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Best baby plates and suction bowls for weaning and beyond

Weaning from around six months is almost always a messy business, but the right tools can make a real difference. Here are the best baby bowls and plates to buy right now, as recommended by parents.

By Anna Cook | Last updated Feb 8, 2024

Selection of the best baby plates

Whether you’re doing baby-led weaning, spoon feeding or a combination of the two, there will come a point when your baby will want to feed themselves. This may inevitably mean that food ends up on them (or the floor) rather than in their mouths as they get to grips with where their mouths actually are. When introducing your baby to solids, your weaning journey can be vastly improved by buying the best baby plates and suction bowls specifically designed for feeding young children - and the right ones can last for years afterwards, too.

When you start weaning, it's a good idea to arm yourself with some basics. Our guide to the best highchairs has plenty of parent-approved options for a safe and secure place to put your baby during their mealtimes, and we've also researched the best sippy cups Mumsnet users swear by so they can learn how to use a cup.

Non-slip and suction bowls can help to reduce mess, while some families prefer mat-style plates. You also need to consider the type of material your baby bowl and plate are made from - something solid that won’t break easily is a must - where you’re going to use them (at home or out and about) and what you’re going to use them for – are they for purées or for BLW portions?

We know that when it comes to our guides to the baby products that work - covering everything from the best baby bath to the most effective changing mat - the real parents on our forums know the best buys for their little ones. So our first port of call was the Mumsnet Talk boards, to see the baby plates and bowls that were highly rated by our forum users. We then extensively researched authentic customer reviews to ensure we were bringing you an honest and reliable guide to the top feeding tools for your family.

10 best suction bowls and plates for weaning: our picks

These are the best baby plates and bowls to buy in 2024.

1. Best overall baby plate: EasyTots EasyMat Mini Portable Baby Suction Plate with Lid

Easy Mat Plate

Price on writing: £17 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Highest grade BPA-free LFGB silicone | Size: ‎29 x 21 x 3 cm | Dishwasher safe: Yes | Microwave safe: Yes

What we love

  • Has a lid for travelling

  • Strong suction cups

  • Nice colourful design

  • Sections for different foods

What to know

  • Pricey

  • Sticks better to a smooth surface - doesn't work as well on a textured one

  • Users claim it didn’t wash well in the dishwasher

What Mumsnet users say

"We had the EasyMat Mini, it was fab." (Recommended by Mumsnetter CatsCatsCats11)

"I second an EasyMat! They're fab - got ours off Amazon and it comes with a lid plus a pouch to carry it around in. The suckers actually stick properly and we use ours at home as well." (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter ButWHENshallThisPass)

Our verdict

EasyMat’s design combines the best of all worlds. It has strong suction cups and, while it’s not a traditional bowl, it’s ideal for weaning at home or on the go. The best thing is that it comes with a lid so you can pre-fill the sections. For an extra wow factor, the sections are arranged in a happy face design.

As we know children like to get messy when they eat, you’ll be glad to know the mat is dishwasher-friendly - although some parents found it didn’t wash well - and you can also put it in the microwave if you need to heat up any food. There are seven colours to choose from including orange, lilac and teal so there’s something for everyone here.

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2. Best value baby bowl and plate: IKEA KALAS Bowls and Plates

IKEA KALAS baby plates

Price: £1.50 per pack (for six) | Buy now from IKEA

Key specs

Material: BPA-free silicone | Size: ‎19cm diameter | Dishwasher safe: Yes, up to 70°C | Microwave safe: Yes, if the food is below 100°C

What we love

  • Very cheap

  • Will last into preschooler years and beyond

  • Easy to clean

  • Nice range of colours

What to know

  • Basic design

  • Can’t use them to heat food

What Mumsnet users say

“IKEA weaning stuff (plates/bowls) is generally really good quality and cheap.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user MyCatShopsAtAldi)

Our verdict

If your baby doesn’t tend to throw food about, then IKEA’s KALAS range is a bargain. Available in colourful six-piece sets, these bowls and plates are microwave and dishwasher safe. We think they'd be great for outdoor dining for all ages, so you'll get use out of them post-weaning, well after you've stored your feeding bottles and steriliser away. They’re also BPA-free.

They may not come with a cute design, but Mumsnet users who have tested the range rave about IKEA’s weaning products, including the Antilop Highchair which we’ve included further down our list, for being such good value, easy to clean and good quality. If you are heating food though, transfer it to a ceramic or glass bowl first as temperatures over 100 degrees can degrade the plastic and could cause some transfer to the food.

