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We bought the ocean adventure playgym mostly because of it's attractive bright colours and fun theme. Once we had it set up though, I realised that it's not actually that interesting for a baby! The selection of toys just aren't that great. The previous two reviews here seem to be of an older version of this mat, which by the sounds of it, was much better! First there's an octopus which is basically just a soft toy, so not much fun. Then there are two plastic discs with texture on one side and a picture on the other. My little one quite liked to chew these, but unfortunately the picture is a sticker so inevitably it got soggy and peeled off, leaving bits in his mouth. Not great! The whale is good for tummy time, but my baby hated tummy time, so we didn't get to use this. There is a starfish shaped water filled teether and a circular mirror, both of which were fine, and a turtle rattle. The rattle was probably the most interesting bit of the mat. The triangular music and lights box is good and we still use it now that my baby has long outgrown the playmat itself. However, it wouldn't attach to the gym. Whenever I put it on it would slide down and pull the arches down, bunching up the mat. We have only ever been able to use it as a stand alone toy.
I really was disappointed with this gym, I'm just glad that we got it on sale! I much preferred the Fisher Price rainforest one that we had for my first child.
We used this for 2 months at my parent's house this summer. My son was 4 months when we went and by the time we left he was just too big for it. Length more than anything as it stopped him rolling too much as his legs kept hitting one of the arches.
Saying that, I love this and would happily buy it if we didn't already have a playmat! The mat is small, but lovely and bright so there's always something to look at during tummy time. The big stuffed whale can be used as a support for this, or can hang between two of the arches as a nice kicking toy.
There are plenty of toy loops, and we ended up hanging some of our own toys as well as the ones it came with. My son loved the octopus the best as it had lots to grab and chew on. I agree with the other review that the discs weren't great, but then we have that on our Baby Einstein one and I'd say the same there! The mirror is a good size and can be positioned where it will be of most interest as you choose.
The music box is lovely. It attatches really well to two of the end arches, and plays a nice selection of music. I tend to use the motion mode to have small breaks from it though! The little fishes and water make it just that little bit better than other musical mats I've seen, and I have to say that the velcro is the strongest I've ever come across!
Something else I liked about this mat is that it comes with 2 plastic rods that fit on the underside of the mat to make it stay stiff. Ours doesn't do that and gets bunched up when moved, so this was a nice feature.
Like a lot of mums-to-be I wasted far too much time debating which playgym to buy for my son. In the end we went for this playgym by little einsteins which is a disney company.
As you would expect the playgym was easy to put together. One end of the supports is sewn into the mat and the others clip onto little tabs underneath. Both supports are really brightly coloured and have so far been strong enough to resist the kicking they have had.
The mat is a standard size when you compare it to other playgyms on the market. I wish it was more padded though, it's quite thin and once my son started rolling I needed to put it on an old duvet to try and protect his head a bit. One thing I do love is the design on the mat. The edges are bright and more padded than the underwater design. The underwater design features lots of bright plants and fish and 3 lift up flaps with bright colours underneath. My son loves playing with that bit now.
There are various tags on the overhead supports and the mat itself to hang the toys that come with it. The rattles and soft fish are lovely and bright, my son particularly loves the octopus with the teether and rattle on it. There are some flat plastic picture circles that are the weakest part of this playgym I took them off in the end because he takes no notice of them. The fish shaped mirror attaches with velcro so that can also be used on the cot. Or if you're my son you can try and throw it like a frizbee. There is also a teether that can be put in the fridge if needed.
The 2 highlights are the musical triangular box and the big soft whale. The musical box has flashing lights and is filled with water and a couple of bobbly fish. It plays some classical tunes either by response to movement or automatically. My son loves it. It has strong velcro to attach to the supports or to the cot or another piece of furniture. I like the choice of songs on it too.
The soft whale was excellent in the beginning when he was quite young to lay him over it to give him some time on his tummy without him being face down and crying. It was the only way he'd lie on his tummy. Now it's another toy to chuck at mum but he still uses it like a pillow.
Part of me wishes the mat was bigger because he is too big for it now, but I suppose any playgym is only meant for young babies?
I'm really happy we bought this playmat. The design sets it apart from others on the market and it is suitable for a boy or a girl. I have it in his travel cot/play pen now so brighten it up a little bit. If I had to make the decision again I would definitely buy this playgym again I haven't seen any others I wish I'd bought instead.
I paid £65 for it in mothercare. That is about the same price as other playgyms with musical toys.