Feeding Time is Better – The Happy Mat

In CategoryNew Product Announcements

I know, I know.  I have not done a blog post in forever but I have been motivated by a new product I am carrying in my store.

Meal times were rough. Froggie threw his plate or bowl almost every meal.  Many meals I would sit next to him with my hand on his plate while eating my own dinner with my other hand.

This October Froggie, Bug, Peanut and I went to The ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas.  This is a show mostly for retailers of children’s products.  I attend every year to see what is new and place orders for the store.

The last day we were there we passed by EzPz’s booth. EzPz makes The Happy Mat.

Happy Mat Lime


I told the boys I thought it looked like Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas. Does anyone else see it?

Working at their booth was a very sweet Speech Language Pathologist named Dawn Winkelmann. Dawn works on both feeding and speech in her practice. How cool is it that EzPz has an SLP on staff?  She spent some time discussing the product with me and how great it is for all toddlers but especially toddlers with special needs.

Dawn gave me a mat to try at home with Froggie.

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We LOVE it! It is 100% silicone, dishwasher safe and STAYS ON THE TABLE.  Seriously this is almost life changing for us.

There are still messes but they are more contained.  When he drips it more often than not lands on the place mat.

You can check out them on my site here: http://www.littlefornow.com/the-happy-mat-by-ezpz.html

Your baby is different, now what?

In CategoryDown syndrome

When I got my pre-natal diagnosis I was very lucky. Peanut goes to a very special school and I was quickly able to connect with moms who have a child with Down syndrome.

These moms let me know it would be ok. They let me know what to expect. They told me and showed me how wonderful, strong, amazing and smart their kids are.  I had a community, a place to belong and feel safe. I was very lucky.

I can’t imagine going through those days after the diagnosis alone. But this happens all the time to expecting moms. That is one of the reasons for the high abortion rate for babies with Down syndrome. I have seen figures between 85% and 95% abortion rate. It is high, too high. What if those moms and dads had a buddy to help them through this? Someone who has been there, who is there now!  Who can tell them the facts?  Some doctors tell their patients lots of horrible scary things about Down syndrome and none of the wonderful things.

I hope I am lucky enough to connect with pregnant moms in this position. I want to tell them it will be ok. I want them to know that while this is not the path they planned on taking it will be a beautiful, wonderful path. Yes, there will be tears. Yes, your child is not what you were expecting but she will be more than you ever expected.

Froggie is such an amazing wonderful gift.  This Thanksgiving this is what I was thinking about the most.

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