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I was given one of these when i had my lg and use it now with the other children I look after,
I was only given the doughnut bit as the play gym had been broken previously
It is like a giant inflatable rubber ring you use in a pool on holiday, then there is the cover which covers up the hole in the rubber ring- you have to pop it in the cover slightly inflated then blow it up inside the cover, the fit of the cover is good
Once inflated I would suggest putting a cushion under the nest where the child's bottom will go as there is no padding etc due to the design of it
The nest is very attractive to look at, bright colours lots of different animals to look at and then there are the sensory benefits- the sheep is furry, the duck has a squeaky beak, the snail crinkles as does a wing on the dragonfly and these are all spread out around the nest so whichever side the child touches has something to interact with.
The nest looks great (although due to not having the play gym part I add additional sensory toys around the child)
I found that the seat area is quite large for the child and when they are young they slip and slide all over the place as the base is so wide. This is obviously not ideal as you have to keep scooping them back up, however it is very handy as they are learning how to sit it support heir backs and help them to strengthen it.
I have found though that as the children get older they are able to get out of the nest with ease, you think they are safe in there turn your back and when you return they are on the floor outside the nest with a little red mark- not ideal!!
Therefore I would say this is only suitable for between 5 and 7 months as they are large enough to not slip around but small enough to stay in!
This is a fantastic play gym, I bought it as a spare for Nannas house with my second child but ended up having it at home because it was such a fantastic gym. Can be used from day one, with the sit me up ring (which on it's own can be a very expensive product to buy) which cushions baby and supports to sitting. The bars going over have various activities to stimulate baby and when baby is able to sit alone you can remove the sit me up ring and put the bars on their own, maybe over a rug or carpet. Having said that we continued to use the sit me up ring way after baby could sit simply because he enjoyed to use it when we were reading, playing or he was having a rest or nap so this gym lasted us from newborn until way over 12 months which is very good going for a play gym. It's not big and bulky like some other gyms can be and although it's a range of activities they are compact and the gym can sit neatly without looking clumbersom or taking up lots of room.
I think they could improve this product by having a range of colours, blues and pinks are always nice to have your equipment in, it's a minor thing but only disadvantage I can think of.
My mum bought this for us when my son was born over three years ago (very hard to imagine it being over three years ago!) and now I'm due my second baby any day I've started to unpack all the baby gear I kept stashed should we ever have another. I borrowed a lot of baby gear as I have a lot of friends of child-bearing age but there were a few items that we actually bought or got gifted. This little nest was one of them.
When we first got this I was dreading setting it up as my lung capacity is so crap that I can't even blow up a balloon so blowing up duties were given to my husband ;). Well it didn't take long to blow up at all - not saying I'd have managed it, mind you - I'd say a couple of seconds. As the box says 'suitable from birth' I took this as literal (though I couldn't really see how it could be suitable at the time) but then figured out that it's better to be a little less inflated for newborns. Mostly my son was fast asleep whenever he went into this as a newborn so he didn't interact with the things on the side (I'll talk about this later on.) So slightly deflated for newborns is the way to go - fully inflated will just have them slumped!
By about 4 months we could inflate the baby nest a bit more and our son was sitting up unaided so he could enjoy it a bit more. He used to play with toys in the nest and didn't really start to interact with the toys round the side - a duck that squeaks, a few animals that rustle, barn doors that open etc - until he got a bit older. The downside is that by about 9 months he was shuffling off to the sides in this nest and one time (when we were both in the room, I should add) he fell out of it, banging his head. Definitely NOT what you want to happen.
Across the sides and on the outer material is a lovely, cheerful and bright cartoon farm scene featuring a sheep, horse, cow, pig pen, farmers wife (well I assume she's the farmers wife) carrying a silver bucket and duck pond. The sheep has a lovely soft coat that babies can touch, the pig pen door opens to reveal a pig under neath, the farmers wife's bucket is shiny and slightly crackly to the touch and the duck in the duck pond makes a squeak noise. The material is a soft cotton that can be easily washed - I've washed it a few times with no colour fade or bobbing issues - and then very easily put back round the rubber ring that it covers.
