On Wednesday, I posted this shot of Olivia enjoying a finger-food meal of salmon, avocado and cheerios.

Face smeared with avocado and food falling in her lap, Olivia was thoroughly enjoying her dinner.

But what you didn’t see was how I was keeping my floors clean while she ate toddler style…


Yes, I had Wupzey helping me behind the scenes.

Wupzey – an ingenious mom-designed creation – is a food catcher made from 100% Rip-stop Nylon that attaches to your high chair to keep all the food, utensils, sippy cups, and everything else your baby drops in her lap, off the floor.

The only problem is if you have a dog, they miss out on the scraps! All the meal mess is contained in the sturdy Wupzey, ready for a quick disposal clean up.

The mom behind Wupzey is Johanna Romaniuk

“At 5 months, Johanna’s daughter preferred to eat by herself, leaving a mess on the floor after each meal. Looking for solutions, Johanna tried the large, bulky floor mats that still needed sweeping. Fold, clean, unfold – the mat turned out to be more work than just letting the food fall directly onto the floor!

Out of necessity, Johanna created the high chair food catcher which is lightweight, compact and durable. She made it easy to attach, detach, clean and able store on the highchair. She also made it to be strong enough to catch “sippy cups,” toys and utensils. And, of course, it is completely machine washable.”

Johanna also designs bibs and shopping/diner seat covers with the same concept in mind: to reduce work, and to save time and energy.

Made of the same nylon material that the Wupzey is made of, theses durable bibs and covers are quick and easy to clean.

You can buy the Wupzey line of products at Sears.com or directly from their website.

And of course we have some giveaway fun for you all – leave a comment letting us know which color Wupzey you would prefer for a chance to win one of five Wupzey food catchers.

This contest is open to both Canadian and US shipping addresses. We will announce the winner October 11th.



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1 Jenna September 26, 2008 at 12:15 pm

That is ingenious!! I would love one in the Sapphire Blue.

2 Blessed September 26, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Oh, we definitely need one of these, the dog would be disappointed, but my life would be much simpler! The Cranberry one would match our kitchen best :)

3 Lachelle September 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I love the cranberry red! I don’t know if this would stop my daughter from THROWING her stuff but I would love any attempt to make my clean up stage easier.

4 Heather G September 26, 2008 at 12:35 pm

What a great idea! Yet another product I see and think “why didn’t I think of that!” I’d love one in green.

5 Lori (teacher turned mommy) September 26, 2008 at 12:41 pm

that is a cool concept! I like the Navy one best

6 Shelely September 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm

I like the cocoa brown. Great idea!

7 HeresTheDiehl September 26, 2008 at 12:47 pm

jade green for me, please!

8 twoluvcats September 26, 2008 at 12:57 pm

ooh what a great idea! Though my dogs would be very disappointed. heee

I like the cocoa brown.

9 Julie Neff September 26, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I think the licorice black would look great in our house!

10 Jen September 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I think I need a large one of those for my 6 and 4 year old!! They still get rice, green beans, ect. on the floor!! Neat idea!

Jen @
Creative and Curious Kids!
God’s Shining Stars!

11 RefreshMom September 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Unfortunately mine are past the high chair stage, but I’d totally buy one that could do the same with my regular dining chairs and my 2 and 5 year olds! I’m allergic to dogs, so I can’t really go the canine-crumb-catcher route.

12 Lindsay Vandermyde September 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm

I would love the Navy catcher!

13 Sky September 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

My favorite design is the pink striped…perfect for my little messy girly-girl!

14 Shaina Pearce September 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Freaking Genuis! It’s ideas like this that I think “Why didn’t I think of that?!?” Seriously. I would like the brown one! Now I HAVE TO HAVE ONE!!

15 staceyk September 26, 2008 at 2:17 pm

I would love the Cocoa Brown Food Catcher.

16 Jana (sidetrack'd) September 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Oh my, this would be great with Boo about to get to the finger foods stage. I think I’d have to go with cocoa brown. Thanks!

17 Katie September 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Cocoa Brown please!! My sis-in-law is having her first baby! I would love to win this for her!!

18 Heidi September 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

LOVE it! My little one will soon be starting real food, so this would be perfect! I like the navy one- it matches our high chair. :)

19 Rachel September 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm

That’s GREAT! I always wondered if this existed. I love the Jade Green one!

20 Ashley - The Adventures of Supermom September 26, 2008 at 3:44 pm

What a great product! Something I could really use for my little guy. Most of his food ends up on the floor instead of in his mouth. I love the navy blue one.

21 Elaine September 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Great invention! I like the cocoa brown. Thanks!

22 Heidi September 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Seriously, what a fantastic idea! I would go for the licorice back one to continue to match the colors in my home.

