I have a very few "kid" plates for my two and a half year old, and mostly just prefer for him to use our plates/dishes, which are glass. He has always been careful and he helps with clearing the table and washing dishes and stuff...but now the plates are starting to break. He will toss his glass into the sink and whatever is in there will smash...but he can't really do it more "gently" because of the height. And if he accidentally sets a dish too hard on the granite counter tops it will crack. I don't want to be buying new dish sets all the time, but I don't want to use plastic, and obviously paper would be totally wasteful....what do you use??
Mommy to DS born 11-10-10 And DD born 6-3-13
Duralex makes 'break-resistant' glass dishes. Could be worth giving them a try... An interesting history, they used to be the standard used in cafeterias in elementary schools throughout France for many years.
I was in Ikea recently and they had some super cheap dishes for kids (I think like $1.99 for 4-6 cups, plates, bowls) but I didn't get them because the packaging didn't say it was BPA free. When I looked them up when I got home, they are BPA free and seem to be a pretty good value so I'll be picking up some next time I'm in that neck of the woods.
Married Since 4/05
Mom to the silliest girl since 1/12
And SUPRISE! expecting #2 in 12/15
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We just use regular white porcelain plates, inexpensive ones that we got from the local grocery store. Our bowls are also white but from IKEA (their 365 series I believe, or similar) but since it's all white and a similar style they look like they "match". You can get a set of them for $35 it looks like: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50136317/ DD has always used these, well, except for when she was just eating from her high chair tray with her fingers, LOL. She's 2, no broken dishes yet, but I'm sure it will happen eventually. They were around $2 each or something so it's not a big deal if it happens.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13