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13 Unique Non-Toxic Dinnerware Ideas for Kids – Ultimate Guide

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Did you know that plastic dinnerware contains harmful chemicals that contribute to early puberty, low sperm count, hyperactivity, and aggressiveness, to name a few? That’s why it’s crucial to consider non-toxic dinnerware alternatives.

The issue is that it’s hard to trust which “kid-safe dinnerware materials” are actually…safe.

Well, in this ultimate guide, we break through the confusion and tell you exactly what materials to avoid and why, their safer counterparts, and the best kid’s dinnerware options on the internet.

So you can feel peace of mind that you’re providing the safest dining experience possible for your little ones.

If you’re short on time, use the table of contents below to jump around to different sections.

Let’s get started!

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Why Choose Eco-Friendly Kids Dinnerware?

Although we adults have no issues with our steel silverware and dishware made from glass and ceramic, kids and toddlers are another story.

They like to test these items’ outer boundaries, and then, we all know what happens…

Plate or glass drops….BOOM!… SHATTERS EVERYWHERE!!

Because of this, kids usually use plastic dinnerware.

The issue is that many of the plastics can be introducing toxins into your diet. These toxins are detrimental to the healthy development of your children.

So, let’s first look at why plastic exists, the chemicals it contains, and other toxins you should be mindful of.

Why Plastic is Used

Manufacturers use plastic to make most kid’s sippy cups and dinnerware because it’s cheap, easy to mass-produce, easy to mold into fun designs, and relatively soft.

Issues arise when we look into the studies and the potential health effects of plastic chemicals leaching into foods and beverages.

Let’s take a look at the most crucial materials to avoid.

What Materials Should I Avoid?

Materials like Teflon, BPA, lead, aluminum, phthalates, melamine, and other plastic chemicals, are often found in everyday kitchen products.

Many of these tie to problematic health issues.

Here is an imperative list of the primary materials you should avoid:

  • BPA & BPS
  • Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Teflon (PFAS)
  • Melamine Plastic

BPA & BPS

BPA and BPS harden plastics often used for beverage containers and plastic dinnerware, among other products.

Scientists have linked BPA exposure to reproductive disorders, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, fetal brain development, breast and prostate cancer, and asthma.

BPA-free plastics (BPS’s) aren’t much better. These “safer” alternatives can depress heart function, causing slower blood flow.

In lab tests, researchers introduced BPS to mice in amounts that mimicked typical human levels. Their heart function worsened within minutes of exposure.

Phthalates

Phthalates are groups of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break.

Exposure happens by eating and drinking foods that have been in contact with containers and products containing phthalates.

The consequences on human health are not apparent at this point. However, studies on lab animals show impacts on the reproductive system.

PVC

The name for this plastic is polystyrene; you probably know it as Styrofoam.

PVC is well known to release potentially toxic breakdown products like phthalates into food and drinks.

Furthermore, the manufacturing of PVC is known to release poisonous compounds into the environment.

PVC is one of the most challenging plastics to recycle, making it very harmful to the environment.

Lead & Cadmium

Lead is used in the glazes or decorations on the surfaces of dishes to provide a smooth glass-like finish, allowing bright colors to show through.

Cadmium, another natural element, gives dishes bright colors such as yellow or orange to glazes.

You’ll find these minerals in vintage china, Mexican terra cotta, decorated Asian plates, handcrafted or brightly colored dishware, or dinnerware with decals on the surface.

When you serve acidic food, they will leach quicker and more so.

Exposure to high levels of lead may cause anemia, weakness, kidney, and even brain damage.

Cadmium can cause lung damage, severely aggravate the stomach causing vomiting and diarrhea, and even contribute to cancer.

Teflon (PFAS)

PFAS, commonly known as Teflon, is used to form coatings on products, like cookware, that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water.

Studies on lab animals show effects on growth and development, reproduction, thyroid function, the immune system, and adverse effects to the liver.

Melamine

Some plastic melamine dishes made in China contain a substance called melamine-formaldehyde resin, used to mold structures into tableware.

After production, some melamine remains in the plastic, able to migrate very gradually out into your food.

So what does this mean?

Well, according to the FDA, only highly-acidic foods can cause this chemical to leach into foods, and that’s under extreme conditions (160℉ for two hours).

So, it’s “mostly” safe.

However, we’re focusing on the safest non-toxic dinnerware possible, so let’s avoid melamine plates because heating foods in this material is not ideal.

Takeaway

These materials can leach into food and beverages when exposed to stressors like hot food, using the microwave, UV sunlight, and scratches in the material, just to name a few.

The good news is there are many safer alternatives.

If You Have to Use Plastic, Keep This in Mind

Evading plastic isn’t always entirely possible. If you have to use it, here are some things to keep in mind.

Make sure your child’s lunch gear is free of lead and PVC, as well as BPA’s.

One way to do this is to be aware of the type of plastic used, but recognizing the type of plastic can become tricky.

So, how do you quickly identify the type of plastic? Flip the product over and look at the number inside of the triangle.

