Home tools Buyer's Guides from tech enthusiast who loves technology and clever solutions for better living.
Best nap mat 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated September 1, 2020
Best nap mat of 2018
You must have heard that the best nap mat should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Below you can find 3 reviews of the best nap mat to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this nap mat win the first place?
The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this nap mat come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this nap mat take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
nap mat Buyer’s Guide
Tips for Transitioning Your Kiddo to a Nap Mat
It’s going to take some training to get your child to get used to sleeping on their nap mat.
After all, they are so used to using their crib or toddler bed (complete with a mattress and bed rail), that the mat may come to a shock to them. So, consider five tips that will help them with this transition.
Use your own bedding.
First, it’s important to keep in mind that any kind of transition can take some time.
Get a duplicate sheet, pillow, and pillowcase and decorate the nap mat with it.
Implement the mat at home.
Let them sit on it while watching television, or let them actually nap on it for their afternoon slumber.
Let them pick it out.
Show your child some nap mat options. Get them excited about shopping for one in stores or online and tell them they can choose one of three you point out.
Have a play date.
Invite a friend over (who already sleeps on a nap mat) and let them be your child’s guide.
Kids are more likely to accept new things when they observe their peers around them doing the same thing.
Make it fun.
Here are some ideas: give your child their favorite stuffed animal while on the mat; sit with them and rest awhile with them; or read a favorite story on the mat, or even share a snack on the mat.
Important Features to Look For
Ease to clean. From time to time, accidents do happen. So, it’s important that your mat is easy to wipe down and keep clean (and won’t be subject to staining).
When You Know It’s Time To End the Naps
Most toddlers stop their afternoon nap around three years of age. But, some stop napping a little sooner, and others a little later.
The prime napping years on a mat are between the age of one and two.
Refusal to nap. Many toddlers will tell you if they are tired or not. Some break into extreme tantrums around nap time because they have a hard time expressing they don’t need the sleep. Many parents mistake this for them being tired, but it’s them actually try to convey their feelings about not needing one.
Acting non-fussy without one. If your toddler skips a nap, and they remain active and in good spirits the rest of the day, there’s a good chance they aren’t in need of a nap anymore.
Waking up super early. It’s possible that your child is getting too much sleep during the day, so they need less sleep overnight. If they are waking much earlier than usually, consistently, try skipping their nap.
Toddler nap mats are great items that help your child rest in peace and comfort when they are away from their home.
Peerless Plastics KM100 Rest Mat
If you love the idea of owning a nap mat but aren’t thrilled by the idea of having to squander and fortune and exhaust your funds, then this mat is a real bang for the dollar. It offers unmatched quality at an affordable price. The four-section folding design helps you to save space in your house. Of course, space is scarce in most homes these days.
The soft fabric used in its construction ensures that your child sleeps like a king while the fact that it’s waterproof ensures that you don’t have to worry about them peeing on it. This is a real saviour in a world where nap mats are going at very high prices.
Wildkin Aqua Nap Mat
Wildkin which is made using equal proportions of polyester and cotton makes its way to the 3rd position marking the beginning of the top three items. Imported, Wildkin allows your child to fly off to the dreamland in style ensuring that they enjoy every minute they lay down to rest. Ideal for homes and schools, the roll us design offers easy storage and saves on space.
Given its versatile design, this mat is familiar with daycares, preschools and homes.What’s more, this mat is rigorously tested and sufficiently proven to deliver top-tier comfort. All its parts are lead-free, BPA-fee and phthalate-free. And yes, it conforms to all CPSIA regulations which stipulate the guidelines on what is safe for use and what isn’t. And yes, it also conforms to flammability regulations.
The cotton and polyester exterior which makes use of the two components in appropriate proportions ensures that your child sleeps peacefully. The dimensions of 20 x 50 inches make it ideal for indoor use since it saves on space.
These are important features which determine whether a given mat is reliable or not.
The size is also another feature which is overlooked by most buyers. Of course, you should ensure that you have the right size for your child. And yes, given the fact that your child is going each day, it’s advisable that you get a size which is a bit large than their current size.
However, don’t get an extra-large nap mat just because you want your kid to use it for long; get a convenient size.
The cost should also be considered if at all you want to have something nice. As always, the price has to be considerable and reasonable. The best ones aren’t the cheapest or the most expensive; the best nap mats are those whose price is convenient.
