By Patrizia O'Shaughnessy
Our new Parent Approved Panel is up and running and our first batch or reviews are in. Keeping little ones entertained can be one of the biggest challenges of parenting, but a good playmat is a perfect space for fun on the floor. Find out how Patrizia and baby Koda got on with theirs.
We've been using the new lion playmat by Mamas & Papas for the last 3 weeks and it's been useful in so many ways!
Originally, I set it up with the bars and hanging toys but very quickly noticed that Koda's favourite things to do on the playmat was to use his monkey feet to play with the toys and then to fold the bars down, which I didn’t mind, I saw it as a fun challenge for him. He then learned how to roll and as this was his new trick he wouldn't stop rolling and kept rolling into the bars and getting stuck!
I removed these bars and attached the little hanging toys to the wedged part of the mat on the available loops. This really encouraged him to enjoy tummy time a bit more and gave him room to roll! The mat is slightly raised which also helped his love for rolling and tummy time.
The bottom of the mat has several multi coloured tails, one has a crunchy noise to it, another a rattle noise and the other a squeaker. These were great fun for Koda as he has really active legs and loves to kick. I hear the crunchy tail all day long but every now and then he would kick the squeaker and wonder where the noise came from, then he’d tire himself out trying to do it again.
We are now practicing sitting up with Koda and the playmat has been a great help as it's so padded and the slightly raised element makes a nice cushion support when he wobbles forward. Koda is a very big baby so I like that the playmat is more of a wedge rather than a circle. With his previous playmat he didn't fit on it at any angle as he was too long but on this one his legs don't even reach the bottom of the tails!
At first I was sceptical about the colours as the playmat would be in our light, white and blue living room, and I feel the online pictures don't do the colours justice. The colours are stunning in person and really nice and bright, they have really grown on me now to be something I love about it! The little red strawberry is Koda's favourite...and mine!
Our living room isn't the biggest but the playmat fits nicely into the middle of the room while Koda uses it and then can be easily folded up and stored away when he goes to bed. All the hanging toys can be removed as they loop together with Velcro, which has been really handy for us. We have the mirror hanging in his den and like to take a strawberry or bird on the go, for those potentially unsettled trips to the supermarket, making him feel like he’s never left his mat behind.
Overall we are really pleased with the mat, it's improved his mobility and I can see it being used even as he gets older. What he has discovered on the playmat so far he loves and there is still so much more for him to find, such as the lion on the main body of it with its different textures and colours, making this a baby and a toddler's best friend.
Our Lion Playmat seems to have gone down a storm with little Koda, and from the sounds of it, Patrizia is a huge fan as well! That's great! Check out what our other Parent Approved Panellist, Rae Duke, thought about the playmat in her review.
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Patrizia is a first-time mum to little Koda, and her honest and upfront discussions about parenting, breastfeeding and more made her an ideal choice for our Parent Approved Panel.