When my baby was small, I liked to think I was mrs efficient. Having a baby bag that would have made Mary Poppins's case (in which she stores a hat stand and lamp shade) look totally minimalistic. So it will come as no suprise for you to learn that I used these pamper care mats.
These mats which are from the pampers brand, are absorbent pads which are 60cm x60cm in size. The great thing about these pads is that they fold down neatly so that they can be stored easily in a bag. The basic idea of these pads is to allow mums to change their babies whilst out and about. Providing an absorbent and clean area to lie baby on, whilst changing baby's nappy.
These pampers care mats come in packs of 12. It has to be said that for what they are, they are very expensive in my opinion. costing around £4.50 a pack. Yes, they are a good idea and I did use my pampers mats on occasion, but to be perfectly honest I think that it is a bit of a good marketing ploy as there is not much use for these mats at all.
When you consider the cost of a fold flat plastic changing mat and a pack of baby wipes, against the over inflated cost of these pads. I think it is much more cost effective to use a plastic baby mat and wipe over with an antibacterial wipe after use before folding it back into your bag.
The pampers care mats are good for absorbency. However, when using these mats with my son, I didn't like the appearance of these mats at all. They look cheap and clinical. Almost like an incontinence pad. I just didn't feel comfortable using these mats when changing my son. I thought they lacked a certain warmth in the design department.
These pampers care mats are helpful in allowing you peace of mind when out with baby, that you have somewhere to lay them on to change thier nappy. But in all honesty, most places have excellent baby changing facilities today. All the major shopping centres and theme parks, restaraunts and supermarkets have a place that is dedicated to mother and baby.
The pamper mats are not particularly thick in width, so I remember being concerned about my baby's comfort when using this mat to change his nappy. It's all very good having the changing mats, but you have to have somewhere to change the baby. You can't lay the mat down in the middle of marks and sparks and start changing baby.
I only bought these pampers care mats once. I ended up giving atleast half the packet to a friend who had just bought a new puppy. They were great for putting down whilst puppy was being house trained. I personally did not find these mats beneficial in any shape or form. I thought they were very expensive and for my needs, I found them to be a waste of money.
Pampers change mats are a big part of our every day life with little Jessie, a 12 pack of these costs me £4.99 and each mat is 60cm square.
The mat is self consists of a soft cotton feel top layer with padding in the middle to absorb any leaks and a waterproof plastic backing, they are very thin so I didn't think they would be very absorbent when I first brought them but they are really good and absorb any leeks Jessie may have.
They are folded up quite small in the pack and are small enough to fit in your hand bag let alone your changing bag to take with you to use when out of the house, once folded out they are more than big enough to change a toddlers bottom on let alone a baby and at 3 months old Jessie still fits her whole body on the mat.
These have a great deal of use in our house, I use them on top of our plastic changing mat when we change Jessie as if she wees wholes being changed then it soaks into the mat rather than running everywhere like it would do if I used just the plastic mat alone.
I use these for lying Jessie on in our bed when she has her cuddle before bed time as due to her umbilical hernia she is a very sickly baby and can quite often bring up around 5 ounces of her feed so these save me the hassle of having to change the whole bed if she does.
I use these for burping Jessie too as I have tried the burping cloths and bibs but as any mom with a sickly baby will know they just are not capable of absorbing the quantities that Jessie brings back up.
I use these when we are out to change Jessie as it is more hygienic than using a plastic mat as these can be thrown away, they are idea if you use a public changing area to change your baby and I also use them if we are at someone else's house to lie Jessie on them on the floor this way I don't have to worry about any germs in the carpet or Jessie being sick on there floor.
I know to most people with a none sickly baby £4.99 for 12 sounds really expensive but I bet if I worked out how much these save me in washing powder and electric washing and drying clothes and bed sheets that they work out cost effective for me.
I bought the Pampers Change Mats to use when I was out on the go, when my daughter was very young. I thought they would be great to place on top of the hard cold plastic changing tables that you find in public toilets.
Pampers Change Mats are 60cm by 60cm, so they are quite big. One side is made of plastic which is placed on the surface to prevent the mat from slipping and sliding or leakages. The other side which you place baby on is soft and padded to make it comfortable.
The change mats are quite thin, so they can be easily folded up and be put in your bag, they don't take up much space. The only disadvantage of this is that as they are thin, it doesn't give baby much protection when placing on a cold hard surface.
The size of the mats are great for young babies but as my daughter grew, one mat wasn't enough. If baby has an accident, they need to be thrown away, which makes them quite expensive at nearly £5 for 12.
One of my friends uses them to place under the potty, which I think is a great idea. Personally, I think you might just be better off with a blanket that you can then wash if their are any accidents.
I bought these pampers change mts before my first baby was born to keep in his change bag for outings etc.
They are 60x60 cm which is just enough space to fit a newborn baby on without them having to lay on the floor wherever you go and they're hygenic for public changing tables.
They are quite thin with a plastic waterproof backing and a soft absorbent top coating which is seperated into sections so the liquid doesn't spread as fast.
They are small enough to fold up to put in your baby's bag and when folded take the space of a few nappeis. You do need to lay them on a blanket if you're using a hard surface as they're not very thick
I find them perfect for nappy changing because anyone who's had a new baby knows they just wee and poo whenever their nappy's off and your not prepared so you can mop up the mess and just throw it away.
I think they are so much better than a plastic changing mats because with those the wee just goes everwhere and gets their clothes but these mats just soak it up.
I use it every time I change my baby especially downstairs and it means I can change him on the carpet without worrying.
I bought these thinking they'd be great for my changing bag, as I don't like to take a big mat if I don't have to. I found that compared to the disposable Huggies mats these are bigger and don't fold down as easily.
I have, however, found several other uses for this mat. It was a good layer to have under my bedding in the late stages of pregnancy in case of my waters breaking, and also handy to sit on in the car on the way to the hospital for the same reason.
I have used it when my daughter has been ill- it's large enough to put on the floor and hold her over in case she is sick- saves my carpet and easy to tidy away. I have one under her sheet as an extra protection for the mattress. Also in the buggy if I think she may be sick there, or in case of nappy leaks.
These mats are ideal for putting in your changing bag for taking out and about with you for when you need to change your baby's nappy! The mats measure 60cm by 60cm, have a white plasticky backing on with a colourful pattern on (cartoon characters) which goes on the surface you're changing on and then a nice soft cotton like surface to lay the baby on which feels a little quilted!
I wanted to get these mats having heard on the news while pregnant that a lot of the changing mats in public places are not always kept as clean as we would want and that some even had traces of cocaine on them! There was no way I was risking my baby coming in to contact with that! Since then I have always carried one of these around and tend to change her on my lap with one of these under her - just in case! Either that or I'll put the mat on a clean surface appropriate for changing on! These mats roll up very small - I haven't really used my proper changing bag yet but find these mats roll up small enough to fit in my small handbag along with a complete change of clothes, nappies and wipes! Unless the bottom of the mat is dirty or she's had a wee on the changing mat I do re-use them, so far of the pack of 12 I bought I've got 6 left, our daughter is 3 months old at the time of writing!
The mats are easy to purchase, we get ours delivered with our weekly shop from tesco where we pay £4.25 for 12 mats making them cost 35p each. You can get them from most supermarkets, boots and many places on line.
They have many other uses apart from nappy changes, I use one under our sheet to protect our bed in case a nappy leaks (but we haven't had this yet to test their efficiency but it's reassuring knowing our bed is safe!) and also in case of leaking milk. They can also be used when ther infant is starting to be potty trained - in buggies or car seats to protect them! The biggest use we have for them though is to give our daughter some nappy free time each day - placing her on one of these means peace of mind for us with respect to her play gym and our carpet!
Pampers Change Mats are 60 x 60 cms in size. The side that is placed next to the surface is made from plastic and will, therefore, prevent any leaks from going through the mat. The side on which you place baby is soft and slightly padded. To be honest, I'm not sure if the mats would slide around or move, particularly if baby was wriggling / kicking.
The change mats are very thin. Personally, I see this as being both a good and a bad point. The advantage is that the mats can be folded up really small and are ideal for packing into baby's changing bag.
The disdavantage is that the mats would not give too much protection for baby when placing him / her onto a harder surface.
The size of the mats are ideal for babies, particularly when they are young, although two mats would be needed when changing an older baby, as one mat would not be long enough. Luckily, my baby has not had any accidents on a change mat yet, so I have been able to re-use them. This makes the mats more economical, as they are quite pricey (just under £6.00 for 12)
The mats, although primarily designed for nappy changing are versatile enough to be used for other functions, such as sitting / lieing baby onto when playing or eating, placing under a potty as baby gets older, placing over your shoulder when burping baby.
Pampers Care Mats are now called Pampers Change Mats. I actually bought a pack of these a month before my little boy was born. We had just bought a brand new bed and I was worried that my waters would break whilst in bed and the bed would be ruined. A friend recommended these as something I could use even after the baby was born. I usually research about every item I buy for the first time. However, for this one I didn't and just took her recommendation. I am glad that I did!
~What are Pampers Change Mats?~
They are absorbent disposable mats for use when making nappy changes on the go. They have a plastic covering to protect the baby from any dirty surfaces as well as an absorbent, soft reverse side to lay the baby on and catch any leaks. They are very thin and can be easily folded up very small to take with you when you are on the go.
~ What Are Their Different Uses?~
1- They are first and foremost a disposable changing mat. They provide a clean surface to change baby on no matter where you are. They are thin and fold up very small. This is great when I know I will be out for a short while. I pack a reusable freezer bag with a nappy, change mat, nappy bag and a onesie for an emergency. This all fits easily into my handbag for quick get aways. I have always reused the mat if it is not wet. So, unless your baby has been a right mess or the surface you lay him/her on is a mess, they can be used over and over again.
2- Placed under the sheet in your little one's cot will protect the mattress from any of those late night leaks. As your baby sleeps longer and longer at night, it is bound to happen. It is better to be safe than sorry!
3- Great to use while potty training. They can be easily laid into car seat or pushchair to protect it in case there is an emergency!
4- You can place them under your own sheets if you are pregnant and, like me, worried that your waters will break or leak and ruin your bed. My water's didn't break while I was in bed, however, it did give me that extra peace of mind that I needed when I had so many other things to worry about.
~ My Experience~
I first bought them to protect my bed. I was worried they would be like those plastic sheets and be all cold and make lots of "crinkly" sounds. I just could not bare to have that. I ended up using 2 mats to cover a good portion of my side of the bed. That night when I went to bed, I honestly forgot that I had put them on the bed. I would forget until it was time to change the sheets and then I would remember. They could not be felt through the sheet at all! I was impressed by this. My waters did not break while I was in bed. So, I can't testify to how absorbant they would be for such things. But, I did have peace of mind with them on.
Now, I use them with my little one. I pack one away in my handbag and away we go. Even the cleanest of changing areas leave me a bit wary. I want to be SURE that my baby has a clean surface to lay down on. I wouldn't want to just lay on the counter top and I don't expect my baby to. It unfolds easily and easily stores away. If it gets wet or dirty, I just throw it in the bin. No problem!
I have one under the sheets of my little boy's cot. He has had only one major late night leak and I was pleased to see that the Pampers Change Mat kept the bed well protected. Again, like when I had it on my bed, there is no uncomfortable "crinkly" noise to wake the baby when he moves.
~ Size and Cost ~
The mats are 60 x 60 cm. Plenty big enough for newborns to toddlers. They come in packs of 12 and cost approximately £5 for the pack. That does sound a bit pricey. However, I have been having the back for 6 months now and still have 10 left!
~ Overall Conclusion ~
I was a bit worried about buying them and their cost. Where they just another money grabbing scheme? Was it, yet, another thing that mothers thought they had to buy to be a good mother? However, I have been very pleased with the purchase. It is very versatile and provides a lot of peace of mind. That is important for a new mum. I have and will continue to recommend this product.
When i was at my local supermarket and seen theese mats i had never seen them before so i decided to give them a try as I like to try new products and thought I would give these a go.
These mats are quite a good size and have a soft top layer with a waterproof backing (with a teddy print all over). They are very lightweight and easy to add a couple to your babies changing bag as an alternative changing mat.
To begin with i used them to lay my daughter on for some "nappy off" time relaxed knowing that my carpets or bedding would not be soiled if there was any accidents! I usually just put down an old towel but the care mats would save on that little bit of extra washing as they are disposable.
I also intend to use these when i start to potty train my daughter as not only will they be eaisier to remove and change than a waterproof sheet they will be a lot comfier to lay on for my daughter.
