Baby blue flowers 2018

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Now that I have a second baby in the household and flowers I need a larger play space, I recently started researching non-toxic play mats again. I previously used and loved the (which I have reviewed ). But, despite the company’s claims that the mat is made from non-toxic, phthalate-free PVC, I’ve always had my reservations about how safe PVC mats can truly be. Thankfully, I am now better informed about what makes a play mat truly non-toxic.

[Read the published by Healthy Building Network regarding phthalate-free PVC. In sum, “even without phthalate plasticizers, the lifecycle of PVC has inherent toxicities that cannot be avoided” and plasticizers – phthalates or not – will still leach from PVC products.]

EVA foam play mats are also commonly touted as being non-toxic. However, EVA foam has been found to off-gas formamide. Currently, there are NO 100% formamide-free EVA foam mats on the market. A company can claim that its mats are formamide-free but it can do so because formamide is only tested to a certain level.

[Read this to see why I consider EVA foam still to be toxic.]

After much research, I have compiled a list of truly non-toxic play mats which I will go into more below.

My criteria for non-toxic play mats that make the cut are as follows:
  1. The mat has to be unquestionably non-toxic (so no EVA foam or PVC).
  2. There has to be sufficient protection against bumps and falls on hardwood floors. Otherwise, it’s easy enough to throw an organic cotton blanket on the floor and call it day.
  3. The mat has to be large enough for a baby/toddler to actually play on.
Truly non-toxic play mats:
Questionably “non-toxic” play mats (but at least not made from EVA foam or PVC):

Best Non-Toxic Play Mat Guide - Cream Haus Folding Play Mat

The Folding Play Mat is the only “truly” non-toxic foam play mat that I have found. It is the thickest play mat on this list and, accordingly, provides the most cushion and shock-absorbency. There are two size options to choose from. The soft pastels color palette make this an attractive play mat.

Cream Haus has rigorously tested the materials used and has published the lab reports on its site and.

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Play mat features:

  • Measurements: There are two size options – 51″ x 79″ or 51″ x 102″ and 1.6″ thick
  • Made from food-grade, low-density polyethylene foam
  • Weight: 9.3lbs
  • Waterproof polyurethane leather cover
  • Padding: 10 thin layers of non-cross linked PE foam sheets which are laminated through a chemical-free adhesive method to achieve the optimal thickness
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Wipe with a damp cloth, can use a gentle cleaning solution
  • Folds up and away for easy storage
  • Free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, heavy metals, VOCs, PVC, BPA, EVA, TPE and azo dyes.
  • Made in South Korea

The Modular Play Mat is a new line by Cream Haus that is made from the same non-toxic PE foam as their Folding Play Mat. The tiles are attached using velcro strips on each edge to fit any configuration. They can also be combined with the Folding Play Mat to create an even larger play space.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Each tile measures 25.6″ x 25.6″ and 1.6″ thick
  • Made from food-grade, low-density polyethylene foam
  • Weight: 1.5lbs each tile or 6lbs for a 4-piece set
  • Waterproof polyurethane leather cover
  • Padding: 10 thin layers of non-cross linked PE foam sheets which are laminated through a chemical-free adhesive method to achieve the optimal thickness
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Wipe with a damp cloth, can use a gentle cleaning solution
  • Free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, heavy metals, VOCs, PVC, BPA, EVA, TPE and azo dyes.
  • Made in South Korea

Toki Mats is a modern and stylish play mat that is the first of its kind in the non-toxic play mat market. It uses natural Dunlop latex foam which is made from the sap of rubber trees and has gained popularity as a mattress material for being toxin-free, naturally resistant to bacteria, mildew and mold, and for its high-density and springy consistency. The natural properties of latex actually make it perfect when used in play mats as well.

Toki Mats also offers a waterproof cover which is made from 100% Oeko-Tex certified non-toxic bamboo jersey fabric with an inner barrier made of TPU laminate.

