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After giving birth to my little boy back in July, I decided a couple of weeks after he was born that he needed a baby gym, as my little girl used to love hers when she was starting to notice things properly around 3-4 months old. Looking all over the internet for a fun looking gym, they were all edging on £100, which to me is a lot to pay for something which lasts only a couple of months. After much searching for a reasonably priced one which actually did something, I came across the Fisherprice 1-2-3 Musical Gym.
The Fisherprice 1-2-3 Musical Gym was £40 in Argos, and had a lot of great reviews, so I decided to go ahead and purchase it. The gym is part of Fisherprice's Rainforest Range, which has loads of products, such as gyms, toys and bouncers with rainforest animals, trees and features on them. A very bright green range which I have seen hanging around on the market for maybe the past year or 2.
On opening the box you have to put the gym together, which isn't a very big task.
These parts consist of the mat, 2 plastic side bases, the play bar, the toys for the play bar, a giraffe toy and a tree toy. The mat simply attaches to the plastic side bases by slipping a thick piece of fabric on the mat through a small hole on the base, which was simple to do. There is a hole on either end of both bases. The first is for the toy bar, which has 2 toys hung onto it. The other 2 holes are or the giraffe and tree. Very easy to put together, and there was no need to look at the instructions at any time through the building process, which took approximately 5 minutes, if that.
THE MAT - The mat is rectangular in shape, and is just the right size for a growing baby to lie on, and also doesn't take up much floor space like a lot of other gyms do. The one thing I like about the mat is that it is waterproof. My daughter's gym was cotton so baby sick stains weren't really a good look, and being unable to machine wash it, it was a pain in the backside. This gym however, can be wiped easily with soapy water, with no stains left over. It is quite a comfy little mat, not very thick but is cushiony enough for a baby.
There is a small head rest, more of a cushion really, which comes with the gym, but it isn't attached to the gym which is annoying so it always slips from under him, I have now given up on putting it under him, as he seems comfy enough without it anyway.
The mat is very colourful and eye catching especially for babies' eyes. It features pictures of leaves and trees, a pond with frogs and other animals such as birds. The foot end of the mat, which is made for tummy time, features a small mirror, which looks as though it is the sun, with a smiley face on it. There is also a small ball, with smaller balls inside, which rattles when spun around. The last thing on this end is a flap which can open, and you see a picture of a small frog like the ones further up the mat.
On his back, my son will kick and sometimes kick the ball and it makes a rattle sound, but when I lay him on his front, he gets fed up. Partly because he hasn't got much patience for tummy time and partly because, in my opinion he is bored.
The mirror is very small and the child has to be very close to it to be able to see themselves in it, which to me is not fun at all. Babies, especially young ones like my son, love their own reflection, and a lot of thing my daughter had, mirrors were a big feature, and she would laugh at herself for hours. This hasn't got the same effect as it just isn't big enough in my opinion for baby to see themselves properly.
I do not see the point in the flap either. There is no different texture underneath or anything fun or surprising for baby, just a picture of a frog, which the mat has plenty of in the first place. Maybe putting the mirror behind the flap would be more fun, but to me, this is a feature which has no point and seems lazy on the designer's part.
TOY BAR - The toy bar features 2 large silky butterflies, one bright orange and one purple. These are mainly aimed at touching and feeling as they are very silky and do not rattle, squeak or make any other sound. My son loves staring at these, and as they are silky they reflect light a little bit so he stares at them for ages and coos away at them, These also dangle low enough for him to reach out and touch them, which he enjoys doing, as when he knocks them, they wiggle and this catches his eye.
The other is a white cat/zebra looking thing; really I do not know what animal this is, with a ball on it. When baby knocks the ball with his hand, it makes 2 different sounds. The first is an upbeat melody which lasts 8 seconds and the other is a drumming type sound which again, lasts 8 seconds. So, these 2 sounds are the only sounds this musical gym makes! I know babies' don't really know and couldn't care less how many songs their toys play and how long for, but for me, when you call a product a musical gym, I expect it to be a musical gym! This is very disappointing as music is a great feature on toys. My son doesn't mind it though!
One good thing about the toy bar is that as baby gets a bit bigger, you can just pull it out of the holes a bit more as he grows, so his face isn't touching the toys, and they can still reach out for them.
