Babies tend to come with lots of debris: swings, bouncers, high chairs, exersaucers, toys, and play mats. And pretty much all of it comes in bright colors that match absolutely nothing in your house. Which is okay because it keeps baby happy.
But sometimes you actually manage to find a way to keep your baby gear from sticking out like a sore thumb. This was one of those times.
G and I love to hang out on the screened porch in the evenings but the wood floor isn’t a very cushy place for him to play. So I started looking for a play mat to use out there. There are actually some super cute play mats out there – but they are way more money than I wanted to spend.
So I found my own solution – for ninety-five cents. Can’t beat that.
I found a huge foam Dora the Explorer foam puzzle (with a missing piece) at the Goodwill for less than a buck. My original plan was to paint it to match the porch floor. But when I got it home and put it together, I found a much easier solution. It turns out that while the front was a crazy cartoon mess, the back was plain white. Perfect, no paint needed.
And now we have a great play surface for G that actually goes with the rest of the room. Three cheers for that!
I see foam floor puzzles at yard sales and thrift stores all the time, so if you keep your eye out, you are sure to find your own cheap play mat.
Super easy I know, but I just love the result too much not to share. Anyone else have tips for keeping baby gear from ruining your décor? I’d sure love to hear them!