23 Lindsey September 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm

You’re giving away FIVE!? Sweet! I like the pink striped Wupzey – I would be so happy if I won one, my daughter is just starting to eat solids and I’m dreading the mess… lol.

Thanks so much!

24 Chrissy September 26, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I would love the Blue Hawaiian. It gets old cleaning the floor after every meal and snack!

25 Laura September 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I like the Black, it’ll match our house perfectly! We so need this. What a great invention!

26 Nadia September 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Ingenious! I like the Jade Green.

27 karen c. September 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Love the Blue Hawaiian. Now if only it could catch the food that my son throws on the floor on purpose!

28 Michele September 26, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Great idea! I like the jade green colored one.

29 Mandee September 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

That is soooo much better than the floor mats, those are such a pain! I would love to win one and I would get the Jade Green! Thanks!

30 Susan Reitberger September 26, 2008 at 9:13 pm

What a great idea! My daughter is learning to eat and drop food all over the floor and this would help immensely. The cranberry one is so pretty!

31 Richelle F September 26, 2008 at 9:54 pm

I like the Navy one.

32 Jenn September 27, 2008 at 1:06 am

Wow. What a great idea. So impressive. Always such a disaster. Now if only there was something to save my floor from my other kids. The ones who shouldn’t be spilling but still do.
I really like the Blue Hawaiian.Very cool.

33 Happy Mama September 27, 2008 at 4:32 am

Whoa that is cool…Do they make ones for toddler’s booster seats?

With one infant, one toddler and one preschooler this sounds just fantastic!!!!!

I’d like a navy one please!

34 thefarmerfiles September 27, 2008 at 5:44 am

Blue Hawaiian! I am so missing our doggie we had with our first child!

35 Alexia September 27, 2008 at 8:50 am

I like the Cocoa Brown Wupzey catcher!

36 jennifer bowen September 27, 2008 at 9:31 am

wow i so need one and well any color will do but if i must pick one how abt sage thanks

37 Adrienne! September 27, 2008 at 9:34 am

We’d love a Cranberry Red Food Catcher!!

38 Kodelle September 27, 2008 at 10:12 am

What a clever idea. I would have to go for the Cocoa Brown Food Catcher. So chic!

39 Briana September 27, 2008 at 10:31 am

I would love one in the red or brown. Both would match my kitchen well. :) Great idea!

40 Erica September 27, 2008 at 11:50 am

We don’t have a dog, but my ten-month old can often be found crawling around the kitchen finding (and of course consuming) the old cheerios or peas she’s dropped from her high chair. And toys. And binkies. And… We would love the cocoa brown Wupzey! This is an ingenious idea. Thanks for introducing it to us!

41 Erin September 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I am Due Oct 31st with a boy and would LOVE to use a Blue Stripe Wupzey Food Catcher to save my new hardwood floors from the impending doom! :) I don’t think anyone is throwing me a shower or I would definitely have at least one of these on my wish list! After the baby is born I will have to buy one of these! I already forwarded the link to my sister. Her two children leave her scrubbing her floor at least twice a day! What a great idea!

42 Shelley September 27, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Just found out Monday that I am pregnant – yay. Will be my second child. Since I obviously have no idea what the sex is, I would pick the jade green.

43 Amy September 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

That’s perfect! I love the sapphire blue :) Thanks ladies!

44 Martha C September 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I’d love to get this for my new godbaby! I’d love the pink striped one!

45 Mrs. H September 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm

How clever! I’d go w/ the navy one.

46 Heather September 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I’d go for the cranberry red.

47 Kristine September 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Wow, what a great idea! We could really use this!

Jade green for us please!

48 Kellie September 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I like the navy!! My little girl is a messy eater – this would be great!!

49 Michele September 28, 2008 at 3:24 am

What a great idea!! I like the pink striped one the best!

Thanks so much!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

50 Beth Kuligowski September 28, 2008 at 8:38 am

I’d love to try one of these! The navy one would match our high chair, so that’s what color I’d choose. Thanks! -beth k

51 Omie September 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

A navy food catcher for my boy, please. Imagine the glee on my face when he throws food overboard and leans over to see his handiwork. He’ll be so confounded when he sees nothing on the floor.

52 stampedwithgrace September 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

this is such a great idea! I’d pick cranberry :)

53 Dee October 1, 2008 at 9:19 am

HOLY COW! I had no clue they made things like this! You should see my floor! I have to sweep and swifter after EVERY MEAL! Having a toddler is hard work! LOL! I would LOVE the cocoa brown since it would match my high chair!

54 Carol F. October 2, 2008 at 2:20 am

That is fantastic. I would like the cranberry red one, please. I will need this in two months for my little baby. Thank you! Great idea!

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