With the recent reports on the toxicity of the commonly used “ABC” baby mats, my mum decided to keep all the alphabets mats and let Xi En play on the hard platform floor. Another reason is Xi En loves to pick up all various alphabets and put them in his mouth. He especially loved the small “o” and “r” – those which he can stuffed into his small mouth!
And so we sat on the hard platform floor for a few weeks and ……… GAVE UP! It’s too hard for our butts!
We started hunting for suitable play mats for Xi En’s play corner and found some really pricey options!
I found some Korean/Taiwan imported play mats which are made of really good material.
“The colorful reversible printed surface is made of heavy-duty, non-slip, non-toxic, non-phthalate soft PVC material.”
There are many designs and thickness available. I got mine from Small Small World. They were holding a bulk purchase on SingaporeMotherhood.com and thus prices were cheaper. They also sell these mats in baby fairs. I saw another provider on the forum – WorldofKorea.
Apparently there are two common known brands – Parklon and LG (yes, the Korean fridge brand!). LG has higher end series whereas Parklon is slightly cheaper. Personally, I think Parklon’s performance is good enough for our use and thus settled for that. We paid S$140 for a M size mat – ok – it seemed crazy to pay so much for a play mat.. these companies just know how to prey on parents’ weaknesses… But we felt that it’s probably worth it long-term wise.
And so….. we waited for the free delivery…….
It CAME and it is so worth it! Xi En loves the vibrant colors and best of all our butts don’t hurt anymore.