When it’s time to start weaning your baby, you will need to choose the best baby-safe crockery available, designed to support your baby's development and prevent any mealtime mishaps.
These products will make your life much easier too - weaning can be a stressful time, so having the right dinnerware for your little one can make everything much more relaxed.
What you'll find in this article
- Best baby spoons and cutlery
- Best baby bowls
- Best baby plates
- Best baby tableware sets
What to look for in your baby's tableware
You'll want to choose spoons, bowls and plates that are designed not to break when your baby throws them on to the floor (which undoubtedly WILL happen).
It’s also a good idea to choose non-slip bowls and plates with suction; this not only will help prevent them from ending up on the floor, but also help your baby once they start baby-led weaning to keep their dinnerware in place.
You should always choose baby products in the correct recommended age range and size, making sure there's enough room for the right amount of food your little one needs. It's also wise to check for washing, warming, and freezing directions to help your baby's plates, bowls and cutlery last and to suit their favourite meals and your lifestyle.
Below we have selected the best weaning spoons, bowls and plates for babies and toddlers to make mealtimes easier for both of you. In fun colours and designs, these options are sure to keep your baby captivated during the weaning process.
Best baby spoons and cutlery
This set of six silicone baby spoons is made with natural bamboo fibre and anti-bacterial soft silicone. You can also get matching plates and bowls. Important: this product is hand wash only, and because it’s a bamboo product, you will need to wipe with coconut oil once a month to make it last longer.
Mum Rebecca wrote on Amazon: "My son is 6 months, going through teething and we’ve started weaning. He’s loving the spoons! Not only are they easy to handle but he’s also finding comfort from chewing the ends and liking the different textures."
Tommee Tippee has been a popular choice for parents for generations. These spoons have long handles for a secure grip, and they're BPA free, dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe.
One reviewer on Amazon said: "Great for self feeding, the big chunky handles are easy to grip for little hands and the wide deep base of the spoon allows for food to stay in place rather than slipping off. They work really well with yogurt and purees because they are deeper than traditional kid's spoons and handy to keep in your nappy bag for when out and about."
Munchkin made this set focusing on baby mouths and sensitive gums, so they feel very gentle. These infant spoons come in bright, vibrant colours and are ergonomically designed for ease of feeding and easy grip.
One reviewer found them an excellent spoon to start weaning: "I can't believe I'm writing a review for spoons but having tried a few different ones, these ones are my favourite. Small enough for little mouths, long handle for me to feed my baby and for them to grasp the spoon too. Not as wide or shallow as other spoons which was a good thing as the slightly narrower spoon and its depth meant the food ended up in baby's mouth not smudged around their face. I'm sure different babies take to different spoons and before trying different ones I'd have said they can't be sufficiently different to care enough but that hasn't been our experience. Really recommend these."
Shortlisted Best Weaning Product at the 2018 Mother&Baby Awards
These spoons are excellent value for money, whilst being soft on little mouths. Our panel of mum testers loved the ergonomic design which were easy for little hands to pick up, leaving mum hands free. Dishwasher safe and BPA free, this no spill spoon with a built-in-rest gives a steady starter spoon with a bendy head for easy feeding.
Our mum tester Charlotte said: "These weaning spoons are a great product. I find the bendy, clear spoon is very handy as the surface is like a smooth scoop, meaning all the food slides into my baby’s mouth very easily. They are also a decent size, not too big and not too small, so my daughter took to these very quickly."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Little Angels Weaning Spoons Set here
If you think your tot would prefer to try eating with a fork, these easy grip fork and spoons are a great option. Although you may be a bit wary of the metal at first, you'll probably find your baby loves the idea of feeling like they're using grown up cutlery, just like mummy.
One mum shared on Amazon, "I wasn’t sure about metal cutlery but the protector on the handle was really attractive as my little boy has eczema and food on the hands can be irritating. He loves these - maybe because the metal matches adult cutlery? But he also seems to be able to use the fork better than his plastic alternatives. Great."
Silver Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2019 Mother&Baby Awards
This cutlery set helps your child eat independently and encourages the development of the pincer grip, needed for learning to draw and write. The short ergonomically designed handles make controlling cutlery easier and allow your child to develop skills to make the successful transition to adult cutlery. Made from high-quality BPA free materials, the set is dishwasher safe and long lasting to support your child.
