Feeding Essentials: the Best Baby Spoons, Bowls and Plates
Is baby showing signs that it’s time to introduce solid foods? Get ready for your next parenting adventure! But before you dive into mushy solids and first foods, you’ll want to stock up on child-friendly utensils and tableware. There’s tons of feeding accessories on the market, but a baby plate, bowl and spoon are the basic essentials you’ll need right away. (Oh and a high chair, of course!)
Ready to take the puree plunge? Here’s a list of our favorite baby feeding essentials to help reduce the mess and stress of mealtime.
When it comes to giving baby those first bites of food, things tend to get messy, fast—which is why it’s helpful to have a stash of top-notch baby spoons.
The best baby spoons dole out perfect bite-size portions, and fit easily inside your little one’s mouth. And since most infants begin teething around the same time they’re being introduced to solids (around the four- to six-month mark), you’ll want to opt for baby utensils with soft tips made from silicone or other food-grade materials to avoid irritating sore gums. Whether you’re gearing up for self-feeding or want something affordable and easy to clean, these clever utensils are mealtime must-haves.
Munchkin White Hot Infant Spoons
You’re probably already familiar with Munchkin’s colorful line of baby gear. But did you know they make baby spoons and tableware too? The tips of these White Hot Infant Safety Spoons turn white if baby’s food is too hot (hence the product name). The tapered shape of the spoon is great for little mouths, and the soft tips are gentle on irritated gums. Plus, these utensils are dishwasher-safe as well as BPA- and phthalate-free, making these some of the best baby spoons around.
Buy it: $5, Munchkin.com
Olababy Training Fork + Spoon Set
Once your little one has gotten used to eating bite-sized morsels, it may be time to introduce them to training utensils. This baby spoon has a flexible tip that lets your hungry little one scoop up food from any angle. Meanwhile, the metal-free fork is easy to wield with soft spears that won’t poke or prod baby’s mouth. Plus, both utensils are made from BPA-free, food-grade silicone that’s dishwasher safe. Is it any wonder that this set won a Best of Baby award?
Buy it: $17, Amazon.com
Boon SQUIRT Silicone Food Dispensing Spoon in Mint
Taking baby food on the go is a piece of cake with the Boon Squirt Silicone Baby Food Dispensing Spoon. These baby spoons hold up to three ounces of pureed baby food, and dispense one mouthful at a time for easy one-handed feeding. They’re dishwasher safe, free from harmful chemicals and come with a storage cap.
Buy it: $10, buybuyBABY.com
BEABA First Stage Baby Utensil Feeding Spoon Set
Crafted from ultra-soft silicone, the BEABA First Stage Baby Spoons are gentle on baby’s gums and teeth and have no rough metal edges. The shallow spoon design lowers the risk of choking by limiting how much food baby can scoop up at once. And, yes, these are dishwasher safe and BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free.
Buy it: $21 for a set of 4, buybuyBABY.com
NumNum Pre-Spoon GOOtensils
A great way to introduce your baby to self-feeding, GOOtensils are sold in a dual-stage set: Stage one GOOtensil for beginners, and stage two GOOtensil for kids who’ve mastered the food-to-mouth motion. Their flat design makes them easier to use than a regular spoon; there’s no “wrong” way to hold them, so food doesn’t fall off. Plus, the contoured handles are designed to comfortably fit in a small hand. Parents will love that they’re dishwasher safe as well as PVC-, BPA- and phthalate-free.
Buy it: $13, Amazon.com
Oxo Tot Fork & Spoon Set
If you’re eager to teach your toddler how to use a fork as well as a spoon, opt for OXO Tot’s utensil set. The soft, non-slip handles are easy for little hands to hold, and the fork is effective without having sharp tines. These baby utensils have BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free silicone handles and are dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $9, Oxo.com
Avanchy 5-Pack Infant Bamboo Spoons
Avanchy’s feeding spoons are crafted from bamboo, and finished with a soft silicone tip that’s gentle on tender gums. Each spoon also has a long, ergonomic handle that helps reduce hand or wrist pain from awkward feeding angles.The only drawback is that—like most wooden items—the spoons aren’t dishwasher safe and should be hand-washed.
Buy it: $20 for a set of 5, Maisonette.com
When baby is staring at a bowl of food, it’s hard to nix their instinct to grab it and throw it across the room. Good news: Baby bowls with suction bases, high sides and lids can help keep the mess in check. Here, some of our favorite baby dishes on the market today.
Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls
First up is Munchkin’s set of three different-sized bowls. The strong suction base keeps baby from being able to throw it across the room, but the quick-release tabs make it easy for parents to remove. These baby bowls are BPA-free as well as microwave and dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $9, Munchkin.com
Avanchy Baby Bamboo Stay Put Suction Bowl + Spoon
If you like the idea of a plastic-free baby bowl, but still want it to stay put, the Avanchy Bamboo Spill Proof Stay Put Suction Bowl is an excellent choice. The bowl itself is made out of organic, biodegradable bamboo, and the BPA-free silicone suction base easily attaches to any flat surface. Included with the bowl is a bamboo and silicone spoon that’s perfectly sized for baby’s hands, but not so small that parents will find it difficult to use. Note that this option is not dishwasher safe.
Buy it: $20, Maisonette.com
NUK Mash & Serve Bowl with Masher to Prep and Serve Baby Food
Interested in making your own baby food but don’t want to invest in extra appliances? Go with the NUK Mash and Serve Bowl. Toss in some steamed fruit or veggies and use the included masher to prep the food to whatever consistency you desire. The non-skid base makes the baby bowl super-easy to use. Plus, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe as well as BPA-free.
