Play Mats

Baby Einstein Play Mat Review

Baby Einstein play gym

Baby Einstein play gym is a play mat that provides a way of keeping a baby occupied.  It consists of a padded play mat, toys, and melodies. The main feature is the three-in-one starfish that can that can be activated by the baby’s motion or be used to play classical melodies.

Baby Einstein Play Mat Review

The play mat contains:

  • Starfish toy that can play eight baby activated classical melodies or 20 minutes continuous music, and dancing lights. It can also be attached to carriers or on cribs.
  • Other toys include a mirror, crab bead chaser, Neptune rattle, flash cards, and a ring rattle with beads.
  • Tummy time prop-pillow that is shaped as a whale.
  • Padded play mat.

Pros

  • The starfish provides motion related melodies that can help the baby to develop the motor skills. The music can also be used to soothe the baby.
  • It makes play time fun and comfortable because the child can see the animals on the mat or the mirror with the support of a prop pillow.
  • Other than the six toys, there are more toy holders where one can attach more toys.
  • The baby can play on the mat with the toys even when he/she is old enough to sit.

Cons

  • The star blinks fast for some babies.
  • The play mat is only suitable for younger children who cannot move around.

 

Verdict

Baby Einstein play gym is a padded play mat with toys that the baby can use to play with. It has six toys that include a starfish that can play melodies when activated by the baby’s motion or it can be set to play continuous music for up 20 minutes. The other toys include a mirror, crab bead chaser, Neptune rattle, flash cards, and a ring rattle with beads.

The baby can play with these toys by grabbing them or making movements to make sounds. The play mat costs around $60.00, which is a fair price considering the benefits that it provides, such as keeping the baby busy and helping to develop their motor skills.

Comparison

Other play mats are available in the market that also include a mat, arches, and play toys. Two of these are the Fisher Price rainforest melodies and lights deluxe gym and Infantino Twist and fold activity gym. When purchasing a play mat, you should also consider the features of these two before making the final decision to ensure that you make an informed decision.

Fisher price rainforest melodies and lights deluxe gym

Fisher price rainforest melodies and lights deluxe gym

This is a play mat with toys, and it is based on the rainforest theme. The mat is made of a floor quilt and has colorful arches. It has links where toys can be attached to the mat or the arches. Toys include rainforest friends such as the elephant, monkey, toucan, and parrot. It also has butterflies spinning from the arches, leaf, mirror, and rattling beads.

Features

  • Floor quilt mat and colorful arches.
  • The play gym has rainforest themed toys that include elephant, monkey, toucan and parrot. A giraffe supports the arches.
  • It offers music, nature sounds, and lights based on three modes. The first option is where the baby’s movement causes a few seconds of music and lights. The next option is the music mode consisting of 20 minutes of music. The last option is the rainforest mode with rainforest sounds for 20 minutes.

Pros

  • Music and flashing lights entertain and keep the baby occupied.
  • Tummy time is more fun with the mirror and other animals to look at.
  • Spinning butterflies, rattling beads, and crinkly leafs entertains the baby.
  • The baby can develop motor skills by flickering the toys around.
  • It is sturdy for the baby to play in.

Cons

  • It does not have enough holders to hold more toys.
  • The mat is thin.

Verdict

Fisher Price rainforest melodies and lights deluxe gym is a play mat with a rainforest theme. It consists of a floor quilt mat, toys, and flashing lights. It also includes nature sounds and music to keep the baby occupied. The price is about $70.00 and it is a good buy for keeping the baby occupied with the music and by developing motor skills with the toys provided. However, the price is a bit high for some parents.

Infantino twist and fold activity gym- vintage boy

Infantino twist and fold activity gym- vintage boy

Infantino Twist and fold gym is a play mat with arches and toys. The mat is made from patchwork quilt design and is available in neutral colors. It can be folded easily in two steps for travelling or storage.

Features

  • It has a mat that consists of a patchwork quilt.
  • Contains sound making toys that include an elephant, bird, and a monkey. It also has a mirror and a prop up pillow.
  • Easy to fold in two simple steps.

Pros

  • The prop up pillow is useful to support the baby.
  • It folds easily for travel or storage.
  • Contains a mirror to keep the baby occupied.

Cons

  • It has few toys and no links to attach other toys.
  • It does not have much music entertainment for the baby except for the toys.
  • The toys only face one side, which can be an issue if you want the baby to face another direction.

Verdict

Infantino Twist and fold gym comprises a baby play mat with a patchwork quilt mat, a few toys, and arches. It provides a place where the baby can have fun and discover various toys when lying on their back. At a price of around $40.00, it is a good buy if you are looking for an easy to fold play mat.

Conclusion

As much as the three play mats are useful for keeping the baby occupied, Baby Einstein play gym is the best of all them.

In comparison to the Fisher price rainforest melodies and lights deluxe gym, Baby Einstein has a removable starfish that provides melodies to keep the baby entertained, as well as motion related melodies. It also has more toys and links to attach other toys. It is also less in terms of price.

When compared to Infantino twist and fold activity gym, Baby Einstein contains music and melodies that entertain the baby. It also has more toys and holding links for other toys. It is can also be used to entertain older babies who can seat and not just a lying baby. This is definitely a good purchasing decision.

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