Safety TIPS:

  • Avoid plastic #3 (PCS), #6 (Polystyrene), and #7 (Miscellaneous).
  • Choose PVC-free plastics #2, #4, #5. See our post on plastic recycling numbers for more.
  • Do not heat in the microwave (“microwave-safe” only means that the plastic won’t melt, not that it’s safe).
  • Do not store acidic foods in plastic. This will enhance leaching.
  • Do not use scratched, badly worn, or cloudy plastics for your food and beverages.
  • Hand-wash plastics to avoid wear and tear, without coarsely textured sponges or steel wool.

Again, these are just best practices IF you need to use plastic.

All of this information might appear troubling, but the good news is there are many safer alternatives.

Not only safer, but most of these will last much longer – saving you cash!

Before we dive into some excellent non-toxic dinnerware alternatives, let’s look at the safer materials.

Kid-Safe Dinnerware Materials

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When it comes to non-toxic dinnerware and, in particular, kid-safe dinnerware alternatives, we need it to fit certain criteria.

These materials should be durable, plastic-free, and shouldn’t leach any nasty materials.

Before you see the alternatives for each, here are three primary materials we’ll discuss in this post.

  1. Stainless Steel
  2. Silicone
  3. Bamboo/ Plant-Based (Corn starch, Wheat Straw, etc.)
stainless steel

What is it?

To produce stainless steel, raw materials like iron ore, chromium, silicon, nickel, etc., are melted together in a furnace.

The finished product is highly durable steel that is low-maintenance, resistant to corrosion, staining, odor, and is incredibly hygienic.

Why is this beneficial?

This is a great material for kid-safe dinnerware, especially if your child is still very young and especially abusive towards their tableware.

Steel will not break, even when slammed on a hard surface.

Using stainless steel non-toxic dinnerware will help your family evade exposure to plastic toxins and save money on replacing broken dinnerware.

Important

Make sure the steel is 304-grade and electro-polished! This mix will further prevent corrosion and metallic tastes from invading drinks.

How can you tell? Refer to our PDF guide to check the quality of these items. Grab that guide here!

One quick tip is to check the product reviews of the goods you’re looking at. Are there any rust complaints?

If there are, you should stay away.

Silicone

What is it? 

There’s a common misconception that silicone is a plastic or that it can be toxic. Let’s talk briefly about the difference.

Plastic is a material formed from hydrocarbons that we get from petroleum, natural gas, or coal.

On the contrary, silicone is a polymer but not made of the same plastic base ingredients, which are polymers from crude oil distillation.

Silicon, oxygen, and other natural elements are combined to form silicone.

You’ve likely seen silicon as silicon dioxide or silica, better known as quartz (essentially sand).

Long story short, plastic = petroleum, while silicone = sand.

Why is this beneficial?

Unlike plastic, silicone is an inert material. Meaning it does not purge off chemicals while in very hot or cold situations like ovens, freezers, and microwaves.

Not only a safer non-toxic dinnerware choice chemically, but silicone’s rubber-like feel is very child-proof.

So if your toddler were to bite the silicone dinnerware or drop it, no harm would come.

Plant-based

What are they?

Bamboo is a grass that grows at very high-speeds and remains unharmed when cut.

It will regrow very quickly, certain species growing at insane rates of 36″ inches in only 24 hours, making it very sustainable.

Some other non-toxic dinnerware labeled “plant-based” uses corn, sugarcane, wheat straw, rice husks, and other organic material.

Why is this beneficial?

Bamboo is all-natural, non-toxic, lightweight, durable, and naturally antimicrobial. This makes it perfect for non-toxic baby feeding products.

Plant-based and bamboo alternatives are biodegradable, making them eco-friendly.

Also, as these non-plastic kid’s plates become slightly worn over time, they won’t lose their safety. This is because no hormone-disrupting substances are hidden away under coatings.

Here’s a quick side note about painted bamboo dinnerware.

It’s essential to make sure that any paint applied is lead and cadmium-free.

To check, read the description or check reviews.

Customers stress those same concerns, so you should check their reviews and any responses by the seller.

If you can’t find your answer there, message the seller to confirm.

Also, some bamboo plates contain melamine bindings, so these aren’t the best kids plates. Bamboo cups and flatware, however, are acceptable.

Best Plastic & BPA-free Children’s Dinnerware Alternatives

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First, you’ll see our top picks of non-toxic kids cups.

Second, you’ll see our favorite eco-friendly kid’s plates.

Third, we show you some of the safest non-toxic baby feeding utensils designed for ultimate safety and comfort.

And lastly, the safest non-toxic lunch box for toddlers!

Let’s dive in!

Non-Plastic Kids Cups

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When choosing the right non-toxic, non-plastic kids cups, bamboo and stainless steel take the cake.

Both are plastic-free and long-lasting; however, stainless steel will serve its purpose longer than bamboo.

For rougher kids, I’d choose stainless steel for its ruggedness and lifespan, as it won’t break and save you money in the long run.

As your child ages and becomes more careful, bamboo and even glass can serve your family well!

Stainless steel Kids Cups

Don’t want to buy new sippy cups every few months while your kid grows like a weed? With these, you won’t need to!

We designed these unique non-plastic kids cups that consist of only two plastic-free parts, 304-grade steel cups and food-grade silicone lids.

