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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.