29 February 2008

Underbed box under the clip-on highchair catches dropped food

Debbie's hack is sure to make us all slap our foreheads and wonder why we never came up with this ourselves:

Our one year-old daughter eats in a clip-on chair attached to our kitchen island. We put a large plastic "underbed" storage box under her chair to catch what she drops. Instead of sweeping or having to scrub a splat mat, we pick up the whole thing, carry it to the sink and give it a rinse with hot water. It's fast and I don't have to worry that she's picking up scraps that I haven't quite gotten to yet.

Related: Cookie sheets rescue food dropped from the high chair

Your comments

Feed Follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This is our dog's primary responsibility and she excels at it.

agreed - just get a dog.

Those of you who suggest getting a dog -- do you really think that's a helpful hack? Yes, I can get a dog and save two minutes cleaning food from under my child's high chair, but then I have a DOG to deal with, and that demands a hell of a lot more than two minutes.

Wow--for years we've used an underbed box under the litterbox to make cleanup easier, but never thought of doing that with a high chair. Great hack!

this is a great hack! if i didnt use the dog for this purpose i totaly would use it in fact since there are some thingsthe dog wont eat maybe i'll use it anyway

Jay and Larry already wrote what I was going to say. And Betty - I know a dog is insane work, but I would rather do anything, including pick up dog poo, that wash my floors 3 x a day so for me a dog is worth it.

The messes kids make at the table don't stop when the high chair phase is over. (Sorry if you were optimistic.) I've considered a dog, but I can't believe that they save more mess than they create. Poop aside, the doghair seems much worse than food that at least stays in one room. Now, there are plenty of other reasons to get a dog, but for cleaning purposes I just don't buy it.

I certainly hope people are not suggesting that anyone take on the care of an animal in order to save them from cleaning food off a floor. That is absurd. Anyway... I think the underbed box is a great idea, but I am having trouble picturing it, is it just a long plastic box?

We close comments after a month to guard against spam. Want to talk about this hack? Join us on Twitter and Facebook!


Free updates

  • Subscribers are my VIPs. My weekly newsletter includes a personal update, the latest from Parent Hacks, interesting links and news.

    Subscribers also get priority event invitations and occasional surprises via snail mail.

Asha's Book

  • At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

    Find out why doing less is the key to resourceful, thriving kids, and a calmer, happier YOU.

    Minimalist Parenting is an encouraging roadmap for decluttering your schedule, your home, and your vision for family life. Reviewers call it "a much welcome alternative to the usual parenting advice."

    Learn More at Amazon

    Also available at Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookstore.

New Book Coming Soon!

  • Coming soon: Parent Hacks Book

Start Amazon shopping here