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The idea behind these Tommee Tippee 'Magic Mat' is that it will keep baby dishes on the table where they belong instead of on the floor or on your baby's head. The mat has a curved suction bottom that sticks to most surfaces, and is made of a rubbery material that aids with the suck factor. I bought one of these when I started weaning my daughter as it seemed like a really useful product to have in the house, and now that baby number two is on the way I have come across the mat again, as it had been packed away for future use. I don't think we will be using it with baby number two, though.
The mat we have is a pale lime colour, as I wanted a neutral colour rather than the usual pink/blue that baby things come in- the magic mat is available in all three. It sits on the dining room table nicely and it does take some effort to remove, so in that sense it works. But my problem with the mat is that bowls don't stick to it. Plastic plates have an easier time of it, perhaps because of their shape, but when I discovered that the mat only held down some dishes effectively this made it tricky to know when a bowl would stay put or a bowl would go flying. So I went out and bought a few Tommee Tippee brand dishes as we needed more anyway and the magic mat does come with a note saying that Tommee Tippee dishes will work best with them. Unfortunately I did not find this to be true. Again, some baby dishes seemed to be harder to remove from the mat than others, and I ended up having to hold the bowl down while my daughter ate to minimise the mess she would make while eating, which means that the mat really made no difference for us.
I wonder if the nobbly bit on the top of the mat is the problem, as it is quite hard to get anything to stick to it. Some dishes seem to slide off it easily, others seem to grip initially but then are easily pulled off my little hands. This is also a pain as it means that the mat tends to get food all over it without actually doing what it's meant to, so then you have pull this slippery, sticky lump of rubber off the table, which is no easy feat as it sticks to our ordinary wooden dining table really well. It is easily washed with washing up liquid and water, and it is also dishwasher safe, but I didn't have much cause to wash it as I really only attempted to use it a handful of times before getting quite frustrated with it and packing it away out of sight and mind.
I bought our magic mat for about £5 from Boots and I must admit to it being an impulse buy and that I regretted it when I saw that the mat wasn't all that magic. It does look like a nifty little product available in retro colours that suggest high efficiency, and it's a shame that it doesn't work properly as in principle it's a great idea and would save a lot of mess and time and help baby to eat better without me there holding down her bowl.
If you do decide to invest in one, the magic mat is is suitable for children over 9 months. Don't expect any miracles, though.
It gets only 2 stars from me.
I bought the Tommee Tippee magic mat when I saw it on offer in Tesco, so I bought it along with a few other weaning items.
I had not seen a product like this before so I bought it out of curiosity and the discounted price. It is a rubber mat around 20cm in lengh. It has a very shiny non slip surface and on the other side there is a sucker (for example like you would find on car window blinds). The idea is that this mat can be used to make any baby/toddler bowl in to a non-slip bowl. You simply stick your bowl on to the sucker so it doesn't move and the other side is designed to be non slip and stays on your chosen surface (high chair tray).
To be honest this has only been used a couple of times. For a start I never had a child who picked up his bowl so I never needed it to be stuck down. Secondly it didn't really work. The mat will still move a bit, it works best on the plastic surface of a high chair - any other surface won't really stop it from slipping. You also have to have a bowl with a flat bottom in order to use this and I came across many that had a slight curve. The sucker is quite small and a bowl that is too big is too unstable to move.
It was no good for us, it hasn't been used much. I have kept it as I have all my other baby stuff so that when our other baby is ready for using it then I can try it again.
On the plus side it was only £2 so for that price I can't complain, it may work well for some people with the right combination of bowls/plates. I think full price is around £5 which is too much for a small rubber mat. Toddlers grow and learn quickly and even if it had been something we had made good use from it only would have been needed for a few months.
So in summary it is worth a try if you can find it on sale, but don't bother at full price!
I brought one of the Tommee Tippee Explora Magic mats when I started weaning my daughter in a bid to keep the whole process as mess free as possible. It is basically a non- slip mat which helps to secure bowls and plates therefore avoiding spills.
It can be brought on Amazon for £5 and comes in a variety of colours including blue and pink. There is a sucker in the middle of the mat that stops bowls and plates being moved or tipped and a release tab to help you remove it from the flat surface you have used it on such as table or highchair. It is easy to wipe clean and can be used in the dishwasher, microwave and steriliser.
It is very compact so easily fits in baby bag however I do find fluff tends to stick to it... so it never looks clean when I take it out of the baby bag.
At the moment my daughter is 6 months old and it does stop her from moving bowls and plates however i have found that some bowls adhere more easily than others so you do need to make sure the bowl is properly secured.
