Sippy Cups That Promote Toddler Speech and Language Development

Sippy Cups

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How to Select a Sippy Cup for your Toddler

Did you know that the type of sippy cup your toddler uses can impact their speech and language development? By simply selecting the the right type cup for your child you can enhance their speech development; an easy parenting win! How do you know what cup to choose? It’s all about the spout!  As a pediatric speech language pathologist, I have found that information on toddler cups is not readily available. When working with toddlers with speech delays, I always make a point to suggest new cups to parents as it can be impactful to their child’s speech development. The best cups are straw cups or sippy cups that do not have a spout (think Starbucks cups).  Why is this important? As babies are presented with solid foods and open cup liquids, they develop a swallow that is more mature than the one they used for breast or bottle feeding. The next time you swallow, notice that your tongue naturally goes to the spot behind your front teeth where “teeth meets gum” and rolls back over the roof of your mouth to trigger your swallow. This “starting place” for the tongue is very important both for speech and swallowing. A spout cup physically blocks the tongue from getting to where it needs to be. The tongue is not able to get to the right position because the spout is in its way.  In their effort to be non-spill, many sippy cups on the market end up functioning much like a bottle by forcing children to suck effortfully to get any liquid. By using non-spill sippy cups , we can unknowingly encourage an immature swallow pattern. The best option for your child is always an open cup. Whenever you have the opportunity to give your child an open cup, do it! That said, I’m a mom of four kids and I realize that it’s not always realistic to use an open cup. Here are my recommendations for convenient and mess-free non-spill cups:

Straw Cups

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Contigo Spill-Proof Tumbler

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Spout Free Cups

Munchkin Miracle 360

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Contigo Stainless Steel Autoseal West Loop Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug, 16 Oz

Sippy Cups That Promote Toddler Speech and Language Development 10 Sippy Cups That Promote Toddler Speech and Language Development If you have questions about your child’s development please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team of pediatric speech, occupational, physical therapists and social workers are happy to answer your questions!

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!