“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Activity Gyms „
~~~ Background ~~~
Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and sleeping through the night a lot of the time. My husband and I are now in a good position reflect on which baby-related products we can recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
It occurred to me at around the time when Millie was six or seven months old, that I actually had no idea what toys or gadgets might be suitable for her. I have several friends whose children are less than a year older than our daughter, so thankfully one was able to give me suggestions and - better still - loan us several items, one of which was this fantastic Fisher Price "Symphony Gym".
~~~ The product and my thoughts ~~~
The best way that I can describe this "musical gym" is as a toddler-proof plastic keyboard with legs that enable it to be played at different levels: flat (can be propped up so that baby can use their feet), mid height (for seated use) and full height for standing. Full height is approximately 18".
This battery-operated item comprises a five key keyboard and four batting toys. Each key is a different colour and each has a matching star-shaped light above it. This light glows when the matching coloured key is struck. The batting toys are a star, a moon (with beads inside) and a sun that has a small spinning ball inside.
There is a switch that helps select the features to be played: five classical music songs, five nursery rhymes and twinkling lights. You can also select two musical modes: piano notes or a musical melody.
We all really liked this item. Millie played with it on a regular basis from approximately seven months until 13 or 14 months old. We had it set up against a wall. In the early days she would crawl from one side of the room to the other to get to it.
The lights and noises were not overbearing and didn't continue for protracted amounts of time. Millie really did enjoy using this for many months. It seemed to be unbreakable and it was very easy to wipe clean.
Finally, we have a lovely photograph of our daughter sitting on the ground playing music on this while wearing a beautiful delicately sewn handmade dress. So I suppose that this musical item will live on with us well past its use by date!
~~~ Recommended? ~~~
Definitely. A nice-to-have-item.
This is a great toy, I feel like everything I am reviewing at the moment is fisher price which is pretty weird as apart from the few bigger baby items I have already reviewed we haven't set out aiming to buy fisher price and a lot of the stuff we have is from car boots and charity shops. This is something that my mum bought for Lewis when he was about six months old.
Again this is a toy that takes 3 'C' batteries (Why oh why?). The gym is very boldly coloured and should immediately grab your babies attention. The stars behind the keyboard all light up and under the keyboard there is; a star, a moon with rattling beads inside and a sun with a spinning ball inside it.
Although this is described as a gym we have never used in in that manner. The legs and angle at which the keyboard sits are adjustable. We first used this when lewis was sitting with the bottom of the keyboard on the floor and the legs facing forwards. Now Lewis is trying more and more to stand we have it in the traditional keyboard position and it is one of the toys that he uses most often to try and pull himself up.
There are a number of settings for the keyboard from being able to press any key to start playing a tune through to working as a proper keyboard. There is a good variety of tunes that this comes loaded with none of which are overly annoying as some musical toys are. I would recommend this toy for a wide range of ages as it is so versatile and I foresee Lewis enjoying for some time.
I was given one of these for my daughter when she was newborn and we loved it. It can be set up so it can be used for a tiny baby who is lying on the floor and will play music and flashing lights.As the baby gets older and able to 'bat at' the dangling toys you can change the settings so their efforts are rewarded. Once baby is able to sit up you can change it into a sit down playstation and again when they are standing it can be turned into a stand up playstation. Its great that it can really grow with your baby as so many playgyms are basically unusable once your baby discovers movement. This is lovely though its bright and entertaining. We got ours from argos for 35 pounds but looking around ive seen some alot cheaper. I would really reccomend if you want something which will last more than the first few months.
I bought this for my child as a newborn and it was a very much loved toy from day one. It was competitively priced along with other products that were similar, yet has more advantages than all of the other play gyms I considered.
The main advantage of this play gym is that once your child has grown out of using the baby gym and is ready for more stimulation you can convert the gym into a little piano which makes lovely music. You can also have the piano at 2 heights, 1 for sitting and the other for standing. This is easily done by loosening the legs with the clips at the side and swivelling the piano round.
There are different settings on the play gym/piano which are; to have continuous music playing or just when your child hits the keys. The little stars light up in different formations and really catch your child's attention.
