When your little one transitions from cuddly baby to a curious and playful crawler, it is necessary for him or her to have a safe and soft area for play. Most of today’s large baby play mats provide a soft spot for your little ones to play on, in addition to looking good on your floor. Many of them are made from rubber or foam. They are designed as a single piece or with pull-apart tiles (great for replacing a damaged section). The floor mats are also cushy, lessening the impact of any tumbles as the baby learns to balance and coordinate.
They all work great under a teepee play tent!
Of great importance to note is that floor mats, unlike playmats don’t have toys attached. Nevertheless, they encourage the development of gross motor skills by providing a soft landing. Some even have puzzles, which help your baby develop hand-eye coordination when pulling out shapes and putting them back. Play mats for little ones vary in terms of size, toxic ingredients, cushioning, function, price and durability.
All the large baby mats we have reviewed on our primer are not only of high quality but they are also from leading brands. Some of them help strengthen your child’s neck, head and upper body muscles.
Stylish Baby Play Mat with Easy Assembly
What we like: If you prefer sleek aesthetics in your home, this mat can only add to that thanks to the muted colors and geometric patterns on this baby play mat. You can move the triangular pieces around and achieve a look that’s appealing to you, or engaging to your baby. You can even interlock another mat, to cover more ground when needs be, without having to buy a new and larger one altogether. However, due to them being so easy to put together, the same goes for pulling apart, so you must be extra vigilant that that doesn’t happen too much.
In one package, you get 32 edges and 40 triangular interlocking tiles. The tiles interlock like a puzzle, and you can arrange them in a variety of patterns like zigzag, stripes, squares and many more. You only need to swipe a baby wipe to clean these soft surfaces. You can get a set from three contemporary color palettes, which compliments most decors.
- Item weight- 5.75 lbs
- Dimensions – 70” * 56”, 3/8 inch thick
Extra-Thick Baby Play Mat with Multiple Designer Options
What we like: This extra-thick play mat feels squishier on the underfoot, as well as makes it more difficult for babies to pull apart. A constant feature with these high-quality baby play mats is their thickness. At 5/8 inches, they are less likely to come apart as easy as others might. Also, it has sloped edges to reduce the chances of you or the baby tripping while entering or leaving the mat.
These floor mats come in a wide variety of colors and themes, including but not limited to flower, animals, and nautical. If that’s not enough, you have the option of modifying the design to something you like. You can drag tiles around, with chosen colors, names, borders, drawings and die-cut shapes. However, that takes about 1 to 2 weeks for SoftTiles to make a mat you’ll love. Still, the default options from the onset are good enough for most people.
- Item weight- 13.67 lbs
- Dimensions – 78” * 78”, 5/8 inch thick
Non-Toxic Baby Play Mat with EVA Foam Material
You can get this play mat in small or large size and in a bunch of designs, colors, and patterns. You can even buy multiple sets and connect them without any issues. Each tile is about 24” squared, neatly packaged in a see-through plastic zippered bag. From the onset, you can anticipate its quality as you clutch onto the bag’s handles. The tiles are thick, making them super soft and cushioned. It hardly has an odor; which cannot be said for many other alternatives. This lack of scent can be attributed to the material not having non-toxic substances.
There are two ways on how to assemble the tiles. The first method creates a play area that’s about 5 by 7 feet. The alternative approach is to have the large square tiles as the floor, and those on the edges as little walls. However, this does not confine the baby to the space but tries to keep everything manageable, like rolling toys getting out of reach. The mat fabric is easy to clean and has a slight texture, which makes it relatively slip-free.
- Item weight- 7.5 lbs
- Dimensions – 84” * 60”, 1/2 inch thick
Easy to Clean Baby Play Mat with Reversible Pattern
These playmats have an excellent concept of being completely reversible. You will get one pattern on one side, and a different one on the other. This versatility makes it great for when you feel like switching things up, albeit cheaply. Unlike many others in this list, this mat does not have interlocking blocks to deal with, and since it’s a single unit, you won’t have to worry about pieces falling out and getting lost.
The foam is thick and soft. It comes rolled, like a regular rug, and takes a couple of days for all corners to settle flat on the floor. The edges are tapered for safety, it’s waterproof, and is easy to clean. Unlike most other mats, you can use a vacuum cleaner to get any mess sorted because no pieces come out. The foam cushioning is super soft and absorbent. Its also durable and color does not fade. Overall, everything from the reversible pattern design, durability, and softness make it a good recommendation.
