As any parent knows, one of the first things you do when you find out you’re expecting is baby proof the house to keep your baby safe, and prevent any messes or accidents in the house. Be that gates on the stairs, or buying splash mats in preparation for weaning!
Whether they are eating, playing or rolling around on the floor, when it comes to little ones there’s always something to clean up.
Food, toys and bodily fluid become a daily norm – but you can minimise the mess and time you spend tidying up with a baby splash mat. Keep your floors mess-free during frenzied feeding sessions with these splash mats (also known as a feeding mat or dropcloth) simply pop them on the floor underneath your bub’s highchair or toddler’s seat.
Baby splash mats can be easily wiped clean so they are a great way to contain spills while protecting your floor, carpets and rugs from damage.
Kevin and Suze Patel, co-founders of Nini Baby, say: “A splash mat is essentially a piece of waterproof fabric that goes under a baby’s chair or play area to prevent any spillages or play-inspired mess from causing unwanted stains. “For parents, they can be an absolute saviour, making fun activities and mealtimes less worrisome.”
We’ve rounded up the best baby splash mats available in the UK to keep your little one’s messes at bay. From funky patterns to chic styles, you won’t want to put these adorable splash mats away…
Baby splash mats 2021
Things to consider when buying a baby splash mat
According to Kevin and Suze Patel, there’s a number of factors parents need to consider before purchasing a baby splash mat. “When it comes to buying a splash mat, consider its size; does it fulfil your needs, for example will it cover enough of your floor during playtime?
“Similarly, think about whether the splash mat is portable and easily transferable – if you’re often on the move or planning an upcoming holiday then as with any product, flexibility is key.
“Meanwhile, it’s important to find a splash mat that’s sustainable and boasts equally fun designs. If your little one engages with the mat and actually enjoys using it then you can avoid any tantrums if they don’t, for any reason, like sitting on a floor cover of sorts.”
Evaluating the material of a baby splash mat is important before purchasing. Plastic splash mats will crease if they’re folded regularly, whilst more lightweight materials can be trimmed for a custom fit if needed.
Suze adds, “In any instance, choose a material that’s durable and easy to clean – after all, its purpose is to make your life easier!
“Another helpful hack? A non-slip underlay is invaluable, it’ll stop your splash mat from moving around unnecessarily, keeping it secure and in place no matter what your tot gets up to.”
What are the benefits of baby splash mats?
- Manage cleanliness
- Easing worries in public
- Creates an identified play solace
- Aesthetically pleasing
There are countless benefits to splash mats; the most obvious of course is that they help you to manage your baby’s mess and keep things clean.
But baby splash mats can be helpful outside of the house too. “They can also be incredibly useful when taken out of the house, easing your concerns in restaurants for example,” adds Kevin.
“Meanwhile, they help to teach your child about cleanliness, create a clearly identified play space and generally make your tot’s playtime less stressful. Plus, if you go for a cute design, they can have the simultaneous benefit of making your baby’s playroom or bedroom look even lovelier!”
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