I wanted to use this to put finger foods in for my son, 7 months old. I found it brilliant for a few weeks, but my son seemed obsessed with pulling at it and managed to free the bowl (totally by accident) quite a few times. After a while he discovered that he could scratch at the edges to get his fingers underneath the mat and pick it up (to throw it on the floor) that way. I still think that this is a good idea and probably worth a try with your child, but unfortunately, it didn't work for me for long enough. I've still not found anything that suckers to a table strongly enough and am back to just using the table.