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3. Best baby suction bowl set: Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowl Set

Munchkin suction bowls

Price on writing: £9 (for three) | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: BPA-free silicone | Size: ‎Blue bowl - 12cm W x 12cm D x 6cm H. Green bowl - 11cm W x 11cm D x 5.5cm H. Purple bowl - 10cm W x 10cm D x 5cm H | Dishwasher safe: Yes | Microwave safe: Yes

What we love

  • Strong suction

  • Great value

  • Dishwasher safe

  • Stackable

  • Good size for weaning

What to know

  • Only one colour set available

  • Some users found the bowl doesn’t stick well

What Mumsnet users say

“We had various sized Munchkin bowls with suction bases and spoons that worked (and work still!) well.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Modge)

Our verdict

Once you've had a peruse of the best weaning books and have chosen an expert-penned guide to inspire you, you'll want to start thinking about what you'll be serving foods up in. There are three bowls in this Munchkin Stay Put Set and they stack so will take up less room in your cupboard. A suction bowl is great for avoiding accidental spillages and helping children get used to feeding themselves, but no matter how strong it is stuck down, they can be no match for a determined toddler.

However, the newer version has an even stronger suction base than the previous model to create a firm hold, but quick-release tabs mean you shouldn't have too much trouble trying to get it off the table when it’s time to wash up. It’s a good size, is safe for the top rack of the dishwasher and is durable so should last well into toddlerhood.

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4. Best suction plate for baby: Vital Baby Nourish Power Suction Plate

Vital Baby Nourish Power Suction Plate

Price on writing: £4 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Phthalate-free, latex-free and BPA-free materials | Size: ‎‎19 x 4 x 20 cm | Dishwasher safe: Yes, but suction pad must be removed | Microwave safe: Yes, if suction pad is removed

What we love

  • Affordable option

  • Easy-scoop sides

  • Strong suction

  • Dipping pot for sauces and yoghurts

What to know

  • The suction base isn’t dishwasher or microwave safe

  • Some users had trouble removing the suction cup from the plate

  • Dip pot is quite shallow

Our verdict

Vital’s design has easy scoop sides. It’s a bargain and users love the super-strong suction power for preventing spillages and messy mealtimes.

The plate also comes with a handy dipping pot in the middle which you can add sauces or yoghurts to - although it is quite shallow - so children can explore even more tastes and textures. It is suitable for the microwave and dishwasher, but the base isn’t, so be careful.

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5. Best sustainable baby bowl: Bamboo Bamboo Baby Suction Bowl and Spoon Set

Bamboo Bamboo bowl

Price on writing: £17 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: Bamboo | Size: ‎12cm diameter | Dishwasher safe: No | Microwave safe: No

What we love

  • Long-lasting as you can remove the suction to turn it into a regular bowl

  • Made from natural materials

  • Cute matching animal plates

  • Come in a range of nice colours

What to know

  • Not dishwasher-safe

  • Pricey for one bowl

What Mumsnet users say

“We use them all the time - they are great and the suction is a godsend.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user ELM8)

Our verdict

Bamboo Bamboo’s Suction Bowl is, as you’d expect, made from bamboo, as well as food-grade silicone to protect your child from BPA, phthalates and other toxins. The suction is very effective and it’s also removable so you can turn it into a regular bowl if/when your child stops throwing their bowl onto the floor, giving it longevity that other baby bowls simply don’t have.

It holds 350ml, is a good size at 12cm in diameter, and it comes with a spoon too. You can also get an animal-shaped Bamboo Suction Plate from the same company in a range of cute designs. There are six colours to choose from including lilac, cherry and orange. They’re pricey though and not dishwasher-friendly, but they should last a long time, way past the stage where they're confidently eating solid food and you've bid farewell to your breast pump and baby bottles.

6. Best bowl for baby-led weaning: OXO Tot Stay Put Bowl

OXO Tot Stay Put Bowl

Price on writing: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: BPA-free silicone | Size: ‎6.6 x 17.78 x 17.02 cm | Dishwasher safe: Yes | Microwave safe: Yes

What we love

  • Dishwasher- and microwave-friendly

  • Sturdy suction base for minimal mess

  • Covered by the OXO Better Guarantee

What to know

  • Pricey

What Mumsnet users say

"Once he did have a bowl I found the OXO Tot ones had the best suction." (Vetted by Mumsnet user Sideofnoreturn)

Our verdict

OXO is a kitchen brand loved by Mumsnet users, so we were delighted to discover that their 'tantrum-proof' bowl for toddlers comes just as well received as their products for grown ups. The strong suction base keeps the bowl from sliding or flipping over and it has high walls to encourage babies to feed themselves.

