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The Learning Curve Lamaze Baby Gym - the gym which keeps on giving
Learning Curve Lamaze Baby Gym
Member Name: PaigeTurner
Learning Curve Lamaze Baby Gym
Advantages: Versatile, long-lasting and reasonably priced
Disadvantages: As your baby grows it is easy for them to pull apart
On embarking on choosing a baby gym for my daughter I was quite taken aback by how many different types there are with a host of different functions.
I am pleased I finally settled on the Learning Curve Lamaze Baby Gym.
This particular gym is probably mid-range in terms of price at just under £50. You won't find a gym cheaper than £30 but they can be as much as £80. These come with all sorts of flashing lights, music and other gadgets.
It is surprising how hard it is to find one which isn't gender specific. Most of the gyms for girls are bright pink and decorated with flowers and hearts. I didn't want this kind of thing for my daughter as they tend to be a little garish and also if I ever had a son I don't think he would be best pleased with such an ultra feminine play gym.
The Lamaze gym is essentially a double sided play mat covered in pictures and brightly coloured patterns which has pieces of Velcro at strategic spots to allow it to be folded up into three different modes, each suitable for your baby at different stages.
The first sees two sides folded up and toys - which include a boy and girl doll, a mirror, and a brightly coloured sun which flashes and plays music - hung from a rainbow coloured arch, the ends of which you slot into two little pockets on either side of the play mat.
Your baby can look up at the toys whilst lying on their back and eventually reach out and touch the toys as they progress. The flashing sun is particularly effective in catching their attention, whilst each of the toys either rattles, or has a little squeaker inside, or scrunches when you hold it.
The second mode sees three sides of the play mat folded up and the toys secured lower down - they all hang from plastic rings which attach on little hooks dotted around the play mat and rainbow arch - for tummy time. My daughter hated being put on her tummy at first and this gym started to encourage her.
The third phase can last your baby into toddler-hood as the play mat holds up into a carry case - resembling a little house - into which you can put all the toys. They can then use the toys and the pictures on the carry case for role play and make believe. You can also fold the gym up into carry case mode to transport it out and about visiting.
It is the fact this play gym covers three different phases of development and features little dolls that can be played with potentially for years to come which make it far more long-lasting and versatile than other play gyms.
The only downside is as your baby grows in strength they may start pulling the toys off their plastic hoops quite easily and even start dismantling the folded up play mat as they pull at the Velcroed parts. You will also need batteries for the flashing sun.
But is you want to get ultimate value for money, versatility and a toy which will last and last, the Learning Curve Lamaze Play Gym is the one to buy.
Summary: A gender-neutral, ever evolving, interactive baby gym geared at aiding your baby's development
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