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How to Protect Clothes and Other Fabric from Baby Spills

Although a messy baby face is adorable, the clean up isn't. Here's how to minimize the mess and have a clean, happy baby.


  • Step 1: Choose a plastic high chair or one with a removable, washable cover. A high chair cover will also protect the entire chair from spills and crumbs.
  • Step 2: Limit the amount of food you put in your baby's bowl. Allow them to finish it first before giving them more. Some messiness is to be expected, after all, your baby is learning how to eat by themselves. Be patient, keep a vacuum handy and don't forget to call in the family dog to help with the clean up!
  • FACT: In 1928, Ann Turner Clark posed for the charcoal drawing that would make her known worldwide as the Gerber Baby.
  • Step 3: Protect the floor and carpet with a splash mat that surrounds the entire feeding area. You can also improvise and use a vinyl shower curtain or tarp. If any crumbs or spills migrate outside of the covered area, quickly vacuum them up to prevent staining.
  • TIP: Discourage food throwing. It may often be a sign that your baby is bored and finished eating.
  • TIP: For older babies, consider using a bowl with a suction cup on the bottom. This will help to prevent thrown food and other spills.
  • Step 4: Use a burp cloth when burping your infant. A simple cloth on your shoulder goes a long way toward protecting your clothes from baby spit up, which can stain clothing and other fabrics.
  • Step 5: Tie on a bib before mealtime begins. Bibs minimize the mess and help to keep baby's clothes clean. Use a plastic-type overall bib for older babies, one that easily rinses off in the sink. Or try a pocket bib to catch crumbs and other food particles for toddlers.

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