Researching play mats since 2013 | Post updated May 2019
A few months after my first daughter was born I learned that some baby products were made with questionable materials and some of these products leached harmful chemicals that could possibly affect the health of my kid. I was not happy to learn this and started looking for non-toxic alternatives.
One of the most important things I sought out to find was a non-toxic baby play mat because my daughter was on a mat a big chunk of the day. In 2013 when I first wrote this post there weren’t many options but the demands of parents looking for non-toxic alternatives have risen and now there are several options. I update this post every 6 months (or so) with my findings since this is a topic I’m pretty passionate about.
When I was pregnant with my first I got an EVA foam mat, the We Sell Mats 36 Sq Ft Alphabet and Number Floor Mat. However, after reading about the recall on foam mats in Europe on 2011 I did not feel too happy with having a foam mat because EVA foam mats have been known to contain formamide. If you want to learn more about eva foam mats read here.
I did contact the manufacturer of this specific mat and they send me over their reports: Report 1 & Report 2. The problem with this type of testing is that it doesn’t really tell us if it contains any toxins. The materials on the mat have to pass a certain level to be considered non-toxic, meaning they are not saying that they in fact don’t contain chemicals (formamide in this case), they are just saying they don’t contain above a certain amount. Therefore, even though these type of mats don’t seem dangerous I just can’t recommend any EVA foam mats.
During my research, I came across Panda Mat and that seemed like the perfect mat, except that they stopped manufacturing it back when I wrote this post 3 years ago so I had to look for other options. Since Panda Mat was sold out back then that left me with two options: the Dwinguler Eco-friendly Kids Play Mat and the MyLine Baby PlayMat. Both mats claim to be toxic-free but I ended up getting MyLine Baby PlayMat because of price and the materials it was made out of (Dwinguler uses PVC!).
Now there are a lot more options of non-toxic play mats and since I’ve been working on this post since 2013 there have been changes to this list. If you no longer see a brand listed here it’s because they stopped selling their product, their mat didn’t hold up well or they changed their materials.
These are the non-toxic play mats I’ve found:
- MyLine Baby PlayMat (best value but there are other mats made with better materials)
- The Folding Mat (read my review), the Modular Mat and the Inua Bumber Mat by CreamHaus (see all the products they offer here and save 10% by using the code MAMAINSTINCTS10)
- Organic Cotton Play Mat by Pillobebe. (Read my reviews on Corkimat and Organic Cotton Play Mat.)
- Kutchu Play Mat
- Organic Play Mat by Organic designs
- Spiritual Revolution Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat (has a regular and kid version)
- Baby Bello Organic playmat
- Nook LilyPad
**You can find detailed information for each mat below.
My favorite mats are:
- The Folding Mat or Modular Mat by CreamHaus: These mats are made with the same materials but the size and shape is different. I love these because they are thickest mats I’ve seen, they are large and are waterproof so it’s extremely easy to keep clean. They’re pretty light and are foldable so it’s easy to move. They also double as a gym mat for my older kid.
- The Inua Bumber Mat by CreamHaus: This is a pretty unique play mat and a perfect solution if you’re looking for a play pen, a ball pit or a toddler nap map. I love that it keeps my kiddo in one area and the toys are not all over our living room because we keep them in there. Plus it’s the most original play mat I’ve ever seen.
- MyLine Baby PlayMat: I love this one because it is one piece, light weight and one of the biggest mats I’ve seen. My favorite feature is that it’s so easy to clean and that it’s the most affordable on this list.
I think it’s important to mention that there are a some mats that claim to be non-toxic and even have reports showing they are, however they are made with PVC and PVC is NOT considered non-toxic so if you do end up getting these mats keep that in mind. These mats are:
- Dwinguler Eco-friendly Kids Play Mat claims to be non-toxic (you can find their safety reports here) it is made from PVC.
- Baby Care Play Mat, which is another mat that’s very popular and claims to be non-toxic (see the reports here), is made out of PVC.
