When your babe starts to wriggle around on their belly and show an interest in crawling, it’s a very exciting time. You need to make sure that you’re prepared for this upcoming developmental milestone. Your little one can’t crawl around on the wood floor or tile, because they could get hurt when they can’t hold themselves up any longer and fall on the wood floor. You’ll want to pick out a thick mat for your child to practice and hone their new skill. We picked out the best baby crawling mats to help you determine which one is best for your little one.
The baby mats we selected are all non-toxic and non-slip. We picked two mats that are what you imagine when you think of a child’s playroom: The famous puzzle-piece mats. These vibrant mats can help engage your little one and are easily storable when they’re done crawling for the day. Our other choice is a foldable mat, so you don’t need to go through the trouble of taking it apart when you’re finished. It is in more muted, neutral tones, but it is also easy to clean if some unfortunate spills happen. But most importantly, all three of our picks will protect your baby when they fall and will encourage them to pick themselves up and try again.
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1. Tadpoles Soft EVA Foam 36 Piece ABC Playmat Set
The 36-piece ABC mats are made out of non-toxic EVA foam. You’ll have to put this crawling mat together, but the ABC design will make it easier for you to figure out which piece goes where. It provides a thick cushion from the hard floor, which not only protects your child when they fall, but also gives them an insulated surface to play on. The mat will keep them warm, and it’s soft enough for their little limbs. The mats come in an array of vibrant colors, including blue/gray, modern/primary, pink/purple (pictured), pink/aqua or embossed multi-color.
2. UANLAUO Baby Play Mat
If you’re getting sick of building your baby’s crawl mat, you’ll like this one-piece foldable option. You just unfold the cushioned mat, and then it’s crawling time. The mat is thick enough to protect your baby when they fall. Non-slip and easy to grip, the crawling mat is double-sided, so your babe has two different patterns to look at while learning. If you or the baby knocks over liquid, don’t worry. This mat is waterproof and easy to clean. This non-toxic mat is perhaps not the best choice for parents who have pets. The pets’ nails might leave little holes in the mat behind.
3. BalanceFrom Kid’s Puzzle Exercise Play Mat
This EVA foam mat is built for taking a tumble. Made out of non-toxic materials and BPA- and phthalate-free, this mat comes in 16-tile or 36-tile options. The mat features easy-to-assemble tiles, which interlock. It’s basically like solving a giant puzzle that your child will crawl all over. The 36-tile options can focus on colors, shapes or the alphabet, so you can teach your children these objects and concepts early on.