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Best Baby Floor Mats
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March 28, 2024

Best Baby Floor Mats

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These mats provide a soft spot for little ones to play—and they actually look good on your floors!Best Baby Floor Mats

As your little one goes from cuddly baby to curious crawler to playful toddler, a soft, safe area designated for play can be helpful. Floor mats are a convenient solution.

Typically made of foam or rubber, floor mats are as cushy as carpet but much easier to clean. Some are made from interlocking tiles while others are constructed from one long piece of foam or other soft, flexible material. They’ll lessen the impact of any tumbles as your child learns balance and coordination (it takes time!).

Floor mats can go in any room of your home, from your baby’s nursery to a playroom. Many parents also use them to designate a specific area for play in places like a family room or even a finished basement.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Baby Floor Mats

How We Chose the Best Baby Floor Mats

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many baby floor mats.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Most Stylish Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

A baby floor mat that’s beautiful enough to pass for a rug? Toddlekind’s Play Rug fits the bill. It’s a reversible playmat that comes in subtle, stylish prints that look good in any room. It’s also all one piece; just roll it out and you’re good to go. The cushioned surface is perfect for tiny tumbles and the mat is wipeable and easy to keep clean.

If you like the look of Toddlekind but are searching for a different style of baby floor mat, the brand makes lots of others. Some of our favorites are the Quilted Cotton Reversible Playmat and the Prettier Puzzle Linear Collection Foam Playmat.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I had been looking at these for a while, and as my 5 month old was getting bigger and outgrowing his play mat, I knew we needed something! It’s perfect for rolling, sitting, cleaning, and yoga. Plus it looks great in our sitting room. Thank you!” -J Brown

Additional Specs
Dimensions 4.6’ x 6.6’ x 0.5’

Another Stylish Option

What Our Experts Say

If you like the look of a playmat that doubles as a stylish rug but need a customizable option, look no further than Little Nomad. This gorgeous foam floor mat features hand-illustrated designs inspired by vintage Moroccan rugs. You can add as many squares as you need and design a mat anywhere from 4’ x 6’ all the way up to 10’ x 12’. The mats are cushy, made from non-toxic foam and absolutely beautiful.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 4’ x 6’ and up

Best Customizable Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

This customizable floor mat is made from 42 triangles and 32 edge pieces, so you can change up both the pattern and the size. Parents with a modern or minimal aesthetic will appreciate the neutral color palette and wipe-clean surface and babies and toddlers will appreciate the soft, cushy spot to play. Just keep in mind that curious babies and toddlers will sometimes pull apart these types of interlocking foam mats.

What Babylist Parents Say

“We love how you can arrange these in a pattern to your liking. They’re also easy to clean and soften up our tile floor for our sons play area. We love that they’re eco friendly as well!” -Jessica

Additional Specs
Dimensions 70” x 56”, 5.75 lbs

Best Portable Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

Sweet, simple and modern, this reversible playmat from Crane Baby is hand-quilted and ethically sourced. It’s light and easy to move around your home (or even roll up and take to grandma’s) yet still cushy and comfortable for your little one to play on. It’s also machine washable and dryer safe. Just note it’s on the smaller side, so if you need something to cover a larger space, the may not be for you.

For a similar lightweight, cotton option in beautifully neautral tones, check out Pehr’s Printed Baby Play Mat.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love this! Not only is it beautiful but its perfect for tummy time, adding an extra layer when playing on the floor and makes a great backdrop for those monthly pictures!” -Leeanna

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 40” x 40”

Best Baby Floor Mat Rug

What Our Experts Say

If you’re familiar with the Ruggish brand, then you likely already know that they make some of the most stylish, completely washable rugs around. This baby-friendly version adds memory foam to create a safe, soft surface for your little one. It’s also all one piece and is waterproof and easy to wipe clean. The mat is two-sided, with a rug-like pattern on one side and a play map on the other.

Pro tip: don’t use a vacuum (or any other type of cleaning appliance) with rotating brushes on this mat, as it will cause damage. Also steer clear of strong cleaners or oils, and try to keep your pets off of it.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 4’8” x 7’ x .5”

Best Organic Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

If you’re shopping for a floor mat but are conscious of chemicals and toxins, consider Toki Mats. The design is unique; the mats consist of a removable (and washable) fabric cover, a natural latex foam insert and a zip closure. Everything is made from non-toxic materials and free of things like phthalates, PVC and lead, and the latex foam insert is certified all-natural rubber and is available in an organic or non-organic option. Toki Mats work on any type of floor and the covers are interchangeable if you get tired of one and want a different design.

Keep in mind that Toki Mats mats require a bit more effort to clean than a wipeable baby floor mat. You’ll need to toss the fabric cover into the washing machine and spot-clean the foam insert any time there’s a big mess like spit up or a blowout. If you want to minimize the mess, consider adding the waterproof cover.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This mat is great for playing, rolling, crawling, and more! It’s supportive enough for floor play/tummy time and soft enough to cushion a fall. And best of all? It’s truly non-toxic!” -Mikaela

Additional Specs
Dimensions Standard size: 40” x 40” x 1”, 8 lbs

Most Versatile Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

This play mat may look simple—but you’ll be shocked at just how versatile it is. It’s made from buttery soft bonded leather on one side and flocked suede on the other, so it’s comfortable, water-resistant and folds compactly. And you can use it in so many different ways. It works as a playmat, picnic blanket, beach towel, craft mat, splat mat under the high chair…the possibilities are endless.

Just be aware this isn’t a padded or cushioned mat, so if that’s the type of floor mat you’re looking for, this isn’t your best option.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Gathre Mats are a mom’s best-kept secret that should not be a secret! These mats are so versatile, easy to clean, classy and easy to take on the go! I’ve been a loyal customer for 5 years now!” -Sarah

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 54” x 54”

Best Baby Floor Mat for Newborns

What Our Experts Say

Baby floor mats are often used for things like tummy time and learning to roll, but they can also be an ideal spot for your little one to explore their senses. This organic floor mat from Etta Loves combines a soft, safe space with bright, contrasting prints to support baby’s visual and cognitive development. The reversible mat features a black and white pattern designed especially for newborns on one side and a colorful print better suited for older babies on the other. The floor mat is lightweight, easy to move from room to room and machine washable.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This mat is truly amazing! My son is 3 weeks old and I use this constantly. I use it on our couch. I prop half up the back of the couch so when I lay him down he can look at it. The second I put him down he’s looking for the black and white print. He is so engaged in it which is amazing to watch at this age. If he’s getting fussy while I’m changing his diaper if I put him on this he just completely relaxes. I couldn’t recommend this enough!” -Rebecca S.

Additional Specs
Dimensions 39” diameter

Best Affordable Baby Floor Mat

What Our Experts Say

Many one-piece, wipeable playmats of this size can cost upwards of $200 or more. This one from Skip Hop comes in at under $100 and shares many of the same features you’ll find on much more expensive mats. It’s reversible, with a subtle pattern on one side and a colorful scene on the other, and rolls out easily. It’s also PVC and phthalate free and waterproof.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easy to clean rather than the squares. Love that it’s reversible with a more neutral side that blends in more with our decor.” -Natasha

Additional Specs
Dimensions: 7.2’ x 44’

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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