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August 01, 2013

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Why Cosyplay mats are made in the UK

Cosyplay mats are made in the UK

Cosyplay baby play mats are made from memory foam.  But they are not made from any old memory foam, but from a special grade which is firmer, more shock absorbing and better at insulating than ordinary memory foam.

I chose this particular type, because it is just perfect for babies during tummy time and super comfortable even for adults.  It is also amazingly durable, so the cosyplay mat will regain its shape and original properties for many years.  This particular memory foam is made in the UK.

Could I have chosen a cheaper foam, which would simply last your baby through the tummy time stage?  Yes sure, but then the play mat would become landfill within just a few months.  This is not what I wanted for a product created for the next generation. 

Instead, I opted to go for top quality memory foam and protect it with a specially selected waterproof material (PU laminate) which is also highly durable, so that the cosyplay mat can be used again and again. (I will write another blog post about the many uses of the cosyplay mat soon.)

Could I source the memory foam cheaper abroad?  No, not really.  Memory foam is made from its constituents, which are mixed and allowed to rise in their tin (a bit like making bread).  This process is as simple as pressing a button, and pressing a button is no more expensive in the UK than it is in China. 

Plus there is the issue of trust.  Do I trust my UK memory foam manufacturer to produce the same top quality foam every time?  Yes I do.  When my products undergo expensive safety tests, I want to be certain that they will pass.  And the same applies to the UK manufactured waterproof material.  I also trust the people at the UK factory, which finally combine all of the fabulous materials with skill and care to produce Cosyplay products.

So this is the reason why cosyplay mats are made in the UK.  Of course, another fabulous side effect is that we are supporting other UK businesses and help to keep jobs and skills in the UK.

July 01, 2013

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The importance of comfort

 Comfort on the cosyplay mat

We shouldn’t really think of comfort as a luxury.  When it comes to babies, comfort is the most important prerequisite to learning. 

Imagine sitting in a cinema on a wooden chair, you probably would not get quite as engrossed in the film, even if it was a great film.

Remember what the midwife advised when you first started breast feeding?  Was it, to make sure that you are comfortable, because you are likely to be there for a long time?  You are far more likely to feed for longer and give your baby the full amount required when you are sitting comfortably and it really does not matter how long your little one takes.

Yet, by the time your baby has reached a few months, many of us seem to have forgotten just how important comfort is when you want to become engrossed and when you don’t have a choice to move. 

Your tiny baby might be too small to roll over or turn to his side, so he is stuck in the position he was placed in.  This means the only way he can make his discomfort understood is to cry.

At the same time, you want your baby to be happy, listen and chat to you, gurgle and maybe remember the nursery rhyme from yesterday.  If you are both in a comfortable space, your baby’s attention span and your own will be longer, because you won’t get disturbed by any aches and pains.

The cosyplay mat is made from super comfortable memory foam.  It was used quite deliberately, because memory foam is known to relieve pressure points in people that can’t move.  Memory foam has been used extensively in the healthcare sector to prevent pressure sores in immobile patients.  

Babies are not old and fragile, but they also are unable to move into a more comfortable position when they are very small.    So, if you want to allow your baby to get engrossed in whatever they are doing, make sure they are going it on a comfortable surface.

June 30, 2013

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Why I invented the cosyplay mat

So why did I invent a baby play mat when there are already about a million on the market?  Well, I did it out of love.  I did it because I wanted to be near my little boy, who needed the space to kick and roll about and at the same time needed me, my presence.

You see, I firmly believe that a baby needs his mum.  I don’t think babies need a lot of things (especially not material things), but one thing that a baby cannot get too much of is his mummy's attention.

Sure there are times when a baby will get engrossed in a particular toy (or more likely a gadget that he is not supposed to have) and then it is absolutely fine to leave him and allow him the freedom to explore.  In reality, those moments are quite rare.

I don’t believe babies have a lot of capacity to entertain themselves.  They don’t have any memory, so what would they think about all by themselves?

What I think babies need is interaction.  They need someone to talk to them, even when they can’t talk yet, because they can hear the pitch and make sense out of that.

I also believe that babies learn to read your face very early on.  And once they have figured out how to make you laugh, they want to do more of that, and vice versa.

I invented the cosyplay mat, because I believe that everyone benefits when I spend time with my baby.  My baby benefits because he wants to have a play mate that understands his every need.  And I benefit, because by spending so much time with my champion I know him better than he knows himself.

I can see him rub his eyes before he gets tired.  I can see him getting frustrated because he can’t reach a toy.  And I notice that today he turns his head away from a toy that is of no interest to him anymore.

By spending all that time together, we built a very strong bond, which will be the foundation to all the things he will learn in life.

So, did I need a mat to form that bond?  Maybe not, but it was lovely to be so comfortable whilst spending all that time on the floor with my baby.