Toddlers are messy, right? Especially when you throw sodding Baby Led Weaning into the mix. THE MESS! It makes me so glad that we have two dogs as anything launched by Eden (especially in the early days) is soon slurped up by a (now slightly overweight) dog.
I’m always open to things that will make feeding less messy (and stop the dog consuming quite so many cheese sandwiches). We’ve found lots of products that protect her clothes, but not many to protect the floor or make launching food less funb. When we were contacted to review the Tidy Tot Bib and Tray kit, we jumped at the chance. I have to say, I was a little dubious. Eden has a good arm on her (for a one year old) and it just looked like a big old faff.
I was wrong.
In the kit you find your bib, which covers every bit of baby except their head, and your tray. One of my originbal reservations about the tray was that it just looked HUGE, but seeing how it folded down into the packet was incredibly reassuring. I’d had visions of lugging a giant tray around, but what I found was quite the opposite. Everything folds down into a pouch that is small enough to fit into the average changing bag.
The tunic style bib is excellent. Often, we use this without the tray as it is just so good at covering up her clothes. No more messy orange marks on white sleeves. I really like that the elasticated sleeves mean that babies can’t stuff things up their sleeves, and the bib also has velcro that attaches to the tray. This means that all of that lovely lap food doesn’t get all over lovely outfits. Seriously, sometimes we used to feed Eden in just her nappy because no matter what bib we used, she would end up ruining at least one part of her outfit.
I love the tray, too. It is large, yes, but it’s hardly cumbersome. It’s light as a feather and attaches so easily to whatever surface. We have mostly used it on Eden’s high chair at home, but it will also attach to tables in restaurants with the handy suction pads on the underside. We didn’t use the suction pads at first, that was until Eden picked up the whole thing and launched every last bit of her food onto the floor. Lessone learned – use the suction pads. They’re there for a reason.
I’ve also found that Eden eats more with the tray. It’s not as easy to throw stuff to the dogs, so she eats it instead. The coverall also means that we can let her have messy foods – things like spaghetti bolognese – without worrying too much about mess. Of course, she still rubs it in her hair but some things are just toddlers being toddlers! The colour of the tray means that it contrasts with a lot of baby`s first foods, which helps them pick out the foods on the tray.
In conclusion, we love this kit. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to any parents, but especially to those with toddlers who love to feed everyone but themselves and who love to make ‘art’ with their yoghurts. It also means that you don’t have to leave huge tips in Harvester restaurants because your toddler threw the contents of the salad bar on the floor. Oh, and it’s washable! The kit is available to buy at http://www.tidytot.co.uk/ and now comes in two colours – the lime green that we trialled and a grey version as well. Each kit costs £24.99, which I think is well worth it for the benefit of clean floors and dogs who are a normal weight!