“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Activity Gyms „
I bought the Fisher Price Pop Open Play Gym when my son was born as I have always found the brand to be very reliable. It cost £39.99 from Mothercare and I chose this particular one due to it being easily transportable.
It is essentially a play mat for children from birth. When you want to pack it away the two shorter sides pull up and attach together with a latch made of velcro. The play bar then becomes a shoulder strap and the entire thing is an easily portable bag.
The play mat is soft and well padded, very brightly coloured, perfect to keep little ones entertained. The base is blue with circles all over and the sides are different colours. Each corner is slightly raised and has different toys on them. One corner has a puppy, a ladybird, a bumble bee and a sunflower which has a mirror inside it. There is a toy bar that sits overhead the baby. It has black and white zebra stripes on it and has two hanging toys on it, another ladybird and a soft chick with wings.
There are also 2 play rings attached to Velcro on either side of the mat, these can be moved round to different areas to encourage baby to crawl or wriggle round to reach it.
The mat on its own is machine washable.
I have found this mat to be ideal for little ones when they have just started to notice their surroundings. It stimulates them and encourages movement. The only downside is that there isn't enough for them to grab for overhead, also, some rattles or noise would help to retain their interest more.
My son grew out of this by the time he was able to wriggle his way around but he certainly had plenty of use when he was staying still.