We have something in our house that I don’t readily admit… we still use sippy cups in our home. Those of you with toddlers won’t think twice about having sippy cups, but my boys are 8 and 6 years old — well past the age of needing these.
My two boys are undoubtedly sensory oral seekers, but my youngest one is on the extreme scale of sensory oral needs. He often needs something in his mouth. This can include crunchy food, his fingers/hands and even his shirtsleeves.
When he became old enough to move to regular cups, I found he calmed down if I gave him a sippy top or straw rather than a regular cup. Straws are great for many kids, but my little guy needs the tough sucking action of a sippy top.
We did move beyond many of the baby cups and use The First Years Take & Toss Spill Proof Cups. Although, I have to say it seems strange to call them “take and toss” considering we’ve had ours for years. It seems wasteful to toss anything plastic. At least recycle it! But these cups keep on going in our house.
As sensory parents, we are often faced with what we should expect from our children with what we think they need. Just because it may seem inappropriate for many kids, I encourage you to pay attention to what your kiddo needs and work from there. I don’t expect my kids to need sippy tops forever, but they sure do need them now.