Sippy cups?

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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We've bought probably a dozen different sippy cups and my 9mth old wants none of them! Does he have to be ready? Do I keep giving it to him and hope he gets used to it or do i force them on him? I don't know what to do! Does anyone know about this??

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Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010

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have you tried the kind with straws?

we are having trouble transitioning to sippy cup as well, but my son is starting getting better at it. i exclusively express breastmilk for my son and i'm afraid to put breastmilk in the sippy cup because i don't want it to get wasted, but my son really likes ice water so i put that in the cup and just let him play with it a bit each day. when we first gave him the sippy, he didn't like how fast the liquid came out but he is starting to get used to it

Maggie - posted on 09/06/2010

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Ones with straws are what my lil guy likes and uses. Never liked the other ones.

Jennifer - posted on 08/26/2010

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I bought my son a sippy cup when he was about 6m and the Dr said he could start drinking a little bit of juice, because I didn't want him to get used to juice in his bottle. I got him the "training" kind with the handles on the sides and the soft spout, and he took to it right away. It took him a while to get used to a sippy without handles though. And I haven't tried the straw yet. I don't think forcing it would be a good idea, but maybe giving it to him to hold and play with a little might help him get used to it?

Callie - posted on 08/25/2010

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I gave my daughter a sippy when she started solids at 6 months. At first she just played with it and chewed on it. I would also give her water out of a cup when she was eating. About the time she decided she wanted to hold the regular cup she started using her sippy for drinking (about 7-8 months). She can now use both a regular and sippy cup although I usually give her just a sippy cause she's a little messy with a regular cup. We use a sippy with a soft nipple made by Munckin. I found it was easier for her to control if we used the smallest sippy with only a little bit of water. Don't worry, he'll get it when he's ready.

Natasha - posted on 08/25/2010

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I've tried a few different kinds and my daughter just thinks they're toys to play with while she's eating! lol I still put it out for her while she eats. My eldest took to a sippy cup right away so I know she'll get use to to it eventually. Just stick with it and he'll take to it when he's ready.

Good luck!

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PELENEKE - posted on 09/08/2010

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Yeah my son hates sippy cups too, he was very particular on bottle nipples too we tried all kinds! The only nipple he too was the playtex ones with the liner? Anyway I figured this is why he didn't like the sippy cups cus the way the mouth piece was, finally he larnedto drink from a straw! So at month 6 (I think lol) we bought him a sippy with straw and handles :) this is the only one he likes

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son has been using sippy cups since 6 or 7 months, can't remember. We use the Munchkin 10 oz cups. They never leak which is awesome. MY son took to it immediately. But then again, he has been using bottles since birth. Also holding them since he could hold his arms up.

Diann - posted on 09/07/2010

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I've tried a bunch also. I found the Nuby sippy cup to be the only one my 9 month old can use so far. He uses the cup for 6+ months. I gave him the one for 9+ months(it has the straw) he has no clue what to do. Good luck!

Amber - posted on 09/07/2010

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I bought a set for my son that had a bottle nipple, a sippy cup nipple and a straw like nipple. Each interchanged with the same cup. I started giving him formula with the bottle nipple for a few weeks then changed to the sippy cup nipple. He was familiar enough with the cup to know that liquid did come out of it. He is sloppy with the sippy cup nipple but does well with it. He also gets juice from a soft straw cup.

Katrina - posted on 09/07/2010

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Straw ones. I also have a big collection for my 9 month old but I got her a no-spill straw one a few days ago and she LOVES it

Kristen - posted on 09/06/2010

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We use the SafeSippy2 it's got a sippy and straw attatchment and it didn't take Ty long to figure it out. We have had no problems with it and just use it for water. It is sold online at tulipsandtoads.com and I am sure other places as well. I highly recomend

Angie - posted on 09/06/2010

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Shortly after my daughter's 9months mark, we bought her a couple of sippy cups. At first she got really frustrated and couldn't understand what was going on. After only two days she was able to go down for a nap with the cup instead of a bottle. She has not had a bottle since.

