Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
Sippy Cup Carabiners, Feeding Tubes and Other Anti-Gravity Products
I accept dropped sippy cups as a fact of life. Around the house, pick it up and clean it or not, depending on baby temperament and need. In the car, let it go. In the stroller, place the bottle in the adult cup holder and provide sips as necessary. For exceptions to the rule while out-and-about, use your own water and pocket wipes to clean the cup.
But that’s just me. If you really want to defy the laws of gravity, have a look at these sippy cup solutions:
Easy-Reach Bottle Leash (pictured at right) attaches to the shoulder strap harness in strollers, car seats and such. It claims leash superiority because, in addition to preventing floor contact, the length of the leash keeps the bottle within grabbing proximity of the toddler.
Sippy Leash attaches to car seats, shopping carts, or strollers with a buckle-thingy. The product is billed as a "designer leash," and appears to come in pink.
Bottle Keeper is a simple 15 inch tether for attaching to strollers.
HuggaBottle (pictured at left) is a "hands-free feeding system" for strollers and highchairs (not car seats) which appears to be a flexible arm that clamps onto a surface and holds your bottle of choice in front of your baby’s face.
The HuggaBottle handles cups that hold up to 11 ounces. This company would make a fortune if it reengineered the grip to support 16 ounce Mountain Dew bottles and then marketed HuggaBottle to teen computer gamers.
Pacifeeder is a bottle that straps to a car seat or stroller, coupled with an apparently flexible straw-like tube that runs from the bottle to a special pacifier.
Baby Bottle Cradle is a device for hands-free bottle feeding. A foam rubber device cradles an inclined bottle on a baby’s chest, attached to a bib that fastens around the baby’s neck and waist. My impulse is to shake my head at such a gadget, but it could be useful for a single caregiver with twins or more. But, boy, don’t keep the bottle in front of the baby any longer than you would if you were really holding it. Remember what the doctor said about putting baby to sleep with a bottle? This wouldn’t be much different if you left the baby unattended.
For older kids:
Sip ‘N Pac is a "backpack/automobile drink system" that runs a straw-like tube from the "spill-proof drink reservoir" while the child obtains liquid from the "drip free bite valve." For children over 3 years of age.
Bottle Bungee is a strap for hanging a bottle around your neck â€“ for children 5 years and up. Kudos for the cool product name, but would you really want a water bottle hanging around your neck?
Tomorrow we’ll look at child tethers.