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Best Non-Toxic Play Mats for Baby [Updated 2020]

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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:
  • Folding Play Mat by Cream Haus (the only foam play mat company on this list – read my review hereAs of 7/29/19, I can no longer recommend this brand due to customer service issues that have been relayed to me by readers. The play mats still have a place on my list but readers should buy at their own risk. As of 06/17/22, I would strongly advise against purchasing any mats from Cream Haus at this time. I still love their play mat but I have been told that even though orders can be placed on the US website, no one has received any product. Should this change at some point in the future, I will updated accordingly.
  • Modular Play Mat by Cream Haus
  • Toki Mats
  • Organic Hemp Play Mat by Hemp Organic Life
  • Organic Cotton Play Mat by Pillobebe
  • Kutchu Children’s Play Mat [Currently discontinued but may be available secondhand.]
Questionably “non-toxic” play mats (but at least not made from EVA foam or PVC):