15 Best Playmats for Babies 2019

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(Last Updated On: November 6, 2019)

Thank goodness for playmats, activity gyms, baby gyms or whatever is it you want to call it! They all refer to the same thing and has the same idea— an interactive and brightly colored mat for your baby’s play time.

Baby playmats may not seem like a necessity at all— until you get one!

A baby playmat is one of the few toys that will grow along with your little one during their first year. It not only offers different sensory activities that encourage curiosity and development in babies, but it is also a great arena for neck-strengthening as well as core-shaping tummy time!

And the big plus of all, when your adorable baby is on the mat, you get a bit of time to do things like, you know, space out, run to the bathroom, check the laundry, wipe down a cabinet or just shake out those tired arms for a minute.

However, choosing the right one can be troublesome, especially with thousands of playmats available in the market today.

Not to worry, though! We’ve come prepared.

May we present to you only the best playmats for babies of today!

  1. Infantino PondPals Twist & Fold Play Mat and Activity Gym

Coming on the top of our list is this Twist & Fold Play Mat from Infantino! Amazon’s Choice for “Infant Play Mat Activity Gym”, the Infantino playmat is the best travel-friendly playmat that you will ever find and for very good reasons.

With just a twist on the knob at the top of its arches, the playmat will collapse and can be easily carried from room to room. You can even do it with just one hand while carrying your baby on the other. The playmat can also be closed and folded using its attached Velcro straps, making it easy for you to bring it with you on the park, on a trip or to grandma’s house! Moreover, the playmat’s arches are also removable so you can choose to use only the mat as a comfortable play space once your little one becomes too old for dangling toys.

This activity gym comes with soft tummy time prop pillow, 4 linkable toys, and a large peek-a-boo mirror. Infantino offers their baby gym in several themes, so you have options that fit your preference, you can pick from the vintage boy, pond pals and sweet safari. The pond pals design is vibrant but not too “loud” and is perfect for parents who do not want a gender-specific theme.

Pros:

  • Comes with plush toys
  • Travel-friendly
  • Can be transformed in just a soft play space for older infants
  • Removable toys

Cons:

  • A bit small
  • Folds with the mat on the outside
  • No traction
  1. Baby Care Play Mat

The Baby Care Play Mat meets all your wants and needs for a perfect play mat. It comes fully cushioned which provides your baby with a safe space to play and roll around and is actually soft enough for your baby to enjoy naptime. The mat is also safe for babies, without any toxic materials or elements used and meets the current European, Australian and US safety standards— Mercury free, EVA free, Formaldehyde free, latex free, lead-free, BPA free, and Phthalate free.

Moreover, this baby mat is 100 percent made of recyclable materials and is very easy to clean. It is waterproof, so you only need to wipe out any messes or spills. This mat can go on any type of floor surfaces. It can be easily stored and is reversible. The mat comes in 2 sizes— large and medium. Its textured surface makes sure that your baby will have enough grip when learning to crawl or walk.

Pros:

  • Comes in 2 sizes
  • 2-sided with vibrant colors
  • Half an inch thick
  • Texturized surface for walking and crawling

Cons:

  • Too brightly colored
  • Pricey
  • Initial rubbery smell
  • ABC’s are in the wrong order
  1. Fisher-Price Kick ‘n Play Piano Activity Gym

This playmat is relatively small so your baby will not be rolling around that much. Such a big drawback, right? So, you might be wondering why we pick it. That’s because of the piano! And yes, it is that valuable.

Your little one can kick on the piano and play a tune while doing tummy time or laying down which gives an added bonus of exercising your baby’s legs. Meanwhile, the toys above can entertain your baby for hours. And once your little one earned how to sit, he or she can then start banging away the keys. And when he or she starts to walk, that same piano can be removed from the mat and carried around by your little one. 

So, despite its small size, this I one great play mat when it comes to keeping your baby stimulated and interested. Also, take note that the play mat is a bit lacking in padding, so you might want to lay it on top of a carpet or rug.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-reach toys
  • Longer lifespan
  • The piano

Cons:

  • No off mode for music
  • Small mat
  1. Tiny Love Meadow Days Play Mat

Got enough toys for your baby and only needs a fun play mat for your child? Well, get the Tiny Love Meadow Days Play Mat, then! This big quilted mat is vibrant and colorful and is fully equipped with a detachable mirror and carrying handles.

The baby playmat itself is full of surprises including a carrot teether, a horn, a peek-a-boo tree, a crinkly fox tail, variety of quilt textures and a ring to attach extra toys. This mat is big enough to accommodate two babies or just one who likes to roll and play around a lot.

The Tiny Love Super Mat can be thrown in the washing machine and quickly air dries. It is very easy to store and is compact enough to be carried with your from room to room, to the park or wherever you go!

