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What's the big deal with splat mats? Can't you just use a shower curtain? - studio huske

What's the big deal with splat mats? Can't you just use a shower curtain?

Whats the point in splat mats? Studio huske has the answer

Why bother with a splat mat?

Well, you can certainly survive without one, but you could also thrive...

Something interesting about studio huske that you might not already know is that we didn't start out trying to design a splat mat or floor mat.


Actually, back in the day what I was looking for as a designer was a floor mat that my kids could crawl on, be messy on. Most importantly, it was during the second quarantine, and most parents around the world were having issues with a lack of space at home. So, I needed it to be a mat that would fold away out of sight. 

It needs to fold

A conventional vinyl or PVC mat wasn't enough for me. The folding side of things was important, and thereafter one of the problems I wanted to solve was the sheer onset of chaos during weaning! At the time, my second son had just started using his high chair. And I certainly did think to myself: there must be a better way! The splat mat functionality did come as a secondary or bonus component but ironically it's one of the most frequent reasons customers buy our mats now, because once you've used a huske mat as a splat mat under high chair once, you'll never go back!  There is just no comparison. No seams, no tags, nowhere for food to get stuck. No stains from spilled milk, or coffee, or wine! No worries with grease or heat.


And like I said, the main differentiator is that it folds. Compared to a more rigid floor mat that lives on the floor permanently while your child is weaning, and does protect your floor, doing the key work in terms of the time and energy and exhaustion of the cleanup. Our huske mats are much more efficient because you basically fold them inwards like an envelope, and then you can grab the top and shake them into a trash can or a rubbish bin, and then immediately dump them in the sink. 

Compared to plastic coated leather, which doesn't like to be immersed in water in a sink, our silicone leather mats are again more efficient because you they're waterproof on both sides.


Not only that, but after the weaning stage has become more manageable, you can then put your mat on top of the table, as a table cloth or take it with you outdoors. As demonstrated by all the pictures in this post. All the functionality is still there when your kids get older.


That being said, let's run through the main functionalities of a splat or splash mat in case you're not familiar with them.


Diversify your playmats usage- don't just use as a splat mat for weaning

Not all splat mats are created equal...

If you've ever fed a baby or toddler, you know that mealtimes can be messy affairs. From spilled drinks to thrown food, pretty soon the area around a high chair can resemble a disaster zone. That's where a splat mat or floor mat comes in - it's a simple but effective baby led weaning accessory that can make mealtime cleanup much easier, saving parents time and energy..


Whats the point in splat mats? Don't buy a vinyl mat, Studio huske has the answer


So, what exactly is a splat mat, and how does it benefit parents during baby-led weaning?

A splat mat is a waterproof and easy-to-clean mat that is placed under a high chair to catch spills, crumbs, and other messes. This means that the mess stays contained in one area, making cleanup quick and easy. Splat mats can also protect your floors and carpets from stains and spills, saving you from costly cleaning bills or damage. This is especially important if you have a carpeted dining area, as it can be difficult to remove stains from carpet fibers.

Whats the point in splat mats? Studio huske has the answer for you and your baby

By using a splat mat, you can avoid the hassle and expense of having to replace or clean your carpets due to food stains.

They also allow babies to explore and experiment with food without worrying about messes. With a splat mat in place, you can relax and enjoy mealtimes with your little one without worrying about the aftermath.

Using a splat mat for baby led weaning - Studio huske has the answer


But do you really need a splat mat for your baby's high chair, or are there alternative options?

While it's true that you could use a regular towel or sheet to catch spills, these options are not as durable or easy to clean as a dedicated splat mat. Additionally, they may not offer the same level of protection for your floors and carpets.

Baby led weaning - Whats the point in splat mats? Studio huske has the answer

So, what's the worst that could happen?

Using a splat mat under your baby's high chair can help prevent slips and falls, as well as protect your floors and carpets from damage. Without a splat mat, spilled liquids can create slippery surfaces, increasing the risk of accidents. Additionally, crumbs and other food debris can attract bacteria, creating an unsanitary environment for your baby.

A splat mat is a useful accessory for parents during baby-led weaning. It helps to protect your floors from spills and stains, makes clean-up after mealtimes easier and provides a non-slip surface for your baby's high chair. When selecting a splat mat, it's important to choose one that is made from durable, easy-to-clean materials like silicone leather. By using a splat mat, you can make mealtimes less stressful and more enjoyable for both you and your baby.

As you can see from the pictures, our splat mats can be used from birth, for tummy time and baby changing, through weaning and far far beyond.

If you just want a floor mat, get a floor mat. But if you want something that is kind to your baby's skin, won't crack or stain, is hypoallergenic and folds out of sight, we've got you covered for years to come!



About the author

Kate is owner and founder of studio huske, a swiss-based kids interior-products brand which is dedicated to developing premium quality, phase-less. genderless, robust, wipeable children's products. The range celebrates texture and colour and textiles which appeal to both the adult and the child's eye alike. Produced sustainably in small batches in Korea, the vegan leather textile used is OEKOtex 100 certified and has a Korean eco label. Studio huske products are intended to be a daily support in the lives of both parents and children. Designed by an architect mother for her own kids- by parents for parents.


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