You’re with your kids, you unexpectedly find yourselves at a park or another location where you want to sit for awhile, but you’re not entirely comfortable sitting on the ground, grass, or flooring. It happens to me all the time and I have always wished I had something I could carry around that I could quickly pull out and place on the ground or floor to give the kids and I a clean spot to sit and play.
I came across a product that does exactly that, in a brilliant way, at the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY last month. Monkey Mat (JPMA Parent’s Choice Innovation Award winner!) is a mom-invented portable mat that is easy to pack, easy to use, and easy to clean!
Here’s what I love about Monkey Mat, after using it for a few weeks:
- You can take it with you without it taking up much room at all. The mat rolls up into itself and into a zippered 6″ x 6″ pouch. The pouch also has a buckle strap, so you can attach it to your diaper bag, purse, stroller, or onto the side of an infant car seat so you’ll always have your Monkey Mat with you! I’ll admit that I was skeptical that it would be easy to put back into the pouch, but it REALLY DOES!
- It has weighted corners. This is huge for me. It irritates me to no end when the corners and sides of a blanket or sheet keep bunching up, limiting the amount of space you have to use. Even in windy weather while we were at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago, our Monkey Mat stayed in place! If you’re going to be in one place for a long time or there are very strong winds, you can use the corner loops for extra grounding (use stakes or sticks, like with a tent)!
- It’s the perfect size. At 5′ x 5′, you’ll always have a perfect spot to sit for picnics, playing, or just relaxing. I am by no means a germophobe, but I would much prefer a clean and dry place to sit when I’m with my kids (or alone)!
- It’s great for inside and outside. One of the moms behind Monkey Mat told me the idea came from being stuck in an airport for many hours with her kids and being grossed out by the floors. She had no blanket with her to use on the floor and wanted something that would be easy to carry and use. Monkey Mats are water resistant and machine washable, so even if you sit on a dirty floor or who-knows-what on the ground, you’ll be able to wash it off and use it again right away!
I absolutely love our Monkey Mat and I know you will too! It comes in four gorgeous colors and retails for $39.99. You can purchase it at MonkeyMat.com, any of their retail partners (list is on the right-hand side), or on Amazon.com (affiliate link)!
A Monkey Mat would be an awesome baby shower gift and something a new mom can use for years!