One of our favorite purchases since Milan has been eating solid foods is the Summer Infant Tiny Diner place mat. If you have a messy eater (and what baby isn’t messy?) then this is a must have!
The suction cups on the bottom keep it to just about any surface. As with any suction cup, it always works better with a little bit of moisture. So far, it as adhered to just about every table that we’ve had him at. The only one it didn’t stick on (at least very well) was a really old wood table that didn’t have an even surface in the slightest bit. But luckily, the rubber itself is kind of sticky so the mat didn’t slip off.
Another cool feature is that there is a little tray that catches some of the food (it doesn’t catch all of it of course) and since it is soft, it doesn’t bother Milan at all. In fact, sometimes if the table is too tall he’ll put his food in there and eat from the tray. The tray has another purpose though. You can fold the mat up and then tuck it into the tray for easy transportation.
The manufacturer says its top rack dishwasher safe, but I haven’t tried it yet. I find its very easy to clean by hand and I don’t want to waste all of that precious top rack space.