Cushion bubba’s falls with these pretty play pads!

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Getting plenty of floor time is important for your baby’s development. Babies need time both on their tummies and on their backs, so that they can develop their neck and abdominal strength. These muscles are essential for your peewee to eventually roll over, sit up on his own and start crawling.

Being on the ground also gives your baby a completely different perspective of the world and helps with his visual development and awareness of the environment around him.

If you’d rather not have your baby in direct contact with the floor, a good quality play mat is one solution. You’d want something that will cushion your little one’s falls adequately, is non-toxic, easy to clean, and of course, that fits into your home’s aesthetic.

So, whatever your budget may be, scroll through our choice picks and get down with bubba!


Flower Tessellation Play Mat

Flower Tesselation Play Mat

WHAT An innovative mat that doubles as a building toy. Made from high-quality foam that’s environmentally friendly and non-toxic, the pieces of this tessellation mat can be assembled into a 3D flower bouquet or even a table. Each box contains 34 flower pieces, 34 leaf pieces, and 5 white bars.

PRICE $108 (about 1m x 1.5m)

FROM Koreacraze

PROS Encourage junior’s creativity with this building toy when he’s older. Thick enough (1.7cm to 2.3cm) to cushion falls. Value for money.

CONS You may need more than one set to build a bigger mat or structure.

Skiphop Zoo Playspot

Skiphop Zoo Playspot

PRICE $92.65

FROM Pupsik Studio

WHAT This set of 12 interlocking tiles will let junior play and explore in comfort. Made of foam, and designed and tested for babies from birth, you can configure the play mat in endless ways. Buy more than one set if you need it for a larger space.

PROS The bright colours are a joy to look at and perfect for your little one’s nursery. You can also use it to teach your baby about the various zoo animals, and as he gets older, he can learn to fit the animal “puzzle” pieces in, and hone his fine motor skills.

CONS Like other interlocking tiled playmats, this can be a little tougher to clean. Some parents also reported paint peeling off the mat, while others felt that the 1.3cm-thick foam was a little hard.

Parklon Square Room Playmat

Parklon Square Room Playmat

PRICE $265 (large, 210cm x 140cm x 1.5cm)

FROM Agape Babies Singapore

WHAT Made of eco-friendly, non-toxic and non-phthalate soft PVC, this one-piece mat is 1.5cm thick to protect your little one from bumps and grazes. This mat has safe, rounded corners to protect your baby, and some designs are educational.

PROS The Parklon playmats come in a variety of designs to suit your needs – from brightly hued kiddy ones, to muted designs suited for general living spaces. We liked the Square Room design — it features a bold black-and-white pattern on one side, and a whimsical, pastel, cloud pattern on the other. The mat is thick, plush and very comfortable. Easy to clean.

CONS Price is on the high side.

Alzipmat Color Folder Playmat (Bubble)

Alzipmat Color Folder Playmat (Bubble)

PRICE $249 (small, 200cm x 120cm)

FROM DearBaby

WHAT Made in Korea, this versatile playmat is easily transformed into multiple play structures, such as a couch, play mat or a play tunnel. The 4cm-thick mat protects your little ones from injury and it effectively absorbs noise. Free of harmful chemicals and made of a non-toxic synthetic PU leather. It has four colourful panels — light green, light blue, blue and light purple.

PROS Easy to clean and maintain. Not just a play mat but a play structure. Easy to store and put away as it folds up.

CONS Pricey. At 4.5kg, this mat is also quite heavy.

LG Playmat (Little Monkey design)

LG Playmat (Little Monkey design)

PRICE $425 (Extra-large, 250cm x 140cm x 1.5cm)

FROM Pupsik Studio

WHAT Another beautiful PVC play mat is from the LG Hausys range. Eco-friendly and non-toxic, these mats are non-slip, double-sided and have rounded corners for your little one’s safety. The LG Hausys range of play mats feels firmer than the Parklon range, as they are made with more refined plasticiser materials injected into the PVC skin, so it’s a firmer and heavier mat.

PROS Feels firm but soft enough to cushion junior’s falls. Easy to clean and maintain. High-quality material.

CONS Pricey.


Lucky Baby Tell Me A Story City Map Mat

Lucky Baby Tell Me A Story City Map Mat

PRICE $24.90

FROM Baby Mall

WHAT Got a little one who loves their vehicles? This city-map mat is made for them to watch you roll trucks and cars on the roads, and point out the landmarks like the hospital and petrol station. And as baby grows, they can do the rolling themselves! Each set comes with four 60cm x 60cm interlocking pieces.

PROS Lots of interactive and imaginative play. Good value for money.

CONS If you want to create a bigger map, the roads don’t link over different sets. The mat feels slightly thinner than the other ones, and interlocking pieces are harder to clean.

Edushape Edu-Tiles Circle Mat

Edushape Edu-Tiles Circle Mat

FROM Lazada

WHAT 27 interlocking pieces in vibrant colours (red, blue and yellow). This soft, textured foam mat is skid-resistant and safe for babies from birth.

PROS Fixing the pieces together will help junior develop his hand-eye coordination, motor skills as well as imagination. Easy to assemble. Helps teach about shapes and colours.

CONS Mat feels a bit thin, and interlocking pieces are harder to clean.

Lucky Baby Smart Learners Educative Mats — Alphabets

Lucky Baby Smart Learners Educative Mats – Alphabets

PRICE $29.90

FROM Redmart

WHAT Start ’em young! Teach your little ones about the letters of the alphabet with this vibrant foam mat. Each piece (32cm x 32cm) showcases a different letter that you can pop out of the foam piece, allowing junior to run his fingers over and identify them.

PROS Inexpensive. A good way to start teaching about letters of the alphabet — both uppercase and lowercase.

CONS Mat feels a bit thin, and interlocking pieces are harder to clean.

Fisher-Price Playmat - Smile Road (Size XL)

Fisher-Price Playmat - Smile Road (Size XL)

PRICE $299

FROM Pupsik Studio

WHAT A quality playmat from Korea that features your kewpie’s favourite jungle characters from the Fisher Price range. One side features the animals — flip it over, and find a road map on which your little one can roll their toy trucks and cars.

PROS Looks great in the nursery, and would tie in with the same theme if you have other Fisher Price products like the rocker and crib mobile. Thick and sturdy mat that will cushion your baby’s falls.

CONS Pricey.

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