I have been toying with the idea of a play mat for a few months now. There are many benefits to playmats, the most important being support that I feel would help pumpkin move around more. The idea is that if you make the area softer, it’s more comfortable for pumpkin to explore movement. I find it incredibly uncomfortable to sit on most floors without some support. My joint issues make it more difficult than a typical person, but if I could benefit from cushion why would I hesitate considering it for pumpkin?
The problem is playmats have been clouded incontroversy. Some of the more common mats have been found to have a large amount of toxins in them. Formamide has been found in many of the mats which has caused Europe to ban them entirely. Yet, they are still sold in the US without any warning. This is a product that a baby will be laying on, possibly licking and basically breathing the toxins in constantly.
In my research, I found the BabyCare Playmat, which is a playmat that is completely non-toxic. I bought a large version of the playmat from Amazon, but I am told that they sell it for cheaper at Costco. No matter what the price, (I paid $89.99), this mat is worth every penny.
Pumpkin loves the colorful designs on the mat. She keeps trying to pet the elephant. I love that next to each of the animals it says what they are. This way we can read the mat together and hopefully make it into a learning game later. The reverse side of the mat is decorated with the letters of the alphabet.
The cushion on this mat is unbelievable. The instant we put pumpkin on the mat, she flipped onto her belly and pushed herself way up. I actually thought she was going to get on her knees and start crawling. I cheered her on, hoping to be able to tell my husband, “I told you so”. She didn’t quite get there, but she was on her tummy for at least an hour with no complaints. I only wish we had it earlier when we were constantly fighting with her about tummy time. The cushion feels great for me too and I’m now actively moving around and playing with her on the mat.
Cleaning is a breeze on the Baby Care Playmat. I fed her prunes recently which of course got on the mat. All I had to do was take a wipe and it came right off! So easy to clean! With a baby, being able to clean quickly is a huge advantage.
I love this mat so much, I immediately bought one of these for the grandparents so that they also have a cushioned area for pumpkin to learn to crawl on. If you are considering a playmat, I can’t recommend this mat enough.