SoftTiles Playmats: A Stylish Soft Landing

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Hardwood floors are a wonderful feature in any home, but they don’t necessarily mix with wobbly babies. When our little one began sitting up rather unsteadily, we knew we needed to pad our hardwood floors to cushion the many tumbles that pepper the path to toddlerhood. We wanted to find a playmat that would be both child-friendly and sophisticated, not one that would turn our small apartment into Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Initially, I was attracted to the candy-colored and whimsical design of the Skip Hop Playspot shown at the top of this post. After reading a few less than favorable reviews of this mat, I decided to keep looking. Some of the flaws of the Skip Hop Playspot, according to dissatisfied customers, include the fact that the many small parts and pieces can come apart as baby’s dexterity develops, because he can dig into the mat and pull out chunks of the foam. This in turn poses a potential choking hazard. It seemed to me that the Skip Hop Playspot can only tolerate minimal wear and tear, and with our active little guy, that simply wouldn’t suffice.

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A friend recommended we look into SoftTiles. SoftTiles are made of non-toxic eva foam and are safe for kids. The tiles come in a wide array of colors. Choices include number and alphabet tiles, which allow the playmat to double as an educational tool. Sizes include 2×2 feet and 1×1 feet. The tiles come in two different thicknesses, 5/8″ and 1″. The 1″ thick mat is double sided and can be flipped over when one side starts to wear out.

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After all of our playmat research, we opted to create our own design out of SoftTiles, shown above. We chose gray, white, and orange tiles and arranged them according to our own visual aesthetic. In the end, we were very happy with the result. It not only created a safe play area for baby, but also a visually compelling focal point for the room. The tiles are interlocking and come with optional borders. The price is competitive. The 2×2, 5/5″ thick mat is a reasonable deal at only $5.40 /tile. The 1×1, 5/5″ thick mat costs only $1.45/tile. The 2×2, 1″ thick mat is $10.00/tile. Once configured, the entire playmat was about the same size as the Skip Hop Playspot, and it cost us less money. SoftTiles are waterproof and easy to clean with a damp mop or a broom.

SoftTiles are an appealing choice when deciding on a playmat surface for your babe. Whether you select a bright, educational pattern, or a more grown-up design scheme, this soft landing is sure to please both wavering babes and sure footed adults.

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9 Responses to “SoftTiles Playmats: A Stylish Soft Landing”

  1. Abigail Doan says:

    Thanks for this great write-up, Neelam. SoftTiles have been a godsend for us in terms of ‘cushioning the blow’ of toy percussion on our wood floors for the neighbor below. My husband and I were not interested in wall-to-wall carpet coverage for our floors, and we found this to be a versatile and stylish alternative. Love your customized design choice. Looks really great!

    – Abigail

  2. Neelam says:

    Hi Abigail,

    Thank you for your feedback, we are very happy with the soft tiles play mat. Our neighbors have the skip hop play spot mat, but i can see that the pieces do not fit well together, and varik basically took it apart in a couple of minutes. we, too, are glad we opted for the soft tiles mat. by the way, i hear you are in town but for a blink of an eye, if the planets align, it would be wonderful to see you and your twins!!
    neelam

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  5. aruth says:

    hi! we love the design you made. it fits our living room perfectly. i was trying to copy your pattern and it appears that you have 2×2 squares in white and grey mixed with 1×1 squares in orange, white, and grey. but when i went to softtiles.com they do not have 1×1 tiles in orange. How did you do it?!?

    Am i wrong about the configuration of tiles? please help us copy you!

  6. Rosenud4895 says:

    I was searching for organic play mats. Found info that EVA play mats have been banned in other countries bc they emit ammonia and formaldahyde which are to if substances. So I will not be purchasing these type of play mats.

  7. SoftTiles says:

    @aruth The tiles in the picture are all 2×2 SoftTiles, 4 white, 4 gray, and 1 orange.

    @Rusenud4895 SoftTiles have been been tested and shown to be free of formamides. You can visit the SoftTiles site for more info.

  8. lpearlman says:

    Hi! I was wondering how bright the white tiles are. It almost looks like a light gray, which I love, but I’m worried that maybe in other light it is actually very bright. Thoughts?? Thanks!

  9. zoorang says:

    Hope this will help you to choose right play mats for your precious little one!
    There is a shop who sells Eco-friendly & Nontoxic Play-mat, Pillobebe. They recently launched new product which is made of natural cork. This is from their website. http://www.pillobebe.com

    “We are extremely excited to announce CorkiMat™, a brand new baby/toddler/kids play mat exclusively designed and developed by Pillobebe!!! The main component of CorkiMat™ is natural cork! Cork is Eco-friendly, Organic, Naturally Anti-bacterial, Anti-microbial, Anti-fungal, and Naturally flame-retardant. It has No harmful chemicals like Formamide, Flame-retardants, etc. It provides similar protection compare to toxic foam play mats widely sold and used in the world today.”

    You can watch this Youtube video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9jWLRJYQCg

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