I am not convinced that this will continue to work as my daughter gets older with better co-ordination, more strength and far more persistance for this reason we only have one and will not be replacing it, but trying some of the other products available.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
I first saw these mats at my friend's house she had bought one for her son, she thought it was fantastic and really recommended it so I thought I would give it a try.
The mats are available all over the place now but at that time I bought it from mothercare and paid about £5. I already had the Tommee Tippee bowls which go with the mat so just used those with it. The mat advises to do this as says the mat is most effective with these.
The mats are great from when you first begin to wean your baby and they are not very co-coordinated which results in everything getting knocked everywhere, they are also good later on when babies think its fun to knock things onto the floor.
The mat is simple in design it is just rubber material. It works as it has suction pads which attach to the bowl and hold it firmly in place to the baby's tray or table.
My experience of using these mats was good. The mats attached easily to the table and the bowl really does stay put! Its great it makes the weaning process so much less messy it means the baby can still get to the food and get their hands in the food but it just means the food stays on the table instead of ending up all over the kitchen floor!
I found that the mats are very easy to clean they simply wipe down at the end of the meal. There is a little tab on the mat that you pull when you want to release it.
The mats are good for both boys and girls as they come in different colors. I would definitely recommend these mats for anyone with a weaning baby or even an older child who enjoys knocking things off the table, these will soon put a stop to that!
Overall they are another great product from Tommee Tippee.
After being weaned and when my daughter was started to eat bigger portions I bought the vital unbelievabowl set which I continue to use and find brilliant. Around that time, my sister passed a couple of Tommee Tippee bowls as well as one of these Tommee Tippee magic mats, which comes in a variety of colours, but she gave me her blue one. Given how well known Tommee Tippee is I expected it to be of great quality. My sister made a comment that she hadn't been overly impressed with and hadn't used it that much, which did make me wonder.
This magic mat has been designed to stick to any flat surface such as a highchair, allowing a child to learn to self feed without the bowl moving around and preventing them from tipping a bowl over. THe raised spoon shape part in the middle, is meant to hold the Tommee Tippee branded bowls and dishes in position so they don't move around either, resulting in a child being able to feed themselves without fear of food being knocked over or thrown! This isn't a cheap product, as it retails on the likes of amazon for around £8, although it could possibly be picked up cheaper on the internet.
This mat is very thin and a good feature is the fact that it can simply be rolled up and taken out and about with you, ideal especially in the early days of weaning. When I first put it on my daughter's high chair, I didn't think it stuck particularly well, and it wasn't long before it had moved. Now, the Tommee Tippee bowls did stick okay to the middle of the mat, but even they did not feel overly secure and I didn't feel as happy with the security of the bowl as I have always done with the vital unbelievabowl. For older children, I wouldn't expect the bowl to stay in position long, as the strength of an older toddler is bound to pull bowls etc off. After a few unsuccessful tries with this product, I gave up in favour of the vital unbelievabowl and it has been so good that I am still using them. This Tommee Tippee mat however, is now sitting at the back of the kitchen cupboard, destined for the charity shop on my next clearout.
All in all, I'm glad I didn't purchase this mat, and I after using it, I understood why my sister wasn't impressed and even more so since I had the unbelievabowl to compare it to and to be honest, there is no comparison. I can't really say I would recommend this mat at all, and there are much better options out there!
I purchased the Tommee Tippee magic mat from home bargains about 2 years ago, I had previously tried the bowls with suction cups on the bottom but my daughter had worked out how to release them so when I noticed the magic mat on offer for £2 I figured it was worth a shot.
The mat is made from rubber and comes in a few different colours, pink, purple, blue and green, we opted for the pink one. In the centre on the mat is a suction cup with a tab to release bowls, plates or cups once you have finished using them...it is best to make sure this tab is facing away from baby or they will easily be able to pull it themselves.
My daughter had a wooden high chair so I was a bit unsure as to whether it would stick or not, I found the suction bowls stuck well to plastic surfaces but would not take to her wooden tray, so I was pleasantly surprised when it stuck perfectly, you have to slightly wet the back of the mat before putting it into place, same applies for the suction cup before applying the bowl, plate or cup...although do not wet too much or it will just slip and slide around the high chair tray!
The mat rolls up to next to nothing so is perfect for taking out and about, I actually went back to buy another one to keep in the nappy bag for when we ate out or visited family.
The packaging claims you can use it with any bowl/plate or cup with a flat bottom although I have not tested this theory, we have only ever used the tommee tippee bowls and plates so cannot say whether this is true or not.
All in all I was so pleased we got this mat, for us it really was magic, my daughter never once managed to pick up her bowl and decorate the floor with the contents, nor did she manage to remove the mat...and believe me she tried!
