The First Years provided me some of their toddler snack time essentials: Inside Scoop Dip Plate, Stackable Hard Spout Cups, and Take & Toss Double Duty Plates in exchange for my honest review. My little girl’s now just shy of 2 years, and snack and meal time has been a challenge. Several of these issues were solved by the products I got to try in this review.
Inside Scoop Dip Plate
The Inside Scoop Dip Plate we received was orange and blue. The primary part of the dish is a suction cup snack bowl, but nestled in the center is a neat little dip cup. In our trials, we have had apple sauce, rice pudding, and soft cheeses tucked away inside there. It was an overwhelming success. The suction cup on the bottom is unlike many other suction cupped dishes. The First Years really brought it by making it three small cups instead of 1 big suction cup. It’s more of a challenge for the wee ones to get free. Ember tried and did not succeed, which kept our snack time easy in LESS CLEANUP for her mama. I dig it.
I see myself preparing many more dishes in there: sauces with chicken tenders, ice cream and cake, yogurt with fruit. It is a really versatile plate for my little one. I will definitely be getting more than one of to keep in my cupboards. I see it being useful for my husband and I too. If we get chips and salsa, and she charges past our tray table, it won’t get spilled all over. Not just babies need a dish with a grip.
Stackable Hard Spout Cups
The First Years Stackable Hard Spout Cups are pretty fantastic. It uses a seal that closes tight without suction, only releasing its contents when the kiddo goes to drink. Ember has largely failed with “sippy cups.” It made me skeptical that she would do well with these. The pair we received were pink and purple. It has adorable little whales emblazoned upon the sides too. They are easy to clean and are quite durable. They took their licks without spilling a drop or popping open.
The seal is great. Ember tried to knock it over during our snack and meal time sessions. No luck in making the mess she expected. She still hasn’t quite gotten so good at tipping it up to drink. She tends to use straw based cups, but I think she will get the hang of it.
Take & Toss Double Duty Plates
Last product we tested was the Take and Toss plate set. It comes with 4 blue-green plates and one orange fork. It’s almost spork-like, so it does pretty alright with more spoon eaten foods. The plates convert into two containers. Plates double as lids for on-the-go meals or snacks. I think these were my favorite product of the lot.
Em, my husband, and I live in an apartment in downtown Chicago, and we tend to be on the go a lot. We’re able to take food neatly along with us to the common areas in our building. We go to the pool, and even out to wander around State Street without a leak, spill, splash, or drip. These double duty plates weren’t just tested with convenient, travel friendly foods like fruit. The Take & Toss also works with food you usually have to get single serving, such as pudding or apple sauce. The containers serve as plate as well as transportation. The Take & Toss is easily opened and consumed, with the tiny fork to travel along for neater eating. Not everything is finger food.
My only complaint for these is with the ability to make two containers per pack, but there is only one fork. It would have been nice for it to come with 2 utensils. Another spork-y fork or a spoon would be lovely.
The First Years has made snack time and meal time easy for Ember and I. I see myself picking up a few more of these helpful dishes. I would highly recommend them for your little one…or for your mate. Makes for one less mess when you’re relaxing on the couch for movie night.