My 4.5-year-old is, let's say, spirited in his opinions. He very clearly knows what he wants and doesn't want (oh to have the confidence of a stubborn preschooler!). And what he doesn't want right now is anything that looks too babyish. "That's for babies," he'll say if I give him anything with primary colors or looks too miniature. He doesn't want the baby fork and spoon, he wants what grown-ups use. He doesn't want the baby plastic cups and plates, he wants the glass and ceramic ones.
Well, you can see where this is going.
I had to find something that would satisfy his "not a baby" opinions but still not shatter to pieces if he accidentally drops it on the floor. I had to find him something that's made for kids but doesn't feel made for kids.
That's why I was so happy to find Ekobo. They come in these beautiful muted colorways that feel uber-sophisticated but are sized perfectly for little big kids. They're made with biodegradable bamboo fiber and food-grade melamine so they're super sturdy and dishwasher safe. Best part? They look very similar to the "grown-up" dishes we already have, so my little guy is none the wiser.
Here are my favorites:
These come in a set of four and a variety of pop and muted hues everyone can agree on.
From picnics to the dinner table, bath time to the sandbox, we use these everywhere.
Even at home, this makes lunchtime more fun. The top can be used as a plate and it's great for keeping foods from touching.
Lunch on the go? No problem. This one fits perfectly into our favorite lunch box.
Cereal is just a suggestion. Soup, popcorn, or a heaping bowl of ice cream when things get tough will also work.
No need to worry about a school of goldfish crackers swimming at the bottom of your bag. These seal tight and the lid snaps to the bottom when in use to keep it from getting lost.
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