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My little girl loves anything with Kitty on so when I spotted the plates, cups and bowls, I decided to pick a few up (with a little persuasion from Lauren).
As stated earlier, these were available in Home Bargains at a cost of £1 each and there were also other items in the same design to compliment the range. There are similar products on the market in places such as Boots or Debenhams but the price is a little steeper so I think this is quite good value for money. I have just had a quick look online and this is now sold out.
The plate did have a sticker on the back when I purchased saying not microwave safe so I have never used in there, I have placed in the dishwasher on the top shelf and haven't experienced any problems such as the colours fading or the print coming away.
Although Lauren is 5, I still like her to have plastic plates when we are eating outside, mainly because she is a little on the clumsy side and has a tendency to knock plates onto the floor. The plastic is quite sturdy as this has been dropped several times and hasn't cracked or chipped.
The plate measures just slightly bigger than your average side plate (approximately 15cm) which I find is ideal for when we are having a picnic or a BBQ, I would say this is a little on the small side for Lauren to as a dinner plate. The plate is really nicely decorated, it has a lip all the way around which is decorated in pink with Hello Kitty in white writing, in the centre of the plate has a nice big picture of Kitty. I would describe the plate as very pretty and girly and it definitely caught my daughter's eye. Despite the low price, the image is very clear and of high quality.
I would definitely say that the plastic is quite tough, as well as using to eat from, Lauren sometimes uses this when she is helping me prepare dinner and chopping the vegetables so she has caught with a knife on several occasions yet the image and the plate aren't showing any scratches.
Overall, I would recommend this and give the plate 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Mealtime paraphernalia may not sound particularly important, but it can be a tricky business deciding what utensils are appropriate for what age.
One of the concerns with feeding a child from a normal plate is that it could smash or overturn. A plate made of plastic removes the smashing problem but makes the overturning problem all the more likely. Not a big deal with cold food; clothes clean, baby wipes are a godsend - but with warmer food it is a concern, so we make sure her food is only lukewarm.
Herein lies my first qualm: neither the plate, (nonexistent) packaging or the Home Bargains website mention if the plate is microwave safe or BPA free* - it is definitely not the former. I would advise anyone to warm food separately and transfer it to the plate to cool before eating. Bit of a faff? With things that are cooked without using a plate, not really; but when you get down to more mushy food that has to be cooked in something, it's more annoying. And yes, she does eat that varied a diet, being on baby-led weaning. Just don't give her hummus.
For similar reasons, I would also advise against sterilising it or putting it in the dishwasher (the lack of heating info; not the hummus).
So far, the plastic has been scratch-resistant. The plate washes well with warm water and soap.
That is a relief, as I'd feel guilty scratching Hello Kitty's face. The logo of Hello Kitty in the center of the plate is suitably bright and benign. Our version has Kitty surrounded by white and red bows, presumably after shoplifting.
The plate is incredibly pink. I suspect the design has more to do with enchanting a child in the shop rather than enticing them to eat, as the food covers Kitty in quite a brutal way. Maybe the idea of uncovering kitty from drowning in rice pudding cajoles a child into eating more? I am not a child psychologist. My niece likes it just fine; but then again she liked her Mickey Mouse plate as well. My older cousin just likes food.
Buying the bowl and plate together, I think we assumed that they would be suitable at the same ages. However, I would say the plate is better for a slightly older child to eat off of, whereas a bowl is better to catch spills and more runnier foods for those that puree their child's food.
Available at Home Bargains, it is currently sold out on their website, but we bought ours for £2.50. Matching items available.
* BPA is a plastic chemical that can cause damage to health. Sanrio's products are generally all BPA-free but I cannot find any conclusive information on this item.
** Common meal-time saying in Japanese; Hello Kitty's motherland.
For more information:
More on the effects of BPA: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/bpa.html
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Written for the Short & Sweet Kids/Family & Toys review competition, May/June 2013.