Friday, August 17, 2018

Our Kitchen Organization and Favorite Toddler Trays, Cups and Bowls

I wanted to share with you our favorite toddler trays, cups, and bowls because this has been quite a decision making project in the making. By no exaggeration, we have easily tried 25 different types of toddler plate ware, which needed to change as everything started falling on my head when opening our cabinet doors. We were very picky and selective on which to purge and which ONE product in each category would make the cut going forward, and our VERY clear winners were the following:

Re Play Divided Plates

Re Play Bowls

Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups

Thermos Funtainer Bottles (for school lunches) 

And here's why! 

The Re Play Divided trays have 3 deep sections with high walls which makes it easy for toddlers who are learning to independently eat to scoop food. Oskar also hates when his different foods touch, so this keeps everything neatly divided.

Their trays and bowls are BPA, Phthalate, PVC and Melamine FREE. The AAP does not recommend dishwashing or microwaving plastic products with recycling codes 3 for phthalates, 6 for styrene, and 7 for bisphenol. These trays and bowls are free from these chemicals and dish wash safely.

The Re Play trays and bowls are DURABLE. We've had several of these from when Oskar was a baby all the way to present day, and they've lasted. Apparently they've been put up to the test of being run over by a car. No cracking or chipping if they're thrown off of a high chair. 

They're USA made out of FDA approved recycled milk jugs. And when you're ready to move on from toddler trays or bowls, they'll take these right back and recycle them all over again. I love this part.

And finally, they stack SO NICELY, thanks to those deep divides. No toppling over or slipping and sliding.

As for the Munchkin Miracle 360 cups, if you haven't heard of these, you can thank me later :). These were a game changer in our house. We transitioned fully to these after 12 months. For little hands, they make an option that has two handles to hold. Forget the sippy cups with a million different parts. These are far better. The boys love to drink their milk on the couch in the morning or during snack time. Which means toppling over their cups, accidentally leaving them laying on their sides, dropping their cups onto the ground and carpet, and so on and so forth. These cups stop 99% of spills, though they will drip if left completely upside down. They have a spoutless design, which is dentist recommended, and a 360 degree drinking edge which seals as soon as its not being drank from. They're also BPA free, dishwasher safe, and easy to clean with no extra valves or parts.

And finally, the Thermoses for school. We needed something to keep the boys' milk cold, which these do very well, for up to 12+ hours. They come in about a bajillion different character options, so you'll be sure to find your kiddo's favorite. The reason why we don't use these day-to-day is because I'm not a huge fan of straws. Even though you can dish wash them, they always come out looking all murky. I use these to get them completely clean. We throw these into a wired basket on an upper shelf since these have lids and straws. 

And there you have it! So what to do with all of the mismatched sets you have now? I found a local Facebook group of moms in need and donated all of our other trays, bowls, cups, and sippies to some thankful recipients. A great way to give back while making your life easier at the same time. Simplify and streamline--I promise you'll never look back!

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