We are mom-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission.

The Best Toddler Plates for Self-feeding in 2020


Most babies start self-feeding between ages 15 and 18 months1. To help promote this new milestone, I recommend the Qshare Toddler Plate for suction-capability, portability, at a reasonable price.

I pulled information on the most highly reviewed and sold toddler plates, ranking them myself by practicality, portability, safety, and price. The list includes suction-base plates and non-suction base plates. All plates listed include dividers that encourage self-feeding and well-rounded meals.

Top 5 Best Toddler PlatesWhy It's BestMom Rating
Qshare Toddler PlateGreat suction, rolls up for portability♥♥♥♥
Re Play 7" Divided PlateRecycled long-lasting material, inexpensive price♥♥♥♥♥
OXO Tot Stick & Stay PlatePlate and base twist apart for thorough cleaning♥♥♥♥♥
ezpz The Mini MatPlacemat feature, oven safe, portable♥♥♥♥♥
Bumkins Baby Silicone Grip DishHuge variety of fun designs♥♥♥♥♥

 

2019 Best Toddler Plates

Qshare Toddler Plate 

Image of Qshare Toddler Plates, One-Piece Baby Plate for Toddlers and Kids, BPA-Free FDA Approved Strong Suction Plates for Toddlers, Dishwasher and Microwave Safe Silicone Placemat (1Pig-Cyan)

The Qshare Toddler Plate makes our #1 spot in this Best of list for 4 reasons: practicality, portability, design and safety. 

Also serving as a placemat, this silicone toddler plate is handy for serving a variety of foods whether inside the grooved areas or outside. It includes a suction so if you have any littles who like to throw things, the suction will keep the plate in place on a high chair or table. Unfortunately older children have been known to figure out how to unsuction the plate which is a disadvantage of the product. Overall, there are limited-to-no issues with the suction feature.

Customers love that this plate can easily be rolled up, thrown into a diaper bag, and taken to another’s house or a restaurant. The convenience of portability is great but you may find the convenience of storing at home not so great since these plates are not easily stackable. 

The variety of animal designs changes up meal time scenery, but can cause trouble. For example, the dinosaur design, while fun, can result in food getting stuck in small grooves making clean up more difficult than necessary. 

With the use of FDA approved silicone, this toxin-free plate meets high safety standards giving parents nothing to worry about. 

Benefits

  • Stain-resistant
  • Suction
  • Placemat feature
  • Easy to clean
  • Raised edges
  • Dishwasher, microwave, freezer safe
  • Variety of designs 
  • Lightweight
  • Portable / can roll up
  • FDA Standard 100% Food Grade Silicone
  • BPA, PVC, BPS and Phthalate Free 

Drawbacks

  • Food can easily get stuck in the dinosaur design
  • Not easily stackable
  • Older children may easily figure out how to unsuction the plate
  • Larger size (may not fit all highchairs)

Main Point

While this may not be the best plate for an older toddler, kids will love the fun designs that Qshare offers while parents will love the suction feature and that each plate is easy to roll up and throw in a diaper bag for portability.

Re-Play 7″ Divided Plate

Re-Play Made in USA 3pk Divided Plates with Deep Sides for Easy Baby, Toddler, Child Feeding - Sky Blue, Aqua & Green (Under The Sea)

The Re-Play 7 Divided Plate comes in second with it’s lightweight durable features and extensive color selections for a super inexpensive price. 

On top of that, all Re-Play plates are made with recycled milk jugs which makes them a good eco-friendly choice. At the end of use, you can recycle them once more.

A downfall of the Re-Play plate is that it does not suction to tables. In fact, the plate can be quite slippery if it’s not sitting on a placemat. They are stackable but the plates are not as convenient for tossing in a bag since they are not bendable. 

While dishwasher and microwave safe, Re-Play doesn’t suggest microwaving much due to the possibility of staining and hot spots in foods. Some consumers have complained that saran wrap does not stick to these plates but there has not been a problem using cling wrap.

Benefits

  • Price
  • Variety of colors
  • Stackable
  • Virtually indestructible (does not bend)
  • Lightweight
  • Raised edges
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Made with recycled material (milk jugs)
  • Can be recycled again at the end of use
  • Shipped plates do not include standard retail packaging to cut down on waste
  • FDA approved
  • BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine and Surface Coatings Free

Drawbacks

  • No suction
  • Slippery without a mat underneath
  • Microwaving not recommended due to possible staining or hot spots on food 
  • Red sauces and certain foods can stain plate
  • Saran wrap may not stick to it easily

Main Point

If you’re not concerned about suction and are looking for more of an eco-friendly divided plate that will last years, consider the Re-Play Divided Plate. The large variety of colors and inexpensive price for the quality is hard to come by.

OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate

ezpz Mini Mat - One-Piece Silicone placemat + Plate (Blue), One Size

At #3, the OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate offers a divided rounded layout that looks a little different than most brands. There is a small round section in the middle that is perfect for snacks or treats.

The plate itself is white which is nice because it keeps meal time less distracting and helps toddlers see their food better. With different colored bases, there’s still fun in choosing colors.

The plate and base on the Stick & Stay twist apart from each other which is a mother’s dream when it comes to a thorough cleaning. Unfortunately if your child figures out how to do this themselves (some customers have complained of this), the suction becomes pointless. 

Benefits

  • Suction
  • White plate with colored base
  • Plate and base twist apart for cleaning
  • Lightweight (0.25 weight)
  • Raised edges
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA, PVC, Phthalate, Melamine and Surface Coatings Free

Drawbacks

  • Child may be able to figure out how to unscrew plate from suction

Main Point

The fact that the base twists apart from the plate eases every mom mind that this plate is in fact getting clean. Unfortunately some customers have complained that once their child figures out this twist-apart-routine, the suction feature becomes pointless, and that’s why this plate is at our #3 spot.

