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You’d be forgiven for leaving a baby play mat off your baby shower wish list. Let’s face it, with a pram, a cot and a car seat to think about, a baby play mat seems pretty far down the priority list.
But take it from any mum who’s ‘been there’, a play mat for indoor play is just about one of the most important things you can buy if you want your newborn to build strength during tummy time, rest on while you pop the kettle on - or play on when you’re looking for a safe, clean and non-toxic spot to set up their toy corner.
Its also so handy when your baby starts crawling to protect their gorgeous knees and can even double up for mums pilates mat!
A durable, chic and easy-to-clean baby play mat will be your new best friend, from the newborn stage to toddler hood and beyond. You should make sure your baby play mat is durable and offers plenty of support, such as shock absorption for babies with a clunky new walk! You also make sure it’s easy to clean because I hate to break it to you, but you’re going to be cleaning it A LOT. Like, all the time.
Here’s what you need to look for in a good play mat: Read more below...
If the play mat is designed to keep your newborn occupied, or provide a safe surface in which to practice their kicking or their tummy time, you’re going to want something that’s easy to clean the drool and vomit you’re bound to endure. Likewise if your toddler is going to put a play mat through its paces, you’re going to want one that can handle having food rubbed into it - and maybe even the addition of the occasional Crayola artwork. Ideally you want something waterproof and that can be wiped-clean.
We all know of the Scandi bare-minimum look that’s so in right now. Gone are the days of brightly coloured zoo-covered playmats everywhere you look. Now your Instagram feed is no doubt chock full of nurseries with play mats in more neutral, earthy tones. Plenty of different brands and price brackets are offering up Scandi-style play mats to complement any nursery space. Just make sure they’re child-friendly, too!
With the potential of texta-prodding, tough shoes roughing up the surface and constant cleaning on the cards, it’s important to ensure your play mat can handle anything. Make sure your play-mat will stand up against colour-fade and is made from a material that can withstand a toddler’s might.
Shock absorption is an important factor when it comes to play mats, because as the clunky walk starts to take off, so to does the impact to their legs and feet! A well-padded play mat will provide a soft landing for any spills and save the knees of any adults indulging in a little play time, too!
No doubt babies and toddlers will choose their play mat to wrap their lips around at some point, so it’s important to ensure the mat is free from any nasty chemicals or additives such as PVC and BPA and is also hypoallergenic.
As your baby begins to move, so to does your play mat! It’s important to choose something that’s not too big and heavy to move from room to room, so that you always have a safe space to rest your baby, with the satisfaction that won’t be able to get into too much trouble!
The pioneer of minimalist style baby play mats, Little Wiwa offers soft, stylish, and luxurious play mats to suit any home. Versatile and elegant, the range of sizing allows you to choose the perfect-sized playmat for your home.
Little Wiwa don’t just offer playmats - they offer award-winning playmats, earning over 1200 5-star reviews since the launching their play mats to the public in 2018. Currently they are in the homes of 50,000+ minimalist-loving people around the world.
Earlier this March, Little Wiwa dove into Japandi aesthetics through an exclusive collaboration with iconic Japanese character, Doraemon! We can’t wait to check out what awaits their future collections!
Reversible with simple and elegant designs, Little Wiwa waterproof mats are non-toxic and thickly padded for the safety of your children. With its thick shock-absorbent cushioning, they provide a safety guard and comfort for tummy time support of our little adventurers, even as they learn to crawl, walk and play, without intrusion to the aesthetics of any existing home decor. Boasting timeless Scandinavian principles, they come in neutral colour ways and complete the look of any contemporary home seamlessly.
“My only regret is not buying one sooner. Bub has just turned 5 months and loves tummy time and commando crawling on the mat. It’s so soft if he accidentally rolls a bit too abruptly it doesn’t bother him at all, we love it.” - Chloe K, 16/02/2022
“We love our Little Wiwa playmats, this is our second one and equally as happy with it as we were four years ago! I still think a quality playmat is one of the best investments, makes tummy time so much more enjoyable and can use it into the toddler years for a place to craft and play, we even use ours to lie on or do yoga. I really love the new herringbone patterns, looks just like a rug and somehow makes the lounge less cluttered with all the toys about.” - Aneeka T, 17/05/2022
Grace & Maggie Playmats are the play mat all rounders! Chic, durable and loved by kids, the hardest part is choosing a size and style!
