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ELC Blossom Farm Activity Arch & Quilt

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Brand: ELC / Type: Play Mats

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      27.03.2011 15:04
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      Nice baby toy

      When I was pregnant I was looking for a few toys that would be suitable for my newborn to play with. I was aware that they wouldn't be able to do much in the first few weeks but was keen to offer a bit of stimulation when (and if!) they were awake. I came across the blossom farm activity arch and quilt in the early learning centre sale and noticed it was suitable from zero months, so thought that this would be ideal. At full price, this is £40 but I was lucky enough to pick it up at half price - a bargain £20!

      THE TOY

      Browsing online, there seem to have been a few variations on this toy over the years, and dooyoo do not provide a picture, so I will describe our quilt and arch. The quilt is a soft padded felt-like material that is striped with bright colours, including yellow, orange, blue, lilac, pink and green. The colour combinations mean that it is equally suitable for a boy or a girl. The quilt also has slightly built up, cushioned sides in the middle which prevents baby rolling off it. There are two bendy bars contained which easily clip into the underside of the quilt. These bars are each half one colour and half another. The bars cross over above the quilt to form a four way arch, under which baby can lie.

      From each coloured arc, there dangles a different toy. There is a cow that makes a bell noise when touched, and a donkey, lamb and puppy - all of which make a rattle noise. The toys are each clipped on using different colour plastic attachments, which means that they can easily be moved to different positions on the arch or even removed completely and attached elsewhere, for example onto a pushchair.

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      The arch is really easy to set up and keeps in place well. Everything is soft and moveable, which is great from a safety point of view. The quilt is also really soft and my baby seems happy and comfortable just lying on it and gazing at the colours. The colours are really bright and stimulating.

      I love the fact that the animals can be moved up and down the bars and even removed completely. As the arch is quite high, even when my baby grows, he would be unable to reach them in that position and this would be frustrating. Moving them down the arch to within his reach means that not only will he be stimulated by the bright colours, but he will be able to feel their textures and make them make their noises himself.

      It is also great for interacting with baby with. By lying him on the quilt and moving the arches so that the toys catch his attention and make noises, we take our first steps towards playing together. It is also nice to have somewhere to lie him down in the day rather than just his moses basket.

      The toy is made well and seems to be of pretty good quality - there is no loose stiching on the quilt and the arches are smooth and not bent at all. It also seems pretty durable as we have knocked the arches inadvertently on several occasions but it has remained intact. My on concern would be with regards to keeping the quilt clean - whether this could be machine washed without any damage. I'm sure it will eventually get washed and this will be tested, so I will update my review with my findings then!

      Overall, I am really pleased with this purchase, particularly as I picked it up half price. Even without the arches, the quilt provides a lovely play mat that I am sure we will use even when baby has out grown the toy itself. It does take up quite a bit of room in our lounge, but if we wanted to, it could easily be packed away in a matter of minutes, so this isn't an issue for us. The toy is suitable for 0-12 months, so I anticipate that will we get our monies worth from it, although I'm not sure that we will still be using it when baby is 12 months. I would definitely recommend this to others though as it is so thoughtfully, and well, made.

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      10.09.2010 15:41
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      A lovely interactive play mat

      I bought this ELC Blossom farm play mat whilst I was pregnant. There are not many things a new born can play with but I thought she would love all of the dangling animals and that the bright colours would be very stimulating for her.

      Since there is no picture on dooyoo for this, I set to look on Google for one. Whilst doing this I came across several different designs of the blossom farm play mat. Just to be clear the play mat I am reviewing is in the design of a chic. It has 3 different colours on the main part of the quilt. Yellow, orange and red. There are then two wings either side which are green with yellow spots. This chic is of a simple design with just a little face on the head area.

      The quilt itself is thick and fluffy; this provides a lot of comfort to a baby. It's of a reasonable size it's not too big to dominate the room but it provides enough space for baby to play, and roll over once they reach that stage in development. It's not machine washable but I found after my daughter dribbled and was sick on it several times that It easily cleans with a cloth.

      There are two arches that cross over at the corners to make four arches. These are bright and colourful just like the rest of the play mat. They have different designs on such as stripes and spots.

