Stephen Joseph nap mat review

This is a review of Stephen Joseph nap mats, one of our many nap mat reviews.  We have sold this brand for over 5 years and received very few complaints about durability.  It is the second most popular brand we carry.  And these mats are not treated with any flame retardants or harmful chemicals.

Stephen Joseph nap mat side view Stephen Joseph nap mat side view
Personalized Stephen Joseph owl nap mat Personalized Stephen Joseph owl nap mat

Hopefully this product guide answers everything you could want to know about them!  If not, please post a question in the comments.  Stephen Joseph is a large manufacturer of children’s items like backpacks, lunch totes and nap mats, which means there is a whole ecosystem of products matching their nap mats.

 

Features
• Nap mat measures 24.75” x 52.5”
• Blanket measures 25” x 41”
• 1" thick
• Rolled up, it measures 12 inches in diameter by 14 inches long.
• Pillow (removable insert) measures 11.5” x 10”
• Blanket is double layer fabric
• Attached pillow & blanket
• Blanket only attached on one side
• Made from soft polyester shell

 

Overall size
At roughly 25 inches wide by 52 inches long, these nap mats are above average for size.  Because the blanket attaches at the bottom, they don't work for quite as old of kids as our nap mat sizing guide would suggest. This brand will last most kids till about age 5 which is past kindergarten age.  That should make it a strong contender as the best preschool nap mat for your child.  Each mat is in a different theme, generally with the focal point a stuffed pillow.

 

Stephen Joseph nap mats are made from plush velboa fabrics Stephen Joseph nap mats are made from plush velboa fabrics

Fabric
Stephen Joseph nap mats are made from velboa fabric, which is a fancy word for a plush polyester fabric.  With the plush finish, it is best that your child not drag this nap mat on the ground.  They are fine with a weekly machine wash and dry, but the fabric will stay plush longer on a low heat, gentle cycle.

 

Blanket
The blanket is attached at the bottom of the mat, making it a little different from most other nap mats.  It is constructed from a double layer (the same fabric on the top of the blanket is on the bottom of the blanket) of fabric and very warm.  The blanket fabric is generally more plush than the rest of the nap mat.

Zoom in on the blanket fabric Zoom in on the blanket fabric

 

Nap mat thickness
Like most nap mats, Stephen Joseph's are about 1" thick.  There are a few brands of thicker nap mats.  The thickness is created with polyester batting.  The pillow is above average for thickness.

Stephen Joseph monkey nap mat side view Stephen Joseph monkey nap mat side view
Front view of boy wearing Stephen Joseph nap mat Front view of boy wearing Stephen Joseph nap mat

What do kids think?
Kids really identify with the themes and love this brand.  When your child loves his or her nap mat, suddenly they want to sleep on it, either on their bed or even on the floor, and they want to take it everywhere.  This works well for toddlers that have some resistance to going to school, having their nap mat 'friend' with them can lessen the anxiety.

 

Where to personalize them?
The nap mat is thick enough that it can only be embroidered on the blanket, and we have many embroidery font options, all of which you can preview with your text before you order.  Sometimes even though a font is cute, the lettering  does work well for a particular name.  Read more about our embroidery.  

 

We like to put personalization about 6 inches from the bottom of the blanket.  The backside of embroidery is not soft and it makes sense to us to not have a possibly scratchy embroidery in a place that might bother some kids.

 

Back view of boy wearing Stephen Joseph nap mat Back view of boy wearing Stephen Joseph nap mat

How is the nap mat carried?
Stephen Joseph nap mats are designed to be rolled up and secured by velcro, and then carried like a backpack as shown by our young model.  He really loved the animal characters and had a lot of fun modeling the nap mats.

 

 

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