There is no greater relief for a new mommy than being able to put her baby down for a few moments, be it in her father’s arms or just on a play mat. But then there is some fear too. Will she be safe? Comfortable? Entertained?
Well, that depends on the play mat that you choose; and since your baby deserves the very best, here are some tips for choosing the right one.
Babies are curious about texture, and of course you want to keep them thus curious and occupied. Play mats come in multiple textural options, sometimes with different textures on a single mat itself.
Mink fur mats and other soft-to-touch mats with lifted furs are popular as they are just made to run baby hands through. Dog-ear mats are very popular as well, since they are great to hold on to or play with.
Some baby mats come with pillows for back support. The c-shaped pillows mold around your baby’s head and support her neck and shoulders.
For slightly older babies, the same pillow supports them on their tummies. Tummy time is essential for babies as it strengthens their back and tummy muscles. If you opt for bigger pillows, choose a larger mat so as to give your baby adequate space.
Most play mats come with sound related toys. Of course, since babies are most attracted to such toys, it is but obvious that there be rattles there.
But it is not just your baby you need to think about. If too much noise bothers you or your family has low tolerance to sounds, you can choose relatively quiet mats. Some mats also have songs or jingles that can keep your baby entertained while not being quite as annoying to you.
Babies quickly get bored with the toys they have and suddenly what was yesterday’s favorite, doesn’t even get a glance today. Play mats that have the option of removing old toys and replacing them with new ones, are perfect to counteract this problem.
Removable toys also come in handy in other ways. For example, if you have to tackle toys that have been soiled with spit or poop, wouldn’t you want to remove, wash and replace them?
Babies also love looking at mirrors. Having a play mat with a mirror-like reflective surface is like having another toy in your arsenal. Get such a mat and your baby will soon be recognizing faces and expressions.
Having a play mat is hardly mandatory, but having one is definitely better than relying on that soft blanket. The biggest advantage is the clean up. When you are done with it, just lift it and store it; as easy as that! So, when are you getting yours?