Our mum tester Jodie said: "This lovely set allows my little boy to practise holding cutlery as well as learning how to feed himself. It means that I can use my time to do other things in the kitchen knowing that he is safe and enjoying being a big boy. It gives both of us confidence which is brilliant and hopefully it will mean that he can start to move on to other cutlery once he’s mastered using this collection."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Doddl Cutlery Set here
Shortlisted for Best Weaning Product at the 2015 Mother&Baby Awards
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons are soft and easy to grip. The spoon tip turns white when food is too hot, which is a nifty feature but it is quite sensitive, often suggesting that a meal is too hot when it is at a palatable temperature. The spoons are also quite small, which is perfect for smaller babies but a bigger scoop would be useful for more efficient eaters. There are four spoons in a pack and the product’s overall competence makes it good value for money.
Mum Mariam said on Amazon: "The best thing I have purchased for my child, she loves using these spoons and I know exactly when the food temperature is perfect due to the changing colours. They also look so cute, would 100 per cent recommend. I love them!!! Will be buying again."
Bronze Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards
Mealtimes are about more than just eating, so Nana's Manner's set out to design unique, innovative and stylish products that make precious time around the table easy and enjoyable. Their unique Stage 2 Fork & Spoon is a child's first introduction to using utensils to eat all by themselves whilst supporting their development. Approved by experts and healthcare professionals, they are designed to exclusively focus on building children's confidence and independence.
Our mum tester Annique said: "This makes my life easier as a Mum, as my little one took to using the Spoon pretty much instantly. Within less than a day, he took to using the Spoon feeding himself his breakfast, a yoghurt and his dinner. I was honestly shocked. I didn’t think he would take to feeding himself with cutlery so quickly. It now frees me up to feed my other little one, knowing that I have piece of my mind that my eldest is now comfortable able to feed himself without getting the food everywhere."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Nana's Manners Stage 2 Fork & Spoon here
These silicone 'chewtensils' have been designed for your baby to chew on, helping to stimulate the gums as they feed. Sized and shaped for babies 6 months and up, this fork and spoon set are perfect for introducing your baby to self-feeding with the added safety of being bacteria resistant with a ventilated choke barrier and free from BPA, phthalate and toxins. Your little one can practice spooning and enjoy eating purees and soft food.
One mum found her baby could hold them easily with slimy fingers: "I was excited when I received this utensil set for my 6 month old. He had a tendency to shove everything in his mouth so having something that would prevent him from choking on his spoon was very important to me. It came well packaged with simple instructions on the back.
"My son is only eating purées at the moment, which can be a little slimy. He is able to hold this spoon on his own regardless. When he comes to the teething portion of the spoon, he LOVES it. It actually helped him learn to eat off a spoon quickly, since he would chew on it - quickly realising that he also had food on there to eat. We have not used the fork yet, but I have high hopes it will be just as awesome."
Best baby bowls
These redesigned bowls come with a larger and stronger suction base which create a firm hold. They're also dishwasher safe and BPA free. They are a good staple addition to your baby's feeding routine and perfect for little ones aged 6 months and up.
Mum Jessica was glad she chose these over others: "So I’d toyed with the idea of getting the lovely animal bamboo bowls for ages (triple the price of these!) and my husband convinced me to go with these plastic ones & as soon as we started using them I haven’t looked back. They’re not the most attractive or exciting of bowls for weaning but man are they practical! So easy to use, clean, take out, they’re compact so easy to take more than 1 out. The suction works brilliantly & couldn’t be more pleased!"
Silver Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2017 Mother&Baby Awards
With inspiration from silicone bakeware, this 100 per cent soft flex silicone has awesomely gripping, damage proof and easy feed qualities that help turn messy mealtimes into an enjoyable time for babies and parents. No matter how intent baby is on playing "fetch the bowl", once plonked firmly on that highchair tray or table it isn't going anywhere until you say so. And there is nothing to take apart for cleaning and nothing to trap food and germs.
Our mum tester Sarah said: "The Nuby SureGrip bowl is a fantastic bowl, the silicone material means it can be used in the oven, microwave and dishwasher which is great. It's also really easy to clean. It grips to all surfaces which is brilliant when you have a 6 month old that loves nothing more than throwing her bowl on the floor 😊 Overall it is a great product which we love using."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Nuby SureGrip Bowl here
Be one step ahead and prevent food spillage and bowls being thrown onto the floor at mealtimes with JoJo Maman Bebe's handy twin pack of suction bowls. These bowls come with a lid for easy storage and strong suckers adhere to table surfaces to keep your little one's bowl in place, minimising the mess! Made from 100 per cent polypropylene and silicone, these bowls are BPA and Phthalate free.
