New mat from the Monkey Mat creators

Now Monkey Mat has a quilted version for $29.95.
Now Monkey Mat has a quilted version for $29.95.

We first wrote about Austinite Christie Barany and Courtney Turich, who lives in Denver, when they first launched the Monkey Mat. It was a portable mat for when your kids or babies needed a clean surface to sit upon. And the genius was it was portable, washable and actually folded back up into its original bag.

Then they met “Shark Tank” and got a $100,000 investment from Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner in April 2014. This past month, they ┬ácompleted a $25,000 KickStarter to bring a quilted mat that would would be all the things the original mat was, but also soft and cushy. You can get the new quilted one for $29.99 at MonkeyMat.com or Amazon.com, and it will also be available at the Container Store after the beginnng of the year.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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