Oogaa Divided Plates - Product Review
Author: Brea Walker Date Posted:8 February 2016
Oogaa Plates have been making a big appearance on my Instagram page lately. I have had the Oogaa range on my website for around 6 months but it has not had much interest. This got me thinking that maybe the product hasn’t been shown for its qualities to the Australian public unlike in the UK. Having said that I thought I would try one of the Divided Plates with my toddlers to see how it stands up against their other plates.
The Oogaa brand is made from a high-grade silicone and the Divided Plate has three 4oz (113g approx) contoured bowls. This allows the food to be kept separated. It comes in four colours – pink, purple, green and blue. The plates are microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven safe.
If you are about to start weaning your infant onto solids then this plate is the perfect tool. If you are bulk cooking your puree’s why not freeze in portioned amounts straight into the oogaa bowl then once frozen place in a freezer bag. Then just pull out 3 flavours from the freezer and either let it thaw in the fridge or microwave to defrost when needed. When your little one is a little older you can have a 3-course meal all on one plate.
This product was tested on my middle children Eli and Luca who are currently 2.5 years old (both boys). My boys are good eaters – One will eat vegetables and the other you have to be a little more creative. I am lucky enough not to have picky eaters as yet although sometimes meals can go untouched. Last nights dinner was mini Chicken kievs with mashed potato and steamed vegetables. The divided sections allowed me to break up the food – this means that fussy eaters that don’t like their vegetables to touch their potato mash or meat, can eat without complaint.
6-12 months ago, if I had served this type of meal the plate would have been thrown to the floor no matter whether the food was yummy or not. This is just what toddlers do. We lost a few melamine plates to floor smashes and a bonus for using Oogaa is that although you will still have a mess on the floor – the plate will stay as is and you will not be cleaning shards of melamine off the floor for days to come.
My favourite feature of the Oogaa divided plate is that it is oven friendly. For me, that means I can bake their favourite dishes directly into the plate. You can even bake cupcakes, muffins, mini slices and much much more. This means that the plate will be handy even after your toddlers turn into kids and beyond.
Here are some examples of things I made in the Oogaa Divided Plate:
- Banana Muffins
- Chicken and Leek Mini Pies
I was really not expecting these to be helpful for a toddler but was very impressed. The plate is pretty sturdy for silicone (although I would recommend two hands on the plate whilst transporting to table or highchair). The plate was big enough to hold a good supply of dinner for my hungry 2-year-olds. I look forward to being able to use this plate when my youngest starts baby food in the coming months.