Pros:

  • Good padding
  • Sensory features on the mat
  • Large space
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Too slippery
  • Cannot be put on a dryer
  • No way to keep quilt folded
  • No texturized grip
  1. Infantino “Grow With Me” 3-in-1 Activity Gym + Ball Pit

If you are looking for a play mat that will grow with your child, then the “Grow with Me” ball pit and activity gym from Infantino is just the thing you need. Just like its name implies, this baby play mat is specifically designed to grow with your little one!

Initially, you can use it for overhead discovery. Once your little one learns to sit up, you can bring up the mesh sides easily in order to create a pit ball for your baby. By the way, the balls can be easily stored in the head of the turtle.

When your baby becomes too big for the arches, you can unlock them while leaving the ball pit in place. The sides can also be used in order to transform it into a mini playpen which keeps your baby from rolling out of the playmat. The mat itself is quite easy to wipe down for easy cleaning.

Pros:

  • Easily transforms from mat to pit
  • Colorful and fun play mat with toys
  • Grow with your child

Cons:

  • Not washable
  • Not padded enough
  • Too small
  1. Tiny Love Gymini Lights & Music Play Mat

Another travel-friendly play mat, the Tiny Love Gymini Play Mat provides a lot of interesting things for your little one to play with as he or she grows older. Its dangling toys are just the starting point. The mat comes with a larger mirror for self-discovery and enjoys tummy time.

This play mat offers a lot of stimulating features from lights on the 3D flower patch to motion-activated music to a crinkly elephant ear on the mat. It is quite colorful that will surely keep your baby entertained for hours. As your baby grows older, you can remove the arches in order to create more play space.

Storage is also easy thanks to eats quick fold up. Although it is not waterproof, this mat is machine washable, but you will need to take out the sound device before doing so!

Pros:

  • Machine washable
  • Easily folds up
  • Comes with a traveling bag
  • Lots of interactive stuff

Cons:

  • Thin padding
  • Music is not loud enough
  1. Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Light Activity Gym

An adorably-themed playmat, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Activity Gym can be used to keep your babies entertained for a long time. This activity gym comes in a quilt with silky borders and vibrantly colored arches which have different links to attach different toys at different heights.

The quilt also features loops which enable you to attached toys and encourage tummy time. This play mat comes in 3 modes of play— rainforest sounds (20 mins), continuous music (20 mins) and baby motion-activated music.

Pros:

  • Music and lights available
  • Easy to assemble
  • Quilted and soft
  • Multiple loops

Cons:

  • Not travel-friendly
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Lights cannot be turned off
  • Bit pricey
  1. Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Playmat and Activity Gym

Another great mat, the Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friend Activity Gym is uniquely designed with a circular shape. It features hanging animals, squeaker flowers and crinkled leaves which can bring a smile to your little angel.

The mat is plush and is comfortable for tummy time. Like any other activity gym, this one comes with a mirror with built-in sounds. The mat includes a cushy pillow that can be used to prop your little one up or elevate their neck when lying on their back. The mat is small, thin and takes just a second to be folded.

The mat can be used solo or its crisscross bars can be put in place without problems. Moreover, it is very easy to wipe down or easily clean it in the washer any time!

Pros:

  • Comes in a circular shape
  • Easy to fold
  • Comes with a cushy pillow
  • Very easy to wipe down
  • Machine-washable

Cons:

  • Too small
  • Too Thin
  1. Bright Starts Sunny Safari Baby Play Place

This next playmat is one-of-a-kind. Why? Well, it can transform from a simple baby mat with arches for overhead play and discovery to a tunnel to crawl on, a private mini-playpen that will keep others away, or a large soft play place for both parent and baby.

The Bright Starts Play Place comes with prop pillow, a mirror, crinkle fabrics, bead sliders, teethers, and an electronic toy which lights up and play 20 minutes of music. The very same electronic toy can be removed and attached to a crib or carrier for your little one’s continued entertainment.

Pros:

  • Comes with a detachable electronic toy that can be attached to a carrier or crib
  • Features lots of toys
  • Transforms into a tunnel and playpen

Cons:

  • Thin padding
  • Pricey
  • Walls can be easily pulled down by an older infant
  1. 10.Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym

Looking for a play mat that provides a variety of sensory features for your little angel? Well, the Skip Hop Alphabet Play mat definitely fits the description. Featuring 13 loops, you can hang toys at various heights or on the mat itself. In addition to its quilted and extra soft mat, Skip Hop also provided a bolster, curved pillow to support your baby’s chest.

The play mat has multiple textures, a squeaking monkey, a mirror, crinkling bird wings, crinkling elephant ear, a tactile mane (zebra) and a crinkling tree flap. The mat meets EN71, CPSIA, ASTM, and other applicable safety standards.

Pros:

  • Meets safety standards
  • Lots of loops for extra toys
  • Lots of sensory activities on the mat
  • Tummy time pillow

Cons:

  • Padding is not thick enough
  • Toys can hang too low
  • Expensive
  1. 11.Baby Einstein Nautical Friends Play Gym

Baby Einstein created a padded playmat that will keep your baby busy while you stay busy. The playmat comes with a plush starfish toy which can be attached to the activity gym or on your baby’s crib and carrier.

