My baby is rolling around everywhere. He refuses to crawl, but he’ll sit, attempt to stand and roll. Every baby is different I keep hearing. So what do I do about baby rolling onto the hardwood floor? I think it’s time to get a play mat. But, while functional, most play mats are, how can I sugar coat this, ugly. I searched on the internet and read your mommy blogs and these five mats seem to be the best-looking and the most functional. I looked for gray play mats that are reversible, as I did want the option of a “kid friendly” print on the other side. I did not look at any mats/rugs that interlock, as this is not something that appeals to me. I’ve read that sometimes food and dirt can get stuck in between the pieces, something I did not want to deal with. If you’re interested in interlocking play mats, Little Nomad is all the rage. I narrowed it down to my favorites. See which one I decided to go for. And if you’re in the market for a new play mat, I hope this helps!
Baby Care Play Mat
Baby Care Play Mat-This Baby Care mat is reversible, non-toxic, free from phthalate, BPA, lead, latex, formaldehyde, and EVA. It’s waterproof and can easily be cleaned with water or baby wipes. This mat is supposed to feel softer than a yoga mat. The only thing I’m not loving is the pattern on the reverse side. It screams baby’s room and is not for me.
Ofie Mat by Little Bot
Ofie Mat by Little Bot-This mat caught my eye because both sides reverse to a pattern. You can flip the mat depending on your decor and mood. This mat is foam, easy to clean and non-toxic. The Olfie Mat can be rolled up when not in use and reviews say it feels like memory foam. The price is midrange, but on the expensive side. Might be worth it if baby hangs out on it a lot.
Skip Hop Vibrant Village Reversible Waterproof Foam Baby Play Mat
Skip Hop Reversible Foam Play Mat-I like the gray ground and white triangle pattern on this mat. And I LOVE the road print on the opposite side. This Skip Hop mat got great reviews as the price is on the more affordable side. However, I read mixed reviews about the mat feeling too thin. This mat has the thickness of a yoga mat. It’s rollable, lightweight and non-toxic.
Ruggish Play Mat LULU-Style meets function in this play mat. A bestie of mine, who has two children and this exact play mat, introduced Ruggish to me. Every time I visit, I ask about her new rug This one actually looks like a rug. I’m a huge fan of this pattern. Can you tell I like triangles? The flip side is an interactive map that should keep baby busy for at least an hour (fingers crossed). Ruggish play mats are non-toxic and made from memory foam. These mats are thicker than others measuring about 1/2” thick. They are definitely on the pricey side, but from what I’ve seen and read, this should be a good investment.
Lorena Canals Machine Washable Rug-This fun zig zag pattern rug is a good alternative if you’re not looking for foam. What appealed to me is that this rug is machine washable, super soft and I really like the design. I’m bummed about the color selection though. I’m really in the market for a gray rug. The price tag is a bit steep. BUT, worth every penny if you consider the quality and the fact that you can throw the whole thing in the washing machine and call it a day.
Can you guess which one I’m going to order? YES! The Ruggish Play Mat LULU. Not only does this play mat fit my family’s needs (and doubles as a yoga mat, like most play mats), but also, I cannot wait to twin with my one of my besties. Update: I changed my mind on the pattern. Check out the Ruggish Play Mat CALI. Let me know which one works best for you!
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