You can easily transform regular toddler cups into incredibly simple spill-proof sippy cups within seconds.

So, no need to buy spill-proof sippies and separate open cups as your kid ages; these grow with your child, saving you cash!

Highlighted Features:

  • Non-toxic kids cups crafted from stainless steel and silicone, preventing toxins.
  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Silicone sippy lids that “spill-proof” your cup. Hand your child their milk or juice without concern.
  • Wide-base to help limit tipping and spills.
  • Smooth, rolled rims to protect your child’s lips.
  • Stylish, gender-neutral colors that are attractive to kids and parents alike.
  • Dishwasher-safe for easy, fast cleaning so you can get back to bingeing some Netflix.
  • Includes four 8 oz cups and four lids. 3.5″ tall and 2.8″ wide at the rim.

All in all, these are some of the best plastic-free sippy cups due to their versatility and safety.

Not satisfied for any reason, or experiencing issues?

We have a full-coverage warranty and, if needed, free replacements sent out the same day in case of an incident. (live text support # to make it easier)

Bamboo Toddler Cups

Bobo & Boo makes some excellent bamboo toddler cups colored with all-natural, vibrant dyes.

Non-plastic kids cups made from bamboo are softer and lighter than stainless steel and can be safer from a biting perspective.

The best part? You can mix these with our non-toxic cups above and use the silicone sippy lids on either.

Take that plastic!

Highlighted Features:

  • Completely non-toxic kids cups that are plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury-free.
  • All-natural bamboo colored with food-safe mineral pigments.
  • Pair with our silicone sippy lids to make them spill-proof.
  • Softer than stainless steel, beneficial for kids who bite.
  • Blunt rims to prevent sharp edges.
  • Top rack dishwasher-safe, great news for busy parents.
  • 4-piece set. 3.5” tall and 3.1” wide at the rim. 10 oz capacity.

Just keep in mind these are not as durable as stainless steel and are still breakable.

Something else to keep in mind, these contain a food-safe melamine binding just like bamboo plates, which makes them dishwasher-safe.

However, because these are mainly for cold drinks and not hot foods, they’re safe to use.

Eco-Friendly Kids Plates

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To narrow down which eco-friendly kids plates are best for your family, we’ll reject all plastic due to the above-stated reasons.

Because this article is on non-toxic dinnerware, we’ll also exclude melamine plates. This way, you can safely heat food.

That leaves you with three safe, non-plastic toddler dishware options. You’ll find stainless steel, plant-based, and silicone BPA-free children’s plates below.

We did our homework, and we can confidently say these are some of the best non-toxic plates for toddlers available.

Let’s start with stainless steel.

Stainless Steel Kids Plates

Kids are notorious for being harsh with their tableware. Luckily, steel plates for kids are the perfect non-toxic dinnerware remedy to keep plastic out of your cabinets.

This sturdy 4-piece set from HaWare ensures you won’t be picking up broken glass or shards of cracked plastic any time soon!

I especially love how lightweight and durable these stainless steel plates are. They’re the ideal size for kids and also make excellent salad plates for adults!

You can even bring these along traveling because they’re so easy to transport and won’t break in your bag.

Highlighted Features:

  • Crafted from high-quality 304-grade steel with exceptional rust resistance and no plastic coatings.
  • Free of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Virtually indestructible. Drops on the floor are laughed at by these stainless steel children’s plates.
  • Smooth round edges free of rough spots so it won’t hurt your children’s soft skin.
  • Matte polished to prevent fingerprints and spots.
  • 8” inch diameter, the perfect size for children’s small hands.
  • Dishwasher-safe, perfect for those hectic evenings!

Like our stainless steel cups, this is a one-time investment that can virtually last forever, as all the best kid’s plates should.

The only downfall here is that stainless steel is not microwave-safe.

Looking for a divided plate option for those kids still in the “my food can’t touch” phase?

Check out these 3-compartment Korean stainless steel divided plates!

Melamine-Free Plant-Based Kids Plates

Remember what we said earlier about hot food and melamine? Well, this 3-pack is your solution.

Bobo&Boo crafts their plant-based non-toxic baby dishes from corn, wheat, and sweet potatoes, without melamine.

What does that mean? These eco-friendly kids’ plates are dishwasher and microwave-safe, with absolutely zero concern of toxic leaching.

Bobo&Boo uses food-safe natural pigments, and the colors are sure to make a statement on your dining table.

Highlighted Features:

  • Clear of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Lifted rim to prevent spill-overs so you can leave the mop in the closet.
  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe.
  • All-natural ocean-inspired colors of blue, green, and gray that are pleasant to the eye.
  • 7.5” inch diameter that is perfect for small hands.

While we don’t recommend bamboo plates due to their bindings, this plate here is an exception. It’s an unpainted, high-quality divided bamboo children’s plate with a silicone suction bottom for baby-led weaning. Just keep in mind it’s not dishwasher or microwave-safe.

Silicone Kids Plates

Parents adore silicone children’s dishes for three main reasons: they are plastic-free yet soft, kids can’t break them, and they too can last forever.

