Are sippy cups or straw cups better for your child?

My son is 13 months and just learned how to drink from a straw, so is it better for him to drink from a straw cup or a sippy cup that he has to suck on?
Has anyone's pediatrician said.?

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cuteasabutton78

Asked by cuteasabutton78 at 8:13 AM on Feb. 14, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I don't know if one is better, my DD never drank from the sippy's you suck lol. It was a straw at around 8 months. Now she drinks out of the ones you suck, only at night with water. She's always loved straws. :)
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 8:23 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • She's two by the way and has had a straw for a very long time!
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 8:24 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • I have a toddler son that will be 2 in August. Our pediatrician had suggested we take him off the bottle at 1 years old and start getting him on the sippy cup. I also have a 2 going on 3 yr old and when she was 1 she was also drinking from a straw. Our peditrician didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with that other than we need to alternate the regular cups w/straws and sippy cups.
    Kimiko71

    Answer by Kimiko71 at 8:28 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • A main thing about a sippy cup is that they have that valve so when the cup tips over the drink doesn't spill out. I don't think that there is any basic skill that needs to be developed by using a sippy cup or straw or just a cup. After all, before the invention of sippy cups, the children went right to cups, not even straws.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 8:44 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • Our boys were on straws at one year.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 9:24 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • Why not let him have both?..We use sippy cups for travel and running errands or when I'm out of clean straw cups. Most of the time though..it's the straw cups at home..Mabe you can look into buying sippy cups with with a straw.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • my son uses the sippy cups... just the cheap hard plastic Nuby kind from walart and its ALL he uses he REFUSES to use anything else... he knows how to drink out of straws... he has at resturants before he just doesnt like them at all, sucks too cuz we have a bunch of the sippy cups with the straw spouts lol hopefully daughter will like them
    MamaMakinMoney

    Answer by MamaMakinMoney at 9:30 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • My daughter went to sippy cups at about six months. We tried straws, but she just didn't 'get it' until just after she turned 2. I think the biggest thing is, with straw cups the drink goes down a lot faster than with a sippy. I was just told to switch to regular cups for juice so it takes her longer to drink it, but I keep using a sippy because I hate cleaning juice stains out of the carpet :P
    AddysMom1127

    Answer by AddysMom1127 at 11:06 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • You should do what works for you and your child. That being said my son sees an occupational therapist and a speech therapist and both want him to use a straw. I takes more muscles to use the straw and to use it properly the tongue has to be out of the way. They say this, in the long run can help with speech. But again use what works for you.

    Winter711

    Answer by Winter711 at 11:24 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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  • There is no difference developmentally wise about using a straw or basic sippy cup. Of course you might want to switch it up and give him both so he is content with drinking from both. Munchkins makes these really cool bright drink bottle with straws that don't leak and can tuck into to the bottle for travel. Our Costco here (Alaska) just had them in a 3 pack for $10. My son like them the best so far, he started drinking from a straw at 7 mo.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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