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Lollacup -- the new sippy cup?

The new Lollacup retails for $18 on lollacup.com.

The new Lollacup retails for $18 on lollacup.com. Credit: Handout

A few weeks ago Jason and I watched "Shark Tank," one of my latest TV obsessions, when we saw a pitch about Lollacup. My ears always perk up when I hear about new products for kids, especially when the makers said it's the future of sippy cups.

Many parents will agree, sippy cups are an essential part of childhood and finding the right one is tricky. If you were to take a peek into one of my cabinets you'll find an array of sippy cups — short ones, tall ones, with and without straws, easy-grip, no-spill .?.?. You name it, we have it. Maggie drinks water out of a few of them but refuses to drink milk from a sippy cup. At this point, she only wants her bottle. So when I saw Hanna Lim and her husband talk about Lollacup, I thought, "Wow, they get it!"

Lollacup is a BPA-free, animal-shaped sippy cup for babies 9 months old and up, that features a flexible, weighted straw (brilliant!) that anchors in the liquid to help children drink more effectively from all angles. The straw is valve-free so it makes it easier for kids to sip and the handle can be removed for easy cleaning (a straw-cleaning brush is included). What I loved most about this product was that it was developed by parents based on their children's experiences.

Jason and I both said we want that sippy cup — and then we saw the price: $18. For a sippy cup? It seems like a lot of money, but in the past I've spent a lot more on products (insert pacifiers, bottles, toys) that promise to be different. Most sippy cups come in packs of two for under $10.

The Lollacup is on back order for a few weeks on lollacup.com, so we have time to think about purchasing one. I think we may give it a try, though, because it has a lot of great components. Plus, if it doesn't work for Maggie now, it's certainly something she can grow into using.

What do you think? Would you spend $18 for a sippy cup? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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