Silikids was started in 2006 by two revolutionary moms with vision and purpose. Inspired by the needs of their infant daughters, Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab set out to design products that were functional and toxin-free while also easy to use and clean. The solution involved silicone, hence the name “sili” kids (I sheepishly admit that I totally didn’t see that connection right away). Sure, you have seen plenty of baby items made of silicone (at least I know I have). But have you ever seen any of them combined with glass? I didn’t think so.
Why glass? Glass is the safest and cleanest option for drinking. However, not many moms would want to give glass cups to toddler, fearing that those busy little hands might let the glass slip and break. The textured (for easy gripping) silicone sleeves Feeley and Schwab created were the brilliant and simple solution to this problem. Now, busy little hands can learn how to master a “big kid” glass, while moms can be secure that the glass won’t slip and shatter. How does it not shatter, you ask? The easily removable Siliskin sleeve encases the glass cup to help prevent and contain the glass in the event of a slipping accident.
glass + silicone = safer, better choice for your child and for the environment
- clean Silicone is non-toxic and hypo allergenic. It has few open pores, so it does not harbor or promote bacteria and fungus growth like scratched, warped plastic will. Because of its high heat resistance, silicone can be boiled to sterilize and is also dishwasher and microwave safe. Silicone does not fade or retain odor, and is sturdy and easy to clean.
- BPA-free Due to recent concerns regarding the chemical BPA, many parents are switching to BPA-free children’s products. Silicone offers just that solution. Silicone does not contain toxic chemicals like bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.
- safe Silicone is basically made up of silicon, a natural element present in sand, quartz and rock, which after oxygen, is the most abundant element on earth. Silicon is transformed into silicone when combined with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Because it is an inert material, it does not react with food or beverages or produce any hazardous fumes. It is non-toxic, hypo allergenic, does not promote bacteria or fungus growth, and it does not transmit taste to beverages and food.
- green Silicone does not decompose but it is recyclable – although probably not through your city-wide recycling program. There are many specialty recycling facilities that recycle silicone. (Send your Silikids products back to us and we’ll recycle it for you!) Silicone is very durable so you won’t have to worry about disposal for a long time, thus promoting reuse and less waste.
- hypo allergenic Silicone is inert. It does not react with other materials.
What products are offered by Silikids?
The Silikids collection includes a variety of colors and sizes of Siliskins (for bottles), Siliskin bottles, Siliskin glass tumblers (also sold in sets), Silibibs, and Silipads (for crawlers). How cool would it be to throw your bib in the dishwasher?
Silikids strives to continually develop and launch more items in the future, so make sure you continue to check back.
Anything new coming up in their line?
Silikids will also be releasing a new Siliskin To-Go Glass, a 10 oz. glass encased in a patent-pending, heavy duty Siliskin with shock absorption designed to make the glass next to unbreakable. The Siliskin To-Go Glass is the perfect addition to lunch bags, backpacks and any travel bag. No more plastic water bottles piling up!
I was fortunate enough to receive one of their new colors of Siliskin sleeves, the “hot” red. As adorable and stylish as it is, the sleeve just sits around our countertop unused in all its awesomeness. Unfortunately, neither of my children use bottles. I was at least hoping that I could slip it on one of the unused bottles we do have, but none fit the size of sleeve that I received. (Sigh.) Okay, I lied. It’s not totally unused. My 7 month old daughter used it as a teething toy tonight!
I really can’t wait to try that To-Go glass, though. My son, who happens to be going into preschool this month, would LOVE that. Well, I would love to get some of those tumblers and a Silicup for my daughter, too. Oh, their line is just fabulous!
Who else uses Silikids?
Numerous celebrities like Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and (my favorite TV chef) Giada DeLaurentis! But don’t take their word for it. Just ask Kinwah…
- 100% food grade silicone skin (naturally BPA, PVC, Phthalate-free)
- tempered glass rim
- removable skin for washing
- textured skin for easy gripping
- translucent skin for viewing
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