! I don't understand why this is somehow a benchmark, or a "should" of any sort ...

    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:03 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • All of my guys are on straw cups. We switched them at a year. They do make straw cups that are "no spill".

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:25 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • My four year old twin boys drink their choclate milk every morning from a sippy cup, I decided that they were too old and to take it away.  Well, they were both so upset so I gave them back there sippy cup.  I dont see any harm


    Answer by mommiedear at 6:42 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • My oldest will be 4 next month and he still uses a sippy at home...He has a 2yr old little brother that will spill a regular cup...So when we are away from home my 4yr old always gets a regular cup...He can use it so I dont see taking it away right now a big issue...

    Answer by calaid at 7:36 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • My daughter is 4 now and doesnt use a sippy and hasnt used one for 2 yrs. As soon as they are able to use a regualr cup let them use that exclusively...

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:41 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • Teach your daughter how to use a regular cup carefully. My son is 3 1/2 and loves drinking from "mommy's" cups - with handles or without. He knows to not fill it up all the way, to walk carefully while holding it, to tilt it slowly so as not to spill, and to clean up any mess he does make. However, he gets to choose his own cups, and sometimes he still chooses a sippy. The important part is that HE gets to choose what he drinks from. I just taught him how to do it carefully. Let your daughter choose what cups she wants to drink from, even in the living room, and just teach her how to use non-sippy cups carefully and clean up after herself.

    Answer by JPsMommy605 at 9:41 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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