Splash mat for under high chair

(14 Posts)
KikiShack Sat 15-Mar-14 23:10:32

What do you use under your high chair in a room with carpets? I have a pale carpet in the living room, and while I guess some mess is unavoidable, I'd like to avoid mess every day if possible. And no, feeding in a different room isn't possible unfortunately.
So far I've had the following thoughts:
oilcloth liquids would run straight off onto carpet. And be bulky
sheet/fabric thing liquids would soak through, though fold up nicely and wash easily.
shower curtain??
Maybe an oilcloth base with velcro on it and sheets also with velcro which I detach and wash?
Am I overcomplicating it? Help!

KittieCat Sat 15-Mar-14 23:12:50

Oilcloth from John Lewis. It's great and doubles up as a table cover when we're crafting. One of our best buys.

There has never been a spill big enough to run off the oilcloth but we always have kitchen roll to hand.

SidandAndyssextoy Sat 15-Mar-14 23:13:34

Yes, overcomplicating! Big piece of oilcloth will be fine. I don't remember liquids running off particularly, and it's very easily cleaned.

KittieCat Sat 15-Mar-14 23:13:40

Also really easy to clean, quick shake in the bath and a wipe with a cloth and some antibac.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Mar-14 23:16:09

How about a plastic tablecloth?

KikiShack Sat 15-Mar-14 23:18:18

Thanks!! I had a feeling it might be simpler than I was making it in my head. I am pleased as I love oilcloth prints. I'm off to find something beautiful grin

Woodifer Sun 16-Mar-14 18:46:53

Folded over big beach towel - shake out a few times then chuck in washer. Or a washable cheap shower curtain - saves wiping.

meditrina Sun 16-Mar-14 18:56:19

Picnic blanket. Waterproof back, fabric top. Pretty big.

kiwiscantfly Sun 16-Mar-14 18:56:22

I had the same dilemma and used a shower curtain that wasn't 100% waterproof but could be put in the washing machine and would dry quickly. The carpet stayed the same colour and when DD2 starts weaning I think I'll use it again, even though in this house we have tiles. It was just so easy!

PurplePidjin Sun 16-Mar-14 18:57:10

Oil cloth here. I've got tropical fish at the moment, but it needs replacing as the highchair's made a couple of small tears.

The only liquid that gets on it is water and the occasional drip of milk. It's weetabix that's a bugger to get off hmm

Oh, and I've chucked it in the washing machine a couple of times on 30. At £3 a metre, and you only really need a metre, I can afford for it to get a bit trashed!

ipswichwitch Sun 16-Mar-14 19:01:16

I got the large splash mat/tablecloth thing from jojomamanbebe. It's about £12 iirc and machine washable so I just shake it off and bung it in the washer. It's great for messy play too. Stupid phone won't let me do a link though

Sukebind Sun 16-Mar-14 19:06:10

I used the ELC craft-mat sheet things which I also got when they had one of their twenty per cent off craft products sales. It therefore cost about a couple of quid. Easy to shake down and wipe off and if it got too horrible, can easily be replaced. I have had a few over the years and it proved brilliant when on holiday in October/November as an extension to the doormat of our self-catering cottage (we were by the beach so heaps of sand and muddy boots). It meant the cleaning up at the end of the week was much easier - just folded it up and took it home to wash.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 16-Mar-14 20:54:32

IKEA have a large clear piece of plastic which is brilliant!

m.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/art/44881100/

It's see through in real life and easily wipeable.

sharond101 Sun 16-Mar-14 21:54:50

I got a wipeable plastic sheet specifically for the mess of weaning in Poundland in the babysection.

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