Best plate/tray

(10 Posts)
blushingmare Sun 25-Nov-12 22:30:26

I'm hoping to do BLW with my dd and wondered if people have any recommendations for the best type of plate or tray to put her food on. I'm guessing something non slip and with a good edge on it. I was thinking of getting her one of those compartment trays, like this m.johnlewis.com/mt/www.johnlewis.com/231264309/Product.aspx and putting some non slip matting under it. I was looking at the Stokke table top tray, but really can't bring myself to spend that much money on a plastic tray, and am thinking that perhaps suction thing might not be so good anyway as we have an oilcloth on the table so she'd be able to just pull that with the tray.

Does anyone have a recommendation for what they used that worked well?

Drladybird Mon 26-Nov-12 16:40:16

I used a very large plastic table mat from Ikea. It only costs about £5 and it really does the trick. I think it is meant to be used for office desks rather than at the dinner table but it is great (sorry don't have a link).

I have found the tum tum tots collection of plates and bowls useful. They have little corners to help when the little one's get old enough to start scooping themselves...

Gintonic Mon 26-Nov-12 20:20:01

I am also about to start BLW, I plan to put food directly on the high chair tray. But I am thinking of buying the munchkin suction cup plate from Argos to use when out. My DS has already tried to pick up my plate, so I think any plate for him needs to be firmly stuck to the table.

ceeveebee Mon 26-Nov-12 20:24:00

We didn't do BLW but I do put finger foods on tables, and have one of these Tidydiner mats
www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Infant-10313-Tiny-Diner/dp/B0006BAJK4

Bearwantsmore Tue 27-Nov-12 14:50:33

I second ceeveebee's recommendation. It's fantastic - has a handy pouch to catch food and also rolls up so easy to take out and about.

blushingmare Tue 27-Nov-12 21:48:56

Thanks for the Tiny Diner recommendation. I've read a couple of reviews that suggest it doesn't stick well to some surfaces. Has either of you used it on an oilcloth tablecloth?

ceeveebee Tue 27-Nov-12 21:51:10

No - sorry, we don't have an oilcloth to test it on! It sticks to wood and plastic ok

Bearwantsmore Tue 27-Nov-12 21:52:48

Yes, we do use it on our oilskin (?) tablecloth and no, it doesn't stick very well. So actually that's a bit of a pain as it means that DS keeps pulling the edges up. If this is your only table then maybe it wouldn't be such a great buy, but I'd still recommend it for taking to restaurants, friend's houses etc.

forevergreek Wed 28-Nov-12 18:07:14

Just a kids placemat ( wipe able) then a regular plastic plate. They learn quickly to not throw plate/ food needs to remain on plate which I think is an important lesson. Its easier when out also as restaurants/ cages don't really want food on the table and they aren't always that clean! Blw with both but would find it funny tvh if someone visited and just plonked food on table!

Also less cleaning as obv bits get on table/ floor but majority on plate/ bowl and can be washed/ straight in dishwasher without faff

forevergreek Wed 28-Nov-12 18:08:08

* cafes not cages!

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