GIRAFFE AND TREE - The giraffe and tree both slip easily into the end of the bases and are just like soft toys. The box shows the giraffe and tree features for when baby is sat up, obviously when they can sit by themselves, you sit them next to the giraffe and tree for them to play with.
The giraffe is smooth and is obviously a very bright yellow to capture babies' attention. He makes a little rattle sound when knocked, which is basically all he does. You can slip him out of the hole and then baby can use him as a rattling teddy. He has a Velcro piece hanging out of his mouth for you to stick the butterflies onto when baby is playing at this end and not with the toy bar.
The tree is more fluffy feeling and has three big leaves at the top which feel a bit fuzzy. This also has a Velcro piece for you to stick a colourful rattling toucan onto. The toucan is very bright, and again captures babies' attention. It is fluffy with a silky beak, so is great for touchy feely play.
BABY THOUGHTS - Obviously my son can't tell me what he thinks, but from his behaviour, he seems to enjoy lying on his back under the toy bar. As I described earlier he loves the butterflies, and I have at times put the toucan in its place, but he seems to prefer the butterflies, probably because of the reflections of lights off the silky fabric, which is a feature all babies would love, especially at this age.
The cat/zebra 'musical' ball is easy for him to reach and he knocks it quite often, so is able to set the music, or rather 'sounds' off himself now, rather than me keep doing it for him. I did think as this is plastic if it hurt him hitting it all the time but it doesn't seem to, so I suppose this is fine!
The tummy time play end of the gym is okay for a few minutes for him, but only because he hates tummy time at the minute. He hits the ball now and then but he doesn't get much joy from this end of the mat. I sometimes I sit him in front of me next to the tree and giraffe for him to hit the giraffe for the rattle sound, which entertains him for a bit and he likes knocking the toucan on the tree also.
I think all in all this gym is expensive for what it actually does. To me it is more of a touching and feeling gym than a musical one as it describes itself. Also, I do not understand why it is called 1-2-3 Musical Gym? What is the 1-2-3 all about? It doesn't count to my son or seem to feature anything that remotely relates to 1-2-3 at all!
Compared to other gyms out there, it hangs in the middle. There are a lot of affordable gyms which do nothing and feature not a lot, or there are the ones that feature and do a lot which seem to be a bit expensive for me. I can't really complain much at the price, I think I would have preferred to have paid around £30 for it rather than £40 but it isn't a big loss and a complete waste of money.
It is good for being waterproof, and it is smaller than most play gyms out there, so is easier to store. I also like the touchy feely part of the gym, as this is a great thing for babies' and the gym has a few different textures for baby, so I think it should be renamed to touchy feely gym rather than musical gym!
My son does enjoy the gym, so I think it just shows that babies are happy with simple things, and they don't need lights and a lot of music to enjoy themselves, especially at this age.
For now, my son is happy, but he will never play with it sat up as by the time he is sitting by himself, he will have a few more toys which will do more and will entertain and engage him more for his age than just a jingling giraffe and a tree!
My little boy Charlie is now 2 months old and a few weeks ago I was walking around Morrison's and saw the Fisher Price Rainforest 1-2-3 for £17.00. I barcode scanned it to see if it was a good deal and here were some of the results -
Argos - £34.99
Amazon - £36.99
Sainsbury's - £39.99
The Gym is fairly simple to build with or without the instructions. There are 2 plastic strips that build the frame and a material mat that lays on the bottom and loose padded piece of material which is the head rest. Also there is a padded curved bar which fits into the plastic frame and has Velcro attachments to attach the animals.
**TO LOOK AT & USE**
The mat is about 90cm long, 40cm wide and 70cm high. It is a green coloured mat with a jungle scene on it including a waterfall, animals and leaves. At the foot of the mat there is a triangular raised part to stop your baby wriggling down on this end there is a fixed ball which turns and rattles and a plastic mirror. Both side of the raised footer is a tall giraffe one side and the other side is a tall tree with butterflies.
There is an over head bar which is great and has two dangling toys. One attachment is Velcro and the other one is thick and secure as there is a fairly heavy black and white tiger to be placed here. This tiger toy has a ball that can be spun and when spun it is plays 2 different tunes which alternate. These tunes are not overly loud or annoying (which is great for parents who have to listen to it all day).
