Bibetta Baby Placemat with Pocket Review
Feeding & weaning young children is messy! Especially when you have a very strong-willed & independent toddler who insists on feeding themselves. Although excellent for development & preparing them for school, self-feeding generally results in anything nearby being covered in food. Now Sophie is nearly 3, she no longer wants to use her highchair & prefers to sit at the table with us. This therefore results in our dining table becoming rather messy! She also likes to sit to table when we eat out. Again, not only does this create mess, but also you cannot guarantee that the table surface is totally clean & many restaurants don’t serve meals on plastic plates.
A recent discovery, though, is the Bibetta Placemat – a fantastic neoprene placemat that provides a clean surface for children to eat off.
Bibetta was founded in 2004 when Paul Brown, a product designer, dad & keen surfer, tried many different types of bibs on his baby daughter. However he soon realised that none were ideal. As a surfer, it became clear that his wetsuit material, neoprene, would provide the perfect solution! Neoprene is ideal as it is naturally waterproof, stretchy, has a soft, friendly feel, is almost stain-proof and is tough and durable; the perfect material for bibs!
Since then, Bibetta have been designing & manufacturing a range of smart, innovative and practical products to help make everyday family life fun & relaxing. They use a range of technical fabrics & clever design ideas to create products that give the best comfort, style, waterproofing, easy cleaning & durability.
Bibetta Baby Placemat Review
Over the last couple of months we have been testing out the award-winning neoprene Baby Placemat with Pocket on Sophie. It’s the perfect size at 58cm x 45cm – large enough to protect your table & has lots of space for your child’s cups and bowls. It’s also ideal for placing finger food directly on top for baby led weaning
The neoprene material is so easy to care for. It can easily be cleaned – either by hand washing in the sink or in the washing machine (recommended 30 degrees). Bibetta recommend running the mat under warm water straight after use. Conveniently, the Placemat also dries very quickly. It can be either air dried or tumble-dried.
The Placemat has a springy pocket that you can fold out to catch any crumbs or stray bits of food. This makes them ideal for baby-led weaning & meal times in general as it means children can easily retrieve their valuable food! It also saves the constant vacuuming of the floor…
As Sophie is starting to learn to use ‘grown up’ cups, it’s great that the Placemat has a naturally waterproof inner layer & an absorbent outer layer. After lots of spills, the Placemat is still going strong!
The Placemat is also designed to be used when travelling – it actually rolls into itself, making it compact & easily portable. I keep mine in Sophie’s changing bag so we can use it when out & about. The non-slip backing keeps the mat in place & after the meal, folds up into a compact clutch-style pack to trap any messy food securely inside until you get home.
Finally, the Placemats come in four fun & colourful designs. These include dinosaurs, cars, safari & birds!
Sophie has really enjoyed eating her meals off of this Placemat. It has meant that when we eat out, I know she has something hygienic to eat off of. I also know that, when something does get spilt, it will wash & dry easily. The one issue we did have with the Placemat is that some of the stains did not come out as easily as I would have liked. Although it is a wipe-clean surface & can be washed, it is not as stain-resistant as, say, a plastic table mat.
Overall, though, we would definitely recommend this Placemat. It is ideal for babies embarking on their weaning journey & for older children when eating out. Sophie is definitely a fan of her ‘special’ mat!
**We received a Bibetta Baby Placemat in return for this review. All thoughts & opinions are our own.