It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Parenting Issues Message Board

Sippy cups for language delay

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-09-2004, 09:14 PM   #1
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,046
Mommyof4 HB User
Sippy cups for language delay

EI came out for my youngest son, 21 months, yesterday. He is behind by about 8 months now. We already know he has oral motor problems. Right now he has been diagnosed with Dysphagia, Oral Apraxia, and SID. The EI woman told me that I needed to get rid of my sippy cups! She said that ,orally, they are no different from a bottle. That with spill proof cups, the child has to suck the liquid out just like a bottle. She said they also do nothing for the most important oral muscle which is the tongue. Most babies and toddlers do most of their sucking with their cheek muscles.

SO... I am not about to give my toddler and open cup. She said we could do a straw cup but I would rather stick with sippy cups. Does anyone know of a kind without a spill proof valve?

Oh, and I asked her what I should do since he is really good at spilling drinks... Her response... MAKE him leave it on the kitchen counter!!URGH.
Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 04-09-2004, 09:54 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 666
littleone314 HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

Wow.. this is interesting because at the moment we are waiting to see if Austin's speech delay is caused from his cleft palate..(he get's it repaired this Monday). His dr. says that it is and so do I but just incase...I would like to be cautious.

So, your dr. said that sippy cups aren't good for babies and toddlers? Yall might laugh at me but I thought you were supposed to take the spill proof valve out of the sippy when you give it the child and you only use it to travel??? That's what I do with it..the valve comes out ! It spills everywhere if you turn it upside definantly don't have to suck to get the liquid out. Now I'm confused. I use the soft spout Gerber Sippy. Am I supposed to be giving him it with that white valve in it?

I'm sorry I wasn't of more help to you Mommyof4!!

Last edited by littleone314; 04-09-2004 at 09:56 PM.

Old 04-10-2004, 08:38 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,046
Mommyof4 HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

You know, a week ago I would have told you not to worry about the valves. Come to find out, you are doing it right!! Sippy cups aren't the problem. It's the no spill valves. I posted this question at another site I am on for language delays and a few of the women also said they were told not to use the valves.

I got a recommendation for a Playtex Sports cup that has a fold down straw. I am going to give it a try. I am also going to try the kind with the removable valve. I have been buying the cheap WalMart disposable cups

So, your advice really did help. I am not going to give him the cup with the valve in it unless we are in the car. Thanks
Mindy (Type 1 Dx'd 11/94..Insulin Pump)

Old 04-10-2004, 09:38 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 666
littleone314 HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

No, thank you!!!!!! Now, I know not to buy any other kind..unless it has a removeable valve. I'm glad I could help you though!!!

Actually, the other day I bought a few of those disposable sippys from Walmart! lol..guess I'll just keep those for emergencies.!! Again...glad I could help

Old 04-13-2004, 05:24 PM   #5
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Baltimore md. u.s
Posts: 73
chelann HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

My son is 3 and is speech delayed, I was told the same thing about the cups, I have always given him the cup without the valve also, I did see some cute cups at Hechts for kids. They were with the stuff for outside. It was a cup that had the straw built in it with a lid. My son goes to speech twice a week, It is so hard that people don't undestand him. I feel so bad for him. You don't realize how important speech is until you see someone struggle with it!

Old 04-18-2004, 05:28 PM   #6
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 738
AngelaA HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

I recently saw a new cup made by Playtex. It has wide rim and a special seal that allows it to be spill proof yet you drink from the rim like a regular cup. Tupperware has made regular sippy cups for decades..well unless they have changed to using the valves. But you can still find the older Tupperware on Ebay or at yard sales. I'm really concerned because I babysit for a friend with a 3 1/2 yr old who still uses the various brands of no-spill sippy cups. I have been see lots of articles lately about it causing language delays and I am really concerned now as the little girl is near impossible to understand.

Old 04-19-2004, 03:49 PM   #7
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Crescent City, Ca
Posts: 313
momof3mjt HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

Walmart sells the cups like Tupperware has, you get 3 or 4 in the pack. They are great, they are not "sippy" cups, and they don't suck to get the liquid out either.
My daughter, who is 7 now, has had speech delays since she was little, and we threw out all of the "sucking" cups when she was little, it did help. The tongue has muscles in it and they are used in different ways to make different sounds. So children have to get used to using those muscles in different ways....other than just the sucking muscles.
Try the cups from tupperware or from Wally World. They are just plastic cups with snap on lids on them....with a small slot for drinking. They will spill, but only drops will come out if you catch it in time.
I quickly got out of the habit of letting my kids just walk all over the house with any type of cup, they could only have drinks in the kitchen, and not all the time. It sure helped with the potty training too, when they weren't drinking all day long.
good luck!

Old 06-12-2004, 06:12 PM   #8
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 17
tlorenet HB User
Re: Sippy cups for language delay

I had no idea. My doctor has never said a word about it. My children talk fine, but I will remove them for now on.

My youngest talked late, but that was due to her brother talking for her. Once I made him stop, she was talking in sentences. It sucked in a round about way because I missed a lot of her first speech patterns and since she is my last I won't be able to get the chance to hear another one go through learning how to talk. She went from saying maybe 7 words to saying sentences.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
21 mth old twin daughters not wanting to use sippy cup momoftwingirls Children's Health 9 01-17-2010 10:47 AM
Sippy Cup Question Accutane2X Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 11 03-10-2009 05:29 PM
When should I break the sippy cup habit? sdjansen Children's Health 3 01-11-2008 10:34 PM
2 Questions..about all opf a sudden clingy and bottles/sippy cups!? Sara20 Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 2 03-08-2007 04:50 PM
Sippy Cups - Which one? laurabelle1317 Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 7 08-28-2006 05:08 PM
Bottle and Sippy-Cup Questions babygirl224 Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 4 04-09-2006 01:09 PM
When did you start sippy cups? lil*hottie Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 20 12-01-2005 06:34 PM
How to help a child learn to suck from sippy cup Kaleb's Mom 04 Children's Health 14 06-03-2005 08:24 PM
What type sippy cup??? littleone314 Parenting Issues 5 05-15-2004 05:03 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:32 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!