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21 Best Baby Spoons, Bowls and Plates of 2022
Is baby showing signs that it’s time to introduce solid foods? Get ready for your next parenting adventure! But before you dive into mushy solids and first foods, you’ll want to stock up on child-friendly utensils and tableware. There’s tons of feeding accessories on the market, but a baby plate, bowl and spoon are the basic essentials you’ll need right away. (Oh and a high chair, of course!)
Ready to take the puree plunge? Here’s a list of our favorite baby feeding essentials to help reduce the mess and stress of mealtime.
In this article:
Best baby spoons
Best baby bowls
Best baby plates
Best Baby Spoons
When it comes to giving baby those first bites of food, things tend to get messy, fast—which is why it’s helpful to have a stash of top-notch baby spoons.
The best baby spoons dole out perfect bite-size portions, and fit easily inside your little one’s mouth. And since most infants begin teething around the same time they’re being introduced to solids (around the four- to six-month mark), you’ll want to opt for baby utensils with soft tips made from silicone or other food-grade materials to avoid irritating sore gums. Whether you’re gearing up for self-feeding or want something affordable and easy to clean, these clever utensils are mealtime must-haves.
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Munchkin White Hot Infant Spoons
You’re probably already familiar with Munchkin’s colorful line of baby gear. But did you know they make baby spoons and tableware too? The tips of these White Hot Infant Safety Spoons turn white if baby’s food is too hot (hence the product name). The tapered shape of the spoon is great for little mouths, and the soft tips are gentle on irritated gums. Plus, these utensils are dishwasher-safe as well as BPA- and phthalate-free, making these some of the best baby spoons around.
Buy it: $5, Munchkin.com
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Olababy Training Fork + Spoon Set
Once your little one has gotten used to eating bite-sized morsels, it may be time to introduce them to training utensils. This baby spoon has a flexible tip that lets your hungry little one scoop up food from any angle. Meanwhile, the metal-free fork is easy to wield with soft spears that won’t poke or prod baby’s mouth. Plus, both utensils are made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone that’s dishwasher safe. Is it any wonder that this set won a Best of Baby award?
Buy it: $17, Amazon.com
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Boon SQUIRT Silicone Food Dispensing Spoon in Mint
Taking baby food on the go is a piece of cake with the Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon. These baby spoons hold up to three ounces of pureed baby food, and dispense one mouthful at a time for easy one-handed feeding. They’re dishwasher safe, free from harmful chemicals and come with a storage cap.
Buy it: $10, buybuyBABY.com
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BEABA First Stage Baby Utensil Feeding Spoon Set
Crafted from ultra-soft silicone, the BEABA First Stage Baby Spoons are gentle on baby’s gums and teeth and have no rough metal edges. The shallow spoon design lowers the risk of choking by limiting how much food baby can scoop up at once. And, yes, these are dishwasher safe and BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free.
Buy it: $21 for a set of 4, buybuyBABY.com
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NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils
A great way to introduce your baby to self-feeding, GOOtensils are sold in a dual-stage set: Stage one GOOtensil for beginners, and stage two GOOtensil for kids who’ve mastered the food-to-mouth motion. Their flat design makes them easier to use than a regular spoon; there’s no “wrong” way to hold them, so food doesn’t fall off. Plus, the contoured handles are designed to comfortably fit in a small hand. Parents will love that they’re dishwasher safe as well as PVC-, BPA- and phthalate-free.
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com
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Oxo Tot Fork & Spoon Set
If you’re eager to teach your toddler how to use a fork as well as a spoon, opt for OXO Tot’s utensil set. The soft, non-slip handles are easy for little hands to hold, and the fork is effective without having sharp tines. These baby utensils have BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free silicone handles and are dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $9, Oxo.com
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Avanchy 5-Pack Infant Bamboo Spoons
Avanchy’s feeding spoons are crafted from bamboo, and finished with a soft silicone tip that’s gentle on tender gums. Each spoon also has a long, ergonomic handle that helps reduce hand or wrist pain from awkward feeding angles.The only drawback is that—like most wooden items—the spoons aren’t dishwasher safe and should be hand-washed.
