Nap mat reviews

Nap mat reviews of popular brands
  • Wildkin nap mat review

    Wildkin has been around for a long time and they make a very nice, reasonably priced nap mat in a variety of fun prints.  This Wildkin nap mat review takes a closer look at the brand and is part of our nap mat review series.

     

    First, the basics
    • The nap mats measure 20" x 50"
    • The blankets measure 29" x 37"
    • They are about 1" thick
    • The blanket is lined with cotton flannel and is fairly thick
    • The built in pillow is removable
    • Only the blanket can be embroidered

     

    Wildkin "Under Construction" nap mat Wildkin "Under Construction" nap mat

     

    Wildkin nap mat - side view Wildkin nap mat - side view

    The outside fabric of Wildkin nap mats is all cotton.  The mat is made from polyester batting, along with the stuffing in the pillow.

     

    The blanket and pillow are very thick The blanket and pillow are very thick

    A perk of this nap mat over many other similarly priced mats is the heavy blanket.  The blanket is much heavier than Mint or Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats, and just a little heavier than Stephen Joseph.  The pillow is also well stuffed, and removable from the back.

     

    At 50 inches long, our nap mat size guide shows this mat will serve most kids until ages 5-6.  The mat rolls up and secures with two velcro straps.  The picture below shows how the Wildkin nap mat compares to nap mats similar in size and quality (Mint and Stephen Joseph).  Wildkin nap mats are similar in thickness to Stephen Joseph nap mats and a little thicker than Mint's.  Stephen Joseph's are a little wider.

     

    We personalize the nap blanket in the bottom corner, at a 45 degree angle.  With our embroidery preview function, you can see exactly how your embroidery text will look with any font in our collection.

     

    We have detailed reviews for most of our nap mat brands, and you can see our nap mat collection here.

     

    Wildkin, Mint, and Stephen Joseph nap mats compared Wildkin, Mint, and Stephen Joseph nap mats compared

     

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  • Mint nap mat review

    Mint brand (also known as Oh Mint) nap mats are the most popular 'boutique' mats on the market.  They are a basic nap mat, but very durable and available in many colors and fabrics (including seersucker and gingham!).  This review goes into a little more detail than is possible on the product page.

    Mint nap mat side profile Mint nap mat side profile

    First, the basics
    • The nap mat measures 18.5" x 46" and fits most kids to age 4-5.
    • 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
    • The most popular personalization option is on the pocket

     

    Cadet Mint nap mat - top view Cadet Mint nap mat - top view

     

    Mint nap mat - side view Mint nap mat - side view

    The inside surface that your child sleeps on is cotton, and the mat padding is polyester batting.  Mint nap mats are one of the few brands with an outside pocket.

     

    Personalization on the pocket is most popular Personalization on the pocket is most popular

    Personalization on the outside pocket is a nice feature because teachers will know who the mat belongs too when the mat is rolled up.

     

    Mint nap mats are the smallest of all the brands, but not by a lot and you may only need a nap mat until your child is 4-5 years old anyway.  We have a nap mat sizing guide.  The picture below shows how Mint nap mats compare against their most popular alternatives.

     

    We have reviews for most of our nap mats, and you can see all our nap mats here!

     

    Mint, Stephen Joseph, and Wildkin nap mats side by side Mint, Stephen Joseph, and Wildkin nap mats side by side

     

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  • Woolly Boo organic nap mat review

    Woolly Boo nap mats are made from 100% organic cotton and wool fibers.  They are not a low end nap mat, and here we give a more detailed review than our sales page can accommodate to tell you why.

     

    The basic details
    • Brown and green options
    • 100% organic cotton exterior fabric
    • 100% organic wool pillow, blanket and pad inserts
    • About 1 inch thick
    • The nap mat measures 20" wide x 46" long
    • The blanket measures 35" x 35"
    • All three inserts are removable and washable

     

    Scientific studies have shown that people sleep longer with wool bedding, but for kids suffering from allergies or asthma, wool has the additional benefit of not holding moisture.  Dust mites don't like low moisture environments so that is another source of allergy and irritation gone.     The benefits of wool bedding can't be replicated with any other natural fiber.

     

    The nap mat
    The nap mats are made from very attractive plaid designs and chocolate brown and sage green colors.  The blanket is thick and has weight that generally helps children feel comfortable.

    Woolly Boo organic nap mat Woolly Boo organic nap mat

     

    The nap mat pad is removable The nap mat pad is removable

    The bottom of the nap mat is normally closed off with Velcro.  Pull it apart and the main nap mat pad (which runs from the bottom to the pillow) will slide out.

     

    The main nap mat pad is made of organic wool with an unbleached organic cotton liner.

     

    The blanket liner is removable The blanket liner is removable

    The bottom of the plaid blanket is secured with Velcro just like the main compartment, and it covers an inner wool insert.  The wool insert is also jacketed by unbleached organic cotton fabric.

