Leading Experts Commenting on Why You Should Choose Babycup
To help prevent tooth decay, children should be encouraged to drink from a cup by their first birthday.
The American Dental Association
"Babycup is a healthy choice for your child. Choosing an open cup means you are allowing your child to develop a healthy sipping habit. Spouts and no-spill valves that mean a child has to suck, rather than sip, contribute to poor facial and dental development. I've treated thousands of children; developing healthy oral habits from an early age has a great influence on how your child's teeth will develop. A young child's teeth, jaw and muscles are still growing so it's a crucial time and parents have the power to steer their infants away from needing extensive orthodontic treatment later in life."
Dr Derek Mahony
BDS(Syd) MScOrth(Lon) DOrthRCS(Edin)
"A baby cup without a mouth-contorting gimmicky spout. Drinking the ‘natural’ way for toddlers is back!"
"At last, a cup designed with babies in mind rather than parents. 'Training cups' have been recommended for many years, but why do we need to train a baby to drink from something that goes against their natural development?….. Because parents have been marketed to with gadgets they don’t need and have been made to think it is easier, less messy and that their baby will drink more. If babies could speak earlier no doubt they would have asked for the “Babycup” years ago.
A simple baby size cup, that allows sipping at mealtimes rather than on the go. A cup that allows independence, and promotes healthy oral development as well as enhancing hand eye co ordination. The only cup your baby will need."
In an article on toddler diets and oral health, the British Dental Health Foundation website says that drinks should be offered six to eight times a day, and, from as early an age as possible, should be sipped from a cup or glass, not sucked from a bottle. The same Foundation suggests starting by the time babies are about 6 months old, or when they are able to sit up and can hold things on their own.
British Dental Health Foundation
"New born babies when feeding at the breast must use the infantile swallow. This swallow is characterised by contraction on both the buccinator and orbicularis oris. At some point the infant needs to abandon the infantile swallow and swallow without moving these muscles.
"Put yourself in your baby's position: how easy is it to drink out of something the size of a bucket? Little mouths need a little cup - it's not rocket science. An open cup means your baby learns to sip, not suck - but a little open cup means he doesn't need your help. Autonomy for your baby and less risk of spills for you - it's win-win! How can something so simple be so good? Babycup promotes learning, independence, co-ordination, social skills, jaw development and dental health - quite a package for something that small."
"I am so pleased you have developed a cup for small children that does not encourage a suckle or reverse swallow. The size and shape is quite appropriate for those small hands."
Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson MS, CCC-SLP
"I have spent time in Namibia and Mali and observed the healthiest children anywhere in the World. Full wide dental arches, nose-breathing, walking barefoot and working with their families so they have great form with function. They are perfectly developed. Not obese, not flat footed, not weak, not allergic but have a fantastic upright posture and are fully functional children.
Did I see push chairs or baby strollers there? No!
Any bottles, dinky cup feeders or breast feeding laying horizontally? No!
Why have we gone so wrong in the West?
We are producing weak, obese children, who are poorly developed and who have appalling postures and yet we have not woken up to what is happening....
Dummies, baby bottles, tippy cups and dinky feeders can all contribute to a poor dental arch and jaw function which could lead to overcrowded teeth and malformed faces. This can cause mouth-breathing rather than nose-breathing, which leads to further postural defects. Every aspect of a child's upbringing needs to be addressed to create healthy and vital children and adults and Babycup is one more way to get there."
Dr André Hedger
RCS (Eng) FRGS FHRS
An infant and toddler forum factsheet, reviewed and supported by the British Dental Health Foundation, says all drinks should be taken from a cup or glass, not a bottle. It also reports ‘by the time they are five years old, over 30% of children in the UK have dental decay’.
Babycup Infant Weaning Cups
Open drinking cups for babies and toddlers
The Babycup range of baby and toddler open drinking cups
is BPA free and phthalates free
Suitable for weaning from 6 months
Also suitable for cup feeding newborn or premature babies -
please see our FAQs page for further details
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