My baby is only 2 months old and is yet to get the hang of hitting the musical tiger for himself but really enjoys looking at the bright colours and trying to hit them.
The gym can be used for 3 baby stages
1) When they are new born babies they can lie on there back and look/hit the dangling toys.
2) When they are a little older and can have tummy time the can use the raised end of the mat to play with the rattle ball & mirror.
3) When they can sit up they can play with the tall giraffe and tree.
I think this jungle gym is great value for money and even at 2 months old I think Charlie has had his money's worth. Also the fact the musical aspect isn't loud or irritating sells it to most parents.
I love this toy and would recommend it to anyone.
When my daughter came along we of course got inundated with clothes, toiletries and toys. As grateful as I am and was trying to find space to put it all was a challenge. However one item I received was unpacked and put up within a month of her being born and it was mainly for her to do her "tummy time" which as I was constantly told by my health visitor a baby MUST do it at least twice a day.
The item in question is the Fisher Price 1-2-3 Musical Gym. It was a gift to me by my cousin and her husband who had previously had one for their son who is now 2. She swore by it and therefore I was given one which was very gratefully received as I was already becoming a fan of the Rainforest range at Fisher Price.
*~* So what is it? *~*
The 1-2-3 Musical Gym is basically a comfortable play mat for babies which includes music, sounds and various stimulating items to keep a baby entertained. It is suitable from birth and can be used until your baby outgrows it. The mat can be used for three stages of your child's development, lay, tummy and sit. The components to the mat can be moved around and changed to assist in the development.
*~* Packaging *~*
The 1-2-3 Musical Gym comes in a slim compact box which is ideal especially for those with smaller cars unlike myself with a huge estate car! The packaging is bright and colourful and you can clearly see what the item is and what it will look like. The gym is securely fastened to the box and you don't need any tools to put the gym up. It does come complete with paper instructions but as I found out it is incredibly easy to put together.
*~* Setting it up *~*
As I said there are instructions which come with the gym but once you have unboxed the gym and laid out all the pieces onto the floor you can actually see how it goes together. The main bit is putting the sides together - these are the green plastic pieces which need to be placed in the right way so the nylon loops at the side of the mat can be fitted to the side frames. Once this is done though all the pieces are easily secured.
The palm tree (the toucan is already attached) and the giraffe can be easily slotted into the plastic frames as can the arch (butterflies already fitted) which goes over the middle of the playmate. The musical tiger just needs to be attached which just needs the small nylon strap just threading through the top of the tiger and that really is about it. You just have to ensure that the raised end panel is raised as it features the roller ball and mirror.
The tiger is the musical animal and does require 3 AA batteries which come with the gym which makes a change as you normally have to buy them separately!
*~* The Gym *~*
For tummy time which is the main thing I bought it for pillow wedge gives great support for a baby who is just starting to go on their front and you should then face your baby towards the roller ball which contains plastic beads in which makes a rattley noise and the little mirror. The roller ball in the tiger once rolled plays cute music which lasts for as long as the ball is rolled which is nice but for a very young baby they won't know how to do this themselves so you do have to do it yourself. The pillow obviously also acts as a head support for very young babies.
The mat and arch are brightly coloured in bold greens, blues and oranges which I think is incredibly appealing to a child as it is nice and colourful. Because it is part of the Rainforest range all of the co-ordinating items use the same bold colours. Both the mat and arch are nicely padded which makes it very comfortable for the baby to lie on and should they knock themselves on the arch then it won't hurt whatsoever due to the amount of padding. Again both the giraffe and palm tree are soft and the giraffe can also be used as a soft toy for the baby. The butterflies which are attached to the arch are made from fabric which when touch or squeezed they have a crackling type sound to them which is another different noise for the baby to hear.
Once the baby gets older you can of course move the arch around as you can with the giraffe and the palm tree as you simply take them out of their position in the green side frames and just swap them around. They each have their own holes/cups they go into which are the same size so instead of having the arch over the middle of the match you can change it so it is at the end over the raised end panel. The tiger features
*~* My Daughter and the Gym *~*
My daughter has always been a very strong baby right from birth and was more than happy to have supervised tummy time as basically apart from being able to hold her head up well she could be nosey and see what was going on! I found that the mat was comfortable for her to be on and she never showed any signs of distress or being uncomfortable. She was a small baby and still is so the mat has been used quite a bit as she can still fit on it although it is now no longer used (will explain later). The colourful giraffe and the hanging toucan were ideal for her as she could focus on them and I think the bright colours helped.
