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As mentioned twice a week I look after my Godson which normally includes the handover of the gigantic changing bag however on occasion my friend forgets! So over the weeks I have my own emergency kit.
We were looking for a changing mat when we came across the travel one which would be so much better as easy to store and when baby bag doesn't arrive can still go out and about!
What is it?
Essentially a travel changing mat, it is a wipe able foldable mat it folds up and will fit neatly into a changing bag or in my case I pop it into a zip lock bag with a couple of nappies and a small pack of wipes.
The mat is wipe clean making it easy to clean and hygienic it is slightly padded so baby seems comfortable and has a durable black back
It weighs a mere 0.200kg, it is 28cm wide and 15cm high and 6cm in depth so it will not be a problem for luggage allowance!!
Cost and stockist:
I purchased this from Mothercare www.mothercare.com and it cost £3.99 if ordering online you will incur postage.
I purchased this for the days when my friend has baby brain and forgets the change bag or forgets half the stuff! But it is an excellent product I was more than happy to purchase this as I also had one for my children and it lasted well. The mat is so light and small that it takes up little room and I personally prefer putting my baby down on a mat I know is clean.
We also had the emergency change basket at both Grans house and Aunties house it took up little space in their house but always meant we were covered in an emergency of which there are always many when you are a parent!
We initially purchased this for our own daughter 8 years ago so we didn't have to take a full size mat on Holiday and found it had many uses and indeed had a couple at family homes . I was more than happy to buy another to have a change station at my house for my Godson which makes life a lot easier for both myself and my friend she knows when running to baby time and not work time she can just arrive with baby and everything else is here .
We travel out and about quite often with our daughter and, inevitably we need to change her nappy several times through our days out. I find that although a lot of the bigger high street stores now offer a place to change her nappy and they try to keep them as clean as they can, I always feel happier to use my own changing mat on top of the changing unit that they provide. We unfortunately lost the mat that was provided with her Mothercare bag so I replaced it with this similar Mothercare changing mat that can be purchased separately in their stores and online for £3.99. I found that to be reasonable given the number of times it gets used during the course of our week.
The mat is around 60cm long and 30cm wide when opened out but it folds down so that it is a lot smaller and very compact, so slim that it slots down the back of the changing bag with no issues. We have also slotted it underneath the pram with no problems - it's bearly noticeable under there. It looks as though it rolls up on the picture but we find it easier to fold it rather than roll it for storage.
It has a wipe clean surface on both sides which is really handy - I've always wiped it with a damp cloth when it needs cleaning and it does so very easily with all marks removed. I never know whether it's designed to be used on the white side or grey side because it has the same smooth texture on either side so presumably it could be used whichever way you'd like. I always use it with the grey side facing upwards just because I feel the white side would show marks a lot easier than the other. The grey is quite a dark grey so doesn't show marks all that much anyway. The only very minor downside would be it's colours - it is very plain and perhaps a brighter colour might have been nice but that is personal choice. With it being grey and white it's suitable for boys and girls.
The mat is also quite padded which is a big positive - I find that in most changing places have very hard surfaces for babies to lie on which I really don't like my daughter lying on directly. I feel that this offers adequate padding and support to her when on the changers as it feels thick and comfortable. She never really seems to mind lying on the mat as long as it doesn't take a huge amount of time to change her. I also feel that for hygiene reasons it is much better for her to use this rather than place her onto the changer offered directly, especially with it being so easy to wipe clean afterwards.
For the price, I have no complaints about this changing mat. It's easy to use, stores really well and doesn't cost very much. We've been using ours for a few months now and it still looks like new with very little sign of wear and tear. I've rated it 5 stars because it's all good.
Thanks for reading :o)
At a Glance The Mothercare Travel Changing Mat is a compact, foldable, wipe-clean mat which is perfect for baby-changing while you and your little one are out and about. Features and benefits for Mothercare Travel Changing Mat Our Mothercare Travel Changing Mat is compact and foldable, making it easy to pack into your baby change bag for use when out and about The wipe-clean surface means it is easy to keep clean and ready to use The Mothercare Travel Changing Mat is lightweight and ideal for trips out or for taking on holiday With this Travel Change Mat, your baby will always have a clean soft surface to lie on, no matter where you need to change their nappy Mothercare Loves...?? This portable changing mat as it's easy to fold away and store when on the move.Want To Know More?The Mothercare Travel Changing Mat has been designed with ultimate ease of use in mind. Compact, lightweight and foldable, it can be fitted into your baby change bag and taken on short trips out or even on holiday. The Mothercare Travel Changing Mat has a wipe-clean surface so it's quick and easy to keep it hygienic and ready for use.The Mothercare Travel Changing Mat allows you to make sure baby will always have a soft clean surface to lie on, regardless of whether this is a baby change table in a public convenience, or a grassy meadow when out for a picnic.Don't Forget...Take a look at our range of baby wipes, which gently cleanse baby's delicate skin. What's in the box: 1 x Travel Changing Mat