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Q: How can I tell the difference between the new series of Mag Mag (which went on sale in August 2005) and the previous series?

The new series of Mag Mag training cups went on sale in August 2005. In the new series, the handle and the adapter are one unit. Furthermore, there is a anti-slip device at the bottom of the cup. In the previous series of products, the handle and the other parts are separate. The handle is attached at the bottom of the cup.


Q: Is the new line of training cups (which went on sale in August 2005) interchangeable with the previous series?

They are not interchangeable, so you should use those within the same series. But you can attach the Peristaltic Nipple Y (Wide-neck Peristaltic Nipple Y-Cut) from the new series to the Baby Cup and the Training Spout Cup from the previous series. Furthermore, you can attach the Peristaltic Nipple and Training Spout from the previous series to the Baby Cup from the new series.


Q: (New series) What should I do if the cap for the training straw has become stiff and is hard to open?

The closure on the straw cup is set to be on the stiff side. If it feels too difficult to open, set it as shown in the drawing to the right and boil it for five minutes to make it easier to open.


Q: (New series) How do I remove the sliding lid from the trainer cups?

The sliding lid is set to be a bit stiff. Be aware of the following points when removing it. As shown in the diagram below, press down on the straw cap while exerting horizontal force on the sliding lid in the “slide” direction. Pulling the sliding lid upward may cause damage or tearing. The straw cap may fly upward when the sliding lid is removed, due to the elasticity of the straw, so be sure to hold the straw cap down with one hand. If the sliding lid is stiff and difficult to remove, pick up either the left or right side slowly as shown in the diagram and remove it from one of the rails.


Q: (New series) How should I sterilize the training cups?

A: All parts of the Mag Mag except the color straw can be boiled, sterilized with chemicals, or steamed in the microwave oven. The straw tube can only be sterilized with chemicals.


Q: (New series) Is it all right to let my baby drink from the training spout?

A: The training spout is intended to accustom babies to shapes other than a nipple, so we recommend using it for juice and soup and for drinking milk after eating baby food. Note that during the period when babies obtain most of their nourishment from breast milk or formula, it is important for them to get sufficient sucking exercise, so we recommend giving them milk in a nursing bottle or a MagMag Baby Cup.


Q: (New series) Most babies should be able to use the MagMag Straw Cup at the age of eight months, but when I tried it, my baby had trouble drinking from it.

Babies differ in the age at which they are able to drink through a straw. Since they may be able to sip with the right amount of motivation, you should take a leisurely approach in practising with them. You can let them start practising with the MagMag Training Spout. You can also help your baby practise with juice packs, pressing on the pack as your baby sips from the attached straw.


Q: (Previous series) Why does the training straw leak?

Please check the following:

  1. Is the gasket attached?
  2. Are the air valves completely pressed in the “Closed” direction? Check to see whether the valves are completely set by pressing them from both sides.
  3. Is the straw hood completely closed? The cup is designed so that tilting causes the contents to flow out of the tip of the straw. There will be no leakage if the hood is completely closed.
    *Since a variety of conditions can cause the cup to leak, be sure to put it inside a plastic bag or other waterproof container when you carry it.


Q: (Previous series) How do I take the air valve apart to wash it?

When you slide the valve parts in the “Open” direction, you can pull out the red part on the “Close” side. (If it is hard to pull out, pull it out gently using the tip of a spoon.) Next, remove the white part on the “Open” side. (You can push it out with a chopstick or similar implement at the place where you removed the red part.) Finally, remove the straw hood. When slipping the valve parts on, set the straw hood in the straw adapter, insert the white part on the “Open” side, and hold this part down while you push the red part in on the “Close” side. (Press the valve from both sides to see whether it is completely set in place.)


Q: (Previous series) How do I use the air valve to prevent liquid from spilling out at the end of the straw when I open the straw hood?

When drinking hot liquids, there is a danger of them spurting out, so open the cap after setting the valve to “Open.” In addition, since babies who have just begun straw training are not able to sip very strongly, opening the air valve (by pushing it to “Open”) makes it easy to sip the liquid. When transporting the cup or when your baby has become accustomed to the straw, set the valve to “Close” to prevent leaks. If you wait a little while after pouring hot or cold drinks into a cup, the change in temperature within the cup causes the air pressure to rise, pushing the beverage up through the straw. (Avoid putting hot water into the cup, since there is danger of it spurting out.) At such times, if you open the hood too quickly, liquid spills out at the end of the straw. (In addition to temperature changes, changes in air pressure inside airplanes or at high elevations or internal pressure from carbonated beverages or similar substances may cause the contents to spill out.) Before opening the hood, push the air valve to “Open,” in order to allow the expanded air to escape and prevent the contents from spilling out through the straw.


