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While you can do tummy time on a carpet or rug, having a mat specifically for the activity is ideal. “Tummy time mats are valuable tools for parents to create a safe and comfortable environment for their babies. They provide a soft and cushioned surface, which is crucial for supporting a baby's delicate skin and preventing discomfort or injury,” says Dr. Rosmy Barrios, a medical advisor at Health Reporter.
One of the most appealing aspects is they often come with engaging textures, colors and sensory elements which can stimulate a baby's senses and encourage them to stay on their stomachs for longer periods.
“When looking for a tummy time mat, opt for one that is made of non-toxic, baby-friendly materials. Ensuring the mat is free from harmful chemicals is paramount,” explains Dr. Barrios.
“The mat should be easy to clean, since babies can be messy, and hygiene is crucial. Consider the mat's size, as it should be spacious enough to accommodate your baby and any toys or accessories you want to include during tummy time.”
Learning while playing is the name of the game with this tummy time mat. With six hanging toys and milestone cards, this enchanting activity nurtures the development of your baby's physical, cognitive, visual and motor skills. And it's a breeze to set up.
Its macrame-style design and neutral colors allow the ultra-chic to blend seamlessly with any decor. Pair it with tummy time toys or use on its own.
Take a trip to the outdoors with this cutesy leaf mat. Made of soft and plush cotton, your baby will undoubtedly be excited for tummy time. Not only is the tufted leaf mat adorable, but it’s sewn in an ethical process that keeps toxins and scary odors away from your growing baby.
We love that it's soft enough to be a baby blanket and thick enough to be a baby quilt. When they're older, you'll drape this one over the foot of their toddler mattress in a decorative way.
Bright colors, hanging toys, kick and play piano—it's all here! This tummy time mat from Fisher-Price has earned its five-star rating and will keep your baby occupied for hours. Better yet, the deluxe mat is soft, thick and machine-washable.
When the time comes, the large and colorful tummy time mat takes baby from laying and playing to sitting and interacting.
Splish, splash on this water mat for tummy time. Before your little one braves their first body of water, try a tummy time water mat. Using one is an essential tool for babies to learn how to interact with their bodies and develop their motor skills.
Watch as your infant enters the fish tank wonderland of bright colors and friendly sea creatures. They'll continue loving this one even as they approach toddler years.
For parents on the go, this fold-and-go tummy time mat is essential. Easy to fold up, store and transport—in its own portable bag—the mat has a cotton and linen exterior with polyester fill, making it soft yet supportive for little ones. To make things efficient, it’s easy to wash at a moment’s notice so you can keep it fresh, clean and ready to travel.
Ideal for tummy time at home or on the go, this playmat is crafted from organic cotton with a charming woodsy pattern. The vibrant, yet soft cotton has an incredibly rich design that holds over time. Filled with plush filling and screen-printed by hand, your baby is going to be living the soft life.
It's also double-sided, meaning wash days are a little less frequent. Toss it in the wash with your best baby detergent when you're ready.
This tummy time mat is the perfect place to capture some of your baby's first moments! With 12 reversible milestone marker cards, the mat features a woodland scene on the front and an allover leaf print on the back. The soft, plush fabric is machine-washable for convenient cleaning and makes tummy time extra comfortable!
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