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 four 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.


Little Nomad

New to the scene, these beautiful play mats are so gorgeous that you could use them in both Baby’s nursery and your kitchen. They’re available in two sizes: 4 x 6 and 6 x 8.Choose from a muted lavender or blue hue. The mats were illustrated and designed by professional artist Sophia Vincent-Guy. The 4×6 mat (24 sq ft), includes six 2 ft x 2 ft tiles and twelve edging bonders, which may be applied to the outer edges to create a finished look. The 6 x 8 mat includes twelve 2 ft x 2 ft tiles and twenty-four edging bonders. Materials are premium quality EVA foam that’s just under a half-inch thick.

Available for pre-order at Little-Nomad.com, $109 (4×6) and $199 (6 x 8). Playmats ship in November.


Photo: Caroline Tran for Lollaland


This mod playmat is reversible. One side has geometric circles with whimsical graphics; the other side has a simpler, pink and white, interlocking circle design. The Lollaland Play Mat is manufactured with high-quality, non-toxic materials that are environmentally-safe. The mat’s multiple foam layers, make it .6 inches thick and provide cushioning for comfort as well as softening the impact from minor falls and tumbles. The textured surface is non-slip and water-resistant, making it easy to clean.

Available at lollaland.com, $150.

skiphop foam tiles

SkipHop PLAYSPOT GeoFoam Tiles

This mat is designed to complement a home’s décor. The chevron patterned mat plays into the interior design trend that seemingly will never die. It’s made up of triangle-shaped piece that connect allowing you to create multiple unique patterns. Available in peach/grey and grey/cream, you can pick which goes best with your interior. The set includes extra edge pieces, 40 triangles and 32 edge pieces. The assembled size, in inches is: 70w x 56h.

Available at SkipHop.com, $79.



These are pre-designed 9 piece mat sets in themes; every set creates a 6 ft. x 6 ft. area. Using the SoftTiles’ Mat Builder, found on the company’s web site, you can easily design a play mat that is suited to your decor and style by selecting the exact die-cut shapes (such as puppies, dinosaurs, geometric shapes, and more) that you like from a palette of 16 colors. You can even personalize a mat with your baby’s name. Mats are available in two sizes: 1 ft x 1 ft. or 2 ft. x 2 ft. All mats are 5/8” thick.

Available at or Amazon.com, $120 per set. Or, place an a la carte order at softtiles.com: the die-cut 2 ft x 2 ft designer shapes are $10 per shape; minimum 2 per die-cut style. (The solid color 2 ft. x 2 ft tiles are $6.40 per tile.)

Do you have a soft foam play mat you love? Tell us about it!


–Rachel Sokol