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my 6yo still eats off "special" plates. Plastic kids plates w/kid silverwear. And occasionally uses a sippy cup, with the vaulve removed. Like if hes sick, or were having a movie night in bed
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by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

In my honest opinion, the sippy cup has got to go! NOW! Drs and specialists say to stop using sippy cups at acertain point due to thee fact that they can cause overbites and other issues as well! If you are using the plastic eating paraphernalia, I would say it isnt the WORST thing you can do. But let me ask you, is there something thats preventing you from exposing him to real plates, real silverware and cups?

    I, myself, am a preschool teacher and at our center we give the children the real deal. Its very good for them as it fosters independence, problem solving, and family style dining.  I taught my little girl at an early age to be very independent and my husband and I as soon as we saw something she was good at it, we zeroed in on this strength and continued to push her forward! A common mistake I see many parents doing through no fault of their own is to use all this CUTSY OOTSY talk and stuff on their children rather than hone in their abilities and simply TALK with their children normally

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I don't think there is anything wrong with that at all.  He's still little! 

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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 My boys are five and eight and use plastic plates with super heroes on them all the time, why not? They also come with matching silverware. They like them. Our regular silverware is top heavy and falls off of their plates all the time. The smaller lighter stuff works better. My boys also have thermoses with straws in them, which are great when they are sick and want something right there to sip and it keeps them cold for a long time. We stopped sippy cups a long time ago.

Edit, I wanted to add, they do use adult plates, silverware, and drink out of regular cups. I am simply saying they like this stuff. Why not let them use them if they like them.

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