Dribble-free soup: serve the “goodies” and broth separately

Amazon: The Handy House Stainless Steel Drinking Straws with Cleaner Jen's trick for serving soup to little kids, mess-free:

First, strain the "goodies" from the soup (chicken, noodles, beans, etc.) and serve them in a bowl.  Then, serve the broth in a mug, and let them drink it with a cut-down straw.

*Forehead smack of "why didn't I think of that?*

Parenthackers have suggested all sorts of things best served with straws: applesauce, yogurt, hot chocolate, even medicine. But this is the first soup straw hack!

I was a bit concerned about the idea of warm soup going through thin plastic straws. Plus, much as my kids love using straws, the waste gets to be a bit much. Enter: stainless steel drinking straws! Pop them in the dishwasher (or clean with the included brush) and reuse.

Related: Serve toddlers soup with a personal medicine cup "ladle"

And: Chinese soup spoons help toddlers feed themselves


  1. says

    We do this, but don’t bother straining it. It’s just an extra step. My kids natually eat all the ‘chunks’ out first, then when all that is left is broth, I give them a straw.

  2. says

    I use a slotted spoon to strain out the pasta/barley/meat/veggies/whatever and put it in a bowl for my toddler. He eats it with a fork and/or his fingers.

  3. simone says

    my son is not one for trying new things.

    so with all new things like soups etc…

    i give him corn chips or carrot sticks to dip into the food for a taste…

    its a lot easier than sticking the finger in as he will nearlly always say yuck…

    and a little on the spoon…he will just automatically reject…

  4. says

    No need to worry about plastic straws…my son regularly drinks hot (actually, just rather warm) chocolate with a plastic straw.