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  1. When is a door not a door? When it's ajar! Booom boom!!!

    But what's in a name?

    Here's a great reminder, from the National Oral Health Promotion Group's position paper on no-spill cups/feeder/training cups, that names can be misleading:

    "Health visitors find the word cup deceives carers into believing their child has progressed from sucking to drinking. However, the child who moves from a bottle to a non-spill feeder / trainer cup has not yet learnt to drink from a cup but continues to use the sucking action of drinking from a bottle."

    Mealtimes are a great opportunity to start the habit of healthy sipping from an appropriately-sized open cup. Make sure it's small to fit the child's mouth. Too big and it's easier for the liquid to go down the cheeks!

    Mealtimes are mostly three times a day, every day. That's pretty regular! So they really offer a great chance to get this underway.

    If it takes time, stick with it. You will be pleased and proud and your little one will have a better chance of a healthy smile.

    Here are our top tips on how to use a Babycup mini open cup
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  2. This blog post comes with a horrid photo.
    And a parental guilt warning.

    Here's the horrid photo....
    sippy cup tooth decay

    This is the mouth of a child with rotten teeth.

    Not a pretty sight.

    And heartbreaking for the little one having to undergo surgery to have them removed.



    And the parental guilt bit?.....


    Well, maybe we don't need to feel guilty.  We just need to grab new knowledge and do with it what we will.

    Challenge number 1.
    Grab new info and use it.

    Challenge number 2.
    To help keep teeth healthy and avoid them rotting, eat more whole fruit and drink less juice.

    What do you think?

    As well as making sure drinks (including water), are sipped rather than sucked, experts are recommending eating whole fruits at mealtimes, rather than between meals, and not to give juice to babies and young children.

    If a little one has already been given juice, experts suggest breaking the habit by gradually watering it down and that water is the best drink for hydration.

    Milk (bf or formula) is also important for babies <3

    But the word is, avoid juice for children.

    It's pretty clear that this sort of news can trigger terrible feelings of guilt in caring parents who have, with the very best of intentions, been giving their children juice to drink.

    So with broad shoulders and new knowledge, let's not beat ourselves up about anything that's gone on before.

    And just because something has been done for a while, it doesn't mean it can't be changed when we learn new information.

    It could take some doing - but would you agree keeping a child cavity-free is worth the swap?

    A great read is 'That Sugar Book' (from That Sugar Film). Here's one of many thought-provoking quotes from the book, "A glass of juice is not the equivalent of four apples, it is the equivalent to the sugar of four apples."

    The book also explains that whole fruit has many benefits including keeping the fibre present - which helps the body deal with the sugar of the fruit and helps with 'full up' signals so is relevant to how much sugar is consumed: pretty smart!

    Stay fruity if you fancy, but knowing the facts gives us the power to keep ourselves and our families healthy.

    And with a full set of gnashers!!


    by Sara Keel

    Founder and Director of Babycup Ltd, Little Cups for Little People

    Healthy weaning cups for babies and young children

    http://www.babycup.co.uk