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      18.09.2013 14:03

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      Good but not worth full price

      I fell in love with the look and feel of this mat and play gym and we decided to go ahead and buy it. It wasn't particularly cheap but coming from the Mamas & Papas brand and having so many great looking elements to it, we thought it would be worth the money.

      Pros
      - The mat is really comfy and soft for babies to lie on. It is pretty well cushioned and feels really cosy.
      - There are lots of toys (some of which are detachable) and features to keep little ones entertained.
      - The arches that hold the hanging toys come off easily if you want to use the mat for a quick nap rather than a play session.
      - The mat is a nice size with plenty of room for baby to move around but not so huge it takes up your whole living room.

      Cons
      - Some of the sound buttons are difficult for adults to press, never mind babies.
      - It is difficult to keep clean as crumbs and dust gather in the nooks and crannies and the material isn't really wipeable. The instructions say sponge clean only, which isn't ideal when you have a sickly baby or a blowout nappy!

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      27.08.2010 09:02
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      Brilliant purchase for baby if you can get it second hand

      As with most of our baby's toys, we got this Lotty Ladybird from eBay; and seeing the full retail price of £65, I'm glad we did!

      Lotty is lovely bright playmat that is suitable for babies from birth. The body of the ladybird forms the part of the mat where the child lies. It is soft and padded with different textured spots on. Each of the six legs is also well padded and has a different sound effect- either squeakers, bells or crinkle noises. Lotty's hat has a bell in it, and her antennae play a tinny nursery rhyme or jingle.

      There are two fabric-covered large green poles which attach easily into little pockets around Lotty's body and form two arcs from which to hang toys. There are five toys that come with Lotty, though I have found it fun to attach a variety of different toys to keep my daughter interested. All the toys that are included are in keeping with the 'brightly coloured minibeasts' theme. They all seem to entice my four month old daughter, and their dangly legs and arms are easy for her to hold on to, and she is rewarded by a crunchy, jingly or rattley sound if she is successful in grabbing one! The middle toy is a flower with a mirror in the middle and crinkley petals. This one is attached by a plastic coil so it easy to pull around, whereas all the other toys are on fabric which doesn't stretch.

      My daughter has enjoyed play time on Lotty since about two weeks old. It has been wonderful to see how she experiences Lotty in new ways as she gets older.

      We have tried out other play gyms at friend's houses, and Lotty remains a firm favourite for both me and my daughter. In a nutshell, her strengths are:
      + brightly coloured
      + robust
      + soft, plush fabric
      + easy to hold toys
      + motivating to reach toys
      + huge variety of noises, textures and ways of playing that grows as your child does

      The negative points that I can think of are:
      - expensive if bought new
      - hard to move around the house without taking it apart
      - velvety fabric not easy to clean
      - I can't work out what all of the insect toys are meant to be and so I don't think this particularly aids vocabulary development. However, there are so many other opportunities to use language while talking to your child about what they are doing and seeing on Lotty, I don't think this is a major problem, just a minor frustration for me!

      All in all, an excellent play gym and I would definitely recommend this product.

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      12.06.2010 18:30
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      Recommended.

      The market is inundated with nursery toys for young babies and so its hard to decide with items stand out from the rest of the market in terms of originality, quality and functionality. However, a friend bought my baby the Mamas and Papas Lotty Ladybird Playmat and Gym and I have to say we probably used it daily when he was between the ages of 1 month and a 9 months when he started crawling all over the place and wouldn't lie still enough to appreciate the mat!

      The playmat takes the form of a ladybird lying on her stomach with a very big friendly smiley face. The ladybird has 6 legs in various colours, wears a nice orange hat, and has different coloured spots on her back. It is very brightly coloured in red, yellow, blue, green and orange and is very appealing. The colours are quite contrasted against each other because of their vibrancy, so even very young children should be able to detect the difference in colours. Above the mat is a green cross-over bar which has five dangly toys hanging from it (flower, ladybird, bee, caterpillar and a bird).

      The mat is a decent size and is somewhat padded so it seems very comfortable for the baby to lie on. The material is soft and felt-like and does not seem to cause any irritation even to my baby's sensitive skin. My baby has fallen asleep on here several times and has then awoken and carried on playing with the toys above.

