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Make drinking easier for beginners or those with oral motor difficulties|||ARK's Bear Bottle Kit is a fun and friendly way to make drinking easier for beginners and/or children with oral motor difficulties. It's also an excellent way to transition babies straight from bottles to straw drinking - skipping sippy cups altogether! Most sippy cups promote improper tongue and lip positioning that can cause speech problems later on. Straws are a better alternative, as they strengthen the mouth muscles and encourage tongue retraction, cheek tension, and lip closure.
The Bear Bottle features a unique valve that controls the direction of fluid - liquid flows up into the straw, but does not flow back down. Simply squeeze the bear's belly until fluid reaches the top of the straw and release. Fluid will stay at the top of the straw, thereby decreasing the effort required to drink. Highly recommended for individuals who tend to aspirate or have a weak suck with difficulties generating and maintaining suction.
The Ultra Kit (recommended) includes: 1 easy-to-squeeze Bear Bottle with a snap-close cap, 1 Select-Flow Valve, 8 inches of polytubing, 1 yellow Lip Blok® (3/4"), 12 straws, and instructions on how to teach straw drinking. Polytubing is a reusable, chewable, durable alternative to traditional straws, and the Lip Blok prevents kids from biting on the straw or putting it too far into their mouths.
My baby is so happy with his bottle he takes it everywhere !!!!! Yoselin Torres
I like this cup and recommend it, however, I wish it came with the hard rubber straws rather than these disposable straws. I have found that children learn much fast with the hard rubber straws. I know it costs extra for the hard straw tips, however, I have seen that kids just like to play with these.
**Note from ARK - Hey folks! To anyone reading this, if you'd like flexible tubing straws with your Bear, check out the Ultra version of the kit. That comes with an 8 inch tubing straw, and more tubing is also available separately under the Drinking > Straws & Valves category above :) Danielle
We have used many of your products, but the honey bear cup was a game changer for us! We have a cabinet full of cups that don't work for our son. They either have too fast of a flow, don't work with thickened feeds, or take too much muscle strength to use. He took right to this cup and drank half a cup of water in his first try! No choking and his shirt stayed dry! Ashley
We have started to use this with our 5 month old. The valve allows the liquid to not fall back into the bear bottle making drinking with a straw a very natural transition. Ashleigh
Seriously, a life saver for a breast fed baby who doesn't take a bottle! My son went straight to the straw with this on day one!! It has a special valve that allows the liquid to stay in the straw to allow an easy flow. Highly recommend! AND it's made in the USA, amazing!
I tried all different kinds of cups and sippy cups for my son, but he wasn't taking to any of them and we were going nuts. I came across this bear finally, and on the first try it worked like a charm! He uses it everyday, and will drink anything with a straw now.
Not sure why the honey bear bottle came to be a bear and not just a bottle, but I'm very excited to see how well this works (with the slow-flow valve and a lip block) to help a kiddo transitioning from nectar-thicks to thin liquids over the next two weeks. Sarah, OTR/L
This is a great kit with all the extra things you would need. Marla
This bottle kit really is amazing. My son was able to drink out of a straw comfortable after using this kit very quickly. I thought we would have some time ahead before he could drink from a straw especially due to his special needs. His speech therapist felt this would be the best aid for him. It really was! Well worth the money.
To be honest I was very disappointed when I received this product, I had paid 12 dollars for a bear plastic container exactly as the honey container I had bought at the grocery store for just 3! But this just wasn't a matter of money, I was just beginning to wonder what was the amazing thing of this product. But the thing is than in less than a week she is drinking from it without aid. So... I am not sure what makes the trick but it works!
My son only drinks out of this cup. The materials are great and do not break easy. What i love the most is that any child can use it. It does not scream DISABLE to me and many people love it as well.
My 10 month son picked up the idea of sucking through a straw quickly with this cup. It was taking time with the traditional sippy cups. Now he is drinking more water throughout each day with ease.
I use the Bear Bottle to teach straw drinking to patients with low oral tone and speech delays. What makes this bottle different from all the other bear / honey bears I've seen is the special valve that comes with it. When you squeeze the belly, water/juice/etc flows up into the straw but doesn't flow back down. The valve keeps it there so that the patient doesn't have to exert that effort again and again, which can make them tired and frustrated. I gave it 4 stars because the red and yellow straws are a bit hard to get through the cap. It does also come with a couple regular straws, though, and those fit just fine and I can easily find more of those when I need them.
