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Sippy Cups

Sippy Cups can be found at:

http://www.cleftadvocate.org/sippycups.html

Thickening the fluid slightly with rice cereal or a commercial thickener at first may help the baby control the fluid from a cup. Be sure to ask if your child should  have a swallow study prior to starting any feedings. Also, check with your child’s speech therapist and/or occupational therapist for proper techniques.

Magic Cup by Avent
Available at Target for about $5.  Does not require suction if you remove the non spill valve.  The white spouts are softer and easier to use than the green spouts.  Replacement spouts available. 

Drink Up Cup by Playtex
Spout less and works when baby's lip presses against inner seal.  Packaging says for ages 3+ but many of our parents have had good luck with this cup.  Available at Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, etc.  Price is usually around $5 and does not require suction.

Kid's Sport Bottle by In-Zone
Spill proof valve.  Requires suction and round top helps develop pucker.  Can't be used until baby knows how to suck. Available at Wal-Mart for less than $2.

MagMag by Pigeon
No non-spill valve included.  Longer spout helps teach baby to suck.  Liquid also comes out when baby bites on spout.  Available from certain cleft teams and through the Galtak website, does not require suction.

Soft Spout by Nuby
Nuby cups with the silicone top also found at Wal-Mart and Kmart for less than $2, they are cheaper and you can cut the slits longer or make a hole for thickened feeds.  No suction required.  Baby can suck or bite the spout to get liquid and no non-spill valve included. 

Straw Sipper by Parents Choice
Available at Wal-Mart in 2-for-$5 packs.  Non spill valve is part of straw.  Stronger suction required.  Replacement straw parts and valves are available.

Straw Cup by Playtex
Available at Kmart, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.  Price is usually around $6.  No non-spill valve.  Requires suction.  Replacement straws available.  Good for learning to drink out of a straw.

Straw Sipper by Rubbermaid
Requires suction.  Available nearly everywhere for about $3.  Hard plastic straw top doesn't collapse when baby bites it.  Many parents have luck teaching their children to drink from a straw with this cup.

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