      The mat has different noises, textures and functions to keep a young child amused. The attennae squeak and play a tune, the feet has different make different textural noises (crunches, crinkles, tingles etc) and the hat as a mirror incorporated into it. My son did spend some time playing with these features, but mostly he concentrated on reaching for the toys overhead.

      Supposedly it isn't machine washable (but is hand washable) but I have stuck it in the washing machine on a low heat and its come out none the worst for wear. I think its so important that baby toys are washable whenever possible because it is impossible to keep them free from milk and baby spit! I have wiped the mat down as well as it seems to sponge off most things very well.

      Like I said, I didn't buy this product myself, but from what I can see, its not cheap! I saw it recently on Amazon for £59.99.

      I would recommend this product as it is bright and cheerful and comfortable for babies. It also looks good and so you don't really mind it hanging around the lounge!

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      07.05.2010 12:08
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      A lovely, comfortable place for little babies to play

      The Lotty Ladybird play-mat and gym from Mamas and Papas was one of the gifts that we received when our first baby arrived three and a half years ago. He used to love playing on it and we have recently got it out again for our new arrival, a little girl who is now nearly three months old. As I type, she is lying on the mat batting away happily at the toys and trying to see her own reflection in the mirror above her head.

      The mat itself is designed to look like a big ladybird. It has a bright red circular central section with multi-coloured spots with varying textures. Around this red body are six padded feet - four of these feet make a scrunchy, crinkly sound when you squeeze them and the other two contain little bells to make a noise. Lotty's head is big and yellow and she wears an orange hat which lifts up to reveal a mirror. She also has stripey antennae, one of which squeaks and the other one plays a short melody. The mat itself is made from a lovely soft velvety fabric and is very well padded, making it a comfortable place for your baby to lie down and play. In fact, it is so comfortable that both my babies have frequently fallen asleep in it!

      Above the mat, there are green arches which cross over in the centre - hanging from these are a range of other characters. The central one is a flower with a mirror at the centre and scrunchy petals in the same colours / textures as the spots on the play-mat. The other hanging toys are various characters from the Mamas and Papas range. Stanley the Snail contains a small rattle, Bethany the Butterfly has scrunchy wings, Charlie the Caterpillar is on top of a circular rattle filled with brightly-coloured beads and the mini version of Lotty Ladybird has a small mirror at its base and a bell inside. All the toys are attached with Velcro straps and can be removed for additional playability if desired.

      I would suggest that it is suitable for babies from birth as somewhere to lie down, but my daughter tended to get distressed by it very quickly until she was about six weeks old so I think that having all the toys over her head led to her becoming over-stimulated. For a very young baby, it might be better to remove the arches for a while. My daughter has been attempting to bat the toys for the last few weeks (since she was two months old) and has developed a great fascination with the Charlie the Caterpillar toy which she will spend ages bashing and attempting to grab hold of the rattle. At the moment, all the other toys are slightly out of her reach (the caterpillar is heavier and therefore hangs lower down than the others), although she will occasionally manage to kick the ones near her feet - I think this is more accidental than deliberate at the moment but my son was definitely kicking them with intent by the time he was about three months old. She also enjoys looking in the mirror and the sounds it makes when I scrunch the petals.

      It is also a good toy for interacting with your baby as there are different shapes, sounds and textures for you to explore together. As babies grow and become more mobile, it is easier for them to explore those for themselves but with younger babies you definitely need to show them what everything does and make it a more rewarding toy for both of you. We stopped using it with my son once he was about six months old and managing to escape from the mat by scooting backwards at every opportunity, although in typical three year old style, he's now decided it is 'his' mat and 'he' wants to play with it so he often joins his baby sister underneath the arches.

      The price of this mat is currently £75.00, making it one of the more expensive baby gyms on the market. For us, I think it has been worth it as we received it as a gift and are now using it for the second time and it is still in great condition, but if you're on a budget it's probably not worth the money.