- The Lollaland Play Mat, which recently came into the market, is made by Dwinguler, which makes PVC mats.
To find more detailed information on each mat, see below.
Click on the name of the mat to learn more about the product and for purchasing information.
ORGANIC PLAY MATS
This mat is made out of tile squares that you can velcro together, so price will vary depending on the size you want. There are 2 version of this mat: CorkiMat Original & CorkiMat Lite. The original is made with natural cork with bamboo and organic cotton padding while the Lite uses hypoallergenic polyester padding. Each tile measures approximately 19″ x 19 x 1″.
- Corkimat Original: Made of Cork and bamboo fibers that are naturally Soft, Organic, Eco-friendly, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Anti-fungal and Naturally flame-retardant.
- Corkimat Lite: Made out of 100% hypoallergenic polyester padding.
- Removable cover: 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
- Padding: Natural Cork, Bamboo fibers, Organic Cotton
- Free of Formamide, Fire-retardants, PVC, BPA, PBS, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, Lead, and harmful VOCs
- Breathable Water-resistant Insert
- Modules are easily connected by Anti-slip Velcro strips
- Easy to stack, travel and store
This mat definitively my favorite when it comes to non-toxic and organic materials. However, because it’s made out of fabric it gets pretty dirty. After 2 years of having this mat we tossed it out because of all the stains. Check out my detailed review on this mat here.
This mat measures approximately 55″ X 55″. You can get with 2 types of inserts/padding and the thickness of the mat will vary according to that. It’s 1″ thick with the Natural Bamboo/Cotton and approximately 1/2″ thick with the Hypoallergenic Polyester.
- Eco-friendly Non-toxic materials, No flame retardant chemicals
- Free of Formamide, Fire-retardants, PVC, BPA, PBS, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, Lead, and harmful VOCs
- Facing & Backing: 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Designer print
- Removable cover for easy washing
- Water-resistant cover on padding
- Anti-slip feature
- Invisible zipper at the bottom (Hidden closure system)
- Handmade in USA
This is on my top two mats! I absolutely love it and if I had to chose my favorite mat from Pillobebe it would be this one. However, because it’s made out of fabric it gets pretty dirty. We still have this mat after 2 years but it looks pretty beat up. Check out my review on it to see if it’s the right fit for you family.
- Made of: eucalyptus, organic cotton
- Machine washable
- Non-toxic, hypoallergenic, microbe-resistant, anti-mite
- Water and stain resistant
Measures 55 x 55 x 1.5 inches.
- Weighs 7.2 lbs
- 100% Organic Cotton Cover
- Non-toxic Waterproof Layer: made of vinyl/PVC free non-toxic medical grade stretch knit fabric
- 1.25″ Thick Plant Based Foam: The core of the play mat is made of plant based foam (polyurethane foam that uses up to 1/3 of soybean oil as its polyols), VOC tested (off gas), and contains no Tris or Nanoparticle.
- Made in USA
- Organic, Non-Toxic and Hypoallergenic, Made of Eco Friendly Materials.
- Easy to Maintain- Rolls Up for Storage, Machine Washable Cover, protective waterproof layer
- Phthalate Free, Latex Free, BPA Free, vinyl/PVC free
- Both foam and waterproof cover were material tested and passed VOC (off gas) and heavy metal content.
- Not treated with flame retardants.
Measures 54″ x 40″.
- This is more of a comforter that can also be used as a playmat, so it’s made of fabric which you can fold and throw in the washer
- Made out of 100% certified organic cotton fabric, filled with organic filling and backed with organic flannel
- Handmade in the US
NOT ORGANIC (BUT NON-TOXIC) PLAY MATS
CreamHaus play mats:
This is one of the few companies that posts their lab test results online proving they are completely non-toxic.
These are mats:
- Free of PVC, BPA, EVA, TPE, Formamide, Flame-Retardants, Phthalates, Lead.
