Playmats, or activity gyms, are designed to engage your little one. With bold colors; a soft surface; rattles, mirrors, and a smattering of other toys, these sensory centersmotivate, stimulate and inspire. They are baby’s first interactive toy. Plus, children spend a lot of time on the floor. From wiggling and rolling to crawling and sitting up, the mat is where it’s at. But the market is also saturated. A quick Amazon search for “baby gyms and playmats” yields more than 800 results. So how do you know which one is best for your child’s needs — and your own?
This roundup includes some of the softest, safest, most portable and affordable mats on the market. But the best part? These designs are super cute so you can store them in your baby’s nursery or keep them in your living room (which, if we’re being completely honest, is where they will live).
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