Product Type: Argos baby products
Newest Review: ... after he was born so he was never put down enough to play on this! As we got it second hand it was a little musty smelling - my mum put it... more
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Beanstalk Lion Mat Gym
Member Name: Mama-Q
Beanstalk Lion Mat Gym
Advantages: washes easily, comfy, colourful, bright, cheerful.
Disadvantages: a bit annoying to get the arch material back on
When I was pregnant I was given many odds and ends from friends and family. Included in the stuff I received was this colourful, soft and cuddly play mat. We really needed something for the floor to put our son on because we had laminate floors in our old flat - they were cold and were prone to dirt, dust and food spills. The play mat comes in a lion style, which is padded out for comfort as the baby will lie down on this before they learn to sit up properly.
Using this, it was suitable from birth. I don't think I started using it until he was about 3 weeks, though, because we had guests around all the time after he was born so he was never put down enough to play on this! As we got it second hand it was a little musty smelling - my mum put it through a 40 degree wash, it came out smelling fresh; the colours didn't seem washed out and the whole thing stood the test of being washed.
The 'gym' part of the play mat is detachable and little toys can be hung from this - when we got it, the toys weren't there anymore so I would just attach little toys on the arch. It was a bit of a pain to put the material back onto the arch after washing it, too! I know that this play mat comes with 5 toys when you buy it new, but like I said we didn't get it in a new condition with the toys.
Sometimes the hassle of putting the gym section on was too annoying for me and so we'd have the play mat without the gym attached, which worked fine as long as we were in the room to supervise my son on it. The play mat itself comes with activities in-built like the squeaker on the nose of the lion, a crinkly ear and a rattle (somewhere, can't remember where lol!) Our play mat also had an assortment of colours on it; yellows, light green, orange and a gingham pattern on the material section of the gym/arch. I also loved the different material textures; a soft cotton almost-cloth fabric and a padded pillow-y section for comfort.
The play mat itself is very bendy and fold-able. My son eventually outgrew the mat and so we folded it up on itself and stuck it in a cupboard - with no effect on the shape or use of the mat so storing it shouldn't be a problem if you're looking to keep it for another baby.
The verdict? My son loved this mat. When he was younger he'd fall asleep on it no problem, or look up at the toys and have a conversation with them. As he grew he'd love to kick the toys and interact with them as well as use the different activities on the mat. He always had a good sleep after he'd been on the mat and I assume this is because he was so active on it.
Overall I found this mat easy to wash, comfy for my son, very safe and at around £19.99 it's also half the price of most of the fancy brands!
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