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- Mealtime with a toddler can be frustrating and messy when they insist on throwing their entire plate on the floor.
- The OXO Tot Stick & Stay suction bowls and plates are the first bowls and plates I've tried that my 1-year-old isn't able to get off the table.
- They're the perfect size for toddlers, and they have a wall that makes learning how to use utensils easier.
If you want to spend the next hour cleaning food off your walls, put a regular bowl full of food in front of your baby or young toddler. I tried quite a few suction plates, bowls, and place mats with my 1-year-old, Ellie, and most of them ended up on the floor by the end of the meal.
I quickly gave up, and for most meals, I wasn't even bothering to give her a plate or bowl. I just put food directly on the tray of her high chair.
As she got older, though, she began to notice that my husband and I have plates and bowls for our food and decided she wanted them too. I bought plate after plate that was supposed to stick, only to be thwarted by her ability to figure out how to remove them in less than five minutes.
Enter the OXO Tot Stick & Stay suction bowl. The first time Ellie used it, I was so happy that it didn't hit the floor once. Sure, she tried to send it flying across the room, but this is the only bowl that she hasn't been able to unstick.
How do the OXO Tot Stick & Stay suction bowls and plates work?
With most suction bowls, plates, and placemats, all you have to do to unstick them is peel up from the side. It only took Ellie watching me do this one time to figure it out for herself with the other options we tried. The reason the OXO Tot bowls and plates stay in place is because they have a decoy edge that keeps little fingers from reaching the second rubber seal that creates the suction. In order to take these bowls and plates off, you need to get your finger under the decoy edge and then under the second piece of rubber to break the seal.
When I say these things stick, I mean it. I know exactly how to get them off, and sometimes I still struggle. My husband even needed my guidance because he couldn't figure it out at first.
The plates and bowls are mainly white, with three different color options for the bottom rim: navy, pink, and teal. I have the bowl and plate in teal. The bowl (6.8 inches diameter at the top, 7.2 inches diameter at the base, 2.5 inches tall) and plate (8 inches diameter, 1.8 inches tall) are the ideal size and hold the right amount of food for my toddler. By the time they are too small for her, she'll be past the plate-throwing stage (at least I hope!).
Another great feature is the high wall on the plate and bowl. The wall helps Ellie push her food onto her spoon and fork as she's learning to eat with utensils. OXO also makes a divided suction plate that I haven't tried - it's the same concept and is useful for separating different parts of a meal for your child.
These bowls are also designed for easy washing. You can unscrew the bottom suction piece from the bowl or plate, so you won't end up with caked-in food stuck in hidden crevices. Plus, they are dishwasher safe.
Every child is different, so yours might be a Houdini who figures out how to get it off on the first try, especially if you have an older toddler. That being said, Ellie has been using these bowls and plates for months now and so far, so good.
The bottom line
Whether you've already gone through multiple suction plates and bowls trying to find the right one for your child or you're just starting your search, the OXO Tot Stick & Stay suction bowls and plates are definitely a good option to consider.
There are a lot of suction plates and mats out there if you're looking for some other options. Although Ellie was able to get the ezpz Mat and the Qshare Toddler Plate off the table the first time we tried them, a lot of parents swear by these two products. Both are placemats that come in cute designs and colors, but they don't offer the decoy edge that makes it so hard for my toddler to remove the OXO bowls and plates.
Pros: Decoy edge makes it hard for kids to remove from table, great size for toddlers, easy to clean, dishwasher and microwave safe
Cons: Older toddlers may be able to figure out how to remove