Last updated on February 6th, 2019 at 09:05 pm
Hi Mammas! I’m back with another baby playmat review. I’m all about non-toxic products for the little ones, and for me, the playmat was a research black hole. I knew my baby would be spending a lot of time on her playmat, so I really wanted to be sure it was safe. There is a lot of information on what is considered non-toxic, so I’ll provide a little context for what I look for in a playmat, as well as some information on a great choice, the Alzipmat Baby Playmat. I was contacted by Alzipmat to review their product when they found out I am constantly searching for non-toxic baby items. We’ve been playing on it for about a week now and so far my little lady loves it. I love that it’s truly a non-toxic baby playmat.
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What is a “non-toxic” baby playmat?
Unfortunately, many of the commonly available playmats are made of foam, or more specifically EVA foam which is widely touted as safe. When I mention baby playmats if you immediately think about puzzle piece mats, you’re likely thinking about an EVA foam mat.
According to multiple sources EVA foam playmats contain Formamide which is toxic to reproduction. Foam playmats are the main type I’ll steer you away from, due to their wide availability, combined with misinformation on these types of play surfaces.
If you’re interested in reading why you should steer clear, check out the links below on Formamide. Many EVA foam playmats off-gas this compound.
Many of the playmats from your typical big box retailers are made out of foam, so you need to look elsewhere to get a safe alternative. I have a comprehensive review of other non-toxic baby playmats here if you’re interested. For now, I’m going to tell you about the Alzipmat Baby Playmat because it’s a great non-toxic option that my little has really enjoyed.
The company provides this description and information on the mats:
- Excellent in absorbing impact providing babies with great protection from injury.
- Excellent in absorbing noise; free yourself from noise through floors
- Easy to clean and lightweight. Durable and Flexible structure with 3 bending points
- SG size : 94.5 x 55.1 x 1.5 inch, XG size : 110.2 x 55.1 x 1.5 inch
- Interior material: eco-friendly PE Foam, Surface material: Non-toxic PU Fabric
- Made in Korea
The mat itself is fairly thick and provides even more cushion for all those tumbles. It resembles a thicker gym mat and is easily folded into sections. This may be why my little lady started stomping and jumping on it as soon as we laid it down. They roll out mats at daycare occasionally, so she was very happy to immediately play on this one. Due to the thickness of the mat, I wasn’t worried at all that she’d end up bruised if she took a spill. This would have been fantastic when she was learning to walk.
Form and Function
The Alzipmat Eco Silion Playmats come in eight different colors:
ECO Silion Mat (Modern line): Modern Blue, Modern Pink, Modern Gray, Modern Beige
ECO Silion Mat (Duo line): Skyblue, Coralpink, Silvergray, Olivegreen
There are additional Alzipmat playmat lines without the Silicon cover, such as the Eco Duo, which is substantially cheaper.
One of the things I love about these playmats are the colors. They fit well with any decor while still feeling baby friendly. You don’t have to worry about an explosively colored mat in your living room if your baby doesn’t have a separate play space.
Another cool feature is that this mat can transform into multiple play options like a tunnel or mini-sofa. This is a huge bonus as one item can play double duty for both playmat and imagination tunnel. This helps make the higher cost worth it.
What it’s made of
I did research on the materials in these mats and found out that High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is one of the safest plastics available and is used in many food and drink products.*
Food Grade polyethylene is also what our little’s mattress is made out of, and we were confident that the Naturepedic tests on mattresses were comprehensive. She’s also had no problems and has been sleeping on the mattress for two years. Here’s a little more info Naturepedic provides about polyethylene.
The Eco Silion line outer cover is made of non-toxic PU fabric coated with silicon. Silion is the company name for this coating. The Silicon fabric has a small frictional force to prevent slipping. This ensures that even as baby moves the mat won’t slip out from under her. This fabric is safe even if baby bites or sucks on the mat. You can rest assured even during the teething stage! Additionally, these playmats have a Certificate of Korea Eco-Label certifying that they are free from toxic chemicals like Formamide or DMF (Dimethylformamide).
OK – It can’t be perfect
It’s true. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close. The only con is that this mat is pretty pricey. However, almost all the truly non-toxic baby playmats run between $200-$400, so this isn’t off the charts expensive.The great news is that Alzipmat provides different product offerings, and you can get a version of the mat that isn’t covered in silicon for substantially cheaper ($200 vs. $330 for the silicon version). I can’t speak to the ease of cleaning the mat that isn’t covered in silicon. However, if a safe playmat and budget are your top concerns this is a great alternative.
Although I received this product to review for free, all the opinions are my own. If you’re able to afford it and are looking for a great non-toxic baby playmat, Alzipmat is a fantastic choice. Although it’s made in Korea, it can be at your door in two days with Amazon Prime. Check it out here: Alzip Mat Baby Playmat Eco Silion Duo (in grey).