Skip Hop Mat Review: Foam Baby Playmat
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Reviewed by Meifang Qin
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We like

Very stylish

Protective for children

Safe for children

Brighten up home decorations

Very durable

Very easy to set up

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Once you try it, you will want more

How it works

Children grow fast, from crib to crawling. For unsteady toddling children, a very good step forward is to create a child-friendly environment, especially when it comes to floors because this is where children often get hurt. Play mats are practical, effective and an easy way to quickly and tastefully create a safe playing environment for very young children. Foam interlocking padded mats have been around for many years and they just keep getting better with time. The early mats were durable but they lacked style and got easily stained and dirty. Nowadays, the quality of foam used for play mats has increased in durability, and it does not get dirty and stained so easily. In fact, these mats easily qualify as very tasteful home decorations, which incorporate high standards of cushion-bed protection for children to play safely.

Skip Hop are ahead in the business for offering mats that are quick to assemble. They offer features which blend in nicely and at times uplift the home decoration and this results in a product which is successful. The quality, style, and design of these mats are artful, stylish and easily complement the decorations in a modern home. This is a very great offer – they come in 40 pieces shaped like triangles and 32 edging pieces for finishing off a play mat layout. Quick to slot together, they offer a large floor covering capacity which means that children can play and tumble safely. There are not many products which qualify for providing safety for children while also qualifying for very tasteful home decoration.

You can set up this large mat play area anywhere in the home, in the lounge, a child’s bedroom, roll away the carpets or build on top of them – either choice works perfectly. The product is so quick to set up that you can easily disassemble the mat and quickly set it up in another room. Why stop at a mat? Think about a creatively designed mat layout in several rooms in the home. They look great, are very durable, highly attractive and create safe playing areas for children.

Material

Material

The materials and features of these mats are designed for the purpose of functionality.

Let’s discuss the design first. Not many products can offer this. While children are playing, they will have tumbles, unexpected falls and these are the very causes for serious injuries when a hard surface is the point of impact. The thud of a young head hitting a hard floor surface is terrible to hear, and the potential of injury including brain damage is unpredictable. Just a few millimeters of padded mat can make a difference for the safety of your little one. To fall over and hit the head or another vulnerable body part onto a hard surface is simply inviting injury. This is why parents are wise to create an environment in which the surface is padded and safe. Ancient civilizations knew this, that is why they had sand pit play areas.

Now, modern materials allow this safe surface concept to be brought into the home for the benefit of children.
The tiles are over-sized compared to standard foam tiles. They slot together easily and when laid flat on the floor they hold together and do not drift apart. Children can fall on these, but the cushioned foam material used to make the tiles will absorb surface impact shock, cushion the moment of contact and protect a child. Using foam shaped materials to create such an innovative safety feature in a floor covering is simply outstanding in terms of creative design. The designers of this product took a simple material and shaped it into an innovative system but they also considered the impact on home decorations. This is a highly innovative use of basic foam material.
Emotions and Functions

Emotions and Functions

Two key main functions supported by a series of beneficial underlying functions. Children get an attractive safe play area specifically designed to offer safety and protection. The family home gets a very modern and attractive floor layout. Playing children may well fall and tumble but while they do this they, land upon a padded foam surface which absorbs the shock of impact and protects heads, elbows and knees. The chances of painful skin scrapes which come from falling on basic surfaces in the home will now become a minimal risk. The function of this product is to offer safety and protection for kids while being designed to cheer-up or brighten up a home with its modern design.
Durability

Durability

The durability level of foam tiles has increased a lot over the years to the point that these tiles are incredibly durable. The lifespan of these child protective and home decor stylish tiles is very long. They do not wear out, no matter how much children play or adults relax on them. In past times, when foam tiles first appeared on the market they were very popular because people knew these were great for home insulation and warmth but they were also a way to create a soft but firm floor area, safe for children and comfortable for adults. Earlier tile versions demonstrated very high durability but they tended to get stained, easily discolored and could eventually take on a dirty appearance which even regular washing could not clean up. Newer versions of foam tiles have moved past these issues. The tiles do not stain easily, they are easier to clean and they are offered in sets which allows users to create amazing home floor designs. Using these tiles means you can create a safe play area for children, a comfortable surface on which other family members can lounge on but you also compliment your home decor with very attractive modern design features.
Safety

