Play Mats

You might like to purchase a play mat for a number of reasons including ensuring baby has their own defined space to relax on, to encourage tummy time and crawling, for more than one child to play together on, to take away for play at Grandparents etc, or to have enough space for you and baby to spend eye to eye quality time together. Predominately, play mats are chosen for their contribution in strengthening neck and back muscles in addition to balance skills through tummy time activities. Therefore, many of the mats come with pillows in a half moon shape designed to help support baby in these initial stages. Different textured sections and colours on the mat also help to encourage exploration face down in addition to interactive sections that for example sound when pressed. This all helps in the stages leading up towards crawling and movement.
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Lamaze Spin & Explore Garden Gym
The Lamaze Spin and Explore Garden Gym is suitable from birth up to 6 months. It features a wonderful full 360 degree rotating tummy time base and a activity filled play mat, ensuring your child has hours of fun whilst developing their muscles, core senses and motor skills.
RRP : £42.99Our Price : £40.49Save : £2.50
Early Learning Centre Inflatable Play Island
There's so much to do on the inflatable play island, and it's great for both indoor and outdoor play! A giant water pat mat is fun to sit on, and an inflatable back support is perfect for getting used to sitting up as your little ones play. A bounce-back toy and inflatable toy stimulate the senses and help encourage the development of hand to eye coordination skills. When it's time to get crawling, there is a dangling toy to discover in the removable inflatable tunnel- and when it's time to walk, the footprints are perfect for following and encouraging confidence on our feet.
RRP : £44.99Our Price : £42.74Save : £2.25
Early Learning Centre Blossom Farm Goose Sit Me Up Cosy
The Blossom Farm Gladys Goose Sit Me Up Cosy is a lovely place for your new baby to relax. The soft nest comes with a super soft, quilted, flower play mat that your new baby can lie on and is perfect for tummy time play when your baby is ready to roll over. The nest is a cosy place for your baby to start playing and explore the textures on the mat, and play with the toys. When your baby is ready to explore toys on the floor, and keen to try sitting up, you can stack up the two halves of the Blossom Farm Gladys Goose Sit Me Up Cosy. This makes a supportive sofa-style prop, so your baby can learn to sit up in safety.
RRP : £39.99Our Price : £37.99Save : £2.00
Mothercare Garden Explorer Deluxe Pastel Gym
The Garden Explorer Playmat is a cosy and soft rabbit shaped playmat for little ones. Made in luxuriously plush fabric and with higher padded sides it will cradle your child gently and securely. The playmat also comes with two arches and five detachable hanging toys. Your little one won't be able to resist reaching for them, all the while improving their visual development, hand to eye coordination and concentration as they have fun.
RRP : £49.99Our Price : £48.99Save : £1.00
Mothercare Safari Gym
Soft and padded, the Mothercare Safari Playmat keeps little one comfy whilst engaging them with its bright colours and fun jungle friends. The playmat is simple and versatile. Baby can lie down for tummy-time or sit up under the removable arch to play with their soft animal friends. The Safari Playmat encourages babies to interact with their surroundings, developing their all-important hand-eye coordination whilst they have fun! Suitable from birth, the Safari Playmat is perfect for even the littlest ones to play and learn in a soft environment.
RRP : £34.99Our Price : £33.99Save : £1.00
Mothercare Space Dreamer Gym
The bright and colourful playmat is ideal for young babies to lie, play and discover new textures, sounds and colours. The padded playmat comes with an overhead arch which hold lots of fun and engaging toys including rattles, teethers and a mirror for self discovery. The toys can be easily attached to most cribs and carriers for on-the-go fun.
RRP : £34.99Our Price : £33.99Save : £1.00
Lamaze Freddie the Firefly Gym
Freddie the Firefly Gym is a 3 in 1 gym that offers 3 different positions to follow baby’s growth: lay and play, tummy time play and sit and play. The flexible arch features colourful toys and textured teethers, each adjustable so they’re always within reach. The large discovery mirror helps baby learn how to focus. A multi-coloured cushion wraps gently around baby’s head, offering protection and support, even from birth. As baby grows, the mat is perfect for sit and play. Textured, crinkly fabrics encourage baby to explore and stripes, checkers and a variety of contrasting pattern stimulate focus and vision.
RRP : £34.99Our Price : £28.99Save : £6.00
Peter Rabbit Activity Mat
This large Peter Rabbit activity playmat is suitable from birth and packed with activities to help stimulate their senses as they grow. Includes detachable baby safe mirror, 3 removable shaped teethers, a cute peek a boo flap, a crinkly watering can and a squeaky bee! This mat is extra large in size to easily fit two babies and is machine washable. This playmat has been designed specifically to encourage babies early developmental skills, we have included multiple textures and sounds to encourage babies to enjoy using their senses and to learn to explore the world around them.
RRP : £39.99Our Price : £38.39Save : £1.60
GHMILY Activity Playmat
This large Guess How Much I Love You activity playmat is suitable from birth and packed with activities to help stimulate babies senses as they grow. Includes detachable baby safe mirror, 2 removable shaped teethers, a cute peek a boo flap, crinkle and a squeaky frog! This mat is extra large in size to easily fits two babies and is machine washable.
RRP : £39.99Our Price : £38.39Save : £1.60
Thomas and Friends Activity Mat
This fun-packed My First Thomas and Friends Activity Playmat is suitable from birth and packed with activities to help stimulate babies senses as they grow. The Tummy Time Activity Playmat includes a detachable baby safe mirror, three removable shaped teethers, two of which are Thomas-shaped, a peek a boo flap and a squeaky 'Peep, Peep' Thomas! This bright and colourful Playmat, from the My First Thomas and Friends Nursery Collection, is extra large in size so it can easily accommodate two babies. It has been designed specifically to encourage babies early developmental skills and includes multiple textures and sounds.
RRP : £39.99Our Price : £38.39Save : £1.60
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If you are still unsure about which play mat to go for we have a few more thoughts that might help you in your decision-making. As you know tummy time is a very important activity in baby’s development and as such its best to choose the play mat that you think your baby will engage most in. So choosing bright colours and in particular those mats that offer different themes and sections within it can be good in keeping baby’s continued interest and motivation to move over to the next. With large play mats such as the ‘Tiny Love Discovery Mat’ this is easier to achieve but when baby is very little so much space might be daunting so lying down with baby on it or perhaps folding it in half and making it a cosier environment should resolve this in the early days. There are a few playmats available such as the ‘Taf Toys 4 Seasons Mat’ that has fold up side features creating a cosy zone for baby with soft pictured walls around. If your main interest in a play mat is to develop the neck and back muscles you might like to consider the very unique ‘Lamaze Spin and Explore Garden Gym’ which has a rotating tummy time base that baby rests on and can literally spin horizontally 360’ through the centre of the mat viewing all it’s different sections and the activities within each.

Some mats come with baby safe mirrors so this too will encourage baby to stay on their front and engage their interest in this new friend. Also look out for baby play mats that come with a tummy time pillow as these help to aid baby being on their front and supports while they develop their own muscles to do this. All of the Bright Starts play mats come with a support pillow and the Bright Starts Tummy Cruiser (available in pink and neutral) goes a step further in providing an interesting and interactive view with its raised activity dashboard. When choosing a play mat also look for added value extras included with the mat such as teether toys, peek a boo sections, musical rewards, and different textured surfaces. You can have confidence in your choice as all the brands that we stock are all well renowned and provide for wonderful safe play. With prices from £10 to £50 we hope you can find one that suits all of your and your baby’s requirements.