The toys included with the gym are detachable so can have lots more use out of them once the piano is up. I never had to change the batteries in this even though it was used constantly for the first 12 months of my child's life.
PRODUCT The Fisher Price Sparkling Symphony gym is an excellent toy apparatus to keep any child entertained. It's bright colours, range of music tones and play toys mean that it will give you a break and your child some entertainment. Lying on your back can get boring even for babies. This gym will keep even the most active of child entertained. SUITABILITY It's suitable for children over 3 months old, and even when they stop lying on their backs they can play with it sitting up. So, you will get your money worth out of it. The good thing about this toy is that it's got different functions as your child grows. For newborns they have extended play of music and lights. Newborns love music and this has got some excellent relaxing music. For older babies, they can activate single songs and light patters by pressing things on the gym like the sun, moon or start. And for toddlers, babies can press keys to hear music notes or sound effects. The gym is easy to assemble and it can be folded up just as easily to save storage space. It's looks really attractive, with a range of bright bold colours, you can even start teaching your baby the colours. The gym features music from Mozart and Beethoven and others and has five children songs and a variety of sound effects. This gym is certainly a cut above the rest. I had bought my neice a play gym from Argos, but this one from Fisher Price is much better. The good thing is that it's very durable and it will last you a long time. My nephew has used is quite a lot but it still looks brand new. A good tip..... Use the baby gym when babies get restless but don't over use it otherwise they will get bored of it. Twenty minutes at a time is more than enought. If you can't put your baby to sleep the Beethoven music is really good and can really help. PRICE The Fisher Price Sparkling Symphony gym costs
£24.99 which is considerably more than the Argos play gym. But you do get more for your money, the range of music is excellent, the bright colours together with the extendable toys make this a really good apparatus for babies.
We were originally going to buy one of the play gyms where you can lay the babys' in, but my friend said it would not last us that long could she buy us this one. With great delight i agreed and it has been wonderful. When my daughter was a few weeks old i would sit her in the chair and she would watch the lights. as time went on she would kick the shapes hanging down, then touch them. She is now nearly 9 months old and she stands up and presses the lights and think that is is great. My niece of 3 and nephew of 4 also enjoy playing with it when they come to visit. So i think it is a long lasting toy which holds our childrens attention, and not many things can do that these days. If u are trying to decide on a gym, i would definatley recommend this one.
This will amuse,stimulate & give you & your baby long lasting fun & enjoyment. It's use initially is as a musical activity centre that stimulates both eyes & ears.As your baby lies beneath,you can set it to play tunes ranging from Beethoven to "if you're happy & you know it clap your hands"!Infact,it plays 5 classical & 5 "children's" songs in total. As it plays,lights flash in time with the music,there are also 3 attachments that dangle,encouraging your baby to reach & grab. As they grow,they soon begin to activate the music by batting the dangling objects. By the time your baby can stand,you can convert the activity centre into a keyboard.Your toddler will be able to play their own tunes or you can encourage them to listen & co-ordinate by setting the keyboard to play part of a tune which can only continue when a key is pressed.This continues throughout the tune playing a few bars at a time. My daughter was given this as a gift when she was born,almost 14 months ago & it truly has been in use every day. First thoughts if i was buying it would be hmmm..a bit pricey but knowing how excellent it is i would encourage you to go out & treat your baby to it-you won't be packing it away in a few months because they've outgrown it-i can't imagine it ever being packed away,my Hubby loves it!
We brought the Fisher Price Sparkling Symphony Gym for Ethan when he was 6 months mainly because of it being two toys in one. You first use the toy as a baby gym there are small dangling plastic shapes such as stars for the baby to hit, when he does it starts playing music. Then once the baby is a toddler they can use it as a little piano with flashing lights. Although the other opinions of this are very good, so far Ethan who is eleven months hasn't been at all interested in it. Im not saying this is a bad toy just that it wasn't suitable for the age range of my son. I would recommend the toy was brought for a newborn then you would get more use from it 30 pound is quite a lot to spend on a toy. Im hoping Ethan likes the 'piano' part when hes bigger.
