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A Detailed Baby Play Mat Buying Guide

Baby play mats are absolutely essential purchases for expecting parents-to-be, yet for some reason, a lot of people leave it too late when purchasing their mats. Rather than purchasing baby play mats at the same time as all of the other baby essentials, they instead wait until their baby has been born, and is just starting to become mobile. Looking after a newborn baby is a fulltime job in itself, so finding the time to compare baby mats online, or head out to the shops to pick one up, will be far more hassle than it would need to be. Ideally you should purchase your baby play mat before the arrival of your tiny bundle of joy, but which mat should you get? Well, like most things in life nowadays, buying baby play mats can be a lot more complicated than it needs to be, which is where we come into the fold. Below you will find a detailed buying guide looking at everything you need to know about buying a baby play mat. So, without any further ado, let’s talk babies, and let’s talk play mats.

Bestseller No. 1
MiniDream Baby Musical Jumbo Playmat Activity Gym - Beige
29 Reviews
MiniDream Baby Musical Jumbo Playmat Activity Gym - Beige
  • Luxuriously Padded, super soft materials, Machine Washable, Size: Ø90
  • 3 Detachable Hanging Toys with can hang on the car seat, buggies, pushchairs and strollers
  • Easy Set Up, Carry bag included
  • Baby-safe Mirror, Textured fabric with activity toys, rattles, music and mirror
  • Complies with EN71, Suitable from Birth
SaleBestseller No. 2
Baby Play Mat child activity foam floor soft kid eductaional toy gift gym crawl - 200 x 180cm
41 Reviews
Baby Play Mat child activity foam floor soft kid eductaional toy gift gym crawl - 200 x 180cm
  • ❤Safe, Soft & Comfortable Made from Durable, Non-Toxic Fabric Educational, Moisture-proof Seamless One Piece Mat
  • ❤The soft mat is hygienic and safe for babies and children to play
  • ❤ Practical Water-proof mat can use a soft damp cloth to clean easily .
  • ❤Size: 200cm(L) x 180cm(W) x 0.6cm(Thickness) / 78.7"x 71"x 0.23"
  • ❤Material: PE cotton ,pattern:Giraffe
SaleBestseller No. 3
Tiny Love Super Mat - Sunny Mat
610 Reviews
Tiny Love Super Mat - Sunny Mat
  • Extra-large developmental playground with multiple indoor/outdoor uses
  • Suitable from birth to 12 months and features seven activities to support baby's development
  • Stimulates baby's senses, cognitive and motor skills
  • Folds to a compact size, carry handle for easy transportation
  • Dimensions: 150 x 100 cm and washable at 30 degrees Celsius
Bestseller No. 4
SURREAL (SM) 3 in 1 Baby Piano Play Gym PlayMat Music and Lights - Green
5 Reviews
SURREAL (SM) 3 in 1 Baby Piano Play Gym PlayMat Music and Lights - Green
  • Three Functions: • Entertainment time • Piano function • Color lights Intelligence Development
  • Promote muscle development and color recognition, Mat Dimensions: 32.5 x 20 Inches approximately
  • Hand-eye coordination, six-months-old babies can sit and play the hanging ring bell, which will train grasping capability and flexibility of babies small hands
  • Tooth development, the hanging ring bell can be dismounted for playing, and bobies also can nibble of teething gel on the ring bell
  • Auditory development, when babies tap on the piano keys, it will send out the sound of different music and thus stimulate babies' sense of hearing
SaleBestseller No. 5
Galt Toys Large Playmat, Farm
99 Reviews
Galt Toys Large Playmat, Farm
  • Soft, padded multi-sensory playmat for baby
  • Farm animal design
  • Size 100 x 100 cm, pack dimensions: 26 x 42 x 8 cm
  • Colour-multi

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Things to consider when buying a baby play mat – As mentioned, though you may think that all play mats were created equally, in actual fact, they aren’t. Baby play mats vary hugely from manufacturer to manufacturer, so it is essential that you know what you’re looking for beforehand. Here are some things you will need to consider when buying a baby play mat.

Foam or fabric – Before going any further, it’s important that you know the difference between foam and fabric play mats. Well, one is made from foam, and the other is made from fabric. There that was easy. Only kidding, as there is a lot more to consider. Foam play mats are ideal for young babies and toddlers that are mobile, who often manage to fall over and bump themselves. This is because foam play mats offer a layer of cushion and padding, making them the more popular option. Fabric play mats are generally odourless, but offer far less padding and protection. They are however, easier to pack away than foam mats. Some people get the best of both worlds and opt for foam and fabric.

Folding mats – Folding mats, as the name implies, are thick padded mats that fold open and closed. When closed, they have two straps like you would find on a bag, making transportation a great deal easier. Simply fold the mat open when required, and when not in use, just fold it closed.

