In defence of the sippy cup.

I breastfed my daughter till she was 2 1/2. I don’t mean to sound smug when I tell people she never had a bottle, it wasn’t because I didn’t offer her one. Madam preferred to go without than use an artificial nipple. At 3 1/2 months she went 6 hours without a feed rather than drink pumped milk in a bottle, milk it took me days of pumping to provide for her, I might add. But eventually she accepted a sippy cup and once she got the upper body strength to lift the thing up, we never looked back. I loved the sippy cup. I could fill it with pumped milk and she would drink it. I could throw it in my bag and it wouldn’t spill all over the place. I lugged around sippy cups full of water and weak juice and milk, both cow and my own, for years. Until one day Madam said “sippy cups are for babies, Mummy” at which point we had a problem.

Playtex, please design a sippy cup for big girls.

Madam still expects me to produce a beverage at any time, no matter where we are. And while she is a big girl, perfectly capable of using a big girl cup at table, apparently she isn’t big enough to not spill her drink all over the inside of her school bag, or my bag, or on the couch, or in her bed. Straw cups work great if you carefully put them down on the table, less so if you put them on the couch or kick them off on to the floor. Flip top cups only keep the liquid in if you remember to close them. I don’t think my kids are particularly careless, they’re just kids. But I’m tired of everything being wet. So I’m going back to the sippy cup, I don’t care how old she is.

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