Straw Cup vs All-Rounder Cup: What's the difference?

Straw Cup vs All-Rounder Cup: What's the difference? - Hegen

Did you know that until they are able to perform movements on their own, newborns are born with reflexes that help them feed? Within the first year of life or shortly after, the majority of these reflexes "integrate" or vanish. This makes it important to help develop their oral motor skills to enable them to control liquid flow and feeding.

Whether or not you continue to nurse during the toddler years, Dr Jessica Khong from Royce Orthodontic & Paediatric Dental Centre recommends weaning from the milk bottle between 12-18 months. She cautions that prolonged use of milk bottles might impact jaw development and result in a persistent immature swallowing pattern. Bottle feeding, especially to sleep at night, can also greatly increase the risk of decay, particularly to the upper front teeth. Prolonged bottle feeding might lead to crooked teeth, such as a posterior cross-bite or an anterior open bite.

Transiting from a baby milk bottle to a straw cup or open cup, allows your baby to practice using their facial muscles, tongue, and soft palate, all of which are related to speech and feeding. Cup drinking also enables children to be more aware of their face and mouth, learn to hold the cup on their own, and engage their taste buds to different sensations like temperatures, flavours, and liquid textures.

The use of cups might begin as early as 6 months. A straw cup introduced as early as 6-9 months old can help in the proper development of the jaws by training the muscles around the jaw and also by encouraging a mature swallowing pattern. 

Different Cups for Your Child’s Development


A straw cup is the first step in introducing the baby to a regular cup since both dwell on a fundamental sucking motion. The straw cup helps place the tongue location perfectly so that using a regular cup becomes much simpler.

Though it may vary depending on the infant, the ideal time to switch to a straw cup is between 9 and 15 months of age. You may even start training your babies from as young as 6 to 7 months if you want! A straw cup is an ideal choice when you want to encourage a chin tuck, tongue retraction, and lip seal while drinking.

Straw cups allow children to squeeze small liquid volumes in their mouths, which facilitates easy drinking.




  • Strengthen oral muscles due to encouragement to suck and swallow, which involve lip, tongue, and cheek muscle movement
  • Correct tongue positioning encouraged, which supports speech abilities and producing early consonant sounds

The Hegen PCTO™ Straw Cup, a 330ml/ 11oz PPSU milestone cup designed for 9-month-olds and up, presents far greater merits if the straw cup is your choice. Besides encouraging natural sucking for faster development of oral-motor muscles, the Hegen Straw Cup also offers a safe and effortless drinking experience to toddlers from a young age. The Hegen Straw Cup comes without a bite valve to promote natural sucking and seamless consumption. It is an easy-to-sip straw the helps the baby learn how to suck in an upright position, preventing choking.




Open cup drinking brings several developmental advantages for babies such as visual sensory development when drinking liquids, which prepares their brain for safe drinking, and facial muscle and bone development resulting in improved speech, feeding, and swallowing skills.

In contrast to a straw cup which promotes sucking, open cup drinking teaches them to develop a more mature pattern, controlling the liquid flow and volume, forming a bolus, and transferring it inside. Over time, it teaches toddlers to prevent spiling and also relieves them from palate irritation due to straws.

The Hegen PCTO™ 240ml/8oz All-Rounder Cup PPSU is the go-to trainer cup to help your child transit away from a feeding bottle to open cup drinking like a grown-up. Hegen’s All-Rounder cup comes with the world’s first patented Press-to-Close, Twist-to-Open™ design offering one-hand closure with no screw thread for further ease of use. Suitable for a child 12-months-old and up, the Hegen All-Rounder Cup helps promote healthier teeth development while nurturing oral motor skills to drink from an open cup independently and confidently.



  • Easy sipping, reduced gagging and intake of gas with the help of a soft silicone disc regulating water flow effectively
  • Reduced spillage when your child tilts the cup over due to soft silicone disc
  • Dust cover for hygiene protection and adaptable to various bottle sizes
  • Hegen Sqround™ (square + round) shaped bottle helps nurture your child’s motor skills of holding a cup without the need for any additional attachments


Difference Between Straw Cup vs Open Cup

The key difference between straw cups versus open cups lies in their design and the developmental skills they promote in babies. While both serve the essential purpose of aiding in the transition from bottles, their approaches to nurturing a child's oral and motor skills vary significantly.


Straw cups, as the name suggests, come with a straw and are designed to encourage a sucking action, akin to using a regular cup. In contrast, open cups lack a straw, presenting a more traditional cup design. This fundamental difference in design plays a crucial role in how each cup type aids in a child's development which we will explore below.

Spill-Proof Features

Straw cups are often designed to be spill-proof, making them a convenient choice for parents looking to minimise mess. On the other hand, regular open cups can be messier due to the lack of spill-proof features. However, Hegen’s All-Rounder Cup innovatively incorporates a soft silicone disc to reduce spillage, combining the benefits of traditional open cup drinking with modern spill-proof technology.

Trains Different Motor Skills

Drinking from a straw and an open cup offers distinct motor skill benefits for babies. Straw drinking enhances oral motor skills necessary for speech, requiring babies to seal their lips around the straw and use tongue and cheek muscles effectively. It also develops coordination and breath control for safe swallowing, along with fine motor skills in holding the straw. Open cup drinking, on the other hand, focuses on different oral motor skills and sensory processing, as babies learn to sip and regulate liquid intake. It also involves gross and fine motor skills for grasping and tilting the cup without spilling, fostering balance and spatial awareness. Both methods are crucial in a baby's developmental milestones, aiding in muscle development, coordination, and sensory skills.


How to Transition to a Cup?

Dr Jessica Khong advises that choosing a suitable cup is the first step towards encouraging your child to transition to either open cup drinking or straw cup drinking. Regardless of your choice, choose a cup that is easy for your child to hold, such as bottles with an ergonomic design and stable base to prevent spillage. Demonstrate drinking from the cup and make it a fun activity that you can do with your child. Don’t worry if spillage happens, it’s after all, a learning process for your child.

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