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  someone else’s snot all over it, I kind of lose my appetite a bit.

Now, I’m not terribly fussed about ‘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 ‘little’ germs in her environment if she has any hope of fighting off bigger ones when they come.  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 £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.

For an additional entry you can follow either Tidy Tray or Diary of a First Child (or both!) on Twitter.

Competition closes on 23 May at noon, and a winner will be randomly drawn using

The winner is: Julia Rockett

You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you giveaways! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS or email. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!


Tidy Tray Giveaway

  1. Hi there, I am one of many Grandparents who look after their grandchildren to enable their children to work. I have seven children, my youngest being 9 and the eldest 25. I now look after my beautiful Grandaughter Bella 3 days a week, the Tidy Tray is a fantastic idea ! I would have loved one when all min e were little ! Good Luck to all 🙂

  2. “Shiver me timbers i would give u me pieces of eight for
    the blue pirate one!”

    Shiver me timbers SQUAWK i would give u me pieces of eight for the blue pirate one!

    “Ignore me parrot!”

    “Ignore me parrot!”

  3. its got to be the blue pirates one what with the new pirates of the caribbean out at the mo what a fantastic idea good luck everyone 🙂

  4. This would have been so useful on holiday, the high chairs were awful! I wish I’d seen these before! If I won, I’d choose the Little Ballerina.

  5. have to be the ballerina one to match my aughters angelina ballerina toy and might stop her chewing and dribbling on poor angelina toy

  6. These are a fantastic idea, I’d love the blue one with pirates please. Following you on facebook as well. Thank you! 🙂 x

  7. What a simple, yet innovative idea! If I am lucky enough to win, i would lobve the Little Balletrina design please.

    I am a follower of both Tidy Tray and Diary of a First Child on Twitter (ID: @emma1111111)

  8. I like the pirates version. We are planning on baby led weaning and this would be great while we are out and about. Such a fab idea.

  9. Ooh I Do like the idea of this – having 3 girls I think it would have to be the pink tidy tray for us please. Looking forward to watching Baby T chase those peas around the tray already!

  10. What a great idea! We haven’t yet experienced many restaurant high chairs, but I have heard the horror stories.

    I prefer the under-the-sea print like in the photo above, but that doesn’t seem to be available 🙁 So we’ll have to vote for pirates.


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