ezpz Placemat Review

ezpz mats have become a “must-have” product in my book for toddlers. We currently have the Mini Mat, the Happy Mat, the Snack Mat, and the new book- Making Mealtime ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat.

Some of you may be wondering…. “What is ezpz?” ezpz placemats are silicone placemats marketed for kids that suction to most tabletops. These mats are made of food grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free.

ezpz placemats are super handy once your child has reached the age of eating food, but wants to play and throw their plate or bowl on the floor. The Happy Mat suctions nicely to tabletops, while the Mini Mat is designed to fit on most highchairs.

 

I will admit that I’m not a Pinteresty mom in any way, shape, or form. This is one reason why I love these mats. Jackson’s food can look so fun with very little effort. And let’s face it- kids seem to eat more when their food looks fun. I don’t understand the logic behind it, but we all know it’s true! These placemats are also dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and oven safe (up to 350 degrees) so cooking with them and clean-up are easy!

 

Jackson really likes to snack, but he doesn’t want to sit in his highchair during snack time. The Snack Mat has become a favorite, and was actually our first ezpz mat! I can put his snack in the bowl, suction it to our floating floor, and he can play while snacking- and I don’t have to worry about him just tipping the bowl over for fun!

 

Now this may sound silly…. But I’m a mom on a budget. These mats aren’t exactly cheap, although I wouldn’t say they’re expensive either. Because they’re made of silicone, they won’t show signs of wear. This means that they really won’t have to be replaced. The ezpz mats that I use for Jackson now, can be stored away for any future babies. It doesn’t hold onto bacteria either since it’s a nonporous material- and it also shouldn’t stain! (although, I’m sure cooking some red sauce in it may be harder to get out!)

 

We really like to take the ezpz mats with us when we leave the house. Jackson has used his mats at restaurants and family member’s homes. We put the Mini Mat into a Smart Bottoms wet bag and the Happy Mat fits perfectly in a Smart Bottoms On-the-Go wet bag. It really depends on where we’re going, what’s clean, and what we’ll be eating for me to decide which one to take. If it’s super messy food, I’ll take the Happy Mat (for example) because sometimes my Mini Mat doesn’t want to stick to all surfaces. If it’s somewhere that he’s eating chicken and fries or something just not messy, and maybe it’s a quicker meal, then I’ll probably bring along the Mini Mat.

 

You can see in the photo above that there isn’t much size difference in the actual plate portion of the mats. A Happy Mat’s portion sizes (designed with toddlers in mind) are 4oz, 4oz, and 10oz while the Mini Mat’s (designed more for infants) portion sizes are 2oz, 2oz, and 4oz.

 

All in all, I’m really happy that I decided to try these ezpz mats and I like that they do make my life a bit easier. Jackson also likes them and in reality- that’s really all that matters.

 

 

*Please note: I purchased the Mini Mat and Snack Mat myself. The Happy Mat and book were provided by my participation as a Guidance Guide Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Debate: Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding

  
In the land of Mommy Wars, breastfeeding versus bottle feeding seems to be a great debate. Every mom has a “side” and finds the need to stand up for that side. Which is…. In my opinion- kind of ridiculous. 
You see, I’ve been on both sides so I can totally feel this way. I’ve been the breastfeeding mom and I’ve been the pumping mom and I’ve also been the formula feeding mom. Heck- I’ve done all three with just one kid! And do you know what the most important and consistent thing about these were? My babies were fed. They were loved, had milk in their bellies and were healthy. And that’s what mattered. 

 

Aubrey drinking a formula bottle.

 
There are pros and cons to every choice you’ll make for your baby and there will always be someone judging whichever choice you make. In the end- it’s your baby. It’s your decision. And it is whatever is best for your family. I’ve been the mom that had PPD and struggled with bonding. I’ve been the mom with supply issues. I’ve been the mom with oversupply. I’ve been the regret mom. I’ve been the mom with bleeding nipples. 

While I want to encourage others to breastfeed as long as possible, I also want to encourage mothers to make the decision for themselves and for their babies. If you’re so frustrated with breastfeeding that you feel like you can’t function as the mother you want/need to be for your baby… Then don’t breastfeed. We live in a world today where you have options. Although- I will mention that I am loving all the breastfeeding snuggles I get with Baby Jack and the minimal mess that comes with it. 😉 

 

Baileigh being breastfed.

  

Aubrey helping feed Baileigh a bottle of pumped breastmilk.

  

Baileigh drinking her bottle of formula.

 
Motherhood is hard enough as it is without people debating on how you should raise or feed your child. Remind yourself what’s important- your baby is fed, your baby is loved and your baby is healthy. <3 

 

Baby Jackson being breastfed.

  

Husband feeding Jackson a bottle of pumped breastmilk.

 

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