“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Play Mats „
WHAT IS IT?
A play mat for babies.
This is a design that I have not seen before for a play mat and I bought it because it was unusual. It is a big red monkey that comes in 2 parts and you can arrange the parts different ways for how old your child is. The rings that are under the monkeys head are inflatable so you have to blow them up and then you can make it into a large ring and sit or lie your baby inside and when your child is bigger you can pile the rings on top of each other to make a back rest for them to lean on while they're sitting down playing with the mat. The mat has got a jungle theme and that goes good with the monkey because they would be found in a jungle.
WHAT I THINK
I like the look of this play mat very much and think that it is different to most of them but we did not use it very much because the design is quite bad and in a way it could be dangerous if you did not watch your baby all the time while they are in it. When my daughter was very small she liked to lie in the ring and try to kick her feet up at the monkeys head but it was too high up, it kept her entertained though and I think the kicking helped her legs to become strong.
When she grew a little bit I made the monkey into the back rest like Dooyoo are showing in their photo and that is when I saw it was not very good. The monkey kept tipping over because is it tall and the rings are not stable when they are on top of each other, when it falls it falls forward also to land on the child and that is very bad because children are so small when they use this that they could be smothered if they did not have the mobility to move out of the way and if their parent did not see that it had happened. I used it only for 2 weeks after she grew too big for the ring because I did not like to see her frightened by the monkey falling on her even though it is not heavy and would not have hurt her.
My daughter liked the colours on the play mat and sometimes she would stroke the different colours and that is how I knew she was starting to be more aware of what is around her. I think it looks nice but the design is not very thoughtful and that is a pity because I think this could have been a lot better than it is.
I paid £20 for my play mat and think that is cheap because it is a big item when it is blown up but not value because it is quite dangerous and I would not choose it for any further children I might have.
1 Dooyoo Star.
I bought this ring before my baby was born as I thought it would be a safe place for her to sit and useful to have somewhere to put her down. It was useful but only for a short time and certainly not in all the ways you are supposed to be able to use it.
It consists of two half rubber rings, with a fabric cover which can be held together by velcro and ties, either in a circle or one on top of another as a support cushion. There is a separate flower shaped padded mat which can go inside the ring and held on with small velcro circles on top of the ring.
The two internal half circular rings have to be blown up. This takes long enough that you would not want to be doing it all the time so once it was up it had to stay up. With a relatively small space there was nowhere I could leave it down on the floor; also with a cat I did not want to leave it down for her to sit in and get dirty. So it had to be put down and picked up after after use, which made it less convenient, having to find it and put it down whilst also holding the baby! I did get a bit fed up with having to move it around out of the way all of the time whenever I wanted to get in the freezer or where ever else it was.
Once down I found it worked as I had hoped for the stage when my baby was unable to sit safely unaided, but didn't always want to be lying flat on a playmat. I could sit her in the ring with some toys and she was happy as she could see around. Once she was at the stage of throwing the toys out it quickly became boring unless someone was available to put them all back in again!
After she had been using it for a month or two, but before she could sit unaided my baby would bend herself backwards out of the ring so that her head was not far from the floor so that I was afraid she would tip herself out. Therefore I did not feel it was safe to leave her in the ring unattended.
The biggest disappointment was that after only a couple of months of use one half of the ring kept losing air so that I would have to blow it up every day. Fortunately this was the bottom half so the half the baby leans against was ok. Presumably this was a small puncture or faulty valve. This got worse until I had to stop using it. By this time we had been given another ring which I used so I never got to use it in the older baby support mode. The product was not mistreated/ jumped on by older children/ pets etc. so I did not feel it had been very durable. I suppose this is a risk with inflatable products but I still would have expected more from a product that is supposed to grow with the child. On reflection, in future I would go for one of the more solid rings which seem much more durable.
We have the cat version of this product. A big jolly-faced orange cat, with a lovely stripey, flower-shaped mat, a rattle, a squeaky mouse and a rattling robin. We bought it because it looked so cute and snug, and was advertised on its packaging as being suitable for newborns as a "cosy inflatable ring", and older babies as a "comfortable cusion support" (sic). On that basis we believed it would be good value for money at £35. But in fact I cannot recommend this product, and must point potential purchasers in the direction of the Galt Playnest which is far superior.
A brief description: An inflatable ring which comes divided into two inflatable pieces. A fabric cover for these, one half of which has the cat's head attached. The cat's head is padded like a cushion. Ties on the fabric covers enable the two halves to be tied together so that a ring is formed, or they can be positioned one on top of the other to form the 'cusion support' for older babies. The flower-shaped mat then attaches with Velcro patches in a choice of positions. The rattle, mouse and robin all stick to the mat as they have Velcro on their bottoms.