Silicone is moldable into virtually any design imaginable, including this food-grade silicone suction plate.

Silikong’s non-plastic children’s dishes are some of the best kids’ dinnerware for baby-led weaning due to their convenient suction base.

The suction means that you can stick this plate to the high chair or table, stopping your toddler from throwing their meal on the floor.

This helps build baby independence without too much collateral damage.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, melamine, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury-free.
  • Microwave and dishwasher-safe, a huge benefit over bamboo. You can also sanitize silicone in boiling water.
  • Suction base that safely clings to almost any smooth surface, including high-chair trays.
  • Divided sections, great for picky eaters.
  • Raised rim to help prevent food spills.
  • Straight edge that allows kids to belly up to the plate, reducing messes.
  • Available in six different color options. Give each kid their own color!
  • 8.15” x 7.25”, perfect size silicone children’s dishes.

All in all, these are rated as one of the best suction plates for toddlers online at this moment. Check them out!

Are you looking for silicone non-toxic baby plates without suction bottoms?

Check out this 3-pack of divided baby plates from Weesprout, which comes in three fantastic colors!

Non-toxic Baby Feeding Utensils

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When choosing the right toddler cutlery, it mostly comes down to material safety and functionality.

Considering the above material information, we have two main types of flatware to choose from that are both safe and eco-friendly.

First, stainless steel toddler utensils. We’ve got two great options to show you, one for 12-18 months, and another for 24 months and up.

Next, bamboo cutlery for kids. Just one of them, but the best non-toxic flatware set in that specific category.

First up, stainless steel silverware.

Best Toddler Silverware

Chewbeads’ unique design is soft, easy to hold, and crafted from 304-grade steel and silicone (no nasties!)

You’ll notice a slightly bent, ergonomic design. This helps make the flatware more comfortable for toddlers to hold, without food spilling off.

The spoons also have a unique edge that appears to taper on its sides, making it easier for less coordinated hands to scoop up food.

Included are two forks and two spoons.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Soft, silicone handles that grip to the table and are easy to hold, preventing messy accidents and protecting your child’s teeth if they bite.
  • Easy-scooping spoon.
  • Child-safe forks that are not too sharp, yet still pick food up easily.
  • Forks are 5.5” long and 1” wide. Spoons are 5.5” long and 1.25” wide.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Best toddler silverware for 12-18 months.

Here’s the second stainless steel non-toxic cutlery set, which includes three forks, three spoons, and three child-safe knives.

What I love about this sturdy toddler cutlery is that it looks like adult silverware but is child-friendly!

The only difference is that these are smaller, fit comfortably in your toddler’s hands, and have safer rounded edges to prevent painful pokes.

I particularly love the little animal etchings on the handles, and I’m sure your kid will too!

HIghlighted Features:

  • Free of lead, BPA, PVC, plastic, cadmium, melamine, nickel, and everything else yucky.
  • Clean, non-allergenic 18/0 stainless steel that’s free of nickel and rust-proof, perfect for allergy sufferers.
  • Smart-designed fork points with just the right amount of sharpness, but not too much.
  • Kid-friendly knives that cut food no problem, without slicing your toddler’s hand.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy cleaning with smooth, mirror polished surface that won’t hide bacteria.
  • Fun animal etchings.
  • The fork is 5.7” long, the spoon is 5.5” long, and the knife is 6.8” long. Both are roughly 1 ⅝” wide.
  • Perfect size for 24 months up to 12 years.

Not quite ready for knives yet? Exzact makes a 6-piece set that consists of only forks and spoons, three of each.

Bamboo Non-Toxic Cutlery

Non-toxic baby feeding products crafted from bamboo are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to plastic utensils.

Bamboo is softer than stainless steel, which is optimal if the steel option appears a bit risky.

This 6-piece set of all-natural, unpainted non-toxic bamboo cutlery is a great steel alternative and includes three spoons and three forks.

Each piece is crafted from a single solid piece of lightweight yet strong bamboo and finished with natural, food-safe oils for longevity.

Highlighted Features:

  • Durable, unpainted bamboo that’s clear of melamine, plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, and mercury.
  • Softer than steel and plastic to help prevent poking and scraping.
  • Child-safe forks with rounded points to help avoid pokes.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Forks & spoons measure roughly 6” in length and 1” in width.

As a caution, you should hand-wash your bamboo utensils to maximize their lifespan. Bamboo can sometimes crack under hot, moisture-rich conditions.

Also, one of the product images shows a knife and travel case, which are not included. Only forks and spoons.

Non-Toxic Lunch Box for Toddlers

Although this article is mostly about plates, cups, and cutlery, I wanted to show you a non-toxic lunch box for toddlers.

The reason?

Think about it; food can spend several hours sealed up inside lunch boxes almost daily through different conditions and temperatures.

If there was any time where toxic chemicals can leach into foods, this is one of those moments!

This safe, non-toxic lunch box below is 100% stainless steel and can last virtually forever while keeping your kid safe!

Lunchbots’ non-toxic lunch containers enable you to pack away snacks without using plastic bags.

Its durable construction prevents those snacks from getting crushed when our little barbarians are in those extra destructive moods.