      Overall, I love this play-mat and gym and would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a soft, comfortable, brightly-coloured place for your baby to play. The colours and textures are instantly appealing, the little toys are fun and have enough different elements to hold the baby's interest for a while and it is comfortable enough for them to fall asleep in! The only reservation I would have is that the toys are a bit high for smaller babies to reach, but by the time they have the coordination to really attempt to bat them, they can usually get at least one of them - you just need to make sure they are in the best position to do that.

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        10.03.2010 21:16
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        My little boy enjoyed his one

        When planning for our baby I fell in love with pretty much the whole of Mamas and Papas and could have easily spent a fortune, my husband had other ideas and wanted to save money, However Lottie Ladybird was something I was allowed. It cost £75 but I was in love, and it geniuinly was a great buy.

        Lottie Ladybird is great quality as you would expect and has quite a few features from a soft gym, the basic mat is made up of 8 sections each section having a spot, the spots can either be pushed to play music or say something or will light up when music is playing. Lotties head has two antlers one is the on switch one is the off switch. if you press the hat it plays a song. There are also 6 legs off of the mat, all again with different features, A mirror, crinkly leaves, a cloud flap over the sun and rain, a rattle, and one squeaks. The base mat is really padded and so comfortable for babies, my little one often fell asleep on his. you then get 2 bars to put on as arches over the mat, on the arches there are 4 animals, stanley the snail, bethany the butterfly, Charlie the caterpillar and a small Lottie Ladybird, then in the middle is a big flower hanging down with a mirror.

        Overall this mat has lots to keep your baby entertained and if very comfortable for them to lay on.

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          22.01.2010 22:42
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          Great playgym which wont fall apart

          We got this as one of two play gyms for our son when he was born. Now being jst over 6 months old, I ca say that this has been packed away in the loft for the past 2 months!

          This play gym is a very good quality design, as you would expect form the Mamas and Papas brand, and the Lotty ladybird gym comes in a whole range of other matching products too, so you can get things like the bouncer to etc.

          The play gym is in the design of a big red ladybird, with two inter-lokcing beams above it, where the soft toys hang off. We have Stanley the Snail, Bethany the Butterfly, Lotty the ladybird, and Charlie the caterapilar. These all detatch from the arch, so the baby can play with them. They also make great nosies too, which is great for learning babies.

          The thing I like about his product the most is that its not overcomplicated by having too many features, but the features it does have are quality. Take the music it plays too. You turn the play gym on by pressing one of the ladybirds ears, and then you can it sections of the playmat and different songs or sayings will play. There are also flashing lights which are interesting.

          Another main bonus of this is that the pplaymat is well padded. We have wooden floors, so a thin plamat wouldnt be too comfortable for our son. This on the other hand has a really generous lined padded mat, which you can even let your baby fall alsleep on, which theres a good chance it will happen, as I found this really stimulates them.

          Overall, I would say this is a really good product. Yes there are cheaper playgyms around, but for once, I do get the feeling that you are not just paying for the name, but you are actually getting good value and quality for money. The only own downside to this is that as soon as they start moving, they wont stay on it, so it will soon be getting packed away!

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            16.08.2009 04:19

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            One of the nicer ones on the market but not worth the price.

            I bought this with a gift voucher that I was given. It looked so good and comfy and bright I thought it would be great. Escpeailyl given the price and brand I expected it to be great. The ideas are good but I found some of the buttons so hard to press I had trouble and my daughter still cannot push hard enough and she is now 2 and a half. Also one of the squeakers never worked. I never bothered to return it as by the time i realised it didnt actually work I had lost the receipt. The bars than hang above the mat are soft which is good for durability and safety and the detachable toys are good for putting in your bag. The mat is hard to clean as the material attracts all dust and fluff around so it never looks as good as it did new. Its cute and bright though and a lot more cushiony than most mats. It could be improved a bit but it is one of the nicer ones on the market. Not sure its worth the price tag though.