- Free of following volatile organic compounds: Formaldehyde, Toluene, Formamide, N-dimethyformamide, 2-Ethylhexoic Acid, Butyl hydroxy toluene, 2-Methoxyethanol.
- Waterproof and very easy to clean
- Lightweight so they’re easy to move around
- Very thick – they are the thickest mat on this list
- They fold up so it’s easy to store
- Exceeds US and European standards
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Here’s what differentiates each mat:
The Folding Mat:
- Weighs 9.3 lbs
- Comes in 2 sizes: 51in x 79in and 51in x 102in
- Folds up for storage
- Material: Recyclable Foam with Premium PU Leather Cover
- Read my review on this mat here.
- If you’re looking for a mat that could double as a gym mat, this is a great option since it’s thick enough and large enough.
The Modular Mat:
- Comes in sets of 4 individual cubes so you can make it as small or as large as you’d like
- Each cube has velcro strips that attach to each other
- Each square measures: 25.6 in x 25.6 in x 1.6 in
- Each square weighs: 1.5 lb
- Material: Recyclable Foam with Premium PU Leather Cover, Velcro Strips
The Inua Bumber Mat:
- It’s a play mat that doubles as a nap mat. Can also be used as a play pen or ball pit. It has a very unique design and worth checking out. One of the most original and versatile mats I’ve ever seen.
- Size: 63 in x 43 in x 16 in
- Weighs: 17.5 lbs
- Comes with base mat, bumpers and mobile arms
- Material: Base Play Mat – Recyclable Foam with 100% Cotton Cover, Side Bumpers: Compressed Cotton and Recyclable Foam with 100% Cotton Cover
- Weighs 6 lbs.
- Pass U.S. CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) tests.
- Made food grade material(XPE). This is a fairly new material and it’s supposed to be safe for baby. If you’re worried about using something fairly new I would stick to the mats on the organic section.
- Hygienic, Non-toxic (Food Grade Material), and absolutely no smell.
- Soft, slip resistant. Prevent baby from hard floor surfaces.
- WaterProof and easy to clean. Keep baby away from bacteria, germs, and bugs.
- Material: BPA Free, Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free, Flame Retardant Free.
This is the mat I ended up buying 3+ years ago. We still use it daily and it’s holding up great. Plus I love how light it is and how easy it is to clean it.
Measures 130 x 168 cm (approx. 4.25 x 5.5 ft), and 5 mm thick (3/16 in).
- Natural rubber, a safe and eco-friendly choice.
- Non-toxic and non-hazardous for use by children: free from phthalates and chemical flame retardants that can be found in synthetic materials.
- It contains no plastics, vinyls, or any petro chemicals – so no phthalates, formamide, no fire retardants, no BPA or VOCs.
- The colour of the mat is achieved with food grade colouring.
- Safety tested and certified to meet all North-American toy safety standards.
- Renewable resource: comes from the sap of the rubber tree.
- Biodegradable: will not leave a permanent footprint in the landfill after its useful life.
- Non-slip, soft and comfortable cushioned landing for tots learning to sit, stand or walk.
- Easy to care for and clean; simply wipe with a damp cloth.
- Rolls up and away for easy storage; great for a condo or apartment, the cottage, or multi-purpose spaces.
This company makes regular yoga mats as well as kid mats. The difference between these 2 is the size. The kid mat measures: 48″ x 24″ x 3mm thick and the regular mat measures: 68″ long x 24″ wide x 4 mm thick.
- Non-toxic and eco-friendly.
- Made with 100% biodegradable, recylable, eco-friendly, natural tree rubber, bonded to an ultra-absorbent suede cloth top made from recycled water bottles.
- 100% PVC-Free and phalates.
- The utlra-suede cloth is made from recycled water bottles. Even the wrapper is made from bidegradeable plastic.
- Inspirational limited edition design that are digitally transposed onto your yoga mat with eco-friendly, water-based inks.
