Armbands, floatpacks, noodles etc are all designed to promote safety in the pool. I bet more people injure themselves on wet changing room floors than in the pool though.
The kind chaps at Nattymat sent us a couple of their mats to try out as they knew that we are keen baby and toddler swimmers. It’s always nice when you get sent something because of your interests!
I was a bit bemused about what it actually was when we were introduced to the product but having used one, I am a bit surprised that they aren’t more common. There’s nothing worse than trying to keep a giddy toddler upright on a wet changing room floor whilst you change yourself and this is a perfect solution.
A Nattymat has two sides – a waterproof side that you can put down on the changing room floor and a soft side that is made from a microfibre and bamboo blend. You can’t feel the bamboo, it should be noted – it feels a bit like standing on a slightly padded flannel.
The advantage of having your own little mat with you is pretty obvious :
- no standing on grubby, verruca-harbouring changing room floors
- your child cannot fall over (and nor can you!)
- it’s much softer on your feet