A house without a play room!

By Alex Trichilo (Speech Pathologist and Mum of Three)

 Our house doesn’t have a play room. And our baby’s nursery doubles as a study when he’s not sleeping in there. I’m sure this is the case for many of you. So how do we achieve a beautiful living space for us adults whilst still having child friendly space for play?

 Grace and Maggie Playmats to the rescue!

Our living room is the centre of our home and it has grown and adapted as our family has grown. We had three kids in just 26 months, so our family grew quickly and our living room changed rapidly. We’ve had two different lounge suites, a new wall-unit built so all the wires are hidden, three different rugs and a period of time with no floor coverings (it’s a tiled space). At one point, an entire half was dedicated to kids’ toys, but we’ve managed to relegate those to the kids’ bedrooms.

We had a shaggy rug for a long while, but toilet training our eldest quickly ruined that! Before that we had a jute style rug which was hardy but just not comfortable to sit on and hard to clean. After a lot of research, I discovered Grace and Maggie’s beautiful playmats. The initial appeal was the beautiful designs, but then seeing that they were so easy to clean pretty much sold me. Then I discovered the Boho Baby Driver not only looks beautiful, but also has a car track design on the back! Sold!

We probably couldn’t live without our play mat anymore. My one year old lays down on the mat with his cheek against it because he loves the squishiness. My 2 and 3 year old girls know that they can practice their roly polys and hand stands without hurting themselves. My husband stretches, foam rolls and works out on it once a day, sometimes twice a day. And as a family we do dancing and yoga comfortably as a family of 5.

We also regularly have picnic lunches and dinners on the mat, do lots of sensory play, explore patterns in the design, drive our toy cars on it and sometimes my kids even fall asleep for their day naps on there.

At the end of the day, I just give it a wipe with a baby wipe and it’s clean and ready for the next day. No cereal getting caught in the folds of a shaggy rug, no smelly liquids being absorbed into it and it looks pretty if we have people over.

If you don’t have a play room, and you think about how much you use your living room, these playmats are a lifesaver. How do you use your Grace and Maggie?

 

By Alex Trichilo

Speech Pathologist and Mum of three

www.alextrichilo.com