Welcome to Mealtime Matters with doddl and TidyTot.

Welcome to Mealtime Matters with doddl and TidyTot.

Mealtime Matters

We've teamed up with our friends at Tidy Tot to bring you Mealtime Matters - a complete hub of information, help and resources to help guide you through your mealtime journey.

If you’re just starting to think about weaning, or you’re in the midst of establishing mealtimes with your toddler, all the information, guidance and advice out there can be a bit… overwhelming.

So we’re here to help! As doddl and Tidy Tot we have years of experience in mealtimes. And together we’ve created Mealtime Matters, to help you navigate weaning through to independent eating and everything in between.

Based on where you are in your journey, we’ll be sharing expert advice, helpful hints and real-life experiences from other parents.

Put simply, Mealtime Matters will help make all that overwhelming information a bit more…. digestible.

You can dip in to the program at any stage or simply follow along on Instagram and Facebook where real parents will be sharing the same challenges and questions as you and taking you along with them on the the journey.

Ready, set, let's go!

  • How do i know when my baby is ready to wean?

    UK Government guidelines suggest waiting until 6 months before introducing solid foods. Of course every baby is different and you will know your baby better than anyone, but there are three very clear signs which, together, might demonstrate that your baby is ready to try solid foods alongside their usual formula or breast milk.

    1. They can stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady.

    2. They can coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth which means that they are able to see food, pick it up and put it in their mouth

    3. They are able to swallow food. If they are not yet ready, they will simply push food back out with their tongue.

  • The signs my baby is ready for weaning
  • What to expect - some simple weaning journey markers
  • What weaning choices are there?

    You’ll know this is a well talked about subject, baby-led weaning or spoon feeding? What’s really important is that you make the choice that is right for you and your baby, and whatever decision you make, that you have the right information to make it as easy as possible.

    Baby led weaning, spoon feeding or a mixture of both?

  • Tips on introducing solid foods to your baby
  • Creating the right environment for successful mealtimes

    The equipment you buy is important (see category below to help with that!) but it’s not all about the equipment. How you approach mealtimes can also be a biggy.

    Find out how to create the right environment for successful mealtimes here

  • What equipment do i need?

    With SO many weaning products out there it’s hard to know what items are going to be truly essential and how to make the best choice to suit your baby.

    Here’s some of our recommendations:


    Utensil Use Milestones - baby using doddl utensils

    doddl baby cutlery

    It might feel early to start thinking about cutlery, but it’s definitely not, especially when you do it alongside your choice of weaning approach. If you can introduce cutlery at every mealtime you’re helping familiarise your baby with utensils, helping them associate cutlery with food and mealtimes, a big plus as they move in to toddlerhood! More importantly the right cutlery will also encourage self-feeding and help the development of key motorskills like the pincer grip, co-ordination and dexterity.

    Recommended by feeding and development experts the doddl baby cutlery set is designed for you to safely introduce cutlery to your baby from 6 months old. The short, contoured handles are easy to hold and help avoid the gag risk presented by long handled cutlery. The expertly placed soft touch areas encourage babies to open up their fingers and pinch the cutlery helping to develop strength in their grip.


    Tidy Tots coverall bibs are perfect for keeping baby’s clothes and highchair protected from all the mess and spills that weaning brings.

    The award-winning Bib & Tray Kit consists of a large tray which fits over your highchair tray to provide a large surface from which your baby can explore and engage with their food and preventing food from dropping to the floor – perfect for Baby-Led Weaning! The included coverall bib attaches to the tray to close the gap between baby and highchair and catch any mess and spills.

    Tidy Tots innovative Cover & Catch Bib

    attaches directly to your highchair or highchair tray to ‘catch’ any dropped food, protecting clothes and laps. It comes with a handy travel pouch so you can take it out and about with you to save those precious outfits from mess and stains.

    All of these weaning coverall bibs are easy clean, machine washable and made from super-soft waterproof fabrics designed to take you through your entire weaning journey.


