8 soft play mats for babies on the move

Best baby play mats for 2021 | Mum's Grapevine

The perfect place for tummy time, nappy-free time and tinkering with toys, a play mat is a must-have item for babies on the move. No longer limited to foam alphabet squares, modern baby play mats are being dished up with chic prints and bucket-loads of style that you’ll want to show off.

Whether you’re after a playful addition to the nursery or a luxe new look for the living room floor, there’s a baby play mat style to suit every aesthetic and space.

What to look for when buying a baby play mat

9 perfect baby play mats | Mum's Grapevine

Here are some of the key features to consider when buying the perfect play mat:

Cushioning: To ensure little ones are comfortable investigating their new terrain, look for a padded play mat with ample cushioning for tiny limbs and delicate skin.

Durability: Play mats are the perfect companion for outdoor adventures with bubs in tow – think mornings at the park and day trips to the beach. With that in mind, pick a mat that is sturdy enough to withstand different environments.

Ease of washing: Despite being made for play, anything made for baby is sure to encounter Vegemite smears and a good amount of dribble. Having a mat that washes and dries well means it can be back on the floor in a jiffy.

Waterproof: Because during nappy-free time, ‘wee’ sprinkles are virtually guaranteed! A waterproof play mat wipes clean quickly and protects your precious flooring underneath.

Size: Think about where the baby play mat will ‘live’ when choosing the size. Will it permanently stay in the same spot or is it more likely to be moved from room to room, or even transported in the car? Some soft mats are available in different sizes to suit every family’s needs, with rectangular and round options too.


Best baby play mats for 2021 | Mum's Grapevine

8 play mats for babies and toddlers

To help you find the perfect play mat for your little one, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:

Rudie Nudie

Rudie Nudie Waterproof Play Mats

Rudie Nudie Waterproof Play Mats (from $75)

From the bed to the beach, Rudie Nudie play mats can be enjoyed anywhere. Available in three sizes to suit every age and stage, they come with a soft fabric top and a waterproof base. Best of all, you can toss them in the washing machine at the end of a day’s play.

Sizes: Square 90cm x 90cm / 1.3m x 1.3m / 2.0m x 2.0m
Composition: 100% cotton or polyester top layer
Water-Resistant: Yes


Freddy & Co

Freddy and Co Baby Play Mats

Freddy & Co Baby Play Mats (from $159)

Freddy & Co double-sided play mats are created to see parents right through the baby years and beyond. One side is printed with an educational design for bub to enjoy, while the reverse features a contemporary print that blends perfectly with any room décor.

Sizes: Rectangle 2.0m x 1.4m / Round 1.4m diameter
Composition: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


Marmalade Lion

Marmalade Lion Baby Play Mats

Marmalade Lion Baby Play Mats (from $174)

Thanks to a thick memory-foam insert and non-slip, waterproof backing, Marmalade Lion play mats can be used on most surfaces. The removable and interchangeable covers are illustrated by hand and specially coated for easy clean-ups.

Sizes: Round 1.0m / 1.5m diameter
Composition:  Memory-foam insert with non-toxic, coated cover
Water-Resistant: Yes


Luxe at Play

Luxe at Play Baby Play Mats

Luxe at Play Baby Play Mats (from $109)

Luxury meets functionality in this timeless range of lightweight play mats. With a thick foam core for loads of support, each reversible mat has a hypoallergenic, water-resistant surface and features one-of-a-kind artwork befitting the modern home.

Sizes: Rectangle 1.0m x 1.4m / 2.0m x 1.4m / Round 1.4m diameter
Composition: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


Rugabub

Rugabub play mat

Rugabub Designer Play Mats ($189.95)

Packed with boho vibes, Rugabub’s meticulously crafted baby play mats are as elegant as they are durable. Each double-sided mat is thick, plush and packed with stunning visual details to help keep bubba engaged in tummy time and play.

Sizes: Rectangle 2.0m x 1.4m
Composition: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


Mikró Australia

MIkro Australia Baby Play Mats

Mikró Australia Reversible Baby Play Mats (from $99.99)

The easy-clean finish and reversible design of Mikró play mats is fabulous for families who like to switch up their décor every now and then. Each mat is made using certified non-toxic foam to provide the perfect padding for sweet growing bodies.

Sizes: Rectangle 1.0m x 1.4m / 2.0m x 1.4 /Round 1.4m diameter
Composition: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


Softly Summer

Softly Summer Baby Play Mats

Softly Summer Padded Play Mats (from $109)

From soft and dreamy palms to herringbone prints, there is so much to love about Softly Summer’s collection of padded play mats. Designed in Australia, each is fully reversible, biodegradable and finished with an allergy-friendly surface that’s a cinch to clean.

Sizes: Rectangle 1.0m x 1.4m / 2.0m x 1.4m / Round 1.4m diameter
Composition: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


Munchkin & Bear

Munchkin & Bear Baby Play Mats

Munchkin & Bear Padded Baby Play Mats (from $99.95)

Soft tones and thick padding make award-winning Munchkin & Bear play mats perfect for all ages – even ‘big kids’ perfecting their yoga poses. The shock-absorbent foam core protects and insulates, while the wipe-clean topcoat makes mopping up spills a breeze.

Sizes: Rectangle 1.0m x 1.4m / 2.0m x 1.4m / Round 1.4m diameter
Materials: Non-toxic polyurethane foam
Water-Resistant: Yes


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