Dinner time for your toddler. It’s so rewarding watching them enjoy each mouthful of food that you’ve lovingly prepared, but the clear up can be challenging.
Toddlers love to explore food with all their hands too and with that will play with textures, leading to food falling to the floor or making its way across the room.
While your toddler is having fun exploring and dropping crumbs and sauces in the process it’s reassuring to know there is advice on how to keep the space clean and clear, ready for the next meal. It’s very common for food to drop deep down into the crevices of their highchair. Don’t worry – follow our advice on cleaning your toddler’s highchair to have hygiene restored in no time.
What should you clean a highchair with?
To protect our precious toddlers, we need to make sure we use products that keep them safe and healthy. Little ones have delicate skin that’s easily irritated by harsh chemicals, fragrances and toxic substances. Sadly, many standard cleaning products contain ingredients that can be harmful. That’s why we’re launching a new range of products soon, specially designed for cleaning up after our kids. For updates, sign up to our newsletter. Until then, you can useBio one™, as a highchair cleaner. It’s non-toxic, 100% organic and uses plant power and naturally activating enzymes to fight bad bacteria. It’s completely safe for use around kids (and pets too).
How to clean a highchair for toddlers
- Remove any solid matter – crumbs and chunks of food.
- Spray the entire highchair or a grubby area with Bio one™
- Leave the solution to soak for five to ten minutes.
- After the time is up, wipe or dab away the excess product. Have all stains and smells lifted? If so, leave it to air dry.
- If the highchair needs more work, respray and leave for a further five minutes before repeating step 4.
How do you get mould off a baby highchair?
Sometimes mould spots can appear on the fabric or straps of your little one’s highchair. This is down to a build-up of excess moisture and bacteria on the surfaces or where the highchair is stored. If you find mould spots, you need to tackle them right away. Luckily, the enzymes in Bio one™ help to eliminate spores and any bad smells. Spray it onto the mouldy area, leave it to soak and then blot the stain in circular motions. When the mould is on the straps, you may be able to scrub a little more vigorously without damaging it.
How do you deep clean a highchair?
Your tot’s highchair needs daily cleaning and the occasional deep clean to make sure it’s hygienic and germ-free. Simply use the below schedule to keep on top of it. Remember, Bio one™ can be used for all these different tasks – hard or soft surfaces, quick wipes and to remove stubborn stains (when left to soak).
- Brushing off solid bits of food
- Wiping down the hard surfaces of the chair
- Disinfecting the tray (where your toddler eats from)
- Sweeping or cleaning the area around the highchair
- Cleaning the legs, back and sides of the chair
- Remove stubborn stains or sticky residue
- Remove the seat and clean the area underneath (space-saving chairs)
- Taking the highchair apart for deep cleaning
- Disinfecting all the different elements (tray, cushions and straps)
- Cleaning on the underside of the chair
- Hoovering the cracks and crevices to remove hidden food
How do I cope with weaning mess?
Once your tot starts the move to solid foods, it’s pretty much impossible to stop them from making a mess. As your toddler experiments, they need to get comfortable with touch and texture. This might mean playing with their dinner, a few spills or flinging it just about everywhere. However, there are a few tips you can try for less mess:
- Protect the floor. Lie a sheet, shower curtain or plastic mat underneath your child’s highchair. It will protect your floor or carpet from stains and catch the bits of debris so you can tidy up more easily.
- Start weaning with food that’s easy to pick up. This means your little one is less likely to drop it down themselves or mush it in between their fingers. Think firmer foods like chicken, potato, toast and apple.
- A little at a time. Baby-led weaning means your little one can choose which options, from a selection of food, they’d like to try. Instead of overloading the tray, place a small amount of each food down before adding more.
- Use a bib. Bibs come in all different shapes and sizes to protect your toddler and their clothes. You can find long-sleeved options for all-over coverage or ones which catch dropped food (once your little one realises, they’ll be picking it out to eat too).
- Pick the right baby crockery. Suction bowls and plates stay firmly stuck to the surface to prevent your little one from launching it across the room. You can also put food directly onto a clean eating tray if you prefer.
What are enzymes?
Don’t be fooled to think that because enzymes are natural they are less effective than chemical cleaners. Enzymes are nature’s very own powerful cleaning tools. Making them the go to choice for parents who do not want to spray harmful chemicals around their children and their home.
Simply put, enzymes are all around us performing millions of important tasks in our bodies and in nature every single day. They are a type of protein that act like a biological catalyst to speed up the break down of organic compounds.
Similarly to how saliva, (which contains enzymes), initiates the digestion process by breaking down food in our mouths, cleaning enzymes use the same ‘enzymatic digestion’ to effectively break down and eradicate the organic proteins present in urine, faeces, vomit, drool, dirt, food, and more.
This process not only makes cleaning easier but also prevents the growth of bad bacteria – the root cause of those unpleasant odours – in the air, on surfaces, and within the fibres of your soft furnishings.
Try out Bio one today, vomit and the other nasties is what nature created enzymes for.
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