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      22.09.2013 15:00

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      A real hit for a few months!

      We initially borrowed a galt playnest from my friend who commented that her little boy had learnt to sit up unaided after only a couple of weeks in it. I was unsure how true this was, but 10 days after we borrowed the playnest, Charlotte started balancing unaided while sitting unaided for short periods. This was just before she turned 5 months so very early compared to many of our baby friends. We then decided we wanted one for ourselves, so bought our own. My Mum was so impressed at the idea that she also bought one for her house.
      The playnest wasn't just good for teaching her to sit up either, my little girl loved being in it. You could load it full of toys and she would happily play contented for ages. The playnest also has flaps and sensory toys stithed around it which she would often play with too. It was a real life-saver when wanting to get on with housework around her while she happily played. We even took to for days out to the park when we had picnics over summer. It only took 5 minutes to put down and blow back up.
      By the time she turned 6 months it had started to get a little dangerous though as she learnt to escape from it! We still let her sit in it but by 7 months she was so quick to climb out of it we decided to remove it. I would definitely recommend it for between 4 to 7 months though.

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      13.09.2013 11:52
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      Thanks for reading :)

      This Galt Playnest is something we had an eye on for a while when my nephew was around 7 months due to its rave reviews and recommendation from friends, however we decide to wait until we saw the item for sale at a lower price, as we thought the price was a little high for what it was which at the time was priced at £40.99 plus. After a couple of weeks we managed to snatch one from eBay for £15 which was a great little bargain.





      == Price & Availability ==


      I have seen this on eBay recently priced at around £29.99.

      Amazon for £37.68.

      www.thetoyshop.com for £19.99.

      Tesco £25.50.





      == Design ==


      The Galt Playnest is suitable from newborn until the child out grows it, and is basically a circular ring that is fully inflatable. The inflatable ring is covered by a soft material cover that can be easily removed and is fully machine washable. I purchased the car version which has some colourful number images and car patterns located around the ring.

      The car has a number 1 located on the front which is a white colour, which standout against the red background colour. The number makes the car look like a race car, with race finish line patterns printed on the sides of the ring. The car ring has four black and white circular material shapes attached to the ring making it look like four race car wheels.

      The car showcases some nice use of colours such as red, blue, green, yellow and white. There is a detachable electronic dashboard that looks very colourful and has speed dials and a key and ignition which makes this a very realistic looking car for a little child.

      The playset not only has nice use of colours and number and patterns but also has materials that offer different textures for the child/baby to feel and explore. It has crinkly material, soft, spongy and hard material (plastic key) as well as car sounds.




      == My Experience ==


      I personally love the design of this playnest, as soon as my nephew was placed into the inner circular nest his eyes were wide open and instantly became excited. The range of patterns and the front number image is great as it enables my nephew to learn and come to recognise the number 1 and what a car looks like. The bright vibrant colours captured my nephews attention and allowed him to familiarise himself with different colours.

      My nephew started using it 7 months but continued to use it until he turned about 1 and a half. I think it was just that he had so many toys to play with and especially being such a big fan of cars meant he would prefer to play with his toy cars on garages rather sit still in a ring. During the time he did use it however, I really believe it helped him learn and recognise different patterns, colours etc I remember he would point to the key and start saying 'key' and 'broom, broom' sounds which shows he was able to associate sound with objects which is great cognitive development.

      The different textures available gave my nephew hours of fun and enjoyment; he would love just feeling the crackling texture and would giggle and interact when ever he heard the electronic engine sound that came from the detachable dashboard. The inner nest is a nice size which meant he could play with other toys while he was in the nest area.

      I personally felt this helped my nephew learn to sit up, as the circular ring provided nice cushioned support for my nephews back while he played and explored the car, even if he did topple to the side I was never worried as it is thickly cushioned. This was a great reassurance when I was baby sitting and had to pop into the kitchen for a couple of minutes to do the washing etc, as I new he would be safely playing in nest.

      We actually still have the inflatable nest today and it still looks like new, there are no holes or rips in the inflatable ring, despite it being used quite a lot during the first 8 months of purchase. This is great as we can also use it for my niece as my sister is expecting!

