Kindermat and Daydreamer nap mat review

We recently started carrying Kindermats and Daydreamer nap mats and we want to take the time to share more about them than we can on the product pages.  Daydreamers and Kindermats are foam pads encapsulated by a heat sealed vinyl shell.  They are made in the USA by Peerless Plastics, a long time children's products company.

 

Since you probably don't want your child to sleep directly on the vinyl surface, we sell covers the foam pads slip into and out of.  We have both simple covers, and covers with an attached pillow and blanket.

 

Why are our all-in-one deluxe covers the best?
Our covers are made from top quality cottons and minky dot polyester, but you expect that.  What you may not expect is that each Kindermat cover fits all thickenesses - 5/8", 1", and 2", and each Daydreamer cover fits the 1" and 2" pad.

 

Plus, our covers roll up and secure with velcro.  Best of all is our large pillow.  Our pillow is 13 inches tall and 19 inches wide.  It is much bigger than most other nap mats.  Compare the pillow from a $120 nap mat (we don't sell them) versus our pillow.  Not only is it is significantly bigger, it is much thicker too.

Kindermat cover pillow versus another high end nap mat A high end nap mat pillow (left) versus Kindermat cover pillow (right)

The bigger the pillow, the more your child can move around as they sleep and still stay comfortable.  The most comfortable your child stays during rest, the less they wake up, and the better quality nap they take.

And we use the pillow to extend the usable length of the Kindermat/Daydreamer mat, which otherwise are a little short for older children.

 

Are they safe?  Ours are!

Deluxe kindermat nap mat Deluxe kindermat nap mat

 

You might be tempted to stop reading further at the mention of plastics and foam, as the idea of flame retardants and other nasty chemicals pops into mind.

 

However, Kindermats and Daydreamers are flame retardant free, and are tested to be free of over 700 chemicals banned from children's products by the State of California.  They meet the strictest government standards for child safety.  More often than not, fabric nap mats in big box stores are treated with chemicals known to cause cancer.

 

Our deluxe Kindermat nap mats have the best pillow! Our deluxe Kindermat nap mats have the best pillow!

Beware of other brands of foam nap mats.  This nap mat (not the brand we carry!) helpfully advertises flame retardants.  Most nap mats advertised on the web don't specifically address if they do or don't.

Beware brands with flame retardants Beware brands with flame retardants

Nap mats free of flame retardants and other harmful chemicals should be advertised as compliant with CPSIA 2011 and California Proposition 65.

 

Kindermats vs Daydreamers
Daydreamers and Kindermats are nearly the same, the main difference being size:

 

Kindermats measure 19" wide by 44" long
Daydreamers measure 24" wide by 48" long

Girl on Kindermat Girl on Kindermat
Girl on Daydreamer Girl on Daydreamer

The difference in size is very noticeable in the pictures above.

 

Daydreamers come in 1" and 2" thicknesses, and Kindermats come in 5/8", 1", and 2" thicknesses.

 

A number of other companies clone the Kindermat and Daydreamer.  Our covers will fit them, as long as the width is the same (19" for Kindermat, and 24" for Daydreamers) and the length is close (45" for Kindermat, 48" for Daydreamer).

 

By themselves, Kindermats and Daydreamers aren't really nap mats since few people I think would have their child sleep directly on a vinyl pad.  We offer both simply fabric covers where you supply a pillow and blanket, and all-one-style nap mat covers with an attached pillow and blanket for both Daydreamers and Kindermats.

 

With the size and thickness options, it is easy to create a nap mat for just the size and thickness you want!

 

Kindermat and Daydreamer nap mat length
At 44" and 48" inches, these mats might strike you as a little 'short' of the competition.  However our all-in-one covers add about 10 inches to the overall length, generally making Kindermat and Daydreamer based nap mats among the longest available.

 

The pillow adds 10 inches of length to the nap mats The pillow adds 10 inches of length to the nap mats
The length is great for children! The length is great for children!

 

How does the foam pad get in and out?
The Kindermat/Daydreamer mat slides in and out of the cover at the bottom.  Velcro keeps the mat in until you want it out.

The Kindermat pad slides in and out of the cover The Kindermat pad slides in and out of the cover

 

Don't miss our nap mat review page!  Compare all nap mats, on one page!

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