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playmat - recommendations needed please!!!!

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cantbelieveimonhere Tue 28-Oct-14 15:10:33

So it turns out the more a baby is awake during the day, the more they sleep at night!!!

Baby arrived early and playmat is one of the few things I didn't research and buy before baby's arrival.

I now want to order one ASAP.

Advice needed please!
*what would you recommend? - for stimulating baby and is good value for money, lasts well?
*stupid question, I know, but- I've seen some advertised for "tummy time" - does this mean these products are not intended for baby to ly on their back in it also?

Many thanks

cantbelieveimonhere Tue 28-Oct-14 19:26:34


NorahBone Fri 07-Nov-14 18:33:37

Hi, might be too late, but I'd go for whatever is cheapest or one you can get 2nd hand. They're all pretty much a mat with dangling toys so there is probably little difference in entertainment value.
They don't need to last very long- we had to put ours away once the baby could roll as he was off it as soon as I put him down. We had a 2nd hand elc one and it seems to have survived at least 2 babies unscathed. Saying that, machine washable is a plus!
Any mat is good for tummy time, but some have in-built cushions to prop them up. I'd get a dangly toy mat and possibly a separate cushion to support the baby during tummy time and later when s/he starts to sit up. My baby hated lying on his front before he was mobile, as most seem to, so a mat designed for this purpose would have been massively under used.

cantbelieveimonhere Fri 14-Nov-14 10:33:59

Thanks, someone loaned us one they're not using. Good idea re getting one with removeable cushion for tummy time

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