I knew we were onto a winner as soon as I opened the Tommee Tippee Explora package filled with weaning products for my 18-month-old to try out. The first thing that struck me was the sticky place mat with suction pad. Ah ha!
Jed is a good eater and yet one of his favourite hobbies is chucking stuff off his tray. I often wind up feeding him myself or giving him small portions from a plate kept at a safe distance from his clutches.
So I was keen to try out the Magic mat which is designed to work with Explora weaning bowls. The bowl sticks firmly in the centre of the mat and there’s a little tab to release it once mealtime’s over.
I put the mat on Jed’s tray, poured breakfast cereal into his bowl and then pottered about the kitchen while Jed fed himself without a fuss. I even had time to answer a quick phone call in the living room without the fear of not being able to find the kitchen floor when I returned.
Of course, it wasn’t long before Jed was tugging at the mat and bowl. And being a mini Kong, he eventually managed to pull the whole lot down and fling it to the floor – but by that time he’d finished most of his breakfast. And I felt so smug at how little mess there was, I actually smiled as I wiped it up!
My recommendation would be to buy the Magic mat and weaning bowls as soon as your bubba starts solids – then they’re not yet strong enough or smart enough to work out how to shift it, and they’ll learn earlier to focus on eating…not throwing!
The Magic mat is easily portable as are the two Explora stackable weaning bowls that come with lids and a little handle for baby to grip. The bowls can be used in microwave, dishwasher or for storing baby food in the freezer.
We also received the Explora Active Straw Beaker, a non-spill cup with straw and an insulated base to keep drinks cooler for longer. Jed already loves using a straw so took to this cup instantly.
Normally he’ll take a straw out of his drink and use it as a chew toy, so at first he was a bit flummoxed that this one didn’t come out. Then he started playing with the flip top and watching the straw pop up and down gave him endless amusement.
What I like about the beaker is that it’s fairly large so holds enough to keep my babe about town hydrated throughout the day. Also the size and shape make it easy for chubby fingers to grip.
The Active Straw is suitable from 12 months and is interchangeable with the Active Sipper (from 6 months) and Active Sport (18 months plus) cups.
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