DS (6.5mo) and I are off to lunch at a friend's house on Thursday. He feeds himself at lunch and it is usually very messy as he loves nothing better than smearing his food on his high chair tray and then licking it off Obviously I'd like him to demonstrate slightly better table manners than that on Thursday as friend's baby is puree-fed and not very messy at all...
Fruit is out as he really mushes that in his hand and I would be really worried about where that ended up. Anything with a sauce would be a disaster as he gets too excited and slaps it with his hands causing the room to look like a Jackson Pollock in progress.
I'm looking for something that stays in fairly reasonable chunks and is fairly innocuous stain wise so I can pick it up and tidy up easily, and not worry about it staining my friend's table/floor.
our lowest-mess options are pasta with a light dab of pesto (oily marks only ), or toast that's been spread with hummus while still hot so it soaks right in and can't be wiped off. Cheese is ok if you don't have one who chews then spits out. Mini shredded wheat are surprisingly low mess but I think that's because dd loves them so much she can't bear to waste any...
The ability of a 6 month old to make a mess even with the driest finger food is unbelievable. I honestly wouldn't bother; and in the end this is the polite thing to do. Can you imagine how your friend would feel if your lo was self feeding AND not making a mess while hers had to be spoon fed. This way you she can think "if i was prepared to put up with such a mess, my child could do it too"
My friend is a fairly new friend and while I know she isn't worried about mess too much (she has her own 6mo), I want to minimise any likelihood of us ruining her house. If it was my best friend I would be in there with the meatballs and tomato sauce, no problem
Spoons are out as he is actually far messier because he won't not grab the spoon and then ends up smearing it and flicking it everywhere. Hence it needs to be finger foods for least mess, but careful selection needed.
Ok, no pear and banana (shame - he loves them but he is messy with them). I've suddenly thought of cauli which he hasn't had for a while but is at least white - any horror stories with that? - then your suggestions of toast with hummus and cheese.
DD had lunch with her other 'buddies' a few weeks back - she was the only BLW baby. I was a bit worried as well, but the mum that was hosting was quite excited to see her in action and encouraged it!
I took cheese and cucumber sticks and also pasta twirls. I was really brave and took mango as well (it needed to be eaten). Apart from the mango, the rest of it was all quite ok. I think that DD was showing off a bit and was amazingly tidier than usual!
My DS is 2 and is still the messiest thing on 2 legs.
He has daily a mixture of finger foods for lunch, usually a combo of.
Cubes of Cheese Carrot Stick (blanched for a couple of mins so there not to hard) Cucumber Peppers Crackers Bread/toast Hula Hoops Grapes Raisins Pasta Home made fishfinger or chicken nugget chunks. A small cake/biscuit
But like everyone says they will make mess with everything and anything and im sure your friend will understand any mess. Have a nice time