My son is 19 months and is a super messy eater still. I don't mean the odd spill or dribble down the shirt, I mean a change of clothes, complete wipe down (if not a bath), scrubbing the table, scrubbing the chair, and sweeping (if not mopping) the kitchen. Every meal. I'm getting pretty tired of this.
My daughter was able to feed her self quite neatly by 15 months. I know they're individuals, so I shouldn't really compare them, but I'm starting to wonder if I can hope that he'll get to be a neater eater pretty soon? I'm not really worried about his general development. He sat up, walked, and talked pretty early.