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Play mat features:

  • Measurements: 40″ by 40″ and 1″ thick
  • Removable 100% cotton cover
  • Padding: 1″ thick natural Dunlop latex foam
  • Weight: Approximately 7lbs
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable cold with mild detergent using a gentle cycle, hang/tumble dry (no heat), do not use fabric softener or chlorine bleach; Insert – spot clean latex foam with mild soap and water. Do not leave latex foam in direct sunlight or exposed to air for several weeks as it may begin to dry out and become brittle
  • Free of flame-retardants, PVC, phthalates, and lead
  • Made in USA

pillobebe non-toxic organic cotton play mat review

The Organic Cotton Play Mat is a large, square (approximately 55″) play mat. It uses 100% organic cotton batting that is approximately 1/2″ thick. There are anti-slip dots on the underside so that the play mat can be used on hardwood floors. And the beautiful organic cotton cover designs go well with any home décor.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Approximately 55″ x 55″
  • Removable 100% GOTS certified organic cotton cover
  • Padding: Approximately 1/2″ 100% organic cotton batting
  • Anti-slip feature
  • Invisible zipper at the bottom (hidden closure system)
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable cold, hang/flat dry; Insert – Machine-washable cold, tumble-dry low
  • Free of formamide, flame-retardants, PU, PVC, BPA, PBS, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, and harmful VOC’s
  • Handmade in USA

Peppermint Pinwheels non-toxic play mat review - patchwork quilt

The Quilted Play Mat is a square play mat that typically ranges in size from 40-60″. However, the size is customizable if you place a custom order. The play mats are handmade from thick, canvas-weight 100% cotton. There are three padding options from a single layer of cotton batting to triple layers. For hardwood floors, I would suggest using an to prevent slippage. These play mats are beautifully made and would look great in any home.

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Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Approximately 40-60 square inches
  • Canvas-weight 100% cotton
  • Padding: Single, double, or triple layer of thick 100% cotton batting
  • Option to add a layer of PUL to make the mat waterproof
  • Wash and Care: Machine-washable, can be tumbled-dried (which may result in shrinkage and a puffier, wrinkly “quilted” look)
  • Handmade in USA

kutchu non-toxic play mat review

The Kutchu Children’s Play Mat is made entirely out of natural rubber. It is much like a thick, high-quality yoga mat. The rubber mat emits a rubber smell that should fade over time. Due to the nature of the material, the rubber will develop a patina with use. The play mat is meant to be used on a hard surface and is naturally non-slip.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Approximately 51″ x 66″ and 3/16″ thick
  • Made from 100% natural rubber (made from the sap of rubber trees using non-rainforest rubber trees of South Asian origin)
  • Non-slip, soft and comfortable cushioned landing for tots learning to sit, stand or walk
  • Wash and care: Wipe with a damp cloth, can use a solution of vinegar and water
  • Rolls up and away for easy storage
  • Free of phthalates, chemical flame retardants, PVC, EVA, TPE, or other toxic elements
  • Made in Taiwan

Comfort Design is a new addition to this list. I love that their elegant designs can take the place of an area rug. The play mat is made from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) foam and is large, soft, and squishy. (The TPU material is squishier than other play mats I’ve tested but not any less shock-absorbent.)

I often have readers asking me about play mat alternatives that are less expensive. I think this is a great option to consider. Keep in mind that the basic TPU formulation is still petroleum-based (hence, polyurethane). However, the material is inert, does not off-gas VOCs like polyurethane foam, and does not require plasticizers like phthalates to achieve flexibility.

Finally, it is worth noting that I reviewed the laboratory tests provided by the company. (This is important because other play mat companies, like MyLine do NOT provide full lab testing so there’s no way of knowing how safe it actually is.) The results showed no phthalates and heavy metals besides trace amounts of Barium. When I inquired further, this is the response that I received:

A little amount of Barium is needed to help with the density of our mats. Without it, our mats would be too soft to use and wouldn’t have the balance it needs to be both comfortable and durable. Barium is also used medically for swallow tests. We’ve also double checked this with the lab and they confirmed that we passed all safety tests including [in] this area.

Based on the material used and the company’s transparency, I feel that this mat is able to make the cut to be included in this guide.

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Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Approximately 55″ x 78 3/4″ and 0.5″ thick

corkimat non-toxic play mat review

[This play mat used to be in my truly non-toxic section but a reader advised me that the padding used was, unfortunately, changed from natural cork, bamboo, and organic cotton to polyester. I have updated this section accordingly.]

