Frequently Asked Questions
LOLLACUP STRAW SIPPY CUP
Why choose a straw over traditional sippy spout?
As parents, we always try and do what's best for our children, and everything we do on their behalf involves careful thought and consideration. We, at lollacup, believe that decisions like using a straw cup vs. a sippy cup are largely a matter of preference and may not have any long-term effects on children. However, why not opt for the better, more advocated choice - straws.
First, the speech & dental benefits are undeniable. The use of straw cups does not affect a child's speech and does not risk the health of a child's teeth like sippy cups can. Click on the links below to read more about the sippy cup controversy
So long sippy cups, hello straws WebMD
Speech problems due to sippy cups Livestrong
Do pacifiers and sippy cups cause speech delay? MommySpeechTherapy
Second, the convenience factor of getting children accustomed to straws is beneficial for any busy parent. Using a straw cup early on eliminates the extra step of weaning a child from a baby bottle to a sippy cup and then later to a straw/regular cup. Why not go straight to straws, which are available everywhere you go? Also, because lollacup's straws are valve-free they are easy to sip and easy to clean.
Is the Lollacup spill-proof? Lollacup straw sippy cups are valve-free, so they are NOT spill-proof. Although having a spill-proof cup with active toddlers is sometimes convenient, our aim at lollacup is to eliminate unnecessary challenges for our children. We’ve found that spill-proof straw and sippy cups can be incredibly difficult to drink from, causing frustration for many children. Our goal, in creating lollacup, was to make drinking from a straw easy for young children.
Is the Lollacup dishwasher-safe? Absolutely, yes. As busy parents, dishwasher is king, but hand-washing your lollacup is always recommended. Plastics have gotten a bad reputation in recent years as leaching chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, especially when exposed to the extreme temperatures in microwaves and dishwashers. In addition, at high temperatures chemical reactions can occur, invisible stress can happen, and plastics can degrade, especially when harsh cleaning agents are added to the mix. Rest-assured that lollacups are BPA-free and phthalate-free, but we advocate hand-washing plastic products whenever possible.
How long do the straws last? Lollacup straws can, unfortunately, stain (usually from pasta sauce or dark foods/drinks). We had the straw material specially formulated to be soft/pliable, durable, as well as free of BPA, PVC, latex, and phthalates. The drawback is that it can stain. We are constantly asking our chemist about new, safe alternatives, but for the time being, rather than using more additives in the material, we sell straw replacement packs on our website and in some of our retail stores if you'd like to periodically replace your straw.
Is the Lollacup recyclable? Yes, all parts of the Lollacup are recyclable.
Why does it matter that the Lollacup is made in the USA? So much of what we use on a daily basis is mass-produced in a foreign country, mainly for cost reasons. We wanted our customers to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that lollacups are made from safe plastics, sourced within the USA, in a facility that has its Device Manufacturing License from the State of California, Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Branch and is ISO 9001:2000 certified. Also, we try to do whatever we can to support our local economy.
How big are the Play Mats? They are a standard rug size - 4' x 6'
Are the Play Mats BPA-free? Lollaland Play Mats are BPA-free. Our play mats are manufactured with high-quality, non-toxic materials that are environmentally-safe. The Lollaland Play Mat meets or exceeds all standards set forth in the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as well as all European Toy Safety Standards (EN-71). They containe NO heavy metals (Pb, Ba, Cd, Hg, Cr, As, Sb, Se), NO endocrine-disruptors, and NO formaldehydes.