Product Type: Galt baby products
Newest Review: ... unaided while sitting unaided for short periods. This was just before she turned 5 months so very early compared to many of our baby frie... more
Baby CrazyEgg is ready to fly the nest
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Advantages: Provides stimulus and support until baby can crawl out.
Disadvantages: Connectors for the gym attachment can come loose and need frequent adjusting.
It is at this point that you put it inside the fabric cover. Like so. [Shove, shove, shove.] If you fully inflate it, you can't get it in."
"Ah." I replied, before settling back with my cup of tea and packet of chocolate digestives to observe the next proceedings.
As it happens, there was not that much more to see as the setting up of the nest and play gym is very easy. After a bit more huffing and puffing the ring was fully inflated, encased within a brightly covered fabric cover that featured various farmyard scenes: a sheep with a furry body...
(Do you mean woolly, CrazyEgg?
Would that it were, Reader, would that it were! No, I am afraid I mean furry. No elasticity, no clustering, no folds or ridges: it is not wool.)
...A duck that squeaks...
(Do you mean 'Quacks', CrazyEgg?
If only! No, I'm afraid it most definitely is a squeak.)
...A horse hidden behind a fabric gate that goes "Kerrrrunch!"; a scarecrow with a silky, rattley tie; a tractor on a bumpy rubbery road; a bee with shiny wings; a cow chewing hay and a pig looking pleased with himself.
Once the nest was inflated, our neighbour took eight plastic rods from his bag, slotted pairs of them together via one-way plastic connectors so that there were four rods, slid them into tubular fabric covers, designed as rainbows, and then fitted the four top ends into a four way connector. The other ends of the rods slotted into elastic holders positioned around the nest.
Finally onto these rainbows he hung an assortment of jangly soft toys: sun, moon mirror, ladybird and chime bird. Then he presented me with an instruction booklet. And then he went home. And here we are eight months later, and although the gym has now been detached, the nest is still in daily use. In fact as I type, Baby CrazyEgg is asleep in it, propped up with a cushion, head and feet supported on opposite sides of the nest. Elmo is doing likewise.
What is its function?
As with all good baby toys, the nest adapts to the changing needs and demands of your Baby. Galt have really thought this one through and the instruction booklet makes this very clear. As well as assembly instructions and safety information they have included a 'Play Development Guide' that takes you through how the nest can be used: Phase One is Birth to three months; Phase Two is Four to Eight months and Phase Three is Eight months upwards.
To illustrate: during phase one Baby will be encouraged by the gym to look upwards and turn their heads from side to side to see the toys that can be placed close to them. The toys can be repositioned to maintain baby's interest and Galt provide two spare links so that other toys can be attached- very different to some other gyms that state only the toys provided should be used.
We received the nest when Baby CrazyEgg was at phase two- able to control her head and sit with some support. The nest and some additional cushions provided this. The soft toys were positioned further away and she could reach up to bat and grab them. A word of caution here: we found that the gym often partially collapsed. The connectors would release their grip on the rods at various places, and cause the gym to lose its dome-shape. No harm was done since the rods are fully encased in their fabric supports, but Baby CrazyEgg did kick up a fuss when the chime bird invaded her personal space with his big beady eye staring at her, unblinkingly.
Phase three, our current phase, demands that the gym attachments be removed. Baby CrazyEgg can sit unaided and is very steady, but very occasionally overbalances. In the nest she can overbalance in any direction and no harm is done! She has also been known to shuffle down so that her head and bottom are wedged in the centre and her legs are waving madly above her as she emits cries of protest. I think her efforts to right herself may have helped her progress in that she can now push herself up to sitting from a 45 degree angle, but obviously this is one reason why Babies should be supervised whilst in the nest.
It is perhaps worth noting here that unlike some other models of nest, this one has an integrated, padded mat that covers the floor where the hole in the ring is. This means Baby cannot get wedged between the nest and the floor, the nest being over her face, no names mentioned (new-fangled Mothercare cat nest chair thing).
Baby CrazyEgg is now much more interested in the farm scenes shown. She also likes to sit outside the nest and put things in it. This is good by way of household tidiness, but bad in the sense that a bit of plastic broccoli is uncomfortable to sit on when Mummy neglects to remove it. So Baby CrazyEgg says anyway.
The Galt instructions say that the nest can also be used for imaginative play with the nest becoming a boat or a flying saucer. This will come later. Although Baby CrazyEgg is currently asleep in the nest in the last 24 hours I have witnessed the beginning of the end for its daily usage. Yesterday, following the 'brocolli up the bottom incident' the offending vegetable was cast out of the nest. Then Baby CrazyEgg decided she wanted it back. She began reaching, and then fell forward, and then- and this was new- got her legs repositioned and pushed. Supported by the nest she was able to reach a bit further, and a bit further, and then she sort of slid halfway out before being scooped up and rescued.
So, if your Baby is on the fast track to crawling you probably won't get such long term usage as we have had. They will just climb out.
The fabric is fully washable. Despite three previous owners and many journeys through the washing machine, the colours on the nest remain uber-bright.
The inflatable part can be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes if necessary.
This retails as a play nest and gym for around £40, or the nest alone for around £25. Having seen how useful it has been I would not have begrudged paying this amount.
A really well thought out, long lasting quality product.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: A brilliant product. Top notch.