A few months ago, I shared how a covered paper coffee cup can make a great DIY sippy cup when you’re on the go with a toddler and forgot to bring a sippy cup.
Today’s hint is another great straw sippy cup stand-in option: A covered paper soup bowl.
I learned this trick from a waitress at a restaurant where we recently took our toddler. As the restaurant didn’t have covered plastic cups for the toddler set, the waitress brought my 23-month-old daughter her apple juice order in a paper soup bowl.
Through a hole in the bowl’s plastic lid, the waitress had cleverly put a short straw (half a regular-sized straw that she had cut in two). And the short soup bowl did the trick: My daughter merrily drank her juice from it with no problem (see the image above).
So when you’re in need of a straw sippy-type cup, and there’s no paper coffee cup to be found, a disposable, covered soup bowl is an alternative to consider. Assuming one of these bowls is easily obtainable, you can simply poke a hole in the bowl’s lid and stick a straw through.
For more stand-in sippy cup options, check out my earlier hint on the subject, and don’t forget that a sippy cup itself can also be a great way to serve Jewish penicillin (aka chicken soup) to messy eaters.
What are your favorite sippy cup stand-ins, and what non-traditional uses have you found for sippy cups themselves?