When Can A Baby Start Using A Playmat?

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Even though newborns are very delicate in their early stages, you may be surprised to learn that they can start using a playmat as early as their first month! A baby playmat is a nursery essential as it creates a safe and protective environment where your baby can develop their motor skills while having lots of fun.

By exposing your newborn to the playmat early, the little one fosters a sense of familiarity with the space. With a safe and familiar environment, your little one will be comfortable developing and learning new skills. A great start would be tummy time which can start as early as your baby’s first month.

What is tummy time?

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“Tummy time” is a supervised activity where your little one spends time lying on their belly when they’re awake. It is a crucial exercise for a baby's motor, visual, and sensory development. Tummy time helps your baby to develop the muscles to first lift their head and chest further by straightening their arms. Subsequently, they can start to roll over, sit up, crawl, and walk. In addition, it prevents a flat head due to the reduced duration your baby spends lying face up.

To begin tummy time, let your baby spend 1-2 minutes a day on their tummy before gradually increasing the frequency and time of each session. Keep in mind to supervise them during this time.

Choosing the right playmat

There’s a wide selection of baby playmats with different materials, thicknesses and sizes. Let’s look at some of the features to consider when choosing the best one for your family.


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Safety is always first, so make sure your playmat is from non-toxic materials with professional certifications. A safe classic is non-toxic TPU foam as it’s environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and odorless. Its waterproof feature also makes it easy to clean up any mess!

Another alternative is quilted cotton playmats as they are soft and cosy, but more portable to fold and travel.

Thickness and design