CorkiMat Lite & CorkiMat Plus play mats are modular and the size can be customized to fit any playroom or play space. The CorkiMat Lite is approximately 19 square inches and the CorkiMat Plus is approximately 24 square inches and attach using velcro squares. The CorkiMat uses hypoallergenic polyester padding. I have to say that I really love the beautiful organic cotton fabric covers.

A note on polyester, it is petroleum-based but considered inert and does not appear to off-gas. However, polyester can cause people with sensitive skin to experience contact dermatitis (allergic reaction) with polyester fibers having been found to be more reactive than polyester fabric.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: CorkiMat Lite – Approximately 19″ x 19″; CorkiMat Plus – Approximately 24″ x 24″
  • Weight: CorkiMat Lite – 15oz; CorkiMat Plus – 1lbs 8oz
  • Removable 100% GOTS certified organic cotton cover
  • Padding: Hypoallergenic polyester
  • Breathable, water-resistant insert cover
  • Modules are easily connected by velcro squares
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable, hang/flat dry; Padding – Hand wash only, hang/flat dry
  • Free of formamide, flame-retardants, PU, PVC, BPA, PBS, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, and harmful VOCs
  • Handmade in USA

baby bello organic play mat non-toxic review

The Baby Bello Organic Play Mat is a large, square (approximately 55″) play mat. It is one of the thickest mats at 1.25″ – which is great – but is made out of plant-based foam that “uses up to 1/3 of soybean oil as its polyols.” What that really means is that the other 2/3+ is still polyurethane foam that is petroleum-based.

Chemicals and additives used to make polyurethane foam have long been found to pose serious health problems. Baby Mushroom claims that the mat is VOC (off-gas) tested. But it is important to keep in mind that companies are able to certify that the final product emits low or no EPA listed VOCs despite its presence.

[For more information, you can read the published by Clean and Healthy New York. Refer to pages 11-12. Also great to read if you are looking for non-toxic baby mattresses!]

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: 55″ x 55″ and 1.25″ thick
  • Weight: 7.2lbs
  • Removable 100% organic non-dyed cotton cover
  • Padding: Plant based foam (polyurethane foam that uses up to 1/3 of soybean oil as its polyols)
  • Waterproof protective layer, made of vinyl/PVC free non-toxic medical grade stretch knit fabric with safe sewn seams for anti-bacterial and dust-mite protection
  • Wash and Care: Cover – machine-washable, tumble-dry low
  • Free of phthalate, latex, BPA, PVC and flame retardant chemicals
  • Passed VOCs and heavy metal content testing; contains no tris or nanoparticle
  • Made in USA

myline non-toxic play mat review

The MyLine Play Mat would be an excellent, incredibly large play mat, if it is truly non-toxic. My main issue is that I cannot, for the life of me, find satisfactory information regarding the plastic used. Food grade XPE is just too vague of a description.

Food grade polyethylene (PE) is generally regarded as a safe plastic – provided that it has been tested to ensure the absence of contaminants. Without more information concerning the actual material used and testing, I do not feel confident that this play mat is truly non-toxic.

I have uploaded the lab reports provided by MyLineLLC on my site and. Notably, there are no results for heavy metal and phthalate testing.

Play mat features:

MyLine play mats are identical to PROBY play mats (at least in design). PROBY play mats appear to be rebranded for sale outside the U.S.

In my research, I have come across numerous play mats made in South Korea and China (e.g., Baby Care, Dwingular, Lollaland, Nifty Kids, BBCare, SiCoHome, the list goes on…) that are supposedly “non-toxic” but made from PVC/PE/XPE/PU/EPE material. The problem I have with all of these mats is that there is simply not enough information regarding the plastics and chemicals used. Therefore, I consider all of the PVC/PE/XPE/PU/EPE mats made in South Korea and China to be questionable in terms of non-toxicity. (I may be unfairly lumping these play mats together. If anyone can provide me with information to the contrary, I will gladly revise my position.)

UPDATE #1: I stand corrected. I found a LDPE foam play mat made in South Korea by Cream Haus that I find to be unquestionably non-toxic. You can read more about my analysis in my review .

UPDATE #2: Please take note that there have been recent concerns about the safety of Cream Haus play mats. You can read more about the issue and resolution.

What are your thoughts on the play mats I have listed? Let me know if I may have missed any other great non-toxic play mats!

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