Here’s the thing! Allowing your baby some ‘me-time’ is essential for their growth and development. Leaving a toddler to his or her own devices encourages self-initiative, promotes early learning, and help perfect their skills.
For this reason, it is crucial to provide an enabling environment for a baby to play and engage appropriate play toys as you keep watch from a distance.
And what could be a perfect item to help you achieve this other than a play mat? A bold promise, definitely!
Here are some reasons why baby playmats are worth it.
Babies primarily learn from their environment. What they can hear, see, and touch helps them make sense of things and learn over time to react to them. Given the makeup of a play mat and the accompanying components, a baby will have fun while becoming aware of things by interacting with everything on and around the mat.
Improves motor skills
By touching, grasping, and reaching out to various toys handing on the arches, a toddler gets the opportunity to engage their reflex skills. And over time, the baby learns to control their arm movements while at it. Of course, they also engage other parts of their body. The muscles then become active and improve the overall coordination of bodily action.
Promotes visual awareness
Babies, unlike adults, have a weaker visual perception. So, with high contrast colors and textures typical of play mats, a baby can train their eyes on different shades and make sense of them. Given the ordinarily inquisitive baby eyes, playmates offer the perfect setting to satisfy their curiosity. The bright contrasting shades enhance visual awareness and help develop the sense of sight.
Entertains and engages
Given the usefulness in stimulating a baby’s senses, a play mat is also a great source of entertainment. The sound from suspended rattles, colors and textures, or even the teethers providing oral stimulation helps keep the baby entertained for hours.
Playing helps the baby discover things about themselves and things around them through cause and effect. By reacting to the sights, sounds, and textures either by smiling, laughing, or grabbing, self-awareness in the baby gets developed without notice. So, thanks to all a play mat provide the baby can learn how to react to different things in their environment progressively.
Safe and portable
A play mat is one of the most conveniently designed play items. Every aspect gets tailored with baby playing needs in mind. From the soft and comfortable cushioned base to the folding design, it comes as a perfect little haven for a baby to play and relax, whether at home or when travelling. The compact, lightweight, and easy to fold design makes it easy to pack and carry while on the move.
A play mat has all it takes to keep your baby happily engaged and, most importantly, safe while at it. With one, you’ll soon notice the difference in your little one’s abilities when left to their own devices. So, yes! Next time you are out shopping, consider this among the barest essentials such as a bedroom set, bouncers, and crib that can be kept at the extra storage space in your garage for the next for your next baby.