My daughter would lick her plate, try to touch her food, drink water from my glass like a dog (haha! Too bad I didn’t get a chance to teach her how to cup feed) and throw her milk bottle and nanny bowl on the floor. The moment she’s done eating, her puree is all over my shoulder and hair, and almost half of her face is covered with fruits. But I like it that way. Actually I LOVE and PREFER it that way. Whenever my husband asks me to wipe the food off her face, I tell him “Hayaan mo lang” Let her be messy, a healthy messy way. She looks good that way. Let her experiment on her own”
I even let Milly mess up with most of her cute onesies. Most of them have these stains which is actually pretty hard to clean. Messy can be healthy, and as a mom, you’d know if it’s no longer healthy for your child. There are times that I do not let her use a bib because most of the time she just tries to pull off her bib and put it in her mouth. This may be difficult for neat freak mommies and daddies, but believe me, allowing them to be messy can be the window to new experiences. Letting them eat and play on their own can help improve motor and sensory skills. They would be able to explore and learn the dos and don’ts out of their curiosity. Just like messy playing, messy eating helps sensory development. If you’re a neat freak kind of mom or dad, you can get your own splat mat and silicon bib so it will be easier to clean after eating.
Just let it go, and deal with the mess, besides that’s what being a baby is all about.