One thing my daughter has picked up, goodness knows where from, maybe it's just a natural baby thing or maybe she's copied another child at nursery, is that when she's finished or had enough of whatever she's eating, she'll pick up the bowl and toss it across the room! Fed up of either having to spoon feed her myself or clean the carpet (or put plastic sheets down!) I bought the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat.
The mat cost £2 in the sale at Asda and it works with Tommee Tippee bowls and plates. The mat comes in a choice of colours - lime green, turquoise blue and hot pink, I went for the pink as it matches my daughter's Tommee Tippee plates and bowls.
The mat is a kidney shaped flat piece of flexible rubber with an upturned suction cup to hold the bowl or plate. You simply place the rubber down onto the table (any table type works, wood, plastic and so on) and then stick the bowl full of food down in front of your baby so they can feed themselves but not pick the bowl up and spill the contents (or throw a plate across the room).
In theory the idea is sound, however in practice it's just not all that great. Initially my daughter accepted that the bowl wouldn't move...but a sharp tug and it can be released, and a little scratch with little fingers on the kidney shaped base and the entire thing bowl and all can be picked up!
So, in practice we were all set for a nice clean easy dinner and what we ended up with was a toddler covered in food and a Tommee Tippee Magic Mat and bowl on the floor.. so all in all, a bit of a waste of £2.
I've tried this on the plastic tray of a high chair, a wooden baby table set and a full sized dining table, and the results have been the same. The Tommee Tippee Magic Mat can be picked up in it's entirety, or the bowl released, by any inquisitive (and that's most of them!) toddler.
Overall I can't recommend the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat at all, after the first few times we unsuccessfully tried it, it ended up in the bottom of the kitchen drawer and hasn't been used since. It's been a waste of money, luckily only £2, and I think the bowls and plates are excellent quality and value - it's just that the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat isn't really any good.
1 star out of five, because it's a good idea and looks nice, but it's not really effective.
When we bought our Tommee Tippee bowls ( see previous review) we saw this Tommee Tippee Magic mat along side them and liking the idea that your baby supposedly wouldn't be able to lift the bowl off their highchair tray I decided this would be a marvellous invention and bought a pack.
The mats come in a pack of two and they now costs around £5 a pack although I cannot remember how much we paid at the time. The mats are made by Tommee Tippee and it appears that they are coloured to match the Tommee Tippee weaning bowls, you can get lilac, pink, blue and green, we choose the lilac to match the bowls.
Tommee Tippee claim that not only is this compatible with their feeding products but also any other feeding bowls and cups which have a completely flat surface. The mat is said to hold bowls and cups in place to make feeding your little one easier and prevent them throwing there table wear on the floor.
The mats are made of flexible rubber, they are a sort of splodge shape rather than any normal geometric shape and have a suction cup style are in the middle. The mats can roll up easily so that they can be taken out and about with you and they are made to stick to just about any flat surface. In theory these mats should be brilliant.
So are they brilliant, well in a word no, the mat stuck to the tray of my daughters highchair quite well but didn't actually hold the bowl in place, whether my daughter was just really clever with this I'm not sure but it was a complete waste of money for us as for all she couldn't get the mat off the tray of the highchair she could get the bowl from the suction cup and fling the bowl on the floor and cause a lot of mess.
I wouldn't recommend these as they simply did not work or us.
When my son started sitting at the table to east with us, his bowls would move around the table as he tried to spoon out his food as he hadn't quite got the hang of using his other hand to hold onto it! Because of this meal times were often very messy.
I had heard of magic mats from friends and so decided to go and buy one. I managed to find them in Tesco's at the time they were around £3, which seemed a fairly good price for them.
To look at they are oval in shape, I bought mine in blue although it is also available in other colours. They have the sucker on top and a release tab on the side. The material is a non-slip rubber, this means that on a flat surface it stays where it is!
To use you simply stick the sucker to the bottom of your child's bowl (they advice to use tommee tippee's weaning bowls) and then place the bowl and mat onto the table where your child will be eating.
My problem with this is that the bowl wouldn't always stick to the mat, this didn't matter whether I used my own bowls or the Tommee Tippee bowls. It seemed to be very hit and miss. Also because the release tab sticks out a bit my son was intrigued by this and so would constantly pick at it until he realised if he pulled it mat, bowl and food all went flying. Of course he found this hilarious not to my amusement!
The positives of this are that it does wipe clean nice and easy which is great as it can get messy and it does hold your bowl in place providing you don't have a cheeky monkey trying to pick it up!
