Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Catching Highchair Food Spills
Say hello to the Wupzey, the oversized diaper for infants stricken with chronic, prolific diarrhea.
Just kidding. The Wupzey “catches food and keeps your floors clean.” Although, it does look like a highchair diaper, doesn’t it?
Parent inventors have made every possible device you can think of for stopping food spills — plastic liners for your floor, giant bibs that look more like full-body suits, bowls and cups that suction to the feeding tray — you name it.
So when I saw the Wupzey I wasn’t surprised. It’s the sort of thing you’d buy only after you’ve learned what type of eater your kid is. The baby pictured in the photo would be classified as suffering from a “stuffs food under her feeding try” disorder. Or maybe a “drops food off the front edge of her tray” disorder.
My two kids have done two things at meal time.Â First, drop food on the floor. Second, hide food under their butt. Somewhere in between, food gets on the chair.
1. Feed your kid on a non-carpeted floor. Let food spill. Wipe it up when you’re done. Cleaning a separate floor liner is more trouble than it’s worth. If your entire home is carpeted, it’s time to redecorate.
2. Buy an easy-to-clean highchair or feeding chair. We use the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat. A protective liner for our fabric-backed chairs would be too troublesome to keep clean, so I bought a light all-wood chair at a garage sale that is a snap to clean. You may find a highchair easier. Select one that has no padding or has machine-washable padding. A good highchair doesn’t need pads.
Show of hands. Who here uses just a highchair/booster seat and a regular bib? If you use a gadget, is it any good?