When she lay on it I wasn't concerned that she wasn't comfortable and being underneath the arch she liked to focus on the colourful butterflies but didn't take much notice of the tiger unless of course I rolled the ball attached to it and it played music I think this may be because the tiger isn't particularly colour (black and white). The butterflies are great as they crackle when touched but they were too high up on the arch for my daughter and as she cannot yet sit up unsupported she was unable to reach and grab them unless of course I de-attached them and give them to her. Once she was on her tummy she found the mirror straight away and although being made of plastic and slightly distorting the image she gladly smiled at herself throughout doing tummy time! The rattling ball attached to the raised end was only used by myself which amused my daughter but of course due to her young age she didn't use it herself so unless I was on the floor with her that was the only time it was used.
Now because my daughter can roll onto her back and back to front this gym isn't particularly suitable for this as it is quite narrow and has to plastic sides which attach to the mat therefore my daughter cannot roll. She is quite active and can quite easily move around by rolling and is restricted one on the musical gym and so for this reason it has now been stored in the corner of our living room and she now uses a larger gym (also from the Fisher Price Rainforest range). Once on her front she likes to move around and she found she couldn't move as much as she would like on the 1-2-3 gym which is a shame as she likes the mirror but as for the music, it only plays when you roll the ball and the ball with the beads in is only rolled again when I rolled it for her.
I would definitely recommend this play gym but as the first play mat they have as I found with my daughter once she could roll this restricted her movement which was a shame. I would also have liked to see more things attached to the mat with different textures I like the hanging items but for a young baby who cannot yet sit up by themselves it would have been nice to have something a bit more for younger babies to touch and to feel by themselves. The music also only lasts for as long as you roll the ball on the tiger which is fine but not great and there is no variety in the music, it has a slight rainforest tune to it but nothing special, it would be nice if the music could be switched on and lasted for say 5 minutes for the baby to listen to it properly.
*~* Useful Info *~*
The mat can be washed in the washing machine on a cool wash but do not use bleach and leave it to dry naturally. The arch, palm tree and giraffe cannot be washed but can be cleaned using a damp, clean cloth.
Has the Lion Mark.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
Available in stores such as Argos and Tesco Direct and is widely available online. Expect to pay from £39.99 up to £45.00. Definitely shop around as the prices do vary.
*~* Overall *~*
Overall I would have to give this play mat 3 stars as it has come in useful for my daughter but not entirely practical and she now uses her larger play mat which has constant music, hanging decorations and a variety of things she can touch whilst on her back or tummy. But this is useful to begin with as it is soft, colourful and does have items which your baby can focus on. I think though to save money it would be easier to invest in a larger play gym which will be used far more often in my opinion.
We look after my nephew alot and nowadays we don't have baby toys in the house and I feel bad always asking my sister-in-law to bring stuff over and then take it back home again when she takes him so we purchased a couple of things and one of them was the Fisher Price Rainforest 1-2-3 Musical Gym. It cost a bit at £39.99 and we purchased it from Amazon. It cames from a range of items of the same style.
It came in a fair sized box and was really easy to put together once out of the box. To put it together all you have to do is roll the mat out, clip in the giraffe in the holder on one side of the mat, clip the palm tree in the holder on the other side and then you bend the arch into place at the top of the gym and attach the toys to it. The mat is different to other play gyms and mats in that it is long and narrow rather than rounded like most are.
The mat is not as padded as some mats are so I would recommend using it with something underneath it to give it a bit of cushioning. The mat is suitable from birth. On the mat there is a cushion/pillow you can use for your baby's head to make them more comfortable.
The first thing I noticed about it is that it is really bright and interesting. There are various things on the mat - the sun, birds, leaves, water, animals of the rainforest and a few more things to interest a baby. The sides which the giraffe and the palm tree clip into are made of a solid green plastic which is very tough and durable.
The animals which can be hung from the play arch are a soft toucan and snow leopard type of cat which is plastic and holds a ball which can be spun around and it plays a tune (batteries are needed for this but they are already included). The palm tree which is also made of fabric has two butterflies hanging from it which baby can reach up to and pull about. I should also say that the giraffe is made out of fabric too and is very colourful and was one of nephew's favourite aspects of this gym.
