What the press had to say...


Women's Health - reviewed the best play mats for infant and toddlers to enjoy tummy time...

November 2021


Large Melbourne MOD Play Mat

Baby in tummy time position on colourful playmat
Munchkin and Bear
One of the comfiest play mats on the market, this generously sized mat from UK brand Munchkin and Bear will make a great addition to your nursery. Made from 1.5cm thick foam padding, it's the ideal spot for playtime and thanks to a range of tasteful designs it will look super-stylish on your living room floor too.   

Best baby activity mats, according to Made for Mums 

October 2021

Munchkin and Bear Luxe padded play mat, from £94.95 

– best for comfort

Age: From birth | Awards: Gold – Nursery accessory, MadeForMums Awards 2021

Two babies playing on a pale pink activity matWhat it is: A durable play-mat that is suitable for any room, provides insulation from cold floors, is waterproof and wipe-clean. It’s made of non-toxic, shock-absorbing material, with a 1.5cm-thick foam core. It is available in two sizes (Medium: 1.4m x 1m x 1.5cm thick (2.4kg) and large: 2m x 1.4m x 1.5cm thick (4.8kg).

Why we love it: This mat is perfect for those with hard-wood floors – or even those who have carpets they want to protect from baby mess! It’s much less frustrating to use – and prettier – than the classic jigsaw mats that do the same thing. Not only is it a safe, comfortable place for your baby to play, it looks great and can be used as a yoga mat, too!

Ify, MFM tester and mum to Eliana, 7 months, says, “Eliana is more mobile being on the play-mat, as she is able to practise her crawling every day. Eliana and her elder sister sit on the mat and play together. It is worth the money in the sense that it is very easy to maintain. You literally just have to wipe down with a damp cloth, and because of how it is made it doesn’t absorb dirt or liquid, so you don’t need to bother about how to keep it clean constantly.”

Julie, MFM tester and mum to Geraint, aged 21 months, says, I’d be very surprised to come across anything better in the form of a play mat! You certainly see the quality in the product from the minute you open the box. It feels almost like a plush carpet.”

Available from: Munchkin and Bear


The Independent's Rebecca Moore reviewed the best play mats for tummy time 

September 2021  

BEST PORTABLE OPTION – Munchkin & Bear large speckled play mat

"Once you get your feet on the 1.5cm thick foam core padding of this play mat, you won’t want to take them off.

 Camel Speckled Play Mat - semi rolled showing Sand Speckled reverse sideArriving packed up like a carpet, we unrolled to find a super stylish play mat boasting warm, earthy caramel shades that will make the perfect addition to your home, whichever room it ends up in. Covering 200cm x 140cm, this mat means business, and is ready for some serious playing (or relaxing, enjoying tummy time, or making a fabulous background for that lovely baby milestone pic).

Out of all the play mats we tested, we found this the comfiest underfoot thanks to its plush padding, and our four-year-old tester even commented on how “squishy” it felt.

The speckled design continues on the reverse too, with a soft sandy cream finish – although we love the desert sand shade too much to flip it."

Buy now £129.95Munchkinandbear.co.uk