Long gone are the days of playmats adorned with brightly coloured animals, clowns and letters! What the world is loving is contemporary, minimalistic designs that encourage a clear, uncluttered play space, where baby’s minds can be free to explore without feeling overwhelmed. This calming play space will then make way for imaginative play, all the while looking and feeling like it fits perfectly within the space you’ve so lovingly designed.
Grace & Maggie playmats have been lovingly designed with parents and children in mind, creating a flow for blended living spaces. The multi-use mats are hard wearing and double as a supportive base for tummy time or at-home workouts alike.
Being double-sided, Grace & Maggie playmats allow you to showcase a chosen side based on your mood or the style of play! This is also great if you have children with different play styles, and want to play trucks driving on the ‘Baby Driver’ side, or hold a classroom or ballet studio on the patterned side!
That would have to be the Baby Driver / Boho Large Playmat.
The look of a decorative rug, with the safety features of a soft, waterproof activity mat. Since it’s production in 2018, this playmat has sold out either before or shortly after restock.
[Review of Baby Driver / Boho Large Playmat] “Perfect rectangle size for a medium or large sized room. The boho print with the baby driver on the flip side is the perfect combination of prints, I've not seen any other company do this and is the reason I chose this brand. Switching from fun to calming in an instant depending on baby's mood and play. Packaging was thought out well.” - Katrina K, 28/01/2022
[Review of Run Forrest / Grey Large Playmat] “This was the most well received gift that I have ever given. It was recommended to me by a friend who loved the product for her own Bub. I would highly recommend purchasing it as a gift and will look to spoil my new baby cousin with more Maggie and Grace products. Fantastic quality and beautiful around the home.” - Emily T, 20/10/2021
Rugabub Play Mats are made of the utmost sustainable and 100% non-toxic material available to the industry. The next-level innovative TPU foam used has been extensively tested to comply with, and exceed International Safety Standards. The brand even displays their own Safety Report on the website. As parents, our children’s health & safety is priority. We care about our own children, and the world that we leave behind for them, which is the reason for the highly sustainable products offered by Rugabub. Not only that, but they have also created safe play mats that allows you as a parent, to show off your beautiful home, furniture, artwork and creative space; a play mat that can improve the visual appeal of your space as well as your decorative elements - and make for a fun, safe place for your kids to play - too!
Rugabub care about you, your child’s safety, and the environment!
They designed all of their play mats to look like designer rugs. Their designs are timeless and simple, but still carry with them just a hint of sophistication in the most stylish and chic manner. They do this by keeping the designs neutral enough to go with anything.
Rather than just ADDING a play mat to your home because you need one for your child, choosing a Rugabub Play Mat that's designed to be a part of, and complement the look of your home is ideal - and benefits everyone! Being double-sided means you can adjust the look the play mat brings to your home by simply flipping it over.
Inspired by Swedish minimalism, and brand new to One Fine Baby, Lillefolk Play Mats feature hand-illustrated designs and create an inviting play space for your nursery - or anywhere in your home. We are so excited to have these gorgeous, functional and comfortable play mats available on site in three stunning designs. The only trouble is, which one to choose?
Unlike other play mats that stay put all the time as they're too big to be rolled up an stored away when not being used, Lillefolk Play Mats are created from six 60x60cm tiles that are placed together to create one big play mat. Want it even bigger? No problem. A three tile 'booster pack' will ensure your play mat grows even larger. The best bit is, when playtime is over, the mat can simply be disassembled, tiles stacked on top of each other and stored away in a space that takes up no more than 60x60cm.
Lillefolk tiles are 100% waterproof - hooray! They can be wiped clean and are made from a non-toxic EVA foam, which is also Free from PVC, BPA, phthalates, heavy metals, and lead. There are also no loose edges attached to the play mat, so no choking hazard for your little one.