I especially love the three divided sections, which allow for a half sandwich on the larger side and snacks in both smaller compartments.

Lunchbots crafts their containers from high-quality 304-grade steel, meaning no toxins and the sturdiness to last forever.

Highlighted Features:

  • Plastic, BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium, melamine, and mercury-free.
  • Full stainless steel construction built to last forever and keep snacks safe while eliminating the need for plastic.
  • Three divided sections to separate various food items (great for “my food can’t touch” phase).
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Designed for small hands. Measures 6” x 5” x 1.75”.

Lunchbots offers several options, some with more compartments, some with none. They even have colored lids to mix and match!

Keep in mind these are NOT leak-proof. So they’re not meant for wet foods.

Conclusion

That’s a wrap! We covered a lot of material in this kid’s non-toxic dinnerware for guide, so I want to recap what we learned quickly.

First, you saw which toxic dinnerware materials to avoid and the health risks associated with each.

Then, we explained each kid-safe dinnerware material and how it can benefit your family.

Finally, you saw the best non-toxic plates for toddlers, non-toxic baby feeding utensils, non-plastic kids’ cups, and the safest non-toxic lunch box.

The options in this post have been researched and vetted for safety and quality, so you can confidently move forward with any.

What did you think? Are you currently using any of these options? And if not, what’s going to be your first non-toxic dinnerware choice?

Let me know in the comments!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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5 Best Bamboo Plates for Kids to Avoid Toxins (in 2021)

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Bamboo plates for kids are the perfect excuse to ditch the plastic and opt for safer, more eco-friendly alternatives.

Lately, we’ve been spending some time talking to parents about dinnerware, and we’ve seen a surge of interest in bamboo plates for kids.

There is more information available than ever before on the dangers of plastic chemicals in dinnerware for kids.

So, curiosity is undoubtedly explainable.

Bamboo toddler plates are a fantastic alternative due to their safety and sustainability, reducing pollution while preventing health complications.

However, before pulling the trigger, there are some questions regarding bamboo plates for kids that keep coming up.

That is what we’re going to address in this article.

Then, we’ll show you the fan favorites proven to be safe, high-quality, and most popular through our consumer base.

After you finish reading this post, you’ll have all the information you need about bamboo dinnerware. You will discover some of the best options currently available!

Let’s dive into our first question!

Is Bamboo Safer than Plastic?

The most common question we get: Is bamboo safer than plastic? It definitely is!

Bamboo kid’s plates are usually safer than plastic plates unless bought from a low-quality company that cut corners in sourcing materials.

Bamboo plates are safe because they do not require the same harmful chemicals found in manufactured plastic.

Instead, they are crafted from plant-based materials rather than petroleum-based!

Plastic plates can include several various chemicals, including BPA (Bisphenol A), BPS (Bisphenol S), Phthalates, and even PFAS (Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances).

BPA is a known hormone-disrupting chemical used to harden plastics and make things such as polycarbonates.

Phthalates make hard plastics like PVC softer and more flexible, providing them with some “give.”

PFAS is a chemical used to provide some non-stick features to plates and cookware. Sometimes disposable plates contain this chemical.

You may recognize the word “Teflon.” This is PFAS.

These chemicals are scientifically proven to leach into foods they come in contact with. 

Outside stressors like heat and sunlight can speed up the process.

Health risks from these chemicals include:

  • Low infant birth weights
  • Effects on the immune system
  • Thyroid hormone disruption
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Fetal brain development
  • Cancers
  • Asthma

These chemicals leach into foods under stressful conditions such as under extreme heat or when exposed to sunlight.

Microwaving food in or on plastic is probably the most common way these chemicals leach. 

Another can merely be putting hot food on a plastic plate, especially when old and has a worn-out surface.

While manufacturers and organizations have stated that the small amount of these chemicals we ingest is not dangerous, I believe it’s best to avoid playing with fire.

Choosing non-plastic plates for toddlers is a simple and easy way to avoid being burned!

Are Bamboo Plates Safe for Kids?

I essentially answered this in the last section already, but we still are commonly asked: Are bamboo plates safe for kids?

Plastic plates can cause reproductive harm to ourselves, and especially to our vulnerable youth. Because of that, bamboo is already a safer option than plastic.

Bamboo kid’s dishes do not fall under those same processes and raw petroleum materials that plastic does. Because of this, they are especially beneficial for children!

But are bamboo toddler plates durable?

Plastic plates are durable (most of the time) and for a low cost, but did you know that bamboo is actually three times stronger than timber and has a higher tensile strength than steel?

So next time you’re wondering if bamboo plates for kids can hold up to rough play, remember that fact!

Stainless steel plates are still a more resilient option than bamboo dishes, but bamboo is softer and lighter than steel and will put less of a beating on your floor if dropped.

Glass plates are probably the safest option from a chemical standpoint; however, glass dinnerware is heavy, very fragile, and dangerous if broken.

Bamboo dinnerware provides you the durability you need, the safety you desire, and the ease of being very lightweight and portable.

The increased durability of bamboo toddler plates alone makes them a smarter investment than plastic since they’ll likely last a lot longer and save you hard-earned cash!

