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Evergreen mother creates table tray to make dining easy for little ones

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By Sandy Barnes

Four-year-old Teghan Wilson has just finished lunch using the Tidy Table Tray her mother, Megan Wilson, designed and is marketing at area stores and online.

 

The tray, made of BPA-free molded plastic, has a spill catch lip, which Wilson says is a key feature for keeping toddlers, tables and floors clean.

“It allows for cleanup to be quicker and saves the table,” Wilson says while talking about her product at her home in Evergreen.

However, the main purpose of the two-part tray is allowing small children to feel included at mealtime, says Wilson. The rubber-based tray attaches to tabletops with a secure clamp, making it easy for tykes to join the family instead of sitting in a high chair.

Beginning at 12 months, infants can use the bottom portion of the tray at mealtime. When they reach the age of 18 months, toddlers can use the top portion of the tray as well.

“It fills a need,” says Wilson. “It’s something that will assist moms. Moms are so busy these days.”

Children actually do sit at the table longer when using the tidy tray, Wilson said.

Officially named Bambinos! Tidy Table Tray, the product soon will be available in area Babies R Us stores for a price of $39.95 and at the Baby Going Green store in Bergen Park. Target stores also are planning to test the product, says Wilson. The tray also can be purchased online through Amazon.

“It’s exciting times for us,” says Wilson. “I can’t wait to drive to the store and see it.”

Wilson, who has a professional background in counseling, psychology and art therapy, said the idea for the tray came to her early one morning.

“It wouldn’t leave me alone,” she said. “I drew it. Once I saw it on paper, I said, ‘I really like this.’ ”

Wilson also is in the process of creating a tray called a flexi-designer that youngsters can use for artwork such as water coloring. The tray will have places for paintbrushes, water and other art supplies. Another product she is developing is a carrying bag for the tray with pockets for wipes, snacks, eating utensils and diapers. 

Wilson’s trays are produced at a grade-A facility in China which she says is owned by three college graduates from the United States. Wilson said she wishes the product could be manufactured in this country, but that the costs are prohibitive.

For more information, visit the website at  HYPERLINK "http://www.bambinoschild.com" www.bambinoschild.com.

 

Contact reporter Sandy Barnes at  HYPERLINK "mailto:sandy@evergreenco.com" sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.