     

    At 35 inches, the blanket is the widest of all our nap mats and is a nice feature.

     

    Nap mat with all the removable liner pulled out Nap mat with all the removable liners pulled out

    This liner give the blanket a nice weight.  Generally children sleep better with more blanket weight.

     

    With all the inserts removed (along with the carry wrapper) and placed on top of the nap mat, you can see the inner construction and thicknesses.

     

    All of the parts are machine wash and dry, but we do ask that the washer be set to the gentle cycle, and the drier be set to low heat.

     

    With the all-organic wool and cotton construction and removable liners, you can see why this nap mat justifies the price.  Even if your child does not have allergies or asthma sensitivities, the non-toxic construction and benefits of wool bedding might make this a good choice for your child.  And if your child is sensitive, the price of this nap mat is very small compared to medication or visits to the ER.

     

    Roll the nap mat up and pack it home! Roll the nap mat up and pack it home!

    Eventually it is time to take the nap mat two or from school.  The canvas wrapper closes on itself with Velcro, and then has a carry strap.

     

    Wool is a dense material, so this nap mat has a nice solid feel and weights three pounds.

     

    In terms of overall size, Woolly Boo nap mats are similar in size with a number of other popular brands - Mint, Stephen Joseph, Ozark Mountain Kids, and Wildkin.  At 46 inches long, this nap mat will last most kids till ages 4-5.

     

    We carry many nap mats by a large number of manufacturers!

     

    Woolly Boo nap mats compared to four other brands Woolly Boo nap mats compared to four other brands

     

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  • Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat review

    This is a review of Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats - the original sized all in one thick nap mats - and one of our many nap mat reviews.  Click here for a review of their big kid line of nap mats. We started carrying them in 2013 but this American made brand has been manufacturing products in the USA for the last 29 years.  And their nap mats represent fantastic American-made ingenuity.  I think these are the biggest bang for you buck in nap mats, as this guide will show.

    Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat side profile Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat side profile

    If this guide fails to answer a question, please post it in the comments!

     

    Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat open view. We personalize in the blanket corner. Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat open view. We personalize in the blanket corner.

    Features:
    • Nap mat measures 21" x 45"
    • Blanket measures 29" x 32 and is attached on one side
    • 2.5" thick - like a mattress!
    • Rolled up, it is about 12 inches in diameter by 21 inches long.
    • Polyester fleece blanket
    • Blanket is velboa (plush) on outside
    • Blanket is smooth on inside
    • Built in pillow is not removable
    • Very soft fabric!
    • Blanket or strap embroidery only

     

    Overall size

    At 21 inches wide by 45 inches long, these nap mats are middle of the pack in size.  Our nap mat sizing guide shows this brand will last most kids till about age 4-5 which is well into kindergarten age.  That should make it a strong contender as the best kindergarten nap mat for your child.

     

    We personalize OMK nap mats in the bottom corner of the blanket.  We have a large selection of fonts and with our preview function, you can see how your name will look before you buy!  You can learn more about our embroidery options here!

     

    Ozark Mountain Kids carry strap Ozark Mountain Kids carry strap

    Fabric
    These nap mats are made from the softest velboa.  You feel compelled to rub it after you touch it.  The blanket has the same soft feel on the outside, but is smooth on the inside, and is about the weight of a single layer of fleece.  This is good for average temperature rooms or warm rooms, but may not be warm enough for cold rooms.

     

    How is the nap mat carried?
    OMK mats are carried via a thick, soft carry strap.  Our four year old boy carries it on his shoulder with out much effort.

     

    Nap mat thickness
    Ozark Mountain Kids (OMK) is the thickest nap mat out there we know of.  One other brand of nap mats measures about the same for thickness, but OMK packs in the filling in a way that makes the mat feel like a mattress.  This is perfect for hard floors or children that have a hard time getting comfortable.  The pillow is a built-in thick and soft mound of batting.

    Side view of Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats. Side view of Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats. Mats are about 2.5 inches thick.

     See all our Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats

     

    Original versus giant Ozark Mountain Kids napmat Original versus giant Ozark Mountain Kids napmat

    If you are looking for bigger OMK nap mats, we have them too!  They have all great features of the original size nap mats, but are simply bigger.  They measure 28 inches wide by 58 inches long and will work for the average height child to age 10-11, and the tallest children till about age 8-9

     

    The big nap mats have an active life outside of school.  We see kids using them for camping, travel, sleep overs, and movie nights.

     

    They have been very popular!

     

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  • 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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  • Comparing Mint, Stephen Joseph, Janiebee and OMK nap mats

    Four of our most popular nap mat and nap sack brands are Mint, Stephen Joseph, Ozark Mountain Kids (OMK) and Janiebee. Yes, they all great toddler nap mats with pillow and blanket.  But from just the pictures, it can be hard to see how they are different from each other, and which is best for your child. So let’s take a deeper look at each of them.

     

    You may also find our nap mat buying guide useful. 

