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Baby E isn’t a baby anymore. I don’t think I realized it when he turned one and was officially a toddler. It took a couple of months until he actually seemed more like a little boy than a baby. Toddlerhood must be a difficult stage. It’s difficult to communicate, you still have to take naps, and it seems like the world caters to either babies or big kids. They’re in this sort of childhood limbo. I especially notice this when it comes to toddler diaper changes. Many of the diaper changing mats that worked when E was an infant didn’t work for him as a toddler.
Toddler diaper changes are a huge challenge. Baby E resists every time by running away and playing an adorable game of hide-and-seek. We’ve struggled to find a set up and a system that works for our tall toddler. Our diaper changing table was retired long ago because he tries to launch himself over the edge. The pads that worked when he was an infant now fit approximately half his body, meaning he hangs uncomfortably off the edge. I was offered the opportunity to review the Lessy Messy mat, and I was so excited because I knew we needed to try something different for toddler diaper changes. This mat is a game changer.
The Lessy Messy Mat
It’s a great size for a toddler.
We kept trying to make the too-small mats fit our getting-big toddler. The Lessy Messy is 20×30 inches, so E has plenty of room on it. The size is also perfect for topping a diaper changing table in a public restroom or at home. In the past, I had to struggle to keep Baby E on a too small diaper mat in a public restroom while still trying to make sure he didn’t roll off. This product covers most of the changing table, so I don’t have to worry about germs or messes. Also, it’s easy to roll up and get back in the diaper bag quickly (and one-handed), unlike the built-in diaper changing pad that my diaper bag has.
It offers a distraction.
The Lessy Messy mat we received has animals printed on it. Even though Baby E usually squirms all over the place during diaper changes, this mat also serves as a distraction for him. While I change his diaper, I ask him to identify the different animals or make their sounds. He loves this game! Sometimes he even goes to the mat on the floor of his room and plops down to look at the animals.
E’s sensitive skin loves it.
E has super sensitive skin. His face often turns bright red when he’s exposed to new laundry detergents or materials. This mat is hypo-allergenic and super soft. It feels like a soft flannel blanket. Baby E loves cuddling up against it, and it hasn’t irritated his skin at all. Be sure to wash it before you use it, because if you just ignore the packages directions and use it right away, then you’ll miss out on the super soft feel. Speaking from experience, here! After I washed it, it became incredibly soft.
There are lots of different uses.
We’ve been using the mat for toddler diaper changes, but there’s really no limit to what it can be used for. Since it’s leak proof and absorbent at the same time, we tried it under Baby E’s high chair, too. It caught the spoons full of oatmeal and whatever else fell to the floor. One thing I noticed is that the crumbs actually stick to the material, which is so helpful! It also worked perfectly as a catch-all for an at-home haircut (that my mom gave to him. I’m not brave enough to try it myself!)
Other thoughts are that it could be used as an on-the-go placemat for a toddler, either on the table or on their lap in the car seat. It can be used for arts and crafts, to line a portable crib (although it shouldn’t be used as a sleeping surface), or on the floor of your car on a rainy day.
There are also different sized mats- the 60 X 60 mat would be perfect for our nature study outside. Miss H and I could use it to sit and sketch what we find, or as a home base for all of our things at the park.
It works for different ages.
Trying to create a clutter free home atmosphere for my children means that I need to be smart about the products that come into our house. They need to be multi-purpose, and benefit us for the long haul. The Lessy Messy mat would be great for kids of all ages. This would have been a great diaper changing mat for when E was an infant. We always lined his diaper changing table with little liners that always bunched up, so we had to use two. Needless to say, that didn’t work out so well.
When E is out of diapers, we’ll still have plenty of ways to use this (like I mentioned above.) The packaging said it lasts through 100 washes, but it is obviously very well made with quilting and double seams, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it lasts longer than that.
The Perfect Sprinkle Gift
I’m starting to get into the baby sprinkle stage of life, and this would be great for a sprinkle gift. Maybe wrap a pack of diapers up in a Lessy Messy mat? Cute and practical for a seasoned mom!
I don’t think this is necessarily a downside, but the Messy Lessy is thinner than other diaper changing mats on the market. I personally think it’s a good thing, because otherwise it wouldn’t serve multiple purposes, and it wouldn’t be as easy to pack away in the diaper bag. I’m just trying to cover all the bases here! It’s great quality, super practical, and not very expensive- full of positives!