Best Non-Toxic Play Mats for Baby [Updated 2017]

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Now that I have a second baby in the household and I need a larger play space, I recently started researching non-toxic play mats again. I previously used and loved the Baby Care Play Mat (which I have reviewed here). 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 report 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 article 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):


100% Non-Toxic

Folding Play Mat by Cream Haus

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

The Folding Play Mat is the only 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 here and here.

Cream Haus is kindly offering my readers 10% off when you use coupon code: MOMMYTOMAX10.

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

Modular Play Mat by Cream Haus

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
  • Velcro strips on all edges for easy assembly
  • Free of flame-retardants, formamide, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, heavy metals, VOCs, PVC, BPA, EVA, TPE and azo dyes.
  • Made in South Korea

CorkiMat & CorkiMat Lite by Pillobebe

corkimat non-toxic play mat review

CorkiMat & CorkiMat Lite play mats are modular and the size can be customized to fit any playroom or play space. Each square tile is approximately 19″ and attach using anti-slip velcro strips. The CorkiMat Original features natural cork with bamboo and organic cotton padding. The CorkiMat Lite uses hypoallergenic polyester padding. Both options are completely non-toxic. I am also in LOVE with the beautiful organic cotton fabric covers. Who says a play mat has to look like Chuckie Cheese vomit?

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Each tile is approximately 19″ x 19″ and 1″ thick
  • Weight: CorkiMat Original – 1lbs 11oz; CorkiMat Lite – 15oz
  • Removable 100% GOTS certified organic cotton cover
  • Padding: CorkiMat Original – Natural cork, bamboo, and organic cotton; CorkiMat Lite – Hypoallergenic polyester
  • Breathable, water-resistant insert cover
  • Modules are easily connected by anti-slip velcro strips
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable, hang/flat dry; Corkimat Original Insert – NOT washable; CorkiMat Lite Insert – Hand wash only, hang/flat dry
  • Cork and bamboo fibers are naturally soft, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and flame-resistant
  • Free of formamide, flame-retardants, PVC, BPA, PBS, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, and harmful VOCs
  • Handmade in USA

Organic Cotton Play Mat by Pillobebe

pillobebe non-toxic organic cotton play mat review

The Organic Cotton Play Mat is a large, square (approximately 55″) play mat. It comes in two padding options: Bamboo/cotton batting or hypoallergenic polyester padding. 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″ thick bamboo/cotton batting OR approximately 1/2″ thick hypoallergenic polyester batting
  • Water-resistant padding cover
  • Anti-slip feature
  • Invisible zipper at the bottom (hidden closure system)
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable, hang/flat dry; Insert – Hand wash only, flat dry only
  • Free of formamide, flame-retardants, PVC, BPA, PBS, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, and harmful VOC’s
  • Handmade in USA

Quilted Play Mat by Peppermint Pinwheels

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 anti-slip rug pad 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

Panda Mat

Panda Mat non-toxic play mat review

Panda Mat was one of the first truly non-toxic play mats available. Unfortunately, it stopped being manufactured for a period of time. The good news is that the Panda Mat is now back!

The Panda Mat has gone through extensive testing to ensure that their mats are completely non-toxic. I love that the company is completely transparent about the core material and its testing and results.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: 48″ x 72″ and 1″ thick
  • Weight: 12lbs (the weight prevents slipping on hardwood floors)
  • Removable 100% GOTS certified organic cotton cover
  • Padding: Breathable and washable 3D polyester spacer fabric non-foam core
  • Wash and Care: Cover – Machine-washable, hang/flat dry preferred (can be tumble-dried in low heat); 3D Spacer Core – spot wash only
  • Free of formamide, heavy metals, phthalates, formaldehyde, PFOA’s, PVC, fire-retardant chemicals and azo dyes
  • Made in China

Kutchu Children’s Play Mat

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 does 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

Non-Toxic?

Baby Bello Organic Play Mat by Baby Mushroom

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/chemical 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 report 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 Play Mat

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 here and here.

Play mat features:

  • Measurements: Approximately 71″ x 79″ and 0.6″ thick
  • Weight: 7lbs
  • Made from food-grade XPE material
  • Soft, slip-resistant
  • Waterproof and wipe to clean
  • Free of BPA, phthalate, latex, lead, and flame-retardant chemicals
  • Made in China

*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: I stand corrected. I found a LDPE foam play mat made in South Korea – the Folding Play Mat by Cream Haus – that I find to be unquestionably non-toxic. You can read more about it in my review here.

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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