My cousin however, waited till her son was 1 before transitioning him, and she is still struggling with him. The way I see it(and I might be wrong), the sooner you transition them over the easier it will be in the long run.

Good Luck!!!

Stacey - posted on 09/05/2010

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I'm going to try the kind with a straw today. My baby girl will hold a sippy cup but can't tip it and her head enough to get out liquid so she wants me to hold it (kinda defeats the purpose). She does love drinking water from a straw though so...

Sarah - posted on 09/04/2010

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I had an issue with my daughter learning to drink with a sippy cup. I had to take the part out where it stops it from leaking, cause she didn't want to try to drink from it, cause it was too hard. But once she realized there was something in it and could drink from it, after a couple of days she figured it out and could then drink it with the stopper in it.

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I haven't read through all the responses, but I would say give your child time. Just because people suggest s/he use one or a book says this is the time, it may not be the time for your little one. All babies develop at a different rate, but I have noticed with my son that if I let him do things in his own timing, he does them completely (ie, with standing up unassisted, with walking). Just relax and let him/her drink from whatever receptacle is best. :-)

Kelly - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son didn't like his cup so well at first. I bought the nuby sport top thinking he'd like it because it was like a bottle nipple, but I ended up using the gerber starter cupsand after showing him how to drink out of it I let him play with it for a bit he seemed to figure it out

Jen - posted on 09/03/2010

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We have had the same issue. I have been giving my son a sippy for a few months now and he thinks it is a toy. I sometimes unplug the stopper so he can actually get some, but then he turns it upside down and water goes everywhere. I am not quite sure what the goal is with the sippy except letting them learn and get used to a cup. He seems more interested in drinking from my cup these days and gets more water that way. Let me know if you find a good solution!

Roni - posted on 09/02/2010

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I would really recommend trying a straw like sippy cup or he might just mve right into a cup like my son is doing. He didnt want anything to do with sippy cups but my daughter liked the sippy cups with a straw! If you breastfeed the straw is better to start with because they already know how to suck properly to use it.

Catherine - posted on 09/02/2010

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my daughter still uses hers as a toy for the most part unless i hold it for her. she's the same way with a bottle, though. she can hold it... but there's no convincing her of that unless she's in an ï can do it myself' kind of mood. the only sippy i've had luck with is the nubby brand. she likes biting on it because it feels good on her gums/teeth, which makes the liquid come out. she favors some cup styles over others, but the spout part is the same on all of them. i chucked a few of the others we picked up after drinking out of them. several had an insanely strong plastic taste even though they'd been washed and others, like someone else pointed out, were just too hard to drink out of. though she's a big fan of water out of a glass or water bottle, she's not interested enough in it to take it out of a sippy. i started offering her morning bottle in her sippy of choice each morning since that's when she's the hungriest. at first, she'd only take an ounce or less, but this morning she drank all 6 ounces without complaint! gonna move on to lunch next and hope to kick the bottle by november :)

Ashlee - posted on 09/01/2010

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my daughter doesn't like sippy cups either. She prefers a cup with a cover that has a straw. I just make sure I am in the room with her. I didn't even think she knew how to use a straw until she grabbed her cousins

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Mine is the same way. She wants nothing to do with any sippy, but drinks from a glass with help. Don't do anything. Just encourage from time to time. He may just graduate to a glass. Prayerfully they will start liking sippies. Especially while traveling :}

Aarin - posted on 08/31/2010

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Ok I'm going to be brutally honest here and the idea of introducing has not even dawned on me. My little guy will drink out of a cup if you offer it too him, but the thought of weaning him off the bottle just doesn't seem right yet.

Barbara - posted on 08/31/2010

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My son wasn't sure about the sippy cups either at first. He didn't know what it was for, but now that he sees it at every meal time and has gotten water out of it (he really likes water). He loves it. I have one of each type of cup hard spout, soft silicone bottle like and a straw type. My only suggestion is to be consistent and keep introducing it and he will get it when he is ready. I have found that the straw type cup has a thick silicone straw that doesnt hurt him if he isnt careful with it in his mouth, but ours leaks if he turns it upside down so we have been using that one in the highchair at dinner so he wont make a huge mess. Good luck and happy parenting.

