Why Does Material Matter for Play Mats?

Play mats are an essential part of every child's play area. It provides a soft and safe surface for them to explore, learn, and have fun.

When choosing a play mat, one crucial factor to consider is the material it is made from. The material used in play mats can impact their durability, comfort, safety, and overall play experience.


Durability and Longevity


Children are known for their energy, enthusiasm, and getting into lots of mischief, which often translates into rough play sessions.

It is important to select a play mat made from durable materials that can withstand daily wear and tear.

Materials EVA foam or PVC are known for their exceptional durability, ensuring your play mat lasts for years without losing its quality or becoming damaged. But how safe are they?

TPU foam is both durable and long lasting, making our play mats the superior choice.

Safety Considerations


Child safety should always be a top priority when selecting a play mat. The material used in the mat plays a critical role in ensuring a safe play environment for your little ones.

Look for materials that are non-toxic and free from harmful chemicals such as phthalates, lead, or formaldehyde. Play mats made from materials that meet safety standards provide peace of mind, knowing that your child is playing on a surface that won't pose any health risks.

Made from next generation thick non-toxic TPU foam material, our mats have been extensively tested to ensure they surpass International Toy Safety Standards. Some playmats on the market are constructed using PVC or Vinyl. Although it is quite a strong material, PVC  is made using a toxic cocktail of materials that could put your little ones at risk from exposure to lead, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hormone-disrupting chemicals like phthalates.

Comfort and Cushioning


Comfort is another crucial aspect to consider when choosing a play mat. Opt for materials that offer sufficient cushioning to protect your child from accidental falls or tumbles during playtime.

Thick foam or rubber mats provide excellent shock absorption, reducing the risk of injuries and creating a comfortable surface for your child to crawl, roll, or sit on.

Hygiene and Maintenance


Children's play areas can quickly become messy and prone to spills or accidents. That's why it's important to choose a play mat material that is easy to clean and maintain. Look for mats that are water-resistant and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth or mild soap.

Additionally, materials that are resistant to stains and odors will help keep your play mat looking fresh and hygienic for longer.

Versatility and Portability


Depending on your needs, you may want a play mat that can be easily transported or used for various purposes. Some materials, like foldable fabric mats or interlocking foam tiles, offer excellent portability and versatility. 

They can be easily rolled up making them convenient for travel or storage. Consider the material's flexibility and portability if you intend to use the play mat in different locations or for different activities.

Super Soft Play Mats

Like many baby needs, we want to make sure we give our child the best material. Choosing the right play mat is not only about providing a comfortable space to lay and play on — but it will also influence the aesthetic of your bedroom, playroom or living room.

Explore our Super Soft Play Mats and learn the benefits of the different options you’ll find in our collection.

Consider Finish and Texture When Choosing a Play Mat


All of our play mats are made with premium materials for superior softness, but each fabric features a distinct soft waffle texture to meet your child's comfort needs and offers a different pattern to create an aesthetic that suits your space.

The material used in play mats is a crucial factor to consider when creating a safe, comfortable, and durable play area for your child.

By selecting materials that prioritise durability, safety, comfort, hygiene, and versatility, you can ensure that your child's playtime is both enjoyable and worry-free.


Take the time to research different materials available and choose the one that best suits your child's needs and your specific requirements.


Do you have a question about your Grace & Maggie Playmat? Feel free to email us.


Written by Laura Agrimi, mother of 2 and owner of Grace & Maggie.

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