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5 Things You Must Know About Your Child's Sippy Cup

In light of the recent viral posting of the mould found in a sippy cup which has gotten many parents worried, we’ve sussed out the top 5 must-know facts about sippy cups to make it easier for you.  If you’ve missed the news, here’s the gist: A parent from Montreal who was wondering why his son was sick all the time, discovered that the anti-leak attachment to his child’s sippy cup contained mould inside, which was found only after he broke open the piece.

This shows that constant deep cleaning is crucial to keep your child’s cup safe and healthy for use. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, here are five things all parents need to know about caring for sippy cups.

  1. Use a Brush to Clean
    Drop the sponge and designate a bottle brush for all cleaning. It is recommend to use a clean, bottle brush just like you would use with baby bottles. Also, avoid using a random brush you use for all dishes.”
  2. Wash Them by Hand
    And yes, you’ll need to wash after each use. Hand washing in hot, soapy water with a bottle brush allows better access to the nooks and crannies of a zippy cup top, so that is typically the best way. Ever so often, depending on the frequency of use, sanitise the tops in boiling water for two minutes.  But if you’re using the dishwasher, it has been advised to use the sanitise cycle and heat drying option, which will help eliminate lurking bacteria from all plastic and glass containers.
  3. Separate and Clean
    If your sippy cup has a lot of parts, don’t try to save time by cleaning just the top and the bottom without taking out the attachments. It’s important to separate all parts of the sippy cup because bacteria can grow in even the smallest area when the liquid dries there.
  4. Be Aware of These Types of Cups
    If you’re using disposable sippy cups, you shouldn’t reuse them as they’re not made for repeated use. Do avoid zippy cups with plastic straws as they are very hard to clean and they are a common breeding ground for bacteria.
  5. Replace Regularly
    Toss out any cups that have deep scratches, since bacteria can grow within the grooves. While it strongly depends on how often they are used,daily sippy cups should be replaced every month or two max. Kids are typically pretty hard on them and to avoid deep scratches in that amount of time is nothing short of a miracle.

And there you have it, the top tips for your child’s sippy cup. How often do you change your child’s sippy cup? Drop us a comment down below.