The Fisher Price newborn to toddler play gym is an excellent first toy for a newborn. It’s a compact toy that grows with your baby and compact is just perfect in our house. It comprises of a colourful arch with friendly looking animals hanging off it and, whilst a newborn can lie on the mat and look up at the toys, it becomes a lot more fun once they can reach out and start hitting and trying to grab the little smiley creatures. Baby E started by smiling at the toys and, now at 14 weeks, has started trying to reach out and touch them.
Assemble is ultra easy and doesn’t need any tools. There are 3 major parts that slot together very quickly. The mat is in addition to these parts and you can easily hook it on and off if you need to clean it.
The mat is comfortable but thin. This isn’t a problem if your room is carpeted but if, like us, you have a wooden floor then I’d suggest putting a thicker mat (like a changing mat) underneath which makes it all a bit more cosey.
The arch is sturdy but light enough to pick up and move about and slot away somewhere in your house. We have another HUGE playmat that is always hard to store away. This one slots easily between our sofas out of the way when we need it. It’s also the perfect height to still play with when baby can sit up. The arch at the top lets you roll balls into the zebra and giraffe. There are little flaps that can be opened to let the balls roll out from the toy and forms another game for when they’re older still.
It comes with a switch to let the arch show off twinkly lights and 20 minutes of music. The music is non-annoying which fantastic although I do switch it off after about 5 minutes, playing the toy in mute is completely fine by us.
The Fisher Price newborn to toddler gym helps develop sensory, fine motor and gross motor skills and its something that’s really enjoyed by Baby E. It’s a really good toy to have around baby for a while and we’ve now been enjoying it for 3 months. I think it’ll last Baby E until he’s toddling about at least and able to chuck the balls about the house. I’d definitely recommend it as either a purchase for your own baby or as a present for a newborn.
We were sent the Fisher Price newborn to toddler play gym to review. All words and opinions are honest and my own.