Nap mat laws and regulations for each state

States often regulate what nap mats can be used at day care.  Many parents send their toddlers to school and may not think of school as a day care, but legally it usually is considered to be one.  We have a state-by-state breakdown of day care nap mat rules.

 

Parents can always buy and use any nap mat outside of day care, these laws only affect what nap mats can be used inside a day care facility.

 

 Alabama  There is no minimum nap mat size, thickness, or construction.  The law mentions children sleeping on cots, but but simply does not talk about nap mats.  We do not know what Alabama's position on using nap mats in day care is.
 Alaska Alaska does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Arizona Arizona does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Arkansas Arkansas requires nap mats be at least two inches thick and washable.  Washable implies a Kindermat style nap mat, not that it can be machine washed.  Nap mat size is not dictated.
 California California requires nap mats be at least 0.75 inches thick and covered with vinyl or other cleanable surface.  There must be a way to distinguish the floor side from the sleeping side.
 Colorado Colorado requires nap mats be at least 2 inches thick.  Any 2 inch or greater nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Connecticut Connecticut does not allow nap mats in day care - children must sleep on a cot.
 Delaware Delaware requires nap mats be "not water absorbent" and be cleanable.  That means our Kindermat/Daydreamer style mats are fine in Delaware.  Delaware does not regulate nap mat thickness.
 Florida Florida requires nap mats be at least 1 inch thick and covered with vinyl or other cleanable surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamer nap mats.
 Georgia Georgia requires nap mats be at least 2 inch thick and covered with vinyl or other cleanable surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamer nap mats.
 Hawaii Hawaii does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Idaho Idaho does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Illinois Illinois does not allow nap mats in day care - children must sleep on a cot.
 Indiana Indiana does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Iowa Iowa does not allow nap mats to be used for children under two years of age.  For children above two years old, Iowa does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  At two years old and above, any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Kansas Kansas requires nap mats be at least 0.5 inches thick and washable.  That means the nap mat surface must be washable, so covered with vinyl or other cleanable surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamer nap mats.  Kansas is also one of the few states that has a nap mat size requirement.  Nap mats must be long enough that the child's head and feet rest on the pad.
 Kentucky Kentucky requires nap mats be at least 2 inch thick and covered with vinyl or other cleanable surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamer nap mats.
 Louisiana Louisiana does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Maine Maine does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Maryland Maryland does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Massachusetts Massachusetts does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Michigan Michigan does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Minnesota Minnesota does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Mississippi Mississippi requires nap mats be at least 2 inches thick and 'flame retardant'.  We suggest you pass on the serious health issues that flame retardants can cause your child.
 Missouri Missouri does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Montana Montana requires that nap mats have a surface cleanable with detergent like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  Montana does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 Nebraska Nebraska requires that nap mats have a waterproof surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  Nebraska does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 Nevada Nevada requires that nap mats have a waterproof surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  Nevada does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 New Hampshire New Hampshire does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 New Jersey New Jersey requires nap mats be at least 1 inches thick and 'water repellent' like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  We suggest you pass on the serious health issues that flame retardants can cause your child.
 New Mexico New Mexico requires that nap mats have a waterproof surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamers, and be at least 0.75 inches thick.  New Mexico does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 New York New York does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 North Carolina North Carolina does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 North Dakota North Dakota does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Ohio Ohio does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Oklahoma Oklahoma requires that nap mats have a waterproof surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamers, and be at least 2 inches thick.  Oklahoma does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 Oregon Oregon does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Rhode Island Rhode Island requires nap mats be at least 2 inches thick.  Any 2 inch or greater nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 South Carolina South Carolina requires that nap mats be 'easily cleanable' like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  South Carolina does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 South Dakota South Dakota does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Tennessee Tennessee requires nap mats be at least 2 inches thick.  Any 2 inch or greater nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Texas Texas does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Utah Utah requires that nap mats have a waterproof surface like our Kindermat/Daydreamers, and be at least 2 inches thick.  Utah does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 Vermont Vermont requires that nap mats be 'easily cleanable' like our Kindermat/Daydreamers.  Vermont does not have any other nap mat rules or regulations.
 Virginia Virginia does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Washington Washtington does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 West Virginia West Virginia does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Wisconsin Wisconsin requires nap mats be at least 2 inches thick.  Any 2 inch or greater nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.
 Wyoming  Wyoming does not have any nap mat rules or regulations.  Any nap mat that complies with federal consumer laws should be legal for day care.

 

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