Sabrina - posted on 08/31/2010

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I personally don't use sippy cups. I feel it doesn't teach the baby anything, it just replaces the bottle. All it is, is a different shaped nipple. I started giving my son juice from a little cup during every meal. Last week he saw my juice on the table grabbed it himself and started drinking! its never to soon for them to learn! if he doesn't want the sippy cup try using a regular cup. i know it isn't as convenient as a sippy cup you can just give it to them and leave but it teaches them a life skill! and it won't be so hard to break him from the bottle when hes older. Good luck to you!

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My 9 month just looks at it and tips it up and down and wants nothing to do with it. I try to give it to her at dinner time but like I said she wants no part of

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2010

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I started giving my little guy a sippy cup at 6 months old. I let him play with it so that he got used to it. Now we use the ones with the straw and he drinks out of it very well. I think that by a year he should be used to it. Just give it to him and let him explore and discover it. He will use it when he is ready.

Samantha - posted on 08/30/2010

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I swear by the NUBY cups. Spout is just like the nips on bottles. I started Trent on these at 4 months. No he is 9 months and still uses them. Occasionally I throw in a hard spout and he knows what to do. He just learned to drink from a straw! So were going to try those ones next!

Suzanne - posted on 08/30/2010

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i would just give him the option and when hes ready he'll take it. I have just recently given my daughter a Nuby sippy cup/bottle and she took to it straight away, but the top is very similar to a teat, she doesnt know how to suck from a straw yet though.

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2010

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I got a basic pink sippy cup from Mothercare when my daughter was 6 months old, and started giving it to her at mealtimes with water. It had a plastic piece inside to make it no spill but she had to suck hard to make any water come out, so i ended up taking it out and after a while she got used to how to drink out of it... now I only use sippy cups for her, since i breastfeed, no need for bottles. Try taking the no spill plastic piece out of the lid if it has one, and just tip it for a second in his mouth so the water comes out, after a few days he'll get it and will get better and better. Maybe look for one with small holes at first so the water doesn't come out so fast...

Crystal - posted on 08/29/2010

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my daughter sucked out of a straw when she was 6mnths. now she only wants to chew on it (shes 9 mnths). I have tried several different types also. I guess I will just give her more time

Abigail - posted on 08/29/2010

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i thought my son didnt want one when either, he was about 8 months when i first tried, he didnt really want it at first and didnt know how to use it properly, kept tipping the water out, however i left it a little while,kept trying occasionally and he soon got the hang of it eventually, now he is 10 months and uses it great, still tips the last bit out tho but i think thats because he gets bored and plays with it by the end lol

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OMG!! I have to share my experience with you. Okay, so I introduced the sippy cup to my son about a month and a half ago and all he would do is play with it and on occasion take a sip here or there. He couldn't quite figure out that he needed to tilt his head back. So today I went out and bought him a new sippy cup from Nuby and it's WONDERFUL! It holds 8 oz, has the handles and a flexible straw with a flip down and they are able to control the flow of liquid. I gave it to my son and he took to it like a pro and drank half his water in one sitting. I was in shock! I thought it would take a few days for him to get the hang of it. I think the problem for him with sippy cups is that they have to tilt their heads back and this interferes with their balance. Get this cup, it's awesome!

Wende - posted on 08/28/2010

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I have had the best luck with the playtex sippy cups. When I first started introducing it I just started giving it to her at all meals and letting her play with it. She using it like a pro now. We went through lots of different ones before finding the playtex one.

Stacey - posted on 08/28/2010

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I am going through the same thing with my son as well. I bought tons of sippy cups, hard mouth pieces, rubber ones like the niples on botles and he wants nothing to do with any of them. He will throw them on the floor if I hand him one. I have to keep giving him a bottle. I don't know if this is good or what. I keep trying but I will not force him to take it if he doesn't want to.

