3 Tests to Find the Best Foam Mats for Kids

When you’re looking for foam mats that are ideal for your kids, you’ll have certain questions as you shop. Will this mat protect my kids from bumps and bruises? My kids spill everything… are these mats easy to clean? I’m nervous that my baby will try to put this in her mouth; how do I know these mats are safe and non-toxic?

As you can imagine, we get all these questions and more every day and want to list a few things our customers should look for when discerning if a mat is up to quality standards.

Note: All interlocking EVA foam mats are intended for ages 3 and up. This is due to a potential choking hazard posed by the interlocking tabs should they be torn or bitten off from the mats.

  1. The “Bonk” Test
    In most cases, the primary reason parents shop for foam mats is to protect children from falling on hard surfaces. Caretakers want peace of mind knowing that if a child takes a spill during playtime, they’re going to be able to get right back up again without any tears. The key in this instance is the thickness of the mat.

Of course, there are no products that can keep us 100% safe from every fall, but in order to protect from minor bumps and bruises, you need a mat that is at least 3/8″ inch (10mm) thick. Mats that are thinner, such as yoga mats, are not designed for shock absorption, but rather for traction and mild padding. If your baby tips over sideways from a seated position on a 1/8″ thick yoga mat, there’s still going to be a bonk and some tears. EVA foam mats which are 3/8″ or thicker provide enough shock absorption to protect your little ones from the frequent falls that come with the territory of learning to crawl or walk.

  1. The Mess Test
    Oftentimes when people think of foam, they envision squishy blocks of padding, that quickly absorb liquid spills and are difficult to keep clean. Thankfully, because EVA foam is extremely high-density, cleaning up everyday household spills is a breeze.We’ve yet to come across a spill which couldn’t be quickly wiped up with a paper towel or dissolved with a mild solution of soap and water. Even if your mats should somehow become thoroughly soaked, most of the liquid will simply wick away. The mats can then air-dry either outdoors in the sunlight, or indoors with the help of a fan.
  2. The Safety Test
    Foam mats come in a variety of sizes, colors and thicknesses, but nothing is more important than making sure your family is not exposed to any dangerous or harmful materials. When shopping for mats, take the time to check the material’s safety data to ensure that the mats are BPA-free, Lead-free and completely non-toxic.You may even wish to ask about potential allergens like Latex in case anyone in your family has a sensitivity. All of We Sell Mats’ EVA foam has undergone independent third-party testing to prove that our mats are free of any dangerous materials and completely safe for household use.

As long as the mats you’re considering to purchase pass these three tests, you can feel confident you’re making a good choice for your home and family. Check out our line of EVA foam mats for stylish and cost-effective flooring for playrooms, daycares, classrooms and beyond.

The Best Play Mats for Kids

When you’re in the market for the best play mats for your little ones, we know exactly what you’re looking for. The most important quality for play mats is always safety. You want a surface that will protect your kids (and your floors!) and be non-toxic. Then you want something easy to clean (they’re kids…duh), and that you could quite possibly pick up and take along on family vacations and other adventures. Good news: we’ve got what you’re looking for. Continue reading “The Best Play Mats for Kids”

Play Mats for the Multi-Purpose Space

It can be a little daunting to dedicate a space in your home as the play area for the kids, especially when that area has to double as a bedroom or family room, but with some soft, safe play mats you install yourself in just minutes, that space can either stand out or blend in – the choice is yours. Continue reading “Play Mats for the Multi-Purpose Space”

EVA Foam Play Mats – Your Best Defense

No doubt about it, it’s a challenge to keep your kids safe while they play, but the addition of a few EVA foam play mats can take the edge off your worries, at least when they play at home. The surface on which the kids play is just as important as the toys you choose for them because regardless of what they’re doing, the inevitable mishap is always lurking. Most times, a few tears and a cuddle will take care of it, but there are those occasions when the trauma is a bit scarier. Shock-absorbing, soft, supportive play mats can be that insurance policy every parent wants when their eyes are turned for just a split second – because every parent knows, that’s all it takes. Continue reading “EVA Foam Play Mats – Your Best Defense”

Warm, Safe, Comfortable Play Spaces

Keeping the kids safe while they play may seem like an impossible task sometimes, but with EVA foam multi-purpose mats in their play space at home, you you’ll have a little more peace of mind that you’ve done everything you can. We’re not saying the mats will prevent every childhood injury, but the shock-absorbing nature of the mats definitely makes little tumbles and falls less threatening. Continue reading “Warm, Safe, Comfortable Play Spaces”

Play Mats to Outlast Your Kids

Play mats from We Sell Mats may be the single thing you use as a parent that actually outlasts your kids – as many as you can have! The kiddos will outgrow clothes and shoes in a matter of weeks, they’ll lose interest in the newest toy in about the same amount of time, and they’ll even outgrow their bedroom furniture. But the one thing you can count on lasting is the foundation you lay for your kids’ play area. Our play mats are a minimum of 3/8″ of EVA foam, so they’re supportive while being soft and durable. Continue reading “Play Mats to Outlast Your Kids”