Buy it: $20 for a set of 5, Maisonette.com
Best Baby Bowls
When baby is staring at a bowl of food, it’s hard to nix their instinct to grab it and throw it across the room. Good news: Baby bowls with suction bases, high sides and lids can help keep the mess in check. Here, some of our favorite baby dishes on the market today.
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Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls
First up is Munchkin’s set of three different-sized bowls. The strong suction base keeps baby from being able to throw it across the room, but the quick-release tabs make it easy for parents to remove. These baby bowls are BPA-free as well as microwave and dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $9, Munchkin.com
Avanchy Baby Bamboo Stay Put Suction Bowl + Spoon
If you like the idea of a plastic-free baby bowl, but still want it to stay put, the Avanchy Bamboo Spill Proof Stay Put Suction Bowl is an excellent choice. The bowl itself is made out of organic, biodegradable bamboo, and the BPA-free silicone suction base easily attaches to any flat surface. Included with the bowl is a bamboo and silicone spoon that’s perfectly sized for baby’s hands, but not so small that parents will find it difficult to use. Note that this option is not dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $20, Maisonette.com
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NUK Mash & Serve Bowl with Masher to Prep and Serve Baby Food
Interested in making your own baby food but don’t want to invest in extra appliances? Go with the NUK Mash and Serve Bowl. Toss in some steamed fruit or veggies and use the included masher to prep the food to whatever consistency you desire. The non-skid base makes the baby bowl super-easy to use. Plus, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe as well as BPA-free.
Buy it: $14, Walmart.com
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Bella Tunno Get in my Belly Suction Bowl
Next up is a baby bowl that combines style and function. Wonder bowls come in a range of fun options, but we like this bright yellow version that reads “get in my belly.” The dishwasher safe pick has a suction base and curves inwards to prevent spillage. Better yet, Bella Tunno is a brand that gives back. For every product sold, Bella Tunno provides a meal to a child in need.
Buy it: $18, Maisonette.com
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Skip Hop Easy-Grab Bowls
Designed with parents’ comfort in mind, Skip Hop’s baby bowls feature a unique comfort-grip handle to take the hard work out of feeding time. Thanks to the ergonomic design, you can easily grip the bowl in one hand, leaving the other hand free to coax baby to eat. The set includes two phthalate- and BPA-free bowls complete with lids, so storing leftovers is easier than ever.
Buy it: $12, SkipHop.com
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Lalo Suction Bowl
This next product ticks every box when it comes to finding the best baby bowl. Suction base to keep it in place? Check. Non-toxic BPA-free materials? Check. Curved sides to prevent spillage? Check. Dishwasher and microwave safe? Double check! Lalo’s suction bowl also comes in three cute colors and can be bought in multi-packs too.
Buy it: $13, MeetLalo.com
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Wild and Stone Baby Bamboo Bowl and Spoon Set
Searching for a baby bowl made from eco-friendly materials? Check out this tableware set made from sustainably sourced bamboo and food-grade silicone. Designed to look like a smiling sun, the bowl has a removable suction base that adheres to any smooth surface. It comes with a silicone-tipped spoon, with no sharp edges or corners that could harm baby’s sensitive gums or newly-emerged teeth.
Buy it: $23, TheNaturalBabyCo.com
Best Baby Plates
Once your little one has moved on from purees, and ventured into the wonderful world of finger foods, it may be time to pick up a few extra plates. Many baby and toddler plates are divided into neat sections that help you serve up the perfect amount of food—with the added bonus of appeasing picky eaters that don’t like different food groups to touch. Here are a few top-rated baby plates to make mealtime a breeze.
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Loulou Lollipop Silicone Suction Snack Plate
Here at The Bump, we’re big fans of the Born to Be Wild tableware collection by Loulou Lollipop (the brand won a Best of Baby award in 2021). The plates are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone that’s free of BPA, phthalates and other harmful substances. Plus, the plates are microwave and dishwasher safe. And, like many of the best baby and toddler dishes, they have a nifty suction base that won’t budge.