Buy it: $14, Walmart.com
Bella Tunno Get in my Belly Suction Bowl
Next up is a baby bowl that combines style and function. Wonder bowls come in a range of fun options, but we like this bright yellow version that reads “get in my belly.” The dishwasher safe pick has a suction base and curves inwards to prevent spillage. Better yet, Bella Tunno is a brand that gives back. For every product sold, Bella Tunno provides a meal to a child in need.
Buy it: $18, Maisonette.com
Skip Hop Easy-Grab Bowls
Designed with parents’ comfort in mind, Skip Hop’s baby bowls feature a unique comfort-grip handle to take the hard work out of feeding time. Thanks to the ergonomic design, you can easily grip the bowl in one hand, leaving the other hand free to coax baby to eat. The set includes two phthalate- and BPA-free bowls complete with lids, so storing leftovers is easier than ever.
Buy it: $12, SkipHop.com
Lalo Suction Bowl
This next product ticks every box when it comes to finding the best baby bowl. Suction base to keep it in place? Check. Non-toxic BPA-free materials? Check. Curved sides to prevent spillage? Check. Dishwasher and microwave safe? Double check! Lalo’s suction bowl also comes in three cute colors and can be bought in multi-packs too.
Buy it: $13, MeetLalo.com
Wild and Stone Baby Bamboo Bowl and Spoon Set
Searching for a baby bowl made from eco-friendly materials? Check out this tableware set made from sustainably sourced bamboo and food-grade silicone. Designed to look like a smiling sun, the bowl has a removable suction base that adheres to any smooth surface. It comes with a silicone-tipped spoon, with no sharp edges or corners that could harm baby’s sensitive gums or newly-emerged teeth.
Buy it: $23, TheNaturalBabyCo.com
Once your little one has moved on from purees, and ventured into the wonderful world of finger foods, it may be time to pick up a few extra plates. Many baby and toddler plates are divided into neat sections that help you serve up the perfect amount of food—with the added bonus of appeasing picky eaters that don’t like different food groups to touch. Here are a few top-rated baby plates to make mealtime a breeze.
Loulou Lollipop Silicone Suction Snack Plate
Here at The Bump, we’re big fans of the Born to Be Wild tableware collection by Loulou Lollipop (the brand won a Best of Baby award in 2021). The plates are made from 100 percent food-grade silicone that’s free of BPA, phthalates and other harmful substances. Plus, the plates are microwave and dishwasher safe. And, like many of the best baby and toddler dishes, they have a nifty suction base that won’t budge.
Buy it: $20, LoulouLollipop.com
ezpz Mini Mat
Outsmart baby’s tendency to toss their plate on the floor with ezpz’s Mini Mat, a one-piece silicone plate and placemat combo that suctions to the table (or any flat surface). Divided sections encourage parents to serve a variety of foods; plus, and it’s lightweight enough to bring along on trips or dinners out. Made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, it’s BPA-, BPS-, PVC-, lead- and phthalate-free and dishwasher safe. These baby plates even come in a variety of colors. Plus, take 15 percent off sitewide with the code BUMP15.
Buy it: $20, ezpzfun.com
Wee Sprout Suction Plates with Lids
WeeSprout Silicone Divided Plates are microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer safe. Parents will appreciate that the three divided sections have higher sides than other similar products to better reduce spillage. Plus, these baby plates are made of 100 percent BPA-free silicone and come in sets of three vibrant colors.
Buy it: $22, WeeSprout.com
Green Sprouts Baby Learning Plate Made from Silicone
Parents of little ones who demand that their peas and carrots don’t touch will appreciate this clever dish. It has four separate sections that help you serve up perfect toddler portions of each food group. The learning plate is made from food-grade silicone, and is free from PVC, BPAs and petroleum. It also has a suction base to prevent toppling and an easy-release tab to help you unpeel it from a high chair or table. Better yet, it’s heat-resistant, dishwasher safe and virtually indestructible.
Buy it: $17, GreenSproutsBaby.com
Baby Bjorn Baby Feeding Set
Here’s a dinner set that looks good and works well for little eaters. Each item offers smart design features to make feeding all the better. The unique shape of the baby plate makes it easy for tots to scoop up food and harder to tip the plate. The silverware handles have a ring to prevent baby’s hand from slipping down too far, and a groove to prevent the fork and spoon from sliding into the plate. The set also comes with a grip-friendly cup and an adjustable bib with a spill pocket. (And who doesn’t love the lovely color palette?)
Buy it: $30, BabyBjorn.com
Ahimsa Balanced Bites Stainless Steel Plates in Rainbow
Looking for an alternative to silicone baby plates and bowls? Check out this stainless steel tableware by Ahimsa. Created by a real-life mom (who also happens to be a pediatrician), the plates are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, melamine and lead. Plus, steel dishes are incredibly strong and non-porous, meaning they won’t retain bacteria or become discolored over time. Each plate is divided into three sections to help you serve up a balanced meal. Granted, they are a little pricey, but these plates will last a lifetime.
Buy it: $86 for a set of 4, buybuyBABY.com
Bumkins Silicone Grip Toddler Dish in Marble
Last up on our list of the best baby plates and bowls, is this stylish pick by Bumkins. Made from soft silicone, this faux-marble dish features three perfectly proportioned sections and a strong suction base that secures to any surface. It’s also dishwasher safe and free from BPAs and other harmful chemicals.
Buy it: $17, buybuyBABY.com