My Plate-Mate for Kids: More Bites, Less Mess

08/28/2008 at 06:00 AM ET
MyplatemateplateMy Plate-Mate for Kids

 

My Plate-Mate ($7.95), which is a simple, curved piece of plastic — that snaps on to the side of a plate to help kids push food on their fork — is one of those “where’ve YOU been?” products I’m glad to have finally found, albeit five years and three kids into the game.

I’ve been watching my five-year-old chase his eggplant parmesan (yeah, but, it’s one of only three dinner foods he’ll eat) around his plate for so long. Some bites make it in, but too many end up being forced off the plank, onto the table and floor. I tried giving him a dull knife to help — no luck. It was even more frustrating for him to use both utensils (and for me to watch).

MyplatemateMy Plate-Mate, which resembles a headband, snapped on easily to our ceramic, 9-inch plate. And with very little instruction — if any — he was off and running, using it to maneuver bites onto his fork like it had always been there. We tried it with macaroni and cheese on a smaller, plastic plate with my three-year-old son (it’s marketed for ages 2 and up) who also barely noticed it was there and used it like a pro, pushing slippery noodles up against the Plate-Mate and watching them fall back onto his spoon.

The lightweight Plate-Mate is easy to throw into a bag for restaurant dining (or eating at nervous grandparents’ houses) and a breeze to clean. Made of FDA-approved food grade plastic-free from lead, PVC, polycarbonates, bisphenol-a (BPA) and phthalates — it’s dishwasher safe and comes in three colors: pink, blue and white. (We used white, and so far no tomato-sauce stains.) It fits any round plate with a 8”-9 1/2” diameter.  It was just awarded the 2008 Outstanding Product Award from iParenting Media Co., a subsidiary of Disney Online.

— Danielle D.

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Phyllis M on

I just purchased My Plate-Mate a few weeks ago for my three-year old daughter. I immediately noticed that my daugher is eating more and neater. No more food dropping on the table and floor where I have to pick up and clean up. What a time saver. My husband and I compliment her by saying what a big girl you are. Now whenever she’s through with her meal she would say “I’m a big girl.”

My Plate-Mate is a wonderful item. I bought several more to give to my friends with little children to use. They all agreed that My Plate-Mate is a wonderful item. We even pack it with us whenever we go out to eat.

Jenny on

I heard my Mother’s Club friends raving about My Plate-Mate so I bought one for my son. LOVE IT! A must have for every toddler.

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