Watching your child dump the entire contents of their plate (whether intentionally or unintentionally) on their high chair or your kitchen table can be frustrating. You know that you’ll never get every bit of pureed peas out of the cracks of that table. Every parent has experienced this at least once. Or perhaps, you took the step and bought your kids some super cute placemats. The problem was solved, temporarily. The placemats don’t have any kind of grip on the back and are just smooth plastic, so now the placemat slips, slides and still causes the food to spill all over the table.
There are placemats that are specifically designed to stay in place. The best kids placemats have both style and substance. All three of our picks have grips on the back, so they stay put, making it easier for your kids to eat. Two of our options are made out of silicone, and you can roll them up and bring them to family gatherings. Our other pick has a fun educational aspect that combines eating and learning. These placemats come in fun colors and patterns, so you can still find something that your child will get excited about.
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1. Munchkin Silicone Placemats for Kids
With this set, you get one purple silicone placemat and one blue silicone placemat. Unlike many kids placemats, the BPA-free Munchkin placemat has grips on the bottom, so it’ll clip to non-porous surfaces. Your child’s entire meal won’t fly across the room with the placemat. This thin mat has raised edges that will catch your child’s spills. You can even roll it up and bring it to a restaurant or on a trip.
2. merka Kids Placemats
While you’re feeding your child’s hungry mouth, you can feed their brain as well. This set of four durable placemats shows your kid brand new concepts, ranging from the solar system to a map of the world. Your kids can start to learn these difficult concepts as they get their fruits and veggies in. The placemats are made out of heavy-duty polymer, with silicone suction on the backside, and the printed placemats shouldn’t fade after wipe-downs.
3. Suction Placemats for Kids
These cloud-shaped placemats are made out of BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free silicone. This set comes with three clouds—teal, blue and gray—that are big enough to cover your child’s high chair tray. In addition to being super cute, these placemats are three times thicker than their competitors, yet they’re still flexible enough to be rolled up. The placemats can be cleaned in the dishwasher, because they’re heat-resistant.