     

    Compare Mint, Stephen Joseph, Ozark Mountain Kids, and Janie Bee nap mats - side view Nap mat comparison - side view.  The extra width of the Janibee nap mat leaps out.  The Stephen Joseph nap mat folds up into this compact shape.

     

    Mint nap mats
    Mint nap mat review is here
    • 18.5″ x 46″
    • 1″ thick
    • Nylon shell
    • Has a carry handle
    • Attached blanket and pillow (pillow insert is removable)
    Mint nap mats are the smallest of the four, but are made from sturdy nylon.  The Mint nap mat fits inside the Mint medium backpack.  This is the only nap mat where the personalization is visible when the nap mat is rolled up, and they are the least expensive of the four.  The blanket is a single layer of fleece.  This is our most popular nap mat, and we very few returns on them because they are sturdy.

     

    Stephen Joseph nap mats
    Stephen Joseph nap mat review is here
    • 24″ x 52″
    • 1″ thick
    • Blanket is a double layer of velboa fabric
    • It can be worn like a backpack
    • Attached blanket and pillow (pillow insert is removable)
    Stephen Joseph nap mats are wider and longer than Mint's, so serve bigger children, but are about the same thickness. The fabric is a plush polyester and they are the only nap mats with such strong themes.  Some people like that the Mint nap mats have the nylon shell, which is dirt resistant compared to the velboa of the Stephen Joseph nap mats.  They are slightly more expensive than Mint, and about the same as OMK.  They are our second most popular nap mat.

     

    Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats
    Ozark Mountain Kids nap mat review is here
    • 21″ x 47″
    • 2.5″ thick, and feels very supportive. Great for hard surfaces!
    • Has a nice carry strap
    • Attached blanket and the pillow is built in and not removable.
    • Blanket is a single layer of fleece

    Note - we now carry the large OMK nap mats and have separate review for them

    OMK nap mats are made from a very soft, plush fabric. And they are thick, and stuffed full to be supportive so are great for hard surfaces.  We can't overstate how thick (see the pictures below!) and soft these nap mats are.  Frankly, I think these are the best value for the money of all the nap mats we carry.  This brand is new to us and not as popular as more known brands, but they will be soon. Also, they are made in the USA!

     

    Jainiebee nap mats
    • 21″ x 53″
    • 2″ thick so also great for hard surfaces
    • Blanket is a double layer of minky dot fabric
    • Attached blanket and pillow (pillow insert is removable)
    Janiebee nap mats have it all - thick for hard surfaces, large for bigger kids, and cute as a button!  Yes they are more expensive, but they are large so will last your child years more than other brands!   Plus, they are designed by a trained artist who coordinates fabrics into just the cutest nap mats.  You can buy Janiebee nap mats other places, but ours are exclusive to Posy Lane – wider, close with velcro, and the blanket is open at the bottom to allow for shoes to be warn while the child is sleeping.  Janiebee nap mats are also made in the USA!

     

    More visual compare

    Janiebee and OMK nap mats are thicker, and it shows. Janiebee nap mats used to be 24" wide and are now 21" wide, so keep that in mind.  Their thickness has not changed and 21" is still a great width for older children.

    End view of the Mint, Stephen Joseph, Janiebee, and Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats Nap mat comparison end view.  The thickness of Janiebee and Ozark Mountain Kids nap mats reall pops out - Look at the size of them and they are rolled tight!

    Article update - Kindermat and Daydreamer nap mats
    We recently started carrying Kindermat and Daydreamer mats.  We have a specific Kindermat and Daydreamer review for more information about the mats themselves.  Daydreamers and Kindermats are foam pads with a heat sealed vinyl shell.  Kindermats and Daydreamers are free of flame retardants and tested to be free of over 700 chemicals the State of California has banned from children's products.

     

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

     

    You may think they "come up short" against the competition, but the deluxe Kindermat and Daydreamer nap mat covers add 10 inches of length for the pillow, making these longer than the average nap mat.

    The pillow adds 10 inches of length to the nap mats The pillow adds 10 inches of length to the nap mats

    As an example of this, a bare Kindermat is nearly the same size as a Mint nap mat.  With the addition of the pillow, the Kindermat with all-in-one nap mat cover will be about 10 inches longer than the Mint nap mat.

     

    A Daydreamer nap mat is 5 inches wider than a Kindermat, and four inches longer.  Kindermats and Daydreamers come in thicknesses from 5/8" to 2", so it is easy to create a nap mat perfectly suited to your needs.

    Mint nap mat versus a Kindermat nap mat Mint nap mat versus a Kindermat nap mat
    Mint nap mat versus a Daydreamer nap mat Mint nap mat versus a Daydreamer nap mat

    A Stephen Joseph nap mat is wider than a Kindermat, and the same width as a Daydreamer.

    Stephen Joseph nap mat versus Kindermat nap mat Stephen Joseph nap mat versus Kindermat nap mat

     

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