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How to use The Original Plop It! at every stage in life

The Original Plop It! doesn’t have an age minimum or maximum.  You basically just have to exist to use it.  Here are various uses as your child grows, and other uses I didn’t think of until someone else mentioned it.

Newborn to baby
– tummy time
– nap time
– diaper change
– play time
Attach toys to the toy loops located on the edge of the mat.  It encourages baby to reach out her arms and kick her legs.  When the baby moves, the mat stays outstretched.  You don’t have to continuously pull on the mat to keep it flat or lay all your heavy items on the corners.  Also, it’s so convenient when you need diaper duty.  You don’t always have the luxury of a diaper changing station.  With the Plop It! at least you have a clean place to change baby.  Take the mat everywhere you go.  Not everyone understands life with a baby nor does every place you go accommodate little ones as well as you would hope.  With the Plop It!, you know you have a clean place for baby when they want to get up out of the stroller and discover their environment.

– nap time
– snack time
– lunch
Toddlers don’t sit still for very long unless they are eating and even then they don’t stay still.  The Plop It! allows you to set up quickly, just plop it down.  You’ll have a nice, clean area to take a break where ever you are.  When your toddler gets up and takes off, you can quickly pick up the mat and follow after him.  That’s one of the perks of the Plop It!  Easy to set up, easy to pick up.

School Age
Your kid is older now.  He listens and can follow instructions.  Now, he’s really active (not that he wasn’t before).  You have soccer, baseball, swim lessons during the weekday and games during the weekend.  Take the Plop It! with him. He’ll have a nice mat to sit during breaks or lay down after being totally exhausted from practice.  He’ll drink his water and eat his snack and then you’re off again.  Tip:  keep your Plop It! in the car and pull it out when ever you need it.  Bring it in the house when you need to clean it.

The Plop It! is light and compacts for easy transport.  It’s 40 inches wide and perfect for one or two people.  You can take it to the park and just read a book or lay down and enjoy the various animal shaped clouds in the sky.  Remember those days as a kid?  Or have a nice time with your significant other huddled together for a picnic date.  Take the mat to an outdoor movie or outdoor play.  It’s a great accessory to enjoying life.

Here are some other places you can enjoy The Original Plop It! no matter what age you are.

Places to go with your Plop It!
– park
– picnic
– zoo
– festivals
– pool
– beach
– grandma’s and grandpa’s house
– friends’ house
– play dates
– traveling (road trip or flying, for when you need a break)

Remember I mentioned other uses?  A customer brought this up to my attention.  She uses the Plop It! as a travel mat for her working dog.  The dog works with children.  Isn’t that sweet.  40 inch wide mat can make a pretty big dog comfortable whether at home or traveling.

Indoor or outdoor, The Original Plop It! mat isn’t just for babies.  Anyone can use it practically any where you go.  Think beyond the infant stage and how you and your family can benefit from this mat that makes family life easier for everyone (pets included).

How The Original Plop It! came to be

When my son was born, I would take him everywhere at all hours during the day.  Often, we ended up at the park for an hour to enjoy the outdoors.  I would bring his diaper bag and a blanket to lay on.  In my mind, this seemed simple enough.  Lay the blanket down and we can enjoy the nice weather.  But wait, I did not calculate the breeze.  I better place the diaper bag and his baby wipes on the corners and I can lay on the other two corners.  Perfect.  Baby is on tummy time and we are enjoying the park.  And then the baby pulled the blanket.  Hurry!  Fix the blanket before the blanket swallows the baby.  This is more work than I was imagining.

There must be something more simple and easier to use than a blanket.  I remembered I have an activity gym with poles.  That will work.  Oh wait, the poles don’t collapse.  It’s doesn’t compact and you have to attach then detach the poles.  I just want the baby to enjoy the birds, the trees and the sky without overhead distractions and with less equipment management.

How about the play yard?  It’s pretty sturdy.  It is, but it’s also heavy.  Imagine pushing the stroller and lugging the play yard just me and the baby.  I don’t think I can do it.  I don’t think I want to do it.

I just want something simple that I can plop down quickly.  I want something that is light so I can carry it with me when ever where ever I go with this little kid.  I want something comfortable for the baby, like cotton.  I need something easy to clean because I just don’t have time otherwise.   I want the mat to be padded so I can plop it on the floor of someone’s house indoors or just have extra padding when we are outdoors.

After searching in stores and online, I had no such luck.  I thought, it will be worth it if I just make it myself.  So begins the adventures of life with baby and what is now, The Original Plop It!

My son is a pre-schooler now and he still uses his mat.  He takes it to play days for when the class has quiet time.  We still take it to the park in which case, I hang out on the Plop It and he joins me for a break to snack or drink water, or lay down from exhaustion.  We’ve taken it to the water park where he passed out sleeping on the deck under the shade of a tree.  He also uses it as a clean place to sit when we have casual athletic activities like flag football, outdoor volleyball or hanging out at the pool.   My husband and I use it when we play tournaments.  We like to lay on it while we wait for our next games, so the whole family uses The Original Plop It!  It’s not just for babies.