Watching baby experiment with new foods always makes a mommy proud. Meal time is a fun exploration into new and tasty territories, until clean up. The mess is constant. The high chair is barely recognizable under the spills and splashes. Baby's hair is always crusty. Everyone' clothes look like yesterday's lunch. The floor is spackled with gluey cheerios and sticky noodles. Cleaning up every meal and every snack just plain sucks.
Here are some amazing tips I received along the way that help in a big way come messy meal time!
1. Use an Adult T-shirt as a Bib
This was life changing. Anyone who has ever fed a baby yogurt, knows the bib (even the drip catch pocket) is no match for a fistful of dripping yogurt. The adult shirt covers baby from head to toe and does wonders to catch (and absorb) all the spills.
2. Use a Mat Under the Highchair
This is an absolute MUST! It catches most of the spills. They wipe clean. You can pop them in the washer. You can stop worrying about scraping dried applesauce off your precious hardwood. I LOVE mats. My trick to an easier, more lazy cleanup is to buy a busy patterned mat that conceals spills better than a solid color will. Wait until the noodles, rice or quinoa has dried and sweep it off the mat. Works like a charm.
3. Keep Servings Small
The less you offer them, the less there is to toss on the ground.
Yes it's messy, and yes scrubbing the high chair is incredibly tedious, but remember, it's a whole new world for Baby. Touching, tasting and smearing is all part of the learning process. Drape what you can, soak what you can't. Dig in and enjoy.
momstown and Today's Parent have partnered with Walmart Canada to help rollout Walmart's new Every Little Step program all about baby basics and the essentials that moms and babies need. Offering convenient free shipping, anytime, with no minimum purchase requirements online, Walmart is a one stop online and in-store for all of your baby needs. Join the conversation! #WMBabyBasics
VISIT WALMART.CA TO ORDER BABY FEEDING SUPPLIES FROM BRANDS YOU TRUST, SUCH AS: