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My daughter has recently started to use our big bath now that she is too big for her baby one. She prefers to stand up in the bath so I wanted to be sure it was safe for her. She also finds the bath a bit scary sometimes, so I wanted her to have something bright and fun to distract her if she got scared. I bought this mat in Asda for about £10. I thought that was quite expensive but when I looked at other, less interesting mats, I found this was about standard price. The mat is really nice and soft under foot - my husband and I enjoy using it as we have an over bath shower. The colours and design are unisex which I really like, I get really fed up of stereotyped girl and boy products, there is so much of that on the market. I thought the sea theme was great and we use the mat to teach colours and animals. The suction is really effective so the mat does not slip at all. I wasn't looking for a heat sensitive mat as I prefer to use good old fashionned elbow in the water trick! However, this mat does claim to have this extra feature. I would say it is highly unreliable, it often says the water is too hot when in fact it is barely warm at all! So not great from that point of view but everything else about the mat is perfect and we love it!
I bought the Tommee Tippee Heat Sensitive Bath Mat once my son was too big for his baby bath. The main reason I wanted to purchase a bath mat was because I wanted the bottom of the bath to be less slippery but when I saw the Tommee Tippee Bath Mat I thought the heat sensitivity would be an added bonus. I ordered the bath mat from Amazon for £8.56, that was just over a year ago and the price has since increased to £9.71. The bath mat comes neatly packaged and once unfolded reveals a nice soft padded bath mat, with a colourful underwater scene displaying sea, sand and four brightly coloured underwater creatures, as you can see in any image of the product. There are suction pads all around the edge on the underside of the bath mat and some in the middle. These suction pads stick easily to the bottom of the bath and hold in place well, but it is also easy to remove the bath mat if required. The bath mat is nicely padded for little bums to sit on and definitely stops my son from sliding around. The bath mat is 26.5" long and 15" wide. The bath mat has a red circle in the centre, this circle stays a deep red colour if the temperature of the bath is below 37 degrees and therefore too cold, if the bath water is too hot the circle fades to display the words "TOO HOT". After the first couple of times using the bath mat I started to ignore the temperature sensing feature as even when the water was only lukewarm I could still see the "TOO HOT" warning. If you were to pay attention to the temperature sensor the bath water would be too cold after a few minutes of your child being in the bath. If I were to ignore the heat sensor I would give this bath mat 5 stars as it's nicely padded, a nice child friendly design, a good size and sticks well to the bath. However, as quite a few people would probably buy this mat based on the heat sensing feature, I can only give it 3 stars. I feel that you end up paying extra for an unreliable feature that, in my opinion, very few people (if any) will actually use!
I never intended to buy a mat like this whilst I was pregnant, however when I spotted it online, I thought it was a fantastic idea. Originally I planned to use a bath thermometer, but I have found that these can be unreliable at testing the whole of the bath. The mat comes in a neat box with the Tommee Tippee logo on. It is blue and yellow, a picture of the sea with sea creatures in. The downside is that this is the only design it is available in. Whilst it is unisex, it would be nice if there was more choice, something girly maybe. The heat sensitive spot is a circle in the middle. It goes red and the words "too hot" appear if the water is too hot, blue and "too cold" if it is too cold, and green with "ok" if the water is fine. The mat sticks to the bath with several suction cups. I found that it actually sticks really well, definitely could not be pulled up even by the most curious toddler. It is quite cushiony so it is comfortable for my daughter to sit on. The problem with the mat is that storing it is tricky - you can't fold it at all because if you do, it becomes incredibly difficult to stick it in the bath next time, as it creases and the suction cups come up easily. So we now have to store it flat. Is it accurate? Well we have used it in conjunction with my elbow and a bath thermometer to check, and it is as accurate as the thermometer - ok it doesn't give a reading, but if the thermometer's reading is too high, the spot will turn red on the mat so you get my drift. It is certainly no substitute for you checking it yourself, but it is handy to double check or have it as reassurance. It is widely available in shops like Toys R Us - I purchased it on eBay for £5 but it retails at a touch under £10 in most stores. Well worth a try for added reassurance or double checking.