First, it was finding a bottle that my girls liked, then it was on to sippy cups. Most recently it was the stopping the battle over arguments for certain dishes, cutlery, and cups. Add in the requests that come up because a little voice suddenly is saying I’d served breakfast in the wrong bowl and it’s enough to make my head spin. There had to be a way to end the battle of “but I want the orange cup!” and I finally figured it out!
RE-PLAY RECYCLED DISHES
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My Mom in her extensive wisdom had used this method with my sisters and me. Colour coding! Why had I not thought of this sooner? When I was a kid I had a specific set of dishes that were all the colour blue. The blue ones were mine, to be used by me alone and my sisters each had their own colour too. Brilliant!
I tested this idea out on my own girls. After getting dishes, cups, and cutlery in all sorts of colours I set them out for the girls to look at and pick what one colour they wanted. Surprisingly there were no issues with picking one colour or with either of them wanting the same colour. I was shocked! Evie picked teal and Addie picked purple. The girls quickly took ownership of their coloured dishes.
The big trial of this happened when we went camping and I packed multiple colours of the dishes with us. I was certain that things would go awry once they spotted the other pieces again. Well, I was proven wrong. I really shouldn’t have been surprised that my girls stuck to what they had selected. In fact, I got corrected a couple times at the start of camping when I mixed their colours up by accident. They knew their colour and that was what they wanted.
I am telling you there was peace at the dinner table and during snack time! Not once was I asked for a different colour. I have yet to hear “but I want the orange cup!” since implementing this. There is no going back now!
OUR DISHES ARE MADE FROM MILK JUGS
Just what dishes are we using exactly? Re-Play Recycled dishes. Everything from Re-Play is made out of recycled HDPE plastic. What is this exactly? It’s the type of plastic used in items that are recyclable, think milk jugs. I really appreciate that Re-Play cares about sustainability, affordability, functionality, durability, and safety. All of which you can see in their items.
My youngest daughter had really put the dishes to the test. Everything has been dropped from the table or tossed from her high chair. Nothing has broken. I’ve been able to toss almost everything into the wash and it’s all come out perfectly clean. The only thing I had wash are the valves inside our no-spill cups.
Re-Play dishes have become a part of our camping must-have items and they are a permanent part of our house for the girls to use. I am able to portion out meals, pack snacks to go in the diaper bag, and not have to worry about drinks spilling on my floor all while the girls are happy with their Re-Play items. It’s a parenting win in my books!
Disclosure: We were provided with Re-Play Recycled dishes in order to facilitate this blog post and do a review. All opinions expressed are our own. We’re sharing with you because we truly do love them!