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So Long, Sippy Cup 

Vermont-based business EIO recently earned some parental applause in the form of a Parent Tested Parent Approved award for its valveless EIO Kids Cup. The "cup" is a standard 8-ounce canning jar. The slanted EIO lid screws on top, and a silicone sleeve slips onto the outside of the jar. The concept of training kids to use cups without valves has support from speech and dental experts who say that "sippy" cups can lead to tooth decay or delayed speech development, says EIO owner Kathy Haskell, a former Lincoln schoolteacher. "It's been really great," she says of her first year in business. Haskell runs her start-up from home, which helps her manage a busy family life — she and her husband have kids ages 5, 4 and 2. The cup sells for $15 on the EIO website, but Kids VT picked up an orange one at City Market for $10.79. No valve, an easy-to-handle cup and bright colors. Bottoms up!

The Kids Cup: Available locally at Buttered Noodles, Healthy Living, City Market, Isabean, American Flatbread, The Green Life, My Home Ecology, Middlebury Natural Foods Store, Onion River Kids. Info, eiokidscup.com.

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