Q: (Previous series) How do I attach and remove the straw hood seal?

When removing the straw hood seal, insert your thumbnail between the seal near the valve and the yellow straw adapter (red on the Disney Baby model), grasp the seal between your thumb and index finger, and pull it towards yourself as if to spread it. (Take care not to break a nail.) When attaching the seal, align the grooves in the straw hood seal with the grooves on the straw adapter and press them firmly together. Note that the surface of the seal with the indentation in it should face down.


Q: (Previous series) How can I remove the handle if I have turned it too far?

Place the cup upside down on a table and pull the handle outward to one side and then up while holding the cup down. When you turn the handle, you will be able to remove it.


Q: (Previous series) Why won’t the hood close after I sterilized it by boiling?

If you apply heat to the hood, it may shrink and no longer be able to close. All you have to do is put the hood on after sterilizing it, while it is still warm.


Q: (Previous series) Can my baby drink milk with the MagMag Training Spout Cup?

The training spout is intended to accustom babies to shapes other than a nipple, so we recommend using it for juice and soup and for drinking milk after eating baby food. Note that during the period when babies obtain most of their nourishment from breast milk or formula, you want them to get sufficient sucking exercise, so we recommend giving them milk in a nursing bottle or a MagMag Baby Cup.


Q: (Previous series) Why can’t I get the spout to face the correct direction?

If the spout does not face forward and ends up at a slant, even when the triangle mark on the cap and on the spout are in alignment, remove the cap (the white cap) and the spout, and set them back in place facing slightly off their correct front alignment before returning them to their correct position. The parts may get out of alignment even if the adapter seal is not in place.


Q: (Previous series) Most babies can drink from the MagMag Straw Cup at the age of nine months, but when I tried this, my baby had trouble drinking from it.

Babies differ in the age at which they are able to drink through a straw. Since they may be able to sip with the right amount of motivation, you should take a leisurely approach in practising with them. You can let them start practising with the Mag Mag Training Spout You can also help your baby practise with juice packs, pressing on the pack as your baby sips from the attached straw.


Q: (Previous series) Does setting the training straw cup valve to “Open” also open the lid?

The valve parts open and close the air holes and have nothing to do with opening or sealing the lid. For information on how to use the air valves, see Questions95 “How do I take the air valve apart to wash it?”


Weaning Accessories


Q: I will soon be weaning my baby. What should I be aware of as my baby starts eating solid food?

Drinking milk or formula is an instinct, but eating solid food is something that babies have to learn. Mothers tend to want their babies to eat a lot, and they push spoonfuls of food into their mouths. To encourage your baby to make drinking and eating motions independently, start by just touching the spoon lightly on his or her lips. PIGEON’s feeding utensils are designed based on research about the ways babies’ mouths develop.


Q: Can the Home Baby Food Maker be used in a microwave oven?

You can put food in the Home Baby Food Maker and, with care, warm it to skin temperature in the microwave oven. But you cannot use the strainer or the pestle in the microwave oven.


Q: Why won’t my baby eat baby food?

We want our babies to eat, and when they don’t, we worry, get irritated, and even become depressed. But babies have changeable moods. Don’t get it into your head that your baby dislikes a certain food. Try introducing it again a few days later, perhaps with a slightly different flavor, at a different temperature, or using a different spoon. Take an unhurried approach during weaning as you help your baby learn to eat solid food.


Q: Why are my baby’s plastic dishes color-stained?

Plastic products are absorbent. If you leave juices or green or yellow vegetables in plastic dishes for a long time or heat them in a microwave oven, their color may adhere to or be absorbed into the plastic. There is no problem with safety, but once the color has been soaked into the plastic, it won’t come out, even with bleach. If color adheres and dries, it can be difficult to get out, so clean dishes as soon as possible after use.


Q: Should I sterilize PIGEON infants’ tableware?

Consult this chart to find the sterilization methods for each product > Go to the 83-chart


Q: Can the Weaning Bottle with Spoon be sterilized?

Yes, most of these products can be sterilized by boiling, steaming in the microwave oven, or soaking in chemical sterilizing solutions.


Q: Can I wash infants’ tableware and the Home Baby Food Maker in the dishwasher?

You can wash all the parts of the Home Baby Food Maker, except the pestle, in the dishwasher, but be sure to read the instruction manual that comes with the dishwasher first.


