They are messy creatures, aren’t they? Since Ted was born I have come to realise mess is going to be a recurring theme throughout our day but also that the messier things are, the happier he is. Mess is great way of learning through play and whilst I do my best to protect our house (the carpet, sofa and walls) it is no easy task. That’s why I was really pleased to be asked to try out a brilliant, multi-purpose splashmat from Messy Me Designs.
The splashmat is made from high quality oil-cloth and is therefore waterproof and washable. It is available in a variety of colourful designs, with matching items available such as highchair seat cushsions, bibs and aprons. The mat is a generous size and is perfect for both messy craft sessions and mucky mealtimes. Over the last few weeks we have really put our splashmat to the test, here are some of the things it has endured:
- Play Doh
- Spaghetti Hoops
- PVA Glue
- Cake mix
- 3 picnicking toddlers
After each messy event I have simply been able to shake the mat, wipe it clean, fold it up and store it away for the next time. It is such a handy thing to have, it has come with us to friends houses so that Ted can eat without ruining their floors – people have been impressed with how prepared we’ve come and grateful too when they see the mess he can make! It folds up small enough to fit in your nappy bag and can be used for so many things – tablecloth, picnic blanket, floor protector and even a play mat. I have used it as a base to set up an activity for Ted and he has happily sat on the mat playing in the kitchen.
We’ve even used the mat to protect the floor from a bit of DIY (thanks, Hubby…) so I can confirm that it can withstand housebrick dust – it went in the washing machine after this escapade and came out shiny and new! It can be machine washed at 30 on those occasions when a wet wipe just won’t do the trick.
We love our messy mat and use it daily – it makes it so much easier to have messy fun without having to worry about cleaning it all up. A great solution to messy life with babies and toddlers, I would highly recommend this product to parents everywhere!
*DISCLAIMER* I was sent this product for review purposes, however all words and opinions are my own.