If you are referring to your own child and he has no oral motor deficits, I would try the cup sips first. His hands aren't ready to handle a cup yet, but spills and chills are part of the fun of raising your baby. Enjoy experimenting by offering him a sippy cup etc..
I have also used the aquarium tubing for children with muscle tone problems. It doesn't collapse on itself like regular flimsy straws. Good idea!
Enjoy the journey!