Along with the fantastic health benefits of switching to bamboo plates for kids, they indeed are a wise investment in your family.

Whenever the bamboo plates are at the end of their lifespan, you can feel good knowing they won’t contribute to the growing catastrophe of plastic pollution. They’ll biodegrade into the ground!

Are Bamboo Plates Microwave and Dishwasher Safe?

Now that we know how bamboo is a safer option for kids, let’s address these common usage questions: Are bamboo plates microwave safe/ dishwasher safe?

Microwave Safe?

In general, most of the time, you can microwave bamboo kid’s plates, but manufacturers prefer that you don’t.

This is due to how bamboo dinnerware gets produced.

Because bamboo does not grow into plate shapes, unfortunately, it needs to be ground down into small bamboo fibers.

After that, molded together using a food-safe binding resin.

The resin holds the bamboo plate together to give it its shape.

Microwaving bamboo dishes can weaken this binding and ultimately reduce the lifespan of your dinnerware.

The intense heat produced from the microwave frequency can over-dry the natural fibers themselves and cause cracking.

This goes for bamboo and also natural wood dinnerware.

Because of this, you should heat your food in a glass plate/ container and then serve on your bamboo toddler plate.

I do this with my bamboo dinnerware at home.

All in all, I think this is a small sacrifice, and the pros of bamboo massively outweigh the cons.

Dishwasher Safe?

Lastly, are bamboo plates dishwasher safe? Yes, bamboo plates for kids are dishwasher safe, although it can again reduce your dinnerware’s lifespan.

Dishwashers are a super convenient appliance that we almost take for granted, but are they the best for every dinnerware piece? Sometimes not.

Bamboo plates should be hand-washed. The heat and long periods of absorbing moisture can cause the dinnerware to swell and possibly warp/ crack.

Because of this, you should wipe clean your bamboo after use, ensuring it’s longevity.

I do not see this as a hassle because we already do this with other items in our kitchen, like cast iron cookware.

However, if you would prefer the dishwasher, it is advised to place your bamboo plates on the top rack.

Top 5 Best Bamboo Kids Plate Options

Now that we have our most frequently asked questions answered, it’s time to show you our top picks of the best bamboo kid’s plates!

As I said earlier, these following options are highly-rated, the most popular, and most frequently purchased, according to our readers and countless others online.

They are from notable companies and are very thoroughly rated and reviewed. You can feel 100% confident moving forward with any of the following options!

You’ll see options 1-4 are classic plate designs, and option 5 is a trendy bamboo kids snack bowl to keep your plates company!

Here are the five best bamboo kid’s plate options!

#1

Bobo&Boo Bamboo Kids Plates, Set of 4 (7.8” Inch)

This first set is from Bobo&Boo, and each set includes four, 7.8” diameter, beautifully colored bamboo kids plates!

Bobo&Boo crafts their Eco-friendly kids’ plates from all-natural bamboo without the use of BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead, Cadmium, or Mercury.

This makes them toxin-free and entirely safe for children!

Because bamboo is very sustainable and biodegradable, you can feel great knowing that you’re supporting a greener planet while supporting a healthier family.

Bobo&Boo’s plates are colored using food-safe mineral pigments and have very stylish, classic colors that are attractive to children and satisfying for adults!

Not only safe and stylish but shatter-proof and very functional for children as they clean up super easily.

Available in two color options: Coastal (pictured above) or Sunset!

You can check out these great Bobo&Boo kid’s plates and grab a set on Amazon by clicking here!

#2

Weesprout Bamboo Toddler Plates, Set of 4 (8” Inch)

Next up, we have this beautiful four-piece set of bamboo toddler plates from Weesprout!

This set is very similar to the previous offering from Bobo&Boo, chemical-free finish and all, but with the addition of deeper plate edges!

The deeper edges allow the plate to carry foods more securely and help contain messes, perfect for a smoother mealtime!

It will also allow for better stackability when storing.

Along with deeper edges, you’ll enjoy all the excellent non-toxic, chemical-free benefits of bamboo and the durability that you need.

Weesprout stands behind their products’ durability so much so that they even provide you a LIFETIME warranty.

Available in two combos: Green, Gray, Beige, and either Blue or Pink!

Pick up a set of bamboo plates for kids from Weesprout today on Amazon by clicking here!

#3

Bobo&Boo Big Kid-Sized Bamboo Plates for Adults & Kids, Set of 4 (10” Inch)

All this emphasis on small, child-sized plates, but what about bigger eaters and even us adults!?

That is precisely where these bamboo dinner plates come in, also from Bobo&Boo!

These are essentially the same plate as our first option, except they have a 10” diameter instead of 7.8” from side to side.

This wider base allows more food to fit on the plate, perfect for those who have a black hole where their stomach is supposed to be, just like myself as a child.

Not just benefiting hungry kids, but will help you as well. Now you don’t have to be left out of all the bamboo fun!

Grab a set for yourself as well, and the whole family can enjoy a safe and non-toxic mealtime together!

Click here to get Bobo&Boo big-kid sized bamboo dinner plates on Amazon!

#4

Bobo&Boo Bamboo Kids Divided Plate

Here we have another great style from Bobo&Boo, this time in a divided design!

