10 play mats for babies and toddlers

Tummy time is really important for your baby's development. It encourages them to lift their head, roll over and crawl, so make playtime on your child's tummy more fun (and comfortable) by choosing one of these 10 entertaining and educational play mats, as selected by StyleNest, including colourful baby gyms for newborns and alphabet floor mats for crawlers and toddlers.

10 baby play mats
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Tummy time is really important for your baby's development. It encourages them to lift their head, roll over and crawl, so make playtime on your child's tummy more fun (and comfortable) by choosing one of these 10 entertaining and educational play mats, as selected by StyleNest, including colourful baby gyms for newborns and alphabet floor mats for crawlers and toddlers.

Tummy time is really important for your baby's development. It encourages them to lift their head, roll over and crawl, so make playtime on your child's tummy more fun (and comfortable) by choosing one of these 10 entertaining and educational play mats, as selected by our friends at StyleNest (opens in new tab), including colourful baby gyms for newborns and alphabet floor mats for crawlers and toddlers.

Giant travel play mat

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The ELC Bugs Jumbo play mat (opens in new tab), £35, is perfect for babies who don't like tummy time as it's soft and cushioned. Just help your baby on their front and show them how to explore all of the colourful and crinkly patches around them. It also comes with a handy bag for easy storage and travelling with.

Spinning baby gym

10 baby play mats

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The Lamaze Spin and Explore Garden Gym, £29.99, from Toys 'R' Us (opens in new tab), is suitable from birth. The spinning bolster will help your baby move around the mat so they can play with the rattle, squeaker and all of the crinkly bugs. The bright colours and different textures will also encourage them to reach out and touch, stimulating their senses and improving their motor skills.

Soft play mat and teether

10 baby play mats

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The homegrown soft activity play mat, £17.50, from silvercross.co.uk (opens in new tab), is suitable from birth. It's a padded, non-slip play mat with colourful animal characters, letters and patterns, which will help to stimulate your baby's mind. There's also a rubber teether to help soothe your little one's gums when they're teething.

Double-sided boy's play mat

10 baby play mats

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The Brio train play mat, £12.81, from Smallable (opens in new tab), is perfect for toddlers who love their boy's toys. This mat is double-sided with a railway on one side and a harbour scene on the other, providing a flat track for your child's imaginative train and boat games.

3-in-1 play mat

10 baby play mats

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The Wimmer-Ferguson 3-in-1 play mat, £16.95, from John Lewis (opens in new tab), is suitable from 3 months old. This activity mat comes with a baby-safe mirror, crinkly fabrics, ribbons, a pull ring, teether and squeaker.

Letters and numbers play mat

10 baby play mats

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This foam alphabet playmat, £24.99, from Toys 'R' Us (opens in new tab), is perfect for growing toddlers who love to learn while they play. This giant floor puzzle can be put together as a mat or get creative and make tunnels out of the pieces for indoor and outdoor kids' games. It will also help you teach your child how to count and say the letters of the alphabet.

Washable play mat

Tesco big activity mat

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The big activity mat, £17.74, from Tesco Direct (opens in new tab), is suitable from birth. It's soft and cosy and has lots of features for your baby to discover and play with like a squeaker, rattle and mirror, plus crinkle patches and ribbons. It's machine washable and suitable for the tumble dryer too, so it doesn't matter if they spill their milk over this play mat.

Car play mat

10 baby play mats

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The Santoys road play mat, £35.73, from thekidswindow.co.uk (opens in new tab), is suitable for toddlers, but little boys will also love playing with their toy cars on this town scene, for years to come.

A quilt and a playmat

10 baby play mats

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This Dushi linen playmat, £42.95, from childrensalon.com (opens in new tab), has a feathers and stars design and can be used as a quilt for your baby's cot bed, as well as an extra-soft play mat that would be perfect for their first experience of tummy time.

Animal baby gym

10 baby play mats

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The Red Kite jungle gym, £19.94, from Tesco Direct (opens in new tab), is suitable from birth. We love this fun zoo-themed mat with its colourful hanging toys and crinkly animals, as it will help to stimulate your baby's curiosity and senses, whether they're playing on their back or front.

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