Buying the best kids plates is about to get much easier! This guide is here to help you sort through the best toddler plates and baby plates so you can choose the ones that are safe, easy to clean, and durable—that will last and save you money.
When your child is ready to transition from eating straight off of their high chair tray to using a plate, there are so many options to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. It can be hard to know which are best and which are safe. Thankfully in this guide, I’ve done the work for you and have narrowed down the best options for stainless-steel plates, suction plates, divided plates, bamboo plates, safe plastic plates, and silicone plates.
We’ve tried so many kids plates for babies, toddlers, and big kids, and these are our favorites.
As someone who’s written about and developed recipes for families with little kids for almost a decade, I’ve put each of these through extensive real-world testing so you can trust the recommendations.
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How to Choose a Kids Plate, Step-by-Step
When choosing kids dinnerware, I like to consider these factors:
- What is my preferred material?
- Am I willing to hand-wash the plates or do I want everything to go into the dishwasher?
- How long, ideally, do I want this plate to last?
- Do I want to use this with subsequent kids?
There are no right answers to these questions, but your answers can help narrow your options.
Durability Issues to Consider
The main things to consider with the durability of plates for kids and babies is how well they stand up to repeated washing of mealtime mess, whether the material will potentially absorb flavors from food or soap (as in the case of silicone), if they are prone to scratching, and if they are dishwasher-safe.
The plates included in this post are all high-quality and thus durable, though there are specific considerations for each type of plate.
Read the description below each section for more information.
Best Baby and Toddler Plates with Suction
So here’s the deal with suction plates: Some stick to tables better than others and virtually all of them can be pulled off if a child tries hard enough.
That said, we’ve found the ones by Bumkins to be really great at sticking to the table most of the time. These are made from safe food-grade silicone. They have an awesome assortment of designs including:
- Bumkins Pooh Bear Suction Plate
- Bumkins Dinosaur Suction Plate
- Bumkins Unicorn Suction Plate
- Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish
TIP: Divided plate are handy for serving meals with multiple components—such as veggies, proteins, and more—especially if the kids care about whether their food is touching.
Best Suction Mats for Babies and Toddlers
Ezpz is the leader among suction mats and I’m pretty convinced they’re the best suction placemat on the market. I like that they have two sizes to accommodate babies and toddlers and that their mats are available in a few fun and bright colors.
If you want to use this on a high chair tray, opt for the oval mini mat, which will fit better than the full-size ones. We used this one with my 1-year-old and he couldn’t pull it off the table.
- Ezpz Mini Mat – one-piece silicone place mat + plate
- Ezpz Happy Mat – one-piece silicone place mat + plate
- Ezpz Mini Bowl – one-piece silicone place mat + bowl
- Ezpz Happy Bowl – one-piece silicone place mat + bowl
TIP: If you want a plate that you can use for years, I wouldn’t recommend going with a mat, as I find them to be a more short-term option for babies and younger toddlers.
Best Divided Plates with Sections
Divided plates can be helpful for kids who like their food to be separated and for serving multiple foods on one plate—especially ones that may have some liquid like applesauce.
There are various materials to choose from. Here are my top picks for divided plates in the materials you’ll find them in.
- Best Recycled Plastic Divided Plate: Replay Recycled. They stack for easy storage and are available in a ton of colors. (These are made from BPA-free recycled plastic milk jugs.)
- Best Silicone Section Plate: Kiddie Bites makes a great one that’s easy to clean—even when serving tomato sauce. This also gets my vote since it’s safer to put into the microwave. It comes in clear and blue.
- Best Bamboo Divided Plate: This Bobo & Boo plate has more sections than many other divided plates, and it comes in a variety of pretty colors that will likely coordinate with your kitchen better than most other kids plates. I’ve found their plates to be super-duper durable.
- Best Stainless-Steel Divided Plate: We’ve had this EcoLunchbox plate for 8 years, and it still looks brand-new. Points for super durability.
We also love using the Lalo plates, which are silicone and come in a beautiful assortment of modern colors.
Best Bamboo Kid Plates
I’m a big fan of the bamboo kids plates from Bobo & Boo (which are all shown here) because they are durable and available in such a lovely range of colors. (We love the stack of small colorful plates for birthday parties and eating outside.) Here are some style options:
- Round toddler plates (photos 1 & 2)
- Divided plate (photo 3)
- Small snack bowl
- Set of 5 mealtime pieces (photo 4)
TIP: WeeSprout also makes a nice line of bamboo plates that have a higher lip around the edge, which is helpful for solids. They come in pretty, neutral colors that you may prefer.
Best Plastic Plates for Kids
Replay Recycled, which makes their kids tableware from recycled milk containers in the United States, is our go-to for plastic dinnerware for kids. They have divided plates and flat plates with walls (to help prevent spills) available in a huge variety of colors.
After a few years, they may scratch slightly, but they are otherwise very durable and easy to wash.
This brand also makes spoons and forks that we love, too.
Best Stainless-Steel Plates for Kids
I’m a big fan of the divided stainless-steel trays from Ecolunchbox. They are incredibly durable and easy to care for. They’re also easy to clean since sticky foods wash right off.
We’ve had ours for 8 years and you literally cannot tell that they aren’t brand-new!
Best Silicone Plates
We love these Kiddie Bites plates since they are easy to clean, even with foods like tomato sauce that can stain other plastic plates. They’re also a safer material for heating in the microwave and washing in the dishwasher.
Both options are very resistant to scratches and have been very durable in our experience. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s washing recommendations, as silicone can absorb some soaps (and can make the food taste like soap).
They are perfect for meals of all kinds and are freezer-, oven-, and dishwasher-safe.
Which kids plates are microwave-safe?
You want to avoid putting plastic into the microwave. Heat and scratches can break down the material and cause it to wind up in the food that’s served on the plate.
You also want to avoid putting bamboo and stainless-steel into the microwave.
The safest plan is to use either silicone or glass when heating food in the microwave and then transfer the food to the child’s plate.
Which kids plates are dishwasher-safe?
Check the packaging on each individual plate, though most will say they are dishwasher-safe. I recommend using the top rack only if you want to put them through the dishwasher.
To keep kids plates in the best shape and avoid exposing them to super high heat (which can cause them to break down), I recommend washing them by hand.
If you have any questions or want to recommend another kids plate you love, please comment below!
This post was first published May 2018.