"Absolutely gorgeous, looks like a rug in my living room without the worry of baby drool and food ruining it. Definitely want to purchase more and would love to see more designs in the foam tile style." Hannah G, 24 August 2021
"Being new grandparents there were plenty of items we needed, but the floor mat has been one of the nicest purchases. Our floors are tile and this mat provides cushion for baby's floor playtime. We put a blanket over the mat and our granddaughter loves playing under her mobile. When she goes home, it breaks apart easily and is easy to store." - KJTK, 30 June 2020
New to One Fine Baby, we are absolutely in love with these play mats from Marmalade Lion! Our new favourite play mats - perfect for indoor and outdoor use (thanks to their patented waterproof eco-friendly fabric), these play mats are super soft and super versatile, every detail has been considered to make your life easier.
The thick, soft memory foam means these play mats have a huge number of uses, and will easily become one of your favourite baby products - perfect for napping, ‘tummy time’, learning to roll, crawl and beyond. It is body temperature activated so it keep your baby superiorly supported no matter what the beneath surface is. Use in the nursery, bathroom, backyard, the park, the beach, anywhere!
Choose from a huge range of prints (the covers remove for easy washing!), and two different sizes (100cm and Super 145cm), there's a size and print to suit every home.
"This is the second mat I have purchased from Marmalade Lion - I love them so much! We have the super activity mat for home and purchased the standard size for taking out and about with us. They are such beautiful quality/soft and love the prints. The covers are easy to take off and put in the washing machine." - Jenna Rogers, via marmaladelion.com.au
"I’m thrilled with my activity mat. The crystals pattern is colourful and photogenic and the memory foam mat is essential for both my baby and my knees on our wooden floorboards! Just washed the cover and it was easy to remove, wash, dry and put back on - the whole thing is well made and of high quality." - Hannah, via marmaladelion.com.au
The stunning play mats from Mikro Australia offer hours of double-sided fun. The chic designs will fit well within any nursery or home, as they provide a cushioned play space that can be easily wiped clean - and look great time and time again!
"So happy with our Mikro rug. We have 1 from our 3 year old that he still uses every day for play dough and painting and everything. Recently had a newborn and got another one because our 3 year old still uses so much he would never give it up, know are so useful for tummy time, under the high chair to minimise mess, floor play and arts and crafts. The geo latte suits the aesthetic of our home. Very happy customer both times." - Briony Y, 2 August 2021
We are huge fans of Designer Bums at One Fine Baby! A regular at our Sydney and Melbourne Baby Fairs, Designer Bums are hot property, attracting huge crowds for their range of modern cloth nappies, smocks, play mats and more.
Designer Bums was born out of a need for stylish and high-quality nappies that wouldn’t harm the environment. They are conscious about reducing landfill and creating products that are gentle on babies and the planet, and it’s carried through to all aspects of their business. They use the highest quality OEKO-TEX and GOTS certified materials available that are eco-focused, natural and organic where possible and free of toxins, and their packaging is fully biodegradable or compostable, plant-based packaging.
Everything Designer Bums produces has sustainability at the heart – from their origins with reusable nappies, to organic cotton bedlinen, to wet bags, smocks, play mats and now reusable sanitary pads, Carla is committed to educating others without guilt and with products that make it fun to be eco-conscious and bring joy to mundane parenting tasks. Designer Bums also supports over 15 different charities – truly a business for good!
"We bought the highland cows playmat in the last release and are absolutely amazed at the quality. We’ve been using cloth nappies and related products for over 2years but this is our first Designer Bums purchase and can safely say that we are converts (even my partner is asking about the next release). The fabric is amazing quality, the prints are lush and the mat is very loved by both our children. To the extent that our oldest now wants one for her room. The original mat that we purchased originally did have a slight flaw and I hesitantly send an enquiry about it. At which, the DB team graciously calmed my nerves and sent me a replacement that arrived in 2 days. I seriously cannot fault the product, the company or the customer service!" Jess H - Verified Designer Bums Customer
Munchkin and Bear's best-selling, designer Luxe Play Mats are loved in over 30,000 homes across Australia, New Zealand and the UK and protect little ones from birth to beyond (whether that be for tummy time with Mum and Dad, learning to roll, sit, crawl and even gymnastics practice or yoga!). Regularly described as a baby must have, they are non-toxic, waterproof, wipe-clean, reversible, ultra thick and soft and super durable. Perfect for family time & play time! It's so squishy, comfy, very stylish and durable. Another #babymusthave item.
