Obviously, Ashlynn still prefers to eat what she can with her hands, but this is to focus on the other gear - plates and utensils that have won us over.
We still love our Boon Catch bowl... to death. Literally. It's time to be replaced. We only have one and have used it multiple times a day for probably about a year now. I usually wash it by hand with hot soapy water after each meal and throw it in the dishwasher (top rack) when I run it. The rubber suction bottom is getting pretty warped from the washing, but it still suctions nicely even though Ashlynn is able to get unstuck when she wants. At this age, she's really not into flinging it across the room like she was with plates, bowls, and cups last year.
So while I'm actually trying to move away from suction plates and bowls to teach her to not pick them up and keep them on her tray (so she can graduate to real plates), the spillcatcher feature is still a must. She recently started eating cereal, with milk, for breakfast and without that rubber lip her lap would be soaked from the milk that doesn't make it into her mouth.
Tommee Tippee was kind enough to send us their Section Plates to try out. They are the perfect size for our narrow high chair tray, and all three sections are an appropriate size for each course. I've seen some section plates where the sections are very shallow or so small you could fit four peas in. When paired with their suction Easi-Mat, the plate isn't going to be flipped or tossed. However, like I already mentioned, I am working on teaching Ashlynn to keep her plate on the table so no safe guards here, just listening skills and lots of "put your plate down please". Hoping to get a booster seat soon and move her to the table when she has her manners down ::wink wink::
For utensils, we LOVE our Beaba Ergonomic Cutlery. We received it as a shower gift and have loved it ever since Ashlynn started feeding herself. (Seriously, I think it's made all our feeding favorites posts - 1, 2) I really can't pinpoint why they work so well for us, but they do! We also still use our Beaba First Stage Spoons to use with yogurt. The long handles keep Ashlynn's hands from going into the cup and the small spoon size keeps her from scooping up giant globs.
And there you have it, our mealtime favorites! Any products you swear by, I'd love to hear!!