Nap mat size
We could make a table of width and length for many nap mat brands, but a picture is worth a thousand words. We have the same five year old boy (44″ tall) resting on different nap mats so you can really get a feel for the relative width and length of each brand. And later we have the size table.
Nap mat thickness
More thickness helps your child be comfortable on the hard floor. Generally, less expensive mats will be an inch thick, while more expensive mats will be two inches thick. Most mats use polyester batting for the fill. The batting compresses relatively easily compared to Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats who pack the fill inside the mat, giving a mattress like feel to their design.
The most supportive nap mats on the market are foam pad designs like the Kindermat and Daydreamer options. Several thicknesses are available, up to inches. A inch foam pad is the most comfortable option for most children.
Unbranded nap mat sold with “flame retardants”
Many nap mats contain flame retardants banned from children’s sleepwear 30 years ago for being known carcinogens. I don’t care where you get your nap mats, as long as you don’t buy one that might harm your child.
Be sure to check with your daycare or preschool prior to purchasing your child’s nap mat. Requirements vary greatly by school. Some may require that the nap mat is able to roll up so that it can fit into a cubby, while other schools may require the nap mat to be at least 2″ thick. If your child’s school requires a vinyl nap mat we have suggestions about those below as well.
It is interesting to note that the thickness of nap mats range from 1/3″ to 1/2″, the later providing superior comfort for your child. Hands down the Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat is the thickest at 1/2″, made of a cotton/poly blend and also one of the largest in overall size.
When considering materials we have found the nap mats composed of 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend provide the greatest warmth and comfort. Our favorite is the Wildkin Nap Mat which our daughter used for years. It is comfortable, durable and comes in a large variety of prints.
Some nap mats made of 100% polyester tend to be thin, not as warm and even a bit noisy when the child tosses or turns. Also it seems that many nap mats that are 100% polyester are treated with flame retardant chemicals which can leach into your child’s skin. Another newer option is a memory foam style mat. Foams like vinyl are known to off-gas. If you are looking at a memory foam nap mat for your child we recommend My First Mattress which has been 3rd party tested by CertiPUR-US which tests products for off-gassing to make sure they fall into an acceptable range.
Another consideration is the overall size of the nap mat since your child may use the nap mat for several years, from daycare and preschool to stays at grandparents house and short overnight trips. Janiebee nap mats are the largest at 53″ long and 21″ wide, and they are 2″ thick. I cannot say enough about Janiebee nap mats, they are crazy cute, personalizable, handmade in the USA, and Rene the owner of Janiebee is an absolute gem.
Vinyl Nap Mats
In addition to a vinyl nap mat like Angeles Rest, you can purchase a nap mat cover that can be slipped over the mat and provide additional comfort. Also these types of covers stay in place as they are slipped onto the vinyl mat.
Who this is for
Do you occasionally like to sleep outside, in a tent or under the stars? If you do, and if you find yourself either cold or uncomfortable with your current sleeping setup, this guide is for you. Are you contemplating a first-ever backpacking trip, or wondering what type of sleeping pad to buy for a kid looking forward to a first camping trip? If so, this guide is for you, as well.
Do you need a sleeping pad at all? Some people can sleep soundly on the hard ground, but they are the rare (odd) birds. Most people clearly prefer sleeping on a comfortable, forgiving surface. Keep in mind, too, that your sleeping system is about more than just cushiness. Without the insulation of a sleeping pad, your body tries to create temperature equilibrium with the earth. This is known as conductive heat loss—and you’re the one who loses.
Without the insulation of a sleeping pad, your body tries to create temperature equilibrium with the earth. This is known as conductive heat loss—and you’re the one who loses.
The type of pad you want depends on where you’re headed, so we’ve divided our picks into three categories. The best pad for backpacking is for anyone who intends to carry all their gear on their back for miles and is best served by a compact, lightweight pad. The best pad for car camping is for people who won’t be lugging their pad far and so are more concerned with comfort than with heft and weight. And our budget pick will work for people who are just getting into camping or backpacking and want a solid choice before investing in a higher-quality pad.
How we picked
We found that some sleeping-pad surfaces were more slippery than others. Sleeping-bag nylon is of course slipperier than the cotton bedding you might use at home. Match that surface with a slick nylon sleeping pad, and you may wake up off your pad, especially if you’re sleeping on a slope.
A perk of this nap mat over many other similarly priced mats is the heavy blanket. The blanket is much heavier than Mint or Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats, and just a little heavier than Stephen Joseph. The pillow is also well stuffed, and removable from the back.