- Anti-slip mat so you don’t have to worry about your kid slipping while walking on this mat.
- Easy to Clean – just machine wash with detergent and hang to dry for a clean or wipe with a damp cloth.
CLAIM TO BE NON-TOXIC BUT MADE OUT OF PVC
The mats listed on here claim to be non-toxic, however they are made out of PVC so I personally would NOT use them since PVC is a toxic material. Some of the reviews on Amazon state that these mats had a chemical smell when out of the package.
I wanted to share my findings with you so you can make your own decision since they are marketed as non-toxic. Under each mat description you can find a link to their safety testing results, with the exception on Lollaland mat who hasn’t posted this type of report.
Comes in 2 sizes: Large: 82.7 x 55.1 x 0.5 inches and Medium: 72.8 x 49.2 x 0.4 inches. Prices vary according to size and pattern.
- Waterproof and easy to clean: Wipe with a soft damp cloth for food and drink
- Hygienic and safe
- Tested to US CPSIA, European Toy Standards EN71 and Australian Standard
- BPA Free, EVA free, Phthalate Free, Lead Free, Latex Free, Formaldehyde Free & Mercury Free
- The cushioned surface ensures a soft landing for rolling, tumbling, and falls
- Claims to be non-toxic, you can find their safety reports here, however it is made from PVC
Measures 90.6 x 55.1 x 0.6 inches and the price ranges according to the pattern you chose.
- Weighs 22 lbs
- Soft, elastic, and slip resistant. Patented cushioning and embossing protect kids from hard impacts on the ground
- Manufactured with absolutely earth and baby friendly material. 100% free from any toxic materials including phthalate
- Completely waterproof, easy to clean and sanitize from your child’s rugged playtime. Helps keep kids healthy from germs, bugs and bacteria
- Vividly coated on both sides with designs to help sensory development. Flipping it creates a new playtime environment
- Helps absorb noise and lets your child play without the worry from chilly floors
- claims to be non-toxic, you can find their safety reports here, however it is made from PVC
This mat measures 74.8 x 51.2 inches 6.2 feet x 4.3 feet and is 0.6 inches thick.
- Whimsical, body-colored designs are engaging and fun for both parent and child.
- Modern design is not over-stimulating
- Non-slip, tetured surface
- Manufactured with high-quality, non-toxic materials that are environmentally-safe.
- The Lollaland Play Mat meets or exceeds all standards set forth in the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as well as all European Toy Safety Standards (EN-71).
- No heavy metals (Pb, Ba, Cd, Hg, Cr, As, Sb, Se)
- No endocrine-disruptors
- No formaldehydes
I contacted Lollaland because they say this mat is non-toxic but don’t state on their site what this mat made is made out of. Turns out Dwinguler makes their mat and I personally don’t trust them since their mats are made out of PVC, although they show on their site safety reports showing that mat is not toxic (see above) and because of this I would not use this mat on my kids.
You can read here the response I got from Lollaland:
Our mats are made by Dwinguler, who also makes BabyCare, and I noticed that you reviewed them on your blog, so it’s the same quality + materials. Lollaland Play Mats are made with a thicker, higher grade material than BabyCare, but it’s 2 mm thinner than Dwinguler so the price point is right in between.
Any of these mats (under the organic and not organic sections) are really good non-toxic options so get what fits your needs and budget best.
The first one we bought was MyLine Baby PlayMat – Extra Thick and we love it. As soon as I opened it I checked for smells and it didn’t smell, which is a good sign to me. It’s thick enough for my daughter to play on it and not get hurt. It’s one solid piece and it’s very easy to clean, perfect for all the drooling that was happening when she was a baby. We’ve had this mat for over two years and it still looks like new so I’m very happy with the purchase.
I’ve also now had the opportunity to use the Panda Mat, the Organic Cotton Play mat and the Corkimat. I absolutely love the first two but you can’t go wrong with any of these mats. It all depends on the size you’re looking for and your budget.
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