I've found this item to be a complete luxury - you could survive parenting without it - but it was one of the few bigger items I kept, rather than give away when our son didn't need it, as I think it's 'nice' to have. The cheapest price (apart from second hand on eBay) for this item has been around the £25 mark. Personally I didn't realise it cost so much and this is why I class this as a 'luxury' baby item rather than a 'must have' or a 'this helps me be a more sane parent so the price doesn't matter' item ;).
I was given this with my first child - just the ring part, not the overhead gym bit.
It is a large inflatable rubber ring much like you would use in the pool/sea and a large fabric cover with a fabric base in the middle of the ring creating nest.
It looks great, it is fun and very brightly coloured with lots going on with a farm based theme. It has textures and sounds for your baby too. There is a ducks beak that squeaks when squeezed, a white furry sheep, a noisy crinkly flap with a snail on it, a shiny bucket and another crinkly wing. The inside of the nest is yellow with red flowers.
To put it together you inflate the ring every so slightly (I did this by mouth as we don't have a pump), then unzip the side of the fabric ring and pop it inside, you can then continue to blow it up. Once inflated zip the side back up and its done!
Well I put this up before my son was born as it says suitable from birth and I wanted it all ready in his nursery. Now I am not sure how this is suitable from birth as there is no position I could put him in that was comfortable. Granted he was a long baby but even so he was no-one near going to fit in the actual nest bit. I tried again a couple of months later when I could sit him in it a bit more and propped up with cushions, yet he still fell either to the sides or forward. Again I tried when he was just about able to sit himself but he still fell to the side or kicked his legs so he slipped forward in to an uncomfortable position and got annoyed.
By the time he could sit unaided he was far more mobile. If I put him in it within a few minutes he was hanging over the sides and falling out, or he would push back with his legs and back flip out of it. I put it away in the loft.
This week I got it out again for our 16 week old daughter. She did the same; I propped her up and she just kicked so she slipped down in to a slumped position. I think she might sit in it better in a couple of months when she is learning to sit unaided as my son couldn't ever sit still so fell, but our daughter seems more calm and not as wriggly.
So I will leave it blown up for a few more months before giving up on it completely. It just doesn't work for us. It either needs to be smaller inside so it is more snug and supports the baby better, or bigger so a baby can lie in the middle so it can be used from birth.
It is made from good quality material, it is thick and hard wearing and seems very durable. It looks fun and although it is big it is flat and light so if you want to keep it inflated but out of the way it is easily propped up somewhere. The rubber ring is quite thick too and having had my now 2 year old jump on it repeatedly it appears to be hard to pop!
I think the nest alone without the gym retail for around £20-£25 which is an awful lot for a rubber ring. I am glad I never bought it myself. They don't really have a long life span so I would imagine any second hand would be in very good condition.
My 2 year old now finds it great fun to jump in and out of, to sit in and put his toys in, so at least it is getting plenty of use now even if it is not intended for children his age.
"What is a baby nest?" I hear you ask ...
Imagine an inflatable ring, similar to one you might give a small child in a swimming pool, put it inside a colourful fabric sleeve and put a "floor" in the hole.
Voila! - One baby nest.
But what do you do with it?
Put your baby in it of course.
Basically the ring encourages your bundle of joy (or any other names you decide to call your child) to sit up.
At first, looking at your child in the nest you might decide that they look a little uncomfortable, but soon they get the idea that with all the support that the nest provides that they can sit up by themselves (see later on for smaller babies), with hands free to play with any toys they happen to have in there with them.
The particular nest my daughter has, is very brightly coloured so as to be visually stimulating, and had various different textures around its rim for her to feel. Also some areas have crinkly material and squeakers inside to provide auditory stimulation.
I would say the main advantage of this nest is that you child can sit upright and get a good look around their environment "the right way up" rather than seeing everything from lying on the floor or pointing one direction strapped into a chair. Once they get the hang of sitting up in the nest they can quite easily turn around to face any direction.
There are no restraints to confine your child so once your child can crawl or maybe some advanced rolling they may be able to clamber over the rim of the nest, and on to further trouble, so it not really somewhere where you can leave your child unsupervised for any length of time.
