From tummy time through those first steps and beyond, play mats offer a soft, cushy space for your little one to grow and play.
From tummy time through those first steps and beyond, play mats offer a soft, cushy space for your little one to grow and play. They're a must-have in every new parents' home—and with their bright, primary colors and loud designs, they're also almost impossible to take your eyes off of.
Looking for a beautiful + modern play mat that compliments your style instead of clashing with it? Look no further, mamas; we've rounded up our 11 swoon-worthy favorites below.
For an alternative to foam, we 💜 this ingenious line of washable rugs from one of our designer faves, Lorena Canals. These beautiful rugs do double duty—they make a gorgeous accent to any nursery or play space, but they also provide a soft spot for little ones who still need an extra layer of cushion beneath their feet. And the best part: the rugs are completely machine washable, so you won't have to stress out about spills. (Truly; we tried them!)
We're obsessed with this beautifully designed foam mat. Created as an alternative to play mats that lets kids roll, crawl and play wherever from their first steps through toddlerhood and beyond, the founder, Eli, came up with idea during her maternity leave. Toki Mats feature a variety of stunning cover designs, from fun tropical leaves to more neutral mini hearts—guaranteed to match any mama's decor. Bonus: The covers are machine washable to accommodate those inevitable messes, waterproof, and non-toxic.
Made famous by their appearance on Shark Tank last year, Little Nomad's play mats are truly works of art. (The patterns were conceived by a designer + illustrator.) They're muted + minimal, and at first glance you'll think you're looking at a beautiful heirloom carpet. But they also wipe clean and are available in three different sizes.
This beauty doesn't come cheaply, but if you're a stylish mama looking to accent your space with a play mat that won't stick out like a sore thumb, they're our top pick.
This is one of the more comfy mats on our list, made from cotton muslin and hand embroidered giving you a beautiful and cushy interactive play mat that has over 30 developmental benefits for a growing baby. It's perfect for tummy time and sized generously enough that any parent can join baby on the floor. We love the crinkle peek-a-boo leaves, reflective sun mirror and bird rattle. Plus, it's machine washable and super easy to just fold and store when you no longer need it.
If you can't decide whether you love bright graphics or more into subdued patterns, the Lollaland play mat has you covered. This roll-up, reversible foam mat features a colorful graphic on one side and a muted print on the other. Its one-piece design means you don't have to fumble with interlocking foam squares, and its textured, non-slip surface means that it stays put on floors and rugs.
If you're looking for the whole kit and caboodle, Lovevery's got you covered. Their colorful but not overly loud playmat features five development "zones" that help take the "am I doing this right?" worry out of playtime. (Relax, mama. You're doing great!) It's got flaps for peek-a-boo, textures to explore and a gorgeous minimalist activity gym with a collection of toys to swap out as they grow. And if that's not enough, it also converts to a sweet playtime fort to keep it relevant long past tummy time.
Brand new to the Skip Hop family, the Doubleplay reversible play mat is perfect for cushioning a large space in an easy (and stylish) way. We love that the kid-friendly pattern on one side isn't too glaring, and that the other side's subtle grey and white print will compliment any space. If you're chemical-conscious, this mat fits the bill—it's 100% PVC-free.
Style meets function in a big way here with a reversible play mat that looks like a rug but feels like a safe place for baby. The "rug" pattern on one side will have you doing a double-take, while the flipside offers an interactive map that is sure to provide hours of playtime fun. (Or yoga for mama, if you can find the time!)
Ruggish mats are a bit of an investment, but keeping in mind they can truly do double duty, we think they are worth the splurge.
For the minimalist modern mama, the Nook LilyPad is a completely foam-free solution that's great for both indoor and outdoor use. The non-toxic, air-filled pebble cushion grows with your little one—it's perfect for baby's tummy time or play time, and can be used as a seat, beach mat, or even a picnic blanket as they grow. It's completely machine washable, folds easily, and features a handle that makes it easy to carry or even hook onto your stroller.
A cross between a play mat and a rug, these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs are made in Australia and are the perfect choice if you're looking for something original for your nursery or play space. The gender neutral patterns and designs are minimal + modern while also remaining soft. The mats are organic, machine washable, and simply stunning.
With their whimsical aesthetic and beautiful designs, you won't mind leaving these play mats on the living room floor for everyone to see. The vegan leather trim adds a unique detail and the hand-drawn illustrations set these mats apart from similar styles.
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