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I'm looking for some sort of non-breakable, dishwasher-safe (lower rack, not just top rack), microwave-safe plates and bowls to buy. I also want to spend as little as possible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DS is taking an interest in unloading our dishwasher. So I'd like to buy plates and bowls that are safe for him to help so he doesn't break all our dishes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Any suggestions out there?<br><br>
As a side note, I know a 2 year old that has been unloading the dishwasher since 12mos. They have all durable plastic dinnerware and store it in the lower cabinets so their daughter can out the dishes away by stacking them. Great idea!
 

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anything from the thrift store?<br><br>
also, i reinforce the gentle gentle bit but in my mind, figure that if something breaks, then that can also be a lesson.
 

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I have not found any non-breakable dishes that are dishwasher and microwave safe. Many are dishwasher safe, but not microwave safe. We use heavey stone wear four our dishes. They are a bit more resilient than say corel.
 

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I want to put in a vote for Corelle.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Seriously! They are lightweight, virtually never chip, and resist breakage. I would consider them to be MORE durable than stoneware, though perhaps not as stylish. It is possible to break them, but IME they withstand dropping on the floor amazingly well. I let my toddler handle them without a second thought.
 

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We have used stoneware and melamine for our kids. A lot of melamine says top rack only but I've put it in the bottom rack with no problems.<br><br>
Regarding Corelle: if you have very hard floors, like ceramic tile or stone, you might not want this option. It's a very hard glass and it *will* shatter if dropped onto very hard flooring. My parents have a soapstone floor and at their house, Corelle shatters into a million teeny tiny, impossible to clean up, pieces. But on other types of flooring it's very durable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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