baby play mats 2022

The Best Baby Play Mats in AUS in 2022

By Olivia Windsor   |  

A tummy time must-have, stimulate your baby’s imagination and their muscles in one-go with a baby play mat

A tummy time must-have, stimulate your baby’s imagination and their muscles in one-go with a baby play mat. It’s a newborn essential you don’t really know you need straight off the bat and one that we tell all our pregnant friends to put on their shopping lists. Keep reading to find out why you need one, what to look for and our top picks to help you choose the best baby play mat out there.

What is a baby playmat?

A playmat is a piece of padded material that provides a safe space for a newborn baby or small child to play. They are generally made from rubber or foam, or other soft fabrics. These mats are often designed with bright colours, interesting patterns, or various textures to stimulate small children.

Why you need a baby floor mat?

Wondering why you need one still? This safe padded space is where your bubba is going to get their very first workouts in as they strengthen their necks and shoulder muscles and learn to roll over. Bonus reason- it’s also seriously essential for giving you some much needed hands-free time to get s**** done (like brushing your hair in peace!).

Some other important reasons include:

  • Hand-eye coordination: Set up a play gym on top of your mat to get in some hand-eye coordination skills. Your little one will have fun learning to reach for toys resting above them.
  • Motor skill development: Again use a play gym on top of your mat to get in some motor skill practice as they try to grasp onto their toys.
  • Cognitive skills: A colourful mat will stimulate their vision and imagination. Plus, if you’re using the play gym you can also stimulate their sense of touch.

What age to use a play mat?

One of the best things about them is that play mats are safe to use from newborns onwards! At the newborn age, a play mat is best used as a safe place to keep your little one when you want to have some hands-free time. Whilst a newborn baby won’t be rolling around yet, if you set your mat up with an activity gym, the dangling toys will serve to capture their attention and keep them settled. Where these mats really become valuable though is from around the three month old age. At this point it’s safe to start tummy time, although you should aim to keep it short and sweet (like 5 minutes, three times daily). From four months of age, tummy time can go up to an hour and your little one might even start learning to roll over. At the six month old mark, the activity gym will serve useful for helping your child develop their hand-eye coordination as they sit up and try to reach for their toys.

How to choose your baby playmat Australia?

So what exactly should you look for in a baby mat now you know you need one? There’s a few basics to consider including:

  1. Padded play mat: A foam play mat is ideal here. You want something comfy and squishy to cushion your little one as they roll around and protect them from any falls during tummy time.
  2. Waterproof playmat: We don’t mean to be Debbie downers, but babies and mess sort of go together like a bottle of bubbles and oysters. Read - choose waterproof, always! It’ll make life easier and save you time cleaning up any accidents which are bound to happen from time to time.
  3. Bright and bold colours: We say opt for exciting colours that will stimulate your little one’s imagination and interest. However, if you’re wanting to get longevity out of your mat, choose something that will suit their nursery room even when they’re no longer practicing tummy time.
  4. Portable: Get a kids play mat that’s easy to move around the house from their nursery to the living room so you can stimulate your little one as you work around them.
  5. Safety: We know we don’t need to tell you this but obviously you want to always buy a non toxic playmat given your baby will be lying on it and face planting from time to time. Choose a mat made from PVC and BPA-free materials to keep play time safe.

4 Best Baby Play Mats in 2022

At the memo, we know you don’t have time to read through crazy long lists of the top 20 baby play mats in Australia (seriously who does?!) And frankly, we can’t think of anything more overwhelming (or unhelpful) of scrolling through endless options at a time when everything is new. We’re here to cut through the crap and give it to you straight. Just the best four options to choose from depending on your personal tastes, space available and individual needs. Without further ado, we give you our no-nonsense round-up of children’s play mats to add to your nursery.

Let’s cut straight to the chase here- this is our #1 best-selling baby foam mat. This is your mat if you’re looking for a waterproof baby play mat! Designed in Australia and inspired by minimalist Scandi aesthetic, the Little Wiwa play mats are a cult classic for a reason. Basically, they’re super plush and thanks to their reversible print it’s basically like buying 2 for the price of 1. Built for function, the thick cushioning works as the perfect place for your baby to play (think tummy time, toy time, crawl time), while parents can use it as a sleek floor centrepiece that can also be used as a nappy change station or even a pilates/yoga mat.

Key features of Generös Play Mat

  • Waterproof
  • Reversible print
  • Soft and thick cushioning up to 15mm
  • Portable measuring 2x1.4m
  • Non toxic foam
  • PVC & BPA-free

Terrazzo is for you if you’re on the hunt for a seriously stylish play mat. From Australian designers, Harlow & Co, these are simply gorgeous play mats with a focus on a contemporary aesthetic and neutral colour palette. They’ll perfectly suit any space whether that be in your nursery room or out in the dining room. Plus, their reversible design features two minimalist patterns to give you options to mix and match with your furnishings. Super plush, this stylish round play mat is built for function with thick cushioning (15mm) that works as the perfect place for your baby to play.

Key features of Terrazzo Play Mat

  • BVA & PVC-free
  • Reversible print
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Water-resistant
  • Non-toxic materials
  • Thick cushioning

This is the mat for you if you want thick cushioning (it’s our thickest at 3cm) and have a little less space to play with. This thick baby play mat is super plush, and built for comfort so bub will relish tummy time on this one. Bonus part of these mats? When they get dirty, chuck these soft play mats in the washing machine on a delicate cycle, hang out to dry and repeat!

Key features of Tami Mat

  • Thickly cushioned (3cm)
  • Machine washable
  • Available in three neutral block shades
  • Slightly smaller mat- 100x100cm

For versatility and taste all at once, choose Jnr. Life’s play mats. These incredibly versatile play mats from Melbourne taste makers Jnr Life can be rolled up or down to use in your nursery, bedroom or living spaces and can be kept as a gorgeous addition to grown-up interiors. We love the oval shape and geometric design and the beautiful array of colours that you can select from. The padding is cushioned and soft for tummy time and is tough enough to withstand the rolls, tumbles and sticky fingers of little ones. Going on a picnic? Pack it into its carrier tote for outdoor adventures.

Key features of Oval Mat:

  • Non-toxic
  • BPA-free
  • Oval shape- 200cm x 120cm
  • Hand-wash only
  • 15mm thick padding
  • Outer is quilted acrylic canvas and inner is memory foam

Best baby play gym Australia

Once you’ve chosen your favourite play mat, we recommend adding on a baby play gym. As we mentioned above, it provides extra cognitive stimulation, gives babe’s hand and eye coordination a workout, and can also help them to develop their motor skills as they grab onto their little toys. We love the Mioplay gym that keeps aesthetics front of mind with it’s beautiful wooden arch structure and pastel coloured dangling toys. Otherwise Done by Deer’s Activity Arch is a super cute fabric option.

Play mats Australia

Ready to buy your padded baby play mat? There’s no better place to shop for them than at the memo. We offer free delivery on orders over $75 Australia-wide and a free returns for loyalty members to give you the extra confidence you might need when buying online. With AfterPay available at checkout, you can choose to pay in the most convenient way for you.

Liked this? Have a read of our article on nursery room essentials, and decorating your baby room over on our blog.

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