One of my favourite baby stages has to be starting solids and first tastes. It’s such an exciting time watching your little one explore all the different textures and tastes. I am all for baby led weaning and allowing your baby to get their hands in there amongst the food. However this also brings a whole new meaning to messy meal time! I absolutely dread the clean up during and after every single meal as I’m sure so many of you fellow mums with babies and toddlers do! Food all over the floor, on the walls, stuck in highchair crevices, bowls tipped upside down and all that extra laundry for their dirty clothes! I recently found out about the Tidy Tot from Australian based online store Ast + Co. It has been an absolute lifesaver, I wish we knew about this earlier. My kids can be quite messy eaters and love to eat independently so this is right down my alley.
The Tidy Tot is one of those amazing products that you wonder where it has it been all your parenting life? So good that even the husband gives it the big tick of approval. If you’re the type of person who wants to give practical but stylish baby shower gifts, Ast + CO’s Tidy Tot and accessories will have you covered. You’ll actually be surprised to hear yourself say ‘Bring on messy meal time’.
What I love is that the tray sits on top of the high chair (suits almost all highchairs) and the coverall bib smock attaches straight onto the tray. There are no gaps between the baby and high chair meaning no food stuck in the crevices or wasted food on the floor. Designed by a mum (UK by mum of three), the multi award winning Tidy Tot bib and tray set encourages exploratory meal times and messy play. Designed to be wider than your baby’s arm span so they can’t drop food on the floor either. This genius design protects your baby, highchair and floor from food mess and spills, which means less cleaning! I know I’m over soaking Scarlett’s clothes each time she has fruit or pasta and it’s great to know you’re reducing the amount of food wastage at mealtimes too.
As I mentioned above I am all for baby led weaning. I love letting Scarlett feel all the different textures of her food, explore new tastes and learn how to self feed. The Tidy Tot allows me to relax a little more at mealtimes rather than worrying about all the food mess she creates. It allows us as a family at dinner time to all sit and the table and enjoy our meals. No one has to worry about Scareltt dropping her food, dropping her spoon or pulling her bib off. The velco that attaches the bib smock to the tray is so strong, they cant pull it off!
Noodles and pasta have to be the meals I hate cleaning up after, along with watermelon and strawberries! I admit before Tidy Tot I did try and avoid them on many occasions. The thought of picking food off the ground and constantly wiping her face, hands and clothes put in the ‘too hard basket’! The red sauce would get all over her pretty clothes, noodles just stuck to everything and juice from fruit that makes a sticky mess!
Cleaning up after meal time has never been so easy. The bib smock is waterproof and machine washable. After Scarlett has finished eating depending on how messy her meal was I either wipe over, hand wash or pop the bib smock in the washing machine. The tray top I find the easy place to give it a good clean the laundry sink. One other fabulous features about the Tidy Tot is how portable and easily it can be stored away. It can easily be folded down to the size of a dinner plate perfect for holidays or when visiting friends/family.
Not only for being a saviour for messy meal time the Tidy Tot is also great for creative play. Scarlett is yet to explore her creativity with painting , but I am looking forward to letting her get creative in Tidy Tot!
10 of Scarlett’s favourite baby led weaning style meals/snacks
- Scrambled eggs and avocado on Toast
- Homemade wholemeal banana pikelets with yoghurt to dip and fruit
- Chicken Nuggets (you can find the recipe I use here)
- Various chopped up fruits
- Any kind of pasta dish is always a winner (she is quite the lasagne lover)
- Frittata and Quiches
- Roasted sweet potato (cut into sticks)
- Wholemeal tortillas grilled with cheese and avocado
- Assortment of steamed vegetables (+ corn cobs she is loving corn!)
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