Choosing and using children's eating and drinking equipment

Choosing and using children's eating and drinking equipment

Whilst it is essential to match a child's needs to items of equipment that are helpful - and which he or she likes and wants to use - there are some practical issues around choosing and using eating and drinking equipment that you should think about...

  • Can the cutlery and crockery items be washed in a dishwasher?

  • Are parts easy or fiddly to clean? For example, drinking spouts on specialised cups and mugs.

  • Are the items suitable for microwave use?

  • If the system is modular, think about the ease or difficulty of assembly, particularly if the parts need to be dismantled before washing.

  • How robust are the items? Are they likely to be subjected to heavy handling?

Advice last checked: 30 January 2018 Next check due: 30 January 2021

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