Mum Lindsey shared: "Great bowls and the suction part is super clever when you have a baby that wants to grab and tip everything. The lid is also handy for taking chopped up bits of fruit of veg out with you in the second bowl."
This bowl is made from all-natural bamboo and food-grade silicone protect your child from BPA, phthalates, and other toxins. The powerful suction base grips the highchair tray or kiddie table to prevent spills, flips and throws. We love the removable suction bottom that lets you transition bowls to regular use when your child outgrows them.
One parent said: “This is a beautiful product and well deserving of its design awards. I bought it out of desperation after trying several bowls with poor suction. My 11-month-old grandson would simply pull them off and food would go everywhere. The suction on this is brilliant, and I love the deep shape which allows him to easily scoop food out. The spoon looks big but is surprisingly manageable for small hands. I ended up buying a second one so that he could have one in his own home as well. It might seem a bit on the pricey side, but worth every penny.”
Best baby plates
This plate has a unique design in bright colours to make mealtime more fun for your little one. It's made with 100 per cent food grade silicone with BPA, PVC, BPS and Phthalate free. It has strong suction, and is dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. We love how handy it is for dividing foods as well as fun for a car-loving tot!
Mum Kathryn found this to be a great little plate that could get easily cleaned in the dishwasher: "Just what we needed. It's so lovely and my 16 month old absolutely loves it. It's great for getting him to try different things at own pace. The suction cups work really well and it cleans brilliantly. There's no staining from curry and bologna and it looks as good now 2 weeks after use as it did when it arrived. It's easy to clean and can even be put in the dishwasher. I'd definitely recommend them to my friends!"
Shortlisted Best Toddler Food Range/Product at the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards
This adorable suction plate is sure to keep your little one under its enchanting spell. A good size and sturdy, this plate is made from 100% natural bamboo which is antibacterial and toxin free. The powerful food-grade silicon suction base also means no more flips, spills and mess.
One of our mum testers, Chantelle, said: "I love this plate. It makes meal times less messy! No more plate being flung across the room with dinner on it. I can nip across the room and grab something without finding a pile of mess on the floor when in come back. It is really easy to clean too. You ideally need a brush just to get in all the corners properly but it comes apart and back together easily."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Bamboo Bamboo Unicorn Suction Plate here
This easy scoop plate from Tesco has been designed with steep sides to encourage self-feeding. It allows your baby to navigate around the plate with cutlery and is perfectly sized for little portions. BPA free and microwave and dishwasher safe, this is a great option to pick up online, in-store and add to your weekly shop.
Gold Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards
The weaning and feeding range from Vital Baby is perfectly sized for little hands and mouths, ensuring weaning and self-feeding are simple, fun and less messy. Made from safe and soft phthalate-free, latex-free and BPA-free materials, vital baby® NOURISH™ and HYDRATE™ products have been designed to help little ones gain confidence with eating whilst making life easier for parents and carers.
Our mum tester Emma said: "I love the bowls and plates particularly with the mega suction that attaches to them, it has taken me a long time to find a bowl or plate that my son cannot remove from the high chair tray and this brand has got it spot on! This means that I can have my dinner with my son without watching out for the flying plate! PERFECT!"
Read our full tried and tested review of the Vital Baby NOURISH weaning and feeding range here
Shortlisted for Best Weaning Product at the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards
The EasyMat Mini Portable Baby Suction Plate was designed to fit any highchair trays coming with four corner suction cups, which hold the plate steady, as well as its own carrying case. The EasyMat mini is EasyTot's best-selling suction plate for your little one's first foods all the way to 24 months.
Our mum tester Ellen said: "I really liked this product. The compartments are all of a good size and depth. This helped my little one to get the food ion the spoon herself. If a cold didn’t like their food mixing this is also great as they can be separated. The mat is really sticky so baby hasn’t managed to throw it on the floor yet which means meal times aren’t as messy!"
Read our full tried and tested review of the EasyMat Mini Portable Baby Suction Plate here
Best baby tableware sets
Bronze Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2019 Mother&Baby Awards
This is a natural bamboo bowl made with food-grade silicone to protect your child from BPA, phthalates, and other toxins. The cool-touch bamboo deters burns to baby's delicate fingers if they reach out for it during feeding and the removable suction bottom lets you transition bowls to regular use when your child outgrows them. The set comes in six cheery unisex colours to suit any child.
