Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mama Loves: Table Toppers

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Manic Mother
A few months back, friends of mine on facebook, posted a picture of their baby girl--she was sitting in a high chair at a restaurant with her chin resting on the table, barely able to keep her eyes open.

The caption was something like: So sleepy.

The normal reaction to this picture would have been, "Awe, how cute!"

Since I am nowhere near normal, especially with the ferocity with which I wage war against germs,  my reaction involved an audible gasp, and then I said some prayers that she would not contract some sort of rare disease that I was sure must be lurking on that table.

This is not (!!!) meant to be a shot at these parents!

I said it before, and I'll say it again: We all have to do what we believe works for us to keep our children safe and healthy.

I admit, I'm an extremist. I missed out on any cuteness factor when I saw that picture, because I "saw" those invisible germs attacking this little girl. That's my problem.

Anyway, I'm very happy to report that she is alive and well--completely unscathed from the incident.

Because, I'm an extremist, we always bring our own high chairs when we go out to eat with the girls. This way they have their own tray--no worries about rare diseases lurking on restaurant tables.

Yeah, then we went on vacation, and had to leave our precious high chairs behind.

It's a really good thing that there is a market for extremists such as myself.

Friends of ours introduced us to the table topper. These are like a place mat. They provide a sanitary, BPA-free eating/touching surface for you child(ren), and the best part is that on the back they have adhesive, so they stay put.

Here it is in action. I don't know who this kid is---we didn't take any pictures of our girls using them, but you get the idea.


Our local Target only had either Disney's Cars or Princesses styles to choose from. Since I have an aversion to most things "princess", as well as germs, we went with Cars. There are some pretty cute styles available. And, though our girls are too young to appreciate it, the mat has little games for kids to play on it while you wait for your food.


So, if you're an extremist like me, or even if you're not, you might want to check these out. They hardly take up any space in your diaper bag, and who knows?! They might just save your kid from contracting a rare disease.

Can't wait to see what you're loving this week!

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MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Oh, I love this post on so many levels!!! :)

You know that I, too, am quite the germophobe...I'm sure I would have had the exact same reaction to that picture on FB! HA!

We also used those place mats and loved them. (We found non-licensed ones [dinosaurs!] at Toys R know I have an aversion to "princess", too!)

Over the past 6 or 8 months, our girls have been able to eat from plates, so we haven't had to fuss with the place mats. It's just another level of freedom. Hallelujah! :) We do wipe the table down with our wipes as we're getting seated. And we must repeat at least 10 times, "If something falls on the table, don't pick it up; Mommy or Daddy will clean it."

There are, of course, times when the girls will drop a piece of food and pick it up before I can get there...I just have to turn my head and take a deep breath. So far, we haven't contracted any horrific diseases...and I'm hoping for continued good fate. :)

[I'll be linking up tomorrow!]

championm2000 said...

I love these! Adding them to the shopping list now....

Okay. Check. Now back to my commenting--

Our local Chick-fila gives these mats out, and I have been so tempted to ask them can I buy extras. Now I know where to buy them :-)

Ordinary Girl said...

Oh I understand so well. I've thought about using these but couldn't get over the ick factor of Bean having to sit in the actual high chair. I read somewhere that high chairs in restaurants have more germs then a public bathroom!!! We have been in situations where we haven't been able to use our own booster seat and these would have come in handy, so maybe I need to stock some in the diaper bag. You're not alone though, I can't stand the germs either!!!

Once Upon A Time said...

I will have to get those!

Finally got time to link up for the first time. :)

Stacey said...

Ohh I love these too!!