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Is there anything wrong with giving my toddler a sippy cup?

I constantly see parents handing their children plastic sippy cups of juice to carry around all day. Parents use them as a substitute pacifier. This makes me crazy. Toddlers don’t need to sip juice from a cup for five hours while they play, walk, pet the dog, watch TV, and read a book. They don’t need the extra calories, the extra tooth decay, or the extra exposure to plastic. You can find sippy cups that are BPA-free, but that’s no excuse to keep one attached to your toddler like an appendage. If you choose to give your child a sippy cup to carry around, I suggest filling it with the best sugar-free beverage on earth—water.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

 

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