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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2011
I think this is a great product and the fact that it is odourless and safety-tested is, in many ways, the best we can expect when you consider how babies will play on it.

For due diligence I wrote Playmatonline to inquire as to some of the safety concerns of the product; as a public service below is the response I got from them.

"Formamide is one of the most commonly used agent when making soft plastic items. Formamide is used during the production of the foam, if it is not precoded properly, formamide will be left in foam and strong ammonia smell. Since all our mats is produces to odourless level and passed European Toy Safety Test EN71 Part, 1, 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11, there should not be any Formamide left.

Regarding about your concern about the product recall in Belgium and France, it is just because there are too many cut cost production playmat with strong ammonia smell and do not pass EN71 test (or ever been tested). So far the European union have not yet set up the standard limit or rules for this contain.

EN 71-1: Mechanical and physical properties
EN 71-2: Flammability
EN 71-3: Specification for migration of certain elements (test for toxic, i.e lead etc)
EN 71-9: Organic chemical compounds - Requirement (test for toxic, i.e ammonia etc)
EN 71-10: Organic chemical compounds - Sample preparation and extraction
EN 71-11: Organic chemical compounds - Methods of analysis

EN 71 Part 1-3 is the basic test for all soft toy product.
EN71 part 9-11 is not normally required for this type of product but we do it just because it is our obligation to provide better PlayMat for parent out there.

Best Regards"
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2011
I bought this a couple of days before hearing that such items were being withdrawn from sale in France and Belgium (5 days before Xmas)because some mats contains formamide and ammonia; the item arrived 3 days later but I was hesitant: should I open it or not? I needed sthg to protect my baby from the parquet floor when he was playing on his activity mat and I had figured out that this could be used later when he can crawl and is learning to walk.I used it for a couple of weeks then I decided to try to find out if it indeed contained traces for the carcinogenous product ammonia and formamide so I asked the seller and the manufacturer. The seller didn't even acknowledge my email but the manufacturer got back to me on that very day (a Sunday!) explaining that it's the cheaper mats (the ones that smell :)) that have residue of the dangerous chemicals. They added a list of European tests they carry out on their mats to ensure they are safe as they are not allowed to dry properly. Although I can only take their word for it, I was impressed by the speedy response (it does make they look that they deal with isusues as they come up)and it makes sense. I decided to keep an eye on the European press to be sure but to use the mat in the meantime and I am happy with it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2009
This is such a great product that I ordered another one for when we visit relatives. Our son is still very unsteady on his feet and these have saved him getting a nasty bump on quite a few occsaions. They offer grip and are ealy to wipe clean.
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82 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2011
I emailed this manufacturer asking if their product contains formamides. They claim to do a lot of testing and list all the chemicals they don't have, however formamides is not on the list. Formamides are the toxins that have gotten these things banned in many european countries and listed as not safe for babies. The company never bothered to write me back. Just a heads up to all you other parents out there looking to buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this is a great play mat. i read alot of the reviews, some of which put me off but i went ahead anyway

its 1.85x1.85 and is great for a baby on the brink of crawling. think i read it could be thicker, but I think it's plenty thick. think i also read of funny smells off the tiles but didn't experience that. like the idea of buying more pieces to make the mat even bigger
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on 17 December 2010
I ordered this puzzle play mat in the afternoon on Wed 15th Dec and it arrived on the Fri morning 17th Dec, I was really impressed with this as what with the weather conditions in my area not being that great, so the delivery service on this was excellent!! I am really impressed with the puzzle mat. I bought this for my 6 month old daugther for her to lay on, im finding some of the material on the mats of the play gyms she has are a little slippery for her to try and roll over, so im hoping this mat will help her more, she loved the feel of it aswell and keeps touching it. I know it does state not suitable for under 3 year olds but after reading the other reviews and people using it for their babies I thought id give it a try and im glad I did as the mat is really good quality, what I also like about it is that I can split it up so I have a mat for her to lay on in living room and one in kitchen where we have wooden flooring and I can always put her play gym on top and it will be warmer for her aswell with the puzzle mat underneath. So overall most impressed with this.
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on 19 October 2010
I wanted a large mat for my 7 month old baby girl who is learning to crawl. Fabric playmats are great for very young babies, but now they are proving both too small and too slippery...so I decided to go for this foam mat. Although we received it only this morning, I can already say it was an excellent choice. The mat is of a good quality, great colours, numbers and letters to teach the baby when she gets a bit older and it's the perfect size for her to have space to move around but for there still to be space around the edges for us to move round the room. The recommendation on the mat says it shouldn't be used by children under 3, but if you watch your baby all the time (as you'd do anyway) then I don't see why this isn't perfect for a baby who is starting to move. The foam cushions her from any falls and another plus is that it can be made bigger or smaller by removing letters. Oh, and the price is good too. Thinking of getting a second one for downstairs! Highly recommended. I'll be telling the mums of my baby's friends...
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on 2 February 2012
I bought this item for my 3-month old baby. I wanted to have an area for him to do his tummy time and was finding his baby gym too small an area. As well, our baby was pushing a lot with his feet, and both on the play gym and our bed, was getting no grip at all.
The benefit of the playmat is very clear here: his feet are getting a grip and the rest of his body doesn't slide as easily as on sheet. So any movement, backwards or forwards, is due to his pushing on these little legs.
I really like the flexibility this product offer. We started with an area of 3x3 tiles and extended it to 4x4 once he covered more space. This means we are not using all the tiles. So we can easily set up a different play area in his own bedroom or anywhere else in the house depending on what we are doing.
I am so pleased about this product that I have recommended it to friends with baby and will buy a second one to have at my parents'.
Regarding the chemical question, this product doesn't smell at all.
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on 2 August 2015
Good play-mat: Our baby loves it -it has nice, bright colours, and it's handy (light and versitile enough) to move to places to let him play whilst we're busy ~cooking, on the compt. etc. It was a little pricey -but it seems all these mats are.
Currently we have it flat and whole, but an interesting feature is that the numbers and letters can be pressed out of each mat-tile, so I'm curious to see how it can be used then: -on one hand the interactive aspect is a positive /can make a fun game out of the mat itself; but on the other hand I am weary of the edges of foam-letters breaking when played with, once pressed out of the mat-tile it's set within- as this would give the mat gaps (which to a degree would defeat the point of having the soft mat surface to play with)... ~But for now whilst it is all together, it is a good, large, colourful play-mat! ~And hopefully the removable numbers and letters will make it fun when our son's old enough to be using it more interactively.
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on 29 May 2010
I was looking for something soft for wooden floors for my 9m old to play, crawl and roll on. This is a nice foam puzzle which will last us a long time. The best is the "transformability"- i can build various tunnels for her to crawl under and little houses and play some sort of hide and seek or a make a toy show through the letter windows. It also helps to develop hand-eye coordination, my little one started putting letters in.. it is lots of fun for the whole family to play with. Later on we'll be looking into the spelling and numbers as well as different groupings on colour/letter-number/vowel-consonant etc. The mat is easy to clean, large and durable (my baby even uses it for teething sometimes), can be placed in any shape (good for unusually shaped rooms), just what I was expecting. Even though it says suitable from 3yrs+ I think it's ok for babies , just don't use the plates with small parts for a while...
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