There’s no getting around it. From the early days of starting solids to the toddler mealtimes that follow, things can be messy. And while a bath can easily take care of the puree they manage to smear all the way up to their hairline, the same cannot be said for your floors. The answer? A splat mat.

Designed to keep all kinds of surfaces from suffering the wrath of a hungry kiddo who wears half of what they’re fed, splat mats are generally made from water-resistant material that can be wiped down or tossed into the washing machine.

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And highchair mats don’t just come in handy for mealtime! They’re a great tool to keep on hand for sensory play and arts and crafts or even as a picnic blanket.

The problem is, a lot of times they’re just…kind of ugly. Sure, you can fold it up and stash it out of view between meals, but why make more work for yourself? Instead, snag yourself an option that complements your style instead of competing with it.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the most functional and stylish splat mats out there. From super cheap fabric mats that always come in handy to versatile faux leather versions that last forever, here are our top picks!

Our favorite splat mats

House of Noa Everly Highchair Mat

House of Noa


Highchair Mats

We’re longtime fans of the gorgeous playmats from House of Noa, so we needed no convincing when they extended into highchair mat territory. Similar to the styles we fell in love with, the highchair mats are muted and minimal, and at first glance, you’ll think you’re looking at a beautiful heirloom carpet or stylish tile floor. They wipe clean and are available in both round and square options.

And while they’re definitely on the pricey side, if you want a splat mat that enhances your space rather than cramp your style, they’re our top pick.

Bumkins Splat Mat



Splat Mat

There’s no better bang for the buck than the splat mats from the mess masters at Bumkins. The super affordable fabric mats are not only Amazon’s choice for splat mats, they’ve also racked up nearly 4K 5-star ratings from parents who call it a “savior” and a “must-have.” And while these aren’t as large as the others on this list, they’re durable, easy to clean and machine washable as well.

Gathre mini mat - guide for splat mats




Similarly, the mats from Gathre are a pricey pick–but one we think is worth the splurge. For one thing, their high-quality faux leather mats are just beautiful. They come in tons of muted colors and patterns that go with literally any decor. But more importantly they’re just so. darn. versatile. Need to protect the dining room floor? No problem. Headed on a picnic? She’s ready. Hosting a birthday party or spreading out the finger paints for an afternoon art session? Throw it on the table. When it’s time to clean up, just give it a wipe. It’s seriously the world’s prettiest drop cloth and you may wonder how you ever kept things tidy without it.


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Wander & Roam


Vegan Leather Playmats

Wander & Roam also offers a gorgeous collection of faux leather play mats. Their limited edition prints are always designed with an overall home aesthetic in mind, blending in just perfectly instead of screaming “a baby lives here!!” They’re easy to clean and generously sized so they’re bound to come in handy long after your little one is done hurling food from their high chair.

Wildcubz Baby Splat Mat



Baby Splat Mat

If your babe is regularly dining at grandma’s, the travel-friendly splat mat from Wildcubz is a great option. The three-ply fabric mat repels spills and is machine-washable when a simple wipe just isn’t enough. It’s got a silicone dot backing to keep it from slipping and easily packs up into an included wet bag when you’re done.

Little Wallaby Premium Splat Mat

Little Wallaby


Premium Splat Mat

Come for the bold botanicals, stay for the reasonable price tag. Similar to the Wildcubz option, this fabric mat from Little Wallaby is made to be wiped down easily and tossed into the washer when necessary. It also features anti-slip silicone dots on the underside and can be used on the floor or as a table cloth. And if you love it enough to buy one for a friend, it comes ready to go in a sweet little gift box!

Linkidea Vegan Leather Splat Mat



Vegan Leather Splat Mat

Like the Gathre mats, this faux leather splat mat is durable, stylish and equally versatile. The price is awesome, but the main trade off is that it’s only available in one color and two square sizes. It features a small grommet in the corner to hang it up after using or washing.

Prince Lionheart catchALL Baby Splat Mat

Prince Lionheart


catchALL Baby Splat Mat

A muted pattern and affordable price make this Prince Lionheart mat a great option. The circle shape provides plenty of coverage at mealtime but also makes a great floor mat for messy play.

Splat Mat for Under High Chair/Arts/Crafts, WOMUMON



Splat Mat

Looking for just the basics? This simple waterproof cloth splat mat is easy to toss in the washing machine and can double as a table cloth as well.

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A version of this story was published May 27, 2022. It has been updated.