Catching Highchair Food Spills

Say hello to the Wupzey, the oversized diaper for infants stricken with chronic, prolific diarrhea.

Photo of a baby in a highchair with a blue Wupzey food catcher surrounding the bottom half of the child.

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.  First, drop food on the floor. Second, hide food under their butt. Somewhere in between, food gets on the chair.

My advice:

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?


5 Responses to “Catching Highchair Food Spills”

  1. Mellissa says:

    Yep, I use a similar high chair and a plastic (yet machine washable) bib. My son rarely gets food on the floor, but the tray and seat generally need a good wipe down at the end of each meal. I have to run hot, soapy water for washing up anyway, so I just throw a cloth in the sink and clean the tray with that.

    Also – if you make sure you give the high chair a quick wipe down as soon as each meal time is over, you will NEVER have to try and scrub off dried-on cereal, mashed potato, etc etc, which we all know ends up being the consistency of cement after a while.

    I will add that cats are great at disposing of food under high chairs, and I assume dogs are also.

    February 11th, 2009 at 3:28 am

  2. Michael says:

    Using a cat to clean underneath your chair is a bad idea!

    February 16th, 2009 at 12:28 am

  3. lisa says:

    Our family used a highchair for our two children. Since we had berber carpets we used a clear computer chair floor protector. It was wonderful: Clear, easy to clean and the plastic was thick enough for our highchair to be moved around easily on it’s wheels…………For our messy baby faces….the plastic Baby Bjorn bibs with the wide food catcher was an essential…….Easy to wash with soap and water or put into the dishwasher and not so easy to whip off by baby…..It caught EVERYTHING……..

    February 16th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  4. Jim Dunn says:

    Three Pekingese dogs who clean up every last molecule of dropped food make this something I’ll never use or buy. They even follow my nine-month-old around when he’s crawling, so they can slurp up any spit up.

    February 25th, 2009 at 8:04 am

  5. leeleea says:

    My daughter is a “looks straight forward while dropping all food to the side with a un-phased look on her face” kind of eater. One year old and when she gets bored, the best thing to do is drop puffs on the floor one by one.

    My answer? Just clean it up. Geez. :)

    February 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm