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The best baby water mats for mess-free fun

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Us parents are always on the lookout for ways to entertain our little ones and a baby water play mat offers hours of fun with an array of developmental benefits. Whether you’ve got a baby boy or girl, a water mat provides the opportunity for sensory play and to improve both hand-eye coordination and motor skills as well as being an all-round fun toy for both babies and toddlers.

An inflatable water mat makes for a stimulating place for your baby to play, doubling up as a tummy time mat where they can learn to strengthen their necks when they are little. 

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes and bright colours to choose from, a baby water play mat usually features eye-catching graphics and illustrations as well as sometimes being filled with floating toys such as underwater creatures. 

Usually suitable for babies aged 3 months, water play mats are easily inflated and then filled with water, ready to be explored. But which one should you buy for your baby? Take a look at our top five water mats...

100 per cent leak-proof, we love the adorable turtle design of this baby water mat featuring underwater friends your little one will adore. After use, you can just empty the mat, fold it up, and pack it into your bag. 

A review of this product read: "We love it! At first it takes a little while to pump up and fill with water, it gets very heavy when filled. I sat there with baby on my lap and let her use her feet to move the fish around. She also likes having her legs over the side and her top half on turtle so she’s doing tummy time."

Suitable from three months. 

Perfect if you don't want a water mat that takes up too much space, this lightweight mat is the one for you. It's made from leak-proof materials and ultra-durable water valves with non-fading colors and a vibrant marine life design.

One pleased mum loved her water mat, writing: "My little one hated tummy time ever since birth, and wouldn’t even settle on our chests. However, after buying this he’s become more tolerant of his tummy and can be looking at the mat 30mins+ before getting bored. It’s fantastic and the best £7 I ever spent (bought it on offer). One happy mum and baby!"

Suitable from three months.

With babies only seeing black and white for the first few months of their life, this high contrast water play mat will help enhance your tot's visual development, enticing and engaging them immediately. Eco-friendly, the product has received many positive reviews:

"I bought this as a gift and was sent many videos the next day as it seemed to be the favourite! Beautiful gift, will definitely be getting for other friends."

Suitable from three months. 

If you're on the lookout for an alternative water mat design, what about this colourful dinosaur themed one? It's large enough for a couple of babies to play on and even squeaks when your little one presses the button. One reviewer wrote:

"I’ve not seen anything else like this so I was keen to test this toy. It’s a perfect size for little hands, even if baby is sitting or doing a bit of tummy time. This toy really captures their interest. She loves to push down on it to make the little sea animals move."

Suitable from three months.

This unique 3D baby water mat is a fun addition to any nursery, featuring floating shapes that will arouse your baby's curiosity. Non-toxic and 100% BPA-free, the water mat can be used throughout the year both inside and out. 

Suitable from three months.

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
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Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news and product pages, features and  interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.


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