Can we just talk about the lips and lashes right here before diving into today’s post? OMGGGG…
I first spotted the Busy Baby Mat while mindlessly scrolling through Instagram Stories. Considering I work in marketing, I find a surprising number of my favorite products on social media. And the Busy Baby Mat is quickly topping my list of must-have baby gear, especially for ages 9-12 months.
Where I Discovered The Busy Baby Mat
Not only is Alaina’s design style on point, she also has a one year old son named Henry. Since Henry is just a handful of weeks older than Hayden, it’s been fun to watch his development and see what types of things Hayden might be doing or be interested in next.
Alaina showed Henry eating out at a restaurant and using the Busy Baby Mat to keep him occupied while sitting at the table with us. Around that time, Hayden was still struggling to sit up on his own. I was dreaming of the days of dining out with a baby who could sit at the table with us.
So What Is The Busy Baby Mat?
The Busy Baby Mat is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a silicone placemat that uses suction to stick to the table in front of your baby. What’s really innovative about it is the tether system that let you strap your baby’s favorite teethers or other toys to the mat, making it impossible for them to drop (or let’s be honest, throw) them on the floor.
I love that the mat can play double duty. We use it as a placemat for food as Hayden is learning to eat and pick up finger foods on his own. Either before or after he eats, we can then use the tethers to wrap around his favorite toys like this teether or this one. We’ve also attached this ring and these keys
We’ve used the mat in a number of different ways. We did this shoot at home since it is a calmer, more controlled environment than a restaurant. But I can honestly say we’ve used this at all kinds of eating-out occasions, indoors and outdoors, and even on our own outdoor patio. It pairs perfectly with our clip-on high chair, since the plastic tray it came with never stays put.
Where You Can Find The Busy Baby Mat?
While I’m known to be an Amazon Prime fiend, I try really hard to support small businesses whenever I can. In this case, I love the mat even more for the fact that it was created by and is sold by a mom! Read more about her story & shop The Busy Baby Mat here.
I’m lucky enough to be partnering with Beth on this post and as a result, I have a free Busy Baby Mat plus an extra set of tethers to giveaway to one of you! Swing by my Instagram for the full details today (hint: you have to comment on Instagram, but you always get an extra entry for commenting below!).
Visit my Instagram for a chance to win your own Busy Baby Mat this week! Then, comment below for an extra entry, sharing where you would use The Busy Baby Mat first.
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This post was created in partnership with Busy Baby; the mat was gifted to me in exchange for sharing my honest opinion and hosting the giveaway. I am always transparent about gifted products and am thrilled to be able to share products I love, especially when I can share the love through a giveaway.