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It might be that he doesn't know what to do with it. Have you tried removing the stopper so that the water can run freely into his mouth (which your help naturally)? Just add the stopper again once he figures it out. Once I did that for my daughter she took to the sippy really quick.

Amanda - posted on 08/27/2010

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Choose one you are comfortable with him using regularly, even try them yourself to see how they work (flow, spilling, difficulty to suck, etc) and then introduce it to him and leave it out with an ounce or two of water in it where he can play with it and explore it as he's ready. He'll get used to it and then you can start "teaching" him how to get something out of it, like: giving it to him like you would a bottle, tipping it for him, slurping up/putting some liquid on the tip so he knows what's there. When our older daughter was transitioning, her OT recommended soft spouts & double handles to begin with for every kid (not just those with motor limitations). He'll get there and may not care which cup you give him. Good luck and have fun! And remember, just like a bottle, don't put him down to sleep with it, or you'll have a sippy lovey & bad teeth on your hands.

Traci - posted on 08/27/2010

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My son was picking up his big sister's sippy cups and drinking them so I went out to get him his own....I bought a grow with me bottle/sippy cup by Nuby. It is one bottom with three different lids you can use. A bottle nipple, a sippy lid, and a straw lid. He likes them all. I was shocked the other day when he grabbed my cup of sweet tea from McDs and just started drinking it.....one determined little boy!

Kari - posted on 08/27/2010

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I started my son on regular cups like the solo brand except smaller when he was just 4 months old. I would hold it and only allow him to take small sips. He learned very quickly that it comes out really fast and can choke you or get you wet. This actually helped out a lot. The first time I gave him a sippy he knew exactly what to do with it and now he does great with it! We just started the sippy 2 weeks ago right before he was 9 months. So, maybe try using a cup and helping them for a little bit then try the sippy again? My doctor said only use sippys for vacation or out and about and dont want spill so thats why I did cups at first? Hope this helps!!

Ashley - posted on 08/27/2010

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i started the sippy cup with my son at about 6m. but only with juice or water. we used it off and on until he was 8 months. then we started putting fomula in the sippy cup, at least for 1 feeding a day every day. so he could ease into the idea. and i gradually increased the use of the sippy cup. now he is 9 1/2m and completely off the bottle!! it takes some time and patience. but he is getting a lot better at the sippy cup now. sometimes when he drinks out of it he does not swallow the milk right away and lets it run out of his mouth and it gets messy, other times he acts like a pro with it and has no issues. he has always understood that you need to tilt cup back to get the rest of the milk out for several months.

Cheryl - posted on 08/26/2010

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We tried the avent starter sippy without handles first because I figured that it was closer to a bottle. My daughter took to it ok. We also now use one made by Heinz that is a trainer with smaller angled handles and my daughter loves it. We only give her them with water inside. The doctor says that she can have 3-4 4 oz cups a day (she is 9 months) as it helps her digest the food, so I just leave them on her mat. She doesn't get that she has to tip her head, though, so sometimes we need to help.

Gina - posted on 08/26/2010

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I am going to have to wait until 1yr to start my daughter on anything other than bottle due to her swallowing problem. The Dr and speech therapist suggested using straw kind when she does transition so she will not have her head thrown back at too much of an angle. I am sure I will hear critizsm from others for her having to stay on bottle a little longer, but it is what will work for her.

Becky - posted on 08/26/2010

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My 9 month old son started with the Avent starter sippy cups at around 6 months. I removed the plastic piece inside so that the water came out more quickly and he got it fast! I leave a few sippy cups of water around the house and he'll pick them up and drink when he's thirsty. Now we're working on drinking out of a regular cup. We've starting with a small amount of water in a shot glass. He spills a bit, but it's only water and he's getting pretty good!

