Whether your baby has just started reaching and grabbing, or if she's already sitting up and stacking blocks, you'll need a spot for her to play. You may want a full-featured play mat with lots of toys to bat at and textures to crinkle, or you may simply want a soft spot for your little one to call her own. So we rounded up the best of the best in sustainable play mats ranging from plush activity gyms to kid-safe floor tiles. Check out our top six.
Haba Playing Rug Dwarf’s Land
Haba has made some amazing play mats in the past and their current lineup includes the adorable Dwarf’s Land playing rug. When you unfold this play mat, you’re unfolding a whole new world for your little one. Three-dimensional elements bring this make-believe land to life with a bridge to drive over or under, whimsical buildings to go through, and a mirrored lake to gaze in. While your baby will love laying on his tummy and grabbing at the sun or butterfly now, you can be sure he’ll still play with on this mat for years to come, rolling his cars through the town.
+ Playing Rug Dwarf’s Land $80.99
Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym
Skip Hop’s Treetop Friends Activity Gym transports your baby to a woodland forest. There she’ll find owls that crinkle, rattle, and roll; a soft activity book to explore; a mirror to make faces in; a tummy time pillow to rest on; and more. The best part is that the toys that hang along the removable arches of this play mat can be taken on-the-go for fun in the stroller or in the car.
Mimi the Sardine Organic Cotton Splat Mat
The clever Splat Mat from Mimi the Sardine is made from organic cotton — not toxic PVC as many are — yet, it has a water-based acrylic coating that makes it easy to wipe down. Place it under your little one’s highchair to catch inevitable mealtime messes or below the craft table on finger-painting day — it’s machine washable, too. And the mat is still soft enough for little ones to plop down on for a play.
Argington Organic Crib Quilt Fish and Pebbles
Over-sized and made of soft 100% certified organic cotton, the Fish and Pebbles crib quilt from Argington offers an eco-friendly alternative to plastic play mats. The print is also made using low-impact dyes. Here, your baby will have plenty of space to stack blocks, roll, and crawl.
If you have wooden floors, fabric play mats can slip and slide, and babies just gaining confidence in sitting up, standing, and walking need to have a cushioned landing. SoftTiles are the perfect answer. Made from non-toxic EVA foam, and offered in an array of colors, you can create your own play mat — simply choose how many tiles you need and what colors will blend best with your decor.
Giggle Organic Jungle Mat
Perfect for propping babies up for tummy time, Giggle’s Jungle Mat is made from 100% certified organic cotton. Your baby will also discover a mirror, squeaky spots, and crinkly spots. This mat is small enough and made to roll up and fit into an included carry bag, so it’s great for travel or toting for an evening at Grandma’s house.