Let me show you my tried and tested favourite kid’s tableware and lunchbox accessories to make feeding kids a little easier!
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Last week I shared my Favourites Kitchen Appliances showing you all the products that I use to make cooking family meals easier.
And as promised, I’m now sharing the kid’s tableware and products that I’ve used and loved over the years to make feeding the kids easier and more fun.
1. Weaning Products
We are quite a long way past weaning now. But I did want to share some of the products that I used and really liked because I know there are still a lot of you in this phase.
One brand that has stood the test of time for weaning products is Munchkin.
I used several of the Munchkin products from when Aoife was a baby and I’m pretty sure I still have some of their products floating around at home so they do last.
One of Finn’s favourite things when he was weaned was these Baby Weaning Pancakes
He still absolutely loves pancakes today but now we make these Mini Pancake Bites or these Chocolate Raspberry Pancakes.
The Munchkin Lil Apple baby sectioned plates (as shown in the photo above), were perfect for the weaning phase! They are good quality and also a really affordable option.
I haven’t tried it myself, but I do know they also do a Bamboo Divided Baby Plate with a stay put suction plate. Slightly more expensive, but if mess avoidance is high on your priority list then this might be a good option.
2. Tableware For Toddlers & Older Kids
Feeding toddlers and even older kids who may have become fussy eaters, can be really stressful.
I have loads of tips and tricks for fussy eaters, but one of the ways you can reduce stress around mealtimes is to introduce an element of fun.
And a really easy way to do that is to use bright and colourful kids tableware.
Over the years I’ve used A LOT of different tableware for the kids, including these Fun Colourful Plates
They’re microwave and dishwasher safe as well.
I often use them for breakfast like I have here in this recipe for Baked Nutella Oats Bars
But if you wanted a full matching tableware set, then the classic range from Pick Plates is really bright, colorful and a good size for toddlers upwards.
And with a hidden smiley face to find, it has an added element of fun!
You can order this full Classic Set here: Pick Plates Classic Set
3. Divided Plates
Divided or compartment plates can really help to give children choice and control over their food, promote balanced meals and snacks and very importantly make food fun and appealing.
If you have been following me for a while, then you’ll know that because of the lack of suitable divided plates for older kids, (they were either too babyish or far to small) I ended up creating my own and that’s how Pick Plates was born!
The Midi Pick Plate can be used for a main meal for 1 child or up to three children for a snack.
So for example, these are some of the ways I would use the Midi for for one child.
Crispy Chicken Nuggets
Or as a snack plate for up to three children. As you can see below, you really can fit quite a lot in due to the depth of the plate.
But if you are looking for something larger that would feed 2-3 children as a main meal or up to 6 children as a snack, then the Biggie Pick Plate would work for you.
In terms of what size is right, then it really just depends on how your children like to eat! And if they are happy to share. Or not as the case may be.
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4. Lunchboxes & Accessories for School Lunches & Snacks
I dread to think how many packed lunches and snacks I have packed over the years for nursery and now school.
That does of course mean I’ve been through my fair share of lunch and snack boxes over the years.
There are plenty of well known lunchbox brands out there but I wanted to show you some of the smaller brands and more affordable items that I love.
Three Compartment Lunchbox
These are really affordable and a great option if you have more than one child as they come in a pack of seven.
In terms of size, they are large enough for a good sized packed lunch. I have used mine for both sandwiches and for this Nut Free Pesto Pasta
Stainless Steel Lunchbox
If you wanted something a bit more robust, then this one from Amazon is a really good option and something I use frequently as shown below for these:
Sausage & Veg Skewers (a great option is your kids don’t like sandwiches)
I’ve posted quite a lot of ideas this year for hot lunch ideas to take to school as I know a lot of kids don’t like sandwiches.
Even if they are having a packed lunch, it’s good to be able to send them into school with something filling and warm in the winter.
I’ve done Spaghetti Bolognese, Creamy Chicken Noodles and even Chicken Nuggets (see my tips on how to keep them warm BUT stop them going soggy)
I’m frequently asked which food flask I use and this one from Mummy Cooks.
They are leakproof, BPA free and they come in a nice selection of bright colours.
They are not ridiculously expensive AND they can be used to keep food cool in the summer as well so you can use them year round.
See how I use mine in the summer to keep snacks cool here!
If I’ve packed a lot of school lunches, then I’ve definitely packed up even more snacks for the kids.
If you’ve read my Week of Packed Lunch Ideas for Kids then you’ll know that I really like this Set of 3 Snack Boxes from Rex London.
They come in various different styles so there are designs that would appeal to smaller kids and slightly older ones as well.
I like that they are stackable too, which is great if you need to maximise in your cupboards like me.
I’ve been loving these snack bags from Nom Nom Kids as well.
These can be used all the way up from weaning and come in a handy 10 pack as well as being leakproof and eco-friendly.
One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that kids love anything on a stick.
Whether you use them to make food more fun and exciting or you use them as an aid to pick up food to avoid any texture issues that your child may have with food, they work.
They can be used with a wide variety of sweet or savoury foods to make colourful and tasty meals and snacks.
Pick Sticks have been designed to fit into Pick Plates and most standard sized lunch boxes.
Here are some of the ways we use ours.
If you have any photos showing how you use your Pick Plates or Pick Sticks, then please share them and tag us on Instagram or TikTok.