It's also easy to clean, something which will be music to busy parents' ears - simply pop it in the dishwasher for a fuss-free clean. Our only gripe is that it's quite pricey for a basic bowl, but with staying power like this, you may find it's worth the expensive.

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7. Best for fussy eaters: eco rascals Duck Natural Bamboo Plate

eco duck plate

Price on writing: £19 | Buy now from Wayfair

Key specs

Material: Bamboo | Size: ‎20 x 20.5 x 3.3 cm | Dishwasher safe: No | Microwave safe: No

What we love

  • Big suction pad helps it stay put

  • Lots of different characters/animals available

  • Separate sections

  • Sustainable

What to know

  • On the smaller side

  • Not safe for microwaves, ovens, sterilisers, dishwasher or freezers

Our verdict

We love that this eco rascals Bamboo Plate has a large suction base, which means less likelihood of your little one removing it from the table or highchair tray.

It also has two separate sections, which is great for baby-led weaning so that savoury and sweet foods don’t mix – until, of course, your baby does it themselves. The sections are curved making it easier for them to get the food too, but it’s worth noting that some parents felt the plate was on the small side for a toddler.

The bamboo material does mean it's not dishwasher safe, but it can easily be cleaned in soapy, warm water. It also can’t be used to heat up food in a microwave or oven, or stored in a freezer.

8. Best set of basic bowls: Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowl

Price on writing: £8 (for four) | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: BPA-free silicone | Size: ‎16.4 x 14.6 x 7.6cm | Dishwasher safe: Yes | Microwave safe: Yes

What we love

  • Four in a pack

  • Affordable

  • Triangular corners for easier scooping

  • Freezer-, dishwasher- and microwave-friendly

What to know

  • You need to buy the magic mat for the full benefit

  • Some users claim the bowls can stain and scratch quite easily

Our verdict

The Tommee Tippee Feeding Bowl is BPA-free, can be used in the freezer and the microwave, and is dishwasher safe.

Similar to the much-loved IKEA bowls and plates, they are fairly cheap, especially if your child can eat from a bowl without tipping out its contents. If not, you will need  to buy the magic mat as a surface to stick the bowls to. While it’s an extra cost, it does ensure the bowls will last once your baby no longer needs a suction bowl.

While they’re not as cute or child-friendly as say the cute design of the eco rascals Duck Natural Bamboo Plates, the triangle corners of the bowl make scooping food easier so there’s a chance your child will eat more – although we’re not promising anything.

9. Best baby bowl for traditional weaning: NUK Bowl and Masher

NUK bowl and masher

Price on writing: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

Key specs

Material: BPA-free silicone | Size: ‎Not stated | Dishwasher safe: Yes | Microwave safe: Yes

What we love

  • Great for traditional weaning

  • Right size for baby portions

  • Affordable

  • Ridges for making it easy to mash food

  • Good for at home or on the go

What to know

  • Not for baby-led weaning (only for the first stage) so won’t last as long as other bowls

  • Some parents claim it is too small to prepare food

What Mumsnet users say

“Also something like this is really useful once you're started as you just make dinner with less salt and mash the babies' in this.” (Recommended by Mumsnetter Kwaziseyepatch)

Our verdict

If you’re planning on doing purées and spoon-feeding rather than baby-led weaning, then this NUK Bowl and Masher will make things easier. You can squash food directly into the bowl and then your baby can eat straight from it.

This makes it a great bowl for preparing food like avocado or banana whether you are at home or out and about. The inner ridges of the bowl ensure easy mashing and its compact size is just right for individual baby portions. It’s also freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe, and at a very affordable price too.

If you are spoon-feeding, we'd suggest pairing it with the best baby food maker to make the weaning stage much easier.

10. Best alternative: IKEA ANTILOP Highchair

IKEA Antilop Highchair

Price on writing: £19 | Buy now from IKEA

Key specs

Material: The seat and tray are polypropylene plastic, while the legs are steel with epoxy/polyester powder coating | Size: ‎90 x 62cm | Dishwasher safe: Tray is dishwasher safe | Microwave safe: N/A

What we love

  • No bowls or plates to be flung onto the floor

  • Easy to keep clean

  • Good value

  • Can remove tray to seat baby at a table

What to know

  • It won't last as long as a bowl or plate so you may need both eventually anyway

What Mumsnet users say

“My son is 11 months and has been in it since six months. I have the inflatable cushion too. It is brilliant, very easy to keep clean.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnetter Roslily)

Our verdict

Some babies are experts at pulling any type of suction bowl off the table and tipping the contents on their head/your wall/the floor/you. In this case, Mumsnet users recommend putting food straight onto the tray of the highchair.

