Many of you seem to be interested in finding out more about non-toxic play mats after reading our "best baby play mat" review here, so here it is - a review of the best non toxic play mat available in the market nowadays.
1. Organic vs. Non Toxic Play Mat
Understandably so - the baby play mat will be where your children will be spending most of their waking time on crawling, tumbling and playing, naturally, you'd want it to be a safe and hygienic place for them.
When we talk about non toxic play mat, there are actually two types - organic and non toxic. While both are are certainly free from harmful chemicals, there is actually a distinction between the two.
A. Organic Play Mat
Organic baby play mat is made from naturally-sourced materials and is 100% free from chemical substance. It is usually made of 100% certified organic cotton without mixing any other artificial materials so it is very gentle to baby's skin. If your baby is particularly sensitive, you won't go wrong with an organic play mat.
B. Non Toxic Play Mat
Non toxic play mat, on the other hand, contains synthetic or manufactured materials (food grade materials) that are proven to be safe and healthy to humans, especially babies. They may contain certain chemical substance but none that is harmful to the human body. For example, many play mats, especially foam ones contain substance like EVA or polyethylene that are touted as non toxic. We have our reserves on this actually, because EVA has been found to off-gas formamide. Nonetheless, some experts have argued that formamide emission in such small doses won't do any harm, but if you'd want peace of mind, it's better to look for formamide-free play mats. In any case though, play mats that contain BPA, Phthalates, Lead and Latex cannot be deemed non toxic.
One thing both organic and non toxic play mats have in common though, is that they are generally more expensive than standard ones, for example, those that contain PVCs. However, considering all the health benefits that they guarantee, we think this is one investment that is essential in your baby registry.