- Value: 17/20
- Functionality: 18/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 16/20
- Aesthetics: 19/20
- Durability: 15/20
- TOTAL: 85/100
Moms know that with every exciting milestone comes an oh crap! moment. Like when your kid starts to crawl and explore the world. It’s amazing to see this former blob move and groove around the living room floor. What’s far less fun, however, is the inevitable tumbles that occur because of that new-found mobility. Another baby bummer? How much it hurts your knees when you have to get down to your little nugget’s level to play (or, in my case, do diaper changes—once my wriggly son could sit up on his own, the changing table was no longer an option).
Happily, there is a solution to this particular dilemma: Investing in a soft, child-friendly playmat. And there are plenty of great options out there but most of them are...not in line with my aesthetic. OK, I’ll be honest, a lot of them are total eyesores. But is it possible to toddler-proof your living room, without making it look like a daycare center? Turns out it is, with the House of Noa play mat. I came across this sleek mat at a friend’s house, when I was admiring her new gray, heirloom-style carpet, only to realize that it was a soft, puzzle-piece play mat.
That’s because the puzzle pieces are cleverly hidden and House of Noa made sure to design each 0.47-inch thick mat to look like regular carpeting with elegant, muted colors and pretty, faded prints. And with multiple size options available (from 4 by 7 feet up to 10 by 12 feet), it’ll fit nicely in almost any space. In fact, thanks to the 2 feet by 2 feet individual tile pieces (which include edging bonders for a natural rug-like look) and the option to combine packs together, it truly is an ultra adaptable mat for your home. While it admittedly took a little finagling to figure out how the pieces of the mat fit together, it was easily accomplished over the course of one evening, with the assist of my partner and a glass of wine.