The IKEA ANTILOP Highchair comes highly recommended for this purpose as the tray is removable and dishwasher-safe, and there are no corners or fiddly bits for food to get stuck in. It’s very basic to look at compared to other highchairs, but that means it doesn’t take up too much space in your home and when your child gets older and wants to sit at the table you can easily remove the tray.

To top it off, it’s very affordable too. No wonder it's been awarded Mumsnet's Best Budget Highchair after rigorous testing by parents.

Read our in-depth IKEA ANTILOP review.

What to consider when choosing a baby plate and bowl

The material it’s made from – you’ll need bowls and plates that won’t break when they are inevitably thrown on the floor. Look for BPA-free plastic, silicone and bamboo which are all good non-breakable materials.

How do you plan to wean – BLW, purées or a mixture? If you’re baby-led weaning, then mats can often work better than plates for finger food. In the first year babies get most of their calories from milk, so don’t worry about buying bowls and plates with huge capacity.

How your baby behaves – some will pick up and chuck anything that is put in front of them, so suction bowls will help stop that happening. Alternatively, look for ones with a non-slip base, which will stop them sliding all over the table or highchair tray.

How well it washes - If you want a product that will wash easily, look for one that can be put in the dishwasher. You may not be able to do this with some bamboo products.

What other features you need – if you’re out and about, then look for mats that can fold or bowls with lids so you can take food with you (and home again if it doesn’t get eaten). If your baby likes to use a spoon themselves, then bowls with slightly angled edges can make scooping easier for them. If you plan to use a microwave to reheat food, make sure the bowls and plates are microwave safe.

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Are bamboo bowls safe for babies?

Bamboo is a great alternative to disposable plastic plates and cutlery. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial, so germs and bacteria won’t get anywhere near your child at mealtimes. It’s also the fastest growing plant in the world, so it’s renewable and completely biodegradable.

Some cheaper bamboo products are made from fibres that are then glued together with melamine. Watch out for these as, while the FDA says it’s safe, they caution not using melamine in the microwave or with food hotter than 160 degrees. Also avoid serving highly acidic foods as it increases the chance of the material migrating or transferring into baby food.

Are silicone baby plates safe?

Silicone is durable, safe, and more ocean-friendly than plastic. It doesn’t contain any petroleum-based plastics or toxic chemicals like those found in plastics. It also stands up better against heat and cold.

Are suction bowls good for weaning?

A suction bowl can be really useful in the early stages of weaning, especially if your child likes to throw their food on the floor. Unfortunately, they are not completely child-proof and most won’t withstand a determined baby or toddler pulling at them, but they can help avoid any accidental spillages and help children get used to eating out of a bowl.

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When should babies start using plates?

There is no set time for this as it will depend on how you feed your baby, what foods they eat and what your child is like at mealtimes. Some children will eat nicely off a plate, others will throw the plate and all its contents on the floor - in which case, it’s probably best to just put it straight onto the highchair tray. As your child gets older, you can introduce plates - maybe starting with a suction base - to get them used to it.

What are the best baby bowls and plates?

The best baby plate is the EasyMat Mini Portable Baby Suction Plate with Lid. The strong suction cups make it ideal for weaning and we love that it also comes with a lid, sections for portioning out food and a cute happy face design that kids will love.

According to parents, the best baby bowl is the IKEA KALAS Bowl. Affordable, long-lasting and BPA-free, it's a safe and budget-friendly option for all families.

How we chose our recommendations

Recommendations from parents

We always want to make sure we find products that can withstand family life so we start by looking for recommendations from our trusted Mumsnet users. With over 7 million users each month, we know we’re getting products that have been thoroughly put to the test in everyday situations by parents and that the products will meet a variety of budgets and needs.

Expert guidance

When whittling down our list of recommendations, our trusted and experienced parenting journalists spend hours researching each product category, using a variety of sources to evaluate which products are the best.

We consult expert review sites, such as Which?, to check that the products come highly recommended.

Consumer feedback

Knowing that the real experts are you, the consumer, we make sure to check online reviews on retailers such as Boots, Argos, John Lewis, and Amazon, to make sure the products are up to scratch. We use both negative and positive feedback to help us consider the quality, safety, value for money and any extra features to ensure they perform well across the board.

Celebrated best products

We also look out for any products that have received industry awards and recognition from trusted sources to help us work out which products to recommend.

Here are the best baby bowls and plates for weaning and beyond.

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