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Make toddler mealtime less messy with this, mama

Mealtime with toddlers can be messy. Whether you're introducing a new (and, in a toddler's eyes, questionable) ingredient or simply trying to fill up those little bellies before bed, things don't always go according to plan. In our home, what's on the menu is often met with a fair amount of resistance (broccoli, meet threenager...threenager, this is broccoli), and occasionally it even meets with the floor—or ceiling.

My husband and I try to enforce a strict "no plate pushing!" rule at dinner, but we can't always keep up with a sassy toddler's lightning reflexes. More than once, the dinner I had prepared met an untimely end as it slid off the counter or table.

Oh, butternut mac and cheese...we hardly knew ye.

But if your toddler is a plate pusher like mine, there is a solution. The OXO Tot Stick & Stay plates and bowls feature a suction cup base that clings to any smooth surface or highchair tray, proving nearly impossible for little ones to remove. (Don't worry, adults simply have to locate the wave pattern on the silicone skirt where they can inconspicuously lift the silicone base to release the suction easily—just don't tell your kid that.)


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