Size – Different playing mats come in different sizes, and again, this is something you need to consider. Not only do you need to consider the size of your baby, you also need to consider the size of your home. Large play mats will take up a lot of room in your home, and could make it look cluttered, and even pose trip hazards. If you go for a mat that is too small however, your baby may simply crawl off and go play somewhere else, making the mat pointless. Ideally your mat should cover an area roughly twice the size of your baby. This is not only for freedom and movement, it is also for safety purposes.

Price – The price is also something that will need to be considered, as different mats come at different prices. Don’t just look for the cheapest mats you can find, but at the same time, don’t assume that expensive is always the best route to go. Compare prices and see what you can find.

Design – The design is also well worth considered, as you can get mats in different colours, with different patterns, and different designs. Try to choose something that will appeal to, and stimulate, your child.

3 of the best baby play mats currently on the market

Now that we’ve looked at a few things to consider before buying a baby play mat, let’s now look at 3 popular mats currently on the market:

Edz Kids interlocking foam play mat set – Up first we have the Edz kids interlocking foam play mat set. With an 18 piece pastel set, this play mat is ideal for those of you with a large amount of space to utilize. The play mat is made from quality EVA foam, each tile is a unique bold colour, each tile is 32cm x 32cm x 1cm, and the set is perfect for protecting your floor, whilst keeping your child safe and happy in the process.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Edz Kidz Interlocking Foam Play Mat Set (18 Piece Pastel)
134 Reviews
Edz Kidz Interlocking Foam Play Mat Set (18 Piece Pastel)
  • Made from EVA foam
  • Protects your floor and creates a soft play area
  • Each tile is 32 x 32 x 1cm
  • NOT recommended for kids under 3 years
  • Total pack size is 92 x 184cm
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
60*60CM SQ FT 8PCS Outdoor/Indoor Protective Soft Eva Interlocking Foam Mat Tiles Floor Mats for Gym, Play Area, Exercise, Yoga (Pink)
12 Reviews
60*60CM SQ FT 8PCS Outdoor/Indoor Protective Soft Eva Interlocking Foam Mat Tiles Floor Mats for Gym, Play Area, Exercise, Yoga (Pink)
  • 100% Safe and Healthy for Baby
  • Water Resistant & Non-slip;Easy to Clean
  • Bright & Vivid Colours;with contrasting edging strips
  • Color :Miego/Olivine /Pink/ Red /Yellow /Blue /Green/ Black etc.(Colorful Mats means Red+Yellow+ Blue+Green)
  • Great for use as Exercise Mats, for Yoga, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Schools, Playgroups, Business use in Tradeshows, exhibitions, etc.

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Tiny Love Super Mat – Next up we have this Sunny mat design from Tiny Love. The mat is full of bright and vivid colours, with a series of images of colourful animals, bright suns, and natural scenes depicted on a bright and colourful background. Suitable for children aged 12 months and above, this play mat folds away to a compact size for easy storage. It is 150cm x 100cm, it features carry handles for transportation, and it can even be washed at 30 degrees C for optimal health and hygiene.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Tiny Love Super Mat - Sunny Mat
610 Reviews
Tiny Love Super Mat - Sunny Mat
  • Extra-large developmental playground with multiple indoor/outdoor uses
  • Suitable from birth to 12 months and features seven activities to support baby's development
  • Stimulates baby's senses, cognitive and motor skills
  • Folds to a compact size, carry handle for easy transportation
  • Dimensions: 150 x 100 cm and washable at 30 degrees Celsius
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Tiny Love Gymini Monkey Island
41 Reviews
Tiny Love Gymini Monkey Island
  • Suitable from birth to 12 months and stimulates baby's senses, fine and gross motor skills
  • Colourful play mat with two collapsible arches for dual play option: tummy-time/overhead play
  • Tap & play stand-alone monkey with sound and light effects
  • Tummy-time pillow and mirror for extended upper body exercise and independent head lifting
  • Required 3 x AAA batteries (not included)

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Galt Toys Large Farm Play mat – Finally, the last mat we’ll be looking at today is the Galt Toys large farm play mat. This mat is a multi-sensory, padded play mat with a colourful farmyard design that is sure to appeal to babies of both genders. At 100cm x 100cm, it is spacious, without taking up too much room. It even offers various textures and sounds for your child to explore.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Galt Toys Large Playmat, Farm
99 Reviews
Galt Toys Large Playmat, Farm
  • Soft, padded multi-sensory playmat for baby
  • Farm animal design
  • Size 100 x 100 cm, pack dimensions: 26 x 42 x 8 cm
  • Colour-multi
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Alphabet and Numbers Soft Foam Playmat
1 Reviews
Alphabet and Numbers Soft Foam Playmat
  • Easy to clean slip-resistant surface
  • Help children learn to count, read and learn colours
  • Perfect as a playmat, indoors and outdoors
  • Includes A to Z, 0-9 with pop-out letters and numbers
  • Toy

Last update on 2017-06-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API