Safety

Safety is the top selling point for these tiles. It cannot be disputed that foam tiles create a soft firm shock absorbing surface which gives a high level of safety for very young children while they play. In fact, the selling point for this product is that the safety it offers is very high and known to be factual. When a floor surface is padded with durable foam, it becomes a zone of safety and poses less harm to anyone who falls onto the foam mat area. Foam is perfect for absorbing the impact and shock and this means less trauma to the body. Young children play and they fall, but on a foam mat surface they are unlikely to face the type of possible injuries they could face if they fell on an un-padded surface.
Design

Design

The design of this product gets very good reviews from parents. Children never get physical injuries on any surface if it is padded enough to eliminate the transference of shock impact into the bodies of vulnerable children. The designers have blended two concepts together, safety for kids and boosting the aesthetics of a family home, all this at a very affordable price because foam matting compared to thick carpets, is more shock absorbent and easier to set up and take care of. They blended protective child functionality with uplifting the decorative home aesthetics and this resulted in a product which deserves a place in every home.

Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Ease of use stems from the simplicity of setting up and installing this product at home. These mat pieces are like an easy jigsaw puzzle - you can fit them together to cover a specific area while experimenting with creating eye pleasing designs for the home. Imagine the cost, time and effort of laying out an expensive thick carpet with the purpose of looking attractive and providing a safe play area for children. That would be a big investment and a complex project, but with foam tiles the process is easier. Simply choose the floor area, slot the tiles together and you will have a safe space for your little ones. If you want to move the foam mat to another room, just take it apart, carry it to the next room and assemble it quickly. For ease of use this product hits ten out of ten, easily.

Versatility

Versatility

So easy to assemble, so easy to take up and put in another room, very quickly. These interlocking tiles are versatile, they can cover up less appealing floor surfaces, they are long lasting, durable and attractive. The tiles create a child friendly soft protective surface and play area, working to prevent injury at all times. The tiles absorb shock and noise, so playing children are less noisy and parents can relax in the meantime. You can tile a designated area in the room or you can tile the entire room. They are so easy to set up and equally easy to take apart and set up in another room.

The main feature of these tiles is versatility.
Age Range

Age Range

Of course the age range for use includes young children but it extends much further. Foam mats are also perfect for yoga and other home exercises. Many of the parents who bought them, have stretched out comfortably on the foam exercise mat, either for relaxation or exercise. They offer a very comfortable padded surface, warm in winter and reasonably cool in summer. The age range covers all ages, from very young children to adults.
Origin

Origin

Foam tiles are offered in a combination of choices involving the design of Geo Metric patterns. This means you can be creative in the resulting appearance of your mat area. The choice of creative design is a key feature and that is not all. Thick foam tiles are a natural shock absorbing material, and are not expensive to produce. When compared to other floor coverings, they are seriously affordable and equally or even more durable. In this set you get forty triangle shapes which you can slot together and thirty-two pieces to create stylish edgings. Foam durability just gets better and better, and the characteristics offered by padded foam speak volumes in terms of safety and protection for children.

Price Range

Compared to hard ceramic tiles, thick carpets or any of the other natural and synthetic floor surfaces, foam will always be the cheapest option while still keeping durability and functionality. The cost is lower than other products, but the benefits are equal and often much higher.

Bottom Line

These tile sets offer a fast, durable and an effective way to create a safe play environment for children while also bringing in a stylish decorative feature. There are not many products which offer a variety of benefits at a very affordable price. Investing in this mat means you will create a safe playing area for children and with some creative thought you can brighten up your living space.

Once you buy it and see its qualities for yourselves, you will be tempted to extend its functions to the other rooms of your home. This way, you can make the whole living space safe for your children but in a nice and modern way.


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