We surveyed 34 mommies who used a total of 11 different brands of play mats. Here are our main findings:
- 50% of mommies are users of the Parklon play mats, making it the most commonly used play mat.
- The other play mats are: Primobabies, Lollibly, and Little Wiwa
- The top 3 main considerations when buying a play mat are size and thickness, durability, safety and quality material.
Find out which are the best baby play mats based on our survey with 34 mommies below!
Why Should You Trust Me
Hello! I’m Serene, a mom of one.
I’ve personally tried and tested two different play mats – Parklon and a random polyethylene (PE) play mat. After using the random PE play mat that I bought, I decided to stick to Parklon’s play mat. The PE play mat peeled within a few months of usage, and it kept sliding because it was really light. My daughter has already fallen a few times because of this sliding play mat.
I’ve also been to friends’ houses and tried their play mats. I have my personal favourite (Parklon play mat) but this could differ based on your needs. To gather a more comprehensive view of play mats, we surveyed 34 mommies who used 11 different play mat brands. With their help, we consolidated the different play mats mommies use, and described their pros and cons for you.
Why Do You Need a Play Mat?
Now that we better understand the role that a play mat plays in the child’s development, what are some of the considerations when buying a play mat?
What to Look Out for When Choosing Play Mats?
Best Baby Play Mats
- Safety: Absorbs impacts well and this cushions baby’s fall – PVC bumper playmats are heavy and non-slip, preventing babies or adults from falling
- Thick and comfortable: Can even lie or sleep on it
- Quality material making it very durable
- Easy to clean
- Bulky: Bumper playmats are not foldable, heavy and hard to keep
- Could get scratched after prolonged usage
- Design can be quite common
- Decolouration (turns yellow) after prolonged usage
50% of mommies we surveyed own a Parklon play mat, making it the most popular play mat.
40% of Parklon users mentioned the most well-loved aspect of the Parklon play mat was the safety aspect – it absorbs impacts well and it is non-slip. Mommies also loved the play mat for its thickness and comfort. Some even said they could sleep on the play mat itself.
Price was the main deterring factor for mommies to buy Parklon play mats, confirming our assumption that yes, the Parklon mats do come with a premium price tag. Mommies also shared ways to get them for lesser.
- Thick (up to 18mm
- Comes with thick velcro straps (for storage purposes)
- Pretty designs
- Not many reviews
Primobabies pride their play mats on scratch resistance. Their Greensoft Protection film protects the mat against accidental scratches from toys, enhancing the durability of the mat. For easy storage, they gift thick velcro straps to hold the mat in place when rolled up.
- Pretty designs with different sizes
- Reversible play mat
- Thick (15mm)
- Not much reviews
Three mommies who used Lollibly play mats loved them for their design. They also mentioned that it was thick enough to cushion their baby’s fall.
Other Play Mat Brands Mommies Used
Four mommies used the Little Wiwa play mat but mentioned that it turned yellow after one year of usage.
Two mommies used this Wander Mats but mentioned that it felt very thin, and could feel the floor.
Mommy loved this IKEA play mat for its foldability and affordability, but not the colour choice.
Mommy bought this Skip Hop Size L play mat (SGD 179) as it was more affordable than Parklon. However, she found it harder to clean due to the grooves.
Babycare by Dwinguler
Two mommies used the Babycare by Dwingular play mat as the material is firm and comfortable to lie on.
Mommy bought this Bambam Kids play mat (SGD 229) in their kid’s playroom.
One mommy received this Lucky Baby play mat as a gift from an insurance company.
One mommy bought this Korean Kormat play mat as it is easy to clean, but mentioned it was heavy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Play Mats
When should I buy a play mat?
I would suggest buying a play mat the moment your baby is out. In the early stages, your baby would spend most of his/her time lying on his/her back. Hence, with a play mat, you can place your baby gym on it, and hang toys above their eyes for entertainment. You could also spend time pumping on the floor, while watching your baby play or sleep.
How thick should a play mat be?
A good play mat should ideally at least be 10mm or 0.4 inches thick to cushion the fall of your little one!
Thoughts about Play Mats
These days, mommies purchase play mats not only for their baby’s development; they also take into account the aesthetics of it. Mommies preferred play mats that were pretty, suited their house’s interior design and were functional.
Out of the 11 play mats that were used by mommies, we narrowed it down to 3 of the best play mats. Do let us know in the comments section if you’d like us to review the other play mats. Play mats will be reviewed periodically to ensure this information is updated for you!
We hope that through this article, we were able to give you the information you need to buy a play mat.
To end off this post, I would like to give thanks to the sweetest mummies, who replied me amidst their busy schedules to make this review possible:
- Janice miranda
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