This entry was posted in Nap mat reviews on October 6, 201by bling.
The nap mat pad is removable
The bottom of the nap mat is normally closed off with Velcro. Pull it apart and the main nap mat pad (which runs from the bottom to the pillow) will slide out.
The main nap mat pad is made of organic wool with an unbleached organic cotton liner.
Nap mat with all the removable liners pulled out
This liner give the blanket a nice weight. Generally children sleep better with more blanket weight.
With all the inserts removed (along with the carry wrapper) and placed on top of the nap mat, you can see the inner construction and thicknesses.
All of the parts are machine wash and dry, but we do ask that the washer be set to the gentle cycle, and the drier be set to low heat.
With the all-organic wool and cotton construction and removable liners, you can see why this nap mat justifies the price. Even if your child does not have allergies or asthma sensitivities, the non-toxic construction and benefits of wool bedding might make this a good choice for your child. And if your child is sensitive, the price of this nap mat is very small compared to medication or visits to the ER.
Roll the nap mat up and pack it home!
Eventually it is time to take the nap mat two or from school. The canvas wrapper closes on itself with Velcro, and then has a carry strap.
Wool is a dense material, so this nap mat has a nice solid feel and weights three pounds. – the original sized all in one thick nap mats – and one of our many nap mat reviews. We started carrying them in 201but this American made brand has been manufacturing products in the USA for the last 2years. And their nap mats represent fantastic American-made ingenuity. I think these are the biggest bang for you buck in nap mats, as this guide will show.
Returns And Refund
We want you to shop with confidence at Pillow Talk, knowing that you can return your purchase if you change your mind.
Every effort is made to insure accuracy of images however due to differences in screen resolution, colours of products may vary in person.
Sewing Machine and standard presser foot
If you decide to use a directional print as we did, be careful to fussy cut so the design is straight to the cut edge.
Create the straps and handle
Find the two 27″ lengths of webbing. Center one webbing strap 4½” to either side of the center point.
Find your 16″ handle webbing piece. Insert each end of the handle under each strap at a 90˚ angle 5″ from the raw edge. The handle should insert under the strap almost all the way; leave it just short of the opposite edge of the strap to conceal the raw edges. The handle should bow in the middle. Pin the straps and handle securely.
Topstitch the strap in place. NOTE: We moved the needle to its extreme left position in order to stitch super close to the edge.
Create the main nap pad
On the 21″ x 51″ flannel piece that will be the inside of your project, mark vertical quilting lines a shown, starting 8½” from the bottom, continuing at 8″ apart for an additional vertical lines, leaving a 10½” section at the top – which will become the pillow.
Layer the outside piece right side down onto the front, but first pin the straps up and out of the way. In the photo below, we’ve folded back the outside piece so you can see how everything was folded and pinned out of the way between the layers.
That fire blocker is actually 7.5% boric acid, which is used for killing roaches, and 2.% antimony, which is most similar to arsenic. In Europe, researchers have found that antimony actually leaches through the vinyl and can be absorbed by a baby’s body. They have directly related high antimony levels to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Ordinary VS Cooling Pillow
Most of them are gel based and a few are water-based. With the conduction process, they absorb your body heat and provide cool feeling. For ultimate comfort gel based is the best, but for neck and head support you can choose water-based options as they are customizable. Unfortunately, you’ll not get these types of features in your so called traditional ones.
Again a cold pillow provides proper airflow to give you a refreshing cooling effect. Most of them are naturally hypoallergenic and is good for allergy sufferer as they are healthy. But the ordinary ones have no such advantage and there is no guarantee of skin safety as well.
It also contain
Phase Change Materials that are able to regulate your body temperature. Because of this, it provides super coolness if you’re hot and again heats you up, if you’re cold. It’s really very impressive and you’ll not find these facilities among ordinary ones.
Excellent Support: The super soft memory foam holds the neck and shoulder in an optimal sleeping position. It also cradles your head by providing excellent support and comfort.
Reversible Option: It is very rare among cooling gel pillows that you can use them in winter season also. But this reversible one can be used all the year round because it has cool gel on one side and memory foam on the other side.
Good for Allergy Sufferers: This product can be a good choice for the allergy sufferers because it has come up with a mesh knit cover which is hypoallergenic. You can easily keep it clean because the cover is removable and machine washable.
Cool Gel Ventilated Pillow
Let us introduce you to a unique cooling product in the market that is renowned for its innovative ventilated holes feature. And that is cool gel ventilated pillow from Classic Brands.
