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- Why I Bought - I bought this set of two Philips Avent baby bowls while I was still pregnant. I became a little obsessed with the Boots baby event where all baby items were on a 3 for 2 offer and as a result I bought a wide variety of weaning equipment before my son was even born. I was attracted to these bowls because they are cute and fun. I have bought many items from the Avent range and always find them to be long lasting and high quality. - The Bowls - The set I purchased consists of two bowls in different sizes. These can also be bought separately or in sets with a plate and cutlery. The bowls are made from thick, durable white plastic (BPA free). They each have an orange rubber base which stops them being slid of a highchair too easily. They have a picture at the centre of the bowl, one features a bunny with carrots while the other shows a bunny with tomatoes. Around the lip of the bowl are pictures of carrots/tomatoes alongside numbers. For example, the number four with four tomatoes and the number six with six carrots. The smaller bowl is approximately 4cm in height and has a 14cm diameter while the larger bowl is 4cm in height and has a 17.5cm diameter. I think the bowls look well made, practical, long lasting, cute and fun. - In Use - I started using the smaller bowl when I first started weaning my son onto pureed food. The bowl is a good size for smaller portions but I still find it a good size for snacks and deserts now that my son is 15 months. I found the bowl to be easy to use. It is comfortable to hold in my hand while spoon feeding my son. The Avent spoons we have from the same range look nice with this bowl and don't tip out too easily. I started using the larger bowl as my son's portion sizes increased and we still use it regularly as it is large enough for a decent size toddler meal. The bowls are non slip but that won't stop the child from throwing them on the floor if you place them on the highchair tray. At least they are strong and seem fairly resilient to this. My son is so used to seeing these bowls that he knows they are his which I think makes his meal times more enjoyable. The designs are cute and colourful with educational counting too. These bowls are best used at home and they don't come with a lid so can't easily be used on the go. I think they are very well made and still look almost as good as new with the pictures still bright and no sign that they are fading or peeling off. - Cleaning - These bowls are dishwasher, steriliser and microwave safe. They are easy to clean by hand as the design is simple and smooth. They have survived almost daily use and washing for ten or so months now. - Price and Availability - I bought this set in Boots early last year but from looking on their website it seems they currently only have the smaller bowl which is priced at £4.50. I can't remember how much I paid but think it was around £6.50 and the set was on a 3 for 2 offer. Amazon currently have the same set for £5.99 plus postage of £2.99. This seems a little steep. I think it is worth around £6.50 though as they are definitely good quality bowls and they have a fun design too. - Would I Recommend? - I would definitely recommend these bowls as they are well made, BPA free, practical, easy to use, good sizes, non slip, long lasting, cute, fun and easy to clean. I wish they came with a lid so that they could be used on the go.
My little boy has now gotten to the stage in his weaning where he does not want mummy to feed him anymore. This is great, I am really impressed by his development but its a bit of a pain for me as he does not want to eat pureed food anymore, he wants to be able to pick up the food himself and eat it himself without my help. He will clamp his mouth shut and shake his head wildly if I come anywhere near him with a spoon so I though it was high time that I bought him his own set of bowls to feed himself from and make him more interested at meal times. I found this set from the Philips Avent range which I really trust when it comes to baby products and was impressed with the cute design and the quality of the bowl and plate. This set encompasses a bowl and a plate, the two items that I have found most useful when it comes to feeding a young child. The bowl features a cute pencil drawn little cartoon rabbit who is on the lookout for carrots, thats what every bunny is after right? The picture shows the bunny finding some carrots that are growing in the ground and he has seemed to picked them out of the ground as they still have their green stalks on them and you can see that there are empty spaces in the ground where the rabbit has picked them from. Around the rim of the bowl there are the numbers 1 to 6 written in number form and next to the corresponding number are the same amount of carrots. This is a brilliant way in my opinion of introducing numbers at meal time and something that my little boy now sees all the time and so hopefully it will begin his understanding of numbers and counting. I also think its a great way of making carrots and vegetables fun, with a cute story about a stealing bunny and nice pictures which show carrots. The plate has the same bunny featured on it and this time he has a sheep and a little mouse friend with him and they are in search of tomatoes. The tomatoes are shown being grown on a vine and with the addition of some rain water from the cloud above the tomatoes are growing really well and looking very tasty. This time there are the numbers 1 to 7 featured on the rim of the bowl and then the same number of tomatoes by each corresponding number. Every child needs a bowl and plate just of their own that they will enjoy eating out of and one that will make meal times fun. It also needs to be smash proof, damage proof, scratch proof, basically everything proof that will stand up to the test of dinner time. This bowl and plate are made from, in my opinion, an unbreakable from of plastic. The plastic in this bowl and plate is very thick and very different to just a regular thin plastic. It is very sturdy and very strong, I can definitely attest to that. These have been thrown from a great height when my little boy doesn't want anymore of his dinner in his highchair, as well as being used as drums and been dragged across the floor and generally been bashed about. They do not not have a scratch on them and are still as perfect as the first day I bought them Both the plate and the bowl have a non slip base to it, a sort of plastic rubber ring around the base which is a good addition in my opinion. It stops the bowl from really sliding across my little boys high chair top but in all honesty if you are actually hoping that this non slip surface will stop the bowl from being thrown over the side of the high chair then you are sadly mistaken. My little boy can just wave his arms around and the bowl will fling off the side of the highchair if he is finished and does not want any more dinner so the non slip is great for little unintentional knocks but will not keep it in place forever. The items are microwave and dishwasher safe and BPA-free so they are a great choice when it comes to meal times. What I like about the bowl is that its quite deep so for now my little boy can reach his hand in and use the side of the bowl to really scoop his food out which makes him feel really happy when he has accomplished something himself. You can see the little look of joy on his face when he picks up a grape say, and is able to put it in his mouth himself. Soon, I think this bowl will be very helpful when he starts to use a spoon although its going to be very messy for mummy! We now have fights over these, well my little girl seems to get jealous when I give them to my little boy and she wants to use these too. I should have just bought two sets of the same bowl and plate and that would have saved any arguments but hey, they are a great set to give to a little one and ones I definitely recommend.