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            14.06.2009 20:43
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            i would recommend this gym

            We were lucky enough to be given this item as a gift - we already had a playgym and wondered if we would find use for another and i have to say i wouldnt be without it!! It is extremely padded which was just so ideal for the newborn stage - i am honest in saying he didnt really interact at that stage but it was a safe warm environment to leave him in while i did the vital clean up after nappy time or when the moses basket had been vomited on - lets be brutally honest here! As my son grew up he loved swinging the toys backwars and forwards hitting them and then came the next stage of grabbing the toys off the easy attach velcro strips. It is greet that the toys are detachable as he has become attatched to the jitter bug one and it now travels with us everywhere! The music sisnt really interest him and to be honest the laughing voice was a bit scary but just dont put that part on if you find that - the on off buttons are very simple to use. The one thing i found was that one of the anteni became detatched and he could have swallowed it - i assume this was a one off stitching error but worth double checking before you let them get to the sucking in the mouth stage!My 8 month now likes sitting up straight in it watching the TV so it really does last all stages of babyhood!

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            19.05.2009 10:43

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            Must more than a basic playmat

            A very verstile item from a trustworthy brand.
            This item is excellent it is very comfy and has lots of textures and noises to explore. i found it great for travelling as it folds in half and the bag it came in is very strong. You can also unbutton the arches if you just want to use the mat.
            The main reason I brought this playmat for my son is because i wanted something that he could use his hands to explore as he is sensory impared,
            he loves it as most of it has a different texture to it, the mirror under the hat is also a nice surprise.
            All the toys apart from the flower are detactable so they can be played with on their own
            The only problem i have come across is that its hard to clean and even when you have clean it the marks still shows in the material as it is very soft.
            I would highly recommended this playmat as it is so verstile.

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            17.05.2009 17:00
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            Pricy but good value

            This brightly coloured playmat has been a permanent feature of our living room for some time now! The playmat has a soft padded surface which is really comfortable on our wooden floors. The mat has various different patterns and textures, and each of the ladybird feet has either crinkly material or a bell inside. One of the ears has a squeaker inside and the other plays a tune when pressed. In the centre hangs a large flower with a mirror underneath, then two hanging ladybirds have smaller mirrors and two hanging caterpillars have a squeaker. The arches are removable and can also be moved out of the way.

            We were given this playmat second hand by some friends when our baby was only a few weeks old. At first we thought that he was far too young for it, but as soon as we placed him on it we could see that he was loving it! A quick shake of the arch makes everything bounce around and you can almost see his brain spinning as he tries to keep up with all the stimulation. Now 4 months old he is still enjoying it, and I can see that it will keep him occupied for a long while yet. He still enjoys lying on it and looking around the room, as well as looking at and reaching for the toys. He isn't a particularly sleepy baby, but I imagine that some babies could easily drop off on it as it's so comfy.

            One disadvantage of the mat is that it is quite bulky, you couldn't take it with you easily if you were visiting friends or relatives. It is also rather heavy and awkward to drag around. Another problem with it is that the hanging animals are quite awkwardly placed. When baby is positioned underneath the mirror under the central flower (his favourite part) now that he is a bit bigger (and he's not a tall baby) his feet quite often reach over the edge of the mat and bang on the floor, you need to make sure that he is lined up with one of the padded feet. Also it's difficult to position him so that he can reach the creatures hanging around the edges as they are quite high up and off centre.

            The mat was given to us having already been used by two babies, and it is still in excellent condition and should last for several more barring messy accidents! It does seem to be rather pricy if bought new, although as it would last for several babies this makes it better value for money. There are also a range of matching items available.

            So in summary, pricy but good value and will keep baby entertained for a long while (although like all these things for babies, only in short bursts!).

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            06.04.2009 09:30
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            Highly recommended!

            My son loves his Lotty Ladybird gym. The playmat is pretty thick compared with a lot so it is good if you do not have particularly thick carpets, as it adds some padding. Our carpet in the lounge is thin and I do not like my son to lie on his back on it for long periods. This playmat solves the problem.

            I think with gyms it really does depend on what your baby likes. Fortunately I have a very chilled out little boy who is happy to entertain himself. He gets a lot out of this gym. However, friends have tried it when they have visited and although their baby has taken an initial interest, if they do not like to lie on their back and play alone, they soon tire of it.

            Personally I think it is a lot of money (about £50 we paid) to risk if your baby does not like play gyms. Try them on a friend's first would be my recommendation.

            However, if you do decide to get one, this really is lovely. It has lots of bright bold primary colours, which babies love. Also, the head has different bits on it that they can play with and chew.

