Shannon Austin wrote in to share a neat (and affordable) sippy cup find that has worked great for her daughter:
My little girl was born blind, diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplaysia, septo optic dysplaysia as well as a growth hormone deficiency. She is getting ready to turn two years old (in just a few short weeks!) and we have really struggled with finding things that will meet her needs. I wanted to share something we found that helped us.
We have been working for a while on getting our daughter off of the bottle, but she just didn't understand the concept of any kind of sippy cup. We finally succeeded in juice boxes, because we were able to push the liquid up into her mouth. Once, she realized it was a drink, she did just fine. But as every parent knows, juice boxes can be a disaster in the hands of a little one and they don't come with handles.
Recently, I found that Playtex offers a straw sippy cup, with handles, 100% spill proof and you can even push the center to get the liquid up into the straw. Finally, something we can take in the car, to doctor's offices, and she can do it independently! It is called the Playtex Baby First Lil' Gripper Twist 'n Click Straw Trainer Cup.
I hope this can help another family along the way!