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By Brenna Howsepian, R.D. | Jun 16, 2022

BabyCenter selects products based on the research of our editors and the wisdom of parents in the BabyCenter Community. All prices and details are accurate at the time of publication. We may earn a commission from shopping links.

Bowls, plates, and feeding mats designed specifically for babies can make meals more enjoyable and less messy. We analyzed reviews in the BabyCenter Community to discover parents' most-recommended baby bowls and plates, and combined with our editors' expertise, selected the top picks. Read on for the best baby suction bowl, the best baby suction plate, and more.

Best baby bowl overall

Bumkins Silicone First Feeding Set

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This ergonomically designed feeding set helps you introduce new foods and transition your baby to self-feeding. Silicone makes for a durable bowl that is heat-safe and freezer-friendly. Storing leftovers is easy with an included clear silicone lid that you can label with a dry-erase marker. Bonus: The spoon is double ended, with one end for dipping into purees and the other end for scooping up solids.

Heads up

Some parents say the suction stopped working or wasn't strong enough. (Note: To increase the suction's strength, try adding a small amount of water on the bottom before pushing it down on your highchair or table.)

Parents say

"We love the Bumkins bowls and plates that suction. It's the only brand we have."


  • Capacity: 10 ounces
  • Silicone
  • Microwaveable, freezer safe, and dishwasher safe (top rack)
  • Recommended age: 4 months and up

Best baby suction bowl

Avanchy Bamboo Suction Baby Bowl

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From traditional spoon feeding to baby-led weaning and toddler self-feeding, this beautifully crafted bowl can be used for years. Bamboo is a sustainably grown plant that is hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and mildew, making it a safe product for your baby. A colorful silicone ring suctions the bowl to a surface and detaches for easy cleanup. Each set comes with one bowl and a feeding spoon that works in your hand or your baby's.

Heads up

To create a strong suction, press down on the bowl until all the air releases. A loose suction will make it easy for your baby to pull the bowl off the table – and if thrown or dropped, the bowl can break.

Parents say

"I've had the most success with the Avanchy bamboo bowls. The suction seems to work a bit better than with other brands."


  • Capacity: 10 ounces
  • Organic bamboo and silicone
  • Hand wash only
  • Recommended age: 4 months and up

Best baby bowl for travel

Nuby Garden Fresh Mash N' Feed Bowl

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This versatile bowl is perfect for feeding on the go and stores easily in your diaper bag. The kit includes a hand masher, a mashing bowl with a non-slip base, a sealing lid, and a long-handled feeding spoon. You can quickly mash fruit, steamed veggies, potatoes, and other nutritious foods to whatever texture you want for your baby. The sealing lid allows you to store larger batches for later or keep food secure while in transit.

Heads up

You'll want to scrub the inside of the bowl with a brush to get all the food out of the ridges before placing it in the dishwasher.


  • Capacity: 9 ounces
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher and freezer safe
  • Recommended age: 4 months and up

Best affordable baby bowl

Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowl

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Three vibrantly colored bowls that hold different amounts are included in this set. The wide suction base stabilizes the bowl to limit spills and help your baby easily scoop up food. Plus, these can be stacked together for compact storage.

Heads up

Depending on your surface, the suction may weaken throughout a meal. Some parents say they have to re-suction the bowls a few times.

Parents say

"Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls work awesome for us! We take them everywhere and he can't get them up, even when he hangs onto the edge."


  • Capacity: 7 to 16 ounces
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Microwave and top-rack dishwasher safe
  • Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best baby suction plate

Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish

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Available in a variety of bright colors and shapes (including some very cute Disney characters), this plate is perfect for your older baby's transition to self-feeding. The walls of each section are sloped to help babies scoop up each bite. Plus, you can buy a separate storage lid to save leftovers.

Heads up

Silicone can absorb strong odors and flavors. Some parents say they aren't able to get rid of lingering aromas and tastes even after cleaning these plates thoroughly.

Parents say

"The Bumkins suction plates work really well for us. I use them on a smooth tray for optimal suction."


