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PitterPatter
07-10-2011, 06:44 PM
I was just wondering what everyone uses for their meals and snacks? When I 1st started I used my general dinnerware. Then had some accidents and went to plastic. Now I have been using a lot of disposable dishes, plates, bowls, even the plasticware. I wonder tho how quickly that may add up in cost so wanted to see what everyone else's view on this is.

cheerfuldom
07-10-2011, 06:49 PM
plastic. saves on money and trash

momofsix
07-10-2011, 06:55 PM
Usually I use sectioned plates I got at Walmart. This summer though, I am using paper plates-my mom donated a bunch to the daycare. Free is great!

Meeko
07-10-2011, 06:57 PM
I buy disposable at Sams Club. With 16 kids, I am not about to do that many dishes! I just claim it as a business expense.

sharlan
07-10-2011, 07:14 PM
Depends on my mood. Most of the time I use plastic dishes I got at Target for a buck.

wdmmom
07-10-2011, 07:15 PM
I have a few sectioned plates I got at Walmart that are dishwasher safe.

I also occasionally buy frozen dinners or Kid Cuisines for my own kids and keep the trays. They work perfectly! :)

littlemissmuffet
07-10-2011, 07:56 PM
I use plastic, though never disposable (unless paper/biodegradable)... absolutely terrible for the environment!

jessrlee
07-10-2011, 07:57 PM
I use plasic plates 4 for $! at walmart

Plastic sippy and straw cups 5 for $1 at dollar tree

plasic bowls 4 for $1 at walmart

snack cups with lids 5 for $1 at dollar tree

take and toss forks and spoons for the littles and the heavy duty plastic for the school age.

I would take the amount of kids you have for the amount of meals you serve and double it to know how many dishes you want to have on hand - unless you do dishes each meal.

Childminder
07-10-2011, 08:09 PM
IKEA plastic plates, cups, eating utensils. Bibs too. Sippy cups are whatever I get from garage sales

Country Kids
07-10-2011, 08:17 PM
Disposable because I don't have a dishwasher and I already spend about about 2 hours in my kitchen every night between cooking eating and cleaning up. Used to use sectional plates but it added about 16-20 extra dishes to wash every night.

pfund2233
07-10-2011, 08:20 PM
I use these plates... and they are great!!

http://products.onestepahead.com/assets/images/product/detail/11420.jpg

Meyou
07-11-2011, 02:46 AM
I use platic plates, bowls and cups that come from the dollar store in 4 packs. They come in a ton of colors over the course of a year so I have 11 different colors of cups.

mac60
07-11-2011, 03:04 AM
I bought 12 each of bowls, plates, cups, forks, spoons at IKEA. They were $1.97 for 6 each. Very heavy duty plastic, dishwasher safe.

Former Teacher
07-11-2011, 03:17 AM
My former center used plastic spoons. Since we didn't have a dishwasher, we would just wash them. The only time we threw them out was if they were really bad or after a sickness through the DC.

Then we were caught :lol:

We were told that we had to throw the spoons away after each use. We never did unless the state was there.

Pammie
07-11-2011, 03:58 AM
IKEA plastic plates, cups, eating utensils. Bibs too. Sippy cups are whatever I get from garage sales

I use IKEA kids plates, cups and bowls too! I absolutely LOVE them - as each child has their own color - never a fuss or confusion about who has what plate:-) I love the size - perfect for toddlers/preschoolers.

PitterPatter
07-11-2011, 04:00 AM
I use these plates... and they are great!!

http://products.onestepahead.com/assets/images/product/detail/11420.jpg

I have that same exact plate same color too! That was before I switched recently. I had a 2 yr old that always sat his cup in the wrong section right in his food and just left it there crooked with mashed potatoes and what not all over the bottom.

Rachel
07-11-2011, 04:19 AM
I also love the ikea stuff.