      There are 5 detachable toys that come with the play mat. I can't remember all of them but they are farmyard animals such as a sheep, pig, chic etc. These are also made from fluffy and soft material. Some of the animals are just plain, but one of them has a mirror attached to the bottom so when baby is lay underneath it they can see their reflection, this is a plastic mirror so there is no danger risk. Another one of the animals had a squeaker inside so when pressed it squeaks, and there is also one with crinkly ears.

      All of these animals are easily detached so that baby can hold them. They are also made from lovely colours such as pale blue, green, yellow etc.

      My daughter loved this when she was a baby, and the arch's were easy to remove so once she grew out of them we just used the play mat. Because of the versatile colours this play mat is also unisex. Another thing which I used to do was add more attachments, any sort toy with a clip will do, my daughter used to love all of the different attachments.

      The only problem I had with this was that when my daughter was a couple of months old, she couldn't reach the animals, they were two high out of her reach and this did frustrate her sometimes.

      I would definitely recommend this play mat. When I bought mine it was £35 in ELC, but that was a few years back so the price may well have changed.

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        18.01.2010 19:30

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        A great toy that my baby loves!

        I bought the blossom farm activity arch for my 13 week old baby for christmas and he loves it, it has a bright coloured quilt to lay on which has raised sides to stop them from rolling off. The arch has 4 colourful animals hanging from it on links that can be easily removed to play with seperately, all 4 rattle. It is also great for tummy time as the soft toys have velcro on the bottom of them so you can stick them to either end of the quilt to encourage the baby to enjoy the time on their front. It is quite a simple design but very effective and you can also add your own hanging toys to the arch like I have done and my baby gets so excited when laying under the arch. Another plus is it very easy to set up and fold down and comes in a handy clear, plastic carry bag so its great to take out with you when your travelling.

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        19.10.2008 10:20

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        An excellent toy that can keep a baby amused for a long time.

        This was bought as a present for my baby when he was a few weeks old and at first he hated it! Now it's hard to get him off it.

        It features four linking animals from the Blossom Farm range- donkey, cow, dog and sheep, which can be taken off for him to play woth as well. But what I love most of all about this is you can use the quilt on its own.It can be used as a tummy time mat. Both ends fold up so that the baby cannot push themselves off and the sides are padded to make rolling off more difficult.

        It is lovely and bright with a wide range of stimulating colours that can keep a baby amused for ages!. As stated it is a quilt, so it has strips of different kinds of material to encourage the child's sensory development.

        We have a number of items now from the Blossom Farm range but this is by far the best.

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        04.12.2000 04:46
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        This mat was given to me as a present and on first impression I thought it was gorgeous. It has a plush fleece padded mat with an annoying tune mechanism in the lambs head (it plays you are my sunshine which does get to you after a while!). It is not that easy to put together as the arches are extremely springy and you have to try and hold it together while clicking the clips into place and threading the very large buttons into the not so large holes! I've found the toys to be a bit on the large side and all a bit samey for my son. They all make a noise but about three of them rattle or have a chime which is not terribly exciting. The duck does have a quacking sound but they were too high up for my son to reach and wiggle them. It would be more useful if ELC supplied a few extra links.

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        19.10.2000 17:15
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        This play mat from the early learning centre is really cute, it is a big cow and a flower shape, it has cross over arches and is made of fleece which is really cosy. it has toys hanging that are of farmyard animals and each make a different sound. the head part of the cow also makes a tune when you press it which plays away. it is about £32, which is good value as its a really nice mat and fun for the baby to play with. worth buying.

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          12.08.2000 16:49
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          We bought a Blossom Farm activity mat for our daughter when she was about 6 weeks old. It has been one of the best baby investments we made, and has had many more uses than just a mat with pretty objects for baby to look at, and in time hit and rattle. She is 7 months now and still loves it. We also use it as a mat to go under her baby bouncer (warmer on little feet than the lino and cleaner than the carpet) so that she has toys to play with at the right height. Now that she is sitting up, it offers that little extra padding in case she topples, and again toys to play with that won’t roll out of reach. It also comes with it’s own plastic carry-case to keep it clean for trips to grand-parents etc, and is light to carry. Only problems are: 1. It is hand wash only, but then it’s still easier to clean than the carpet. (We used to protect it somewhat with a muslin square when she was still at that sicky stage.) 2. The clips are a little bit fiddly but we tend to leave ours set up as we use it so much.

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