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ASDA - £16
Amazon - £35.99
I could be here all day but the amazon one priced at £35.99 is same design but has extra bits and different accessories.
I have just placed my daughter on this mat so thought I would review as she plays. My daughter has 5 play mats and 3 of them have the arches over. (very spoilt little girl) This was the first mat I bought as it was a good price and had lots of bright colours and is suitable for either gender. I was originally looking at the baby Einstein mats but were a bit pricey and this was our first baby so was starting from scratch and we did not know if we were having a little boy or girl and buying neutral colours will help if we have a boy in the future as big items we already have.
The mat has 4 images on the floor mat which consist of a zebra, toucan, cat/tiger not quite sure and an elephant. it has to arches that easily hook into the mat underneath and you can have them crossed over or along side. At first I had them crossed over and my daughter would try to reach for them and one day I thought what if I change it, so I lined them next to each other and the toys became lower down so she can no hit them as much as she likes. At 4 months old she is now starting to grab them.
The arches are two different colours one is black with white spots and the other is striped colour and it surprisingly works well together. The stripy arch has 5 fabric loops and the spotty one has 4 loops to attach a toy with a link and there are 3 loops on the mat itself for tummy time etc.
The mat itself comes with 3toys and a mirror which has a Velcro strap on back so can position anywhere on arch you like depending where your child likes to look. The toys are a black and white cat that makes a wind chime sound which my daughter has loved from an early age probably as contrasting colours. The other two is a ring that has balls in so can shake like a rattle and a butterfly that the wings are hoops so the child can grab on to them.
I have filled some of the spare hoops with a denim hippo from kiddicare that has a bell inside a mirror rattle lion a soft teething elephant and a pull bug that vibrates. I could attach her Lamaze toys on if need be as they are easy to attach but think there maybe to much going on then.
She will happily lie on her back hitting the toys trying to grab on to them well listening to the sounds well she chuckles away.
The mat is an easy to clean fabric and is great as my daughter suffered from reflux so u can imagine sick everywhere and now teething so its all dribble. It is a quite thin material especially if using for tummy time so I put a towel or padded sheet under so she wont bang her head. After all she is only starting to learn to hold her head up.
When she is a little older we can remove the arches and just use it as a play mat or a picnic mat for her and her teddies and dolls in the garden
The mat is easy to store and do not need to take toys or arches off each time just lift in middle of arches and the mat will automatically fold in half and it is lightweight so can do it carrying your child.
It is overall a cheap and cheerful playmate and perfect distraction if changing nappies is a pain as your child will not stay still.
I would highly recommend
My daughter got lots and lots of presents for her first Christmas, amongst them this beautiful bright coloured play gym from Bright Starts. It is widely available both in shops and online. Her Nan brought this one from Asda for £16 which I think is very reasonable. This gym is suitable from birth.
The mat itself is bright coloured and each quarter depicts a different animal. Unlike some mats it is not of different textures, just smooth fabric, however I have found this very easy to wipe clean.
The poles to create the gym with hanging toys are very easy to attach and the instructions are quite clear. The toys can be positioned according to you or your child's preferences and by putting two together you can change the lengths so that your child can reach. The cat makes a beautiful wind chime sound that neither my daughter or I have ever tired of, and the ring has balls inside which rattle.
There is also a mirror which has a Velcro strap to attach and you can position this wherever you like by simply wrapping the strap around the poles. There are also spare loops on the poles and hooks on the mat so that you can add some of your other baby toys as well, we like to use some of her Lamaze toys as many of these have the hoops for buggy/pram attachment so are easy to attach.
As well as being used as a gym by removing the poles you can also just use it as a play mat which is what we now do. Now my daughter is 7 months she had mastered pulling on the poles to make it collapse and then covered her face with the mat- not ideal! However this absolutely fabulous as a gym whilst she was smaller and somewhat less mobile and I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
The only slight downside is that the mat does not have different textures unlike some of the others available or anything to do on the mat itself which I think she would have enjoyed.
Overall though a brilliant gym she has had hours and hours of fun with.