If you're a parent it's safe to say you've eaten less than 5 hot relaxing meals.
Seriously, when kids are little babies it's like they can sense that mom has food and will need all of her attention right at that exact moment. And it doesn't get much better as they get older. Even the best behaved kids end up having to go potty as soon as the meal is delivered to the table, need refills on their drink, spill their drink all over, or take two of the worlds tiniest bites and declare they are done. Moms (and probably dads but since I'm a mom I'm speaking from my experience) barely have a chance to put their own food on their plate before they have to swoop dishes away from bored little hands because we all know that bored toddlers become throwy toddlers.
This is why I developed my wash and color placemats. They are high quality black and white printed cotton on the front that you can use like a coloring book with any washable marker or crayon. The back is upholstery fabric which is sturdy and will help stop the marker from soaking through the fabric. Once your child has colored the mat you just toss it in with your dirty laundry. When it comes out the washable marker is gone and your mat is ready to use again and again.
You can use them at home so everyone can sit around the dinner table together. If a child finishes dinner too soon they can color instead of making messes or begging to go play. Or if you head out to a restaurant toss this light weight fabric mat into your bag with a couple washable markers or crayons. These mats fold up small and weigh practically nothing. What I love the most about taking them on the go is that when I put them back into my bag at the end of the meal there's nothing that can rub off like plastic and chalk mats.
Now is the perfect time to grab a mat or two for your little ones. Does this picture give you anxiety?
We are heading into Holiday season and that means family get togethers; which means boring adult conversations and kids getting antsy at fancy tables. Toss my washable placemat into your bag and buy yourself some extra time. Or be the super cool Aunt and have one ready for your nieces and nephews! This is sure to give you bonus points with judgy relatives; a fun, technology free way to entertain kids at the table!
My kids love these mat, and honestly I do too! I hope they help you have more enjoyable dinners as well, we can all use a little less stress in our lives.
Head over to my shop and grab one today. Several prints available!