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Momtrends Must-Haves: Play Mats

Best Overall Play Gym: Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym

Whether you're trying to give baby some developmental tummy time or just are trying to get a few minutes of peace to enjoy your coffee while it's still hot (we don't judge), this play mat from Skip Hop is certain to delight babies and their parents. The quilted mat is well padded and can be used with or without the overhead bars. The mat itself offers lots of different fabrics, textures and activities to keep baby entertained and the five included plush toys crinkle, squeak, reflect and rattle. Parents will like the mellow and gender-neutral color scheme and the battery-free operation. Plus, there's even a coordinating tummy pillow pillow that can be used with the mat or on it's own. BUY: Amazon

Skip Hop Animal Zoo Play Gym

Most Affordable Play Gym: Infantino Explore & Store Activity Gym

If you don't want to spend a lot of money or space on a play mat, try Infantino. Their Explore & Store Activity Gym comes in a variety of styles including an owl, monkey, unicorn and jungle theme. The simple space-saving oval design comes with an overhead bar and three thematic toys that will entertain your little one through sight, touch and sound. Best of all, the mats fold in half for easy storage or transport and each one cost about $20. BUY: Amazon

Infantino Explore n Store

Best Neutral Color Palette Play Gym: Pottery Barn Animal Friends Classic Activity Gym

While primary colors can dominate the infant toy world, if you're looking for something that blends in a bit better with your household decor, we love this Animal Friends Classic Activity Gym from Pottery Barn Baby. The neutral colored mat comes with five multisensory hanging toys to hang from the crossbars including a chiming bear, mirrored tree and rattling elephant. Your baby will still get plenty of opportunities for play and engagement and you won't cringe every time you look at it. BUY: Pottery Barn Baby

Pottery Barn play mat

Best Bells-N-Whistles Play Gym: Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym

If you're willing to pull out all the stops to keep your child entertained for a moment or two, then you'll love this bells-n-whistles play mat from Fisher-Price. The Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym lives up to it's name with variety of lights, sounds and music to engage your little one. The mat comes with six toys that spin, crinkle, reflex, rattle and roll, up to 20 minutes of music or rainforest sounds that can be turned on or set to respond to baby's movement, helping to teach cause and effect. Fisher Price spent a lot of time thinking about how to make baby happy, but they didn't forget parents in the process - this mat has a volume control to let you enjoy a little bit of quiet along with your fleeting moments of peace. Buy: Amazon

Fisher Price Rainforest

Most Versatile Play Gym: Tiny Love Gymini Developlace

Baby gear is notorious for having a short window of use before your little one outgrows it, but not so with the Tiny Love Gymini Developace. This 5-in-1 play gym offers lots of set up options making it suitable for newborns up to toddlerhood an beyond. Leave it as a flat play mat, put one side up or both sides to turn it into a tent. Four hanging toys provide overhead engagement and all sides of the mat offer interesting pictures, activities and opportunities for fun. BUY: Amazon

Tiny Love Gymini Developlace

Best Newcomer: Youkidoo Gymotion Activity Playland

It's not widely available yet, but parents are going to love this unique play gym from Yookidoo. Designed for three distinct phases of baby, the Gymotion Activity Playland can be set up for lay & play, tummy time or sit & play activity. Plus it folds up easily for storage or transport. One of our favorite features is the unique "track and buggy" system that can be attached at the top for lay & play amusement (great for developing eye tracking and hand-eye coordination!) or directly on the mat for tummy time to encourage head lifting. The mat also comes with five detachable toys (three plush, a rattle and mirror) that can be connected at various points on the mat, including on top or dangling from the bottom of the moving buggy. BUY: Creative Kid Stuff

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Best Eco-Friendly Wood Activity Center: Finn + Emma Play Gym

Do good for the Earth and your little one with this eco-friendly wooden play gym from Finn + Emma. The 100% birchwood frame adjusts to two heights and is finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers (free of lead, phthalate, nickel, mercury, formaldehyde and ultra low VOC's). The play gym comes with two wooden toys (made from all natural untreated indian hardwood buffed with vegetable seed wax) and two plush toys (hand knit from organic cotton) that are detachable to use on your stroller or car seat. Plus the modern color schemes and eight unique themes make us swoon. BUY: Amazon

FinnEmma play gym

Most Affordable Wood Play Gym: IKEA LEKA Play Gym

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous wooden play gym. This one by IKEA has a simple design and three colorful, wooden toys to grab, bat and swing. It is IKEA so you do need to assemble it yourself, but for under $30, we're willing to do a little work for this beauty. Suitable for 0-18 months. BUY: IKEA

IKEA Leka gym

Best Overall Play Mat: Skip Hop PlaySpot Foam Tiles

We love Skip Hop's PlaySpot foam tiles for the customizable size, comfortable padding, and five color options (four color combinations and one zoo print) to match your decor. The tiles are suitable for all ages and you can pop out the inner circles to add in Skip Hop's FunSpots. Each three-pack (sold separately) includes circles with tactile ribbons, squeaker, mirror, teethers and crinkle leaf. BUY: Amazon

Skip Hop Tiles

Most Affordable Play Mat: Prince Lionheart developMAT

For affordable fun, try Prince Lionheart's developMat. For less than $30, you get a 5" x 3" two-sided, roll-up playmat with high contrast shapes and colors for baby's development on one side and a colorful barnyard scene on the other. Great for tummy time and convenient for travel with the included carry case. BUY: Amazon

Prince Lionheart DevelopMAT

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Skip Hop Animal Zoo Play Gym

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