We've found a playmat that is baby, toddler and pet proof.
My home has mostly wooden floors throughout, so I needed a good quality play mat for my new baby, and the 3 year old who loves to lie on the floor doing puzzles and building Lego.
I had a few boxes that I wanted to check before purchasing my perfect play mat. These included:
- A waterproof material for the inevitable baby vomit and toddler spills
- Padding, so that it would be gentle on my knees and back, when I was down on the floor with the kids
- A gender neutral style, that was suitable for being in our common areas because there is no separate playroom in our house.
I looked at lots of different types of mats, rugs and throws, but when I was recommended Munchkin and Bear, I knew that it was a good match.
Munchkin and Bear is an Australian small business, owned by a Brisbane mum. With 2 children of her own, and a background in marketing, she wanted to create a product that mums would love.
The luxe padded play mats have a clean, modern aesthetic and soft muted tones. I have had mine now for 6 months, and it still looks brand new. I have other friends who have had theirs for years, and they also still look brand new.
The Play Mat in action
The mats are made of non toxic memory foam and perfect to protect babies from hard or cold floors. They are also good for lounging mummas who like to stretch out and drink coffee while the children climb over them.
The mats are available in three sizes and they are all reversible. So if you get tired of one pattern and want to change it up, you can just flip it over. I have mine in my living room and it matches with my grey couches and doesn't immediately scream "Kids live here!!" when visitors walk through the door.
The price may seem a lot at first glance, retailing from $99 to $159, but considering the amount of use the mats get, it is well worth the price. I originally purchased a cheap play mat from a mainstream department store and it literally lasted one day, before my teething baby munched a hole in the lining. These Munchkin and Bear ones are basically indestructible. Even if you have pets!
I would highly recommend Munchkin and Bear Play Mats if you are on the lookout for a comfortable and stylish mat for your home. You can check out their website here.