The Mini Mat by ezpz

Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish, Suction Plate, Divided Plate, Baby Toddler Plate, BPA Free, Microwave Dishwasher Safe - Gray

The Mini Mat by ezpz lands in our #4 spot for portability, charm, and reliability. Each Mini Mat design features two 2 oz sections and one 4 oz section in a layout resembling a smile, encouraging positivity at meal time.

In addition to being a silicone plate that suctions to the table, it’s also a placemat for catching spills and crumbs. The raised edges help promote self-feeding and some customers have recommended this plate for baby-led weaning. 

A great perk of this plate that others lack is the benefit of not only being microwave and dishwasher safe but also oven safe. While this feature may not be used often, it is very convenient if needed (I’m thinking cooking frozen chicken nuggets).

A downfall of The Mini Mat is that it can be un-suctioned fairly easy, according to some parents and has been known to be more of a non-slip plate/mat. Because of this, the price is steep.

Another downfall that some customers complain about is that a dish soap scent tends to stay with the plate after washing, causing foods to have a soapy taste. No one likes soapy tasting food!

Benefits

  • Non-slip
  • Portable / small to fit in diaper bag
  • Raised edges to promote self-feeding
  • Placemat feature
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Oven safe (up to 350 degrees)
  • Longevity (silicone will not wear, fade or corrode)
  • BPA, BPS, PVC, Phthalate and Latex Free

Drawbacks

  • Steep price
  • Doesn’t necessarily suction
  • May retain dish soap smell 

Main Point

For less than $20, you could find a more reliable plate for the price. If suction isn’t a top priority for you, this plate is conveniently portable, oven safe, and will last a long time. The placemat feature is handy too, especially if using at public restaurants or someone else’s home.

Silicone Grip Dish by Bumkins Baby

Bumkins Silicone Grip Dish, Suction Plate, Divided Plate, Baby Toddler Plate, BPA Free, Microwave Dishwasher Safe - Gray

The Silicone Grip Dish by Bumkins Baby offers suction-based toddler plates with a huge variety of shapes and colors. Some of the shapes feature a flat edge that allow toddlers to belly-up to the plate and table. While this keeps the plate closer to toddler, it may also make their shirts a whole lot dirtier (don’t forget the bib).

There are a few issues with washing. Some customers have complained that a residue from detergent is left on the plate after washes. Also, even though this plate is dishwasher safe, it is recommended that it be placed on the top rack only which could be a pain given it’s a plate and plates tend to fit better on the bottom rack. 

Another downfall that customers have complained about is the fact that this plate doesn’t suction as well after a few uses. To top it off, the plate prices are high in comparison to most plates.

Benefits

  • Suction
  • Silicone (resists stains and doesn’t harbor bacteria)
  • Dividers
  • Variety of colors and shapes
  • Some have straight edge for kids to belly up to
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe (up to 375 degrees)
  • BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Lead Free

Drawbacks

  • Top rack only in dishwasher
  • Detergent residue
  • Doesn’t suction as well after a few uses
  • Price

Main Point

The lack of reliability and quality make this plate not worth the price tag. If price isn’t an issue and you’re looking for some really fun and unique toddler plate designs, the Silicone Grip Dishes will give you what you’re seeking.

Buying Considerations 

A toddler plate shouldn’t cost more than $10, so because of this, the OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate and Re-Play 7″ Divided Plate are the best buys. If price isn’t a factor, the features of the Qshare Toddler Plate makes it worth the purchase.

For the most variety in color and designs, visit the manufacturer websites. The Re-Play 7 Divided Plate can also be purchased in a bundle of 3 on their website.

While you are looking at toddler plates, you’ll also want to see the best booster seats for eating here.

FAQ’s

Will these suction to wooden (rustic) tables?

Yes, as long as the table doesn’t have any gaps.

Will these fit my child’s highchair?

Measure to be safe, but all toddler plates mentioned fit most high chairs.

What is the best plate to start with?

With the placemat, portability, and reliability of the Qshare Toddler Plate, I would start with it.

What’s the best portable plate?

For grab-and-go, the Qshare Toddler Plate rolls up and fits nicely in diaper bags.

What’s a good transition plate for older toddlers to regular plates?

The Re-Play 7 Divided Plate would be the best transition plate because it does not have a suction base. Older toddlers can learn to eat from a plate that can move before transitioning to an adult plate.

Can all these plates be easily cleaned?

For the most part, yes. The plates that may require a little more of a detailing clean are some designs of the Silicone Grip Dish (that have small crevices) and the Qshare Toddler Plate dinosaur design.

Will my child be able to remove the suction from the table or highchair?

If you have an older toddler, your child could pull the plate up from the table but this isn’t super common. The Re-Play 7 Toddler Plate does not have a suction.

Will any of these plates break if thrown?

Fortunately all of these toddler plates are durable and will not break if thrown or dropped from a table or highchair.

Which plates will take up the least amount of room in the cupboard?

The Re-Play 7 Divided Plate is stackable therefore these plates will take up the least amount of room.

Wrap Up

If you’re not worried about a plate taking up too much space on a table or highchair, go with the Qshare Toddler Plate. If suction isn’t necessary, the Re-Play 7 Divided Plate is your best buy.

Sources

1 https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/feed12yr.html

 

Morgan French
Morgan French
I'm a wife and a mom to two littles (one boy, one girl) and previous owner of an in-home childcare business. Although born and raised in Ohio, I'm currently bouncing around the US with my family for my husband's job. I enjoy writing, coffee, board games, and music.

Leave a Comment