Ahh, dinnertime. Doesn’t it conjure up images of a very civilised affair; the whole family sitting around the table, tidily eating a nourishing meal with immaculate table manners?
If it does, you clearly don’t have a toddler.
On the other hand, I do have a toddler, and I know that mealtimes are anything but the idyllic scenes of serenity i once envisioned.
It’s more like “being constantly on edge because at any second that plate is going to end up on the floor”.
That’s been a general theme since SB started eating, really. She takes after me in not being the most attentive person in the world – as I write this, she’s wandering around, blatantly ingoring Daf as he tells her to sit down and eat – which results in a fair few mealtime mishaps and messy carpets.
We’ve tried a few different things – turning the TV off, moving her table around – but apparently the world is just far too interesting to waste time focusing on your food, so we’ve had to resort to more practical measures. The suction mats we’ve tried in the past have ranged from terrible to “meh”, nothing ever really doing the job it claimed to on the box.
Enter the EasyMat, a product from Tots R Us designed to make mealtimes less of a panic-inducing stress fest and more of the civilised family affair it’s supposed to be. Available in three colours, the EasyMat is suitable from weaning age upwards and comes with a soft plastic spoon that somehow feels flexible and sturdy at the same time.
Obviously we’ve missed the boat with weaning, and our carpet has paid the price, but I was still keen to see how good the EasyMat is for toddlers, who have a habit of being unstoppable in their quest to have you on your hands and knees, scrubbing the floor for hours after the plates have been cleared away.
I am telling you now; it’s a revelation. The material is lightweight and easy to clean – a godsend for us – and, most importantly, IT STICKS! So many suction mats claim to stick and then whoosh, there’s a bowl of beans on the floor, but not the EasyMat. We can let SB feed herself without worrying about spills.
Even I struggle to get the EasyMat off the table without some force. That sounds like a criticism, but it really isn’t – it’s exactly what you want from this kind of product! The product description states that it may struggle to stick to wood, but SB’s toddler table is wooden, and it sticks perfectly, so even that shouldn’t deter you from getting one of these.
The spoon is great – as I said before, it’s flexible and sturdy at the same time, with a lovely chunky handle and soft-touch grip that is perfect for even the tiniest of hands!
The compartments makes it ideal for baby-led weaning (or children who don’t like their food touching), the design is soft and attractive to children and, as you can see from the photograph, SB is giving it a big thumbs up!
One of my stipulations for reviewing products is that it must be affordable. At £14.99, I’d go one step further and say that the EasyMat is an absolute bargain for any parent starting weaning, or at the end of their tether with endless toddler spills and countless mutterings of “for the love of all that is holy, would it kill you to keep your plate on the table?!”.
You can buy the EasyMat on Amazon here. What’s more, The Speed Bump readers get 20% off the EasyMat on Amazon with this discount code:
And while I’m sure you’ll have just as great an experience with the EasyMat as we’ve had, if you do need anything, Tots R Us are super easy to get hold of and really helpful over on their Facebook page. Happy days!
So that’s what we make of the Tots R Us EasyMat – I have no doubt we’ll continue using SB for a long time to come (at least until she gets out of this “some kids just want to watch the world burn” stage – and when baby #2 is on the horizon, we’ll be investing in another one, ready for a (hopefully!) much tidier weaning experience.
Still not convinced? Let me put it this way. If you’re in the process of weaning, or ever will be in the process of weaning, or have a toddler-sized Picasso whose idea of art is smearing passata all over your lovely walls/carpet/rug/floor, you need the EasyMat. It is a life-saver.
Disclosure: Sponsored post. We were sent a free EasyMat to use for the purpose of this review. All views expressed in this post are our honest views on the product we were sent.