A smaller/newborn baby could quite easily snuggle up in the floor of the nest and fall asleep so is probably quite a good place for an impromptu nap, although I can't say this as a certainty having only got the nest when Erin was 6 months old. However as the nest is in Galts "First Years" range and is described as being from 0 months onwards, I feel quite safe in saying this.
The ring is quite easliy assembled, by inserting the ring into the cover and then inflating it, unless of course like my wife and her mother you inflate the ring first! To dissasemble and transport you can then just deflate the ring. The cover is also washable, which does mean that any baby "spillages" of any description can be cleaned up easily and as an extra bonus does not goes over the carpet/sofa/cushions.
These nests seem to retail for around £25-£30 which I think is a very good price considering the amount of time Erin spends in hers!
They can be ordered direct from Galt at www.galt.co.uk or can be purchased from most baby product selling stores (if not you will be able to find a similar product).
More expensive versions of this also have flexible arches over the top of the nest, in a similar manner to some playmats, with more toys to play with dangling form them, for this you can be expected to shell out around £40.
If you are looking to get one cheap, at the time of writing this there were a few for sale on eBay , I would just make sure you wash the cover well first. Or possibly you might be able to pick one up even cheaper at a car boot sale like my parents did!
Overall, I would highly recommend this, almost to the point of saying no baby should be without one!
I bought this play nest when my daughter was around 3 months old. She was born 3 months early so she wasn't actually able to move in the play nest but I wanted somewhere for her to sleep for naps as she refused to go in her crib/swing/bounce, you get the picture lol. I bought mine second hand on ebay for around £15. I've seen it new for £40ish which I think is excessive.
I found the Galt nest very easy to assemble. It has a blow up ring which you insert into the material then blow it up, I first tried to blow the ring up then put the material on. Obviously this didn't work! There is also 12 tubes which connect to make a canopy which rainforest animals hang from. I set this up but took it back down again as it made the ring difficult to move due to the tubes collapsing. As I didn't need them up then it worked for me to take them off but if you've bought it specifically for the hanging animals this could be a big negative if you ever want to move it. The galt play nest is completely machine washable, which is a massive plus point in my opinion. I don't know if it's just my baby but she seems to attract grubbiness like a magnet.
If using for a newborn then you only inflate the ring halfway so they sort of sink in to it. If it's inflated anymore than that then they have a tendency to bounce off it, which obviously is not good for the baby. My baby always seemed very comfortable in here and it worked for what we wanted it for. It's supposed to last up to 9 months but my daughter stopped using it at around 6 because she was throwing herself over the sides in an attempt to get out. I personally don't think the 9 month recommendation is suitable as it could be quite dangerous.
All in all I was happy with this nest, I would not pay full price for it however as it only really worked for her naps. She never really got to play in it as I felt it was dangerous. Which is probably me being a paranoid first time mummy but I don't like the idea of my daughter dive bombing into the floor no matter how small the height is. 4 stars from me!
I bought this for my baby daughter when she was around four months old - so just learning to sit up herself and holding her
own weight. When I took it out of the box to build it I actually found it quite complicated to put together, blowing up the tyre is easy but the "rainbow" that goes over the nest would not go together! Each one is two plastic tubes that are meant to slot in to each other and bend over but no matter how hard I tried they would just fall apart and not stay together! Very frustrating! It took about an hour of fiddling about with them to realise that it wasn't going to open and I gave up. I kept the ring out and the rest got stashed away in the loft. The ring itself is very good, very comfortable for baby to sit in as it is all padded. It is also very good for a baby that isn't able to sit fully upright by itself, it kind of gives them a whole new dimension when they are sitting there themselves! The colours are very bright on it and it has lots of different textures like the furry sheep, the squeaking duck and shiny butterfly, plenty to keep them entertained. All in all a good buy I would say for a six month old but the bits that go over the top of it are useless!
My best friend gave me this playnest, after her son who is a couple of years older than my son. I have to say although I was grateful, at first I was slightly overwhelmed by the size of this item. It did seem to take up quite a large amount of room in my living room area. However, In time it proved to be a valuable source of entertainment for my baby son. And offered me great assistance in keeping my son comforted and amused.
