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Infantino Travel Gym

travel gym for infants that transports easily

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Mixed Feelings--Monkeying in the Middle

  • May 18, 2009
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This play gym was one of my shower presents that I pulled out when my son was born. He didn't have much interest in it for the first month, but since then has enjoyed the mat for lying on and reaching up towards the toys. He is now exactly at the 3 month mark and able to reach the center ring without a problem. He seems to enjoy it.

On the surface, this is a nice little gym, easily portable since it zips up and has handles. Works well for young children and has bright colors and stimulating toys hanging from the arch. Our son particularly likes the dangling mirror toy and talks to the reflection of himself. However, there are some design features that are not entirely intuitive--my husband and I didn't realize the red pockets on the bottom opened up and the purple feet swung out to form an 'L' on both sides to support the arch. Before that we were using books to support it and baffled as to how anyone could keep the arch up. Now that we've figured out the trick, no books are needed.

This is clearly a toy for very young children. Our son at three months is just about ready to outgrow it: he'll be rolling over soon and right now is crashing into the arch when he tries. Also, the toys are not meant for him to chew on, and it won't be long before he's able to. He's managed to hit the arch over with his legs if we don't place him well under it (seems to enjoy that game). I believe that the play gym is meant for about up to three months or so, thus I'm not entirely surprised about the fact he's outgrowing the gym.

I am, however, concerned and confused by a few things. The first is that the mat should be machine washable--but I can't figure out how to detach it from the plastic parts to throw it in the wash. I've had my entire family try to figure it out. However it works, it's not obvious or something is wrong with my particular mat. Secondly, one of the tags included on the play gym has a clear warning that states there is a strangulation hazard and that it should not be attached to a crib or playpen. This goes against that actual advertisement for the item itself which touts the fact that it is designed to attach to a crib. So, unless that warning is meant for the mat part of the structure alone (and it is not clear that it does) I am faced with a very mixed message.

Overall I'm more confused than entirely dissatisfied. This isn't a bad product for a 0-3 month old infant, but I'd like to have the difficulties I'm having cleared up, and would have like the supporting feet to be a little more obvious.

Happy Playing! Shanshad ^_^

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June 19, 2009
Thanks for the review! I have a little one, and since we have a pretty small appartment I have a Boppy travel swing instead of the full size, the Infantino Travel Gym seemed appealing also but now after reading your review I think I'll pass! Maybe I'll spend my money on a Mothering subscription for next year instead, money well spent :)
 
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