Munchkin and Bear are the originators of the designer play mat category and have become a must have product for new parents. Since launching 4 1/2 years ago, their best-selling Luxe Play Mats are used daily in over 30,000 homes across Australia and they are in hot demand Globally! Their one piece playmats are designed for play time in safety and style! Munchkin & Bear delivers the widest range of designs and styles on the market and they work closely with interior designers to ensure each new Luxe Play Mat is perfect for house-proud parents. Their Luxe Play Mats are also as safe as they are stylish! They are non-toxic (PVC free), waterproof, wipe-clean, reversible, ultra thick and soft and super durable, thanks to the squishy memory foam core. But Munchkin & Bear proudly calls themselves "much more than just a play mat company". With kindness and community at the centre of everything they do, this female-founded and run Brisbane business actively supports nearly 60,000 new mothers online, has a "School-Gate Policy" allowing their staff to work 9.30am - 2.30pm (so they can be there for pickup and drop off every day), plus they have donated over $15,000 to charity last year alone!
"I recently purchased a mat and absolutely love it! It's great quality and really soft. It's very generous in sizing and the patterns are very modern. I have zero regrets and am considering another one for our second lounge room. They are also very reasonably priced for the exceptional quality that you receive. In addition, a note was included regarding how tough being a parent can be and it was such a lovely added gesture. I placed it on my fridge. Overall the company cares for their products and customers. A very delightful and satisfied customer who will continue to buy these gorgeous play mats. Thank you!" - via munchkinandbear.com.au
"The BEST purchase! By far the best purchase I have made since having bub! My little one is now 15 months old and still plays on his play mat every day. I use his mat to change him on and also now when he has his little "picnic" dinners. We have absolutely loved our mat and I couldn't imagine going through the last 15 months without it. Not only is it amazing for bub when learning how to crawl and walk but it is so comfy and squishy to walk and sit on I have been using it for Yoga and pilates. Thank you so much Munchkin & Bear, 100% would recommend any Mum to purchase." - via munchkinandbear.com.au
Bella Buttercup's product range has a Scandinavian influence using minimalist designs and neutral tones so you won’t need to hide them away for visitors.
Designed by parents for parents, all items in their Quilted Collection contain a water-resistant internal layer, making them both practical and stylish for inside and out of the home.
Their most popular items feature Play Mats, Mini Bar Play Gym and their range of on the go baby changing essentials.
"This playmat is honestly the best thing I have got for my two boys so far. The boho design is stunning, making a simple but effective statement in any room and the car track side is well loved by both my boys. The fact that it is double sided makes you feel like you get two mats in one! The quality is impeccable and it is super easy to clean. We use this mat for everything - I am obsessed with it." - Sophie W, graceandmaggie.com.au
Freddy & Co foam baby play mats are made from non-toxic high quality polyurethane foam (TPU). Free from BPA, Heavy Metals and Pthalates, these play mats are a safe choice for your little one - plus, they come with a wide range of engaging reversible designs!
Undoubtedly the play mats featuring the signature Freddy & Co Road Trip car and town play mat are incredibly popular for little girls and boys! This ultimate car and road play mat is inspired by the founder's own childhood carpet mat. Designed in Australia for the modern home it features familiar places for your little one to explore. These include the farm, airport, police station, parks, schools and hospital. Furthermore, this foam play mat will grow with your child from babyhood right up to pre-school and beyond making this car play mat a great investment. The opposite side of these mats feature a more minimalist, subtle colour, meaning that when your little ones aren't playing on the car and town side of the mat you can showcase the slightly more subtle side.
"Love that there’s a pretty side AND a playful side. Nice and cushy for bubs to lie down on or fall on. Easy to clean and fantastic quality." - Sarag Sgroi, 3 August 2021
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