There are 3 different modes of play with this mat which are as follows:
1) Lay & Play
2) Tummy Time Play
3) Sit & Play
The lay and play mode is a nice little relaxing mode for babies that are not able to sit or move around much. With their head's cushioned on the pillow babies are able to reach and touch the animals on the play arch. My nepew's favourite is the tiger as he loves to whack the ball really hard and hear the little tune it plays. He also loves to pull the velcro butterflies off of the palm tree and feel their different textures.
My nephew is only just on to using the tummy time mode of this mat. Th pillow that was used for the Lay & Play mode now turns into a little wedge for your baby to give them a little bit of extra support which I think is fabulous idea and it has really helped to steady my nephew especially when he is trying to grab and reach things when he is on his tummy. If your baby faces the end of the mat were there is a raised up section, your baby will come across a ball full of little plastic beads that they can whack and it will spin around making lots of noise. The sun on the mat doubles up as a mirror for your baby to look in to. Much like my daughter, my nephew can spend ages looking at himself in the mirror in absolute wonder! It provides great entertainment to see the different faces he pulls.
The Sit & Play mode is to do with the giraffe and palm tree and being able to play with them but my nephew has not reached this stage of development yet so I cannot really comment on this part yet although from what I can see there isn't much to do with them.
My nephew has brought back milk on this mat a few times and I am pleased to say that you can just throw it into the washing machine and it comes up as good as new.
It is easy to store away as it all just folds up though you do need a bag of somesort to store it in so you don't lose bits.
My nephew absolutely loves it. He has lots of fun playing with it and he will play for ages on it, usually until he starts to fall asleep! Though in my opinion for the amount of money it costs, the 3 play modes are severly lacking. There doesn't seem to be alot to actually do though babies do appear to love it so it must be doing something right. I can see my nephew outgrowing this very quickly.
I do recommend this product but would suggest you look around to find it cheaper as it really doesn't live up to its price tag. I award 3 DooYoo stars - it has lost stars due to the lack of activities and the price.
I purchased the fisher price rainforest 1-2-3 musical play mat for my daughter back in 2008. And it's still going strong. My son is a very happy chappy having a little kick and good old look at the butterflies and white tiger.
I brought mine from Argos priced at only £28.99 but have seen it recently in my local Mothercare store priced at £39.99! I assume it's been a very successful product and they've put the price up to pull in more profit. At £28.99 I think its excellent value for money but I personally wouldn't want to pay any more than that for a play mat.
The play mat itself is very bright and colourful with a rainforest design on it. It is suitable from birth but I would recommend either putting it on a rug or on top of a towel as it is thin and not very comfortable. Are 3 different Modes in which this play mat can be used in, laying baby on their back, tummy time or sit and play.
The first mode (laying baby on their back) allows the baby to look and touch the toys under the arch. There's a white tiger which is holding a purple and blue ball. When you spin the ball the tiger plays a tune. (The tiger requires 3 button cell batteries which are included) There is also two very colourful hanging butterflies which Velcro on to the arch. Also included with the mat is a toucan with a small bell inside which can either be hung under the arch or under the tree.
The second mode is tummy time. A small wedge in included with the mat which will help with support baby. If you face baby to the bottom of the mat there is a small ball your little one can spin which makes a rattle noise as it goes round. There's also a mirror which baby can look into and learn what they look like. Also there is a textured left which baby can lift.
The Third mode is sit and play. At the end of the play mat is a giraffe which baby can sit and play with there's also a tree which has a Velcro tab at the top, which you can attach either the toucan or the butterflies to.
You can easily fold this up very small and you can even pop the mat in the washing machine at 30 degrees. So it's also great to pop in the back of the car and take to relatives houses with you for the day to keep your little one happy. You can also have the arch at the other end if you want to and the giraffe and tree and the top end. The possibilities are endless with how you set this play mat up.
My daughter used to love her tummy time on this mat and so far my son has enjoyed it to.
This was a great purchased and has made two children very happy. My daughter (now 2) loves helping her brother to spin the ball in the tiger's paws.
Overall this is another fantastic bright and playful toy from fisher price.
