Last year we finally finished our home renovations. We took down some walls to give ourselves a big open plan kitchen, dining and living space – meaning I can keep an eye on the kids at all times! We opted to have laminate throughout which looks great and is easy to keep clean, but isn’t always the best for kids to be playing on. It didn’t take long to realise that we were going to need some for of rug or mat in the living room area to make things a little more comfortable.
Skip Hop have a reversible playmat that features both a modern decor and a kid friendly design to suit both adult and children’s needs. We were sent one to try out and see if it would meet our needs.
The first thing that struck me as soon as I got the mat out was how cushioned it is. It is far superior to most of the other mats we have had in the past, and appears to be really comfortable for the kids to play on. The zoo pattern on the kids side is bright and vibrant to catch their attention, while the polka dots side is more chilled out. The grey background to it is perfect for our living room.
The mat is completely waterproof which is ideal with toddlers around. There’s no need to worry about drinks getting spilt or food getting dropped on it as it can simply be wiped clean. It can even be rolled up for storage when not in use.
We have found a different use for it though, one which I hadn’t expected. The start of warmer weather means more time is being spent outside, and the playmat is perfect for out in the garden. The fact that is is waterproof means that we don’t have to worry about any damp from the grass damaging it. The cushioning also means any rogue stones beneath it can’t be felt.
Piglet and his cousins have been putting it to good use. It’s made a great base for train tracks, acted as an arena for Pokemon battles and served as a nice spot for an alfresco lunch. At over 2 metres long and 1.3 metres wide there is plenty space for everyone to be on it at the same time without feeling cramped.
Unfortunately, with the kids having commandeered it we haven’t had much of a chance to use the more “grown up” side of the mat. Piglet is too busy pointing out the animals and telling me what they are – no chance of him letting me flip it over! I think it’s great that he’s enjoying using the reversible playmat though, and I foresee a lot of us for it to come.
We were sent this Skip Hop Reversible Playmat for the purposes of carrying out a review. All words and opinions are my own.
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