Buy it: $20, LoulouLollipop.com
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ezpz Mini Mat
Outsmart baby’s tendency to toss their plate on the floor with ezpz’s Mini Mat, a one-piece silicone plate and placemat combo that suctions to the table (or any flat surface). Divided sections encourage parents to serve a variety of foods; plus, and it’s lightweight enough to bring along on trips or dinners out. Made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, it’s BPA-, BPS-, PVC-, lead- and phthalate-free and dishwasher safe. These baby plates even come in a variety of colors. Plus, take 15 percent off sitewide with the code BUMP15.
Buy it: $20, ezpzfun.com
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Wee Sprout Suction Plates with Lids
WeeSprout Silicone Divided Plates are microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer safe. Parents will appreciate that the three divided sections have higher sides than other similar products to better reduce spillage. Plus, these baby plates are made of 100 percent BPA-free silicone and come in sets of three vibrant colors.
Buy it: $22, WeeSprout.com
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Green Sprouts Baby Learning Plate Made from Silicone
Parents of little ones who demand that their peas and carrots don’t touch will appreciate this clever dish. It has four separate sections that help you serve up perfect toddler portions of each food group. The learning plate is made from food-grade silicone, and is free from PVC, BPAs and petroleum. It also has a suction base to prevent toppling and an easy-release tab to help you unpeel it from a high chair or table. Better yet, it’s heat-resistant, dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible.
Buy it: $17, GreenSproutsBaby.com
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Baby Bjorn Baby Feeding Set
Here’s a dinner set that looks good and works well for little eaters. Each item offers smart design features to make feeding all the better. The unique shape of the baby plate makes it easy for tots to scoop up food and harder to tip the plate. The silverware handles have a ring to prevent baby’s hand from slipping down too far, and a groove to prevent the fork and spoon from sliding into the plate. The set also comes with a grip-friendly cup and an adjustable bib with a spill pocket. (And who doesn’t love the lovely color palette?)
Buy it: $30, BabyBjorn.com
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Ahimsa Balanced Bites Stainless Steel Plates in Rainbow
Looking for an alternative to silicone baby plates and bowls? Check out this stainless steel tableware by Ahimsa. Created by a real-life mom (who also happens to be a pediatrician), the plates are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, melamine and lead. Plus, steel dishes are incredibly strong and non-porous, meaning they won’t retain bacteria or become discolored over time. Each plate is divided into three sections to help you serve up a balanced meal. Granted, they are a little pricey, but these plates will last a lifetime.
Buy it: $86 for a set of 4, buybuyBABY.com
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Bumkins Silicone Grip Toddler Dish in Marble
Last up on our list of the best baby plates and bowls, is this stylish pick by Bumkins. Made from soft silicone, this faux-marble dish features three perfectly proportioned sections and a strong suction base that secures to any surface. It’s also dishwasher safe and free from BPAs and other harmful chemicals.
Buy it: $17, buybuyBABY.com
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On an autumn or winter evening, don't forget to make your own bird feeder with your child.
This is a great occasion for a child to do something useful, to take care of birds. In addition, it is very funny to look at the birds flying to the feeder, to observe their behavior, even if they are ordinary sparrows.
Each sparrow has its own character. One is nimble and brave, the other follows his relatives and does not dare to come closer. Probably new in these parts ... And what a joyful feeling overwhelms the child, if suddenly a titmouse or a nuthatch, a starling or a bullfinch flies up.
It doesn't take long to make a bird feeder. The feeder can be made very quickly, in minutes.
Plastic bottle bird feeder
An ordinary 1.5 liter plastic bottle will do just fine for a bird feeder. A plastic bottle can be found in every home. A 5 liter bottle or canister is even better. They have a wider bottom, so there is more space for birds.
To make a feeder, it is enough to cut a side hole in the bottle. It is better to make a larger hole in the bottle. Even better, make it through by cutting out two or four holes so that the birds can take off from the feeder at any time.
Bird feeder from a plastic bottle
First, draw a hole on the bottle with a marker, and then use a knife or scissors to cut the bottle along the contour. Here you can’t do without adults, because. even an ordinary plastic bottle is quite difficult to cut.