Overall I wouldn't advise people to use it as after the first 4 or 5 times it's been put back into the cupboard and we haven't used it since!
I bought the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat from Asda when it was on special offer for around £3 in Adsa about 18 months ago when I first started to wean my baby. I had it in blue but it can also be purchased in pink.
The mat is made of a non slip, easy grip mat that sticks to all flat surfaces, it has an easy release tab, and is designed to be used with Explora weaning bowls, though it will secure pretty much any plastic bowl in place. It is designed to holds bowls and plates securely in place so its less messy and it can be easily transported as you can roll it up, it is BPA free, easy to use and to clean.
Now in theory I thought this was great idea, I would be able to secure a bowl of food on my sons highchair leaving me with a spare hand to feed him with and the other to help him feed himself. The mat did stick well to the plastic highchair and did also hold the bowl in place, but with a bit of pulling and flicking up of the mat my son was able to lift the mat and/or bowl off and drop it in the floor, which sort of defeats the object of the product in the first place, I was hoping that as my son got better at feeding himself the bowl would stay in one place and this would help him to scoop out his food. This did not happen and I'm sorry to say that after a few attempts with this mat I put it in the draw and that is where it has stayed.
Overall I would not recommend this product to others as it is poor quality and although it does hold the bowl and the mat stays in place it does not do what it is supposed to; keep the bowl of food secure from tiny baby hands.
I bought the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat once my son was big enough to go into his highchair at meal times. I purchased the Magic Mat from Amazon, where the Mat will currently cost you around £4.99. You get one mat in a pack and there is an option of four colours, blue, pink, yellow or orange. I purchased the blue mat. The mats are BPA free.
I found that the mat fit nicely on my son's highchair tray, the mat is made of a rubbery type material and sticks very well to the plastic high chair tray without the need of any added stickiness or suction pads. You just place the mat on the highchair tray and it sticks and just pull it up to remove.
There is a suction pad on top of the mat where you stick your child's bowl by just pressing the bowl down gently over the suction pad. To release the bowl there is a small tab on the side of the suction pad, just pull the tab to release the suction. Don't remove the bowl without first pulling the tab as any leftover contents of the bowl may splatter!
In my opinion bowls did stick well but plates didn't tend to stay in place, however, the plastic plates we use for my son are quite big, maybe a smaller plate would fit better. All the baby bowls we have are Tommee Tippee so I'm not sure if other brands would stick as well as those. My son never really managed to remove a bowl from the Magic Mat, I found that if a bowl wasn't sticking well then I would just need to make sure the bottom of the bowl and suction pad were both clean.
Overall the Magic Mat is a fair price, fits well to the highchair, easy to clean and did keep the bowls in place.
My daughter was born 13 weeks prematurely so by the time it came to weaning her she was in no way ready to use a highchair, so we fed her on our lap. She needed alot of support to si p so with one hand holding her and the other the spoon we had no way to steady the bowl. When I saw the magic mat in Tesco I though it was a great idea, as we already had the bowls it seemed like a natural choice.
*What it looks like*
The magic mat we bought was blue. I believe it also comes in pink but my tesco only had the blue. It is an oval shape with a sucker on it to hold the bowl. It is a floppy smooth rubber material. This is not the type of product you would buy for it's aesthetics though.
Upon using the mat for the first time I noticed that everything sticks to it, remotes, dinner plates, bottles, pretty much anything. This can be a pain. I suppose it shows it's doing its job though. The magic mat did exactly what I wanted it too, it held my daughters bowl securely so Icould feed her. I must point out however it is nothard to take off the mat. My daughter isn't ready to feed herself yet so she hasn'ttried it alone but I would imagine it wold not behard for a child to ge the bowl off it. For my purposes though it was perfect. Now shes using her highchair we have stopped using the mat.
Cleaning the mat is very easy, warm soapy water is all you need. It washes very well due to the rubber material and still looks like new after around 4 months of use.
*Would I buy again*
I would definitely buy this product again. It's not cheap at around £5 for basically a bit of rubber with a suction device on it but it did the job I wanted it too and it did it well. Would recommend it for parents, like me who want to feed their by with it but I don't think it would stand up to the job of an older baby who wants to get the bowl off it.
Having fairly recently started to wean my baby, I came across this mat in a baby event in Asda. I can tell you already this is one of the most useful items I have bought so far. We stick it on the high chair tray and have used it with both plastic and china bowls and guess what? They both stick. I even have a preference for the china bowls which seem to stick even better to the mat. The mat itself is easy to wipe clean and still sticks very well after a couple of months of using it. My baby loves trying to grab the spoon shaped bit in the middle of the mat when he's finished eating, providing endless entertainment. He's also teething so enjoys just grabbing the mat at the end of his meal and trying to shove the lot in his mouth! But so far he has not done any damage despite having 2 teeth. All in all I would definitely recommend you buy this. A very clever bit of design.