I have also used theese to toilet train my puppy and beleive it or not they work just as well as the special petones even though they dont have the special scent on them and they are cheaper than the actual ones for dogs.
But if you were going to use them a lot it could end up costing you quite a bit every time you need to replace them as they are £5.99 for a pack of 12.
Thank you for reading my reveiw and i hope it was of use to you.xx
When I registered with the pampers website I was sent some vouchers for nappies and also for a pack of care mats. The voucher entitled me to 50p off a pack of twelve care mats. The price of the care mats put me off a bit but the a mixture of the voucher and also the fact that pampers claim that they are reusable upto 100 changes made me buy them. Packaging ******** The care mats come in a green plastic packet rather like pampers nappies do. There is the usual Pampers logo at the top of the packet and then Change Mats written in a banner. There is a picture of a blonde mother changing a little boy on a bench by a big bush of flowers and they both are smiling and generally looking like the care mats are the best thing since sliced bread. There is also a diagram showing how the mats absorb liquid and would be like lying on a big nappy. There is the usual instructions and specifications on the sides and the back but we'll come to those later. First Impressions ************** When I first puulled one of these out of the packet (which was very easy as the packet is perforated like nappy packets) I was impressed with the softness of the mat. They are very silky and are quite padded so if a surface is hard (like a bench) then baby can still be changed in comfort. They are quite large measuring 60cm by 60cm and they do seem to be quite absorbant. What I Don't Like About Them ************************* Even though the mats are absorbant and should be able to be used over and over again, this is only true if nothing is spilled on them as they begin to smell. I was top n tailing my daughter on one and some soapy water was spilled onto it. It disappeared almost instantly but I noticed that the mat had begun to smell musty after about an hour. Final Conclusions ************** I believe that the care mats are a good idea but they are way too expensive at £4.78 for 12. The only time I have ever bou
ght these has been when I have recieved a voucher for them. They are excellent for putting in your changing bag to use quickly and as they are lighter and less bulky than normal travel changing mats. They can be used over and over again as long as nothing is spilled on them (which is unlikly when it comes to changing babies). Do's and Don'ts ************* Pampers suggest that the change mats can be used in all sorts of situations... *as a travel changing mat *underneath a potty to catch spills *as an absorbant mat so baby can have a kick-about with nothing on to help reduce nappy rash *as a liner on sofas to stop accidents *as a play mat to absorb spills like juice and paint for older children *as a dribble cloth Pampers also state that children under 12 months should not be left unsupervised on the care mats or allowed to sleep on top of them as they are plastic backed and whould interfere with how well a mattress would work to let air through. For children over 12 months they can be used underneath sheets to save the mattress if there are any accidents although they probably would only catch small leaks and not a full wee. I think I will probably buy these again as they do come in handy when you are out, but they are too expensive for every day use when a folded sheet or towel will do. Hope this helps. Lex xxx
I laughed when pampers care mats came out and my exact words were"what will they think of next". I think this product is a waste of money, glorified incontinence pads. You can buy incontinence pads from the chemist for a fraction of the cost. Obviously some arents think they are great, I honestly do not know whaty all the hype is about. So wake up people, use your money sensiblilly, what did you do before they were invented, another sales gimic.
