On the long road towards walking a baby plat mat is a very useful way to encourage babies to begin to explore the world around them and build up their muscles too. For newborns a play gym is great as there will be lots of fun things hanging down to attract baby’s attention and encourage interaction. There are some designs specifically created with tummy time in mind, and feature a spinning middle section to build upper body strength.
Other designs have extra padded edges to encourage sitting; a vital development that will eventually lead to crawling. Even once babies are mobile a baby play mat is a great way to give a child their own dedicated play space on the floor, somewhere they know that they can spread out their toys as much as they like.