Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Prevent Spills with Silicone Straw Tops [Review]

Your baby has mastered the sippy cup and you are considering introducing a cup. Not only do you worry about the type of material the cup is made from, whether it will break when your toddler throws it or not, but you are also worried about big spills. Inevitably, toddlers will spill stuff from anything that has an opening. This is part of the learning process of using a cup and accidental most of the time. Siliskin silicone straw tops make almost any cup spill proof by cover the top of the cup.

Siliskin Straw Tops     
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

The Good
The Not So Good
Made from 100% food-grade silicone
Not suitable for cups wider than 3"
No spill through air suction
Does take some effort to get on

Silikids Siliskin Straw Tops are 100% food-grade silicone cup covers. No toxic chemicals here! They stretch to fit cups for up to 3" in diameter. There is a small opening in the middle for the straw. The opening fits standard width and wide straws. I used a wide stainless steel smoothie straw and it worked well! The silicone stretches over and grips to the cup to provide an air suctioned seal. These are perfect for using with children's cups because they are spill proof. Each pack comes with 3 straw tops.

Usage: The first time, stretch the straw top a bit to get it to be more pliable. Stretch with both hands and place it over the cup. The tops are not recommended for cups that are wider than 3", but still might be usable. I did not try to use the tops on wider cups. The straw tops are also easy to remove and wash and dry quickly.

My almost 2.5 year old toddler has been using the Siliskin Glass Cup for quite some time. This cup is a great way to teach about glass being breakable and it is small enough to fit into one hand already, though we always stress to use two hands with cups. When I make smoothies, I pour them into the Siliskin Glass Cup with a wide stainless steel straw. Of course, we have had a couple of spills, even though my toddler is fairly careful. I was eager to try the Siliskin Straw Tops with the Siliskin Glass Cup.

Results: I filled the Siliskin Glass Cup about 3/4 full with the smoothie, stretched the straw top to get it to be more pliable and covered the cup. There was a slight learning curve about how to hold the straw top to be able to get a good, even cover of the cup. After a few uses, I was able to get the straw top on easier. The wide stainless steel straw fit right into the straw opening and off my toddler went into the living room with his smoothie. I usually have him stay in the kitchen, but this was a test! Results? No spills! Even when he tipped up the almost full cup and walked around with it, I had no worries.

One of my biggest worries with smoothie is the green color from spirulina or the red color from beet juice or frozen berries getting on the rugs and staining. The Siliskin Straw Tops are a great way to prevent spills from happening. They are also great for covering a drink or something else in a container. My favorite way to use the straw tops is to cover mason jars containing summer drinks and for using outdoors. Bugs always seem to land in whatever drinks I take with me outside and the straw tops are a great way to prevent that.

The silicone straw tops are pretty sticky and stick to glass, stainless steel, and plastic cups. They do tend to gather some dust and lint, but that can be easily rinsed off.

Use your current cups, prevent spills and transition your toddler to straw drinking with Siliskin Straw Tops.

Disclosure: I received the product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and are honest.

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