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Ditch The Tray by Dawn Winkelmann of ezpz

By Dawn Winkelman, M.S, CCC-SLP. Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

As a Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist, I observe the child alongside the entire family when it comes to feeding and eating. Three of the most important tips for successful eating habits for children are the: 

  • Positioning of the child in their feeding chair 
  • Placement of the child (with or without the rest of the family) at mealtime
  • Products the child uses for eating once safely positioned in their chair at the table

 

POSITIONING

Babies need to be able to sit upright in a chair before solid foods are introduced. For parents who want to pursue the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) approach, where the baby is independently exploring food, a proper feeding chair is essential.

For parents choosing to spoon feed their babies, proper positioning in a feeding chair is key too, because you want your child to have the stability to lean forward to take a bite. Marsh Dunn Klein, MEd, OTR/L classifies this as a ‘positive tilt’ in her popular seminar: The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges for Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists who want to specialize in feeding therapy.

The ‘negative tilt’ is when your baby leans back declining the bite and communicating that she is full or needs more time between bites. In either case, your baby’s trunk stability is vital for both feeding methods. 

 

PLACEMENT

The Stokke Tripp Trapp is the chair of choice at ezpz headquarters because it can start with your baby at 6 months of age, which is when solid foods are developmentally introduced, and grow with your child throughout their developmental years.

Using a proper feeding chair, like the Tripp Trapp, allows you to ditch the highchair tray and let your baby be at the dining table for the sensory exploration of smells, colors and parent modeling that is essential to raising a healthy eater. And because of the adjustable seat and footplate, proper foot support keeps your baby safe at midline, decreasing choking risks. 

Ditching the tray and allowing your baby at the table increases the chance of your little one exploring more foods and tastes and also allows them to be more independent with eating, which is expected and encouraged. The longer a baby can experience mealtime at the table, the less likely she is to become a picky eater.

Thus, team ezpz is on a mission to inspire others to ditch the highchair tray and join our #DitchtheTray campaign, which encourages parents and feeding therapists to let baby to eat at the table with the rest of the family! 

Of course, there are special situations where a tray is needed to ensure safe feeding. Infants or children who need additional postural support should unquestionably use the tray, but also be monitored for improvement. That way, as their posture improves, you can introduce the chair at the table (without the tray) slowly and practice with very small and quick snacks. 

For everyone, of course, do your best! Even one night of dinner as a family is better than none. 

 

PRODUCTS

The ezpz Happy Mat, Mini Mat and Happy Bowls are all-in-one plates and placements that suction to the table. The mat captures the mess and the suction means no more tipped or thrown plates!

The mats have three compartments that visually remind parents/therapists to serve a fruit or veggie, protein and carbohydrate. The smiley face design of the Happy Mats and Mini Mats puts kids in the right mood for a positive mealtime experience while allowing them to explore new foods.

The Happy Mat, Mini Mat and Happy Bowl have the following benefits for infants and toddlers coming to the table with the family and ditching the tray:

 

The Happy Mat (infants / toddlers 9+ months)

  • Placemat suctions to the table, which allows the child to hold on to the mat to keep their posture in a safe eating position
  • Made from a thicker food grade silicone that has a wider placemat to catch more mess and provide additional space for a cup, silverware or fun food art
  • Portion sizes (i.e., the eyes and smile) are catered to infants and toddlers at 4oz, 4oz and 10oz

 

The Mini Mat (infants / toddlers 4+ months)

  • Placemat suctions to the table, which allows the child to hold on to the mat to keep their posture in a safe eating position
  • Made from a thinner food grade silicone that is lightweight and perfect for dinners out and travel 
  • Packaged in a reusable bag that is ezpz to pop in a diaper or therapy bag
  • Portion sizes (i.e., the eyes and smile) are catered to infants and travel at 2oz, 2oz and 4oz 

 

The Happy Bowl (infants / toddlers 4+ months)

  • Placemat suctions to the table, which allows the child to hold on to the mat to keep their posture in a safe eating position
  • Made from a thinner food grade silicone that is lightweight and perfect for dinners out and travel 
  • Portion size of 8oz 

 

Take the pledge to have baby with the family at the table and become an inspiration to others to do the same! Hurray for family mealtimes!

Join our #DitchtheTray campaign and tag pictures of your littles eating at the table with the hashtags: #DitchtheTray #ezpzfun

Happy feeding!

 

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