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:

EKOBO bamboo kids plate set

EKOBO bamboo kids plate set

These come in a set of four and a variety of pop and muted hues everyone can agree on.

$30

EKOBO bamboo kids bowls

Ekobo bamboo kids bowls

We love these for inside and outside snacks and meals.

$32

EKOBO kids cups

Ekobo kids cups

From picnics to the dinner table, bath time to the sandbox, we use these everywhere.

$20

EKOBO bento box

Ekobo bento box

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.

$22

EKOBO rectangular bento box

EKOBO rectangular bento box

Lunch on the go? No problem. This one fits perfectly into our favorite lunch box.

$23

EKOBO cereal bowl set

EKOBO bamboo cereal bowl

Cereal is just a suggestion. Soup, popcorn, or a heaping bowl of ice cream when things get tough will also work.

$32

EKOBO storage containers

EKOBO storage containers

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.

$18

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