Aside from its colorful undersea theme, the play mat also includes a number of toys in order to keep your busy interested. These include flashcards, a sand dollar teether, baby Neptune rattle plush toy, and a crab bead chaser.

The activity gym also plays more than 20 minutes of classical music and lights that can be set to continuous play or motion activated. Baby Einstein even added a whale-shaped prop pillow for your baby’s tummy time plus a baby-safe mirror. Although not easy to store, the play mat is easy to assemble.

Pros:

  • Undersea theme
  • Lots of toys included
  • 20 minutes of lights and music
  • Tummy time pillow included
  • Starfish plush toy can be attached elsewhere

Cons:

  • Small size
  • Only used for a short span
  • Can’t detach toys
  1. 12.Wee Giggles Baby Play Mat

Wee Giggles offers this baby play mat in 2 sizes and different colors like grey, white, black color pattern and various green, blue and pink hues. This playmat is a top-rated one that is created for a single purpose— to keep your baby safe while crawling and playing around.

This playmat is a foam mat, measuring around 24 x 24 inches. Its tiles are thick, about half an inch, meaning your little one will not hurt his head if he falls over. Also, it is non-toxic and does not contain formamide, formaldehyde, latex, lead, phthalates, or BPA.

The tiles can be easily assembled together in a rectangular space which can measure 7 feet long and 5 feet wide. You can also use the other pieces in order to create walls and keep your little one contained. The mat is texturized so it is slip-free plus it is very easy to clean with just a wipe of a damp cloth.

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean
  • Thick padding
  • Well-constructed

Cons:

  • Not travel-friendly
  • No toys attached
  • Strange odor at first
  1. 13.Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Playmat and Activity Gym

Another great baby playmat from Skip Hop, this one comes in a sky theme that features a variety of celestial-themed toys to keep your baby interested. IT includes toys such as a squeaking cloud, bird rattle, musical sheep and light up star that creates an interactive, heavenly environment for your little angel. The mat also offers different textures that help promote sensory development of your little one.

Skip Hop also included a teether that is completely BPA-free as well as neon pops for stimulating your baby’s sight and keeps them focus. Not like most activity gyms with thin pads, this one comes with puffy and oversized pads with very plush fabric. It also includes a prop up cloud shaped pillow and a sunshine mirror for tummy time. For easy cleaning, this mat is machine washable.

Pros:

  • Machine-washable
  • Thick padding
  • Mat is extra soft
  • Detachable toys

Cons:

  • Does not fold up easily
  1. 14.Baby Einstein Caterpillar & Friends Play Gym

Another baby playmat from Baby Einstein, this one is also loaded with sensory activities that will encourage your baby to learn and explore. This machine-washable and large mat is padded and features bright colors. Meanwhile, its overheard includes interactive elements that will surely capture your baby’s eyes.

Its most prominent features are the brightly colored orange stars that produce lights up and 8 jiggling music. The same star can be detached from the arc and added to your baby’s carrier or crib. The mat also offers a mirror that adds fun and helps in tummy time.

Baby Einstein also included a prop pillow for tummy time as well as removable hanging toys for play while laying down. Included toys are also easy to clean with a mild soap and damp cloth.

Pros:

  • Portable
  • Toys are easy to clean
  • Detachable toys
  • Washable material

Cons:

  • Thin padding
  1. 15.Lovevery Play Gym

This activity gym from Lovevery was designed by experts in child development, so it has all the activities that can contribute with your child developments. The playmat comes with a teether that is made of organic cotton with teething rings that are completely BPA-free for your little one to gnaw and chew on.

Moreover, it comes with a battling ring which your little one can practice and battle to grasp and sharpen his or her motor skills. Once your baby starts crawling and rolling, the playmat comes with a handy organic cotton ball that is also shaped in a way your baby can easily grasp as he or she practices how to crawl.

This play gym also includes a mirror card for tummy time. Featuring black and white cards, this mat can help attract your baby and help them learn on focusing on an image. The manufacturer is also kind enough to include an activity guide that will help you keep your baby engaged with the right age activities as they go through various development stages.

The mat itself can be cleaned quickly with just a wipe of a damp cloth. Or you can remove all the legs and card holder and throw it on the washing machine and air dryer. It is very easy to assemble and comes in various color.

Pros:

  • Well-padded
  • Detachable toys
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Easy cleaning

Cons:

  • Not suitable for traveling
  • Relatively expensive

Conclusion

As you can see baby playmats come in different designs and features. You can find ones that can dazzle your little one with music and lights or get a playmat that can only be used as a safe place to play.

Regardless, playmats are extremely important. Not only does it help in promoting your baby’s developments in different areas, but it also gives you and your arm a few minutes rests!

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