Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
Newest Review: ... 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 an... more
The Magic falls Flat with this Mat
Tommee Tippee Magic Mat
Member Name: northernlovely
Tommee Tippee Magic Mat
Advantages: Looks nice, not expensive
Disadvantages: Doesn't really work
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.
Summary: Not for us
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