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Make toddler mealtime less messy with this, mama

If your toddler is a plate pusher like mine, there is a solution.

Make toddler mealtime less messy with this, mama
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Mealtime with toddlers can be messy. Whether you're introducing a new (and, in a toddler's eyes, questionable) ingredient or simply trying to fill up those little bellies before bed, things don't always go according to plan. In our home, what's on the menu is often met with a fair amount of resistance (broccoli, meet threenager...threenager, this is broccoli), and occasionally it even meets with the floor—or ceiling.

My husband and I try to enforce a strict "no plate pushing!" rule at dinner, but we can't always keep up with a sassy toddler's lightning reflexes. More than once, the dinner I had prepared met an untimely end as it slid off the counter or table.

Oh, butternut mac and cheese...we hardly knew ye.

But if your toddler is a plate pusher like mine, there is a solution. The OXO Tot Stick & Stay plates and bowls feature a suction cup base that clings to any smooth surface or highchair tray, proving nearly impossible for little ones to remove. (Don't worry, adults simply have to locate the wave pattern on the silicone skirt where they can inconspicuously lift the silicone base to release the suction easily—just don't tell your kid that.)


OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Bowl

When my toddler tried to resist a new recipe served in her Stick & Stay plate, she was shocked to find the plate didn't slide the way others had. Distracted by the plate's tantrum-proof superpowers, she even eventually ended up taking a few bites of her lunch without too much fuss.

That sound you hear? That would be angels singing. 🙌


OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Bowl

The Stick & Stay dinnerware comes in a plate, bowl and a divided plate, meaning no matter what you serve, you'll have the right platter. The divided plate is especially helpful if your little one likes to keep each ingredient separate, or if you're serving up a deconstructed version of an adult dinner.

We also love the bowl with its side walls that are perfect for scooping, encouraging our independent girl to tackle self-feeding with confidence. And when it's time to clean up, simply twist off the suction base and put both pieces in the dishwasher. Take that, mess.

Want to stick it to your own messy mealtime? OXO's Stick & Stay plates and bowls are each $9.99 and available at OXO.com.



This article was sponsored by OXO Tot. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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