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A gym for your monkey!
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe - Lights & Music
Member Name: hlb2009
Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe - Lights & Music
Advantages: interactive, fun
Disadvantages: can stain if things spill
When my baby was born a few months ago one of the items on our shopping list to get him was a baby gym. We never had one for Hope as we didn't have the room but we never really needed one as I was able to give her my full attention. With knowing that Baby number 2 would not be able to have as much of my attention as Hope had I knew that we had to get something which would help to keep him occupied so that I could also spend time with Hope too. I thought that a gym would be ideal as they can be very interactive. I chose this particular one because it looked very bright and had lots of different elements to it. I bought it from Toys R Us and it cost £50 which is actually quite average for a baby gym.
It comes in a big plastic packet which is secured shut with poppers which actually makes it very easy to open. It doesn't take up much room like this as it's quite flat and you have to put it together yourself so it was easy to carry from the shop to the car. One thing that I hate about toys is that they can often take a long time to get out of the packaging and to put together but luckily this wasn't the case for this gym. It was easy to get out of the packet as you didn't need to rip it open or find scissors- you simply just undid the poppers and slid the items out.
The two bars are secured together with a piece of cardboard, you just take the cardboard off and they ping apart which makes them quite long! The instructions looked intimidating at first as they were long and in many languages but actually I could have put it together without using them. I followed them though just to be sure and it took me five minutes to put together. The two bars cross over each other and slot together so that they hold each other up and then they secure into poppers on the side of the mat. These are very strong so are not likely to come off even if your baby is kicking around hard! The toys all come ready attached apart from the mirror which you just connect yourself wherever you like.
What you get is a lot! The bars have holes in them and through these holes are links which hold toys on so you can actually add your own too if you have some links that connect to your toys and you can unhoop them and move them around making it very versatile. It comes with a mirror which is made to look like a sun which you can move along the bars. It has a soft toy fish which jingles, a long elephant which hangs down and chimes when pressed, a little giraffe squeaky toy which hangs down, a big monkey which connects by his arms and hangs down in the middle and lights up. On the mat itself are lots of big bright animals and some of these have hidden interactive elements such as a fluffy fringe on the elephant which can be lifted up and down, a squeaky tummy on the elephant, a rustly mane on the lion and several other features too.
The mat itself is very well padded, it is not just like having a blanket on the floor but the equivalent of about 3 blankets, it's extremely soft. The pictures on the mat are very colourful and bright which is what attracted me to it in the first place, everything is very bold so eye catching especially for a young child who cannot focus properly. There is a little crescent shaped pillow which comes with this and it's very well padded and is used to try to encourage babies to have tummy time.
The mat is interactive from day one. Your baby can lie on the mat and gaze up at the various toys hanging down. All of these toys are bright so will catch their attention and help them to learn to focus and use their eyes by having them move from one thing to another. As they begin to get a little older they will notice that kicking around has an effect- if they kick a toy it will chime/jingle/crunch so they will learn about cause and effect and it will encourage them to try again which will in turn lead to them improving their hand-eye-co-ordination. When your child is bigger they will be able to lie on their tummies and interact with the mat itself by feeling the various parts of it and squeaking/scrunching the interactive parts. You baby once it's slightly older will also be able to use this mat still whilst on their backs and will be able to reach out for the toys and interactive with them intentionally. All of the toys can be disconnected too so you can take them out with you or put them in a baby's cot. If this ends up taking up too much space and you want to just use the toys then you can do.
The mat does fold away although I haven't tried this myself but it looks like it would be quite easy to do so. It does take up a lot of floor space so if you don't have much room it may be tricky to accommodate it.
I think it is a fantastic gym. I have never had one before but I can't see what more it could possibly do. At the moment my baby just lies on it and looks at the toys but it won't be long until he is reaching for them. He is going to learn a lot through this gym- it will help build his muscles as he learns to lie on his tummy and look up, he will learn to reach for things, learn to press things in a certain way to get them to make a sound and it will help his vision too. As well as teaching him all of these essential skills it will help him to be entertained too as he will have so many toys to interact with it will keep him occupied!
I particularly like how all the toys can be taken off so you can move them around or just use a few at a time so that your baby isn't over stimulated and you can keep refreshing it every time you use it so he won't grow bored.
Everything about this toy is fantastic. There are few toys which are suitable from birth but this one really is. It is soft and well padded so will protect your baby and keep them safe. It is, however, awkward to clean as it's just all so soft so anything spilt on it will be hard to wipe off so we are trying to just wipe things off as soon as they spill to try to keep it clean!
This in my opinion is the best gym we could have bought, it does require batteries in the monkey (3AAA) so that he will light up but you don't even need to put batteries in it if you wish. It is refreshing to have a toy which doesn't take long to set up, doesn't come overly packaged and doesn't require batteries in order for it to work. For £50 I think it was worth it as we will have lots and lots of time spent playing with this and it will help to entertain as well as educate a very young baby. It is also toddler tough too- Hope has had a good time rolling around underneath it and playing with it too and it's withstood her boysterious behaviour!
Summary: really cute