Q: When using the Feeding Spoon for pureed foods, juice, or soup, how full should I fill the spoon?

When adding water, add about 0.5 cc if you want to make a paste or about 1.5 cc if you want to make juice or soup. Be careful not to add more than the spoon can hold!


Q: Once I have heated boil-in-the-bag baby food, can I store it and use it later as long as I haven’t opened it?

Since boil-in-the-bag foods are sterilized at high temperatures, they are far less perishable than other types, but once you have heated them, the flavor and quality deteriorate, so we do not recommend storing heated leftovers.


Q: When should I give my baby beverages other than breast milk or formula?

Babies need regular moisture replacement. Be sure to give your baby something to drink if he or she is sweating, after an outing, a nap, or a bath; or if he or she seems out of sorts or “looks thirsty.” There is no hard and fast rule about how much liquid to give, but to get your baby used to different flavors, try cooled hot water, barley tea, fruit juice, Baby soft drinks, or Isotonic Drinks, as long as your baby’s consumption of these things doesn’t interfere with nursing or eating solid food.


Q: There are all kinds of teas. Which ones are best for babies?

Coffee, green tea, and black tea all contain large amounts of tannin and caffeine and are unsuitable for babies. Since Hojicha and Bancha teas also contain a certain amount of these elements, dilute them to half or less of their usual strength. Barley tea is also rather strong, so you should dilute it too. PIGEON’s powdered drinks include a Hojicha with little tannin or caffeine as well as a Barley Tea for Babies, which is just the right strength to allow you to use it with confidence.


Q: How much electrolyte supplement beverages can my baby drink each day?

Be sure not to give your baby too much of these beverages, because they may interfere with nursing or meals. As a rule, give your baby no more than 200 ml per day.

Electrolyte supplement beverages are soft drinks, so drinking too much of them can lead to tooth decay or excess sugar intake. They are also quite filling, which means that your baby may not eat enough and become malnourished. In the most extreme cases of excess intake, the baby’s diet can become unbalanced to the point of being Vitamin B1 deficienct – a very serious condition. Your baby’s daily moisture intake should consist of a careful combination of mostly boiled water or diluted tea, with electrolyte supplement drinks when he or she has been perspiring.

However, note that if your baby becomes ill and unable to nurse or eat or suffers from diarrhea or a fever, give these beverages to your baby in accordance with the doctor’s instructions.

*Vitamin B1 deficiency:
Vitamin B is important for metabolizing sugar. A lack of Vitamin B1 can cause beriberi, heart disease and other problems. At the beginning, the patient exhibits a general, overall fatigue, loss of appetite, and edema; and in the worst cases, sensory abnormalities, impeded movement, and heart failure.


Q: Beverages in cartons can be stored at room temperature, but I’m not sure what is meant by “room temperature.”

Room temperature refers to temperatures in the range of 15 to 25℃. During the summer, room temperature can rise above 25℃, and it can fall below 15℃ in the winter, but these beverages should store well if you keep them in a room that you usually use, away from direct sunlight. After you open a beverage carton, take the amount that your baby is likely to drink and transfer it to another container. Cover the carton, including the straw used to transfer the beverage, with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. Use it within 2 days.


Q: Is it possible to have plastic bottled beverages sent to me by the case?

PIGEON does not take direct orders over the phone or Internet. Please order our products from your local store.


Q: Can I give my baby PIGEON beverages without diluting them?

Children who are at or over the recommended age for these products can drink the undiluted form. The electrolytic supplement drinks, in particular, are manufactured to have the same osmotic pressure as a baby’s bodily fluids, which makes the moisture and electrolytes easy to absorb, so you give them to your child without diluting them. Note, however, that the 100% fruit and vegetable juices in cartons or 200 ml plastic bottles should be diluted before being given to babies between the age of 4 to 6 months. Use cooled boiled water or pure water to dilute these juices to about half strength before giving them to your baby.


Q: Can I let my baby drink PIGEON Bottled Water or use it to cool hot milk?

Yes, your baby can drink it just as it is. PIGEON Bottled Water is 99.9% pure water, and since the mineral components have been removed, it does not upset the mineral balance of milk, so it is ideal for preparing your baby’s formula. In addition, it has been sterilized, so you can use it with confidence in place of cooled boiled water by heating it up to skin temperature (about 40℃). Furthermore, PIGEON Bottled Water is tasteless and odorless, it will not alter the flavors of food ingredients, so you can use it when preparing post-weaning food or juice for your baby.



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