Fans of Shark Tank may remember a product that was pitched by Lindsey Laurain of ezpzfun.com. Laurain showcased her Happy Mat, a infant and toddler’s placemat that suctions to the surface of the table so the child can’t peel it up and toss it off the table during the meal. Although she didn’t leave with a deal that night, the company has continued to grow and develop new products and is doing well today. And no wonder. This is a really genius idea to keep mealtime happy for everyone. The Happy Mats are colorful, fun and useful!
A mat made by ezpz works through suction to keep its silicon surface attached to tabletops and is made of 100 percent food-grade silicon. All of the company’s mat products are BPA, BPS, PBC, phthalate, and latex free. They are also hypo-allergenic. These products don’t harbor bacteria and they never show signs of wear and tear. They are stackable and easy to carry that way, even with food in them. They are easy to store and clean. The mats are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe (up to 350°). And those are all benefits for the parents. In addition, the infant benefits as well, such as by learning self-feeding skills and developing fine motor skills. These products also make great baby shower and birthday gifts.
The Happy Mat
The Happy Mat is available in seven colors: blue, blush, sage, pewter, gray, lime, and coral. It retails for $24.99. It’s an all-in-one plate and placemat that makes serving your little one and cleaning up afterward easier, as all the mess is confined to the placemat. Its strong suction makes it very difficult for tiny hands to lift up and tip over. It measures 15 inches by ten inches by one inch and fits most standard high chairs (the list of the few it doesn’t fit may be found on the ezpzfun.com website). They don’t deteriorate or fade and continue to look brand new. The eyes of the mat each hold four ounces and the smile holds ten ounces of food. With these compartments, a parent can present a balanced meal of fruit and veggies in the eyes and protein with a carbohydrate in the smile. This smiling placemat should put the infant/toddler in a happy frame of mind at mealtime.
The Happy Bowl
The Happy Bowl also suctions directly to the table, making it difficult to spill its contents. It is a ten and a quarter inch by eight and three quarter inch placemat with a bowl that holds eight ounces of food in its center. Offered in the same seven colors as the Happy Mat, it is also stackable and the silicon doesn’t fade or deteriorate. The Happy Bowl fits most of today’s highchairs. Designed for infants/toddlers from six months of age and up, it retails for $19.99. You can actually prepare food directly in the bowl, warming it in the oven or the microwave. The bowl is perfect for serving your little one pasta, cereal, soup, oatmeal, and other soft dishes.
The Mini Mat
The Mini Mat continues the practicality of the all-in-one placemat. It also suctions to a table and is the perfect solution for parents on the go when traveling or dining out. As with the other mats, the Mini Mat fits most highchairs including many “space saver” designs. It serves up two ounces portions in its eyes and a four ounce food portion in its smile, perfect for a little one on the go. It’s helpful for parents as well, as it is lightweight and portable. It even comes packaged with a reusable bag that’s easy to carry and put away in your diaper bag. If your child regularly eats with the Happy Mat at home, this Mini Mat would offer some comforting familiarity in an unfamiliar setting to help make mealtime more successful. It retails for 19.99.
Ezpz offers five specialty products as well as these three mat for serving and dining. One is the Snack Mat, This mat is a twelve inch round mat with deep center dish perfect for serving chips and dip or other yummies. Priced at $22.50, it is only available in mint at present. Fill the one and one half inch deep dish with your choice of dips, hummus, yogurt, pretzel sticks and other goodies. Place your finger foods on the platter, which has ample room for chips, carrot sticks, fruits, pretzels, and veggies.
A second specialty item is their own cookbook. “Making Mealtime Ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat” is loaded with suggestions on healthy foods, ways to encourage picky eaters, and many more items. It contains many recipes and fun food art ideas that are ezpz to make for parents. This book would also make a great baby shower gift. A great companion gift to offer with the cookbook is the third specialty item, the Silly Billyz Bib, retailing at $8.99. It’s a bandana bib made for 100 percent premium cotton jersey that features a three position snap closure neck. You’re assured a comfortable fit on a washable bib that’s great for mealtimes as well as all day if you have a drooly little one. It’s chevron design is very stylish.
The fourth item is a fun change of pace. The Flower Play Mat suctions to the table but it’s not necessarily for food. It is for art projects and fun. Offered in mint and lemon colors and selling for $29.99, its large 16.5 by 12.25 inch size can hold a standard sheet of eight by 11 inch paper. The flower compartments (petals) are sized for a child’s pincher grip and the activities done with the mat encourage the development of fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. The Flower Play Mat is perfect for bead working, painting, necklace making, Lego stacking, and a variety of other activities. Use it also for building sundaes, decorating cookies, and making tacos. Use your imagination.
The fifth and final specialty product is the Micro Mat. Only three inches by two inches in size, it is shorter than a coloring crayon. This tiny mat is the perfect size for letting tiny friends sit at the table with your toddler. Lego people, dinosaurs, and little dolls can join their BFFs and watch them eat. Want a more practical use? Place the Mini Mat by the Happy Mat with a small bit of a new food when you want to introduce something new to your tyke. It retails for $3.99 and comes in pink or blue.
In addition to their popular and creative products, which earn 4.5 Amazon stars out of over 1400 reviews, the ezpz website has many features to assist parents with mealtimes with their little ones. There are dozens of parent posted recipes complete with photos that are helpful and entertaining. The website also hosts their own blog, Mealtime Made ezpz, with such wonderful posts as “Picky Veggie Eaters”, “How to Introduce Oranges to Your Toddler”, and “Holiday Food Crafts”. You can find a nearby retailer who sells their products as well as order directly from them. Families with infants and toddlers would find these products extremely beneficial.