Brianna - posted on 08/26/2010

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have you tried the kids cups with straws? my daughter took to it on my first try

Christina - posted on 08/26/2010

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well with my daughter i gave her a sippy cup the sippy cup brand was nubby it is the baest to start with b/c it has soft tip its like a nipple like a bottle and u can take handles off and then it comes like a bottle i started this like 6 months and now she drinks with different suippy cup but make sure the tip of it is soft she drink juice out of it i m going to start put her formula in it pretty soon so try that

Meghan - posted on 08/26/2010

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My son will only drink out of a sippy cup if I take the stopper out and the liquid comes out freely. I've tried different kinds even the one with the straw but he just won't suck on it unless there is already liquid coming out. This just means that I don't give it to him to play with because he just spills it everywhere....but he does drink quite a bit when I hold it for him.

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2010

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I'm Having The Same Issue With My Nine Month Old. My Son Just Wants To Play With The Sippy Cup. I Have Three Types: One With Handles, One Without Handles. & One With The Straw. He Seems To Be Doing Pretty Well With The Straw One. He Knows Where To Put The Sippy Cup Mouth Hole At, But Isn't Really Drinking From It Unless I Help Tilt Them For Him. Just Use Water. Fill The Cup Either All The Way Or Half Full & That Way It Won't Make Such A Big Mess. Don't Force Your Little To Take The Sippy, That Will Make Them Fussy. Just Try It Everyday At Lunch Or Dinner & See What Happens! (:

Hayley - posted on 08/24/2010

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my daughter has been drinking through a straw since she was 6months. She never holds her bottle up, she just rests it on her chest, because babies are used to that sucking motion I figured a straw would be easier for her until she gets a bit older & can tip the cup up. It only took her about 3 days to get the hang of it and not she does awsome although she still occasionally plays with the cup but then I just take it off her. Many brands have very soft, fairly short rubber straws so there is no chance of poking out an eye.
Good luck

Leah - posted on 08/24/2010

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Have you tried the 'Nuk' sippy cup? Basically just a glorified bottle with handles, but is a good transistion cup, to get them used to holding onto it. Plus, it comes with two different kinds of nipples you can try. I also like the 'Playtex' one, more of a traditional sippy cup, but has a softer end, so they can gum it (as most teething 9 month old do! :D) without hurting themselves. Good luck!

Mary - posted on 08/24/2010

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I have also just started our son on sippy cups. All he wants to do is play with it and chew on it. However I try to hold it in his mouth and have him learn that he needs to suck on it like he did with the bottle. Doing that has helped me a lot. However it's still a learning process for him :-). You can also try the sippy cups with the straw, I've heard a lot of good things about them. I hope this has helped you a little bit, have a wonderful day!

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2010

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my daughter is getting really good at it. i give her the little ones with handles and she loves them. i started witth the silicon nipples that feel like a bottle nipple and then moved on to playtex rubber tops. sometimes she still needs help and encouragement but she is getting more from sippys then bottles now. good luck!

Jill - posted on 08/24/2010

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I haven't had much luck either! All my son is interested in doing is flipping it upside down and chewing on the bottom! He's actually better at drinking out of a normal cup but it's really messy and he sometimes chokes a little bit on the water. He also likes to put his hands in the water, but he still drinks it.

Isis - posted on 08/24/2010

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I started giving my son a sippy cup at 6 months, he really just played with it and chewed on it for a couple of months unless I held it for him. Now he is great at it! I use the munchkin soft spout one. It doesnt have handles so he can hold it like a bottle! (less confusion) I've tried some of the others with the hard spoutsfor nine months and up but he cant get the milk out! and I've tried them myself and they are hard to suck on! Ex: Cars insulated sippy cup 9months +

Angela - posted on 08/24/2010

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i started to give my son sippy cup at 6 months of age...maybe for few weeks he thought it was a toy (sometimes he still chews on its handles)...when he is really thirsty he will drink from it very well...i still need to help him sometimes to hold it....those sippy cups are so heavy and bulky, i think, that the baby can barely use it...besides i don't think the babies are smart enough to realize that they need to lift the cup up and tilt their head back and drink...sometimes my son doesn't lift the cup all the way up and ends up sucking on air instead...

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