I was recently sent a Chicco Bubble Gym Playmat to review.
The playmat is suitable from newborn, and has plenty of activities to keep young babies occupied.
It arrived in a huge box, and all of the items were fastened into the box with excessive use of cable ties. I am talking well over 30 of the things. Some of them were fastened insanely tightly. So much so, I actually managed to slice my finger open trying to cut one of them.
Once I had mopped up the blood, I got DaddyGeek to help me remove the rest of the parts, and assemble the pieces. Some of the assembly was a bit fiddly, but once all of the pieces were together, the Bubble Gym Playmat looked great.
The first time we put Sydney under it, she wasn’t too happy. After a few attempts, she seemed much happier. Now,she will happily lie under there playing with the toys for 20 minutes at a time – perfect if I need to get a few jobs done.
The mat itself is well padded. Syd has several playmats, and this is the thickest out of them all. She happily plays on it on the laminate flooring.
The Bubble Gym Playmat plays over 25 minutes’ worth of sounds, tunes and noises to keep your baby interested. Syd seems to like some more than others. You can choose to have it playing constantly, or only when the central toy is pulled – this setting seems to be Sydney’s preferred choice. She grins whenever she activates the sounds.
The toys are all within easy reach of Sydney. (She is 19 weeks old on the photo)! The light keeps her amused for ages in the evening. She seems to lie there watching it changing colour, quite awe struck.
I like the fact you can connect your MP3 player to it, too. Syd is happy enough with the inbuilt tunes, but it is a nice touch. The two volume options are appreciated too – I love being able to drop the volume a bit if the phone rings, etc.
You also get a pillow (not pictured) Syd has used this for tummy time on several occasions. There are 7 toys which attach to the arches. Some are teethers, some are fabric. Syd definitely likes the frog and the centre character the best. The mirror keeps her entertained too, when she bounces light onto various surfaces.
We have a toddler too, and the playgym has withstood him leaning on it, so it is sturdy and well made. The Bubble Gym Playmat takes 3x AAA batteries, which aren’t included. It has a diameter of 85cm.
Here’s a quick video showing the Bubble Gym Playmat in action.
The Bubble Gym Playmat does take up a fair amount of space, even when disassembled, but it is really quick to erect and disassemble once you have all the pieces in place. It is a 30 second job to release 2 of the poles from the light, lie them all down and roll up the mat, to put it away.
All in all, I do really like the Bubble Gym Playmat. I have knocked 1 mark off, as the packaging is a bit overkill, but I would still give it 4/5 as I think the RRP of £49.99 is about right, and the product is very well made – once you get it put together.
I would recommend it to friends.
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