10 September 2008

Poke a straw through the foil cap to keep bottled single-serve milk from spilling

Kristin's improvised her own spill-proof drink container:

While eating out at a restaurant, milk is often served in plastic cartons. On several occasions, our twin boys have spilled the milk by tipping the carton too high up too fast. The last time out, I thought to take a plastic knife, slice a very thin hole in the protective cover (the one under the cap) and slide a straw into that thin hole. Whaaaaa laaaa! It worked!!! No spilling at all!

Related:
Improving upon the Horizon milk box
Lots more kid-in-restaurant tricks in the Feeding/nursing archive

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I've used this trick a few times for drinks that come in little plastic bottles, though it only works if there's a foil seal under the plastic cap. If you're out and about and a knife isn't handy, a ball-point pen or even a car key can be used to make a straw-sized hole in the foil.

Take it a step further - if it has a screw-on cap, use a pocketknife or car key to make a whole in the cap and then screw it back on - slide the straw in and you've now got a spillproof container that the kids can't "destroy" by wiggling the straw to make the foil-hole bigger.

(Works with milk & 20 oz water bottles.)

Also works exceedingly well with all the drinkable yogurts and smoothie drinks out there. Yogurt spills are awful and we have avoided many "Danimals Disasters" with the good old straw.

We often shorten the straw (they cut pretty easy with a plastic knife) to keep our toddler from pouring the drink down his shirt as he tries to sip from a straw that is too tall.

Or you could just have a straw cup with you all the time, like we do.
http://www.shopping.com/xPO-Playtex-Playtex-Insulator-Sports-Straw-Cup-9oz-1-Ct
we've found this thing to be very useful, as we can safely give our daughter something to drink in the car, in the stroller or in the train, without worrying about
spilling...
cheers,
sang-min

We use this hack with drinkable yogurts too (or "milkshakes" as we call them) My husband thought he was a genius http://tinyurl.com/49g4tj - little does he know, he's just keeping up with you and your readers!

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