Eat Happy!

Eat Happy!


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Friday, July 26, 2013


Ian uses an awesome squeeze bottle for his meals/feeding therapy. It is a great way for us to deliver liquids to him. It forces fluid up and out the straw, without sucking. Ian has been using this bottle for six months now and it is working very well. He is not really able to use it on his own. It has quite the learning curve for little ones with “squeeze-happy” hands. It even takes a couple times for parents to get use to the feel. The plastic gets softer the more you use it and wash it.

People have been asking me how to make them so I thought I would give a quick tutorial. They are easy to make at home with a few simple supplies from local stores.

Supplies needed:

1- hair color bottle from your local Sally Beauty supply, or similar store

1- clear plastic PVC tubing from your local hardware store 1/4 inch thick

PVC Tubing

1- pair of scissors

You will need to start by cutting a 6.5 (or longer!) inch piece of tubing. This gives enough room for the tube to curl some inside the bottle to reach the bottom/side, and also enough at the top to act as a straw. You can always shorten the straw later. Make sure to cut one end blunt/flat and the other end on a diagonal so it reaches the bottom better.

You also want to cut the tip off of the coloring bottle. Start by cutting higher up, and testing if the tubing fits. Continue to cut lower until you can get the straw in with a *snug* fit. It should not move freely, but shouldn’t be pinched to insert.

Once the tubing fits snuggly into the top, screw the cap on and see how it fits inside the bottle. The straw should curve into the “corner” of the bottle.