Before I go into the features of this toy I will explain a little bit about the parts that are included and the assembly of it. The parts are the main body of the toy, two yellow attachments, four blue coloured legs, a sun shaped rattle, two shooting stars, a moon shaped attachment with holographic design, a star rattle and a mirror effect star with ribbons attached to it. To assemble you simply attach the yellow parts to either side of the main body and screw them in with the chunky plastic screws provided. You then attach two blue legs to the yellow parts. To finish you attach the sun, moon and stars to a drop down section in the main body of the toy. The assembly I have described above is for use by a non-walking baby. The toy is suitable from birth up to toddler age and above. This toy requires three size C alkaline batteries. On to the features of this toy. There are two settings to choose from, the first plays a different tune each time your baby hits the sun, moon or stars hanging from the drop down section. This also activates flashing lights in the keyboard style buttons, which are situated across the front of the toy. The second setting works on a similar basis as the first but when the sun, moon or stars are hit it plays several different tunes one after the other and again the flashing lights are activated. This helps hand co-ordination by encouraging a child to activate the sound by hitting the correct part of the toy. It also helps eye co-ordination by encouraging a baby to follow the flashing lights with their eyes as they move from button to button. This particular aspect of the toy has been a godsend for me because it really keeps my little boys attention concentrated on it. We have had this toy since my son was about three months old and he hasn’t got tired of it yet. The only small problem we have at the moment is that I have to keep my eye on him pretty much all the time he is using the toy. This is becaus
e he is getting older and more active so is prone to move around a lot more while being lay down than he would do when he was much smaller. If you have plenty of patience and not a great deal to do around the house at the time then this shouldn’t be too hard to cope with in the same situation. When this toy is being used for a toddling baby or older child it can be adapted accordingly. All you need to do is loosen the plastic screws at either side, tilt the main body of it until the keyboard part is pointing directly upwards and then screw it back in place tightly. You can also move the sun, moon or star attachments to either side of the toy and clip them on so they are not in the way under the toy. A child can then have the toy on the first setting, which enables them to bash out their own tune as a different note is assigned to each of the five brightly coloured keys or they can have it on the second setting which plays an excerpt of a particular song each time a button is pressed. They can press the buttons in order to make a complete tune or mix it up by pressing the buttons in a different order. Each time the first button is pressed a different tune is activated. All in all there are 10 different tunes which are either an excerpt of a classical piece or a nursery rhyme. One again, the flashing lights are activated each time a key is pressed while on this setting. I think that this aspect of the toy will also provide Matthew with a lot of entertainment once he is old enough to use it because it gives a child new and exciting ways to develop skills in line with their age. For the sanity of parents who have to sit and listen to this all day, the toy has a volume switch on the back so you can have it on quiet or loud if you prefer. All in all though it is a great toy, one that will last for ages and is truly good value for money.
My sister and brother-in-law bought this for their son for Christmas. It has been a great success with him, he loves to lay under it and watch the lights, listen to the music and grab at the hanging toys below. However my sister was disappointed as the ribbons which are pictured attached to the centre toy were removed by the manufacturer prior to purchase. This makes the toy look incomplete. Fisher Price state that the reason is because similar ribbons on another toy were torn off by a baby and he nearly choked on them. They say that this information was given out on TV and in newspapers but of course not everyone with a new born baby has the time to watch TV or read. She feels that Fisher Price should have replaced them with something or dropped the price to account for it now looking less than perfect. So in summary, it is a great toy that babies love but parents may be less than pleased with it when they see it looks incomplete.