It's not just the fact that they have spelled 'cushion' wrong on the front of the box in large letters that makes this a perplexing product.
The main image on the box shows the 'sit me up cosy' in nest mode, with a happy newborn gurgling away, making herself a comfortable ass-groove as she reclines with head slightly raised and supported by the inflatable ring. It is the shallowness of this nest that stands out to me. The picture is misleading! For the nest to be this shallow, a cushion, that's right, cushion, must have been placed under the mat, or nest-lining. Not until you have purchased the product and read the instructions do you learn that "if required [you should] add a cushion underneath the play mat for extra support".
This, in itself, is no big deal, as most nests will require a little padding of this nature. However, the Galt nest is superior here since there is material covering the floor within the centre of the nest. Any cushion required would fit inside. Therefore when Baby is inside, possibly asleep, you can move the nest easily if required. I don't mean by lifting it up, just scooching it across the floor, if for instance Baby is in a draught. You cannot do this with the 'sit me up cosy' as the cushion stays put and Baby slumps further down, waking up with a jolt.
A second image on the front of the box shows the 'sit me up cosy' in one of the 'sit me up' modes for older babies. In this image the mat is flat on the floor, the cat sat over it, looking as if it is wrapping its arms around baby for a cuddle. It's called 'sit me up' so this image implies at a brief glance that the baby was being supported in sitting. Ha! Not so. Look again. This baby is sitting up for herself. Take the cat away and she will still be sat there- or more likely be crawling away to investigate other stuff. She is clearly about to make a break for it.
Perhaps you think I am being unkind. After all, a cushion behind a baby that has just learned to sit up is a good thing. But the image/name combo implies that if this baby fell back some support would be offered. In fact in this mode, the cat will simply be propelled backwards. The baby in the picture reaches the chin of the cat when sitting, Baby CrazyEgg is a little smaller. When she fell back and squirmed to right herself, her head was caught between the inflatable back-rest halves. Could be why she was so keen on repeatedly throwing herself backwards onto our pillow this morning: ensuring she has the strength to get out of tricky situations like this.
Turning the box round to its side there is a picture of a duck and the words "Doodle loves to,
Well that's nice for him. Does he feature on or in the 'sit me up cosy'? No. It's just a picture on the box. A talking point should you desire, but nothing else.
On the back of the box we have the same two photos as on the front but a different one has been enlarged. There is a third photo that shows the third way the 'sit me up cosy' can be set up, that is with the cat in the sitting up position and the mat Velcroed at his shoulders and tied on to his paws. All neat and tidy. In reality the positioning of the ties, which work when the product is in 'nest' mode, are badly positioned now. As you can see in the image, one is tied at the top, the other at the bottom. This leaves one top 'petal' (from the flower-shaped mat) and one bottom petal unsecured and they flap about, dragging the mat down so that constant readjustment is required.
One of the features listed on the back of the box is: "converts into a supportive prop to help older babies sit up". This is stretching the truth at best. You have to position the cat against something else, like a sofa, to stop it falling over. It is the supporting object that is providing support, and not this cat.
Finally, what of the 'sit me up cosy' as a nest to play in? Ie in nest mode, but without a cushion under the mat? HOPELESS!! The mat comes away from the inflatable ring and toys get lost under it. Baby falls out, or rolls out between the gap between mat and inflatable. This was a source of discontent whilst we used the product in this way, but we made do. It was only when our neighbour gave us the Galt play nest that we realised how inadequate it actually was.
The one saving grace is that this cat is extremely jolly. As long as we don't attempt to make use of him he is a most pleasing corner-ornament and general room companion.
I bought this for £35 before my son was born which is expensive but it is a nest for when your baby is younger and the then it helps support them when they can sit up so thought it would be worth the money because he would get a lot of use out of it but that wasn't the case.
This looks really cute. It is a big monkey and it is easy to convert it from a baby nest into a sit me up. The monkey lays flat when it is a nest and the green cover goes over the top of it and you can lay your baby in the middle. My son hated it when he was young though and would not lay in it at all so never used it for the first few months. When he was about 4 months and was starting to sit up he would sit in it for a little while and play with some toys so it did come in handy at that stage. It comes with four little animal toys which are cute and they velcro onto the monkey.
I think the problem with this is that when it is used as a sit me up I found it to be very unstable and as soon as my son leaned back against it it fell over and so he fell backwards onto it which was a soft landing but was not really what I wanted it for. I think when using it as a sit me up you do need to put it against a wall or something to stop it from falling backwards. I think it would be more useful when your baby is confident at sitting up by themselves but by then you don't really need to use it to support them so there doesn't seem much point to it.
