What is a baby play mat?
This baby supply essential is a soft mat designed to provide a safe space for your little one to play and explore. Sometimes called a play gym or baby activity gym, these mats are often brightly coloured and come in different shapes and sizes ideal for your baby to roll around on. At the memo, we stock a curated edit of baby play mats from Little Wiwa and Jnr. Life. You can choose from rectangular, square or round baby play mats all made from safe, non-toxic materials. These soft, lightweight mats will provide your baby with the perfect space to safely play.
Why do you need a baby activity play mat?
While it might not be the first item on your baby shower wish list, a play mat is an essential piece to have for your little one’s indoor play time. You can pop your bub down on the mat during tummy time to help them build strength and rest assured that they’re playing on a safe, soft and comfortable surface free of toxic chemicals. The best time to get your little one on the mat is from three to six months old.
What should you look out for when you’re buying a baby mat?
With so many different options out there to choose from it can be a little overwhelming to know if you’re choosing the right mat for your child. Let us enlighten you as to the key things you should watch out for when you’re buying (or gifting) someone a play mat. Remember to consider the material, portability, durability and always choose something easy to clean. Here’s our top tips:
Choose a toxic-free material
The first thing to consider when you’re buying your baby a play mat is whether or not it’s toxic-free. If you’re looking at foam mats, then you need to know that there are generally two different kinds you can choose from- PVC and EVA. PVC is a cheap foam, but it contains toxic chlorine and heavy metal plasticizer. Conversely, EVA mats are generally less toxic and therefore a safer option for your little one to play on. In addition to this, you should consider whether the mat you’re purchasing is PVC and BPA free or not. We always recommend choosing the one that complies with all safety standards to ensure the highest quality for your baby. In addition to toxic-free material, look out for a mat that offers great support and padding.
Look out for portability
Make life that little bit easier and opt for a lightweight mat that’s easy to put down and pack up again. Whether you’re rolling out your play mat at home or taking it with you for a playdate or to the park, it’s always a good idea to have portable equipment to give you more options and get the most value from your product.
Waterproof mats are a must
Perhaps it goes without saying, but always consider buying waterproof because it means that cleaning down your mat will be so much easier! You will need to clean your mat after every use as they can harbour bacteria and germs so opt for something easy to wipe down and quick drying.
Choose something that will go with your decor
We think you may as well go for the cute design that goes with all your furniture if your mat will be out in the living room all the time! We have so many beautiful neutral shades to choose from that will ensure your child’s activity mat is both functional and stylish all at once.
How to clean a baby play mat
It’s important to regularly clean your mat after every use to ensure you wipe away any bacteria and leave a safe surface for your baby to play on. To clean the play mat, you can easily wipe the surface with a clean cloth or towel. If there are any spills, you can wash them away with a chemical-free detergent. We recommend you avoid using vacuum cleaners and other heated equipment on the mat as they can scratch and damage the surface. Remember to not place any furniture or heavy appliances on your mat to keep it nicely padded.
Our top picks for your baby mat
Little Wiwa Mat
Our bestselling play mat with good reason is the Generös mat from Little Wiwa. It ticks all the points from us thanks to its waterproof and PVC-free properties, as well as being super cute with a dual-sided design. Little Wiwa mats are super soft and plush with thick 15mm cushioning making it the perfect space for your little one to play safely. Inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design, the collection features a range of soft neutral colours and pared back patterns that make for a great sleek floor centrepiece. Choose from soft greens and petal pinks with a neutral grey on the other side. Even better, the mats are ultra durable and will last the distance letting you pass from bub to your new yoga mat when they’re older or onto your next child. We love the portability and versatile nature of these mats- ultra lightweight, just roll them up and pack away in a second when your bub has had enough for one day!
Jnr. Life Round Baby Play Mat
We also stock beautiful, eco-aware round baby play mats from Jnr. Life. Available in grey, linen, stone, navy and rust colours, you can really use these mats as stylish touches to your home as well as for their functional purpose of providing your bub with entertainment. Jnr. Life offer a variety of different shapes including oval and square mats, but we particularly love the round ones. With spongy padding, play time is a breeze and the brand uses only toxic-free materials that are free from BPA, formaldehyde and phthalates, so safe play time is guaranteed. When you’re done with playtime, just roll up and pop into the cute canvas tote it comes with. Or better yet, leave it out as a floor centrepiece!
How to buy your play mat
When your little one is old enough and ready to use a play mat, look no further than the memo for buying superior quality activity mats that allow for safe play. When you’ve found the right product for you, simply add to your cart and proceed to checkout. You can take advantage of our AfterPay service, which allows you to buy (and enjoy!) now and pay for your products over fortnightly installments. Many of our activity mats come with free shipping for orders over $150, however the Little Wiwa mats are quite large and therefore considered bulky goods. Find out more information about shipping costs for those items here.
If you’d like to skip the delivery charges and you reside in Melbourne, then take advantage of our click & collect services. You can come to our warehouse in Moorabbin, Victoria and collect your products with ease. Orders are usually ready within 2-4 business hours of placing and can be collected Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm. You will be notified via email when your order is ready for collection.
Still wondering why you should choose the memo to purchase your baby mat? Let us tell you about our loyalty program! Earn rewards simply by shopping with us and unlock access to exclusive discounts, special gifts and new launches, plus get the inside scoop on everything you need to prepare for a happy homelife with your newborn. When you spend $1000, we'll reward you with a lifetime 10% off everything. It’s a club designed to help you do baby, better, and reward you for making the memo your go-to place for parenting.
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