How to choose the perfect play mat for your baby and why it is important!
Creating a safe, fun place for your baby to play is important. But choosing the right baby play mat can be overwhelming. So here are 4 ways to choose the right baby play mat for you. Baby play mats help babies develop their motor skills and give them a dedicated space to learn how to roll over and crawl. With so many options, it’s hard to know where to start.
What is a playmat?
A play mat is a soft cushioned surface where you can safely place baby for tummy time and play time. Tummy time is great for babies because it helps them develop neck and shoulder muscles, promotes eye tracking skills, and encourages crawling. Plus, it's just plain fun! You want to look for a mat that has a soft surface for your little one to lay on comfortably as they explore their new surroundings. Having an easy to clean, wipeable surface will help with quick clean-up. Some playmats like the Snuggle Yoga Mats are easy to carry around and take on the go and double up as a portable changing station. Some mats have toys attached, while others require you to purchase toys separately. What's important is ensuring your little one will be safe while they're having fun.
When selecting a baby play mat, there are several different things that you need to consider. The first thing is where you will be using the play mat, and what kind of toys you want your child to play with while they are on the play mat. Once you have decided where you will be using the mat, it will help you choose what type of toys and activities your baby will like while they are using their new play gym. If you are going to be placing the mat in your living room or another part of your home where there are children, then you may want to consider a larger baby play mat with many different activities that your children can do while they are on the mat.
Baby play mats come in designs that range from simple colours to animals, shapes and patterns. There are even some that have matching toys hanging from the sides or attached via velcro so they won't get lost easily! Look for bright colours or interesting images that will catch your child's attention and hold it for hours of fun playtime with mummy, daddy and siblings.
When you are deciding on the best baby play mat for your child, there are a lot of things to consider. Some families prefer to have activity centres or rockers in their homes, and baby play mats are a natural choice when they have limited floor space and need to keep their child entertained. Other families live in apartments with few options for entertaining a baby, so for them baby play mats are necessary, but they may not want to purchase something that is visually obtrusive in the home, Skip Hop have created these reversible play mats one for baby and then flip for the parents!
In any of those situations, you need a baby play mat that provides your baby with plenty of opportunities for learning and development while also keeping them happy and safe. That's why we've done our homework and range a variety of play mats to suit all families. We're here to make your life easier so that you can focus on what matters: your little one!