Best Play Mat / Gym | Junior Design Awards 2021

A new category for this year as we wanted to award the continuing innovative play mats and baby gyms - offering so much more sensory fun than ever before

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WINNER OF BEST PLAY MAT GYM: GOLD

WHO: gus + beau
WHAT:
gus + beau star playmat in multicolour
WHY:
Anyone who has experience of watching a baby learning to sit up, toddlers crawling and the chaos of those early walking days will know how invaluable a good quality playmat is. Fortunately, gone are the days when you could only find the kind of playmat that only Ronald McDonald could love. Thanks to gus + beau your home can still be a stylish, baby friendly sanctuary with their interconnecting cushioned floor tiles in muted colours and subtle designs. Our panel particularly liked this delicate rainbow star scatted playmat that they felt would really add touch of magic to a play space as well as a protective layer without being overbearing. Our judges were also reassured to hear that these mats are BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free. and EU safety-certified, for extra peace of mind.

Once you put one of these mats down you won’t want to take it up again for years! Absolutely love the star scattered version sent in for JDA21.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Sold. I’m buying this one! Perfect for the playroom.
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist
We have a Gus and Beau playmat and it is so easy to move and clean, looks beautiful and really gives the floor that extra level of cushioning!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Influencer

WHERE: gus + beau

WINNER OF BEST PLAY MAT GYM: SILVER

WHO: While and Wonder
WHAT:
‘Wonders of the Sea’ water mat
WHY:
This exciting water filled play mat with floating shapes really stood out to our judges, many of whom had never seen a water play mat before. The panel felt this soft bed of water would be great for keeping babies comfortable and stimulated during tummy time and they loved the use of high contrast colours that not only mesmerise babies but help to develop good sensory growth. The original illustrations of sea creatures and the easy to store nature of this mat also really impressed the panel.

What a brilliant idea. I haven’t heard of a water mat before and now I’m wondering why not? I want one for my baby now! These awards are going to end up costing me a fortune!
Charlotte Kewley, Baby and Children’s Stylist
Great idea!
Bonnie Van Geel, Stylist @pepper.pics
I love this one for babies! Really stimulating for them to encourage tummy time!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Influencer @chloeuberkids

WHERE: While and Wonder

WINNER OF BEST PLAY MAT GYM: BRONZE

WHO: Lovevery
WHAT:
Play Gym
WHY:
Our judges were really drawn to this well crafted play gym – especially our youngest JDA panel members! There were quite a few babies who got to test this mat out first hand and they all seemed very content and happy on it. Crafted with natural materials, and sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood, this mat had so many enticing features designed to entertain and support development through baby’s first entire year. The JDA panel thought the design managed to be bright and appealing to little ones while staying calm and neutral enough to look stylish in any room of the house and plenty of texture, contrast and sensory elements to keep babies occupied.

A great play mat and gym that will keep babies entertained and happy while you get some hands free time and they get some important tummy time and stretching.
Bonita Turner, Editor of Junior
Well this is a lot prettier than all of the plastic versions you see! I love all of the details.
Charlotte Kewley, Children’s Stylist
Looks like a great fun baby gym!
Chloe Thurston, Stylist and Influencer
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WHERE: Lovevery