The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquarium grows with your baby from one developmental stage to the next. Start out using the aquarium as a soft play quilt to encourage batting, grasping and kicking. As your baby grows, convert aquarium … see full wiki
The Bottom Line: great simple floor gym that grows with baby
This toy has been around a while. The new version even adds in tummy time. I am not a big fan of electronics so that elliminates a lot of gyms. Then the double arched Gymini style are way too busy and I never seemed to like the heights and locations the toys ended up at. So I looked for other options and found this gym. I really liked that it gave baby tummy time options too and grew with baby into a tunnel for crawlers.
The toy features 3 ways to "play". The first is a typical floor gym with built in mat. Baby lays on a colorful, fish themed mat with 2 soft bars overhead. The first overhead bar features 3 velcro tabs to attach toys to, the second features a single velcro tab. Included are 4 toys that can be interchanged and attached to the velcro tabs. The toys are a crinkly fish, a fish with a button to play music, a mirror and a blow up ball with a jingly ball inside. This makes for a nice, simple floor gym that baby can both bat and kick at. The 2nd way the gym can be used is for tummy time. One end of the mat is stiff and props up and attaches to the bar supports to create a floor triangle for baby to look at while on their tummy if they lift their head. The triangle features 3 velcro tabs so you can move the toys to the triangle. Lastly the toy can be converted to a soft tunnel. The velcro toys can attach to either side of the tunnel. The tunnel also features a mesh portion on one side for baby to peek out.
My daughter is only 3 weeks old but she already enjoys the floor gym and tummy time. The fish's music is not too loud and obnoxious. We had a previous version and the kids just loved the tunnel when they started to crawl, even when they started to walk they would go inside and sit down like it was a tent. It even rolls up with the parts in the center and velcros closed for travel. We have not tried this yet with this one but with the previous one we had you had to be careful how you carried it so the parts didn't slide out the bottom. I prefer taking it apart and folding it with the parts seperately, that way it folds flatter to take on a trip.
Since this toy is cloth and the support bars are flexible I can see it easily standing up to the abuse that goes on in this house. We previously had the old version of this and my kids would even fall on the support bars in gym or tunnel mode and it held up perfectly. I was a little worried about the plastic pieces that are use to support the piece up when in tummy time mode since my son kept squishing them. But instead of twisting in the plastic and breaking they comepensated in the fabric and I see now how they will hold up just fine.
This toy is also easy to clean, important with a spitter and if you have older kids this is really important too since my toddlers have already walked on it with their shoes. The mat is machine washable per the instructions. Everything else is surface washable. Our prior version was a hand me down and I am a bit of a stickler for washing hand me downs. I tried putting the support bars in the washer and though they held up fine, they floated so didn't get much of a wash. They do wash easily with a rag or even a baby wipe though. The toys can also be easily wiped clean with a baby wipe or rag. Though the 1 fish I think I could even just toss in the dishwasher. The other fish is electronic so couldn't be submerged and I would worry the mirror would permanantly fog up so I wouldn't try that in the dishwasher either.
If you are not a big fan of all the complex, overstimulating, electronic baby toys this is definitely something to check out.
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