The HABA water play mats: Water fun while staying dry!

Children are in their element when it comes to water. Whether having a long splash session in the baby pool or bathtub, jumping enthusiastically in puddles, or experimenting with a watering can and a tap. The fascination with water can also be explored in another way – by diving into the colorful world of HABA water play mats for babies and toddlers!

What are water play mats and what do they teach children?


Wet on the inside, dry on the outside. HABA water play mats are filled with water and enclosed in a soft fabric cover that is comfortable for babies to lie on. Large peep holes let them peer into the colorful underwater world in which various sea creatures, depending on the respective theme, swim around. The elements in the water are easy to move around using their hands. Because children are on their bellies while playing, they also need to push themselves up a little. This strengthens the neck and back muscles, as well as training motor skills. At the same time, the swimming effect attracts the attention of little ones and stimulates their imagination. Water play mats are perfect for children who still react a little apprehensively to water, and can help reduce fears. The timelessness and robustness of the water play mats means that they can also be “handed down” to siblings. HABA water play mats therefore let little explorers experience a fantastic combination of exciting elements, long-lasting playing fun and cool learning effects.

From what age is a water play mat suitable for your child?


As with any other toy, with the water play mats the age at which your child discovers their interest and love for them is as individual as the child themselves. In general the HABA water play mats are recommended for babies from 6 months of age. At this point the physical development of most infants means that they are able to push themselves up when laid on their bellies, and can hold this position for a while. The perfect time to explore an underwater world!

How does a HABA water play mat work?


The HABA water play mats hold a water volume of around 0.4 gallons (1.6 liters). They are easily filled via a valve with a diameter of just under 1 inch (2 cm). This valve also ensures a secure closure. We naturally ensure high-quality workmanship so that your baby can’t (accidentally) open the water play mat. You can also boil the water before filling the mat. This avoids the development of algae or bacteria. Once the water has cooled to a comfortable temperature it can be filled into the water play mat. This allows your child to lay on a warm surface. The entire water play mat can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth. Incidentally, the fabric cover can be removed and washed at 86 °F (30 °C) in the delicates cycle. 

What water play mats does HABA sell?


To offer children plenty of variety when discovering and learning, our range includes a variety of lovingly designed options. There’s something for every little swimming beginner! 

See something you like? Discover the HABA water play mats and much more in our category “Soft toys”