64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
i love this! unlike a lot of gyms it doesnt have obnoxious music, jangly noises, flashing lights, or any of the other things that often annoy me in baby-entertaining items.
there are nice surprises in the mat-- crinkly sounding leaves, a soft kind of velour-ish leaf, a flower that squeaks if you press on it, a mirror in the trunk of the tree (very nice for tummy time!)
the hanging toys seem pretty high quality, and are very cute! the owl makes a chiming noise and the apple is velvety to touch and has a mirror in it. my son also seems to like the pillow that comes with it, especially for tummy time.
the only thing i wish was different was the thickness-- i would like a little more cushion in it.
105 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
I picked this activity gym over the hundreds available on the market mainly because Amazon states under its material type as cotton. I really try to avoid purchasing baby products that are polyester. When I received it, it's 100% polyester, which is why I took two stars off. But I kept it because out of all the activity gyms out there, I think this is the one that is the least of an eyesore in my living room. My daughter absolutely loves laying on this and staring at the animals. She actually did her "tummy time" the longest she's ever done with this. It gives me 20 to 30 minutes a day to get things done and she even fell asleep on it once. Overall, I think when it comes to picking activity gyms, it's more the parent's preference than the baby's. Babies aren't too picky about how things are designed and can be amused by the simplest things. Parents like to "overstimulate" their babies with the toys that light up and play music and it's really not necessary to keep a baby happy.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
I purchased this activity gym mainly because of the style. I find a lot of baby products to be annoyingly bright and chaotic. This one had a nice color palette and a cute design. The mat is very soft and is a good quality fabric. The mat has leaves with differnt textures, a mirror, and flowers with squeakers in them.
It comes with 5 toys that you can attach to the arches, but that you can also remove and take with you in a car seat or stroller. The toys are: 1) an owl with a chime inside 2)a bird with crinkly wings and a rattle 3)an apple with a mirror on one side 4)a bird with a wooden ring and crinkly wings, that tweets when you squeeze it, 5) a squirrel. When my daughter was newborn she loved to lay and look up at the hanging toys and adored the bird toy that tweets. Now that she is 4 months old and is already starting to crawl/scoot, she loves grabbing the toys and especially likes looking in the mirror on the mat during tummy time.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
-several toys to play with and you can change the position all the time
-comes with a little pillow
-bars are detachable for exclusive tummy time play
-extra loops for more toys or switching the position of toys
-toys don't hang low enough in the center areas
-a couple of the toys aren't really interesting
We loved this activity mat for our son. We purchased it when he was about 1 month old. We started using it with him to get some tummy time without the bars installed, and then transitioned to having some time on his back to reach up and grab the toys. We never really used the pillow all that much. His favorites were the owl that jingles, the bird with the rattle balls, and the bird with a wooden ring. The apple and the squirrel don't really do anything; they're just cute. We actually bought a second owl to use in the stroller and car because he loved it so much. You can buy it separately. My only complaint about this gym is that the toys were too high up for our son to reach. He wanted to be able to grab them and pull them to him as well so we put his favorites on ID badge clips so that he could pull them closer (we were always with him when he was playing with it). It would be nice if the cloth strips were elastic or if they included some links to make some toys hang lower. It is nice that there are loops to hook toys all the way down the bars. The mat has some textured leaves, a little mirror, and a squeaker.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
I wish I had this for my first daughter. I picked this one up for the second time around and love it. It's easy to collapse and move around the house. Easy to clean. The characters are cute enough to entertain my 4 month old. My 3 year old even loves it to play with.
Totally worth the buy.
30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
I love this activity mat. It is so cute and modern. The baby loves it and it looks good in my house; it's not to crazy colored for my taste. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because you can't fold it up. I had the Fisher Price Jungle one and you could fold up the bars so it wasn't open, and easy to store. This one, if I have to put it away for any reason, I would have to take it apart. It is easy to do so, but kind of a pain in the butt.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
We were initially drawn to this activity gym because if the adorable owls. Our son's room is decorated in cute owls. The styling and colors used for this activity gym is soooo much better than others I've seen. The quality is also very, very good! It offers some bright colors but is overall subtle and relaxing so as not to overstimulate baby with too much busy-ness. The hanging toys are wonderful! They are all adorable and they each offer baby different sounds and feelings to explore, play, and learn.
