When your baby is beginning their first foray into solid food, it can be helpful to have a divided plate. Your little one is sensitive to new flavors—as you probably know all too well by the number of funny faces they make or the foods they stubbornly refuse to eat. We get it. We don’t like broccoli either. Many little ones don’t like their foods to touch, especially if they have some food-related sensory issues. The easiest way to ensure that doesn’t happen is by investing in a set of divided plates. Those veggies will never touch the fruit.
Specifically made with babies and toddlers in mind, the best divided plates are made out of non-toxic material that’s also durable. The makers know that these plates aren’t going to be treated carefully by your baby or toddler, so they’ve made them sturdy and flexible. Divided plates have raised edges, which helps your little one eat without fear that their dinner is going to end up on the table. They’re also very colorful, which can appeal to your child’s senses and make them want to interact with what’s on the plate.
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1. WEESPROUT 100% Silicone Plates for Toddlers
This flexible plate won’t break if your toddler knocks it off the table. It’s made out of durable, pure silicone, which is BPA-free and dishwasher and microwave safe. You get three plates with this set, which each have three sections. The sections are deep, giving your child more of a barrier between the plate and the table and keeping the different foods your child is eating separate. There are 12 different color options to choose from.
2. Re-Play 3pk – 7.37″ Divided Plates
Your little one will love this super colorful set of divided plates. There are more than 25 fun color combos to choose from, including “princess,” “butterfly” and “cool breeze.” The plates are made out of recycled milk jugs, so you can keep good about using these BPA- and PVC-free eco-friendly products. These microwavable and dishwasher safe plates are more durable and heavy than most, making it easier for your child to eat out of.
3. Nordic Ware Meal Tray
Best for toddlers, this set has a total of five compartments, including spot for a sippy cup. You’ll be able to parcel out your child’s food in healthy portions. The curved edges of each compartment keeps the veggies separated from the main course. These trays are also shatterproof, so they will survive any toddler tantrums. The trays come in mint, lime, aqua and navy.