How Often Do Your Kids Spill Drinks?

Updated on July 25, 2011
S.!. asks from Boulder, CO
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I would say at least once a day I am cleaning up spilled milk. It drives me batty. I would say 90% of the time it is b/c someone was goofing around and trying to make the other kid laugh. They are 5 and 4 - so in my books too old for sippy cups and as I said it is mainly b/c they are goofing around. Drinks are only allowed in the kitchen at the table and granted I have my little plastic table cover but I just get so frustrated with the almost daily clean up.

So tell me... is it just my kids or does any other moms go through the joys of wiping up drinks on a regular basis?


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My kids probably drink 5 to 6 glasses of milk a day. They always have milk sitting at the table so that it is readily available to them. We also use water bottles for the day as well. Each gets a water bottle filled in the am and finish it by the end of the day. But when they are in the middle of playing and are thirsty and go over to the table to drink some milk they are usually still in play mode and laughing and joking around and giggling that someones glass usually gets spilled. I had been for awhile only doing 1/2 glasses, but they drink so much that I went back to full glasses. I think I will have to go back to 1/2 glasses. Oh ya - and most spills are just minor and at the end of the cup - but today it was a fully one and the full spills are the ones that get to me.

And just the other day my son was carrying a gallon of milk into the house (from the grocery store) and accidently dropped it. The plastc busted and I had milk from the celing down to the ground and in the cracks and base boards. Talk about crying over spilled milk, lol....

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answers from Boston on

Hardly ever.With My 4 year old it used to be a few times a day until I started making him clean the mess now he's a lot more careful because he doesn't want to clean :)

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answers from Pittsburgh on

It seems to come in three's--like deaths! LOL

Seriously--there is nothing wrong with a cup with a lid and a straw if it saves your sanity--or your floor.

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answers from Dallas on

You're not alone. It happens daily in our house too. They get milk in the morning and again at dinner and occasionally lunch. It seems like we make it through every meal except dinner. My hubby jokes that it's not a real meal in our house if milk isn't spilled. Last night it was my's still frustrating.

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answers from Provo on

Amen....yes, it is every day.

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answers from Chicago on

My 4 yr old still uses sippy cups on occassion, but mostly on days that he is having a hard time focusing (over-excited or overtired days). He also spills when he is trying to make my 2 yr old giggle at the table.

My 2 yr old is much better with cups than my 4 yr old was at the same age, because I have insisted on him using them more often.

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answers from Spokane on

My older girls (3 and almost 5) have those plastic juice boxes for water all day that they have everywhere, but at the table it's a regular cup for their milk. I'd say that I maybe have a spill once every week or two. It's a rule that, unless they're drinking from it, the cup has to be by the top of their plates so that if they're waving their arms around when talking (which they get frome me! haha) then the milk is outta reach.

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answers from Lincoln on

I agree.... my main mommy compliant is that I am SO SO SO tired of cleaning up spills!!!

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answers from Louisville on

Well, I'd estimate one out of every four cups get spilled times three meals and two snacks a day. If the 2-year-old gets out of his chair during a meal or someone leaves a partially filled drink sitting on the table after a meal, you can up that number. In fact, it's gotten to the point where I can predict with a fairly high level of accuracy which cups are going to be spilled by which children. Yes, it gets old. Especially when you run out of junk towels to clean it up.

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answers from Spokane on

I just got a new dining room table so I bought a few cups with lids and straws for my 7 and 3 y/o :)

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answers from Minneapolis on

Hardly ever. But I have one, so there's less "goofing around". I'd have them clean up after themselves.

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answers from Richmond on

Good for you for saying 'nay' to sippy cups... drives me INSANE to see a 4 year old with a sippy!!

Only fill their cups 1/2 way, don't let them walk around with them, and make them clean up their own mess. My daughters are very close in age and I was once in your shoes... it DOES get better, especially once they realize they have to clean up after themselves, they tend to be more careful!

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answers from Honolulu on

Hardly ever.
my kids don't usually spill drinks.
Even when they were younger.
My kids are now 4 & 8.

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answers from San Antonio on

My 3 yr old spills a drink maybe once a day, maybe a little less, like 4 times a week. I have learned that when he's done drinking it, I put it FAR away from his toys and play area. He can open the fridge on his own now, so I might put it back in the fridge and let him know it's in there. It's not always that he spills it when he's eating. Sometimes yes, but not often. He has learned that he's supposed to tell me he spilled and quickly get a rag (i put them low enough for him to reach them). He's learning to clean up his own mess, which is nice. Although I always help him too, generally wiping behind his wipes with a damp rag.

So you're not the only one tired of spilled drinks!

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answers from Joplin on

Almost never, but I still have Alex ( 4) drinking out of leak proof sippy cups about 75% of the time, and Kristen (10) drinks from a refillable water bottle. We rent and have light cream colored carpeting, I adore my landlord and she did not charge us a deposit so I do not want to be disrespectful and have stains on the carpeting. We have tried rules about only having drinks in the kitchen but it is difficult to enforce so we have just stuck with sippy cups. They drink from regular cups at meal times at the table.

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