The best nap mat for kids

What is the best nap mat for kids?  The short answer is, there is no 'best' nap mat for kids, but there probably is a best nap mat for your child.  We have written this picture nap mat guide to help you get there!

In this review, we will compare many nap mat brands for:
• Size - will the length and width fit your child
• The law - what is legal in your state?
• Thickness - more is more comfortable

We have more in depth reviews for most nap mat brands!

 

Nap mat size
We could make a table of width and length for many nap mat brands, but a picture is worth a thousand words.  We have the same five year old boy (44" tall) resting on different nap mats so you can really get a feel for the relative width and length of each brand.  And later we have the size table.

 

 

Size and age table
Just how big are these nap mats?  Where are they made?  To what age are they appropriate?  We answer the size question based on government data on child height versus age.  Keep in mind that if your child is much taller or shorter than average, your nap mat options change a little accordingly.

 

 Brand  Made in  Size (Length & Width)  Max child age
 Mint  China  46" x 18.5"  Age 4
 Classic OMK  USA  45" x 21"  Age 4-5
 Stephen Joseph  China  52.5" x 25"  Age 5
 My Nap Pak  USA  55" x 24"  Age 7
 Dream Maker  USA  54" x 21"  Age 7
 Janiebee  USA  54" x 21"  Age 6-7
 Kindermat nap mats  USA  54" x 19"  Age 6-7
 OC Daisy nap bags  China  53" x 30"   Age 6-8
 Daydreamer nap mats  USA  57" x 24"  Age 9-10
 OMK Giant nap mats  USA  58" x 28"  Age 12

 

 

What nap mats are legal in your state?
Many states regulate what nap mats may be used in day care facilities or schools.  You are generally free to use any nap mat outside of day care or school.  We have a page showing the requirements for each state in the Union:

State by State nap mat laws

 

Nap mat thickness
More thickness helps your child be comfortable on the hard floor.  Generally, less expensive mats will be an inch thick, while more expensive mats will be two inches thick.  Most mats use polyester batting for the fill.  The batting compresses relatively easily compared to Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats who pack the fill inside the mat, giving a mattress like feel to their design.

 

The most supportive nap mats on the market are foam pad designs like the Kindermat and Daydreamer options.  Several thicknesses are available, up to 2 inches.  A 2 inch foam pad is the most comfortable option for most children.

 

Mint nap mat review

Mint nap mats are entry level, but work for most kids up to age 4.
• The nap mat measures 18.5" x 46"
• Blanket measures 31” x 31"
About 1" thick
• The pillow & blanket are attached
• Pillow insert is removable
• Sturdy nylon shell
• A single layer polyester fleece blanket

Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat review

OMK nap mats are 2+ inches thick and work most kids up to age 4-5.
• Nap mat measures 21" x 47"
• Blanket measures 29" x 32
2.5" thick - like a mattress!
• Polyester fleece blanket
• Built in pillow is not removable
• Very soft, plush fabric!

 My Nap Pak nap mats

My Nap Pak nap mats are great for bigger kids without a huge price tag.  They work to ages 6-7 for most kids.

• 80% polyester and 20% cotton.
• 24" x 54" in size
• Shoulder strap & velcro closure for roll up & easy transport.
About 1 inch thick

 Stephen Joseph nap mat review

Stephen Joseph nap mats are over the top cute!  Although long, the bottom blanket attachment means they work for most kids to age 5 or so.

• Nap mat measures 24.75” x 52.5”
• Blanket measures 25” x 41”
About 1" thick
• Bottom attached blanket is double layer fabric

Janiebee nap mat review

Janiebee nap mats are big, high quality, thick,and designed with multiple coordinating fabrics!  For ages 6-7.

• Nap mat measures 21" x 53"
• Blanket measures 30" x 44"
About 2" thick
• Double thick minky dot plush blanket

 Dream Maker nap mat review

Dream Maker nap mats have the best pillow, are high quality, big, thick, and designed with coordinating fabrics.  For up to age 7.

• Easy Velcro open/close!
• Nap mat measures 21" x 54"
• Blanket measures 35" x 44"
• 2" thick polyester batting
• Included 13" x 19" pillow
• Three fabric segments

Kindermat review

Our designs have the best attached pillow on the market!  For kids up to ages 7-8.

2" foam available
•Overall nap mat length of 54 inches
• Nap mat width of 19 inches
• Blanket measures 46" x 36
• Minky dot pillow case and blanket
• 13" x 19" pillow is included
• Pillow size is best in class

 OC Daisy nap bags

• The Napbag is easy to carry!
• Carrying bag and pillowcase are attached
• Soft and durable, double-sided Minky fabric
• Fully washable, just remove the pillow
• Sleeping area is 30" wide by 53" long
• No padding, just fabric
• Inside appliques designed to face the child as they lay in the bag.

Daydreamer review

Our designs have the best attached pillow on the market!  For kids up to age 9.

2" foam available
• Overall nap mat length of 58 inches
• Nap mat width of 24 inches
• Blanket measures 46" x 36
• Minky dot pillow case and blanket
• 13" x 19" pillow is included
• Pillow size is best in class

 Giant OMK nap mat review

Giant Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats are the biggest on the market.  For up to age 12.

• Nap mat measures 28" x 58"
• Blanket measures 37" x 60"
2.5" thick - like a mattress!
• Polyester fleece blanket
• Built in pillow is not removable
• Very soft fabric!

 

 We are constantly photographing our kid products and writing reviews and comparisons so you can make an informed decision!  See all our kid product reviews!

 

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