I’m kind of embarrassed to admit the amount of hours (YES HOURS) I spent agonizing over what kind of dishes to register for when I was pregnant. I was totally that person and I knew I didn’t want plastic, but how could I be sure silicone was safe? What if there’s a study in 10 years showing that it’s not safe? WHAT IF??? Cue: paralyzing indecision.
We bought some stainless steel, but I ended up mostly buying food-grade silicone plates and bowls. It’s BPA-free and, barring any future studies, it’s generally recognized as a safe alternative to plastic.
That said, I do still take some precautions. First, I only buy brands I trust. There are a lot of fly-by-night Chinese brands, especially online, that make knock-off versions of this stuff, particularly the ezpz mats. Avoid these! I never microwave our silicone dishware and I don’t put blazing hot food into them, which is probably more my own neuroses at work than anything based on scientific fact.
These are some of my favorite silicone plates and bowls for babies and toddlers.
1. ezpz Happy Bowl
If you have a bowl tosser, you need to invest in one of these. There are a lot of suction bowls and plates out there, but this one really works.
2. Kinderville Little Bites Bowls
These are the best snack bowls. I like how they’re big and shallow, making food easy to see and grab.
3. oogaa Silicone Toddler Divided Plate
I love divided plates and this one is different than most because all three compartments are the same size. This comes in handy! It’s also got cute little animals on it too.
4. Kinderville Silicone Little Bites Plates
This is our most-used plate, as you can see. It’s just the perfect size for the amount of food Little Pea currently eats.
5. ezpz Mini Mat
The plate version of the Happy Bowl! There’s a bigger mat for tables, but this smaller one fits on high chair trays. We like bringing this to restaurants because Little Pea is always trying to grab her plate and fling it on the floor.