Cover the edges of the bottle with electrical tape or tape so that they are not so sharp and it is more convenient for the birds to hold on to the feeder.
So that the feeder does not sway too much on the bottom, you can put sand or earth in a plastic bag and pour food on top.
Bird feeder out of a box
The quickest and easiest way to make a bird feeder is to make a bird feeder out of a box.
Any box is suitable for a feeder: from under shoes, from under juice, from under sweets, etc. It is necessary to cut holes in the box, leaving a side at the bottom (at least 3 cm), thread the rope and the bird's dining room is ready!
Cardboard bird feeder
It will be very convenient for the birds if you stick a pencil, stick or any twig in the feeder.
Hang the feeder in your yard so you can see it from your window. You can attach the feeder directly to the window or on the balcony. The optimal height is from 1.5 to 3 meters. But it happens that even on the 10th floor, feeders are in great demand among birds.
The most important thing is that there is always food in the feeder. Pour it in more. A light feeder will be more stable. Remind your child to feed regularly.
Hanging bird feeder
Another easy way to make a bird feeder is to make an edible hanging feeder. Such a feeder is especially liked by forest birds: titmouse, goldfinches.
Simple hanging bird feeder
To prepare this edible bird feeder you will need:
- - Bird food
- - Lard or gelatine plain
- - Mold (cup, cookie mold)
- - Wire (25-30 cm)
- - Rope
Make a loop at one end of the wire. We wind the other end of the wire into a loose ball. This is necessary so that the feed sticks well to the wire. If you leave the wire straight, the clump of food will simply fall off.
Then you need to melt the lard over low heat and mix it with bird food to make a thick mixture. Gelatin can be used instead of lard.
Next, put the crumpled end of the wire into the prepared mold and fill it with a mixture of feed and lard so that only a loop of wire remains. Now you need to put the form in the freezer for several hours so that everything freezes well. When the mixture hardens, remove the molds. It remains only to tie a rope to the eyelet and hang beautiful and edible feeders in the garden. Such "pies" can also be hung in small colorful nets.
What to feed the birds
Almost all small birds have a favorite dish - sunflower seeds, they should be small and, of course, not fried. Clever birds do not swallow seeds whole, with a skin, but skillfully peck out a grain.
In addition, egg shells, millet and wheat can be added to the feeder.
The child must understand that feeding the birds is not only an important matter, but also a responsible one. You can not give the birds everything indiscriminately.
Ornithologists warn that birds should never be fed spicy, salty, spicy, fried, sour foods. It is undesirable to feed them rice and buckwheat. You can only give white bread, but black bread is dangerous - it turns sour in the goiter of birds, it is poorly digested (especially in cold weather).
I hope you choose the right option and make a bird feeder with your child. A child of any age will find this activity useful and interesting.
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Making something together with children is an exciting activity, because joint crafts help to get closer to each other, develop fine motor skills and practical thinking of the child. It is doubly pleasant when the craft is beneficial for the world around us and makes it a little better. This is exactly what happens when creating a homemade bird feeder.
- 1 Material selection
- 2 Wood or plywood feeder
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You can make a great bird feeder out of just about anything you can get your hands on. It all depends on personal imagination, on the available range of things that can be used, as well as on the age and skills of the child. If it is very small, it is best to limit yourself to creating a design for feeding birds from ready-made items that can simply be turned into a feeder through the use of imagination and simple manipulations.
If the child is older and does not mind working with his hands, it is worth coming up with a more complex design in order to develop an understanding of the form and elementary principles of working with tools.
Good material for future crafts will be old mugs, as well as whole tea sets, along with saucers.
Metal chains or rods are perfect for fastening structures to a tree, they can be found in any garage.
Wood and plywood, as well as various parts and elements made from them, are quite classic materials for creating a feeder.
It is convenient to work with transparent plastic sheets, as well as with various plastic shapes, both rectangular and semi-circular.
In general, a bird feeding structure can be created from any household items: from plastic bottles, old bast shoes, a broken bread box, egg packaging, and even boards with a grid.
