- Use the usual covers for your child.Prepare the bib, cloths, high chair table, etc., as always.
- Add a bath sheet (very large towel) to your feeding gear.This bath sheet should be labeled "Feeding Time". Lay the towel under your child's eating space, whether it is the high chair, the table or anywhere else. Adjust it to cover as widely as possible around the child. When the child drops food, it will fall on the bath sheet, rather than on the floor, collecting splats, crumbs, and all.
- Simply pick up the towel at the end of the feed.If only dry matter has dropped onto it, you can hold the towel in a stork bundle until you get outside and shake the crumbs into the garden. If wet goo has landed on it, spin it through the next wash to remove the mess.
- Keep a few bath sheets.It helps to be able to rotate them between dirty and washed. About three on hand usually does the job nicely. This also lets you dry the towels by air rather than having to crank up the dryer just for a towel every time.
- When your child gets older, if they are still spilling on the floor, ask them to pick up the towel and take it out for cleaning. This can help them understand the mess that they are making. This won't really work, however, until the child is school age.
- It's a really good idea to accept that there will be mess; resisting it will just make your life harder.
Things You'll Need
- Towel, large (bath sheets are best)