Embracing the Mess of Mealtime

by Deborah Weber, director of Childhood Development Research, Fisher-Price

When my girls were little, I loved when it was time to feed them. We’d watch as their eyes lit up and feet wiggled in anticipation of the foods they liked (blueberries were a favorite), and laugh at all the funny faces they’d make when trying foods they didn’t like. Whatever was on the menu, there was always a mess.

Babies are naturally messy eaters, but it’s actually good to let them experiment with food on their own. They’re developing sensory skills by squishing food between their fingers, learning the differences in texture from pasta to peas. They’re developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they try to feed themselves. And when they finally succeed, it’s a huge step for their independence.

Still, it can sometimes seem like there’s more food on your baby’s face, hands, shirt and high chair than in his or her mouth. It’s no wonder that parents tell us that the clean-up struggle is real in our research at Fisher-Price. One mom told us she literally power-washed her high chair in the backyard just to feel like it was clean. Another mom said she wished she could just clean her high chair in the dishwasher. Challenge accepted!

Inspired by these stories, we designed the new 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair to feature a container to store baby wipes for quick clean-up , a stain-resistant and crevice-free seat pad that is removable and machine washable, easy-clean straps, and the upper half that can be easily disassembled and placed in the dishwasher for a total clean. It’s also a full size high chair, SpaceSaver high chair, a booster seat, and a youth seat all in one. It can handle absolutely any mess your baby throws at it (literally!).

At Fisher-Price we say let them get messy! Enjoy it. We’ve got you covered.

Check out Fisher-Price at Maletzky Media’s Babypalooza on July 14!

Karyn Ravin