The mat went through the washing machine. The fabric sleeves covering the legs can't be removed, so have to be hand wiped.
There were quite a few (maybe 30) black dots on either side of the giraffe. The only thing I could think of was mould/mildew, so in a fit of irrational PFB-panic I chopped off and binned the giraffe, exposing the smooth plastic bit underneath. On one of the other fabric sleeves of another leg, I've just seen another black mark. The rest of it (the mat, the hanging toys, the other fabric sleeves) look fine.
I've got several options: - get over myself and keep it. Should I chop off the other sleeve with the black dot? Or will DC potentially hurt themself on the plastic (the sleeve was just thin polyester covering, I can't see that it provided much protection)? - bin the whole thing - bin most of it but keep the hanging toys and mat as they seem ok?
...and yes I need to talk to my midwife, because I'm not sure this level of worry over a playmat is normal.
Bin it. I am not PFB at all (have 2 DC) and love gumtree, eBay etc but I wouldn't have it for my kids. Black mould is dangerous for tiny babies. I would never give someone something that was in such a state so I think she was just looking rid of it and palmed it off in you.
But I would also look into support for anxiety now too, if you think you might be prone. I had reasons to think I was likely to suffer, and having put steps in place first meant I wasn't trying to figure it out whilst dealing with a new born too. Chucking out the toy isn't pfb or over anxious, but worrying about it and struggling to make a decision could be. Best wishes for the rest of the pregnancy
For mold and mildew I spray with dilute steralizing solution until wet - leave in sunlight, scrub with a stiff nailbrush, repeat if necessary. Works about 90% of the time. Great on pushchairs that have been folded a bit damp and stuff thats been stored.