Best play mat
June 14, 2019

It’s amazing how fast babies grow. One minute, you’re watching them like a hawk and cheering as they try to roll over for the first time; the next, they’re crawling around like little speed demons, eager to play with anything and everything. It’s an exciting time, but it can also get a little bit nerve-wracking — turn your head for a minute and your baby or toddler might be moving on to the next colorful curiosity. Luckily, a play mat can satisfy both your child’s blossoming imagination and your need for peace of mind (not to mention the opportunity to sit in one place for a minute).

The name “play mat” is actually a little bit deceptive, because these are not just small pieces of carpet meant for self-entertainment. These days, play mats are basically smart technology disguised as colorful decor. They are designed by experts who really know what stimulates children in positive, productive ways, helping educate and occupy their minds while also enticing them to stay in one place for a little while. A good play mat is a win-win for parents, who want to see their babies and toddlers learn and have fun while also staying safe and enhancing their focus.

As with just about every product for babies and toddlers, though, the options for play mats can be absolutely overwhelming — if you don’t have a guide. At MASSE, we’re here to help you find the right play mat for your child while avoiding all the confusion and anxiety that can come with shopping for childhood development products. Our recommendations come from real parents who have really used the play mat with their children, and you know that parents are very serious about the items they buy and what kind of advice they give to other parents. We don’t allow sponsored posts or paid reviews, either so you don’t have to worry about being led in the wrong direction.

With so many different kinds of play mats, from simple and aesthetically pleasing to more advanced stimulation systems filled with educational toys, you definitely will want to read closely to find the play mat that works best for you.

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The Play Gym
$140.00
Lovevery
2
Pingko and Friends Large Play Mat
$125.95
Baby Care
3
Playspot Foam Play Mat
$78.99
Skip Hop
4
Gym Mat - Folding Play Mat
$209.95
Baby Care
5
Lulu Play Rug
$199.00
Ruggish
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The Play Gym

$140.00By: Lovevery
It’s never too early to start playing or learning! Lovevery’s The Play Gym play mat is equal parts stimulating and exciting for babies 0-12 months old. It was designed by early childhood development experts to not only be fun, but teach infants and young toddlers some of the most important early lessons. Its “development zones” help little ones learn how things feel, how to make certain sounds, and about hiding and finding. It’s easy to set up, too! MASSE parents really love it for both the lessons it provides and the fact that they last a full year. And as one parent said, “afterwards, it can be used as a little fort,” so this really is a play mat worth investing in!
Baby Care makes some of the softest and safest play mats out there for babies and toddlers, who, if you can believe it, tend to roll, tumble, and flop in every which way during play time. The Pingko and Friends play mat is also super-educational, as it teaches children about both animals and the alphabet. One MASSE parent raves that these are the absolute best play mats, and they’re so sturdy that they still look brand new while on its second go-round with child number two.
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Playspot Foam Play Mat

$78.99By: Skip Hop
There are few play mats as gorgeous or ingenious as Skip Hop’s Playspot Foam Play Mat. Let’s face it: Baby products may be adorable, but they’re not often all that aesthetically pleasing. And so while you’re obviously beyond thrilled to make your home the most comfortable and nourishing environment possible for your baby, sometimes you want to keep just a little bit of your sense of style. This play mat is subtly colored and can be pieced together in many different ways to create a large array of patterns. It fits rooms of all sizes and provides a soft, gentle spot for your child (not to mention your eyes).
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Gym Mat - Folding Play Mat

$209.95By: Baby Care
Baby Care’s Folding Play Mat is a bit of a marvel. It’s got 11 layers of high-density foam, yet measures just 1.6 inches thick, making for a super-soft and dense play mat that is very safe for your littlest ones. It also folds right up in a matter of seconds so that when playtime is over, cleanup is a cinch. “Our living room still looks like a living room largely because of it,” writes one MASSE user, and honestly, that’s enough to make this play mat a must-have for parents.
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Lulu Play Rug

$199.00By: Ruggish
If you’re looking to maintain the appearance of a tidy, aesthetically on-point home even as raising your baby is creating all the typical (and to be clear, adorable and beloved) chaos, Ruggish’s Lulu Play Rug is a great way to create that illusion. It’s basically a soft, baby-friendly play mat with memory foam build disguised as a designer rug, with a cute track design for slightly older children on the backside. MASSE users point out how easy they are to wipe down (crucial!) and the fact that they’re incredibly comfortable for kids, too.