I was sent a free sample of a Pampers Care Mat when they first came out, and must admit I thought they were pointless and rather a waste of money. My daughter was quite small, and out of the suggested uses the only two that seemed relevant to me were to use the mat as a travel changing mat, or put it on furniture when the baby was without a nappy. I had two travel changing mats that had come with bags, and a large plastic backed mat for using during 'no-nappy' time, so didn't think I would use the Pampers mats. I put the free sample in the cupboard, unopened. Now my daughter is two, and has been using a potty for a couple of months. Just before I started potty training, I found the sample care mat when searching for something else and had another look at it. Not only did I find a couple of uses for the free mat, I went out and brought a whole packet of them. The first thing I used them for was to put one under the potty. Each mat is a square of absorbent materials with a plastic backing. Obviously, when she was just starting to use the potty, accidents did happen, (and quite often!). Even now we have the odd splash. The mat made sure the 'accident' didn't soak through onto the carpet, making cleaning up a lot easier. Once it is wet, you just roll the mat up, and throw it away. They are also useful if my daughter uses the potty in our bathroom, which has a wooden floor. Without one when she sits down, the potty was sliding away from her on the floor. This was quite off putting for her. However, the mat keeps the potty still as she sits, and she feels more secure. The second use for the care mats has come more recently. She is now dry during the day, but when she has a nap it's still too early to expect her to be dry. I put a care mat under her when she is asleep, and if she has an accident the sofa or her bed doesn't get wet. When this has happened I have been really impressed with the way the mat deals with
the accident. It works just like a nappy, soaking it in and keeping it away from her skin. In fact, the last time it happened the only way I knew she had wet herself was because the mat was heavy when I took it off the sofa. When I touch her, her trousers and underwear were almost dry. Later on when she is becoming dry through the night, a care mat can be put between the sheet and the mattress, giving the mattress added protection in case an accident occurs. Care mats come into two sizes-normal, (60cmx60cm) in packs of 12 or large (80mx80cm), which are in packs of 7. I am using the normal size and that seems more than big enough. I'm glad I had another look at Pampers care mats. They have certainly made potty training a bit cleaner and easier for me and my daughter, (but only a bit!). However, they are expensive and when I have another newborn baby I still don't think I would bother with them, as there are other better, (cheaper), things to use for younger babies.
I agree with elvina. These things were only invented a year ago - so what did we do before that? I can see the advantage in having a portable changing mat, but you can buy those very cheaply and just wipe them down if they get wet. This is just another ploy to get manufacturers to make us think we need something, when we don't. No doubt, other manufacturers will follow suit and will try and find another angle to sell them from. When my son was potty training, we didn't bother with those pull-up pants either. Children don't learn to control their bladders if there is always something there to catch the drips! They learn that if they get wet, they stay wet. My son was potty-trained in about 2 weeks using this method, but it would have been a lot longer if he had been wearing training pants. OK, back to Care Mats. We're now starting to get my son dry at night. This is not proving to be easy, but if I was using the Care Mats under his sheet, he would rely on it too much and would never realise that his bed was wet. Instead, I am using an all-over fitted waterproof cover under the bedsheet. This has the effect of protecting the mattress, but he knows when his bed is wet. All it takes then is to change the sheet, and put the washing on next morning. Yes, it's a bit of a pain, but well worth what I am saving on the cost of those mats!
When my daughter was dry in the day we decided to try her at night so we got out the plastic sheet and placed it under her sheet. She hated it it seemed to make her hot and sweaty and she was not comfortable at all and was not getting much sleep. I had seen this advertised on the telly and thought they were worth a go. They were quite expensive but i was not buying nappies anymore. I took the plastic of and placed one of these under her sheet and she slepted all night without any problems. In the morning you had to check they were still in the right place as if you child is a fidget they will easily move them. Although they were expensive we managed to have our daughter dry at night in one packet and she had a good nights sleep. They are probably not suitable for all children but were a great sucess with our daughter so worth a try.
What is the point of Pampers Care Mats? The only answer that I can find to that it to increase Pampers sales. Launched on the market a year ago these items are quite expensively priced and the idea is that you use them as changing mats etc for your baby. I have a baby but have never been tempted to buy these things. I use a terry nappy to lay on top of her plastic changing mat when we are at home and when we are out and about I have a small plastic backed mat which folds into my baby bag and on which I lay a terry nappy. OK you have to wash the terry nappy but often you get a few changes out of them before they have to be washed and it is not then hard to put them in the washing machine. The initial cost of the terry nappies is very cheap, especially if you buy them from Index who seem to have the best deal. You could even use old towels if you did not want to buy Terrys. Either way these are much cheaper options than Care Mats even taking into account the washing. Another thing to consider with the Care Mats is the extra increase in rubbish, hence land fill and the eventual damage to our environment. I have a sample of the Care Mats but have not even bothered using it because I just cant see the point in them.
Pampers ChangeMats are absorbent disposable mats for use when making nappy changes on the go. ChangeMats are small enough to fit into your bag, so that you can take them with you whenever you have to change your baby - whether it is at a friend's place, out shopping or in the car. When changing your baby, you can count on ChangeMats to protect your baby from what's underneath, while providing a clean and comfortable surface. Its waterproof backsheet also protects the surface under your baby! Pampers ChangeMats