So many ventilated holes in it which provide proper air-flow through the pillow for keeping you cool for a long time. The unique gusseted design has made it so special that really worth your money.
Its 6-inch loft is perfectly comfortable for the side and back sleepers. It is neither too short nor too tall and extremely supportive. Cool pass knit cover is specially designed to minimize body heat and wick away moisture.
Factor to Consider Before Choosing
Size and Adaptability: When it is about your sleeping position, pillow size is very important. The measurement that adapts with your head and neck would be the standard size for you. With these attributes, you should also check how long it takes to bounce back to its original size. The faster it comes back to the original position, the more resilient it is.
Lifespan & Warranty: Obviously, you don’t want to spend your whole life on a single pillow! Then how long you want to function a cooling cushion? The market analyst says customers’ satisfaction stands behind using the goods at least twice of the given warranty time. A cooling gel pillow with proper maintenance may last longer. At least three-years or five years lifespan would be an ideal warranty.
Gather your materials!
I was a little worried about using a knit for this but it ended up being sewing perfection! You can also use corduroy etc.
With your blanket fleece vertical, round the top right and bottom right corners.
Sew all the way around the bias taped sides of blanket, just to the outside of the outer crease.
Now we are going to add a shoulder strap.
1Finish the raw ends of your webbing by stitching a tight zig-zag along each end of the strap with one side of the stitch hitting over the edge of the fabric. Or an overlock stitch.
20. Through all layers, sew a square with an x in the middle, a typical reinforced strap stitch (is there a technical term for this?) Add a few backward stitches at the beginning and end to secure.
2Starting on the front of the mat, begin pinning the bias tape just before the top left corner. The opening right below the start of the bias tape will be where you insert the pillow later.
You want to add a little tuck like this at the beginning.
2For the corners, just turn the bias tape, leaving a rounded corner, you will trim the excess fabric later.
2Just after you turn the bottom left corner, you want to add your blanket. Align the left (unfinished) edge of your blanket with the left side of your mat. The top of the blanket should hit just under the pillow pocket and the bottom edge of the blanket should be at least a few inches above the bottom edge of the mat. The blanket will be much wider than the mat.
2Continue pinning the bias tape until you hit opening for the the pillow. Insert pillow.
2Start sewing the bias tape. Keep checking that you have all of your layers aligned and that you are sewing through them all. You want to sew just outside the outer fold of the bias tape. Sew all the way around edge.
2Trim any edges even with the outer edge of the bias tape.
2Now wrap the bias tape around the edge of your mat. You can pin if you like but I found it easier not to pin so that I could keep checking that all layers were being sewn in.
30. Ideally you want to keep your bias tape flat and stitch through all layers but you might have to be flexible here and let the folds open a little to accommodate the girth of the edge. It is MORE important that all layers get securely sewn into the bias tape then keeping the bias tape flat.
You are seriously almost done! Your mat will look something like this rolled up. We just need to add Velcro closures.
3Roll mat and position other side of Velcro (scratchy hooks) on mat and pin.
3Sew straps to mat using the same formation as the shoulder strap. For the other side, I hand-sewed them to the mat, going through only the top layer, using many small tight stitches.
Now that you know how to make a DIY Nap Mat, check out some of our other sewing tutorials or toy tutorials. Learn How to Make a Crayon Roll or a Crayon Apron or make a DIY nap mat for a doll.
Red Soft Tiles
How can you create a safe learning environment for small children? Our play mats and flooring crafted specially for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners are a great place to start. These colorful and durable playroom accessories are constructed of 2” furniture-density foam that supports resting tots at nap time. At 12.lbs. each, play mats and flooring for daycare centers are lightweight alternatives to conventional sleeping cots. Crafted in bright primary colors, these soft foam early learning center accessories brighten any play area or classroom. Our child size play mats and flooring collection is thoughtfully designed with the child in mind. Each fixture has a clear label for their name so germs are less likely to be transferred the way they usually are when equipment is shared. Children learn to take responsibility for their things when their names are on them! Teachers can ask their students to get their rest mats at nap time, and put them away afterward, which inspires cooperation. Free of toxins, this padding puts safety first. Make nap time fun by giving kids their own cushioned bed to sleep on that they can be responsible for.
