We are mostly serving table food these days and just putting small amounts of food on the highchair tray and encouraging self feeding. I do think it’s important to allow our baby to feed herself with a spoon. This is not my favorite activity because I don’t like making a huge mess and then cleaning it up. Have you ever had to scrub bits of food out of every nook and cranny of a highchair? I don’t want to do that so I have come up with this method that makes clean up after “spoon practice” pretty easy.
I use The Bumbo Seat with the Play Tray. It’s much easier to rinse off both of these pieces than wiping down a highchair and getting the food out of the straps and buckles and everything. I also lay down a towel to set the Bumbo over so that after our meal, I just throw the towel in the laundry instead of wiping down the floor.
I highly recommend the Bumkins SuperBib. I think the cotton bibs without a pocket are best used for catching drool and spit up but the Bumkin bib catches food that is dropped and you can rinse it off in the sink, then hang it to dry. It’s always dry by the next meal for us! I tried out a similar bib that I bought at the grocery store but the velcro lost it’s stickiness and the bib started fading within 2 months of use.
Applesauce is a great snack to practice spoon feeding with because it doesn’t stain and it’s easy to wash off. I started by dipping the spoon into the applesauce cup and giving the spoon over. After she gets some more practice with this, we’ll work on helping her scoop the applesauce out of the little cup.
I love this blue spoon that I found at King Sooper’s! Notice how short the handle is compared to the other spoons? I think it will be easier to manipulate than the longer spoons.
She had a lot of fun splashing in her applesauce, and really the clean up wasn’t so bad!Share it!