Play mats have come a long way over the last few years with new modern looks and materials. They provide a safe and comfortable setting for your baby to develop, play, and explore, all while seamlessly fitting into a nursery, playroom, or even your living room. Below is a roundup of our favorite mats.
Here’s the deal: Little Nomad designed their play mats to not only provide a safe play space for your baby, but to also look good while doing it. The mats come in multiple designs and colors to resemble rugs. The best part is that they can be assembled in almost any size and shape as they are made up of premium, non-toxic two-foot squares.
Material: Non-toxic EVA foam
Dimensions: 4x6 feet up to 10x12 feet
Price: $99 - $439
Love it: Beautiful mats that come in a variety of styles and colors to fit your home, easy to assemble, wipes clean, water resistant, and extremely comfortable.
Not so much: The decals can peel after a lot of use.
What are moms saying? “I love my Little Nomad play mat so much that I have three of them. Our largest is in the living room where we actually use it as a rug for extra comfortable playtime with the whole family.” - Ashley
Bottomline: Attractive, durable play mat that can be customized to fit any space.
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Here’s the deal: The Skip Hop Doubleplay Reversible playmat is a wonderful choice when you want to add an additional playful element. All of the mats have a child-friendly design on one side and a modern design on the other. This allows you to quickly rotate, especially when it is being used in your living room. This mat can also easily be cleaned and conveniently rolls up for storage or travel.
Material: PVC-free, Phthalate-free foam
Dimensions: 86 x 52 x .5 inches
Love it: Features two designs (one modern and one child friendly), rolls up for easy travel and storage, waterproof and easy to wipe clean.
Not so much: Mat can puncture if heavy or sharp items are placed on it.
What are moms saying?: “The kid-friendly side is adorable, and my son uses his for a built-in racetrack all the time.” - Claire
Bottomline: Both a modern and kid-friendly mat that is easy to store and clean.
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Here’s the deal: Toki Mats are a beautiful addition to your baby’s playtime routine. They are soft, comfortable, easy to move, and don’t take up a large footprint. The mats are perfect for tummy time, general play, and can easily be used outside.
Material: Certified non-toxic latex foam and 100% cotton fabric cover; certified organic latex foam insert and certified organic 100% cotton fabric cover.
Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 1 inches
Price: $145 - $195
Love it: Thick and comfortable play mat, wide array of colors and designs to choose from, easy to fold and store or travel with, has two toy loops at the seams, and machine washable.
Not so much: Smaller play space and cannot be wiped clean like foam play mats.
What are moms saying?: “I’m obsessed with our play mat, it’s so comfortable and I love the design.” - Anna
Bottomline: Playful mat in lovely designs that are one of the softest mats out there.
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Here’s the deal: Ruggish mats were created to have the look of a designer rug but with the feeling of a play mat. They are reversible with an interactive play mat when flipped over, perfect for you growing tot.
Material: Non-toxic foam, free from BPA, Phthalate, Lead, Latex, Formaldehyde and EVA
Dimensions: 56 x 84 x .5 inches
Love it: Multiple designs, durable, easy to wipe clean, reversible, and large footprint.
Not so much: Furniture and sharp objects can pierce the foam or leave permanent impressions.
What are moms saying?: “I love how this mat is two sided. It looks great in our apartment with the rug design and we flip it over almost daily to play with the map side.” - Jessica
Bottomline: Comfortable, good looking play mat with a kid friendly design.
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