You're welcome, parents of young kids. The days of awkward-sized sippy cups taking up space in your cabinets, of cleaning up spills at restaurants and furiously matching lids to cups before rushing out the door may be over. SipSnap, this week's innovation pick, lets you turn any drinking vessel into a spillproof sippy cup for your little ones.
Designers Sativa Turner and Michelle Ivankovic were working on another project when they came up with these silicone lids that mold to fit any cup. They come with spouts for toddlers or straw holes for bigger kids. And they're BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
After the designers first came up with the idea, they took about six months to get to prototype stage, then tested out the original prototype on preschoolers, nieces, nephews and Ivankovic's younger child. Then came adjustments so the lids would be easy enough for parents to pull off but a little bit too tight for kids to. The second run of the SipSnaps was good enough to launch a Kickstarter campaign, which raised four times the creators' goal amount.
"The response was amazing," Ivankovic says. "We learned a lot about the mom community through it, and how much they love to share. Moms really want to make sure their friends know about the newest, easiest thing to help the parent. I feel like it's a backbone of society, how much moms share with one another."
SipSnaps are available for preorder at the Double Double website. Both versions — the spout and the straw lids — sell for $21 a set. They'll start shipping out in September.
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