Sectioned plates, especially this bamboo divided plate from Bobo&Boo, are the perfect option for any child experiencing a “my food can’t touch” phase.

The five perfectly-portioned sections on the plate make full meals easy.

You get a large spot for the main course and smaller compartments for various sides, dips, etc.!

This bamboo divided plate is the ultimate solution for picky eaters while keeping meals free of toxins!

Available in: Dolphin Blue or Flamingo Pink!

Get your very own divided bamboo plate from Bobo&Boo, click here! 

#5

Bobo&Boo Bamboo Kids Snack Bowls, Set of 4

Although this post is about bamboo plates for kids, we decided to include a couple of bamboo kids bowl options because they are just as popular as the previous examples.

Plates and bowls go hand in hand, and if you’re going to invest in children’s bamboo tableware, it’s not a bad idea to consider bowls as well!

This bowl set, also from Bobo&Boo, comes in the same “Coastal” (pictured above) and “sunset” colors as their plates do.

You’ll have no problem matching for a very safe and stylish dinner table!

Each bamboo snack bowl measures 4.5” wide and 1.9” deep, perfect for little ones!

I really like the handles on the sides that make for easy carrying, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

Along with all of the healthy and sustainable benefits of bamboo, they thought of everything here!

Pick up a set of bamboo kids bowls on Amazon today. Click here!

Conclusion

So that’s a wrap on discussing the topic of bamboo plates for kids!

Hopefully, after reading this post have a better understanding of bamboo kids’ dishes and why choosing non-toxic plates for toddlers is a worthwhile and essential decision.

Small changes like these help shape us into a healthier and more sustainable species, which I believe is crucial. Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Are you still using

plastic food storage containers? They can be just as troublesome, if not worse, than plastic plates.

Check out our post on the best stainless steel food containers for kids, free of plastic, and other harmful substances.

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Kids Divided Plates Review | Finding the Best Toddler Divided Plates

kids divided plates

It’s an exciting, yet nerve-wracking, time for parents as their toddler gets off the bottle/ sippy cups and starts eating solid food. Most frequently, parents start out with kids divided plates because they’re super easy to portion control and to assort different food groups.

We know how our younglings like to test the outer boundaries of their drinkware as we’ve discussed in our previous post on sippy cups.

The same generally applies to the new utensils, plates, and bowls that your child will be graduating into.

For the sake of this post, we’ll review in detail these section plates for toddlers.

Toddler portion plates are usually made from plastic due to its ease of manufacturing.

It’s very easy to churn out all kinds of wacky, fun kids divided plates using plastic molds in the factory.

This makes it cheaper than many other materials out there. Although cheaper, does that mean better?

If you glance at our previous article on plastic safety, you’ll probably start to think otherwise about choosing plastic for your kids.

That’s exactly what I’m going to discuss next.

What materials and features are the best for kids divided plates?

We will dive into plastic, glass, bamboo plates and silicone toddler divided plates to find which one seems to be the best for parents of young children.

First up, let’s just tackle the elephant in the room already and talk about plastic plates.

Kids Plastic Plates

kids plastic plates

As mentioned above, we know plastic is generally the dominant material used in kids divided plates. This is due to its versatility and ease of manufacturing. Divided kids plastic plates are in basically any home goods store and all over the internet, at very attractive prices.

But for the parents who want the best for their children, and are concerned about plastic chemicals, these are not the best option.

The problem with plastic plates usually is not immediate, but rather after continued use over time.

As plastic plates are exposed to more and more stressors (hot food, microwaving, dishwasher cycles, etc.) they can become very unsafe.

In one of our previous posts, we discussed how to identify the most unsafe plastics and also how these plastic chemicals can leach into your foods and drinks.

Over time, the above-mentioned stressors can wear away at your child’s divided plate and cause a higher likelihood of chemical leaching.

Even scratches in the plastic plate can release chemicals into food when heated.

Let’s not ignore the fact that there are “BPA-free” labeled plastic products out there, especially kid’s products.

But unfortunately, studies have shown that these might not be any safer.

Researchers tested hundreds of plastic products, many labeled BPA-free, and found that almost all the products tested leached EA chemicals.

This is most likely due to the different additives in the plastic.

“EA chemicals” are chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body, which have been linked to all kinds of health issues like negative effects on the heart, brain, and child developmental problems.

With all things considered, and all of the wonderful plastic-free kid’s dishes out on the market, it’s easy to steer clear of these risks!

While kids plastic plates are still a fine and acceptable option when used responsibly and not for extended periods of time, there are better options out there for the long run.

I’m going to discuss some safer alternatives now in the upcoming sections.

Kids Bamboo Plates

The next children’s plates we’ll discuss now are kids bamboo plates! These are great for so many reasons, the first and most obvious is that there’s NO PLASTIC!

The plates are made from 100% bamboo and do not risk imparting chemicals into your child’s food.

Because kids bamboo plates are made of natural bamboo, they can easily be microwaved or thrown in the dishwasher without worrying about wearing away the surface like plastic kids plates.

Over time as they become slightly worn, they will not lose their safety because there are no chemicals hidden away in the wood.

