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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Sympathise with that. What sort of refuse system have you got where you live- if you have to use pre-paid bags- it would turn very expensive to get rid of. Shouldn't last for a couple of years though- maybe a few more months

A little story about our numero uno- she was taking ages eating her lunch and I started doing the washing up with my back turned to her and there was an almighty crash. Turned round and of course the plate was on the floor and food everywhere. I shouted at her (she had been pushing her luck all morning!) 'you did that on PURPOSE, didn't you' and she smiled and replied 'not on the purpose mummy, on the FLOOR' - well, only one thing I could do and had to laugh- she was about 15 months and had only started to speak!
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Sympathise with that. What sort of refuse system have you got where you live- if you have to use pre-paid bags- it would turn very expensive to get rid of. Shouldn't last for a couple of years though- maybe a few more months

A little story about our numero uno- she was taking ages eating her lunch and I started doing the washing up with my back turned to her and there was an almighty crash. Turned round and of course the plate was on the floor and food everywhere. I shouted at her (she had been pushing her luck all morning!) 'you did that on PURPOSE, didn't you' and she smiled and replied 'not on the purpose mummy, on the FLOOR' - well, only one thing I could do and had to laugh- she was about 15 months and had only started to speak!
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Hmmmm, a tot's etiquette of clean dining

I asked a friend who went through that with her rowdy triplets (boys), but not sure how different her take was, she is a teacher and I think she did run her kitchen somewhat like lil class, saved her the nerves.

Apparently, no close side seating nor opposite of eachother (does not encourage food launching fun), allow kids to have enough space and strip them to minimum when being fed (I think clean floor was not her no. 1 priority). Not leave unsupervised (the best moments for high chair food fights). She also mentioned something I did as well, the min a tot is able to sit, confiding high chairs will inspire to kid look for a mischief, in general kids do not like being confided, they will strike back. What she did and me too, kids had to help clean up after food, fun activities had to wait, it took long but it works, kids grow into being attentive and mindful. I think I did stress a lot our respect for food (food is not a toy), but as long as it stayed on the table (and plate, later on), I didn't sweat it.

As per avoiding floor mush, I think there is a few months window you just gotta clean all, 24/7, off the wall, the floor, off the feet, elbows, cheeks , you name it...But after that one can make a "checkpoint" stop at the kitchen door and ask them to check - "can we leave the kitchen now", "are our feet clean", "no food stuck anywhere".. Twins can check eachother, a single kid will try her best..they are so cute at it.

I tossed kitchen rugs, easier for a quick mop down.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

My parents have a carpet under the dinning table so really not ideal with kids. What we do- it does not look pretty but it works! - is put an Ikea floor protection map under the high-chair. Here is the link http://www.ikea.com/ch/de/catalog/products/44881100/ it is really made for an office and should protect the floor of damage made with a rolling chair but it works like a charm for food-waste can be picked up and cleaned easily after food has been put into babby or toddler. I think it is better to lift it after every food-time in order to let the floor "breath" because it is made of plastic but we have used it now for two years and no damage so far (having said that, it's at my parents, so has not been used everyday but at least twice a week). Might be worth a try! Hang in there, it will get better but takes some time
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Would something like this be suitable? Don't know what it would be called in German though

http://www.bertiesdirect.co.uk/embos...FUGfGwodfskNxQ
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Sympathise with that. What sort of refuse system have you got where you live- if you have to use pre-paid bags- it would turn very expensive to get rid of. Shouldn't last for a couple of years though- maybe a few more months

A little story about our numero uno- she was taking ages eating her lunch and I started doing the washing up with my back turned to her and there was an almighty crash. Turned round and of course the plate was on the floor and food everywhere. I shouted at her (she had been pushing her luck all morning!) 'you did that on PURPOSE, didn't you' and she smiled and replied 'not on the purpose mummy, on the FLOOR' - well, only one thing I could do and had to laugh- she was about 15 months and had only started to speak!
Prepaid bags but they're a franc or so each (for 35L bags). If this adds even one or two bags a week to our garbage output I won't lose sleep over it. Two bags a week = 100-odd francs a year = a small small portion of what it would cost to hire a cleaning lady (me!) to do all this endless mopping, at the local going rate.

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Hmmmm, a tot's etiquette of clean dining

I asked a friend who went through that with her rowdy triplets (boys), but not sure how different her take was, she is a teacher and I think she did run her kitchen somewhat like lil class, saved her the nerves.

