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As a mum the first time round, I had to get a lot of advice on what to buy in preparation of the arrival of my son. When it came to the impending birth of my daughter I automatically knew what I wanted to buy and what I needed ( not always the same thing ). I also had quite afew bits that baby number 2 could use from baby number one, as I bought a lot of neutral things for my son as I didn't find out his sex, and I didn't with baby number 2 either. I bought this mat from Kiddicare.com over 2 years ago for just under £8.00 as I thought it would be nice for this baby to have their own. This mat, in slightly different patterns/pictures, are available in most places that sell baby accessories.
Why did I buy it?
When changing my daughter, especially when she was so little, I wanted something to put under here that would be comfortable and easy to clean. I bought this particular one because I thought it was very cute to look at, unisex and completely different to the one I bought for my son before he was born. The price I thought was acceptable as well.
How does it look?
Mine is alittle different to the picture here on Dooyoo. The main colour is cream not pale blue. The character Winnie The Pooh is stood in front of a tree with his back towards it rather than stood looking at it. There are clouds above his head and hes holding a bird in his hands. All colours are quite neutral, pale but very pleasant and easy on the eye.
The changing mat is 17.5 inches wide and 30 inches long. It has a raised border running all around the mat which ensures baby is comfortable and safe so cant just roll away easily. The border is 3 inches wide and 2 inches heigh. The rest of the mat is 0.5 inches high.
The border is very padded and soft to touch. The rest of the mat also has padding but obviously not so much but still provides a comfy yet study base for baby. I can only assume the padding is some form of foam. The whole mat, top and bottom feels as if its covered in some form of waterproof material as it can be wiped clean.
How does it perform?
In the early days, this was a great item to use as its light weight and not too bulky, so it could be moved around the house when I needed to change my daughter in a different room. Easy to use on any reasonable surface e.g bed, floor, changing mat etc. It is wipeable, so any spillages or mess could quite easily be wiped up with either a damp cloth, baby wipes, anything along those lines.
I did tend to find that the mat was cold a lot of the time and I didn't like to put my daughter on it without popping a towel underneath.
The mat holds it shape well, despite a growing baby being placed on it, an older brother jumping on it, and myself throwing it in any dark corner to store!
Not the hardest thing to store away whether flat or upright, maybe leaning against something. Mine was ( and still is! ) stored on my changing unit, and takes up very little if not no room at all.
Downside to this is it didn't get used that much, not because of the quality, but as my daughter got older she got long very quickly and her little legs got closer and closer to the edge, which was a sign she was getting too big for it. Also, I found that when she was bigger and less fragile, it made more sense to change her on the floor/bed with the towel directly underneath her as towels are normally in pretty much most of the rooms and it saved time and was convenient taking this short cut.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would as it does what its supposed to do which is making changing baby that little bit easier, hygienic and comfortable. Its lovely to look at and a good quality. Thankfully, I will not be needing to purchase this again for any future children-I am done!
When I was pregnant with my first daughter over four years ago I was watching out for a changing mat, I found this one in Tesco for £6.99 which considering it is Disney I thought was a good price and I have always loved Winnie the Pooh so it was an added bonus.
When I bought the mat it was wrapped in thin plastic and was therefore put away until the little one arrive, the plastic was easy to rip away and then I gave the mat a good clean before using it.
The mat is sky blue in colour with white clouds dotted around it, there is a tree on the right hand side of the mat with Winnie the Pooh looking upwards towards a fly and the tree. Along the bottom it says the scent of honey drifts through the air, three sides of the mat are raised to prevent baby rolling off when they become able to roll and the mat is completely white on the back.
The mat is obviously easy to use, place on the floor or surface you plan on changing baby on and lay baby on top. You should never leave baby unattended whilst on the mat especially when on a raised surface. I have now used this mat fo two children and it barely looks used, being made of soft plastic it wipes clean easily which is great as we always let our children have time without nappies on on the mat. Both my children have seen comfortable whilst on it and it hasn't faded in colour at all which has surprised me considering it stands wih the top half in the window and therefore sunlight.
A simple product which makes baby changing less of a messy business and is great value, well recommended.
I have a little nursery set up for my baby girl in the Mamas and Papas Meadow Interiors but I felt it was a bit of a waste to buy a new changing mat when I still had one left from my toddler's baby days. It is the Honey Tree Pooh mat and it actually matches my Meadow nursery quite well as it is also lemons and yellows.
I use a changing mat quite a bit, I take it into the bathroom when baby is getting ready and getting dried, I take it to whatever room I'm spending most of the day in, so that I always have a clean convenient changing area and when its nor in use it sits on top of the dresser/changer in her nursery where ir blends in really nicely. I think its quite god going to still be using the same mat after two children- it certainly shows that it is a very good standard. There are no rips, dents or anything that would suggest that the changing mat is not 'nearly new' I am definitely really happy with it.
I have never really been a fan of Winnie the Pooh, even though he seems to be on baby products everywhere and on everything from cots to clothes. The reason I picked this mat was because we had been given a voucher for a baby shop after my son arrived and I had not got a changing mat yet. There wasn't a huge selection, and I wasn't very fussy anyway so I picked the one that was most pleasing on the eye. That was the Honey Tree Pooh one. Oddly enough, despite not being a fan, I picked a Winnie the Pooh Duvet for him in the same 'Honey Tree' range a while later... it's a pretty range and very age-appropriate. Sometimes its nice to jeep baby items looking as childish as possible.
The padding is still ample, my daughter really likes to lie on it. She even seems to like it more than she enjoys her play mat so I gather its comfortable for her. You might suspect that so much use would have formed head dents in the foam under the wipe-down plastic, but no. The sides are raised about 1.5 centimetres from the centre of the mat which helps keep any runny mess contained. I always use an Anti-bacterial wipe after use a dash of dettol spray every week to keep it clean and germ free. It comes up as new every single clean.
I've never had another and this one is heading in to its third year. Who knows, if I ever have any more children it may still be around our house for years to come!
It cost us £8.99 which I am fairly sure is a middle-of-the-road price for a mat. The one that actually matched my nursery was £22 and I just could not face spending that much money on something to simply change a baby's nappy on