There’s silly and then there’s just plain idiotic. I’m voting for the latter when it comes to the U.S. Legislature’s approved measure requiring baby bottles and sippy cups to have warning labels about the dangers of tooth decay.
These are the same people who finally legalized same-sex marriage in the state of New York, so we know they’re not all bad. But warning labels on sippy cups? That’s a bit extreme. According to the New York Daily News, it’s the second year in a row that the measure has been approved (ex-Governor David Paterson vetoed last year’s measure). The sippy cup bill was among more than 400 approved by the Senate and Assembly in the final days of the legislative assembly.
Clearly I don’t want my children – or any children, for that matter – suffering from tooth decay because their parents put them to bed with a milk- or juice-filled sippy cup (that’s what causes the decay, by the way – not plain old water). But, even so, slapping a label warning on the childhood staple is just stupid. (I’m envisioning graphic labels like the ones found on cigarette packs of, you know, painful dental procedures and stuff).
What’s next? Warning labels on mattresses? I can see it now: “Co-sleeping causes death!”