By Dawna Matthews:
Our Green-Kiddos tested out a couple products by Silikids: the Silibib and the Siliskin Glass with Sippy Top. We were so excited to support the first mom-founded products made entirely of silicone and glass. The fact is now we can all transition our kids away from leaching plastic to healthier products like these.
Did you know silicone is a much safer, cleaner and greener material than plastic? Silicone is non-toxic, hypo-alergenic, does not harbor fungus or bacteria and is dishwasher safe. It is easily made with one of the earths most abundant elements on earth-silicon. You can also recycle it at specialty recycling facilities (or ship it back to the company and they will recycle it for you.) It is super durable so the need to “throw it out” is in the much distant future. Overall, silicone is a good choice and as we know glass is easier on the environment and easy to clean. Perfect combo, right?
The Siliskin glass arrived in a reusable container and bright silicone colors. Things I enjoy about this product- it is glass which doesnʼt absorb odors, easy to clean both glass andsilicone (dishwasher safe), and a good size for smaller hands. I also really appreciate that the silicone wrap offers some protection from the glass tumbler breaking. That being said, if your child is a toddler- they can take the sippy top off with a little effort and the liquid will then spill. I also found if you or your little one hold the glass from the sippy top silicone area the glass slips out and like all “sippy cups”, it does leak from the opening. Overall, I like this product well enough to use it- my daughter prefers to use this glass without the sippy top. I love the idea of this cup, just not sure if the sippy top is practical.
The Silibib comes in a recyclable or reusable packaging (they suggest using it as a drum.) The bib is soft, has adequate sizing options, provides great coverage and has a scoop at the bottom for collecting bits and pieces. It is super easy to clean (I toss it in dishwasher or just do a quick rinse in the sink) and reuse again and again. I find I use this rather than the pile of cloth bibs in our pantry. The less laundry the better! I am glad it is silicone since I don’t have to worry about it breaking down over time, temperatures or bacteria.
For more info on the company, to see other products, and their mission to make glass friendly and safer products, visit their homepage: http://www.silikids.com/. And be sure to watch this short video on the products and why they are a good choice for your little ones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YCIoEfqrms#t=132