Your baby is on the move and now you feel as though everything is a hazard! While you can’t put caution tape all over your house, you can create a safe space for baby to play and explore by using floor mats.
Since they are usually made from a variety of materials, including foam and rubber, baby floor mats provide that extra cushioning when baby is starting to crawl on a hardwood or tile floor. Many are topped with waterproof, washable covers that come in colorful patterns. They often include mirrors, rattles, and other little toys to stimulate brain development and keep your baby interested and engaged. Bonus!
Besides protecting baby, these floor mats also serve as a barrier from banging toys, food spills, and other things that can permanently damage hardwood floors while crawling. So it’s a win-win for mom and baby!
Check out this list of the most popular types of baby floor mats so you can find the best one for you and your baby!
Interlocking Baby Floor Mats for Crawling
Some of the most popular and affordable play mats for babies are made of soft, foam interlocking tiles . They are popular for a number of reasons:
- Smooth texture makes crawling easy and safe
- Add more squares to suit your needs (extra pieces can be purchased)
Some parents shy away from these baby floor play mats because they’re not made with the most natural materials. However, newer versions are Phthalate and BPA free for a more non-toxic option.
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Waterproof Foam Play Mats
Waterproof foam play mats are popular because they protect from spills and any other little accidents junior may have while crawling! They are one continuous piece, but come in a variety of sizes so you can even find one to fit an entire nursery or playroom. These types of baby floor play mats are available in a variety of vibrant prints so you’re bound to find one to suit your style.
One drawback of these mats is that they aren’t as portable as others, especially when you get to the bigger sizes. You may also get a strong unpleasant odor when you open them, but most moms say that goes away after airing them outside.
Organic Floor Mats
Many families are going organic these days and baby floor mats are no different. While you can expect to pay more for organic floor mats, they are an excellent choice because they are:
- Pesticide Free
- Allergen & Chemical Irritant Free
- Made of eco-friendly materials like plant based foam, natural rubber, and organic cotton
- Come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors
- Many include natural toys for baby as well
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Eco-Friendly Baby Floor Play Mat Tiles
If you want an organic floor mat that’s more portable and can be easily customized to your space, then these baby floor play mats are for you. They’re still made with organic and non-toxic materials but you have the flexibility of individual square tiles that fasten securely together with Velcro instead of having just one large play mat. You decide the size. These baby floor play mats are great for vacation or taking baby to work because you can take just a few tiles along rather than a huge mat.
With so many different baby floor mat options, you’re bound to find one that suits your baby’s crawling needs. Whichever you choose, know you’re creating a safe space as she begins to explore her new world!
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