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Battling the baby led weaning mess: Tidy Tot Review

As fun as it is watching your baby feed themselves and enjoy the sensory play that comes with baby led weaning, there’s no denying that there’s a lot of mess that goes with it.  With both of my babies, I’ve found myself crawling around on the floor, struggling to clean up every last bit of food that they’ve dropped (or thrown) after every meal.  I love baby led weaning and have always embraced the mess that goes with it but when offered the chance to try the Tidy Tot Bib and Tray Kit, an award-winning product that banishises mess by eliminating the gap between your baby and the highchair, I jumped at the chance!

I received an email from a lovely local lady who invented the The Tidy Tot Bib and Tray Kit when she was weaning her own children and felt stressed by the amount of mess that goes along with weaning, so set out to do something about it.  She asked me if I’d like to put her mess-minimising coverall bib, complete with tray, to the test and I’ll be honest, I jumped at the chance!  One of the things I’m commonly asked on my social media is how do I avoid the mess that baby led weaning creates and, up until now, my response has always been that I just embrace it.  The thought of a product that would keep the messy fun for my daughter but reduce the clean up for me really peaked my interest!  I was set the challenge to let Megan get as messy as possible and share my results.

The Tidy Tot Bib and Tray Kit is a long-sleeved, fully waterproof bib that attaches to a wide tray, leaving no gaps between the baby and the highchair.  It folds up easily into a storage bag so is easy to take out and about and can be easily wiped clean.  It meets all food safety standards and I couldn’t wait to put it through its paces!

It was easy to put on and had suction cups to help it stick to the high chair and avoid it slipping around.

Megan took her role as product tester very seriously and fully embraced the challenge to get as messy as she could!

She had spaghetti bolognese and a yoghurt, traditionally a meal that requires a clean up of epic proportions.  She ate and played, causing all kinds of mess on the tray.  She wiped her food all over and threw some spaghetti, thinking she was absolutely hilarious.  When she’d finished, my first task would usually be to wipe up the food she spilled off the floor.  It would usually take a fair bit of time, crawling around trying to get every last drop while Megan got impatient to go and play.  But after using the Tidy Tot bib and tray kit, all I had to do was pick up one stray piece of spaghetti. Seriously, just one!!!

It was then really easy to clean Megan, remove the bib and, because the tray is so flexible, I could just bend it and tip the mess straight into the bin.  A quick wipe and we were good to go!

I was amazed at how such a simple product made my life so much easier.  I’ve since popped it in my baby bag to take out with us when we go out to eat. (Yep I’m usually that parent crawling around picking food up off the floor, trying to clean up the mess created by my little darling.)

I’m also going to send it to my Mum’s house with Megan when she looks after her while I’m at work.  They have a dog who loves to munch on dropped food but, for health reasons, isn’t allowed.  This will make meal times for my mum so much more relaxed as she won’t have to panic about grabbing every speck of food before the dog gets it.

I’ve put together a short video to show you a meal time using the Tidy Tot bib and tray kit, from start to finish.  It can explain much better than I can write, how effective this bib is for reducing mess.  I hope you enjoy it!

You can purchase the Tidy Tot bib and tray kit here.

***This post was written in paid partnership with Tidy Tot.  All views expressed are my own and I never share a product with you that I wouldn’t genuinely buy myself and recommend to friends or family.***

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