MV
07-11-2011, 04:25 AM
I use IKEA kids plates, cups and bowls too! I absolutely LOVE them - as each child has their own color - never a fuss or confusion about who has what plate:-) I love the size - perfect for toddlers/preschoolers.

I do this too. I match their plate/utensil color to their cubby color so they each know what color they are. The kids love that they each have their own of everything at daycare.

DBug
07-11-2011, 04:51 AM
Ikea all the way :Sunny:. And I have the Nuby sippy cups (Walmart -- at least in Canada, but I assume the US has the same) -- which just happen to come in the same colours as the Ikea plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. Each of my own kids and dc kids is colour-coded. They know exactly which cup belongs to which kid, where to sit at the table, etc.

I've also gotten coloured trays for crafts. They know which supplies are theirs by the colour of the tray, and I can let their artwork dry on the tray itself, without having to worry about labeling it with each child's name immediately!

SunflowerMama
07-11-2011, 04:55 AM
IKEA plastic plates, cups, eating utensils. Bibs too. Sippy cups are whatever I get from garage sales

We use all Ikea stuff too. I love it and it helps the kids portion control :). The little cups are great for the ones just coming off sippy cups too because they are smaller and easier to hold.

It's super affordable and saves on all that trash that disposables would create.

AfterSchoolMom
07-11-2011, 05:26 AM
I have older kids, but I use sectioned plates that I found at Target, and plastic tumbler cups that I got at Dollar Tree - $1 for 5, and I match plates to cups.

Blackcat31
07-11-2011, 07:01 AM
I use paper everything. I recycle everything.

The only exception are the littles (12-15 months) that have Tupperware lidded sippy cups for and the spoons/bottles I feed the babies with. Oh, and of course, my serving bowls, plates and cookware....otherwise everything is paper.

MissAnn
07-11-2011, 08:29 AM
I was just wondering what everyone uses for their meals and snacks? When I 1st started I used my general dinnerware. Then had some accidents and went to plastic. Now I have been using a lot of disposable dishes, plates, bowls, even the plasticware. I wonder tho how quickly that may add up in cost so wanted to see what everyone else's view on this is.

Plastic separated plates from Target. We are green....so we use real utensils as well.

Unregistered
07-11-2011, 09:18 AM
I use the sectioned trays that you can get at walmart. They come in red, blue, green, and pink. My kids are young so they still have sippy cups. I find that paper plates are to flimsy.

Crazy8
07-11-2011, 09:36 AM
since I only provide snacks I use either paper plates, napkins or I often reuse apple sauce cups as little snack cups if what I'm serving fits in them. For lunch, kids bring their own. If they need a plate I will usually just grab a paper plate for them. I hate washing 20 different dishes/containers during quiet time!

mom2many
07-11-2011, 09:38 AM
I use my Corel dishes. They are unbreakable, don't chip and easy clean up in the dishwasher. :) I used them for 20+ years for my dcks, as well as with my own family, before getting some nice ceramic dinnerware and they still look like brand new!

jojosmommy
07-11-2011, 10:42 AM
I use paper. I purchased some plastic right away when I started daycare but enjoy the convience of tossing after each meal. I clean up enough as it is. I did the math on it recently and even with all my kids using 3 plates (2 small and 1 large) each day it costs me something like $18 a year. I'm sure running my dishwasher an extra load each day would cost more than that.

I do use plastic re-usable cups though.

daycare
07-11-2011, 10:55 AM
IKEA plastic plates, cups, eating utensils. Bibs too. Sippy cups are whatever I get from garage sales
ditto.. I used the Ikea plates, forks, spoons and I use the plastic re-usable cups with straws....

countrymom
07-11-2011, 10:59 AM
plastic from ikea, the plastic section plates from menards and my cups from tupperware. The tupperware cups are the best, because i can replace the lids as the kids chew them but I also have the cups that have the lids that you put a straw in them for the older kids, even my own kids love them because they are spill proof.