I think it was a waste of money for me as it didn't get much use at all and I would have been better off buying an ordinary baby nest rather than this. I wouldn't recommend it.
I fell in love with this when my brother-in-law purchased it for my daughter when she was born! I had read about it but it was one of those things you forget about and I was thrilled when he turned up with it for her but was sadly disappointed when we got it out of the box.
The Monkey Sit Me Up Cosy is from Mothercare and costs £35.00. it is supposed to be a play nest which grows with your child and eventually turns into a little comfy sort of armchair.
It was pretty easy to put together and put up. Though in the picture the monkey looks like a proper hard but cushioned item, it is actually made from inflatable rubber rings which have to be inserted into the monkey before your blow them up (see, husband - I told you!). The monkey is actually in two seperate pieces and becomes one piece by the use of velcro.
The monkey is made from quite scratchy towelling material. It didn't feel overly soft and I wasn't impressed with this from the start. Surely coming from Mothercare it should be nice and soft? After all they are supposed to the experts!
It is suitable from birth and starts off as a soft play nest which is created by tying the legs of the monkey together, one at either end so that you make a ring shape. You then place the mat on top and secure it in place with velcro and allow your baby to lay on it. My daughter hated this. She screamed the place down as she just didn't feel secure. You could see the velcro having trouble holding in place and she wasn't an overly heavy baby. I didn't feel happy with her being in it so we took it apart and thought we would try with the further stage when she was a little bit older.
The next stage is to use the playmat for when your baby needs tumny time. The design of the mat is that it has a striped circle in the middle with leaves all around it. It reminds me of a flower but more like something which you would find growing in a forest. It comes with 3 soft toys which are a giraffe with a bell inside, an elephant with a squeaker and a lion which is a rattle. The mat is nice enough, again the fabric isn't that soft and I did find it irritated my duaghter's face is she leaned down on it. Also, it was very thin and not at all padded so it wouldn't be good for use on a hard wood floor. Even with our carpets, this was still pretty uncomfortable. The other thing is that it says it is a playmat but there is nothing to do on it so pretty much negates the play part of it.
The last for this product is when your child is able to sit up unaided. You are able to put the monkey together as it is in the picture using the velcro. My daughter never seemed overly impressed by it and the monkey always seem to come apart. I don't think the velcro was all that strong to be able to hold it up in this final stage of use. My daughter did have fun knocking it apart!
This was definately not worth the money that was paid for. I felt it was poorly made in terms of the mat thickness and the coarseness of the fabrics used. I wouldn't recommend this product.
When my son was born I had lots of gifts bought for him. One was theis playmat bought by a relative. It is from Mothercare and usually costs around £37.
The playmat is designed to adjust to the different stages when your baby is little. It first works as a seat where baby can sit and watch, then as they get bigger and are able to sit up it can be transformed into a play area. The playmat can also be used on its own.
It is relatively easy to put up. The monkey is made from inflatable rubber rings and these need to be inserted into the fabric before they are blown up. The monkey comes in two separate pieces but are attached together by velcro.
The monkey is made from a towelling material which is washable but it is tricky to get it on and off the rings.
We first made this into the playnest for my son. The two legs tie together at each end and create a ring effect. The mat is then placed onto and secured in place with more velcro. The baby sits on top. My son was good in this way when he was very tiny. The product is suitable from birth and we put him in it when he was about 2 weeks old. He was comfortable like this for about 2 or 3 months but as soon as he started trying to roll around I didn't feel it was safe enough to keep him on there.
For a while we just used the mat on its own and let my son roll around. The mat is designed as leaves with a circle in the middle ( like a flower). The only problem I had with the mat was that it was quite thin, ours was only used over carpet but I wouldn't have liked to use it over a wood floor.
The monkey comes with 3 soft toys- a lion which has a bell inside, a giraffe which has a rattle in it and an elephant which squeaks when pressed. The animals attach onto the mat with velcro.
The final stage of this toy is when the baby is able to sit up unaided. The monkeys legs sit on top of each other and this provides a back support. The measurements when the monkey is like this are H90 x W90x L45cm.
The monkey is again attached with velcro to prevent it from falling over.
I found that when the monkey was placed on the mat my son found it comfortable but after a while he got fed up with it taking up so much room. He liked exploring it the first few times but then he saw it as more of a hindrance than anything else. We ended up just leaving the monkey in the corner of the room.
My son loved the little toys that came with it though!
Overall, this toy is a good idea but I think (for my son anyway) it just looked too busy for him to take it all in.