This gym is designed for babies to be used from birth and contains several interchangeable items that fit closely to the left or right side of the moust.
The reason that it is called a musical gym is that it has a cat with a small ball attatched to it which when rubbed will play one od two short tunes.
I have to say however that I would not recommend this toy. First of all the mat is not very padded so it may not be wise to put this product on a hard floor.
Secondly, young babies cannot reach most of the toys. There is a girrafe and pineapple with a rattle that makes noise when they are shaken but these are at the babies feet and so babies who cannot crawl ( 6 months and below) cannot reach them.
The other thing is that very young babies may not know how to play with this toy. They will reach out at the cat and pufin that are in front of the then but because the cat requires a lot of stimulation, they may not understand how to get this toy to make a noise.
I have read a few reviews on this item in the past which are not very positive, however I bought this gym for my baby boy when he was born but I have only just started to realy use it now he is almost 4 months old. I have found it a fantastic product. I do agree with the negative comments which have been made about the gym which are mainly that there being no need for the plastic runners either side of the mat, however this doesnt bother my little boy (he is not rolling over as yet though!) My baby boy loves to lie on this mat, there is an arch that can be attatched over the mat with a musical zebra and a parrot which hangs down, I usualy lie him straight down with his head at the top of the mat. he enjoys swiping at the crunchy leaves which hand down from the tree (or you can also fix them by velcro, hanging down from the giraffes mouth) he can then also kick at the parrot and zebra, which plays music as he hits it. I also use the arch o hand other toys from.
I also use this mat for tummy time, which I believe is now recommended by health professionals to ensure a babys head is not mis-shaped by always lying on their back. For tummy time there is a small mirror and a small ball which can e spun around. these little features encourage my baby boy to lift his head up instead of lying it on the mat.
I was in the lucky position to receive 4 gyms as presents when my son was born - and am afraid to say this was the one that looked like it would be most exciting but one which i ended up sabotaging! I didnt want to wast it but i found the plastic strips which kept the mat together just such a silly design as my son kept rolling on the hard oart on his tummy and crying thus i took the gym apart and got rid of the strips but this sadly meant the toy giraffee and palm tree no longer stood up and it was really just a mat. Also the roller ball doesnt roll - it is too tight a fit to turn so again a design flaw. The mirror part didnt interest my son and neither did the flappy leaf . There are so many better gyms out there - the strip of material is also very narrow and my son never stays on it for more than 2 seconds now - i would advise a less glamourous large square one with a simple arch and hanging toys and dont be drawn in with this fancy looking one which is simply a waste of money in my opinion.
When I had my daughter last year I wanted a nice colourful mat for her as didnt have one for my son, I saw this and its the only one we really liked so paid £29.99 and bought it from Argos.
Got it home and was so excited, putting it together was really easy, basically you just unroll the mat, place a giraffe in a holl one side, the tree the other, then attach the arch in the side openings and attach the toys. It also comes with a head rest to make it comfy for baby. Think we stated using it when she was 3-4wks old, even my son who was 2 loved sitting next to her playing with it. Her eyes would beam up at the colours and the large shapes and was really pleased.
That was till about 2 days later when she was happily playing underneath trying to reach up, but not able to as still weak as so young. But she would spend ages staring, then all the sudden was a cry and the larger plastic musical bit off the arch suspended above her head had fallen on to her face marking her. I was so shocked and at first blamed myself for not attaching it properly, but when we looked the stitching had all come undone on the toy itself causing it to fall and mark her head, as was quite heavy being the plastic bit.
I complained immediately and eventually got a refund 4 wks lated after they did a load of tests and confirmed it was actually badly made. I was then sent a toy as a sorry, but it never worked either, so have given up now complaining. Would advise against though and although she said it was rare I still wouldnt feel safe putting my baby under it.
I absolutely love this play gym and so does my daughter who is now 15 weeks old. We purchased this from Argos when she was about a month old as she was paying more attention to objects and colours. It cost us £29.99 and we think its a bargain.
The play mat itself is colourful and bright and padded - its very easy to put together and its just a matter of putting the objects into the holes and making sure its secure. It consists of a tall giraffe and a tree which go in the holes at the end and they have velcro which you can mix and match the colourful parrot and butterflies. There is a bar across the centre which can be removed this holds a plastic cat with a ball attached and if you spin the ball it plays a tune.. At the base of the mat there is a ball with lots of small balls in and a mirror so when you place the child on the mat they can look at themselves in it.
