So I see so many blogs out there writing about this great product but it is always targeted as something that is just for babies and toddlers. Well I am here to tell you that this is not true. In fact I am going to share with you ten of the ways that I continue to use the BooginHead SplatMat with myself and my children who are all over the age of 3.
I guess before I can tell you how I use the SplatMat that I should share with you a few things about the SplatMat. The SplatMat is a great little mat that is made from a thick plastic material. It is reusable and is made to last for a while. In fact I have found that mine is holding up really well and we actually use it all of the time!
The idea behind the SplatMat is that you have a waterproof clean place to sit with your baby and toddler when you are out and about. The great thing that I have found is that it is something that actually fits in almost all of my purses and is something that I can take with me wherever I go. Some of the places and ways that I have used it might surprise you.
Perfect Picnic Spot
The most popular use for our SplatMat is as a picnic spot. We picnic a lot with the kids because they love it. They love being able to run and play while we are eating. I hate for our eating area to be dirty. While we do own picnic blankets that are larger, if we have a hike to where we are eating or if we have an impromptu picnic we have the SplatMat to save the day. I actually keep mine in my big bag that goes everywhere with me. It is not my purse but it is a second bag that I keep a change of clothes and other essentials in.
Camping Shoe Mat
Another great use that I have found for the SplatMat is that it make the perfect “welcome rug” for your tent. It is waterproof and plastic. You can throw it in the wash when you get home and it provides a nice place to stand and take off your shoes before stepping into the tent.
Concerts and Festivals
We also use our SplatMat when we are at concerts and festivals. It is really handy to carry with you in a purse (it fits in my mid-sized crossbody bag really well. It will keep you from having to sit down on wet or dirty ground which is always a plus for me.
When you are visiting the local park like I do a lot, then it is likely that you sit down if your kids are old enough to play independently. This year I am looking forward to quiet days at the park while I read books on my blanket. One great thing about the SplatMat is that it is the perfect space for me to sit while my kids are playing. If they get wood chips or sand on it, it brushes right off. It is really a handy item to keep in the car for trips to the park.
This one is not one that you will use if you do not have semi-youngish children. I have found that the SplatMat makes the perfect handy mat to throw under a toddler’s chair at a restaurant. Most of the time Adeline is not too messy but when we are out to eat and there is rice involved it is a different story. Since rice is one of her favorite foods and I hate leaving a mess for servers to clean up, I have found that the SplatMat fits right under her chair and catches all of the rice which I can carry out and throw away when I get home.
I will admit that the SplatMat is not the best rain protection available today. However, when I was recently caught out in the rain and had a nice little walk to get home I was able to use the SplatMat as a makeshift rain fly for our stroller. It worked well and she was mostly dry.
My son plays soccer so we attend a lot of soccer games. There are not a lot of bleachers at our soccer fields. Sometimes I do not feel like lugging chairs around, especially if I am alone with four kids at the game. In these cases the SplatMat really does make a great place to sit during the game.
At the Beach
I love the beach but I hate getting sand all over everything. I have found that the SplatMat is a must for each time that you go to the beach because the sand, whether wet or dry, will just brush off. It is so handy to be able to spread it out and have a place to sit and eat lunch or enjoy a snack.
At the Water Park
Recently we went to an indoor water park with our kids. It wasn’t very crowded so I did not feel the need to rent a $20 locker for our stuff. I did want to keep our stuff from getting wet as much as possible so I tucked the SplatMat around it and it was nice and dry when we were ready to leave.
Finally I find that the SplatMat works great if you are on a hike and need a quick place to rest. It also works well to have a nice place for your children to eat a snack or even take a short nap just off the trail before you continue on.
The SplatMat is one “baby” product that you are going to keep around for a long time. Even if you do not have a baby, you might find that it is great choice for you to be able to take along with you just about anywhere that you go.