“ Brand: Homeliving /Type: Safety mat „
This is a review of the Homeliving Pattern Bath Mat that we have currently in our bathroom. Before children, the bathroom was my sanctuary where I spent hours lolling in the bath and generally beautifying myself and I have noticed slowly that that calm zone has slipped away. Speaking of slipping, once our daughter was old enough to go in the big bath on her own we knew we really needed a bath mat as the bottom of the bath was so slippy and made worse with bubble bath and other products going in to the water.
When I was in B&M browsing, I never go in there with a list but always find something to buy! This time it was the bath mat with its bright pink octopus pattern which caught my eye. It fit the bill and was a little bit fun for our daughter to bathe in. When I got it home my husband thought they were pink ghosts (like on pac man) so he had to be put right.
The clear mat fits nicely into our large bath but you can position it how you like, using the suction cups which are literally dotted across the entire back of the mat. The actual octopi are fixed on at one point but sort of loose on the mat which is a little strange as it makes you want to try and pull them off but it hasn't happened yet. None have fallen off either. We pull up the mat after every use to dry it out (and I can't bear sitting on it when I am in the bath) and the suction cups are still as good as new.
A bit of a bargain for such a jolly mat I think: £3.99 and it was purchased around 9 months ago.
The mat does its job and stops our daughter slipping in the bath. Yes it is a bit of a childish pattern and probably would not be welcome in some homes. Like the previous reviewer, I have noticed a couple of small black mould patches which I intend to treat with some bleach asap and we'll see how the mat copes with that! If it burns a hole in it (which is unlikely) I will buy another mat but think it's worth a try to do the bleach first. I think anything which lives in a moist environment can be a home to mould so I am not surprised this has happened despite our attempts to dry out the mat each time. I have had to chuck out numerous squirty bath toys due to the mould issue.
If you have kids, I can recommend this mat. We have had plenty of use out of ours and the suction cups are really good which is often the thing that fails on a bath mat that you use inside the tub. For me, the octopi are fun and bright and look great in the water and appeal to me but I think you can buy the mat in other patterns as this may not be such a good choice for boys. This is one of those safety items in the bathroom that should not be avoided when you have kids as they love standing up in the bath and slipping in water could be dangerous.
An essential item for baby safety is a bath mat that fits inside the bath and limits the possibility of slipping. We went for cheap and cheerful, paying a very reasonable £3.99 for a mat from B&M. Ours is different to the one pictured above as it features green turtles in its design.
At 78cm X 37cm the mat does not cover the whole of the bath floor, but is sufficient for our needs. As I bought it to ensure Baby CrazyEgg was safe in the bath there was no need for it to extend all the way to the taps as she will be sat well away from them, and the area that remains uncovered at the other end of the bath is generally unoccupied. With 153 suction pads the mat sticks securely to the bottom of the bath and its textured top layer provides slip resistance. This is useful in enabling Baby CrazyEgg to sit up on her own in the bath, and previously gave me confidence in standing up when holding her and stepping out when we had shared a bath. Without the mat, 'swooshing' the water with your hand is enough to unbalance Baby CrazyEgg, the combination of smooth enamel and baby bubble bath making her bottom akin to a Teflon coated pair of peaches.
The mat features numerous drainage holes which mean that it is easy to detach from the bath. It can then be hung up or stuck to a tiled wall in order to dry, although this latter method will leave you with 153 circular marks on your tiles when you remove it which you might want to clean away. This is a disadvantage that can be avoided, but there are others that can't.
The colourful turtles that adorn the mat are very jolly. Some of them flap about a little. I did not know if this was intentional so inspected the mat more fully for the purposes of this review. I determined that it must be unintentional since some turtles were very secure and did not flap at all. I tugged one of the flappy ones and it came off. This probably renders it a choking hazard, but obviously you would never leave your baby in the bath unattended so that negates this risk I feel. The now detached turtle has been stuck on to a tile to provide more visual interest in our bathroom, and detract from the missing tiles. It may be that this is the best fate for all of the turtles as it turns out they are merely attached by some sort of glue, and after just eight months of use some of them are beginning to show signs of mould formation under their bellies. The designers have unwittingly incorporated habitat for mould as a design feature since water is trapped under the turtles. You can see both mould and water easily when you turn the mat over as the rest of it is transparent. No one wants to bathe with mouldy turtles, so I'm afraid this is on its way out.
Another downside is that Baby CrazyEgg has some bath books which also have suction pads at the end of a string to stick them to the base of the bath. They won't stick to the mat however, which can be awkward and means that they float away. You have to stick them to the sides of the bath instead.
It is a good mat and has done its job, but now mould is starting to appear it is time for a new mat, and I will be buying a different make, which hopefully will last longer.