“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Play Mats „
My son is now 9 months old and he has spent good quality time playing with this product.My sister brought me this play mat as a present for my son when he was born. He started using it when he was 4 months old as he began reaching out and grasping things.The play mat has two arches which cross over the playmat and 5 toys dangle off from them.There are a mixture of soft toys and rattles that can be removed and inserted in a variety of positions ,this is an added bonus as now my son is rolling over and attempting to crawl,I can now position the toys at the bottom of the arches for him to reach out to.The play mat folds away in half held together by two metal fasteners for easy storage when not in use.The only negative point is that the actual padding in the play mat is very thin so I have to put a blanket under it to make it more comfortable for my son to play on.Would recommend this as it gives me a little time to breath whilst my son is enjoying playing with it.
I think today Im going to get all these baby product reviews out of the way with so I can concentrate on finishing my ever growing list of make-up reviews! Plus Im doing it to keep my mom from moaning that I never take her opinions on board hehe but if I can get 600 points for listening to her then Im all for it! Anyway this product is one that my mom bought about 2 months ago (when Alfie was about 3 months) and she even admits the only reason she bought this was because it was on sale in Mothercare but now I dont know what we would do without it as the only time Alfie is super quiet and having fun is when he is on this mat so its definitely worth any amount of money for moms and dads who just want a few minutes peace and quiet! I dont claim to be an expert on play mats or anything to do with babies for that matter but if your baby loves this as much as Alfie does then it will be money well spent.
This play mat costs around £25 at normal price but as Mothercare are often having sales I reckon you could pick it up for much cheaper than that if you keep your eyes peeled. This play mat is suitable for babies right from birth onwards but I would say they will start to get bored of it as soon as they learn to crawl as then they wont want to stay lying down for too long. The mat itself is quite large but as I helped set it up it really is super easy and just as little effort is required to take it apart to transport of wash it as it is collapsible and can be fastened in place with buttons saving you loads of space and making sure it doesnt spring open when your travelling with it. As this mat is obviously placed on the floor it is inevitably going to get dirty from time to time especially the bottom part and although the material is quite difficult to wipe clean the bottom part which is the big lion shaped part of the mat can be washed in the washing machine - the bars over the top probably wont get much dirt on them but they can be simply wiped clean.
This mat is definitely super colourful. The bottom part which the baby lies on is a big and very padded lions face then you have two soft bars criss crossed over the top with a detachable mirror in the centre which can be removed. You also get 3 toys in the set when you buy this, we personally got a giraffe that squeaks, an elephant that rattles and a monkey (which looks nothing like a monkey!) that has a bell inside it. On the bars there are also another 5 material hooks which means you can swap the position of the toys that come with this mat depending on which position your baby lies in on it or you can add any other toys as long as they have hooks on them. I think having the toys hanging just out of reach on this mat is a really good idea as when it was first bought Alfie wasnt moving to get things or grabbing and now he moves around the mat to try and get the toys to make noise so it is obviously helping develop his skills in those areas. This mat basically has everything a baby wants: bright colours, different noises, different textures, its comfy and the mirror really freaks them out. I read once that if a cat wont sleep in its bed then you put a mirror in there and it will as it thinks it territory is being taken over and I think babies are the same - Alfie keeps looking in the mirror and giving his reflection some right funny looks!
We didnt actually buy this until Alfie was around 3 months so I can comment on whether newborns will like it quite a much but I honestly cant see why the wouldnt and children on all ages are attracted to the bright colours as when my friends one year old comes round she tries to get in it as well! I reckon this is suitable until your baby gets bored with it which will obviously be different ages for everyone but while they are enjoying it they are quiet for hours when lying underneath it so you can take a break. Its easy to put up and take down, brightly coloured, loads of room for toys, different noises, different textures and it keeps them quiet for hours. I dont think anyone needs anything more from a product like this really and Alfie adores it for now so we are all very happy that Mothercare had a sale LOL. Highly recommended.
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Ethan loves it!, It gives me a well deserved break, The gym is actually built over the mat in a cross althogh you can fold them down if you need easy access to your baby, there are five toys on the gym, which are various rattles and cuddly toys, one of them is musical and the tune isnt too iritating!, The best thing about this gym is that you can take the toys on and off as you please, you can also move the position of them depending on whether your baby is lying on his/her back or stomach, and when the baby gets bored of the toys, you can change them for new ones! The mat and gym fold up easily and are secured with buttons. Although this may seem a little expensive I think its well worth it.