Basically this gym is a large inflated rubber ring, which is covered in a variety of durable, colourful fabrics. There are a variety of designs covering the surface of this ring. I love the fact that placed within the design is a variety of different textured materials, which my baby loved to feel. One such example was the texture of the sheep (which is one of the designs on the ring) the coat of the sheep is very soft and allowed my son to develop his senses by running his hand over this area.
I also loved the bright and vibrant colours which were used in the design of this ring. Plenty to keep baby amused for ages. But the best bit is the small mirror which is attached to the arch that hangs over the nest. My son would lie in the ring and stare up at his reflection for ages. This would never fail to send him off to sleep which was a bonus!!
I always felt that my son was secure when in the nest. He always appeared comfortable and contented. Also the soft yet sturdy ring was great for supporting his head when he was lying down. He adored reaching up to touch the soft and textured items such as the butterfly and sun which are attached to the arch.
One great thing regarding this nest, is the fact that it can be used by both boys and girls. It's design and colours allows itself to be used by both sexes. Also as baby grows, they will be able to become much more engaged with the various textures and colours this toy has to offer. I really do believe that this toy allowed my son to develop many of his fine and large motor skills.
This nest is not very good for transportation. It can be put in the car but there won't be much room for much else. It is also quite heavy to carry around. So if you are looking for a baby gym that can be moved around from home to granma's then maybe this is not for you. Also it is made from material and so can't be wiped easily with a damp cloth as you can with plastic.
In fairness, this playnest gym certainly served it's purpose with my son. Also my friend who gave this gym to me praised it's usefulness. It is a brilliant and quirky piece of equipment that will keep baby entertained. However, it does have a few pitfalls, which I have mentioned considering it's size and difficulty to keep clean.
I do't know if I would suggest to anyone to buy this gym. Yes it does help pasify baby. But I do think that the £40 retail price is very expensive for this toy. I would certainly suggest shopping around for ideas before settling on this gym.
I was given the Galt Baby Nest by a friend from work as her children had outgrown it and was absolutely delighted as i had been advised by my health visitor to buy one of these (and having seen the price of them it made it even better being given to me for free!) My daughter was about four months old or so when we received this and the timing was great as she was at the stage of enjoying sitting up more than being in her bouncing chair and being a bit more laid down than sitting up.
What is the baby nest?? It is a big rubber ring basically! The baby can sit up against the side, lie down and play in the middle and when they are older climb all over (if they are anything like my daughter!) The baby nest provides a soft safe playing area for baby which of course gives us mums peace of mind!
The nest needs to be inflated, and to be honest it wasn't that difficult to do myself but a pump would make it even easier to blow up. Once inflated a baby gym can be attached which has various toys attached to it and all are brightly coloured and patterned. The baby can also just play in the nest without the gym attached and my daughter preferred it without the gym and just loved sitting in it with one or two toys! The ring is covered in brightly coloured pictures of farm animals which is instantly attractive for baby! Also the animals have different textures, the duck's beak is a squeaker, the sheep is fluffy etc - this is great for baby to get a feel of different things and is also good is you aren't using the gym as baby still gets plenty of enjoyment.
I cannot recommend this strongly enough, your baby can sit in this as soon as they are strong enough to hold their head steady and the ring is totally supportive for them. The textures and colours on the ring are brilliant for babies and it develops their sensory development which i think is really important! The cover of the ring is washable, as are the toys on the gym, and it easily deflates so you can take it on your travels too which is a great thing!
The baby nest retails at around £35 which is expensive but i think its a really good thing to have for your baby and i'm sure they will love it!
I got this for my Daughter when she was about 4 months.She was desperate to sit up and see what was going on in the world so this seemed like the perfect solution. It is basically a large rubber ring that a child can sit or lie in and provide a safe area for them to play.
It can be used from newborn if the ring partially deflated and then fully inflate the ring for when the child can sit up and it can then be used till around 3 years. Personally i only used it until my daughter was around 7 months at the most as she was soon up and crawling. After this she just didn't seem interested in it after all ready exploring the ring many times over.