  • Capacity: 3 sections that hold 5 oz, 5 oz, and 9 oz
  • Silicone
  • Dishwasher and oven safe
  • Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best baby placemat

Baby Mumbo Food Catching Placemat

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Made from food-grade silicone, this mat covers more space than baby plates and bowls, which means less of a mess on your table. The lightweight mat is easy to clean and resistant to mold and bacteria. Each mat has a small tray that can be used to serve food or to catch dropped food. You can use this mat by itself or add your baby's favorite bowl or plate on top.

Heads up

This mat doesn't have suction, and some parents say their babies figured out how to grab this and throw it.


  • Size: 10 x 16 inches
  • Food-grade silicone
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Recommended age: 6 months and up

Best baby feeding mat

The Mini Mat by ezpz

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Designed by a feeding specialist, this ezpz mat adds a smile (literally) to mealtime while supporting motor skill development. The three sections help remind parents to provide a balanced meal with a variety of foods. The mat fits most highchairs, and the entire plate suctions for maximum stability. It's packaged in a reusable bag that you can stash in your diaper bag.

Heads up

Parents with space-saving highchairs say the mat is too big for the highchair tray.

Parents say

"We have two and they're great! My daughter likes to throw her bowls and plates, but she can't throw the mat. I like the different compartments."

"The ezpz mat comes in a travel bag and is great for eating out."


  • Capacity: 3 sections that hold 2 oz, 2 oz, and 4 oz
  • Silicone
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Recommended age: 6 months and up

What are baby bowls and plates?

The right baby bowls and plates can make mealtimes easier for your baby and cut down on the mess involved. Many of parents' favorites suction to a table or highchair tray, so your little one can't pick up a meal and fling it to the floor. And these bowls and plates are designed with arching sides to help your baby get food onto the spoon.

As you introduce solids, start with smaller portion sizes so your baby isn't overwhelmed. Baby bowls may seem too big for the servings your little one needs during the early months of eating solids, but they're designed for longevity, so your child can keep using them for years to come.

What to look for in baby bowls and plates

Baby bowls and plates are made from many materials: plastic, wood, squishy silicone. Hard plastic is the easiest to keep clean, but some plastic can shatter if your baby throws or drops it just right; less rigid plastic can warp in the dishwasher and gather smells and stains. Wood can stain over time, too, but it's natural and practically indestructible; silicone is fun to touch but gets a funky smell eventually.  

Many baby bowls and plates come with suction cups or otherwise adhere to the table to keep your baby from picking it up and throwing it. Very determined or strong kids can still sometimes defeat these devices, but they can be useful for many situations.

Baby plates are usually compartmentalized into three or four sections, so you can expose your baby to a variety of flavors and textures. (Divided plates are also helpful for picky toddlers who don't like their food to be touching.) They also come in different shapes and colors to liven up mealtimes.

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Brenna Howsepian

Brenna Howsepian is a registered dietitian based in Northern California.

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Storing Baby Food | Happy Baby Organics

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  • How to store homemade baby food and store-bought pureed foods

  • How to thaw and re-heat pureed baby food

  • How to help prevent bacterial contamination of baby foods

Whether you buy baby food at the market or make it from scratch, it’s important to know how to store, prepare, and reheat your baby’s food correctly and safely.

Store-bought baby food usually comes in a glass jar, plastic container, or pouch and usually does not require refrigeration or freezing before opening. These foods are manufactured to be shelf-stable, like any other pantry item (think beans, soups, or condiments). They can typically stay fresh on the shelf for 1 to 2 years, but always check expiration dates carefully. 1

Baby food storage guidelines
  • Pureed store-bought baby vegetables and fruits can stay in the refrigerator for up to 48 to 72 hours and in the freezer for 6 to 8 months.

  • Pureed store-bought meat, poultry, or fish can be refrigerated for 24 hours after cooking and frozen for 1 to 2 months.

