I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my 3 year old is a much “older” 3 than her brothers were at that age. While at 3 they were watching Sesame Street and playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, Molly’s serenading the family with Katy Perry lyrics.
She’s totally potty trained and said bye bye to the binky months ago, and the fact that she’s off the charts for her size even makes her look like an older child.
There’s one vestige of toddler-hood that she’s hanging onto, though: the sippy cup.
My 3 year old is my baby and I’ll be honest— I may have encouraged her to hang onto her baby ways too long. The pacifier, for instance, was harder for me to watch her give up than it ever was for her. But when it comes to the sippy cup, I am more than ready.
She’s the one who’s hanging on.
The many, many sippy cups we once had have been reduced to a pair, a pink Disney Princess one with a missing valve and a green Dora one with a chewed-up lid. She insists on drinking only from one of these sippy cups even though she’s perfectly capable of using a regular one by now.
Her preschool teachers tell me that she has no problem drinking from the same kind of cup as the rest of her classmates, and I’ve never heard a complaint from her grandmother’s sippy-less house. It’s only a problem at home, which tells me that it’s time to ditch it all together.
Even though I know it’s time and I’m definitely ready to not have to keep track of sippies and matching lids, it won’t be easy for me to watch her leave another bit of babyhood behind.
We’re moving into uncharted waters now, with no more cribs, diapers, or sippy cups, and it’s bittersweet.
Does your 3 year old still use a sippy cup?
Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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