Love using this for teaching kids to drink from a straw.
we were given this by a dietician bc my son has such severe food aversions, and he would refuse to drink out of anything other than his bottle. this was so easy for him to use and realize that he can use something else to drink out of that wont hurt him. this helped him in getting off of the bottle full time and onto sippy cups! great invention :)
My baby learned how to drink from a straw using this bottle kit. He now is able to drink from a regular straw and we can bypass sippy cups altogether. Thank you for a great product!
This cup is fantastic!! Its perfect to teach how to drink from a straw! When paired with a Blok & valve it helps to teach other skills as well ...
|feature:||Make straw drinking easier!|
|feature:||Special valve keeps liquid at the top of the straw, so only a small sip is required to drink|
|feature:||Great for beginning straw drinkers and/or those with a weak suck|
|feature:||Made in the USA|
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ARK chew tools come in 3 color-coded toughness levels:
Usually we recommend going with the softest/standard level by default. Unless someone chews through or causes damage to anything else they chew on (chews through pencils, chews holes in shirts, etc.), in which case the XT level would be longer lasting.
If someone does chew through things, it’s possible they may need the toughest XXT level eventually. XXT is super firm, though, so we don't always recommend getting it right off the bat (some people find it uncomfortable chewing on something that firm).
So XXT is usually best either for people who have chewed through the XT level already, and/or for anyone who already likes chewing on very hard items - things like legos, hard plastic toys, wooden items, etc.
Heads up: Designs that are wider and "beefier" will feel tougher than designs that are more slender in the same toughness level. For example, the Dino-Bite in XT will feel tougher than the Krypto-Bite in XT.×
Probe Tip - This is the most versatile & popular tip attachment. It's bumpy on one side and striated on the other side for different levels of sensory input (the bumpy side provides more input than the striated side).
Mini Tip - This is a smaller version of the Probe Tip, designed for smaller mouths (about 2.5 years and under). This age recommendation is not a hard-and-fast rule though - we've seen younger kids use the Probe Tip and older individuals use the Mini Tip.
Preefer Tip - This tip attachment is rounded with ridges all along the circumference for when a "rolling" action is desired for a different kind of sensory input. Roll it over the lips, across the tongue, and inside the cheeks.
Fine Tip - This tip narrows down to a fine point, which makes it perfect for pinpointing very specific areas in the mouth.
Bite-n-Chew Tip - These tips are rounded and chewable, for practicing biting & chewing skills. The "extra long" versions are about an inch longer and a little skinnier, to make it easier to reach the back molars. The textured version has bumps for extra sensory input.
Bite Tube Tip - These tips are similar to the Bite-n-Chew Tip, but with a hollow center so that you can put puréed foods (applesauce, yogurt, etc.) inside the tip for functional biting & chewing practice. Once you bite down on the tip, you get 'rewarded' with a taste of food.
Spoon Tip - Great for feeding therapy and mealtimes, these attachments turn the Z-Vibe into a vibrating spoon! The smooth, gentle vibration can help "wake up" the mouth and decrease aversions. The textured version has bumps on the bottom of the spoon bowl to help stimulate the tongue and lower lip, and to help encourage the transition from puréed to more solid foods. The hard Spoon Tip is rigid, like a regular spoon. The soft Spoon Tip is flexible (still firm enough to hold food, but flexible enough to be gentle on the teeth if someone bites down on the spoon.
Tongue Tip - This tip can be used as a traditional tongue scraper to help establish good oral care. It can also be used to help establish the concept of tongue lateralization and elevation (hold the Tongue Tip vertically in front of the mouth and ask the individual to put the tip of their tongue inside the hole, then guide the tongue from side to side or up and down). You can also place the Tongue Tip flat on top of the tongue to provide input to a large surface area of the tongue (this tip has the largest "footprint" surface-area-wise).
Popette Tip - This tip attachment is an adaptor that lets you use lollipops with the Z-Vibe. Just twist the Popette Tip into the Z-Vibe handle, then press a lollipop into the Popette Tip. Lollipops are a fun way to get kids interested in sensory oral motor exercises.
Brush Tips - The soft version has gentle bristles for gum massage; the hard version has firmer bristles closer to that of a traditional toothbrush. These can be used to help get orally sensitive individuals more comfortable with oral care, so that they can eventually use regular toothbrushes, be more comfortable going to the dentist, etc.
Pencil - This attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating pencil! The vibration of the Z-Vibe is very smooth, so it doesn't create squiggly lines. Instead, it can help increase focus by providing more sensory input and awareness to the hand.
Pen - This attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating pen.
Crayon - And this attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating crayon.
Brick Tip - This tip attachment has large bumps on one side and small bumps on the other side for lots of varying sensory input while biting & chewing. It comes in 3 toughness levels for mild to moderate to avid chewing.×