There’s nothing to hide.

For people who are very conscious of the environment, bamboo plates for toddlers are also biodegradable.

Bamboo is a plant, a natural organic material.

This material is 100% biodegradable and will break down in our Eco-system, so they won’t end up taking up space in landfills for hundreds of years like some other materials can!

Some bamboo kids plates come painted and usually, this is with a safe form of dye.

However, you never truly know if the paints used are safe or not.

So my best recommendation for going the bamboo route is to just choose the natural-looking, non-painted wooden baby plates.

Plus the natural look is way nicer in my opinion!

For cleaning bamboo plates, it’s best to hand-wash because bamboo can crack when exposed to high heat and moisture.

If you do decide to use the dishwasher, however, make sure it’s on the top rack!

When it comes to kids divided plates, these are certainly a popular and trendy item!

Click here to check out our favorite kid’s bamboo plate! This plate is free of any dyes, is 100% natural bamboo, and is equipped with a silicone suction bottom to prevent accidents.

Stainless Steel Divided Plate

The stainless steel divided plate is another great, Eco-friendly option for kids!

Stainless steel has become more and more popular lately for dinner plates because of its high corrosion resistance, cleanliness, and durability to last decades.

This makes them a highly economical choice for kids divided plates, especially in large families with lots of use!

Kids can be rough with their plates as we’ve mentioned and stainless steel does an incredible job withstanding abuse.

Even plastic and bamboo plates (although way less likely than glass) can still crack and break. The steel dinner plates, however, will not.

Stainless steel plates do not readily harbor germs, unlike wood or plastic.

It’s a very clean material due to it’s hard and smooth, non-porous surface. This is one reason why it’s commonly used by surgeons!

You can also easily see if it’s not been properly cleaned due to its mirror-like finish, therefore it is more hygienic to use.

This is very beneficial for young toddlers, whose immune systems aren’t yet at full strength.

Because of this hard smooth surface and durability, stainless steel dinner plates need very little care.

Just some mild detergent and a light scrubbing will polish them like new, or just throw them in the dishwasher!

Lastly, stainless steel divided plates are 100% recyclable.

Unlike plastic, which is not a green choice because of its lack of biodegradability and the energy-wasteful way it is produced, stainless steel is recyclable, long-lasting, and greener to make.

Not just for kids plates, but stainless steel is also becoming increasingly popular for adult-sized plates and also cookware due to its non-toxic nature.

Stainless steel kids plates are the ultimate option when searching for a plate that can handle anything from throws across the room to the outdoors and camping trips.

Click here to check out this super high-quality and highly-rated set of stainless steel divided plates!

Silicone Plates

As discussed above and in previous articles, studies show that BPA substitutes in plastics may be just as, or even more, hazardous to our health than BPA. The bottom line is that for parents who want to minimize chemical exposure for their children, plastic is not a great choice – but silicone plates are!

Silicone plates are rapidly becoming the main non-toxic replacement to plastic.

Glass and stainless steel are great for bottles and cups for children, but when it comes to plates, and mealtime travel gear, it becomes hard to resist the ease of shatterproof plastic.

But silicone is rapidly becoming the new wave for Eco-friendly kids divided plates.

While not a “100% natural” material like rubber, food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer mostly made from silica (sand).

It can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing, hazardous chemicals – unlike plastics, which contaminate food in these environments.

It is also odor and stain-resistant, hypoallergenic, and because of its smooth surface, very easy to clean.

For these reasons, and because it is soft like rubber and does not break, it is the perfect material for non-toxic baby products.

Silicone plates are also highly mold-able in production.

Like plastic, it’s very easy to make all kinds of different designs.

For example, the baby blue plate pictured above on the bottom left is a silicone suction plate which prevents children from lifting it off the table!

A suction cup is fixed to the bottom and helps the plate stay put on tables or high chair trays!

These are an amazing choice for young children when searching for the perfect kid’s divided plates and you can find them by clicking right here!

Conclusion – Which to choose?

non toxic plates

If you made it this far in the article, you should have a more thorough understanding of toddler plates and  the materials used.

When choosing your kid’s divided plate, a few main features seem to be most desirable…

One of which is that they’re plastic-free.

We don’t want to expose our kids by using those cheap kids plastic plates, known to cause chemical leeching under stress (heating, sunlight, scratches, etc).

We also do not want anything breakable.

Kids dinner plates made from glass are clean and free of plastic yes, but can easily be shattered.

We want plates that can be thrown across the room without a single worry (because let’s face it, that’s inevitable).

Kids bamboo plates are free of chemicals, biodegradable, and pretty durable.

These make very nice plates for toddlers, however, they are still susceptible to cracking and should be used by more careful/ older children.

The winners seem to be both stainless steel plates and silicone plates for toddlers due to their cleanliness and durability!

They have the highest ability to remain sanitary, they can both be microwaved and put in the dishwasher, and even sanitized in boiling water.

Best of all they’re free of plastic and won’t break!

You can find countless dinnerware sets made from both materials by clicking through the highlighted links below!

Click here to view our favorite stainless steel plates!

Click here to view our favorite silicone plates!