First Cups approved by Oral Health Foundation for encouraging healthy dveelopment of mouth teeth and jaw

Our Cups Are Approved By The Oral Health Foundation

Statement on Babycup Sippeco First Cups:

"Babycup is loved by parents and perfectly-sized for little ones’ hands and mouths. They encourage sipping, which supports healthy development of mouth, jaws and teeth and are also designed to help support dental and orthodontic development."

“We welcome this partnership with Babycup and are happy to provide them with accreditation for their cup product. This is the first free drinking cup for tiny hands to be approved by the panel."

Dr Nigel Carter, Oral Health Foundation CEO

"Receiving the seal of approval from the Oral Health Foundation is a great achievement and recognises the importance of our mini open cups in the eyes of oral healthcare experts."

Sara Keel, Babycup Founder
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Open cup drinking is recommended for healthy oral development

For healthy oral development, professionals advise that babies should be introduced to open cup drinking from age 6m, and the use of a bottle stopped by 12m.   

Advice from orthodontists & dentists

Use of spouted cups may contribute to poor dental and facial development. Babycup Sippeco First Cup is an open cup and is not detrimental to your baby’s dental development or facial development. Some dentists advise that spouted cups can contribute to childhood tooth decay.

Approved by The Oral Health Foundation. The Oral Health Foundation recognises that Babycup Sippeco First Cup is a useful aid in oral health.

A much loved part of oral health initiatives

“We are recommending to the parents/caregivers in our Children’ Oral Health Initiative program to start using Babycup First Cups by the age of 6 months. We all agree the cup helps with speech development through the muscles of the cheeks, lips and tongue, as well as bone and jaw development and helps baby achieve a healthy weight by introducing the cup when they start eating solid foods as well.

We’ve also explained that it reduces the likelihood of cavities, because we recommend only water or milk and they aren’t sipping for long periods of time as they would be if they were using cups with covers on them. We love using the cups from Babycup and although the concept is fairly new to the parents in our area, we will not be going back to sippy cups with covers”.

Children's Oral Health Initiative Coordinator, Saskatchewan, Canada

Are you a healthcare or education professional?

As well as families who buy Babycup Sippeco First Cups for their little ones to use at home, we also supply health authorities, clinics, pre-schools and nursery settings and health professionals with an interest in childhood health.

For public healthcare, private healthcare or educational settings enquiries please let us know what your interest is and we will be delighted to contact you to discuss. Whether your interest in our baby cups is for an added-value offering for your paediatric patients, a stand-alone oral health programme, a weaning support group, a special promotion such as a bottle swap week, or for your babies and toddlers to use at mealtimes in your nursery or preschool, please get in touch and we'll be delighted to help you.

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Healthy hydration

Babycup is committed to encouraging healthy dental habits from an early age and recommends only still water or milk as drinks for children. ‘At will’ drinking of sugary drinks can establish poor habits that are liable to last a lifetime, negatively impacting general health as well as long term dental health.

Babycup Sippeco First Cups are recommended by dentists and orthodontists as a mealtime essential. Designed to discourage habits such as constant sipping which risks dental decay from prolonged exposure to sugary drinks and to help prevent poor jaw development caused by prolonged sucking. Using an open cup encourages your baby or young child to learn to sip, (rather than suck), which supports healthy development of mouth, jaws and teeth**. (**Source: NHS.UK, Your pregnancy and baby guide)

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The Oral Health Foundation is delighted to announce the first open cup specially designed for infants’ and toddlers’ small hands to gain accreditation from its expert panel.

The charity has given its seal of approval to the Babycup Sippeco First Cup, which helps aid good oral health in infants by encouraging healthy sipping and natural drinking as well as supporting oral development.

Each product that passes through the charity’s panel of experts is awarded with a kite mark to show that its claims have been rigorously checked and effectively verified, so all the claims made have been scientifically verified.

Babycup's mini open cups have won multiple awards - including Made for Mums Editor’s Choice, Junior Design Awards Best Baby Feeding Product, and Janey Lee Grace Winner Best Baby Product - and its small size makes it perfect for little hands. The cup holds 50ml of liquid and has a slim drinking edge designed for young mouths.

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The cup is perfect for any infant between 0-2.5+ years as it can be used right from birth whether you’re express feeding, using formula or a combination of the two. It’s much better for oral development than a traditional sippy cup because it encourages natural sipping instead of prolonged sucking.

Proper oral healthcare is important for everyone - including your baby. Milk teeth control the development of the jaw muscles and the jaw bones so that they are properly developed – they give the face its shape and form.

They also help keep the space open for adult teeth until they are ready to grow in, stopping them growing in crooked.

Not taking care of baby teeth can lead to adult teeth growing in crooked, chewing difficulties, facial asymmetries and, most importantly, tooth decay.

These are all reasons why the Oral Health Foundation are happy to approve this product. Dr Nigel Carter, Oral Health Foundation CEO and dentist for over 40 years welcomes this partnership.

Dr Carter says: “We welcome this new partnership with Babycup and are happy to provide them with accreditation for their cup product.
This is the first free drinking cup for tiny hands to be approved by the panel.

“Developing proper drinking habits at an early age is vital for oral development. Primary [milk] teeth are crucial to jaw development, speech development and adult teeth placement.

“Not taking care of primary teeth can lead to adult teeth growing in crooked, chewing difficulties, facial asymmetries and, most importantly, tooth decay.”

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Founder of Babycup, Sara Keel, is delighted by the Oral Health Foundation’s accreditation.

Sara says: “Receiving the seal of approval from the Oral Health Foundation is a great achievement and recognises the importance of our mini open cups in the eyes of oral healthcare experts. It provides a strong message to parents to choose an open cup when introducing fluids during weaning and gives assurance that Babycup Sippeco First Cups are perfect for this importantstage. Good oral health starts early and we’re pleased that this has been highlighted with this accreditation.”

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What the Oral Health Foundation says about its 'Approved Products':

"The Oral Health Foundation evaluates consumer oral health care products to ensure that the claims made by manufacturers are clinically proven and not exaggerated. 

Our Accreditation programme is all about giving you an added level of assurance and confidence that the products you buy do what they claim to do.

Our independent panel of internationally recognised dental experts study all the product claims carefully to make sure they are true, and backed up by reliable scientific evidence.

For more than 20 years, we have helped the dental profession and consumers make informed choices about which oral care products they buy. Accreditation gives us the opportunity to provide people with information, protection and education, in a ‘shorthand' form, delivered via recognition of the charity's ‘Approved' Smiley-face logo."