SmeLLy SiPPy!

Darylann - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old daughter will only drink from one specific sippy cup that she has been using since she was 5 months. I wash her cup out everytime I refill it for her. I mix just a little bit of apple juice with water (about 1/5) to keep her "regular". However, I have forgotten to rinse it out sometimes at night before I went to bed which leaves a slight fermented apple juice smell in the cup. When I wash her cup out I use antibacterial soap and the smell seems to go away mostly but I can still smell it a little. Does anyone know what to do to keep this from happening? My husband says to wash it in vinegar water and I have seen the commercials on TV to sanitize baby bottles and toys with bleach water (1cup per gallon of water). Just wondering. I don't want to throw her favorite sippy cup away....She won't drink from any other kind! Thanks!

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Kelly - posted on 05/20/2010

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Definitely get extras! My kids are also very specific about what cups they will use, even for what drinks go in certain ones! Vinegar is definitely the way to go -- my daughter drinks Pediasure and if that doesn't get cleaned out right away, the odor is awful.Vinegar was also what we used to clean the bottle sterilzer when they were new babies.

Tracy - posted on 05/20/2010

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You can use vinegar, bleach or baking soda in a hot water soak overnight to cut the smell, but boiling the valve sounds like the best idea to me. Boil it for 10 minutes to be sure you kill off the bacteria/yeast that are producing the smell. The dishwasher also can sanitize cups, lids and valves, but only if they are dishwasher safe. Also, I would buy two more cups that look exactly like the one she likes because at some point the spout is going to get chewed up, and little pieces can come off in her mouth.

Tam - posted on 05/20/2010

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run it through a dishwasher after using vinegar on it. you may even soak it overnight in a sink bath of vinegar water. I would try to figure out where you got it (store or manufacturer) and get a few more. what happens if you loose that sippee?. I dont want to be in your house if it disappears..

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2010

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If it is the kind that has a valve, you can boil that part, to help get it clean. Just don't boil the cup or lid unless it says it is safe to do so, or it will melt. You can use the bleach water, but just make sure you rinse it very well.

Dawn - posted on 05/19/2010

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I use a vinegar/water solution for cleaning my counters. Its a great natural disinfectant.

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