Even when your child can sit up they can still play on the mat with the tall toys
Fisher Price - Jungle Gym - Rainforest 1-2-3.
When Jack was a lot smaller I bought this for him out of the Argos catalogue and he absolutely loved it. It cost just under thirty pounds at £29.99pence and because people had given us vouchers when Jack was born I don't think we actually had to pay anything ourselves.
I chose this particular one because I felt for the money it seemed like the best one available. There are all sorts of different products that are similar to this one but as this one boasted three different types of play and detachable toys I opted for this one. It is suitable for children from very early on as the baby can be laid down and I think I put Jack on it from about a month old.
When you get the Gym it comes in a few different pieces which have to be put together and this was all pretty simple even if you decide not to use the instructions it is very straight forward but there are instructions if you get a little stuck. The gym consists of a play mat that is a rectangle shape with a bottom edging with toys sewn into the material. There is a headrest to pop under the babies' head for even more comfort and there is a bar that goes over the top of the mat where toys dangle down. At one end there is also holes in which to place long thin toys that come included and there is a giraffe and a tall tree with butterflies hanging from it.
The mat, which the baby lays on, is a green colour and the design matches the name for the product, as there are lots of leaves and rainforest type creatures drawn onto it. The mat is not very thin so I would always lay it on our rug rather than the laminated flooring just so Jack was a little more comfortable. The head rest never seemed that good as Jack would always work it out from under his head.
The bar that hangs over the head is brilliant and has two tags where toys can be dangled. One tag has a Velcro strip on and the other it extra thick so it can be threaded through a toy and it keeps it in place. The toys which come to hang there are good and one is of a small plastic tiger like animal but in a black and white colouring. This animal is holding a ball that can be spun and when it is there are two different tune modes that will then be played. It took jack a while to be able to spin it but as soon as he had mastered it he couldn't be stopped!!! The other toy that can be hung up is a pair of butterflies that are lovely bright vibrant colours. Jack still loves these now even though we have put away gym we have kept these out as he loves to look at he pretty colours. There was also a soft rattle pelican that came with the gym and that can be hung up on the Velcro strip but it was a lot shorter than the other two toys and Jack could never quite reach it well enough to grab it down.
The end part of the mat which has t a toy are sewn into it was rather fun and Jack liked being on his tummy and being able to play with this section. There is a small plastic mirror of good quality that the child can play peek-a-boo in and unlike other toy mirrors the reflection is good and not at all distorted. There is also a small bit of material covering up another animal and this piece of material is like that of a flap which can be opened and closed to reveal the animal behind. Jacks favourite part of this section was the spinning plastic ball that contained little beads than made a lovely rattling sound when the ball was spun. You could see the beads inside moved round and the ball itself was easy to spin.
The final part of the gym is where when the baby is old enough to sit up they can sit and play with the tall giraffe and tall tree that are either side of one end of the play mat. There two parts are detachable and can easily be popped out or in of the two holders that are there. Jack wasn't so keen on these as they didn't really do that much. We have kept these out as well since packing the gym away but he is not really that interested. The giraffe looks nice and is like a soft toy on a soft pole and when shaken it jingles as there is a rattle inside this too.
All in all though I think this was a really successful and useful product to have. The toys that came with it are still in use and it is not packed away waiting for the next arrival. It was pretty hard wearing and can easily be wiped clean, and it was a lot! It kept Jack occupied for good periods of time where I could get on and do some of the house work that needed to be done. Jack enjoyed it and I think it helped him to be able to reach up and grab this toys that were hanging above him.
I would rate this product highly at 10/10. I have had no problems with it. It was a good price compared to some that are available. The fact that we are still using some of the detachable toys now makes it a worthwhile investment. And I will definitely be getting it out for my next child. I would recommended this to anyone who is having a baby soon or indeed thinking of a present to get for someone else. It is widely available and I am sure you could get it on line for a cheaper price than I paid.
Recommended. I hope this has been of some help to you. Thanks for taking the time to read.xxxxxxxx
Lay under play, Tummy Time and Sit and play. With hanging toys to entertain, a bell and supporting tummy wedge.