Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review: Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat

When you have a child you are constantly learning. Everyday your child will change and his/her needs change as well. You will always be looking at ways to improve your lives together and make things easier on both of you.
    Xavier has become extremely independent lately. He loves to feed himself. Which actually makes for a much more relaxed mealtime. Except we have been trying to figure out a better way of letting him feed himself. His high chair is one that attaches to our table (see Review: Chicco Hook On Chair). So when he eats it is either directly off the table top or on a plate. He has not quite figured out the plate yet. He tries to move it too much spilling food everywhere. So he was eating off the table, which was starting to get very messy. I decided to check Babies R Us for another eating alternative for my very independent soon to be toddler. I saw the Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat and decided that is exactly what we have been missing.
   The Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat is the perfect solution to keeping you and your child happy. It provides a clean, sanitary place for your child to eat off of and it makes mealtime clean up much quicker. What is great about the Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat is that it can also be used when you go to restaurants. It is made from a durable, safe material that contains no lead, PVC, phthalates or playtex. It stays in place with seven strong suction cups and has a scoop that catches spills before landing in your child's lap. It rolls up easily for storage in your diaper bag for when you are on the go.

  I mainly bought this to use at home, but I can see how it would be great to use at restaurants as well. At home, we actually put it on the table and then put his hook on highchair over it. Not that that was necessary to hold it down, as the suction cups work really well, but it was more because food has been getting between the highchair handles and the table and I wanted to protect the table better. It does not lay real flat at first, I noticed you have to leave it out for a couple of days to get it to really be flat. Our favorite part is by far the scoop. It has definitely caught the majority of Xavier's spills. I am afraid our dog Vito has been very disappointed with the lack of food on the floor since purchasing this. Also, even Xavier knows he has the scoop and he has even picked food out of it and finished eating. It is really easy to clean, much like a regular placemat. For the most part I wipe it off and then usually after dinner which is always particularly messy we take down the highchair and clean off the chair and wash the Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat as well. The clean up time has improved instantly. I am no longer worried about the table and how clean or not clean it is and if anything will stain it. It also makes it easier for Xavier to pick up food from it and for his plates and cups to stay on it.

   The Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat is a welcome addition to any toddler's feeding routine. You will be glad you got it, it is a great way to let your child still eat with you at the table but without the mess. You can find the Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat at your Babies R US or other retailers. It comes in green, blue and pink and costs around $ 10.99 which is a terrific value for such a great product! Pick up yours today to make your meals more enjoyable with your toddler instead of worrying about the mess!

   No products,compensation or services were given to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC guidelines.

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