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Who Invented the Sippy Cup?

By June 9, 2004

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Monica R. wrote to me with the following inquiry, "Who invented the sippy cup?"

Monica, Richard Belanger invented the sippy cup, which he later licensed to Platex. Playtex manufacturers and sells its cups under the tradename of "Sipster". The sippy cup is a spillproof drinking cup designed for tots. Richard Belanger now serves as a design engineer at Adhesive Machinery, a company he helped form, and has been issued several patents related to glue guns.
Comments
September 20, 2006 at 11:30 am
(1) Bill says:

Yes, but WHEN did he patent it?

October 20, 2006 at 10:33 am
(2) tommie says:

i am also interested in when the patent was processed.

January 4, 2007 at 8:14 pm
(3) Debra says:

What year was the sippy cup invented?

February 23, 2007 at 3:25 pm
(4) Ann Twiggs says:

Did he know that this invention would be implicated in cauing speech development problems? I’m glad I’m old enough to have learned to drink from a regular cup.

April 14, 2007 at 10:10 am
(5) Bonnie says:

I have one of the orginal sippy cups still in the orginal bag. It came From TIDY TIKES div of Blenanger Ind, Inc Hampton Falls NH

September 8, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(6) manuel says:

i cant believe its not a sippy cup

September 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm
(7) manuel is a dummy says:

yes you can

September 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm
(8) hi manuel says:

yes you can foo

September 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(9) manuel says:

NO I CAN’T!!!!!

September 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(10) manuel says:

NO I CAN’T!!!!!

September 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm
(11) manuel is an idiot says:

get better at football

September 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm
(12) micksta says:

hey my sippy cup is still in use and i bought it in 1958

May 7, 2009 at 12:09 pm
(13) lila says:

when and where was it invented?

June 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm
(14) Mick says:

Did you know Richard Belanger was once captain of a small passenger boat? This would lead me to the conclusion that he may prefer to be referred to as Capt. Richard Belanger, or perhaps simply “The Captain,” if you’re into the whole brevity thing.

October 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(15) Lucas says:

Actually, if you go here: http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=HpYWAAAAEBAJ&dq=Richard+Belanger you can see that the sippy cup (called a Spill-proof drinking container) was filed on May 16, 1997

December 7, 2011 at 9:10 am
(16) gabbyslp says:

AMEN Ann Twiggs…as a speech therapist, the sippy cup is my mortal enemy…If you want your child to possibly have a lisp and other speech problems, give them a sippy cup :-)

January 31, 2012 at 11:36 am
(17) Samantha says:

Richard Belanger invented the spillproof sippy cup by using a ball bearing and spring that activated when the cup was sipped on allowing liquid to pass through. The liquid was not able to drip out if the cup was thrown or overturned. He invented the cup in the late 1980s using a tupperware cup and parts from glue guns to make his prototype.

August 11, 2013 at 11:24 am
(18) Older than you says:

I had a sippy cup when I was a child in the 1950′s. It was red plastic with a red plastic lid with a little nozzle on top. So the sippy cup was not invented in 1988 or 1997 or whatever. As Samantha has stated, Richard Belanger refined the nozzle on the already existing sippy cup by adding a ball bearing activated by a spring. He was motivated to improve the sippy cup by the leaky sippy cups that he bought for his own children.

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