Christmas season’s in full swing this month, and if you’re like most, you’ve still got holiday shopping to do. The number of online gift guides is overwhelming, so this post isn’t intended to compete, but rather to complement your baby and toddler wishlist shopping.
Summer Elizabeth received two matching play mats at her birthday party in October. We love the idea of the mats, and if they’d come a wee 5 months earlier, they’d have saved her from many a bump and bruise. My qualm with our play mats is that they’re made of too many small pieces. Each square measures approximately 6″x6″ and includes either an alphanumerical or animal shape that pops out for baby’s playtime pleasure.
Babies love to chew on everything they can bring to their sweet little lips, especially small foam animals and letters. Not only does this mean our mat is a choking hazard, as she could manage to shove an entire bit into her mouth no problem, but the pieces are so thin that they’d easily break off if she bit down and pulled on the piece. This baby play mat is dangerous.
Aside from the safety risks involved with choosing a foam play mat made of up tiny pieces, there are other disadvantages to consider. Cleaning each square is a mega-tedious job. Summer pulls her colorful mat apart at least once every day, leaving me the job of patching it up before she goes to bed. Again, not fun. Taking apart the puzzle squares to sweep & mop the nursery floor takes three times longer than it should, since you have to collect the pieces and move them out of the way, shine the floor, and put it all back together again. Foam baby play mats made up of small squares are problematic.
eWonderWorld Rainbow Playmat
My foam play mat recommendation is to purchase a thick foam mat made up of large pieces. Not only will it be safer for baby, but it will wipe down easily, stow away quickly for cleaning floors, and cut out a task from your nighttime routine, as 6 squares are a whole lot easier to fit back together than 40. Make your life easier and keep baby safe by choosing a thick foam mat with large squares.
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