The play nest has many features designed to stimulate all the senses. It has a bright barnyard theme cover around the rubber ring itself to draw the child attention. In the form of , a duck, a scarecrow's tie, a sheep, and a bee it has a squeaker, the rustly thing to please the child through hearing and a fluffy and bobbly part to stimulate the childs touch sense. Although these features may not be used when a young child is first put in the ring they will soon explore and find these features.
I believe it retails at anywhere between £25 - £35 pound which to me is allot of money for something used for such a little time. Saying that for the small time period i used it i did get allot of use out of it. I would put little one in there while i had a tidy up on a daily basis and it would keep her entertained. I did find it a little large but it only gets used for small periods at a time so didn't find it a problem.
I would defiantly recommend this not as a toy but for a safe haven for a child to sit and be entertained.
We bought our Galt Baby Playnest for our daughter second hand from our friends, once their daughter had finished with it. This nest had also served their four year old son. The nest was in fabulous condition, as it is made of strong hard wearing fabric and is machine washable.
The 'nest' is a plastic ring, which is blown up and then put into the bright and colourful cotton cover. This is then zipped up. The cover has a farm yard theme to it. There is a pig, a farmer on his tractor and a cow to name but a few. There are also different coloured and textured fabrics on the nest to interest baby. The sheep for example has a fluffy fabric as its coat, the scarecrow has a blue, crinkly silky tie, the duck has a squeaky beak.
The inside of the next is yellow with blue spots, and there is also quite a bit of black and white on the cover too. Babies like to look at these high contrasts.
The nest can be used alone to help baby sit up, it can be filled with toys and baby is safe in here as they wont fall and bang their head. My little girl has never gotten out of the nest and is nearly crawling (6 months old) however once she is fully crawling I think she will manage it!
The nest also has a playgym to attach. The gym is four poles attached by pushing the ends through elastic holders on the nest. These are also very brightly coloured and have objects hanging from them. These objects are also animal themed. There is a lion, a butterfly, a bird and a beetle. As well as a singing sunshine.
This item is quite large but can be let down for easy storage, however this would mean having to blow it up everytime you want to use it. The cover is easy to remove and clean, essential for baby toys! I would recommend this item as it is fun, bright and safe for baby. It gives them the independence they want when they are learning to sit up alone, and dont want Mum or Dad supporting them.
I was lucky enough to be given a Galt Baby nest for my daughter when she was 10 weeks old. It had already been used by my niece and nephew, so was about 3 years old, but was in good condition - it basically looked new.
The nest consists of a giant blow-up rubber ring, which is concealed inside a fabric cover. It kind of looks like an enormous ring doughnut. The fabric cover is made of a bright and colourful cotton with a farmyard theme. It has different textures and some flaps to lift.
Size wise, it is absolutely enormous. Approximately 4 foot in diameter and around 3 foot high with the arch attached.
There are 4 equally spaced loops around the outer edge of the ring, through which you feed the archway which goes over the top of the nest. The archway is made up of several plastic rods which slot together before feeding through material covers. The material has several holes in it so that toys can be hung from the archway. The nest comes with 4 toys - a bird, a ladybird, a sun and a butterfly. Each has a plastic loop attachment so they can be attached to the archway.
There is also a plastic mirror with which attaches to the centre of the archway.
The toys all have a sensory activity. The sun has a button, which when pressed plays the tune "You are my sunshine". The butterfly is crinkly, the bird has a bell in it and the ladybird has a rattling sound.
We added further toys to our archways to make the nest a bit more exciting.
The middle area of the nest is quite deep so that your baby can sit in it comfortably from around the age of 6 months, or earlier if you pad them in with cushions.
We actually used the nest with our babies from around the age of 6 weeks. We would stuff cushions in the middle of the ring to make it flat and them lie them across it. They loved just looking at the dangling objects and their own reflections in the central mirror.
Once your child gets mobile they will be able to push themselve out of the ring and you have to be careful that they don't hurt themselves as they drop down over the edge.
After being used by our 3rd child (so 5 children in total) the seal on the rubber ring broke on our nest, so it kept deflating, but by this time it had been used extensively.