When my first child was born back in July my work colleagues clubbed together a Mothercare voucher for my partner and I to spend on whatever we wanted in store to the value of £35. We had a look around in-store and came across this Monkey Sit-me-up Cosy that was reduced from around £45 to £30 at the time. Not one to turn down a bargain we read the product information on the back of the packaging and were very impressed with what it had to offer, especially considering that it was designed to grow with your baby.
A lot of toys you end up buying for your child can be out-grown before they've even made good use out of it. We decided to buy it and we were very pleased with what we bought.
Out of the box
You basically get a blow-up monkey, a leaf pad and 3 small Happy Safari soft toys; a Lion, Giraffe and Elephant.
The first thing we did when we opened the box was blow up the soft Monkey as this will be used as the base of the soft toy (or the support for later use). The instructions tell you to blow up the tubes then put them inside the fabric material but this is impossible as you are better off inserting them into the material and then blowing it up. If you don't do it this way you will only have to deflate it again to get the tubes inside. The Monkey comes in 2 parts so you have to blow up both ends and then stick them together using the Velcro pads attached to each end and then pull it tight using the ribbon ties.
We then laid the fabric that looks like a leaf on top of the monkey and attached them with the Velcro that is positioned on top of the monkey. The leaf pad is positioned so that it feels suspended by the monkey as it has a hollow base underneath it.
The Safari toys can then be placed on certain parts of the leaf with the Velcro that is under each toy animal's foot or paw.
With everything set-up the cosy measures as H90 x W90 x L45cm. It's not too bulky an item and would fit nicely on the floor in any living room.
The way we set it up out of the box as a soft nest is designed for babies from birth when they are unable to turn over or crawl. Our baby loved being laid down in the cosy, especially during nap time. The instructions do warn you that you should not let your baby sleep on it but I think it is perfectly safe if you are in the same room as the baby and keeping an eye on them. I would never let a baby sleep on this and then leave them alone at any time for safety reasons.
The 2nd way to set this up is to un-stick the leaf from the bottom end of the monkey and drape this inside. You can then sit the baby inside the cosy (like a bath tub) with their back leaning against the leaf pad for comfort. The side of the monkey then acts as a barrier so that if the baby leans or falls from side to side when they cannot support themselves fully, they have a soft cushion. I would recommend using this position when your baby can support their own head.
The 3rd position as shown in the product photo is used as a prop or support for the baby to help them sit up. The leaf pad is laid flat on the floor and the monkey is positioned over it with its lower half disconnected and stacked underneath it. The ties on the ends help keep this in place but they have to be loosened. If you wanted to you can always get rid of the monkey entirely and just use the leaf pad as a play mat with the soft toys.
We discovered a 4th position that we made up ourselves but it is not really official. One half of the monkey base can be folded under the other on the leaf pad and tipped over so that it looks like two tunnels. Your baby can then crawl under the base as an extra toy feature, although if the Velcro loses it's stick over time then it can come undone and fall over. If you can't picture this position in your head then look at the product photo and think of the monkey being tilted forward.
After several weeks of use I would recommend blowing up the tubes again so that it is more firm as over time they start to deflate.
The Safari toys on the whole are good quality, the orange Lion soft toy is our baby's favourite, it has a bell inside it so that it makes a jingle noise when you shake it. The yellow Giraffe has a rattle inside it and the blue Elephant makes a squeaking noise when you press it. All three of the toys can be stuck to the Cosy in different places to keep your baby occupied. I would have liked to see a Velcro pad on each foot or paw of the animal but they are only on two of them at opposite ends. This would have made them stick a bit better when the baby knocks or grabs them.
All three toys have vibrant colours for the baby to focus on, with the lion in particular having different colour whiskers.
A lot of reviews on the cosy on other sites suggest that it is expensive for what it is. I would somewhat disagree with that statement as considering it grows with the baby you do get your money's worth from it. If it was deemed useless after a few months then it wouldn't be worth the money but this is not the case.
Our baby loves the monkey cosy in any position it offers. When our baby is lying down on it he loves to kick his feet out and hit the monkey's head and fling his arms at the soft toys when they are attached to make a noise. When sitting inside it, he loves to just chill out playing with his toys and it keeps him quiet for ages.
The only downside with the product is that if you wanted to take it with you when you visit family and friends you would probably have to deflate the monkey but we never bought it with the intention of carrying it around as we have other toys for that purpose. We do however occasionally put the leaf pad and toys in his travel bag so that we can lay that out for him when visiting.
Our baby is nearly 7 months old now and although he is coming to the age where he is getting too long to lay down on the cosy without his feet touching the monkey's head, he is still getting a lot of use out of the other positions. When your baby is laying inside the monkey they do create a nice cute photo opportunity!
Overall I would definitely recommend this product as a soft play item due to it's excellent durability and functions.