Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
As we’ve moved Millie into a booster seat (where is my baby!?!), our table has suffered a bit. From slamming plates to caked on food (SO much easier bring a tray to the sink, rather than the whole table), dinner time is an experience each and every night… but there are a few things that get us through. Check out my tips to making it a bit easier to weather, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to get your own My Penguin Sippy Cup from Avent, and make transitioning to a cup a breeze!
- The RIGHT plates and bowls: Plates and bowls that stick to the table are an invaluable tool for parents and caregivers. They seem novel at first, but once you try them, they’re a total no-brainer. Take note: the first bowl of food that hits you in the face, the top leaving food in your hairline, the bottom leaving a ring on your nose (that turns into a nice bruise), you will wish that bad boy was stuck to the table. Do yourself a BIG favor and snap up a few stay put suction bowls or ezpz Happy Mats and keep your kitchen and face clean!
- The RIGHT cup: When it comes to cups, I am rather particular. I want something that is easy to hold, but still offers a cup-like experience. The My Penguin Sippy Cup is all that and more. The angled silicone spout (with a built-in valve) gives a 100% leak free top, paired with a totally natural drinking position. The trainer handles have soft grips, easy for toddlers to learn to hold and maneuver independently, and the top separates from the handle, making the 3 pieces of the cup super easy to clean- the whole thing is dishwasher safe! To put my worries at rest, the My Penguin Sippy Cup is made from BPA free material.
One of my favorite aspects is that this cup fits onto the Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump, making pumping for your toddler that much easier! The cup comes with a lid to go over the silicone top, so storage is also a breeze! Items that work together make mealtime that much easier on you!
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- Drop cloth: Or something like that. I love these floor protection mats! They’re inexpensive and SAVE my dining room floor- the area rug from food stains and my wood floors from liquid damage. I jokingly call them drop cloths because they’re pretty much what you would want under you while you’re painting. They go directly under your child’s chair or high chair and catch anything that hits the floor. They’re also pretty cool because I’ve taught my dog that this is a no-go zone. His not stepping on it means he also doesn’t get to eat from it- hooray for no sick or overweight doggie! It’s a total win-win for us parent people and children people! The mats are far easier than carpet and offer protection from sliding chairs as well!
- Patience: No one tells you that mealtime is going to be one of the biggest stressors in your day. They don’t tell you that the simple task of teaching another human the basics of holding and using a fork, drinking from a cup, not throwing the vessel in which one eats from is going to take up hours of your week for what seems like forever. But they are just learning… and you were once learning, too. Someday your toddler will just be eating from their plate and not try to hurl it at you, and all the food will be neatly placed in their mouths and nestled in their bellies. Their spoons and forks will be used for their intended reasons. And this is one more thing they won’t need you for anymore.
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So, while the days are long, stay strong. You’ve got this thing called mealtime under control.
Hot meals and all the feels to you! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own My Penguin Sippy Cups!
Philips Avent Penguin Sippy Cup Giveaway