  • Homemade baby foods will keep for 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator and for 1 to 2 months in the freezer.2

Be sure to refrigerate freshly cooked baby food within two hours as bacteria will start to grow at room temperature after those two hours are up. Note that your refrigerator should be kept at, or below, 40 degrees F. Any warmer and illness-causing bacteria can thrive and quickly multiply.3

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Can I feed baby directly from the jar or pouch?

If you feed your little one directly from the jar or pouch, all leftovers must be thrown out after the meal. Saliva from baby’s mouth gets back into the jar or pouch via the spoon, this introduces bacteria that can quickly multiply and contaminate the food.

If you know baby won’t finish it all, spoon a serving in a separate bowl and feed from that. Then you can refrigerate the jar or pouch of remaining food for an upcoming meal!4

Read more: How Can I Make my own Pureed Baby Food?

How to warm refrigerated or shelf-stable foods and thaw frozen foods:
  • Microwave: Warm up store-bought food directly in its glass jar or transfer the food – including previously frozen purees – into a separate glass bowl (never heat up pureed food in a plastic container or pouch). Reduce the microwave to 50% power (or use the defrost feature) and then warm the puree in 15 second increments. 4 Check and stir the food thoroughly each time to ensure even heating and to eliminate any heat pockets that may burn your baby’s mouth.

  • Stovetop: Warm your baby’s store-bought food or thaw frozen baby food on the stovetop by placing the food in a small saucepan and warming on low heat until the puree is the same consistency and no longer frozen. To preserve the nutrients, heat only as much as is necessary.

  • Submersion Method: Thaw frozen baby food by placing the pureed cubes in a plastic bag and then inside a bowl filled with hot or warm water. This method allows for even warming but does take a little longer – figure about 10-20 minutes for the food to thaw fully. 5 Many parents also use the submersion method to thaw frozen breastmilk.

  • Refrigerator: Thaw frozen baby food simply by transferring it to the refrigerator.5 This process will take 4-12 hours so plan ahead (transferring the food the night before it’s needed to allow thawing overnight is a good rule of thumb). Homemade frozen baby food that’s been thawed can safely stay in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Be sure to keep thawed baby food in a sealed container to avoid contamination.

  • DO NOT let baby food thaw for long periods of time on the counter at room temperature. This will allow bacteria to grow.5

How to freeze baby food
Freeze purees in ice cube trays or on a cookie sheet
  • Sanitize or thoroughly clean standard ice cube trays before spooning the puree directly into each cubed section. You could also cover a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper and spoon small ‘mounds’ of puree onto the sheet to freeze.

  • Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place into the freezer.

  • Once the cubes or ‘mounds’ are solidly frozen, pop them out and store them in plastic freezer bags.

  • Label the bags with the type of baby food as well as the date. This allows you to use it before it expires. (Remember: store-bought fruits and veggies can be frozen for 6 to 8 months, while meats, poultry, and all home-made baby food can be frozen for 1 to 2 months).

  • When your baby is ready to eat, grab an individual portion of the cubes you want to use and thaw!

Ice cube trays are not only convenient, they are also incredibly helpful in portioning out homemade baby food. The cubes are roughly one ounce each, so you can easily measure the amount of food your baby is eating and thaw small portions at a time to reduce waste.

Do not freeze food in glass containers

Glass baby food jars (or any glass container) are not meant to be frozen. Frozen glass can burst or cause tiny fractures in the glass leaving behind microscopic shards that you may never see.Freeze baby food in safe “ok to freeze” plastic containers instead.

Consider a deep freezer if you want to store purees long-term

For best results, frozen foods should remain at a constant sub-zero temperature. A deep freezer is better equipped to handle this temperature control as opposed to your regular freezer, which may fluctuate with you opening and closing the door often.

Throw away leftover food that’s already been reheated

You cannot reheat (or re-freeze) baby food more than once, so once you’ve thawed a frozen puree, toss any leftovers. This rule also applies to breastmilk. So if you’re using breastmilk to thin out your homemade baby food purees, add the milk while it’s fresh!

