Step Up Cup

The Step Up Cup has features needed in a child’s first drinking cup. The raised lip makes it easier for children learning to drink to close their mouth around the cup.

Features You'll Love

Food Grade Plastic

Dishwasher Safe

4 Ounce Capacity

Raised, Wide, Thickened Lip

The Step Up Cup has this unique and essential feature for children who are learning to drink.  This gives them the necessary, wide surface to seal their mouth on the cup edge. 

Easy to Grip Handles

The Step Up Cup features a clear lid, with a small mouth opening to limit liquid flow and allow a parent, teacher, or caregiver to see how much liquid is left in the cup.

A central groove running from the top of the cup edge to the top of the cup lip directs the liquid flow to the center of the mouth, limiting the amount of liquid lost from the corners of the mouth while drinking.

Designed by A Pediatric Speech/language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist with 35 + Years' Experience.

I am a licensed pediatric speech/language pathologist, feeding expert, and NDT trained therapist. I created the Step Up Cup because in the 35+ years’ I’ve spent working with children, I’ve been unable to find a cup that promotes mature oral movement patterns. I wanted something with a wide, thick lip; handles, a lid to control liquid flow, and a lower back edge to keep the child from extending their head back while drinking. The Step Up Cup does just that. It promotes mature drinking skills in a child, whether the oral movement patterns are typical, delayed, or atypical.

It’s perfect for the child, 12 months through 8 years of age, who has difficulty drinking effectively from a cup due to a sensory-motor disorder. It’s also a great choice for new parents looking for their child’s first cup. I designed the Step Up Cup to enable all children to maintain the stability of their lower jaw so they can learn to use their lips and tongue to effectively drink from a cup. It’s the children’s first drinking cup I wish I had as a young mom and one that I regularly use as a therapist. This process has been a labor of love, one made possible by my training and experience. I hope you enjoy using the Step Up Cup as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.

About Maureen Flanagan

Maureen Flanagan is a licensed and certified pediatric speech/language pathologist specializing in feeding disorders. She’s trained in craniosacral, PROMPT, and NDT therapies, is a certified BOWEN practitioner and associate instructor, and the mother of three daughters. She’s published two books, “Strategies For A Successful Mealtime” and “Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with ASD.,” through AAPC and has helped countless families achieve a peaceful mealtime. Maureen Flanagan’s training and experience has enabled her to design the perfect children’s drinking cup, The Step Up Cup.

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