If you have a toddler, you know dinnertime is the messiest time of the day. Next to craft time, of course. Let me tell you a secret though…
Clean up doesn’t have to take just as long as it took you to cook the meal!
We tried everything with our daughter to help make mealtime a little less messy. We’ve fed her naked, we’ve fed her over a special rug, we’ve fed wearing bibs, but the thing we found to have helped the most in keeping the mess down is a kids’ art smock.
I promise I’m not crazy.
Normal bibs are great, but they’re so damn small. Plus, those one with the pouches don’t catch much. We even tried those bigger sized ones that aren’t actually that much bigger than normal bibs and those didn’t help much either. Honestly, we were kind of at a loss.
Then one day we received an kids’ Crayola art smock as part of one of our daughter’s presents from her grandma. I had this genius idea that it could not only catch paint while crafting, but also food at dinner time.
We tried it out one night and holy hell, our lives were changes. It’s big enough to cover our toddler’s whole upper body to keep it from getting stained and sticky, plus it’s super cute and easy to wipe off with a baby wipe.
I was in heaven when I figured this out and I knew I had to share it with the rest of the parents I know. This product has been a god sent for mealtime messes and I’m sure it could help your family too.
While it doesn’t control what our daughter throws on the floor or smears on her tray, it keeps her body and clothes (mostly) sparkly clean.
If you’re looking for an option with a pouch, Melissa & Doug’s art smock is the way to go. It’s a little more expensive, but you can personalize it and the pouch really is a handy tool.
Have you and your family tried this mealtime trick yet? What’d you think? Are you as in love with this smock idea as I am?