Fun with Food!

Welcome to Fun with Food! This site was designed to help parents and caregivers find, share and ask about fun foods for your selective toddler!

As a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, I encounter many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food. These children often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties--making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.

This website will hopefully serve as an "idea place" for meals as well as questions and support from other parents and caregivers. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Q&A--What types of cups should I use with my child?

Q: What type of cup or sippy cup should I be using with my 12 month old son?

Hi! I would first begin working with open cup and straw drinking. I use yogurt drinks, baby food puree mixed with formula, milk, or water and sometimes powder pudding mix for beginning cup drinking. Thickening slows the flow allowing some independence while learning as well as practice with lip closure. You can gradually thin the liquid as he becomes more efficient.

As far as sippy and transitional cups, I like this one without the valve, playtex tumbler.... as it is similar to open cup and does not require as much suckling when valve is out. Also the toss and go cup he was using at school was fine too as well as straw cups...You should allow him opportunities for open cup drinking and sippy without valves. The suction required for sippy cups, especially with valves, often results in the same suckle pattern with manipulation of foods requiring a consecutive lateral munching pattern. I also like this one: I forgot about those! I need to get those for my daughter for school :) That was Munchkin brand and so is this one: You can also take valves out of this one as well.


Finding Normal said...

Nice to "meet" you!
I would love to hear more about any group you form for g-tube mamas! We're just starting to get more serious about oral feeds since Addison is FINALLY ready and interested and doesn't have any surgeries coming up. She's made good progress with her straw cup, and is interested in food. I just have to get over a few things...making messes, wasting food, and not worrying about getting calories into her to be specific. LOL
Definitely let me know if you make a FB group or something!

Kristina--Picky Tots said...

I will definitely let you know, I think it would be a great resource. Good luck in your journey! I posted a new post, a paper I had written several years ago but definitely relates to this not worrying about the mess and calories part...I know that is hard!!