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Best Baby Placemats
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Baby Placemats

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Best Baby Placemats

Your baby is properly bibbed, and their dinnerware is firmly suctioned to the table.

Still, despite all of your best efforts, your little one’s meal is likely to miss its mark (aka, their mouth) and wind up all over the table (and the seat, the floor and your kiddo’s outfit). That’s why it’s handy to have a placemat that keeps surfaces covered, messes contained and is easy to clean.

Most placemats for babies and toddlers are made of food-safe silicone so they can grip the table without slipping, withstand high temperatures from hot food and the dishwasher and, if the mess isn’t too big, be wiped down with just a damp cloth. Placemats can also be made from paper or plastic, and while both are great for budgets and on the go, you’ll want ones that have some kind of sticky or non-slip backing to keep them on the table (where they’re supposed to be).

Here are our favorite placemats for babies and toddlers.

Easy All in One

Who wants separate dishes and mats when you can get this all-in-one instead? This BPA-free silicone placemat has separate compartments (no food touching!) in the shape of a friendly face for baby to eat out of. The whole thing suctions directly to the table so little hands can’t pull it up and dump food out. You can even use it in the microwave to warm food and throw it in the dishwasher for cleanup. Easy-peasy, indeed! Don’t need all those food sections? We also love the Happy Bowl for its built-in tableware. If you have the popular Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair we love this ezpz x Stokke mat that’s designed specifically that is specifically designed to fit the tray for even easier clean up.

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 15” x 10” x 1” (eyes are 4 oz and smile is 10 oz)

Best On-the-Go Placemat

This placemat is big enough to cover a wide swath of table tops (it’s slip resistant too). We love the innovative design, including the raised edges that keep minor liquid spills contained to the mat. Made of 100% food-safe silicone, these placemats roll up tightly so you can throw one in your diaper bag, leave one on the high chair and have another in the dishwasher. They come in a bunch of colors and also make a great placemat for kids’ sensory activities and crafting.

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 18” x 8.8”

Best Affordable Placemat

Munchkin is popular among baby and toddler feeding gear, and these simple, silicone mats don’t disappoint. They come in a pack of two and are easy to roll up and take on the go. The grippy bottom helps prevent sliding so they stay put.

Additional Specs

Dimensions: 11.13” x 15”

Adorable Functionality

While many silicone placemats can be on the pricier side, this pick from Cloud Island gives you a silicone option that’s budget-friendly. Cute, simple and super easy to clean, this placemat lasts through most toddler dining wear and tear, so you may be able to get away with having just one. We also love the green alphabet design.

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 16” x 12”

Best All-in-One Placemat

This durable, rectangular placemat from Green Sprouts is truly versatile. It can serve as a placement under your favorite bowls and plates or even act as the plate since its raised edge helps contain finger foods and prevent spills. We even love the idea of using this as a tray of sorts for fun sensory activities. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe for quick and easy cleanup.

Additional Specs

Dimensions: 10.63 “ x 4.5” x 3”

Eating Smart

Sneak in some learning time at the dinner table with these bright and educational mats. With four different options including letters, colors, shapes and numbers, your toddler can have a different lesson at every meal of the day (including snack time!). Since they’re made of thick, durable plastic, they aren’t flexible like silicone placemats, but the non-slip backing helps them have just as good of a grip on surfaces. The top layer is easy to wipe down with a cloth or rinse in the sink, and the UV color printing means they’ll last for years to come.

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 17” x 11”

Best Montessori Placemat

If you follow Montessori methods in your home, you’ll love this mat. With images that indicate a place for everything, this mat fosters independence and helps encourage self-feeding. Toddlers are sure to love identifying all of the pictures and practicing setting the table. It’s made of 100% food-grade silicone and large enough for messy eaters.

Additional Specs

Dimensions: 16.14” x 12.20”

Best Disposable Placemat

Need a quick on-the-go option for restaurants and all those questionably sanitary public spots? (Looking at you, picnic tables at the park.) Disposable placemats don’t have to be the flimsy paper ones the waiters give you. These plastic mats are made from material similar to plastic grocery bags, so spills won’t soak through onto the table. And these mats stick to everything. Just peel off the sticky backing cover on each of the four sides and stick it down, even on rough or uneven surfaces.

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 12” x 18”

Best Placemat to Stop the Drop

Does your little one live for throwing their cups, bowls and toys on the floor? If so, this is the mat for you. Made from 100% food grade silicone, this dishwasher safe placemat has four suction anchor points that secure it in place. It comes with two tethers that can attach to toys and a bottle bungee (sold separately) to keep cups from ending up on the floor. The mat is also super versatile, simply roll it up and you can use it on-the-go whether at a restaurant or even to cover shopping carts.

Additional Specs

Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”
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