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A convenience too far?
on 3 February 2011
I should like them but I don't. I think muslin squares and a wipeable, foldable changing mat are more convenient and easier to store and carry around.
I do use disposable nappies and am all for convenience but these mats are large and not reusable once soiled. If you are an expert in changing nappies without ever having to wipe the changing mat then these might be for you but I'd not go a day before having to throw away one of these.
The illustrations on the back of the packet show how you might use them:
1. Changing a baby - o.k. but I'd need to throw one away at least once a day. I'd rather carry round a plastic, foldable reusable mat I could wipe with an antibacterial wipe or a fabric one I could put in the wash.
2. Leaving a baby with no clothes on sitting on the sofa - no baby I've ever known has sat on a small square area without moving on the sofa for more than 5 seconds. You'd have to cover the whole room with disposable mats.
3. Changing a nappy in a car - I think a reusable wipeable plastic mat beats this hands down.
4. As a burping pad to put over your shoulder - muslin square every time. Who is going to put this large, crinkly thing over their shoulder?
5. In the garden with no clothes on - presumably to save the grass from baby wee? Does anyone knows how to get a crawling baby to stay on a small square while in the garden?
6. To sit and eat on - you could wash a picnic blanket, put a plastic sheet under a highchair...
7. Underneath a potty - if your house is heavily carpeted, even in the toilets then perhaps.
8. Planes, trains and automobiles - a plastic, foldable mat takes up far less space and is reusable.
They are very large so if you ever encounter somewhere filthy (motorway service stations come to mind) they might be useful in keeping baby away from germs but otherwise they seem to be useless landfill clutter.