Once junior joins you at the table, the real fun (and mess) begins. Fortunately a collection of smartly-designed tableware for tots will keep keep mealtime more manageable. Here are some of our favorite divided plates (lest the chicken touch the peas!) and toddler-friendly silverware.
Whether it's keeping peas out of the applesauce or noodles not touching the sauce, these compartmentalized plates and bowls will keep foods separate and easier to scoop.
This plate from Boon Inc is divided (no food touching!), edgeless (nowhere to grab it for a Frisbee-style fling!) and has a non-skid bottom so the plate will (hopefully) stay on the table. How cute is this? SkipHop's Stay-put Mat + Plate comes with a divided, rotatable, removable plate, a built-in placemat and silverware.
OXO's Divided Plate has one large section, two smaller ones and a center dipper to give parents a guide for portion sizes of proteins, vegetables and grains. The Divided Plate set from Giggle has a silicone suction base, two compartments and a soft silicone spoon, making it perfect for feeding baby or letting your tot feed herself.
Tommee Tippee's Section Plate comes with two plates that are BPA-free and safe for use in the microwave or dishwasher. Plus it's $6. For two of them. Half of getting kids to eat is in the presentation. We used Boon's Groovy + Modware set from 6 months up to 2 years. It comes with a a plate with two compartments plus two attach-anywhere mini bowls for sauce or sides. We used them for things like ketchup, tzatziki, blueberries, applesauce and chocolate chips. Plus, the set comes an with easy-to-hold spoon and fork.
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Yes, a 6-pack of plastic mini spoons will do you fine, but this silverware goes above and beyond. Here are their hidden superpowers.
Boon's Adaptable Utensils have a chunky handle for little hands to hold and an ingenious bendable tip since tots aren't often able to maneuver the spoon to the right angle for their mouth. Fisher Price's Learn-To-Hold Spoons arrive straight in the package, but have handles that can be bent and twisted into the perfect shape whether you're feeding baby or baby is feeding baby.
These Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons are perfect for DIY moms making (and reheating) homemade baby food. If the colored tip turns white, the food is too hot. The Boon Swap Spoons have both a soft and hard tip, helping you transition your new eater to a more experienced connoisseur of pureed peas. Plus they are extra long for getting that list bit out of the jar.
Another favorite for mealtime is napkins, and our latest favorite is from PICKmeUP napkins where you will discover bright prints with fun and positive sayings like 'Be Creative,' 'Have a Nice Day' and 'I Love You' - among many other fun messages. We also love that the napkins are made of reusable cloth that helps the environment while also making mealtime (a little) neater.
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