Our mum tester Zoe said: "I would definitely recommend this to my friends. The bamboo material is lovely and smooth and looks much nicer quality than the standard plastic bowls that most competitors seem to be advertising. The spoon is a good shape for your little one’s mouth so it easy for them to use for self-feeding."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Bamboo Bamboo Baby Stay Put Suction Bowl and Spoon Set here
Shortlisted Best Weaning Product at the 2019 Mother&Baby Awards
Allowing babies to feed themselves with what they choose has to be a good thing and making it fun with foodie faces is even better. This children's first dinner set is ideal whether for baby led weaning or conventional weaning. It includes a kids plate with dipping pot ears for superior dunking and removeable suction, a 'Peepo' bowl with hiding bears and a super cute 200ml sippy cup with a weighted straw for any-way-up drinking.
Our mum tester Jenny said: "This little set has been amazing for us. It was the first sippy cup that my daughter accepted. It was brilliant as she has a habit of lying down to drink, so the weighted straw was a godsend. The plate was great, has a fun face on it with a rubber bottom to stop it slipping. Kids loved it."
Read our full tried and tested review of the TUM TUM Baby Weaning Set here
A 10-piece set that includes four bowls with lids and two soft tip spoons which will make your life easier on the go. They're 100 per cent spill-proof and 100 per cent leak-proof. You can also put them in the microwave and the dishwasher. Definitely a must-have!
One parent found these the perfect size for little ones, and useful for leftovers: "Absolutely love these. I've had no problems with the lids, they all fit. I was worried about whether they would be big enough as it's hard to tell the size but they're perfect. I've attached photos showing them next to a 200g jar of baby food. The jar fits perfectly with a bit of room to spare. The lids are great for leftovers. We only use these spoons and already had a ton but they're always useful!"
The Babymoov Babybols Multiset is all you need for on-the-go feeding and storing your baby's food. These bowls are perfect for transporting, allowing your little one to eat nutritious home-made meals wherever you go. The soft, flexible spoons come in a handy set of 3, meaning you won't go without when one goes missing and with 100 per cent airtlight screw-on lids, you can easily store baby food and keep it fresh.
Gold Winner for Best Weaning Product at the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards
Munchkin's Colour Me Hungry is a cute, toddler-friendly dining set for little hands and mouths. It will get your little one used to self-feeding with it's easy to hold handles. Dishwasher safe and BPA-free, the 7 piece set has utensils ergonomically designed for small hands and the plates and bowls have grippe bottoms and deep walls for easy scooping. Ideal for 18 months and over, the set comes in a gift box which features a unicorn themed colouring activity for your little one to enjoy.
Our mum tester Melanie said: "The set is definitely value for money, having purchased numerous other products that haven’t lasted or washed as nice as these, I can definitely recommend. Each of the items is great in design and practicality, from the cutlery to the cup. The cutlery is a perfect size and has helped my daughter to use cutlery during all mealtimes."
Read our full tried and tested review of the Munchkin Colour Me Hungry Dining Gift Set here
Containing everything your baby will need to start their weaning journey, this fun kit includes easy scoop feeding bowls, spoons, no-spill cup, bib and storage pots. Its also all dishwasher safe meaning you'll have less washing up to do after messy mealtimes.
One parent thought this was the perfect set for weaning: "This weaning set is perfect, my little boy is almost 5 months and he is on solids every so often. I have started weaning him a little bit. The colours are so lovely, the down side is the bib is still a little bit big but I know by next month it will fit my little one perfectly. Would highly recommend this product."
Stylish and eco-conscious baby brand, Baby Boosa, have created a weaning essential set complete with bowl and spoon. The silicone bowl comes with a dust proof lid and strong suction base to keep their meal firmly secured in place. The matching spoon holds the perfect baby mouthful and is lovely and soft to the touch. This brand is all about safety and sustainability, with the durable, and easy to clean 100 per cent food grade silicone making it flexible and safe for little mouths. This set is also available in colours salted caramel, concrete grey, dusky rose, Milano black and charcoal grey.
Mum Kathryn wrote: "I have just purchased the Riveria blue set for my little boy to start our weaning process. The spoon is so amazing it's so easy to use and the flat end at the front makes feeding a lot easier than any others that I have used for my other children. The bowl is so soft and the suction is amazing. Can't wait to use the rest of the set on our little journey."
Help encourage good eating habits from a young age with the Peter Rabbit Weaning Set. Complete with a plate, bowl, cup, spork and spoon, this set is BPA free and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Suitable for children from 6 months, the beautiful illustrations from the much-loved Beatrix Potter stories will capture kids' imaginations and provide plenty of opportunity for imaginative storytelling. It makes a wonderful gift for fans of the classic Peter Rabbit tales.
We love the lovely vintage design that your little one is sure to remember when they grow older.