- Item weight- 14 lbs
- Dimensions – 84” * 55”, 1/2 inch thick
Easy To Clean Baby Play Mat with Multiple Patterns Combo
This mat is specially designed for children over three years old. It is lighter than most when looking at it in terms of weight to area ratio. Each piece interlocks with others, so the size you want to have is only dependent on how many sections you have. Consequently, you can use it ion your child’s playroom, daycare, or exercise are because of its robustness. Children will have early sensory interaction putting together the puzzles and making unique shapes day in day out.
All pieces are larger than an inch, so less of a choking hazard. You can choose a set from a myriad of options, and you are certain to find what you like. Each set comes with 16 tiles and the same number of edges.
- Item weight- 3 lbs
- Dimensions – 54” * 55”, 2/5 inch thick
Affordable Baby Play Mat with Many Shapes & Colors
Considering its price, this product is the real deal. This mat is a classic alphabet playmat, with removable and colourful letters and numbers. You child will enjoy interlocking the pieces in the correct order, as well as get plenty of tummy time and fun. Your knees and elbows will be grateful for having this mat too.
The package contains 36 interlocking tiles, each measuring 1 foot in length and width. There are also 24 border pieces, giving you the freedom to expand the mat to the largest size possible by adding more. Out of the box, its design sure takes some time to figure out, but its all worth it, when you consider how engaged your child will be. You can spell names, put it in virtually any shape, and create sequences. Alternatively, you can choose the shapes and color variant, which has cute patterns and texture.
- Item weight- 5.3 lbs
- Dimensions – 72” * 72”, 1/2 inch thick
Non-Slip Baby Playing Mat with Noise Insulation
The vibrant colors and numbers on this mat are a sure way of keeping your baby engaged. It encourages them to move around and start crawling. This cushioned mat protects your kid against hard falls when they topple over. It’s claimed an egg dropped from 10 feet towards the Baby Care play mat doesn’t break. This play mat is free of any toxic substances like BPA and phthalate. It is waterproof and easy to clean. It also insulates against noise and stays put on hardwood floors or carpets.
This mat also rolls up effortlessly, making it easy to take on your travels, or when storing. Its design makes it easy to clean, as well. When out of its packaging, you can rest easy knowing that your baby is stimulated and cushioned, as they discover the world around them. The large version can comfortably accommodate two little ones, thereby bonding and growing in a cocoon of safety. Its also reversible, with educative illustrations on one side, and aesthetic designs on the other.
- Item weight- 17 lbs
- Dimensions – 82” * 55”, 1/2 inch thick
Portable Baby Play Mat with Comfy Plush Padding
This play mat stands out for having numerous pieces built into the quilted surface. It even has different surface textures and things to grab like crinkly foxtail, a hook-on mirror and a built-in ring which you can attach toys to. Perhaps its best feature is its portability since you only have to fold and you’re good to go. It also has a nice, soft padding, and is spacious enough for your baby to crawl and roll around, as you lie beside them.
On the surface, one can see it has a lot of pieces on it. Nevertheless, its even machine washable, unlike other that offer less engagement, but need a lot of maintenance. There’s even a carrot teether, showing how Tiny Love is all about growth and development. The brands focus with this mat is to nurture skills, develop cognition, emotional intelligence and delight your baby’s senses.
- Item weight- 1.96 lbs
- Dimensions – 35” * 59”, 1 inch thick
Water Resistant Baby Play Mat with Colorful Scenes
Your little one will enjoy tumbling and crawling on this reversible play mat. It is decked out in a picturesque woodland scene with friendly animals. On the opposite side, you have a neutral grey color that blends to any décor. It rolls up easily for when you need to store it or travel with. Also, it’s super soft and waterproof, making it easy to clean.
It’s also available in square or road patterns. Bbluv is comparatively new to the market but has quickly risen in rank in babies’ accessories. It’s no wonder their ultra cushy playmat makes it to this list. The material used is flexible for comfort and security. This play mat is free of toxic chemicals
- Item weight- 5.5 lbs
- Dimensions – 55” * 39”, 2/5 inch thick
Durable Baby Play Mat with an Innovative Design
This is one of the largest play mats in the market today. Still, it’s surprisingly light and easily rolls up to take with you. It’s made of EVA foam that’s also easy to clean. Newborns will appreciate its bright colors. You can as well use it for general purposes on picknicks and the likes since it is quite sturdy. It’s definitely better than a blanket or sheet when dealing with sticks and twigs on the picknick area. This mat is ideal for any room, whether in your home or school.
You can teach your child to move objects to certain buildings on the play area, through the busy streets of the town. Thanks to its large surface area, up to three kids can play on it at the same time.
- Item weight- 2 lbs
- Dimensions – 78” * 46”, 1/2 inch thick