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Pretty Kids Plates {& Things}

It wouldn’t be a Rock My Family food week if we didn’t share a few of our favourite things to pretty up your little one’s dinner table. I’ve always been a sucker for cute plates and bibs and may or may not have a rather extensive collection. Besides, I reckon a fun plate can only encourage your little one to eat, right?

Plates & Bowls

First up I must admit to having a huge love affair with Bloomingville Mini. I have been coveting their table wear for some time and last Christmas I relented. My collection is growing vastly and I’m confident the girls love it as much as me. Honest. We have a range of the melamine ones for picnics and snacks and also some of the beautiful crockery for when the girls are being grown ups and eating properly at the table. They are the most beautiful shades and designs and although a bit more pricey I just could resist. However, if you like the style but not the budget I’ve just come across these amazing melamine sets from Mamas & Papas. Just gorgeous.

Melamine plates and bowls are essential and we have a selection of the Skip Hop animal face ones mainly as the girls found them so much fun. What’s not to love about a unicorn or giraffe plate? In a similar vein we have quite a few of the Buddy & Bear pieces (how cute is their new collection?) and the girls love identifying their own plates by the patterns.

I also love Bamboo plates and bowls at the moment and this circus set from Koko Kids is utterly adorable. Everything you need for happy dinnertimes.

For early stage weaning you can’t go far wrong with a big stack of the Ikea 90p coloured bowls. Cheap as chips and you will be using them for years to come. We still do. The Oxo Tot range are also excellent for small hands and you can’t go far wrong with some of the suction bowls to avoid any over zealous throwing off the high chair!

If you are fan of Bobo Chooses clothes then you might want to have a look at their range of tableware in some of their cutest fruit prints.

Cutlery

When you start weaning small spoons are a must. We had the Phillips Avent ones which were the perfect size for all that baby porridge and mushed apple. Also, hands up who uses the Ella’s pouches? Who knew you can get spoons that attach to them. These would have come in handy when out and about.

We then moved on to plastic cutlery and picked up many a set from Mothercare. This set of Bamboo spoons from Smallable is also utterly gorgeous.

We are now on mini versions of our own cutlery and have a range of sets from Skip Hop (to match the plates) to this Happy Jackson Messy set.

Last year we updated all our own cutlery to some fancy Robert Welch sets. It was one of those things we really should have put on our wedding gift list and never did. Whilst I was adding copious amounts of forks and spoons to my basket I decided I may as well add a set each for the girls as their mini sets are just lovely. They are more expensive but would make actually make a lovely Christening or birth gift.

Placemats

If you want to protect your table grab yourself a placemat. The kids will also love them if you choose fun prints or patterns. We have the Ketchup On Everything place mats which the girls adore. So much fun and super bright patterns.

I have been eyeing up these cute bear placemats on many an instagram account. I’m not sure mine would look so instagram friendly once they are covered in unwanted fish pie and crumbled biscuits but a girl can dream.

Bibs & Pinnies

Bibs are an essential. Full stop. In recent months I have stopped putting a pinnie on the girls and each and every mealtime I regret it. Be it a spoon of yoghurt or a dollop of bolognaise you can be sure it finds it’s way on to their clothes. This matter is not helped by the fact that Alice cannot stand to be dirty and so strips off the moment she spills anything. Does anyone else’s child love being naked?!

I digress. When you are starting weaning you definitely need a bib. Something soft and comfortable around their little necks. I opted for cotton one’s like these from John Lewis that could be thrown in the washing machine. Another option is just to place a muslin around their necks which seems to do the job.

As they got a bit bigger we moved on to wipe clean bibs and the girls loved the Skip Hop ones. Sorry, this honestly isn’t a Skip Hop post but we do have lots of their stuff! They fold up inside themselves as well which is great for when you are out and about. A lot of my friends had the old school plastic ones with the large pocket at the bottom to catch all the dropped food. If you are going for one of these can we please talk about how adorable this penguin one is?

I also found the complete bibs with arms and everything a complete god send for keeping clean. These from M&S are perfect or I bought quite a few of the Ikea painting bibs.

Now the girls are older we opt for an pinnie (when I remember) and I have to stop myself amassing a great collection. I have a couple of the little Cath Kidston ones as they are wipe clean but I may be purchasing this Ferm Living one too after coming across it during my searches for this post. You may already know I have a love affair with this brand’s wallpaper so if I can’t paper any more walls perhaps I can adorn the girls for dinnertime?

Finally, completely unrelated but whilst searching for things for this post I came across this super simple but oh so useful meal planner. I may have bought one.
 
Has anyone come across any super cute tableware that we need to see and what have been your mealtime essentials?

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I too love the bloomingville range, but That M&P set is a great find. We introduced the Vital Baby suction bowl when we stared weaning and it worked wonders for minimising flinging incidents and increasing Fern’s spoon confidence as she didn’t have to worry about a skiddy bowl. I tried rubber placemats but they never worked as well… They’re not the most aesthetically pleasing of dinnerware though so periodically I introduce some pretty melamine but always regret it as it gets inadvertently catapulted or Fern gets cross that it’s not staying put while she’s spooning. She won’t be using it forever though (hopefully?!) so it’s good to read this post and get some ideas for when we finally graduate to proper plates and bowls!

Glad to see Buddy and Bear introduce some colour to the range. Fern is piggy mad so I’m planning to get her a couple of pieces with the farm design.