    There are hundreds of highchairs out there – suited to all sorts of lifestyles and homestyles, so you definitely do need to do some research on this. Here are some of our hints on picking the right highchair to support your baby


    Helping your baby to learn to eat is a special time as they explore new foods and experiences, but sometimes teaching them the all-important skill of open cup drinking is overlooked until the toddler years when in fact it can start at any time. Find out more about how you can successfully introduce a baby cup here:

    Why open cup drinking is an important part of weaning your baby.


    It’s important to be aware of food preparation and storage guidance, this handy blog on the importance of weaning food preparation and food safety will give you a great start.


    With all the mess that weaning can bring, you are going to need an easy way to wipe baby down without all the fuss and tears! We’d try and avoid the disposable baby wipes and embrace the eco-friendly, re-usable option if you can.

    Tidy Tots super-soft Bamboo Wash Mitts are designed to take the tears out of clean-up time, bringing an element of play and fun which will help your little one learn to clean themselves (or at least not fight the process!)

    Read some top tips to make clean-up fun.

  • Nutritional information

    At this stage you are well into your mealtime adventure and finding your rhythm. As you enter the ‘toddler’ milestones, the relationship with food evolves further with increasing autonomy, independence….and sometimes defiance!

    One of the biggest concerns at this stage is whether your child is getting enough nutrients. Read on for some easy ways to think about your child’s intake here Toddler Nutrients

  • What equipment do I need now?


    Most cutlery is designed to rely on strength and coordination that young children have yet to develop which can make the whole experience of using cutlery particularly frustrating for little ones.

    Knives in particular are blunt (for obvious reasons!) but at this age your child will enjoy chopping their food, which is an important transition to using an adult knife in later years. Our doddl toddler knife

    vegetable paella ecipe for doddl - using the doddl knife

    features a cleverly designed, safe, serrated edge and is intuitive to hold, making it perfect for this phase in your child’s journey.


     doddl’s children’s plate

    Best suited for children around 18+ months, the doddl plate helps young children move on from a bowl or a suction tray to a ‘grown up’ plate, the next step in developing their mealtime skills!

    • The gentle curve towards the back helps keep food on the plate with a lower front and sides that allows easy access for food with cutlery.
    • The wide flat front means more of the plate is infront of your child, making it easier for them to access their food with cutlery.
    • The non-slip base keeps the plate still and the colourful splat focuses the eye on to the centre of the plate.


    If your little one has developed an aversion to having their sticky hands and face wiped after meals or snacks, help is at hand with our super-soft Bamboo Wash Mitts. Designed to help your child learn to independently wipe their own face and take the tears out of clean up time, these super-cute wash mitts bring fun and play to mealtimes and are also great at bath time too!


    Long Length Coverall Bib

    As your toddler gets increasing active and constantly on the move, our Long Length Coverall Bib is the perfect coverall, protecting clothes and laps from all the mess and spills that come from mealtimes, messy play, painting, crafts and beyond! The included travel bag will come in handy for trips out and the easy-clean, machine washable fabric makes clean up a doddle!

  • Food preparation and family mealtimes

    Building the full experience of mealtimes, including your child in some of the food preparation (where practical!) and embracing eating as a family can all have a huge impact on your child’s associations and development

    Read on for some helpful tips on getting your children involved in food preparation  and making mealtimes not just about food

  • Supporting your child's development

    Nurturing your child’s development can also be useful as a way of keeping them busy in the kitchen whilst boosting their motor skills and even getting started with some early maths!

    We’ve got some great ideas here

    Ways to keep babies and toddlers busy in the kitchen

    Play dough play

  • Worries and challenges

    If you’re worried about establishing good toddler eating habits this blog can help.

    If you have other concerns, you’re definitely not alone. Keep an eye on @mealtime.matters where we’ll be sharing experiences of parents going through this journey right now.

    And if you need more specific help, feel free to email us team@doddl.com we’re always here to help.