Apparently, no close side seating nor opposite of eachother (does not encourage food launching fun), allow kids to have enough space and strip them to minimum when being fed (I think clean floor was not her no. 1 priority). Not leave unsupervised (the best moments for high chair food fights). She also mentioned something I did as well, the min a tot is able to sit, confiding high chairs will inspire to kid look for a mischief, in general kids do not like being confided, they will strike back. What she did and me too, kids had to help clean up after food, fun activities had to wait, it took long but it works, kids grow into being attentive and mindful. I think I did stress a lot our respect for food (food is not a toy), but as long as it stayed on the table (and plate, later on), I didn't sweat it.

As per avoiding floor mush, I think there is a few months window you just gotta clean all, 24/7, off the wall, the floor, off the feet, elbows, cheeks , you name it...But after that one can make a "checkpoint" stop at the kitchen door and ask them to check - "can we leave the kitchen now", "are our feet clean", "no food stuck anywhere".. Twins can check eachother, a single kid will try her best..they are so cute at it.

I tossed kitchen rugs, easier for a quick mop down.
That's great but I feel like I need to reiterate. The problem is not lack of respect, or lack of mindfulness, or lack of supervision. The problem is gravity.

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Would something like this be suitable? Don't know what it would be called in German though

http://www.bertiesdirect.co.uk/embos...FUGfGwodfskNxQ
That's exactly the stuff - and for anyone else looking for it, the German word seems to be Einwegtischdecken.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

What seems to help with mine is to put only a few bites at a time, and directly on the high chair's tray.

If I place a full plate in front of him, the first thing he does is to turn it upside down to study the plate. And if there's too much food at a time, he throws it overboard.

Alternatively, I let him explore his food as much as he wants at daycare, where they have paid help to clean. And at home, I feed him myself...
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What seems to help with mine is to put only a few bites at a time, and directly on the high chair's tray.

If I place a full plate in front of him, the first thing he does is to turn it upside down to study the plate. And if there's too much food at a time, he throws it overboard.
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Prepaid bags but they're a franc or so each (for 35L bags). If this adds even one or two bags a week to our garbage output I won't lose sleep over it. Two bags a week = 100-odd francs a year = a small small portion of what it would cost to hire a cleaning lady (me!) to do all this endless mopping, at the local going rate.
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You can scrunch the paper roll cloth up into very small balls so I doubt it would even amount to one bag per week. Definitely worth it to reduce the amount of time you need to spend cleaning.
Babies are only babies for a very short time and it's much better to enjoy that time with them rather than stressing about cleaning up after them all the time.
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Prepaid bags but they're a franc or so each (for 35L bags). If this adds even one or two bags a week to our garbage output I won't lose sleep over it. Two bags a week = 100-odd francs a year = a small small portion of what it would cost to hire a cleaning lady (me!) to do all this endless mopping, at the local going rate.

I may be a stay-at-home mom but that does not mean my time is worth nothing.
Golly, I totally realise that- I was a stay at home mum until both mine were at school- so totally get that...was just trying to be practical. When we have groups at the back of this house, the paper tablecloths used to take up 5 bags or more each time (not a problem here as we pay by weight rather than volume) - so many on EF complain about the massive cost of pre-paid bags, that it made me think. Possibly the ones used here are higher quality and therefore more voluminous. As said, a quick sweep for me seems easier than moving chairs and faffing about with paper- but whatever works for you. Tell us how you get on.
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Re: Disposable tablecloths

Not quite what you asked for, but an alternate. As our children were born I was (still) renovating the house. I had a roll of "floorliner" because of the renovation. This stuff is great, it has a non slip coating on one side, then a thin layer of felt, then a layer of plastic on top.


We quickly adopted it as a child anti gravity measure. The plastic surface is quite easy to wipe down, or better yet, let the food dry and vacuum. The bottom does tend to get grubby, as it picks up whatever is on the floor you lay it on. I made a few, and we would alternate them - I would hose one off in the garden and leave it to dry, one was dry, clean and in reserve, while the third was in use.


Best table/wall/floor cover material ever when they get to the painting stage.


At one point I seriously considered covering the floors and lowermost meter of the walls in the entire house, inside and out. This would get expensive though, and if you don't let them eat and wander the grubline isn't all that bad... once they start growing it blends nicely until a sharp break at about 5 years old - when they are 10 or so you can get them to help repaint.
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