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Baby Play Station
Bounce Bounce Baby
Member Name: kat1234
Bounce Bounce Baby
Advantages: bright colours, lovely toys, encourages baby to explore
We purchased the Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Activity Station for my son when he was just over 5 months old. We bought the station as we don't really have room for a walker in our house but wanted a toy that would allow our son to feel his feet. This appealed to us as it was a stationary unit and it also looked fun and attractive too. We purchased this on offer at £40, it usually prices at around the £50 mark but can be found cheaper online.
The station is for babies from 4 months old and up to the weight of 25lbs. It has a jungle theme throughout with lions and giraffes featuring heavily. The station was fairly easy to assemble using the instructions provided - there were not too many fiddly parts etc. The unit basically stands on three legs which are positioned in a tripod style. At the top of this there is a white platform which has a green material 'seat' for baby to balance in. This spins right the way around so that baby can face themselves in whichever direction they require. The seat is brightly coloured in a pea green with pictures of lions and giraffes all over it.
Towards the bottom of the station, a blue platform in positioned. This is fastened to the three legs using a thick elastic-like material so acts almost like a trampoline, even though made of a hard plastic. This has three adjustable height settings so can get lower down as baby gets taller to prolong the life of the toy. This is easy to adjust using a plastic screw-like attachment.
On top of the white platform which is at baby's arm height, there are 5 positions with toys that the baby can stop and play with.
All toys are brightly coloured to stimulate baby - and make for a very attractive looking toy!
There is an orange plastic section with three coloured keys - purple, blue and yellow, On pressing a key, there is a bulb in each key that lights up and one of 6 tunes plays while the lights flash. This keyboard requires 2 AA batteries.
The next toy along from this is a plastic lion climbing a tree. The lion can be moved 180 degrees and makes a click-clack noise as baby swings it from one side to the other. The top of the tree is green plastic and on the reverse there is a mirror for baby to look at their reflection. This part spins right the way around.
Following this is a plastic giraffe which has three coloured beads that can slide uo and down it's neck - blue, yellow and green. These have different textures for baby to feel too. The giraffes head swings backward and forwards and from the leaf in the giraffes mouth, a clear blue plastic elephant hangs. The elephant is lightweight and a different texture from the other toys. This can be pulled around (and put in the mouth) by baby.
Next along is a brightly coloured flower. The yellow petals can be spun around, making a click-clack sound. The centre of the flower holds coloured beads that rattle as the flower is moved. Next to this is a large green leaf that is a water filled teether. This is bendy so that it can be pulled into baby's mouth.
The last position is filled with a simple purple attachment that looks like the eye of a needle. This is to allow baby's favourite toy to be clipped to the unit (assuming it is one with a clip attachment!). Inbetween the lion and giraffe toy there is also a small tray indented into the white unit to allow you to place other toys here for baby to pick up and play with.
My son loves to play in his bounce bounce station. He loves to feel independent and be able to feel his feet. At first, he just enjoyed standing on the platform, but as he grew more and more confident, he began bouncing up and down on it. It does not give a great deal of bounce, and he doesn't jump very high, but this doesn't seem to hamper his enjoyment, he loves the feeling of bending his legs and moving himself.
He soon learnt to turn himself around in the seat to face the different toys. At first he did this by grapping hold of the next toy along and pulling himself around. As he has grown more used to the station, he can now do this using his feet and will often spin himself round several times in a row now by doing this.
He loves all the toys on the station, but his favourite seems to be the lion. This is brightly coloured in red and yellow and has a smiling face. He enjoys moving this backwards and forwards again and again, enjoying the sound it makes as he does so. He will also frequently be seen biting in the leaf teether and rotating the flower head.
My son can spend quite a bit of time in this unit and stay amused and happy - usually up to 40 minutes at a time. He seems very comfortable and to feel safe and secure.
A PARENT'S VIEW
I am really pleased that we purchased this station and believe it to be great value for money. You can never leave your child in it unattended but, it is nice to know that they are playing in a confined, safe place sometimes. I love to see my son happy and stimulated and this unit does this for him.
The toys on the unit are really lovely and, not only do they provide my son with great pleasure, they help him to develop. There are a lot of activities for him to do with his hands - pull beads up and down, move the animals and turn the flower head. This has helped him develop his fine motor skills. They buttons with lights and music offer a great introduction to sound and rhythm too.
The unit has also helped him to develop his gross motor skills by encouraging him to move himself around. It is also helping him to gain confidence and develop a sense of balance. It is also really easy to clean, I usually use an antibacterial wipe around the unit and the toys. The material seat can be removed easily and washed too.
This is a great unit to have for a young baby learning to explore their world. It is well made and a lovely, fun design too. I think that we paid a brilliant price for this and, even at £50, it is great value for money. We have had a lot of use from it. My son has gained a lot from this and enjoys spending time in here at the moment, but I think, once he is moving a bit better independently he may start to feel confined and restricted in here. Therefore, I think the amount of use that you would get out of this really depends on your child. I would not hesitate to recommend it though.
- as posted on ciao 19/12/11
Summary: brilliant fun!
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