I would recommend the aquadoodle bear over the aquadoodle mat, but both are nice. The mat seems like it's fading, and it doesn't get played with much. My 2 year old however loves the aquadoodle bear, it's just like a doodle bear only no mess. So wooo.
The nice thing about these is if you spill something on it (First day we had it my cousin's son spilt mt. dew on it) you can just take a wet sponge and soak the whole thing down and let it air dry and the stain lines will be gone.