As a mum to be, you spend so much time worrying about all the things YOU simply have to have for your new baby. Soon, however, you realise that so much of it YOU really don’t need at all, and it’s once you stop worrying and actually just start listening to what your BABY needs that motherhood becomes so much more enjoyable, I think.
That said, however, there are sometimes things that you can get by perfectly fine without, but having just make life that little bit easier.
The Tidy Tray, for me, is one of those items. I love going out for coffee and a snack, and when we were in South Africa, where eating out is a lot cheaper than in England, we ate out all the time. But as a mother, when I ask for a highchair and they bring me something that has old food and Â someone else’s snot all over it, I kind of lose my appetite a bit.
Now, I’m not terribly fussed about â€˜germs’ and I’m not a mother that sterilises everything, because I believe that immunity must be built and Ameli must be exposed to the â€˜little’ germs in her environment if she has any hope of fighting off bigger ones when they come.Â I do not however, like the thought of her eating another child’s crusty leftovers. Particularly as we don’t use purees but practice baby led weaning, food is often shifted around on the plate or the tray and for that reason, I like and use the Tidy Tray.
The Tidy Tray fits most standard highchairs. It is machine washable, BPA, lead and phthalate free and has been tested for safety and for use and functionality. It folds easily up into a pouch, and is small enough that it fits into and lives in my (rather large) handbag.
Tidy Tray sells for Â£14.99 from the Tidy Tray website.
We have a Tidy Tray to give to one Diary of a First Child reader. All you have to do to enter is have a look at the Tidy Tray website and see what colours it’s available in, then come back here and leave a comment below telling me which colour you’d prefer if you won.
Competition closes on 23 May at noon, and a winner will be randomly drawn using Random.org