I bought the sparkling symphany gym when charlie was just 5 weeks old, he is too small to actually hit the swinging characters to make the music come on, but you can switch it on manually and the music plays and the lights flash. Charlie just learned to smile last week and this has certainly been exercising his face muscles, he loves it! There are around ten different nursery rhymes played on this, and the music sounds of a high quality. As well as this there are keys to press which make different tones. There is a volume control switch, but there are only two setting, quiet and loud, and also an off button. It is quite pricey, at £34.99, but it is worth it as when your baby is older, the top flips round and makes a little piano, with flashing lights for them. It takes three 'c' batteries, but the first ones come free already inside it, and they seem to last quite well. Having only bought mine recently from Mothercare, the ribbons hanging off the centre star were missing. This is due to the manufacturer realising that the ribbon may fray and be a health hazard. So if you buy this product and the ribbons are present, either take it back and complain or just remove them yourself.
I had been planning to get this gym for a while but didn't get it until Matthew was about three months old because my husband has been out of work. I wish we could have bought it sooner because as soon as we set it up and put Matthew under it he was mesmerised. Matthew has a habit of watching the lights in Asda as we push him around in the trolley and the lights on this toy got him hooked straight away. He soon learned that if you hit the toys hanging down from the gym the lights and music started again so we soon found ourselves using the handy switch at the back to turn it down because he started it off that many times, ha ha. We have been using it almost constantly for a while now and the batteries still haven't run down. We bought this from Mothercare and the batteries were supplied already inside free of charge. This toy is not one of those that just last a few months and then they get put away, he will still be able to use it when he is toddling because it transforms into a keyboard style toy for the older baby to bash out some tunes on. Looks like that good ol' switch is going to be useful for a long time to come. An absolutely wonderful product that is well worth the money.
Just got this gym last week, and it's so great that I had to get on with writing this review! First of all, it's super easy to put together... no tools needed (execpt a screwdriver to undo the back to put batteries in). No small bits for baby to choke on; everything is bright and colourful. Just attach the 2 legs to the little piano top which faces the baby at first, but then can be converted to the standard piano when baby can stand up and play by themself. Then you attach some sparkly toys that dangle down for baby to kick at. It has a few settings which I had loads of fun trying out. You can have it so that when you touch one of the 5 keys, they just play a single note (better I think for when baby can do it themself). Or you can set it up for when the baby kicks at the toys, one full song plays, or set it for when then toys are kicked, 10 minutes of songs come on. They music is brilliant, not that sort or tinny annoying music that comes out of most things these days. The songs are a mixture of classical and popular nursery rhymes, and when the songs are playing, the keys light up in a pattern to the music. Also has 2 volume settings which is nice to have. My baby (now 3 months) loves kicking for her music and spends quite a long time under it (over an hour at a time most days) without getting bored of it! Means I can do other thing in peace and not worry about her safety or happiness at all... fisher price takes care of it!
The Fisher-Price Sparkling Symphony baby gym is absolutely brilliant, it keeps my baby quiet and amused for hours. It is definitely the best and the most used toy I've bought for him so far. I bought it for my son when he was a newborn and he could only lie under it and watch the lights and sounds. As the months have gone by he's used it more and more, actively hitting at it and playing with the toys. By 5 & 6 months old he spent all his time vandalising it, hitting and pulling at the toys so hard that they eventually come off! and once he gets the toys off he chews at them for ages! Well whatever keeps him happy! It's great to see how far my son has progressed from a tiny helpless newborn unable to do anything to an active crawler who vandalises it. My sister said you really know how much they've grown when they throw it across the room! but fortunately he hasn't reached this stage yet. It is suitable from birth with 10 songs / classical tunes and lights which flash on and off with the music. It has 2 modes, the newborn one, which once activated the gym plays the 10 tunes one after the other and the other mode which plays a tune only when the baby hits the toys. The tunes are really good, they are tasteful and even though I've heard them over and over again, I haven't found them at all irritating. I ever start singing along to them! It's brightly coloured and stimulating and the toys are interesting too, with a sun, star & moon in sparkling colours. My baby loves it and its great to be able to leave him under it while I get on with the housework! The other great thing about it, is that as well as being an excellent baby gym, it can also be used as a piano for toddlers which increases its useful life and makes it great value for money. This is definitely a must for every baby.
This gym has three modes that adapt from one developmental stage to the next: for newborns, extended play of music and lights; then older babies can activate single songs and light patterns by batting at the dangling sun, moon or star; for toddlers, it co