Read more: Safe Storage of Pumped Breastmilk

You can also use formula to thin a puree. Do not freeze formula in its original can or bottle, but once mixed into a puree it’s ok to freeze. Freezing formula causes a separation of the fats from the liquid, which may negatively impact the texture and quality.6

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Bird feeders: sizes, types, selection rules


  • Why do we need feeders?
  • Types of feeders
  • Selection and installation guide
  • Things to remember
  • Which feed can be used
  • Useful findings

"Small little birds are frozen,
0 percent of birds die from lack of calories. The task of a person is to come to the aid of birds. One feeder , hung behind a window or on a tree, provides food for several hundred birds.

Why do we need feeders?

1. This is to help flying friends get the food they need for life.

2. Making or attaching feeders together is an excuse to spend time with the family.

3. Children will be happy to follow the replenishment of feed . This will teach a responsible attitude towards our smaller brothers.

4. Knowing that your site has a feeder , birds will fly in in the summer and protect the trees from insects

5. Feeders can be a beautiful element of decor on the site.

6. For pecking feed Birds are interesting to watch for both children and adults.

When we were kids, we made bird feeders out of milk bags. Today, it can be made from a variety of materials or you can choose a ready-made version that will decorate your backyard or apartment window.

Possible materials are wood, metal, cardboard, plastic, plywood.

Basic types feeders :

1. Suspended. Such models are hung on a tree branch. They have an elongated shape and mesh sides, from which it is convenient for birds to get food . It is desirable that the feeder be wide enough to accommodate several birds.

2. Platforms . They are a flat plane on which feed . Such feeders have a number of disadvantages - the grains get wet in the snow and rain, scatter from the wind.

3. Trays. Pallets with sides and a roof are not only a place to eat, but also protection from the weather.

Feeders-trays and trays are large, so a dozen birds can eat on them at once.

4. Peelers. Designed for small birds. In such feeders it is better to put bread, which will be held by a metal mesh. Birds will peck out food from the cells.

5. Hoppers. They are small in size, so feathered friends will have to queue up to peck at the grain. There are models with automatic grain feeding, which is practical, since the feed will not scatter.

6. Houses. A suitable option for a summer cottage. These are flat areas with a roof, so the bird's meal will not be spoiled by moisture.

Selection and installation guide

1. Decide where feeder will be installed. Small options are suitable for the apartment window - peelers, bunkers, hanging ones. Large ones will look good on the plot - houses, trays, platforms.

2. Locate the "refectory" in a place where food will not get wet from snow or rain. If this is not possible, consider options with a roof.

3. Birds can be easy prey for cats and small predators. Feeder must be installed so that the animals cannot reach it.

4. The product must be well reinforced. You can screw it to a tree, but there is a chance of damaging the trunk. Much more efficient to attach feeder to a free-standing pole, which must be well dug into the ground.

5. If you are going to install a feeder in the forest, but do not have the opportunity to add feed daily, choose models with automatic grain feeding.

Things to remember

1. Birds find food thanks to their sharp eyesight. Feeder should be bright. Another way to attract attention is to hang a bright ribbon on it.

2. When making a "dining room" on your own, give preference to safe materials. Staining is permissible only on the outside - lacquer or paint contains toxic substances.

3. It is more difficult for large birds to find food than for small ones. Sparrows love to swoop down on food in a flock and quickly peck everything. If you do not have time to constantly replenish feeder , choose smaller models, such as hoppers. Only one bird can eat at a time.

Which food

can be used

It is recommended to feed the birds with grains and some types of natural food.


  • wheat, millet, oats;
  • frozen or dried berries;
  • bread crumbs;
  • fat - for tits;
  • pumpkin and watermelon seeds;
  • sunflower seeds.

Not recommended:

  • moldy bread;
  • rice, buckwheat;
  • chips;
  • fruit and vegetable peel;
  • certain types of nuts;
  • fried and smoked natural food.

If you are afraid of making a mistake with the choice of ingredients, you can purchase ready-made bird food .

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