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Oshi mat, like most baby products, was born out of a loving mother's necessity. I am that mother and Oshi is my son's nickname.
When my firstborn son was 4 months of age, I attended my first baby class. Like almost all baby programs, the classroom was covered with a rough hard carpet and mothers were politely asked to take off their shoes and wear socks. Still, I can remember wondering about all the bacteria collected over the years in that carpet -buggies, dirty diapers, feet, viruses, saliva- and how uncomfortable it must feel for my little baby to lay on. Most mommies took out baby blankets and laid their babies on them… but soon all the mommies noticed that the blankets were too breathable to provide any protection, did not make the floor any softer, made them spend the entire class trying to keep the blankie flat, and their babies just wanted to put the blankie in their mouth!
After attending many classes and watching mommies struggle with their unruly blankets, I thought there had to be a better way! I decided to make a surface specifically designed for these infamous baby classes. Soon enough realizing, I needed a sterile comfy surface not only for these baby classes, but for my home, traveling, outings, hotels, airports, my parents house, play dates and so much more!
First, I needed a material that could lay flat but still be flexible enough to store in a compact way. I needed an easy to clean material. I needed something with cushion so that my baby would be comfortable and safe. So naturally, a mat came to mind! But not one made out of any material… a non- toxic, 100% PVC/Latex FREE foam! The only material with these characteristics was one made of 100% Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE). Second, I needed a specific shape, one that would accommodate mother and child during activities. Oshi mat's specific patented design allows for mothers to sit comfortably during interactions and for babies to lay spaciously and securely at the same time. Third, it had to be pretty… like all moms, I love beautiful things for my baby. Our amazing graphic designer takes time and effort to develop gorgeous art designs for our mats. And lastly, I needed a convenient way to carry this mat, so I added the easy to carry Oshi bag to the design!
Innovative shape provides adults and babies maximum comfort, easily rolls out into a roomy surface protecting your baby from the common germs and bacteria found in most areas, made of environmentally friendly and non-toxic PVC/ Latex-free foam, in one side the texture has been designed to keep your mat steady on the surface you lay it on, and the top of your mat has a smooth surface that provides incredible softness for the mom and baby. Great gift ideas for baby showers!
So this is how Oshi mat was born...