A soft, foam play mat for tummy time, crawling and playing is a must for babies and toddlers. They’re a cinch to wipe down and provide a soft landing. But while they’re certainly practical and durable, they’re not always eye-pleasing and quite often clash with your home decor. Until now. We found eight play mats that’ll provide a pretty backdrop for your Instagram photos and add to your interior design rather than calling attention to your kid’s space. Find a favorite here.
Comfort Design Mats
With ultra soft padding (no bruised knees here!), Comfort Design Mats are a must buy. Each modern mat is uber soft at ½ inch thick and made up of waterproof foam that’s hypoallergenic, BPA-free and non-toxic. Each mat is easy to wipe down and measures about 78” x 55”, so think of it more like a rug than the typical petite play mat you may be used to. It’s so comfortable and versatile you can even use it for yoga or exercise.
Good to know: Because of the mat’s size, they do not fold up easily, so you won’t be putting this away once playtime is over. But, with the collection’s sweet designs (check them all out here), we guess this is a play mat you’ll actually want to show off.
Available at comfortdesignmats.com starting at $139.
Nook LilyPad Playmat
For a portable play mat that doesn’t compromise style or function, turn to Nook’s LilyPad Playmat. The 1-inch mat comes with a convenient carrying case and the mat itself folds up easily and snaps shut so you can take it to the park, on vacation or your next playdate. Available in a variety of colors all with a fun pebble design, the mat is non-toxic, stain-resistant, water-resistant, machine-washable and antimicrobial. Bonus: All LilyPad Playmats ship for free and are durable enough to be used inside or out.
Available at nooksleep.com for $120.
Made of bonded leather material, Gathre Playmats are winning over design-savvy parents everywhere. More like a piece of art than an actual playmat, Gathre's product is both beautiful and functional. The mats can be used at home, outside (think of the mat like a beach towel or picnic blanket) or even hung up on the wall as a piece of art. Gathre mats are all waterpoof, compact and free of toxins, PVC and phthalates.
Good to know: If you love the look of a Gathre Playmat but want something a bit thicker to soften falls, parents suggest placing the Gathre Playmat over a rug.
Available at gathre.com for $23-$140, depending on size.
These play mats are so gorgeous you could use them in both baby's nursery and your kitchen. They're available in three sizes: 4x6, 6x8 or 8x12. Choose from designs like Moroccan Sunset, Skipping Stone and Tide Pool (check them all out here). The mats were illustrated and designed by professional artist Sophia Vincent-Guy and are premium quality, non-toxic EVA foam that's just under a half-inch thick.
Available at little-nomad.com, starting at $99.
With play mat covers that are interchangeable and machine-washable, you’ll never grow tired of looking at your Toki Mat. Made of foam from the sap tree, each Toki Mat is soft enough to serve as your family’s meet-up spot for tummy time, cuddles, first steps and first falls. Toki Mats are foldable so when not in use, simply fold them up and stash away.
Available at tokimats.com, starting at $155.
Ruggish Playmats feature the look of a rug with the feel and functionality of a play mat. On one side you’ll find a cool geometric design; turn it over and you’re greeted with an interactive play mat that encourages imaginary play. Ruggish mats are ½-inch thick and are waterpoof, non-toxic, easy to wipe down and provide more cushion than your typical foam tiles. With a one-year manufacturers warranty and free shipping, you’ll be a Ruggish convert in no time.
Available at ruggishco.com for $199.
Creamhaus Folding Playmat
For a play mat that’s akin to what you might find at an indoor playspace or gym class, turn to Creamhaus. Their folding mats come in at 1.6 inches thick, which is enough padding to cushion even the wildest tumbles. All mats are hypoallergenic, water-resistant, and free of formamide, PVC, EVA, fire retardants, and other VOCs. While the heavy-duty mat weighs 12 pounds, you can still easily fold it and store in a closet or under the couch.
Available at creamhaus.us for $239.
Skip Hop Playmat
Chances are you own something from Skip Hop, and it’s no surprise to the brand’s legions of fans that their play mats are just as well designed as their other product lines. One side of this reversible foam mat features a modern look while the other boasts a kid-friendly whimsical cloud pattern. Whichever side you choose to display, expect it to be waterproof, easy to wipe clean and free of PVC and phthalates.
Available at skiphop.com for $100.
—Rachel Sokol and Erin Lem