Like many parents, we once had a number of plastic tumblers for our toddler but immediately started looking into safer alternatives when we learned of BPA and other health risks associated with plastic.
Ceramic mugs were too heavy and glasses were prone to shattering. I thought my only option was the kid-sized SIGG bottles (which we now know has a lining with BPA), until discovering Kidishes 6 months ago. I just placed a second order to stock up on more Kidishes glasses, bowls, and plates for our second daughter. While more expensive than its plastic counterparts, Kidishes are a great investment for families concerned about their children's exposure to BPA, pthlalates, and other risks associated with using plastic dishware and cups.
First things first: Kidishes is a name trademarked in the U.S. for imported dishware made in France by Duralex. Zoe B, the original importer, is listing these as Kidishes Gigogne glasses instead of just Kidishes glasses. A quick google search shows that one website claims "[t]he Duralex Gigogne glass is permanently featured at the MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS in Paris, France."
This set includes 4 glass tumblers, which have a slighted wider rim than base. There are also 2 rings about 1/3 down from the rim and 2 more rings at the base. The rings provides an easily grippable surface for little hands.
Kidishes explains that these glasses are safer than typical ones because of the tempered glass, which is "4 to 5 times stronger than standard glass and doesn’t break into sharp shards when it does fail." However, these are not unbreakable, so if your toddler is prone to throwing or is just rough with things in general, these may not work out for your family.
With that said, you might check out the video clip of Zoe (the daughter for whom the company Zoe B Organics was named) testing out the glassware by dropping it on the floor, hammering a nail with it, and playing lacrosse. They're quite durable.
I ordered the medium size glasses, which hold 5.75 ounces and are 2.75" high and almost 2.75" wide. The glasses are stackable but I wouldn’t stack more than 4, as it would be less stable and possibly start listing to one side.
When I first bought the set of 4 6 months ago, they were $11.99 but now the price has been raised to $16.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
1. Kidishes are made of tempered glass, so there are no concerns regarding BPA or pthalates.
2. My daughter can put away (i.e., drop) her glass into our white enamel kitchen sink and neither the sink nor the glass has shown so much as a chip. She doesn't throw things generally so I anticipated correctly that these would work fine for us.
3. These are the perfect size for little hands. My daughter was thrilled to have her own kid-sized glasses. I occasionally have to refill her glass with more milk or water, but the size is sufficient for our 3.5 year old most of the time.
4. These are dishwasher-safe.
If we did ever give her warm liquids, I probably would appreciate that these are microwave-safe. Since we use these for milk, water or Kefir (a yogurt-like drink we get from Trader Joe's), we have never microwaved them.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I just placed another order for 4 more of these glasses, as well as some of the plates and bowls. I strongly recommend these to other parents concerned about the health risks associated with plastic dishware and are also looking for the convenience of dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe dishware. While it's about $4/glass, we use these every day and hope to do so for a few years until they're just too small a capacity for our girls.
At 644 words, this review qualifies for Lean-N-Mean VIII!
11-22-09 update: I went back to the website to check on my order and noticed the price is now $24 for a set of 6. It's the same per-unit price but the minimum order is now 6 instead of 4.
6-11-11 update: I started using these with my 15 month old and she actually broke 2 of them as she would throw them to the ground (as opposed to just accidentally dropping them). It probably would have been better to wait until she was closer to 20 months old, as she stopped throwing them/dropping them by then.
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