Feeder made of wood or plywood
Wood, plywood, and all similar materials make the best base for a bird house. They make it stylish and as natural as possible. In addition, working with wooden and plywood sheets is very simple.
The house can be made as simple as possible, representing only a base with two pegs nailed to the sides and a roof.
A more advanced version - a feeder in the form of an empty parallelogram with a roof, where feed can be poured onto the bottom, which also serves as a pallet.
The roof can be the most ordinary, flat.
If you have the desire and skills, you can put together a spectacular semi-circular house with a roof and an entrance.
The construction of individual sticks imitating a wooden house made of timber looks spectacular and is simply made.
A stylish solution is a simple plywood house of standard design, painted on top. For a child, coloring it will be a real pleasure.
Will delight anyone "Hut on chicken legs". It can be either hung from a tree or set on the ground if the size is large enough.
The bird house made of sawdust and seeds also looks original.
You don't have to be smart, just put together a cube from forest branches, add a bottom, make a roof, and that's it, the feeder is ready.
Or vice versa, make a very original plywood house with author's carving and artistic painting.
Plastic bottle feeder Moreover, it can be reused for a host of good purposes, including for making bird feeders.
To do this, just hang the bottle to a tree by the cap, make a slit in the center as an entrance, and pour grains on the bottom.
Stylish designer decor never hurts. You can give free rein to your own imagination by painting the bottle with bright patterns, or by adding decorative elements in the form of an appliqué.
To make it easier for the birds to sit, you can attach a perch from any stick or piece of plywood to the hole. An old wooden spoon threaded across the bottle is perfect for this purpose.
By the way, you can use not only plastic, but also cardboard bottles, for example, from juice or milk.
If desired, this cardboard house can be roofed with twigs, cardboard or leaves.
Or you can just make an entrance for the birds, and leave it like that without breaking your head over decorating the structure.
DIY Feeder Ideas
You can use absolutely anything to make a bird feeder, no need to buy anything special.
For example, an old shoe would be perfect for this purpose. The main thing is to securely attach it to the tree.
Any kitchen item, whether it's a jar or an old teapot, will also do just fine.
A rather unusual solution would be to use a clothes bag hanging from a branch as a source of food for birds. You need to take a fabric with fairly large gaps, for example, burlap, sew a bag out of it and fill it with small grains, which the birds can simply peck out through the holes.
In an original way, you can use an old tin can to help the birds, painting it with bright colors and attaching it horizontally.
Even old shovels and shovels will be used! You just need to clean them well and gently bend them before attaching to the tree so that the food does not spill out.
A wooden or plastic toy in the form of a house or car should not be left lying around the house without work if the baby is no longer playing. After all, such an item will become a universal basis for the future birdhouse, and will be able to shelter more than one bird.
Any old garden light or lamp can be made poultry. Glass bottles will fit By the way, they will serve not only birds, but will also be a wonderful decoration for a garden or a loggia.
Even coconut can be used as a place to feed birds! It is enough to correctly make a cut in the shell of this nut, and attach it to a tree with a strong rope or chain.
Got an old useless oven dish lying around? It will also perfectly fulfill the function of one of the details of the bird house.
An old kitchen whisk can serve as an excellent basis for a future product. It is enough to hang it upside down and fasten slices of bread between the spirals.
A very original bird feeder can be created from Lego. It is extremely exciting to build a house, giving it the intended design and shape. But it is desirable to place such a man-made miracle exclusively in your own closed yard in a public place. Legos can simply be stolen.
An egg carton can also be an excellent material for a feeder. This is a terrific idea for crafts with a baby, belonging to the "cheap and cheerful" category. It is enough to tie the ropes to the corners of this design, and hang the tray on a branch.
A simple but bird-friendly and inexpensive feeder can be made with just two plastic plates and four pieces of wire.
Any can can be turned into an excellent bird food bowl. For greater effect, it can be painted, supplemented with a special flower-shaped polyurethane overlay (so as not to cut yourself on the edge) and hooked onto a multi-colored rope.
If you wish, you can design a real birdhouse made of transparent polyurethane. You can also use a ready-made dollhouse for this purpose.