As a first-time parent, stepping into the world of baby products can be COMPLETELY overwhelming. The shopping lists seem endless, and each item promises to be essential for your little one's development. 

Top of mind for most parents are usually the items that will complete bubs sleeping place - the Nursery: The cot, change table, chest of drawers, nursing chair and absolutely anything and everything to do with getting bub to sleep through the night  (afterall, that’s what most of us are scared of the most!)

But what does baby really need for when they are awake -  for healthy and safe development?

Top of the list is the humble play mat, a versatile piece that not only provides a safe and comfortable space for your baby but also plays a vital role in their early sensory and motor skill development (fine and gross).  

Let’s make it a whole lot easier for you. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of choosing the perfect play mat, with a spotlight on the highly acclaimed Munchkin and Bear baby play mat.

Why a Play Mat for your Baby?

Before we dive into the specifics, let's understand why a play mat is a must-have for your baby. Play mats offer a dedicated space where your little explorer can embark on their journey of discovery. From tummy time to rolling over and eventually sitting up, a play mat provides a soft, cushioned surface that encourages movement and exploration. A great baby play mat will be a safe, squishy and practical item in your home for many years to come. 



Key Considerations When Choosing a Baby Play Mat:

Safety First: Always prioritize safety. Ensure that the play mat is made from non-toxic materials like TPU, free from harmful chemicals. Look for certifications and labels that verify the product's safety standards.

Comfort and Padding: Opt for a memory foam play mat with ample padding for your little one, which is vital when progressing through their milestones such as tummy time, rolling, crawling and sitting! These movements are made SO much easier knowing that their fall will be pain free. ​​​​​​

Size and Space: Consider the available space in your home. Play mats come in various sizes, so choose one that fits comfortably in your nursery, playroom, or living room without crowding the area.

Easy to Clean: Babies can be messy, so choose a play mat that's easy to clean. Look for mats that are waterproof, wipe clean or machine washable. 

Stimulation: Play mats often feature playful designs and patterns to stimulate your baby's visual senses.    

Portability: If you plan to travel or move the play mat around the house, consider a lightweight and easily transportable option. 


Introducing the Munchkin and Bear Baby Play Mat

One play mat that ticks all the boxes is the Munchkin and Bear baby play mat. Renowned for its exceptional quality and thoughtful design, the Munchkin and Bear play mat offers a playful blend of comfort, style, and functionality.Loved by over 100,000 household in Australia and throughout the world, the Munchkin and Bear baby play mat offers everything you need to provide a soft safe place for baby to play, eat and sleep in your home. Plus the style and practicality (i.e. wipe clean, soft, movability) ensures new mums and dads will enjoy the benefits as well! 



  • Premium Materials: Crafted from high-quality, non-toxic materials, the Munchkin and Bear play mat ensures your baby's safety and comfort. Made from TPU coated memory foam the Munchkin and Bear baby play mat is the safest and most practical on the market. 

  • Thick Padding: The plush memory foam padding (1.5cm thick) provides a soft surface for your baby's playtime activities and ensures a comfortable experience during tummy time, learning to roll, crawl, sit and walk.

  • Stylish Designs: Munchkin and Bear play mats come in a range of stylish designs to complement your home decor whatever your interior focus. Munchkin and Bear baby play mats are reversible; differing designs on both sides of your mat will suit your daily preferences and mood. 

  • Large Size: The spacious dimensions of the baby play mat allow for extended use as your baby grows and explores more. From Baby to Toddler to beyond!

  • Easy to Clean: With its wipe-clean waterproof surface, the Munchkin and Bear play mat can handle spills and messes without a hassle.

  • A handy space for mum and dad to relax, stretch and enjoy floor play with your little one - way more comfortable than lying on a hard tile or timber floor! 

  • Portable: Designed for convenience, the play mat is easy to roll up and transport, making it suitable for all spaces in your home.


Choosing the perfect play mat for your first-time parenting journey might seem like a daunting task, but armed with the right information, you can make a confident decision. Consider your baby's safety, comfort, and developmental needs, and you'll find a play mat that fits seamlessly into your parenting routine. The Munchkin and Bear baby play mat, with its blend of quality, style, and functionality, presents an excellent option for first-time parents looking to provide their little ones with a safe and practical play space. 


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