“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Play Mats & Gyms „
I always feel baby gyms take up a lot of room and most of them come with a mat and you can't change the toy and they get bored with it very easily.
This Turtle gym is brilliant to pick up and put anywhere he is laying or sitting.
The gym makes noises when it is hit by kicking or with there hands, the duck stays on the gym and it comes with 2 other toys a crab and I think it is a snail not sure and these toys do come off of the gym and they can play with them. We tend to clip other toys on the different holes so he doesn't get bored and because everything is plastic you can clean it very easily. It has a mirror on the top that you can lift up and down by unscrewing it on the back.
I have found if you have an older toddler who is beginning to walk around the home the gym tends to fall over when they pull themselves up on it.
The mirror needs to be in the right place from were your baby is placed for them to see themselves and if they propped up with a cushion they can't always see in the mirror.
I have found this a very enjoyable toy for me and him It has 2 volume controls and the lower one is fine especially if it's quiet so it doesn't become irritating. We have had it for 11 months and never needed to change the batteries. It is a toy we still use today even now our son is crawling, we use it as distraction when we need him to keep still such as nappy and changing his clothes.
We got it second hand so don't know how expensive it would have been to buy new, Comparing it to other baby gym price's I think it would have been £20-30.
This is the first toy that our daughter interacted with as a baby, and it was very exciting when she set the music off by herself! Now, at nearly two, she still often asks to play with it while I'm changing her nappy. It was one of the cheapest gyms I could find in the Argos catalogue at the time, and it was good value for money.
The batteries last for a very long time - I think I've only changed them once in nearly two years, despite very frequent use!
One good thing about it is its size - it's not cumbersome and doesn't take up much floor space. There's no mat that comes with it, but this doesn't matter as you can just place it over the changing mat when the baby's lying down.
There are three different tunes that play in sequence, but only if the baby 'jolts' the gym with his/her hands or feet. There's a mirror that tilts down so that you can look into it and surprise the baby! If you want to give baby some tummy time, you can loosen the screw behind the mirror and lie the gym 'flat', so baby can still play with it. There are two volumes, and the lower volume is perfect, as it never gets too irritating for parents. The toys are detachable, and you can also attach any toy to the rings to vary things a little.
It's been one of our best buys, particularly for the first year.
Shortly after I had baby number four I got out all the baby toys from my previous children. These toys included a baby gym that my two year old promptly decided was a climbing frame and broke it into three pieces.
I searched everywhere to find another one the same but toys r us only stock the one I had with a play mat which I didn't need and didn't want to pay for. I didn't want to pay too much as I know this will be my last baby and these toys are only needed for a few months at the most. I found a travel playmat in Asda for £15 but this only had three soft toys hanging on it and the gym and mat where all one piece. Everything else I found seemed to be in excess of £35 and some were even £60 or £70 which is just ridiculous. I had only paid £10 for the original one and it has been used by three children and still looked new until it was demolished!
Eventually I found the Fisher Price 2 in 1 Turtle Gym in Argos priced at £19.99 (April 10) and it seemed to be just what I was looking for and also had the potential to be sold on once we no longer needed it.
It was fairly easy to build and just had five pieces that all clicked together and a bolt that fits through the back. The gym can be used as a traditional gym that is placed over the baby or if you adjust the legs you can place the gym on the floor for when baby is having 'tummy time'.
There is a big green turtle at the apex of the arch and this has a mirror on it which is best used during tummy time. It does tilt for baby to see into it when it is in the upright position but I'm not sure the angle is quite right. There is a small lock so you can fix the position.
There are two toys that hang from holes in the legs of the arch and one hangs down from the turtle. The toy that hangs from the turtle is fixed to a switch that activates lights and music when the toy is touched or pulled. There is a switch on the back to alter the volume and to switch off this function. The toys are made of hard plastic and are shaped like a frog, a chick and a snail. The snail has coloured balls that roll around inside its shell, the frog has fabric pieces on its sides and the chick has coloured shapes hanging from it like a key ring.
The whole thing is very brightly coloured and very nice looking and the textures and colours are obviously there to encourage your baby to reach and play with the toy.
