Children need plenty of space and time to play as this develops the brain, social skills, and a feeling that life is fun. However, there are considerations to be taken, especially before a child can walk. A play mat is a great way to safely let a child explore the world, enjoy their toys, and develop their tiny muscles. Here are some things to consider before buying one.
Consider Texture And Material
There are several different materials mats come in. Some mats are thicker and softer so as to be more comfortable and sound absorbent; these mats are often difficult to wash. Some others come with a crinkly texture that while exciting to an infant, this can give grown-ups severe migraines. Some mats have fun patterns and reflective surfaces to stimulate babies during tummy time.
Hygiene And Parent’s Comfort
It’s important to keep in mind cleanliness of the mat. A mat that can be disassembled so that the mat can be washed and the attachable toys cleaned is ideal. It is best to find a balance between safe and convenient. While it is nice to disassemble toys attachments and roll up the mat when guests come over, having a toy that has poorly connected parts that come apart too easily is a danger to babies. Using good judgment and research in regards to safety and finding a toy and mat system that a parent is comfortable with assembling, disassembling, and washing is essential for turning mat time from a dreaded experience to a fun daily activity.
Pick A Pillow, But Not Just Any Pillow
Many baby mats come with a baby sized pillow that either attaches to the system in some secure way, or can simply be moved around. Designed to support the neck and shoulders of the baby during play, this adds to their comfort and helps ensure that they will not roll over and suffocate. The pillow can also be used under the tummy to make it easier for a baby to play with their toys. When choosing a pillow, make sure that the baby isn’t allergic to any of the stuffing materials.
Mothers and fathers on the go don’t always have the option to pack a bulky mat. Luckily, if staying at a friends house or in a hotel, an individual can lay a blanket and some pillows down with some toys for mat time. Be vigilant during this improvised mat time as these materials work in a pinch, but aren’t designed to be baby proof. It is best to supervise the infant to make sure they don’t get caught up in the blanket or change position on the pillow as this can lead to discomfort or suffocation if left uncorrected.
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