Product Type: Learning Curve baby products
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Member Name: Ninski1
Learning Curve Lamaze Spin & Explore Garden Gym
Advantages: Great features on the play mat
The Lamaze Spin and Learn Ladybird was given to me by a friend who had used it with her baby for a while, but they did not get on with it, so we thought maybe it was just her baby and that maybe my son would like it, this was not to be the case. The toy is suitable from birth up to when they can sit up.
The toy, as with all Lamaze products looks great it is brightly coloured and has lots of features and things to encourage play. The toy comes with a flower shaped mat and a plastic and rotating platform. The idea is that you put the mat on the floor with the platform in the middle, you then lie your baby, once they can hold their head up, on their tummy on the platform, and they use their arms and legs to move round exploring the different parts of the mat. The rotating platform is in the shape of a ladybird, is padded and sits about 15cms of the ground, it is sturdy and spins smoothly round.
Now the mat is great, it has a different features on each petal, which include a bumble bee with a rattle inside, a leaf which you can lift up to reveal a worm, a butterfly with wings that you can flap, a nest with birds inside, one of the birds has a squeaker inside and can be put into the nest and a rabbit next to a flower which has a mirror inside it (this can be removed). Round the edges of each petal is a ribbon, which allows you to attach other toys to the mat to enhancing the playing experience.
I started using the toy when my son was around 2.5 months and he loved playing on the mat, exploring all its features, however, he never really got on with the rotating platform. I would put him on and he would spin around a little bit but then get uncomfortable and a little bit upset and I would take him off, I tried a few more times as he got a bit older but to no avail, so I abandoned the rotating platform and he would happily play on the mat. The mat was used most days for a good few months, so it was good in that respect, the rotating platform was rendered useless very quickly.
Overall, I am not sure whether or not to recommend this toy to others as in my experience and that of my friend, it was not suitable for our children, so was really a waste of money as we could of just bought a normal play mat without the rotating platform, however, your baby may love spinning around on it.
One thing I would say is that it is not suitable from birth, as it says on the box, your baby needs to be able to hold its head up if using the rotating platform, however, the mat can be used from birth, so a bit of common sense is needed really.
Overall I give this product 2 stars, as the mat was great, the platform was useless and at full price, £32.99, it is quite expensive.
Summary: Great looking toy that my child did not get on with