Sippy cups can cause speech & dental problems later on, whereas straws promote correct oral posture
Comes with a special valve that keeps fluid at the top of the straw - perfect for beginners or kids with oral motor difficulties (only a small amount of effort is required to take a sip). Squeeze the bear to assist drinking. For those who drink too much at a time, the valve also slows the flow of fluid, allowing for smaller, more manageable sips that lower the risk of coughing/choking. If this is not needed, simply trim the tapered end with a pair of scissors (as shown in the 2nd picture).
PLEASE NOTE: this Basic version of the bear bottle kit comes with REGULAR drinking straws. We offer a Basic version of the kit for those who don't want/need any extra accessories other than the Bottle, valve, and regular straws. If you are looking for the Bear that comes with the extra accessories (a tubing straw and Lip Blok), search for the ULTRA version instead.
The Bear Bottle is a fun and friendly way to make drinking easier for beginners and/or children with oral motor
difficulties. It's also an excellent way to transition babies straight from bottles to straw drinking - skipping sippy
cups altogether! Most sippy cups promote improper tongue and lip positioning that can cause speech problems later on.
Straws are a better alternative, as they strengthen the mouth muscles and encourage tongue retraction, cheek tension,
and lip closure. The Bear Bottle features a unique valve that controls the direction of fluid - liquid flows up into the
straw, but does not flow back down. Simply squeeze the bear's belly until fluid reaches the top of the straw and
release. Fluid will stay at the top of the straw, thereby decreasing the effort required to drink. Highly recommended
for individuals who tend to aspirate or have a weak suck with difficulties generating and maintaining suction. Kit
includes: 1 easy-to-squeeze Bear Bottle with a snap-close cap, 1 Select-Flow Valve, 6 regular drinking straws, and
instructions on how to teach straw drinking. Made in the USA No BPA, PVC, lead, phthalates, or latex Dishwasher-safe
Holds 8 ounces of fluid Bottle measures approximately 2 x 2.5 x 6" Colors may vary. Caution: if you remove the valve
from the straw/bottle, please keep out of children's reach as it is a small part. PLEASE NOTE: this Basic version of the
bear bottle kit comes with REGULAR drinking straws. We offer a Basic version of the kit as a more affordable option for
those who don't want/need any extra accessories other than the Bottle, valve, and regular straws. If you are looking for
the Bear that comes with the extra accessories (a tubing straw and Lip Blok), please check out the ULTRA version of this