I’ve been searching for the perfect play mat to tick all my boxes - and I think I’ve found it!
The Skip Hop TreeTops Friends Activity Gym has a cute woodland design with neutral colours, suitable for boys and girls. There’s enough colour to capture babies’ attention, yet steers away from the in-your-face tackiness of the usual children’s toys you find on the shelves.
The play mat went in the washing machine before use, and it came out perfect on the other side and smelling fresh. It was easy to assemble, no instructions needed. It comes with five hanging toys, each one does something different (some rattle, some squeak). I like how the toys are evenly dispersed and swing low for the baby to reach. As the toys relatively large, my one week old baby has already batted the owl a few times, much to my surprise! The apple with a mirror on the other side is another one he likes, and I’m sure when he more mobile and teething, he’ll like the bird with a teething ring attached. There are also additional loops for other toys you may want to hang.
There are 17 developmental activities on the mat, I’m yet to discover them all and I’m sure my baby will have fun working them out too when he’s a few months old. The various textures and fabrics on the mat and the hanging toys will definitely be good for developing his sensory skills. There’s also a tummy time pillow for when they are able to hold their head up.
There are lots of different play mats out there to choose from that all do very similar things - but I would definitely say this is the best play mat I’ve come across yet.