It can be difficult to choose a play mat for your baby, considering there are many options available, but there are a few things that can make this decision easier. Play mats come in many different shapes, styles and it is more of a personal preference, as no one is better than the others, but there are many factors to consider.
Play mats come in many different sizes so you are going to want to know how much room you have before you start shopping. There are compact versions that are great for small apartments, but once a child starts rolling, they are a bit too small. There are also very large play mats that will take up half of your living room but have plenty to keep your child busy for the next several months.
All play mats are going to make some amount of noise, it is just a matter of how much you can tolerate. There are some play mats that have a music box on them with a adjustable volume as well as some that make squeaking or crinkling noises. If the noise does not bother you, go with one that makes as much as possible because children this age love all of the different sounds that they can make. for babies that are very young, a play mat with a music box is a great idea because they can have sounds before they are able to do it themselves.
Many play mats have toys that are removable. This is a really great feature because, odds are, your child’s play mat is going to get puked on at some point, and you want to be able to clean it easily. Removable toys also give you the option the change them out every once in a while or even take them off once your child has outgrown the play mat but still likes the toys. A mirror is a must have because babies love to see their reflection, even if they do not recognize themselves. Some play mats even come with more interactive toys, such as a piano.
While you do not need to have a play mat for your baby, they are a good investment because they are very useful when it comes to keeping your baby entertained. A baby play mat is also a great way to give your child a place for tummy time, and may even encourage the child to roll over and get toys.