Bringing a travel-friendly mat with you when you leave the house can serve several purposes, especially when traveling with babies and toddlers. Travel-friendly mats provide a safe and clean surface for your little ones to play, learn, and explore, no matter where you are. Here are some specific use cases for travel-friendly mats in travel settings like airports, parks, hotels, etc:
- Airports – Airports can be busy, noisy, and crowded places, which can be overwhelming for young children. A travel-friendly mat can provide a familiar and comfortable space for your child to play, nap, or relax, while also protecting them from the dirty airport floor.
- Parks – Parks can be great places for children to play and explore, but they may not always have a clean or safe surface. A travel-friendly mat can create a clean and comfortable area for your child to play, picnic, or rest in the park.
- Hotels – Hotels may not always have child-friendly amenities, and the floors can be cold and hard. A travel-friendly mat can provide a soft and safe surface for your child to play or rest, while also protecting them from any potential germs or dirt.
- Beaches – Beaches are fun and exciting, but the sand can be hot, dirty, and uncomfortable. A travel-friendly mat can create a clean and comfortable space for your child to play or nap on the beach, while also protecting them from the sand and sun.
- Sightseeing – When traveling, you may find yourself in locations that are not necessarily child-friendly, such as museums or historical sites. A travel-friendly mat can provide a safe and comfortable area for your child to play or rest while you explore.
Overall, travel-friendly mats can make traveling with babies and toddlers more comfortable and convenient, while also ensuring their safety and hygiene. They are lightweight and easy to pack, making them a great addition to your travel gear.
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Here’s a list of some of my favorite travel-friendly mats for babies and toddlers:
1. Toki Mats
These beautiful, high-quality play mats are made from eco-friendly materials and are perfect for on-the-go playtime with your little ones. They are so soft and comfortable yet still provide a firm surface for little babies that need to practice tummy time for example. I’ve even used them for myself when I do my morning stretches! When traveling, I prefer these mats for road trips and local outings vs. packing them in a checked bag when we fly because it would take up most of the room and space (unless you got the smallest size) as I own the mega-size mats. Here’s a video I created if you want to learn more!
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2. Little Unicorn Outdoor Blanket
These lightweight and durable blankets are perfect for outdoor adventures with your baby or toddler, and there are also machine washable for easy clean-up. I love that they are very compact making it easy to throw in a suitcase or in the back of a car! We really also enjoy using this outdoor blanket for camping and picnics in the park.
3. Mercurii Baby PlayMat
The Mercurii Baby Baby Toy + Play Mat is such a unique mat because you can actually string it up into a sack to easily contain and store toys. This play mat features a soft and comfortable surface for your baby to play, learn, and explore, while also providing a protective barrier from dirty or hard surfaces. Here’s a video that I created that talks a little more about this mat!
4. A To Z Play Mat
Use discount code BRIGGS15.
The A to Z Adventure Gear Lay and Play Adventure Mat is an innovative and fun product for babies and toddlers who love to play and explore. This colorful and engaging play mat is designed to stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity, featuring a variety of interactive elements such as crinkle paper, hidden pockets, and detachable toys. The mat is made from high-quality materials and is soft and comfortable for your child to play on. It is also easy to clean and machine washable for convenience. The Lay and Play Adventure Mat is lightweight and easy to pack, making it perfect for on-the-go adventures and travel. This product is an excellent way to encourage your child’s development while also providing them with a safe and enjoyable play space.
5. Gathre Play Mats
You can use this link for $20 off your purchase.
Gathre playmats are a range of stylish and practical play mats designed to meet the needs of modern parents and their little ones. Made from premium quality leather or vegan polyurethane, these mats are durable, waterproof, and easy to clean, making them perfect for messy playtimes and outdoor adventures. They are available in a variety of sizes, from mini mats to full-size playmats and tapestries, providing a versatile range of options for any family. Depending on which size you choose, it would be easy to travel with these via airplane as they may fit inside a diaper bag, carry-on, or checked bags as they are thin and lightweight!
I hope you found at least one of these options to fit your lifestyle, travel style, and budget!