When my daughter was in a co-op preschool and I was on snack duty, it wasn’t a question of if someone would spill milk but when. I stood at the ready, a sponge in each hand, as the long table of 3 to 5 year olds poured milk from measuring cups into their cups.
The teachers were teaching at that snack table: manners, taking turns, and hand-eye coordination. One of their tools? Plain old cups.
Once upon a time, a sippy cup was a simple affair: a cup with a lid and a few perforated holes for sipping. Somewhere along the line, these cups morphed into a high tech, high design, high price replacement for a regular cup.
Now we are sold on the fact that sippy cups are a necessary convenience. They allow children to move through their environment without spilling messy liquids on the carpet, the car seat, the couch. Drinking and eating for toddlers, however, are best done in the context of meals and scheduled mini-meals between breakfast and lunch and again between lunch and dinner. Children shouldn’t be eating and drinking on the move. The first thing they do when they fall with food in their mouth is take a deep breath in to cry, and anything in the mouth may become lodged in the windpipe. A child that falls with a sippy cup or a straw may damage the teeth or mouth.
Besides, sippy cups are a bear to clean.
A sippy cup with a rounded bottom to prevent tipping is just the thing for your 6 month old. Once your child can sip, transition to a regular cup.
More information about choosing and using sippy cups from the American Dental Association is here.