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When a child gets sick and needs to sip liquids slowly, there is nothing better for this than a sippy cup. They can't wolf down the drink so it is better and gentler for their tummies. Also some of them are non-spill too. A perfect combination for a child recuperating from a virus or bug who is in bed and could fall asleep at any moment. I would watch them closely, nevertheless, some of them can take off the lids.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
Last fall I had two total knee replacements - the right one first and the left one five days later. My inventive youngest son brought a couple "sippy" cups to the hospital for me. Being extremely dry mouthed, etc. from the meds and quite immobile from the surgery, I had trouble trying to handle a cup and straw without spilling all over myself.
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What are your ideas for using retired sippy cups?
Save your sippy cup for when your child is older! I saved my highest-quality sippy cup (coincidentally, the one that was in the best shape) when my daughter graduated to "real" cups. Now when she has a stomach bug and spends the day on the couch, I give her the sippy cup instead of letting her drink out of a real cup in my living room. Even though she's now 8, she loves her special "sick" cup and I never have to clean up spills.
When my children graduated from small sippie trainer cups to 'big kid' cups, I remained faithful to my pack rat tendencies. I now keep the trainer cups in the bathroom cabinet to rinse after my family and I brush our teeth instead of paper cups. After each use (one cup per person per brushing), I simply run the cups through the diswasher on 'sanitize'. Plus, since they're small, they fit in the cabinet perfectly! This way, I'm saving money, saving a tree, and reducing waste all at the same time.
If you can't think of anything around the house, (my kids just use them now without the lids), you could save them for your daughter to use with her dolls, or give them to a daycare, or women/children shelter.
I just bought one for Me.I have a lot of cats who tend to knock things over.The sippy cup has saved a Lot of spills.I especially like it while I'm here at the computer.
I bet it will be good the next time I get a cold too.
I have one in my kids bathroom with q-tips in it. It helps to keep them from spilling the q-tips all over the always wet countertop after brushing their teeth, etc. It also keeps the littlest one from getting in to them without help.
I use the sippy cups for keeps my girl crayons,pencils,little toys, etc (without the lids) in her desk.
My kids still use the sippy cups just without the lids because they are still little enough to use them and it is perfect for the hands. But if they are way to old for them. Use them for paint brushes to rinse of the paint for water colors. Or use them for pencils.
Remove the lid from the sippy cup and put it in your kids' bathroom. They can use the cup to rinse off after a bath! Sippy cups also make good toothbrush holders for kids.
I donate mine to thrift stores or emergency services. Those are always forgotton in the emergency kits! I keep one cup in each "bag" for my little one. After wasting money on fancy ones, we went to the little cups with the lid, and because they chew, the lids get used up.
I am finally gonna retire all our sippy cups but thought to donate the best of the batch to charity or to a niece who's having her 3rd child. Our lids are what look the worst because the kids bit on the spout. I also have tupperware cups with sipper lids so I still have something to use if they are sick or taking in the van etc. My kids are 6 and 8 but they only get open cups at the kitchen table. If they want to take a drink elsewhere they must use a sports type covered bottle.
Use the sippy cup for a small plant container or even fresh herbs
2-you could use it for a bank if the lid is still good
You could let your little ones use the old sippy cups to water little seedlings. It wouldn't matter if the top was a little chewed on.