We started using this for tummy time ever since he was very little. As he's grown, we've seen the activity gym almost come to life at each new milestone. This is incredibly great for baby's hand/eye coordination development. First, he noticed the toys. Then, he wanted to interact with them. When he first started learning how to use his hands, it was something that took lots and lots of practice. He began clumsily batting around at the toys. When they made a noise, it offered him positive reinforcement. Then, about a week later, he would focus on one specific toy. Then, he would slowly move both of his hands toward the toy and touch it in slow motion. A few days after that, we'd hear him batting the toys on purpose. He was able to get them each time instead of by chance! Now, he's 4 months old and his new thing is to grab two toys at once while using his feet to get a third toy. The concentration and coordination he's able to use to do three things at once at his age is amazing! I think this activity gym has provided him the perfect developmental support he needed to learn how to use his hands and learn to kick things. He has so much fun just laying and playing with the birds, grabbing their wings, and kicking his feet up into the air over his head. Because of the practice he's had playing with this activity mat, he's already able to transfer objects completely from one hand to another--very early for his age! It was amazing to see him go from noticing his hands, to trying to use them, to where he's at now in such a short period of time! Proof that this activity gym is very important for baby's developmental needs.
While there are many activity gyms that play sounds and music, we actually like that this one does not. This way, there are no unnecessary distractions or over-stimulation. Baby can just focus on learning to use his hands and improve his hand/eye coordination. However, after about 3.5 months, we discovered that the bird with the ring at the bottom makes a "Tweet" noise when you squeeze it!
All of the toys are easily adjustable and interchangeable. Sometimes we'll unhook one to let him hold it and play with it up close. This is super easy to assemble and the mat is machine washable, which is very important for this stage in our baby's life when he's constantly drooling and spitting up. We are planning a holiday trip next week, and will definitely be packing this activity gym into our suitcase! He enjoys playtime with this every day, so it's become an important part of his routine. We've begun putting it inside his play yard to get him used to being in there. He just loves it!
Bonus: The included tummy time pillow was also great for us to use to prop him up in his infant snuggle nest when he wanted to take a nap laying on his side.
Our little guy loves this as much as we love watching him play! I highly recommend this activity mat for your baby, too!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was dead set against a baby gym because I think most of them are ugly and I did not want one in my living room. People kept telling me this was a mistake, because babies love these things, and they are great for developing hand/eye coordination. I finally found this one and decided that it is the only one on the market that I think is cute! I put it on my baby registry and received it.
When my son was about 3-4 weeks old he started having longer periods of time where he would be alert. I started out putting him on his play mat for about 10-20 minutes at a time, and now at 3.5 months he can seriously play for over an hour! He loves to grab at the dangling animals and I love that you can hook other toys onto the loops for variety. The little pillow is good for tummy time, but at 3.5 months it's not needed anymore. We have this set up in our living room 24/7 and I don't hate looking at it. In fact, I love that we have it because it keeps him so entertained.
It's a pricey mat, but well worth the money. I was lucky to receive it as a gift. Love the owl motif. Sometimes other people are right!
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
Like everyone else, I bought this activity gym because it's the cutest one on the market. However, the mat is too thin to use directly on hardwood floors. My baby liked grabbing at the toys for short periods of time, but it didn't keep her entertained for more than 5-10 minutes. Once my baby outgrew the activity gym, I detached the toys to use in her playpen or as stroller toys. Today, she was sitting in her bumbo on the hardwood floor playing with the bird toy with the wooden ring. She was tapping it on the ground, not even with much force, and the wooden ring broke. Luckily, I saw this happen and could remove the broken pieces before she tried to put them in her mouth. I imagine this could potentially be dangerous and wanted to warn other parents. If you purchase this activity gym, I would strongly recommend removing and discarding the wooden ring or at the very least not detaching that toy from the overhead bar. I have read reviews about this happening with their stroller toys that have similar-looking wooden rings, so I would be careful with any of their products with these rings. I have posted a photo of the broken toy for your reference.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
It's one of the few places he gets super excited, with his legs and arms kicking as he smiles! He seems particularly entranced by the owl with the bell inside.