            The downside with all gyms is that they take up a lot of room but they are a very convenient thing to leave out so that your baby can be plonked down somewhere safe and be entertained if you need to get something done.

            The hanging down toys are all pretty similar and not that interesting in my opinion and so we have lots of different things that we attach. It is good that we can do this but it would be nice if you got some choice of hanging down toys for your £50.

            Still 5 stars though, as my son loves it!

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            01.02.2009 22:37
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            Toys are good and removable but there are better playmats to buy

            I bought this for my son from Mama's and Papa's at a price of £50 (2 years ago). It's very colourful and very comfortable. It has 4 toys (caterpillar, butterfly, ladybird and snail) which are attached with velcro and therefore easily removable, one of which has a ring which my son loved. The middle toy had a mirror which is not removable. The legs of the ladybird are padded with different materials , some of which make have a scrunching like material. My son was intrigued by that particular leg. I have to say that It looks better than it is. I now have a 3 month old who loves the colours etc of this but when he puts his arms out to try and grab the toys he can't reach and my other son had the same problem even at 7 months. I feel that the toys are quite high compared to that of the Tiny love playmat. The arches also come off. It's good but not the best and in my opinion rather pricey!

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            05.11.2008 20:27
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            Highly recommended but buy second hand if you can

            I really wanted to buy this playmat for my little girl but at £75 I simply couldn't justify the cost for the length of time she would use it. However, I managed to buy one second hand from an eBay seller and I am so glad that I did - my daughter loves it!

            The mat itself is brightly coloured and features different textures in the feet and music antennae. The play arch is easily attatched to the mat with buttons and features five bright toys with different feature to help development - crinkles, jingly bells and mirrors. These toys can be detatched from the main arch so baby can play with them - my little girl particularly loves the little jangly Lotty Ladybird with a mirror in her tummy, she only has to see it and she starts smiling!

            The mat is also softly padded for baby's comfort and we find this especially good for tummy time, as our daughter is currently in a Pavlik harness, so the padding reassures us that she is comfortable on her tummy.

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            16.10.2008 22:35
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            Have fun at the gym with lotty

            I love Mamas and Papas baby equipment. When I was pregnant I wanted everything for our baby from Mamas and Papas, I had chosen a neutral theme for the Nursery as we did not know the sex of our baby. I went into M&P to look at the baby gyms and was going to buy the Barnaby Bear gym as it was beige and browns and would have matched our Nursery.

            However one of my friends pointed out the Lotty Ladybird, and said the colours would be a lot more appealing to a baby. I thought she was right and so we purchased Lotty. It has proven to be a fantastic purchase.

            The base of the gym is thick padded fabric in the shape of a ladybirds back, on the 6 feet there is a different activity including a pully rattle and a peek a boo mirror, on the ladybirds back there a 6 spots, 3 of these play different tunes including 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' and then there is the big yellow ladybird head which plays a garden party tune.

            The arch of the gym is connected via velcro which can sometimes come lose but it is easy to reattach. There are 4 different toys/rattle on the arches which are excellent as they are removable so baby can play with them when not on the mat.

            My little boy loved this gym, it is a quite expensive compared to other gyms available but it is a lot thicker and more padded than others out there and it plays music. It can be folded to store. The main disadvantage to this gym is due to the electrics it is not washable which I did find a problem if my little one was sick on it.

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            25.09.2008 11:05
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            plush padded play gym

            This is a very nice bright and colurful playgym.It is very soft and very well padded in a nice bright red colour. My baby seems to be very comfortable in it due to the padding however the lush covering is not easy to clean ( a must with a baby)It also comes with la great assortment of toys which can be arranged at various points on the overhead arches. They are all brightly coloured and provide lots of stimulation for your baby and they love to lay and watch them.
            I found this gym really easy to put up although the velcro on the arch was rather difficult to get to stay in postion. Size wise it is quite a bit bigger than some of the other gyms so takes up more space than average. This is ok for home use but it does make the gym difficut to transport.
            It is expensive and buying second hand probably not a good idea due to difficulty in cleaning. However it does look great and is very comfie.

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