On the whole I would say I am quite happy with the toy, I certainly wouldn't have paid any more for it but I think it is fairly priced. The pieces are of a good quality and what you would expect of Fisher Price. The only thing I dislike about the gym is that it seems quite flimsy and it is not as sturdy as the old one we had. Apart from this it is a really nice colourful toy that will be inviting for baby.
The Fisher Price 2-in-1 Turtle Gym is currently selling for £19.99 at Argos, down a few quid from its RRP of £22.99.
It consists of two large, snap-together arms in orange and yellow plastic, which slot into broad purple and blue plastic feet. These arms form main 'frame' of the free-standing gym, and have large holes in them onto which a selection of hanging toys can be slotted (by means of those clippy rings that are standard for hanging baby toys in general). A large plastic screw secures the two arms together in the middle, and also serves as the attachment for the 'interactive' portion of the toy - a giant block of green plastic with a generic smiling face, and a mirror on it. This, I assume is supposed to be the 'turtle' part of the gym, though it looks like no marine reptile I've ever seen.
Of course the toy doesn't come with batteries, but the 'turtle' part of the gym needs them, in order for (probably) deeply annoying music and lights and action to be initiated. The battery housing on the back has one of those screw-on security fixtures for safety, which makes it an almighty pain in the backside to get the batteries in and out so frankly, I haven't bothered, as previous experience with this type of toy tells me that once it starts incessantly playing its tune, I'm going to want to chuck it out the window.
The retaining screw can also be used to raise and lower the height of the gym, so that it can be used by a baby lying on his or her tummy. The turtle / mirror can also be tilted up and down so the baby can see its reflection in it (and presumably, given the way the leering turtle looks, be permanently mentally scarred by the experience).
The gym does require a certain amount of home assembly; nothing complex, but a process that wasn't greatly helped by the in-box instructions, which were set out on a weird concertina-fold-out sheet, with the writing on the reverse of the sheet printed the other way up from the front. This, together with the fact that instructions for assembly of the turtle were repeated in what appeared to be EVERY SINGLE LANGUAGE KNOWN TO MANKIND - including no doubt the indigenous tribal dialects of a number of rainforest-dwelling tribes native to the mountainous ravines of Papua New Guinea, who only made contact with the outside world last week - made following the baby gym assembly steps in sequence a disproportionately difficult exercise, as instructions for assembling the turtle in one language were suddenly interrupted by instructions for assembling the turtle in another, different language entirely. Given that there were only four steps to be gone through in order to assemble the turtle in the first place the style of the instruction sheet made the whole process unnecessarily difficult, I thought.
Did I mention that the apparatus once assembled as a whole looks disconcertingly like a piece of load-bearing metal cantilever off a scaffold or iron bridge? In a previous review of a different (and very good Mothercare) baby gym, I made reference to a certain type of baby toy that looks 'monstrous': it turns out the clip-on toys that come with this Fisher Price gym are exactly what I had in mind when I wrote that. They are great hunks of smooth unbreakable plastic, in pastel colours, with happy faces arbitrarily drawn on them. One's a rattle (the snail), one's got plastic plates hanging off it (the duck) and the green thing does absolutely nothing but sit there looking large and unwieldy. They were a bit too big for my three-month old to have any chance of getting any hold of, but now the child is older, they are more graspable in general. The problem is, they're not very exciting and none of them do very much.
Overall in my opinion the design of this baby gym is unnecessarily ugly. While it might look all right in the publicity picture, which shows a happy baby playing under it, in real life it looks just a whole load of nasty plastic, and is a lot bigger, and flimsier-looking than you would think from how it appears from the pics. We don't have a huge amount of space in our house, and this is too big, too boring and - I hate to say it - too darn unattractive for us to give it house room.
Unfortunately, this toy - which we received as a gift - is another example of a gigantic plastic monstrosity designed with the primary aim of amusing young children, but which in actuality, does little more than sit there gathering dust and cluttering up your house. (Oh, how I hate this thing.) There are loads of similar but more interesting baby toys, selling at similar prices, currently on the market. I suggest you buy something else, rather than this.