In addition to foam sleeping cots designed to be used on the floor, how else can you create kid-safe school and daycare environment? Our interlocking mats and flooring come in a wide array of styles and finishes. Teachers will appreciate the anti-fatigue foam construction designed to reduce stress on legs that stand all day. This floor padding comes in a wide array of beautiful finishes, including faux wood grain finishes, as well as checkerboard red and black, or in solid gray, red, black, or blue. This flooring is lightweight and portable. Each 2’x2’ tile is easy to carry and put together. Got a dreary space to work with? Cover it up using interlocking tiles made of EVA foam.
A hundred percent toxin- and odor-free, this kid-safe flooring for learning and play keeps kids healthy while supporting their activities. The tiles fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, and they are fun to put together. Buy one set to decorate a 10’x10’ space, or buy a bunch for larger spaces like student gyms — you’ll save when you order in bulk. This comfortable flooring is water, oil, and stain-resistant so children can work on their art projects, eat lunch, and enjoy myriad other activities without worrying about wear and tear. Our interlocking mats and flooring are easy on the environment, too — constructed from recycled material blended with polymer binding agents.
Shop our larger line of daycare wares in cheerful kid-friendly colors and durable materials at Displays2go. When it comes to children, products that keep them safe and comfortable while they are learning and playing in your classroom are key! Order supplies in bulk to save, and enjoy fast shipping on most in-stock items.
The Importance of a Good Crib Mattress
Having a good crib mattress is very important for two main reasons: it makes the crib much comfier for your baby, and most importantly, it provides a good support for their delicate growing bones.
The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development reports that using a hard mattress, as opposed to a soft mattress, is one of the key factors in helping prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It’s important to use a specialized baby crib mattress; a mattress that is meant for adults or older children will likely not be the correct size for a crib, nor will it be firm enough.
Babies will spend up to 70% of their life on the crib mattress. When you think about that, it’s easy to see why it’s important to get a good baby mattress.
Foam Mattresses vs. Innerspring Mattresses
The fact of the matter is that there is no “best” type of crib mattress — one is not necessarily better than the other. There are both great foam and innerspring mattresses and not-so-great foam and innerspring mattresses. The main thing you should be concerned about is whether the mattress is quality or not.
Although the best foam mattresses are just as good as the best innerspring mattresses, you should know about the few key differences between the two.
The Scoop on Foam Crib Mattresses
If you’re familiar with foam crib mattresses from the 80?s or earlier, you might remember low-quality foam which would break down and become brittle over time.
You might be glad to know that this is no longer the case; there have been many advancements over the years, and a properly-manufactured modern foam mattress should not have this issue. However, it’s important not to skimp out and get a cheap foam mattress from an unknown manufacturer.
While foam mattresses that use foam that is specifically designed for mattresses are fine, some low-cost foam mattresses use cheap packing foam to minimize costs, which will lead to deterioration over time.
Foam crib mattresses are generally less expensive than innerspring mattresses, which can sometimes be a factor when it comes to deciding on any baby product. Foam mattresses are also, in general, lighter than innerspring mattresses — about 8-pounds for the heaviest foam mattress, or close to 2pounds for the heaviest innerspring mattress.
The weight: While a heavy foam mattress is better than a lighter one, don’t forget that you have to lift it to change the crib sheets. You wouldn’t want a mattress that is too heavy & cumbersome, so it’s probably best to strike a balance between weight and the ease-of-use for parents. Fortunately, most foam mattresses are much lighter than innerspring ones.
The Scoop on Innerspring Crib Mattresses
One of the biggest misconceptions about innerspring mattresses is that the more coils it has, the better. This has been so ingrained in people’s minds that even other websites will tell you that this is most important.
While the number of coils does somewhat reflect on the density of the mattress, many other factors come into play as well.
Generally, the more metal in an innerspring mattress, the better. According to Consumer Reports, you should look for a crib mattress with around 135-150 coils, with a gauge of 15.or lower.
Remember that an innerspring mattress is typically more expensive than a foam mattress. On top of that, they tend to be a lot heavier.
More expensive is not always better: Innerspring mattresses can be pretty expensive on the high end. The most expensive mattress is not always the best, so just keep that in mind.
Coils: Look for a mattress with around 135-150 coils with a gauge of 15.or lower.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your nap mat wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of nap mat
- №1 — Olive Kids Robots Nap Mat
- №2 — Hi Sprout 100% Cotton Kids Toddler Lightweight and Soft Nap Mat- Clouds
- №3 — Stephen Joseph All-Over Print Nap Mat