At nearly £40 I think this nest is expensive - but then I think £40 is too much to pay for any baby toy! However, they can easily be re-sold or passed on, so you should get your money's worth.
It's a fun and stimulating toy for young babies, as long as you have plenty of space.
When my daughter was newborn (she's now six) I really struggled to make ends meet, and spare cash for toys and activities was rare . I compensated by going to the local flea market and buying many items secondhand. I was overjoyed when I picked up a Galt Baby Nest for £3, considering they normally cost £23.99.
The first thing I did when I got home was strip off the colourful outer cover and stick it in the washing machine - luckily, this was as simple as unzipping it, and reading the handy label with washing instructions that was included. It's a small thing to pick up on, but I loved that this came with washing instructions. Then, while the cover was washing, I wiped down the plastic inner tube thing.
I should specify that when I purchased mine, the inner ring was already inflated, so I didn't have to do this myself initially. However, having travelled with it, I have deflated and reinflated the ring, with no problems at all. It's the same as any inflatable really - it takes a lot of puff,but the job eventually gets done.
Once it was washed, dried, and reassembled, I popped my daughter in . Now, this is apparently suitable from birth upwards, but my daughter was a fair few months old and already capable of supporting her own head when she started using this. She loved it, the soft donut shape of the nest gave her back support so she could sit up easily and comfortably, and left enough room for her to be able to kick her feet about or even to take toys in with her .
Not that she needed the toys, with enough going on in the nest itself to keep her entertained. Not only is the nest colourful and attractive, decorated with animals and farmyeard scenes, but there are various activities . The duck, for instance, has a squeaker in it's beak that provided hours of amusement, and the sheep has a lovely fleecy coat just made for stroking . There are bits that crinkle, bits that shine, wooly bits, silky bits, and all manner of fun things that my daughter enjoyed exploring .
I found this nest brilliant, especially when my daughter was really small and could not get out . I could, for example, put the nest on the floor of my bathroom and have a bath whilst watching my daughter and knowing she was safe. Or, if I needed to go and prepare a bottle, I knew she was 'trapped' in the nest and wouldn't be causing mayhem whilst my back was turned .
I loved this . I gave my nest to a friend when my daughter outgrew it, and she in turn passed it onto another friend . Because it's so easy to clean, with the covers being removable and washable, passing this on is easy, and now, almost 7 years since I first purchased it (when it was already second hand) it is still going strong, still bright and colourful, with not a rip on it.
If and when I have another child, this nest will be top of my want list . Its a fantastic product - as proven by the fact that years down the line it's still selling well in it's original design . For me, this was a luxury the first time round, but next time ? It's on my list as an essential!
I do have one tiny criticism - the bottom of this nest is padded very thinly, so if you are placing this on a hard surface, you may want to place a towel or rug underneath to keep it comfortable . This is only a tiny niggle though, and overall, this nest gets 5*
We bought the playnest for our daughter when she was a baby and probably started putting her in it as of 4 months. She was a little overwhelmed to start with but soon absolutely loved it. It is soft, bright and colourful and there is a mirror which can be twisted at the very top so that it shows the sun on one side and a mirror on the other. She also had a butterfly attachment full of crinkly material which she loved to bash as she got bigger! From memory there was also a duck with a squeaky beak on the outside of the nest and a sheep with touchy feely wool like material on it's tummy. So definitely lots to look at and play with at that age and it is a very handy enclosure to put your baby in while you are trying to get the housework done!
I bought one of these for my daughter. It was great fun and she loved being in it with all the activites around her. However, until she was able to sit on her own she would slide down the side and look uncomfortable. She often fell asleep in the circle though and it cacooned her perfectly, so I would just put a blanket over her rather than move her. With it having different loops I was able to add different toys to the arch in order to provide her with variety and change of scenery. My daughter especially loved the mirror as she found it fascinating that she could see herself in it. It has a padded base in the inner part of the ring which means that your child will be comfy.
I have now deflated the ring and folded it all away into the box so I can get it out again for the next baby. I would highly recommend this to keep your child amused and safe in the ring.