Whether you use play mats to encourage tummy time or to keep your newly mobile rug rat in one place for just a moment, they’re musts for any new parent. Engaging colors, textures and sounds help your baby develop key muscles and motor skills to roll over, sit and crawl. Here are our picks for play mats that give the most bang for your buck.

Infantino Whale Kicks & Giggles Activity Gym

Infantino’s mat makes a big splash with baby-activated fun, four linkable toys, and a water pat mat and bolster for tummy time. Your little minnow will enjoy kicking up her heels and improving motor skills while have a whale of a good time.
$62.99 on Diapers.com

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—Phebe Wahl

Cover photo from Boppy. Photos courtesy of Diapers.com, Giggle, Target, Mamas and Papas, Boppy and Ikea 

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