October 11, 2015

4 Things to Consider About Toddler Dinnerware {Re-play Product Review}

Re-play products have been a staple at our home since my daughter started eating solid foods exclusively. I stumbled upon them because of my mother-in-law, and since then, I’ve never looked back. There’s plenty to love about their merchandise—they’re practical, functional, and even lovely to use. 
So, when Re-play contacted me for a product review of their set, I was more than willing to oblige. However, I also wanted to share how these plates fit into our criteria when we were searching for the perfect dinnerware for our daughter.  As new parents, we considered these 4 things in our quest to find the best toddler dinnerware for our Little Lady:

Toddlers may be tiny, but they can accumulate dishes pretty quickly. Between mealtimes and snack times, your sink will often be filled with little bowls and plates than you what to do with, and with even less time to wash them. That’s why we wanted to purchase plates that were dishwasher safe. We figured: it will save us plenty of time and sanity, especially with a demanding toddler in tow. If by chance, we couldn’t find any that suited our needs, purchasing a set that will scrub clean and easily is the next best thing. In a world where trial and error with food occurs almost daily, we wanted to make sure that whatever you’re putting on your child’s plate will be easily cleaned, either in the sink or in the dishwasher.

That’s why we were lucky with our Re-play plates. Not only are they top rack dishwasher safe, but , they’re #2 plastic grade material as well,  making them easier to scrub. Whether it’s chicken parmesan,  or spaghetti and meatballs, these plates and bowls have not met a stain they can’t repel. In fact, I’ve been using my set of plates for a few months now, and they still look good as new, without a chip or stain in sight.

In addition, Replay products are also environmentally friendly. In fact, all their products are made from re-purposed milk jugs, making each plate, bowl, cup, and utensil BPA free, Phthalate Free, PVC free choice, a feature we were conscious about when purchasing any type of eating or drinking gear for our little one.

Keep in mind that the BPA compound is present in some plastic materials, and can, in turn, be seeped into anything it comes in contact with—including food. This compound can cause possible health issues for you and your little one, so be sure to read labels carefully. 

Form and function is also an important factor when choosing the best toddler dinnerware. No matter what product you pick, make sure that it works for you and your family’s overall routine and lifestyle.
In my family’s case, Re-play's functionality and practicality fits in perfectly. Their divided plates was a helpful tool for us to ensure that our daughter was eating a balance meal and her portions were just right. Their snack stacks are another favorite. Though they look small, these containers hold necessary food items without taking up too much room in a bag, stroller or car seat. In fact,  I’ve used them to take snacks to the park, and even lunch on an afternoon outing. It’s convenient enough to stash in a diaper bag, and even more so when you stack it with another. Their utensils are also a great stepping stone for toddlers who are just getting familiar with using them. Their spoons and forks are lightweight, and their size is optimal for little hands trying to scoop and prod food into their mouths.

This was by far our biggest criteria to fill. It’s important to keep in mind the longevity of the product that you’re purchasing, especially when food and mealtimes are concerned. A child’s needs with food changes so rapidly, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up, not to mention expensive as well. So, when considering meal time sets, we wanted to make sure what we were purchasing something that had options—a product that can grow with the our daughter This way, our time, effort and money will be well spent it in the end.

 In the case of Re-play, these options are readily available. Their colors alone are optimal—from the simplicity of their whites to the vibrancy of their reds and blues, you can mix and match various colors to suit your needs.   Their plates are also practical at every stage. They offer a divided set for little toddlers, and also flat plates for those who are slightly older. Their cups are also multifunctional. Their no spill spout is removable when its time to move up to the next step, all the while keeping the same cup handy.

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Disclaimer: Re-play provided me a set of plates, bowls, cups and utensils to review. All opinions are my own.

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