Best Dishware Sets for Self-Feeding Babies and Toddlers
Best Dishware Sets for Self-Feeding Babies and Toddlers
August 4, 2020

Best Dishware Sets for Self-Feeding Babies and Toddlers

Best Dishware Sets for Self-Feeding Babies and Toddlers.
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Best Dishware Sets for Self-Feeding Babies and Toddlers

Your baby is ready to start the journey of solid food and self-feeding, and you’re ready to buy all the things that will help them: plates and bowls, spoons, forks, bibs, placemats…there are so many products out there that are made for little eaters.

You can gather everything separately, or you can make things super easy on yourself and get all your toddler dishware needs in one go. Feeding sets bundle matching plates and spoons (and more) so your little eater can have a fully coordinated set of dishes, and you don’t have to worry about mismatched washing instructions or stackability.

These are our favorite dish sets for babies and toddlers.

Suction = Stability

Parents love ezpz dishes for their soft food-grade silicone and strong anti-tip, anti-slip suction. And while most other feeding sets don’t come with a placemat, this set comes with one attached.

The bowl + placemat combo is one solid piece that suctions to the tray or table to keep messes in check.

The cup’s weighted base keeps it stable and reduces the chance of a spill no matter how it’s set back onto the table.

The spoons are made of the same soft silicone to protect baby’s developing teeth and make self-feeding safer, and the sensory bumps decrease gagging. The non-slip grip and short, round handle help baby grasp it more easily.

All the dishes in this set are dishwasher safe.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 bowl/placemat combo, 1 cup, 2 spoons

Organic & Sturdy

Love the suction base but want a more organic, eco-friendly feel? Made of organic bamboo and food-grade silicone, this set is thoughtfully designed on every level. Technically a grass, bamboo is naturally resistant to mold and mildew and is stronger than most hardwoods (so this set won’t break if it does get knocked down).

The plate has a suction base and is divided into three sections—perfect for the discerning toddler who doesn’t like their food touching.

The bowl is deep with high walls so food won’t fall off the edge as easily when it’s scooped out, and it also has a silicone suction base to keep it firmly attached to the table or high chair tray.

The spoons have shorter, slightly wider handles than infant spoons so they’re easier for older babies and toddlers to grip as they practice self-feeding. The handles are bamboo, but the tips are soft silicone so they’re great for teething babies’ sore gums. You get seven spoons with this set—way more than in most sets—in a rainbow of colors.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 plate, 1 bowl, 7 spoons

Eco (and Budget) Friendly

If your little eater isn’t prone to food-related accidents, you can probably forgo the silicone and suction-base dishes—which are typically more expensive—and get something more budget friendly. This set is made from recycled milk jugs (yes, really) so they’re super sturdy and won’t break even if they do get dropped.

The plates are divided into three sections (two small and one large) so it’s perfect for a main dish with two sides or snacks. And the sections are fairly deep, so don’t be afraid to put things like applesauce, dips or other “wet” foods in the plate rather than in a bowl.

The bowls are deep with high walls that make scooping food out easier (and you can fit more yogurt inside).

The spoons and forks have narrow handles so they’re better for eaters with a tighter grip. The spoons have a shovel-like bowl (shallow at the front, deeper in the back) that can be frustrating for some kiddos who want bigger bites, but the forks’ prongs are a little bit pointed, making them more functional than other sets.

Additional Specs
Includes: 3 plates, 3 bowls, 3 spoons, 3 forks

Bib Included

All toddler dishware sets are going to include at least a plate and a spoon, but very few will include a matching bib too.

The bib is made from flexible, BPA-free plastic and has a super-adjustable neckband that will grow with your baby. There’s even a deep spill pocket to catch any food that doesn’t quite make it into baby’s mouth.

The plate’s clover-like shape and flared rubber base make it difficult for little fingers to grab and tip over and keep it from slipping.

The cup also features a wide, stable base that’s hard to tip over.

The spoon and fork have short, easy-grip handles and wide bowls to make scooping easier.

This set comes in a sweet gift box, making it perfect for gifting at a baby shower or first birthday.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 bib, 1 plate, 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 fork, 1 gift box

Mealtime Friends

If your kiddo is less into single-colored dishware and more interested in playful designs, they’ll love the animal options for this set (there are eight animals to choose from!). Made of bamboo fibre that’s simultaneously durable and biodegradable, these dishes will last a long time—but once it’s eventually time to toss them, you’ll feel good that they won’t end up in a landfill.

The plate and bowl both feature high walls and an extra-wide rim to help keep food from being pushed out onto the table. And if you want to collect different animal designs in this set, no need to worry about the odd shape; all of the sets have the exact same shape, so they stack together perfectly.

The open cup doesn’t come with handles, a lid or a sippy spout, so it’s better for kiddos who have mastered drinking from open cups. You can also attach a universal spout to this cup until your little one is ready to use an open cup.

The spoon in this set has a ladle-like bowl that’s great for big spoonfuls of food, but the fork’s prongs are on the dull side (and they’re one prong short, so it’s technically a trident), which might be a little frustrating for new eaters.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 fork

Big Smiles

This fun set combines three parent-favorite Munchkin products to help make mealtime less messy and more fun.

The plate has the stay-in-place suction base that parents love, but our favorite part is the cheerful smiley face that greets your little one at every meal.

The cup features a weighted trainer straw that allows kids to drink from any angle without leaks.

The spoon and fork are ergonomically designed with wide, rounded easy-grip handles and special bases that keep the utensil tips from resting on the table (so table germs don’t get on the utensils, and food doesn’t get on the table).

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 plate, 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 fork

Posh Eats

This darling set is sure to find its way into your little one’s keepsakes as they get older. Designer MacKenzie-Childs takes inspiration from pastoral settings to create whimsical, fairytale-like patterns, and this sweet bunny design is no exception. Because of the dishes’ designs, we recommend this set for more experienced self-feeders.

The sectioned plate keeps food and portions separate, and since neither the plate nor the bowl has suction or an anti-slip base, it’s better for older toddlers or babies less prone to throwing their dishes on the floor.

This set also includes a handy trainer cup with handles and a sippy spout to help toddlers who haven’t totally gotten the hang of open cups yet.

The spoon and fork have longer, narrower handles that are perfect for self-feeders who have mastered their grip but aren’t quite ready yet for adult utensils. The fork also has sharper prongs than most other toddler dish sets so your kiddo can actually stab tougher foods like meat or raw veggies instead of just scooping it up or finger-feeding.

The set arrives in a keepsake gift box, and all the dishes are made of BPA-free melamine so they won’t break if dropped and the utensils won’t scratch up the design.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 fork

Delightful Design

Love the animal theme and want to kick it up a notch? This fox-themed set features dishes that are actually shaped like foxes. Other design options for this set come in animals like a whale, an elephant, a dog and more, and they all feature fun, punny phrases that kids will get a kick out of.

The sectioned plate keeps food from touching, and both the plate and the bowl have a wide rim to help keep food off the table as it’s scooped out.

The cup has an open top, but even if your little one isn’t a savvy drinker yet, there are handles to help them keep a stable grip so they can focus on their cup skills.

The spoon and fork have long, narrow handles that are good for a tighter, more practiced grip, but the shallow spoon bowl and dull fork prongs are better for newer self-feeders, so while the utensils can last through several stages of the self-feeding journey, some babies and toddlers might get frustrated with their design.

Keep in mind: If you want to collect several different animal sets, they won’t stack together neatly since they all come in different shapes.

Additional Specs
Includes: 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 fork
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