When the courier knocked on our door on a very wet Friday afternoon, I was overjoyed to see the large box in his hands. By that point we had exhausted most avenues of play, we were all tired after a rough night, and we’d reached the point in the day where CBeebies had started to repeat itself…
Enter the Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym from Fisher Price.
Busby helped me piece it together, which didn’t take longer than 10 minutes, and once I’d located some batteries (3 x AAA) we were ready to roll.
The beauty of the Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym is that it does what it says on the tin; it grows with your child. The gym has three “grow-with-me” stages:
- Lay & Play
- Sit & Play
- Stand & Play
It’s been a huge hit in our household for both children! Busby loves playing with the balls, and also lies on the mat, playing with the animal toys that hang down. Her favourite feature, however, is the continuous music mode which plays songs for 20 minutes. She enjoys dancing to the music and singing along to the songs she recognises.
For me it’s been a sanity saver; Indy is a Velcro baby, and this teamed with his insanely gassy tummy means he’s not overly keen on being put down, especially on his back, for long. However, he loves the gym! At times I’ve had to prop him up slightly so he’s not lying flat, but if I switch the gym onto continuous music mode he’s more than happy to lie there, watch the lights dance and listen to the music. He’s also started interacting with the gym, throwing out some moves to try and hit/grasp the animal toys.
The gym comes with five balls, three hang down animals and a washable play mat. Obviously all balls have already been lost underneath the sofa at various points, but that’s part of the fun…! Aesthetically it’s very bright and colourful, with an animal theme, which is always a conversation starter with a Toddler.
The Fisher Price Newborn-to-Toddler Play Gym costs £56.99, and I would definitely recommend it for families with a newborn and a toddler as it’s fantastic for sibling bonding. Indy is already interacting with the baby gym at 8 weeks old, and I can see it being brilliant for his development in the weeks to come.