Regulation of the Day 191: Sippy Cups

by Ryan Young on August 1, 2011 · 4 comments

in Nanny State, Regulation, Regulation of the Day

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Children are messy. That’s why Richard Belanger, one of mankind’s unsung heroes, invented the sippy cup. By taking advantage of surface tension, liquid won’t spill out even if the cup is held upside down.  Even the most determined toddler has a hard time making a mess.

Then came the lawyers.

New York’s state legislature just passed a bill requiring warning labels to be put on all sippy cups sold in the state. It isn’t because sippy cups are dangerous. They don’t have sharp edges. They aren’t toxic. Nor are they a choking hazard. No, it’s because sometimes parents sometimes fill sippy cups with liquids that contain sugar, such as fruit juice. The labels warn that giving your child such drinks will cause tooth decay.

A similar bill passed last year, but fell victim to then-Gov. David Paterson’s veto pen. Current Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stance on sippy cup policy is unknown. He will see some interest group pressure, though:

“I can show you photos of children who go to bed with sippy cups,” said Mark Feldman, executive director of the state Dental Association, which pressed for the bill.

“All you see is little black stumps that is all that is left of the teeth,” he added.

And I can show you a busybody who spends entirely too much time worrying about other people’s children. If his strongest argument is anecdotal hyperbole (possibly photoshopped?), then his case is weak indeed.

Either that, or the ADA felt the need to have a legislative accomplishment to brag about in its newsletter to prove its clout.

RT Smathers August 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

Would someone please tell the idiots in NY that MILK also has an extremely high natural sugar content.
Maybe they should think about putting warning labels on milk.
And what’s next?
Why putting warning labels on…women’s breasts!
Full of sugar, you know…

Gregory August 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Let’s not forget the warning label that says use of the sippy cup will likely cause soiled diapers. Give me a break.

EW1(SG) August 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Hey Smathers! Don’t be giving anybody any ideas!

I’d probably have to get a prescription for it if anybody found out I use it to treat my hypoglycemic episodes when overload on insulin.

Christine August 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

In Germany this warning is put on every child cup or bottle for very long already. I think this is very good because some parents are just ignoring it. The duty of the state also is to protect children in reminding the parents of healthy behaviour. The decision is still in the parents hand. So why are you so allergic with this subject?

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