As for bibs, I’m a big fan of sleeved allover bibs rather than constantly changing Ferns clothes. Those M&S ones look great.

I couldn’t leave a comment without mentioning I’m launching a range of enamelware NEXT WEEK with my signature designs, and am currently running a competition to win an enamel mug on my FB page. Let me know if it’s ok to post the link here!

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:34 am

Of course you can. Link away xxx

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Thanks! It’s https://www.facebook.com/PhireflyFamily/posts/770631016433037:0 I can’t decide which design and am asking for everyone to help me choose! I’ll pick one comment at random and they will win a mug 😊

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:52 pm

I can’t help as I love them all! x

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A cracking find from M&P Lottie! I do love gorgeous tableware and I’m loving the new B&B colours… although I think I’ll be forever drawn to their mono designs.

When it comes to bibs I’ve got it nailed. Morrison’s do a range of cotton bibs with sleeves and a plastic backing. They are so comfortable for E, don’t look like I’ve wrapped her in a tarpaulin and I can chuck them in a hot wash when it’s a bad bolognese night. Not very stylish, but you can’t beat them imo. Xx

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:57 pm

Honestly, M&P are my favourite at the moment for immense designs at reasonable prices. I just wish the girls weren’t too big for lots of their stuff now. I’ll have to keep hunting for an alternative favourite and in the meantime just share all these other lovelies with you guys x

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Some lovely finds!
We seem to go through SO many bowls/plates/spoons, 99% of our collection are Ikea….you cant beat them and if we are eating out and I take cutlery for M, I’m not fussed if it gets left behind, which it quite often does when packing all the hundreds of things we seem to take with us to keep her entertained!
Also th Close Parent bibs are just the best……I love them and recommend them to everyone!

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:56 pm

I used to always take cutlery too so it’s definitely worth having spares as you say. I am not sure where on earth my original collection of 20 of the Ikea bowls and plates have gone to. At the last count I only had 3 bowls. Must be time to restock ready for alfresco dining (I’m hopeful anyway) x

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Lovely finds Lottie. Like Philippa, for those with younger children I’d recommend the Vitalbaby Unbelievabowl. It’s THE best suction bowl on the market – it really doesn’t come off.

Loving the M&P melamine set, it’s so similar in style to the Bloomingville ones. I’m a big fan of bamboo sets and the spoons are great. They’re thinner than most plastic ones and I think they make it easier for kids to scoop up their food. The forks are good too cause they’re spikier than the plastic ones without being as hazardous as a metal one! We got a really cute panda bamboo set from TK Maxx, so it’s worth keeping an eye out if you happen to be in.

As for bibs…Lassig sleeved bibs are the best. They’re the perfect size to fit from 6 months up until about 3, they’re thin and unrestrictive and they dry really quickly. The patterns are super cute too. I got ours on Amazon but M&P has a couple out of the range on their website. Sadly my daughter has refused to wear a bib since she was about 18 months! I decided it wasn’t worth the fight and luckily she’s not too messy anymore, but I’m secretly gutted that she won’t get any more use out of her cute bibs. 🙂

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:54 pm

I think I know the TK Maxx Bamboo sets you mean as I’ve spied them a couple of times. They look great and definitely worth a peek in there when you are passing. Why won’t kids wear bibs?!! Alice was exactly the same, still is! x

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Love these, thanks for the inspiration!! We are still mainly using suction bowls, but I’m hoping to move to melamine soon (although after a tomato sauce incident recently that ended up with splashes all over the ceiling, even with the suction bowl, I may need to delay this a bit!!). I must mention something I found yesterday that looked really fun! It is a silicone table mat that can be coloured in, then wiped clean. https://www.kidly.co.uk/products/super-petit/tablemat-set/3302?colour=cactus-valley

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:53 pm

That table mat looks fab. Thank you for sharing x

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I can’t recomend this enough, it’s a large tray that goes over the high chair and the bib velcros on to it so that food doesn’t drop onto their clothes and it makes it harder for them to drop things off the sides!:
http://www.tidytot.co.uk/
More from the start of weaning till maybe 2 than for older kids but invaluable for protecting their clothes and your floors in the beginning super messy parts!

I also love these Vital Baby spoons, they’re like wee spatulas so you can get every last bit out of the bowl and nice and soft on their gums. The link is for JoJo but Boots has them as do many other places:
http://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/d6468.html?gclid=CPbWuqur5dMCFU-6Gwod0j4B_g

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:52 pm

Absolutely love that tidy tot Laura. Wish I had found that with mine. In fact I reckon they may still need it nowadays… xx

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Such gorgeous finds, I am huge fan of the Buddy & Bear range, their instagram feed makes me want to buy everything! I’m a great believer in presentation when enticing little ones to eat up so I think a beautiful plate/mat/spoon/bib is totally justified! x

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Lottie Manns
10th May 2017 9:51 pm

Oh gosh I know. If only my meals times looked as beautifully curated as the buddy and bear feed. One day! x

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Love these recommendations Lottie 😄The bloomingville mini ones are gorgeous!

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One of my boys has smashed their melamine plate by dropping it on a tiled floor. Gutted. Who knew it could smash? The ikea plates will never smash! (It was from a set: Emma Bridgewater ‘Men at Work’ pattern, horribly sexist name that I didn’t note until after purchase, but lovely design! Available on Amazon but too expensive to justify replacing now)

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The penguin one is sooooo cute 🙂

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