In the early 1960s mealtimes in the Mossop household were more than a little chaotic. With five young ones around the table, things were certainly messy!
That is until, a one off, lovingly hand-made tray was given to young Jon (then entering his toddler years) to help relieve some of the stress and mess.
From its first use it was a great success. Jon’s food and drink stayed within his reach without any problem... and captured any of the inevitable spills during meal times.
The original tray endured many years of successful use before being relegated to the storage room under the house.
Fast forward thirty years and Jon and new wife Lauren had started a family of their own. When their first born Jeremy entered his toddler years, the meal times experience triggered a flood of Jon’s own childhood memories - thus the toddler tray he had used as a child was retrieved from the storage room.
After a good clean, the tray was brought to life once again and subsequently saw good use by Jeremy’s siblings Timothy and Jessica. For years the toddler tray was in daily use again.
Fast forward a further twenty years and Jon and Lauren became proud grandparents for the first time. It wasn’t long before the tray was once again retrieved from the storage room, dusted off and put to use for this third generation.
In becoming aware of all things baby and toddler once again, Jon and Lauren were amazed at the much vaster range of products now available. However, what was more amazing, was that nothing had changed. Toddlers still had to make the quantum leap from the high chair to the table with little help.
The high value of their tray’s plain and simple usefulness struck them once more and they determined that it was something they had to share with other parents and grandparents.
No surprise, but manufacturing processes were light years ahead of when the first tray was made almost half a century before! The one-off tray made in the early 60’s had consisted of hand-shaped and welded alloy. Plain and simple, nothing fancy, it just did the job!
However, Jon and Lauren wanted their trays to be useful as educational tools as well, which meant graphics. But food safety was paramount. After much research and a steep learning curve, 100% melamine was a hands-down winner. It's durable, hygienic, has an impeccable food safety record and, best of all, the graphics are embedded within the material itself, so pose no hazard.
Although it's a more expensive manufacturing process than plastic, the quality of 100% melamine will ensure that – if cared for – the Happy Toddler Tray should endure for at least another three generations of use. And that works for the Mossops!
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