The best baby gyms & playmats for newborns and toddlers
Your baby’s development relies on the various awakening activities they do. It’s all about stimulating his brain so that one is able to make connections and draw conclusions from an early age. It has been proven that most children who have had an activity gym as a baby have a more open mind. So, it is quite normal that so many parents and nurseries are interested in this accessory.
What should you be looking for in a play mat? One that is safe, practical, easy to transport and why not, evolutive to keep your baby entertained for months, or even years!
We have gathered the best baby gyms from each price point and for every ages to ensure you find the play equipment that works for you and your baby.
Best baby gym for newborns
To rest or to develop their senses, from the first few weeks of their life, your little one will appreciate a soft comfortable baby mat. A nice addition to the mat is a baby gym. Your baby will love reaching up for its hanging toys. Here are our to pick baby playmats.
Our favourite newborn play mat
Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym
For your first baby gym, this option is cute and affordable. With light colors, and soft material, cushions for multiple positions, things that light up, and music too! This baby play gym also comes with a mirror, rattle, and propping pillow to engage your newborn’s curiosity.
Best budget baby gym
MiniDream Baby Musical Jumbo Playmat
This mat doesn’t have as much bling or padding as the Skip Hop play mat but it’s half the price and it’s equally cute and soft. It comes with 3 detachable hanging toys that you can hang on your car seat and pram. It also comes with a bag and can be easily dismantled and transported, making it a great versatile budget mat.
Best travelling baby mat
Go Everywhere Mat In Over The Rainbow
This is the best baby play mat for the family on the go. This rollup mat has a stylish yellow leather strap to carry or hook up to your stroller. Great for use as a baby play gym at home or for keeping in the car for playdates. Can also be used as a travel changing mat.
Best playmats for toddlers
If your little one is starting to crawl, a playmat is the perfect accessory to make sure they can play and explore safely. We’ve selected bigger play mats than the newborns ones so your baby have all the space they need to crawl around and have more toys around.
Best activity mat
Bright Starts 5-in-1 Your Way Ball Play
Lots or bright colours and various sounds to catch your baby’s attention. There are ten different toys to grab, rattle, suck and squeeze. The gym is well made and the mat is machine washable. The great thing is that this mat is evolutive. It has five different setups depending on your baby’s age. So you’ll ba able to use it for years.
Best crawling mat
IHEARTYOU Crawling Mat
For a large baby playmat, the IHEARTYOU is too cute to pass up. With its elegant colours, cute animal design and soft cushy cotton fabric, this one is sure to look amazing in your baby’s room. Great for use under a wooden baby gym, or as a soft landing place for a cruising babe. You can choose among 5 super cute animal design: giraffe, rabbit, bear, elephant and tiger.
Best budget & space saving play mat
Winthome Baby Play Mat
It’s a good size machine washable mat with a lovely design. It has a non slip coating on the bottom so you can use it safely on hard flooring. The best feature is the toggles at the edge to bundle it up with toys inside is brilliant. It makes it so easy to pack it up to store it or move baby’s play area with all their toys around the house. At that price, it’s a steal!
Extra suggestions for toddlers play mats
We’ve selected quite versatile mat for crawlers that can also be used for older toddlers. However we wanted to show you some more original additions that could make your baby play area even more entertaining.
Alphabet Foam Play Mat
In order to cover a large floor space for free-roaming toddlers, foam play mat tiles are ideal. The bright primary colours of most baby foam tiles can be overstimulating for small children. The contrast of these grey play mat tiles is stylish and just stimulating enough. The plus is in the educational dimension with the letters and numbers. Use one set for a play pen, or buy two or three to fill an entire playroom floor!
Le Toy Van Farm Play Mat
For a great indoor or outdoor play mat, the Le Toy Van farm play mat is a winner. The imagery on this mat shows a beautiful field of growing crops, pens for animals, rolling hills, a plot for a build-it-yourself farmhouse, and a twisting country road. Easy to roll up and store, and non-slip for safe toddler, this activity play mat is super convenient. What really sets this mat apart is the high-quality, highly detailed Le Toy Van plastic animals and toy vehicle sets that are sold separately.
Accessories for adventurous babies
Implay Soft Play Activity Set
For the active baby, this foam gym equipment is perfect! Finally, something safe for your baby to climb all over. This foam play gym comes in two pieces, that can be used seperately or pieced together. Baby will spend hours navigating the slope and stairs of this awesome baby play gym!
So which one is your favourite? Did you go for a stylish grey one or for a more colourful one?
Now that you know where your baby will be playing, you may be interested in checking out one of our other lists, The Best Toys for Baby. This list will help you figure out which toys are best for helping baby build their motor and language skills.