OK, I am going to go against the grain here and give this product a good review!
I bought this in blue about 3 years ago for my daughter, there was only a choice of pink or blue in the shop and I was already sick of everything my daughter owned being pink!
We had just finished the very early stage of weaning and were very keen to let my daughter try feed herself as much as possible. We were using a high chair that didn't have a tray so she could sit up to the table with us, which we loved, but it did mean there were no edges to catch the food. So even when she was trying hard to eat properly, the food would end up on the floor. There were of course many times when the food was deliberately thrown on the floor, but this is inevitable no matter what equipment you use! But it seemed a shame that she would concentrate very hard to try pick something up, just to end up chasing it right off the edge of the table.
So when I spotted the Tommee Tippee Magic Mat I thought it had to be worth a try. Worst case scenario it would be a waste of a fiver, best case scenario it would solve our problem. The mat is a very flexible and kidney shaped with a large suction cup in the middle. There is a tab attached to the suction cup which breaks the seal when pulled, allowing the plate/bowl to be easily removed. Place this bit behind the bowl, away from inquisitive little fingers!
I tried it out at the first oportunity. We were using a shallow weaning bowl with a very large base. I wet the suction cup a little bit and pressed the bowl onto it. Eager to test it out I gave the bowl a tug and was instantly very impressed! I lay the mat onto the table and let my daughter at it. Here my awe at how wonderful the mat was waned a little. Whilst it held her bowl still while she attempted getting the food onto her spoon, the minute she got bored of the food and gave the mat a little attention it came straight off....the bowl was still firmly attached, but the food was on the floor. Not prepared to give up so easily, the next mealtime the mat came out again. This time, I wet the base of the mat a little as well as the suction cup. The result was a resounding success. Not only did it hold the bowl still for her, it even stood firm when she gave it the odd determined tug.
Admittedly, it wasn't long before she worked out how to peel the mat off the table, but she would only do this once she had had enough of what was in the bowl. I would still always use the mat as it was a great aid in helping her too feed herself as it stopped the bowl skidding around the table, and it would take her longer to peel the mat off the table than it would to just pick an unsecured bowl up and launch it across the room, giving me chance to intervene before the food hit the floor!
We are now using it for a second time with my son with exactly the same success rate. He too has worked out how to unstick the mat, but doesn't bother trying until he has wolfed most of the food down.
I am not sure exactly why we managed to make this product work when (from reading other reviews) so many others didn't. I do have a few suggestions though! As I've already mentioned, we have always slightly wet the base of the mat and the suction cup. To be honest, I presumed the instructions had told me to wet the suction cup but as this doesn't seem to be mentioned in any of the other reviews, then maybe I just did this instinctively! We have a pine table with a very matt finish. I think this is why the mat wouldn't stick down without a little wetting first. I imagine on a table with a glossy finish it would stick much better, and that wetting it would really glue it on! Just make sure you don't use too much water, especially on the suction cup or the bowl will just slide around.
Another point is to try use plates and bowls with a nice wide and totally smooth base. Suction won't be created if there are any bumps, such as the dishwasher/microwave information often moulded into plastic. If you use a bowl with a narrow base and wide top then baby has more leverage to create a weakness in the suction and thus release the bowl! Any plate/bowl can be used if you follow these guidelines, you don't have to only use Tommee Tippee ones.
The mat rolls up easily so is great for sticking in the changing bag for using when out and about. I think it is dishwasher proof but we have never seen a need for this, food comes off it easily so we tend to give it a good rinse under the tap.
I think this is a fantastic product, admittedly it is not completely fool proof, but then baby's have very inqisitive little fingers! It is still better than not using anything and has made it so much easier for us to allow our children some independence during mealtimes.
I bought this at the time that my son decided he wanted to feed himself, and every meal time was ending with a huge mess for me to clean up. I thought that this product may help to control things. Unfortunately, the mat doesn't work, and was a complete waste of money.
The concept is that the mat sticks to the table and then a flat bottomed bowl of plate (they recommend Tommee Tippee ones of course, but other ones work too) sticks to the top. I have had no problem with the combination of the bowl and the mat, but the mat simply does not stick to the table.
I've tried it on a wet surface and a dry surface, and have made sure that the table is scrupulously clean so that there was nothing preventing the suction. My one year old has been able to remove it every time.
I would have been better off buying extra bibs!
The non-slip mat holds plates and bowls securely in place and preventing any major spills.