Babycup - This little cup is perfect for baby's first tastes of water at weaning time. It is just the right size for little hands and promotes drinking from a rim which is so important for oral development. Babycup should be a normal part of the weaning process.
As Babycup is an open cup it reduces the chances of acid erosion to teeth. It’s also small so babies and young children can easily learn to sip from it. Healthy and useable - I love that! Babycup is recommended for every mealtime.
At last! A cup that allows babies to drink just like the rest of us do. From six months babies can sit up, hold things Babycup_best_weaning_cup_sippy_cupto their mouth, bite, chew - and yes, sip from a cup. Many parents are discovering the benefits of letting their little ones join in family mealtimes and feed themselves but they've been stuck for an easy way to offer them drinks with their food. A Babycup is the perfect answer.
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.
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.
If a spout is involved in infant/toddler feeding the tongue develops a low tongue-rest posture which may cause the palate to collapse and lead to digit sucking, airway and orthodontic issues.
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.
The transition from infantile swallow to a normal swallow is a huge problem for many children. It is for this reason we see so many adults with a retained infantile swallow. From my point of view, the retained infantile swallow will always result in a malocclusion (crooked teeth).
In order to help children grow straighter teeth we do many things to help children improve swallowing patterns. The best time to address this is when the child takes their first drink which is not from the breast or bottle.
It is clearly very important that the child has the correct size of cup. Their mouths are very small and the cup needs to be correspondingly small. It is important that the drink is funnelled into the mouth and does not spill out over the cheeks. The child needs to be encouraged to swallow with the tongue hard in the palate. Your Babycup seems to make this difficult transition easier. Well done!
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.
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.