“ Brand: Baby Einstein / Type: Activity Gyms „
We purchased this Baby Einstein Discovering Water Gym because although we really liked her Winnie The Pooh there wasn't lots to do stimulation wise as she got a little bit older than 3 months, it did get a little bit boring for her even though she did continue to use it.
We purchased our one from Mothercare for £65.00 but the Baby Einstein brand is a really good brand and very well known for being educational and good for teaching babies interactive skills.
The Baby Einstein Discovering Water Gym is an ocean themed play gym offers stimulating activities for you baby from birth all the way through to 12 months of age. The gym is basically designed as a little aquarium with different sea animals, 6 melodies, lights and 3 different modes of play.
The mat is brightly coloured and a huge variety of colours too. The mat is very soft and includes a little pillow on the base part for your baby to rest their head when they are playing which I thought was a really good idea. The mat has a really nice silky feel to it.
The base of the mat is fully padded with underwater designs on it, a water filled pat mat for your baby to touch and when they do the little fishes inside it move about. There are 3 lift up flaps on the base which are a whale, a dolphin and the other one I cannot remember. Underneath the little flaps are pictures of sea animals and my daughter loved to lift these up and would spend ages on her belly looking at them. The name of the animal is also written on the flap in English, Spanish and French.
On the bars above your baby which make an arch are some cuddly animals. I think they were a turtle, a star fish, a puffer fish and a seahorse. There is also a fish with silky fins and tail, a green octopus doubled up as a rattle and three plastic discs with various different sea animals on such as turtles, starfish, fish, crab, jellyfish and dolphin. There was also a mirror to go with it so that your baby can look at themselves and their reflection.
The Baby Einstein Discovering Water Activity Gym has a water-filled electronic aquarium toy which shows ocean characters in a light type show, soothing classical melodies and dancing lights. My daughter really loved the lights and she would look at them for ages if you turned the lights down so she could see them properly.
My daughter really loved this mat and although it was very expensive, it was worth the money to see her doing different things and to educate her a little bit at a young age about undersea creatures. I think it is one of the reasons she really likes sea creatures now!
This gym is not available to buy in the shops anymore but it can easily be picked up on eBay for a fraction of the price we paid.
ETA: You need 2X AA batteries to make the sounds and light show work.
We were given this play mat when my son was born. It comes with lots of toys that can be taken off for him to play with. The receipt was left with it in case I needed to change it. The water gym was bought from mothercare for £65. There is a lights and music box on the overhead bars which my baby stares at for ages. This requires 3 AA batteries. My baby especially likes this in the evening when I turn down the lounge lights and lay his head under the light box.
There are 3 lift up flaps on the mat with pictures underneath, so far these are more in the way than entertaining to him. He may appreciate these more when he gets a bit older. He is 5.5 months now and we have used this water gym every day since he was around 5-6 weeks old.
It is easy to wash and reassemble. my only problem with it is there are 2 plastic strips that go in the mat to maintain the shape, you have to make sure your baby doesn't rest his head on these strips. The toys can be removed from the water gym so I often remove them and hang some from the pram when we go out.
Using this mat my son has mastered rolling onto his tummy and back again, and is starting to move himself to the toys he wants next. It is recommended from birth until 2 years. I'm not really sure it will last that long, my friends little girl picked up a couple of the toys then crawled off with them. She was about 11 months at the time. Having said that I think we have had good value from it, but there are cheaper options out there and I don't think I am convinced this is worth the extra money it costs for being 'baby Einstein'.
We paid around £65 for this from Boots online and I think it is definetly worth it for the amount of things you get with it.
The mat itself is brightly coloured and has 3 lift up flaps with pictures of the actual sea animals underneath. It is also quite silky and feels very nice. On the two arches you get a brightly coloured fish with silky fins and tail; a green octopus which has on it a rattle, a circle with beads and two teethers; a rattle/teether turtle; a water filled bright pink teether; three plastic discs with various different sea animals on such as turtles, starfish, fish, crab, jellyfish and dolphin.
You also get a fish shaped mirror and a whale shaped pillow.
The main item that comes with the mat is a light and sound show that you can either attach to the arches or to a crib. We have attached ours to his playpen at the minute and he spends ages looking at the lights, it sometimes sends him off to sleep which is good! There are around 10 different tunes that play in a loop for around 10-15 minutes until it turns itself off.
This is a really exciting playmat for babies of all ages and the items that come with it will last a long time.
Well worth £65!
Baby Einstein Discovering Water Play Gym. Ocean-themed play gym offers stimulating activities for birth through 12 months. Musical aquarium with lights, swimming creatures, 6 classical melodies and 3 modes of play. Includes dangling toys, mirror, water-fi