      My nephew would sometimes fall a sleep inside the nest illustrating just how comfy it was! Sometimes I would pop in from washing the dishes to check on him and he would be lying there safely snoring away.

      The cover is machine washable which my sister has washed numerous of times without the pictures or colours fading which shows it's made from good quality material.




      == Conclusion ==


      Overall I can not really fault this Galt Playnest as it kept my nephew happy for hours and kept him safe while he explored. It is a great little learning tool as well as a small play area for your child to sit safely while you pop in the other room for a few seconds. I think this is bargain at £15, and would be happy to pay £30 for this Galt Playnest, however I think £30 plus is a bit expensive for what it is.

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      19.08.2012 14:56
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      A brilliant product. Top notch.

      Our neighbour popped round with this just after Christmas when Baby CrazyEgg was seven months (four months corrected). He has three children and all of them enjoyed the nest. They were having a clear out and wondered if it would now be of use to us. At the time I had no idea what it was so I said "Um...". Then, not wanting to pass up a potentially great opportunity I said, "Yes, I am sure it would be useful. Thank you very much." Before I knew it our neighbour was in our lounge Huffing and Puffing and Blowing up a very large inflatable ring. He stopped when it was just about half inflated- caught his breath and issued a top tip:
      It is at this point that you put it inside the fabric cover. Like so. [Shove, shove, shove.] If you fully inflate it, you can't get it in."
      "Ah." I replied, before settling back with my cup of tea and packet of chocolate digestives to observe the next proceedings.

      As it happens, there was not that much more to see as the setting up of the nest and play gym is very easy. After a bit more huffing and puffing the ring was fully inflated, encased within a brightly covered fabric cover that featured various farmyard scenes: a sheep with a furry body...
      (Do you mean woolly, CrazyEgg?
      Would that it were, Reader, would that it were! No, I am afraid I mean furry. No elasticity, no clustering, no folds or ridges: it is not wool.)
      ...A duck that squeaks...
      (Do you mean 'Quacks', CrazyEgg?
      If only! No, I'm afraid it most definitely is a squeak.)
      ...A horse hidden behind a fabric gate that goes "Kerrrrunch!"; a scarecrow with a silky, rattley tie; a tractor on a bumpy rubbery road; a bee with shiny wings; a cow chewing hay and a pig looking pleased with himself.

      Once the nest was inflated, our neighbour took eight plastic rods from his bag, slotted pairs of them together via one-way plastic connectors so that there were four rods, slid them into tubular fabric covers, designed as rainbows, and then fitted the four top ends into a four way connector. The other ends of the rods slotted into elastic holders positioned around the nest.

      Finally onto these rainbows he hung an assortment of jangly soft toys: sun, moon mirror, ladybird and chime bird. Then he presented me with an instruction booklet. And then he went home. And here we are eight months later, and although the gym has now been detached, the nest is still in daily use. In fact as I type, Baby CrazyEgg is asleep in it, propped up with a cushion, head and feet supported on opposite sides of the nest. Elmo is doing likewise.

      What is its function?

      As with all good baby toys, the nest adapts to the changing needs and demands of your Baby. Galt have really thought this one through and the instruction booklet makes this very clear. As well as assembly instructions and safety information they have included a 'Play Development Guide' that takes you through how the nest can be used: Phase One is Birth to three months; Phase Two is Four to Eight months and Phase Three is Eight months upwards.

      To illustrate: during phase one Baby will be encouraged by the gym to look upwards and turn their heads from side to side to see the toys that can be placed close to them. The toys can be repositioned to maintain baby's interest and Galt provide two spare links so that other toys can be attached- very different to some other gyms that state only the toys provided should be used.

      We received the nest when Baby CrazyEgg was at phase two- able to control her head and sit with some support. The nest and some additional cushions provided this. The soft toys were positioned further away and she could reach up to bat and grab them. A word of caution here: we found that the gym often partially collapsed. The connectors would release their grip on the rods at various places, and cause the gym to lose its dome-shape. No harm was done since the rods are fully encased in their fabric supports, but Baby CrazyEgg did kick up a fuss when the chime bird invaded her personal space with his big beady eye staring at her, unblinkingly.

      Phase three, our current phase, demands that the gym attachments be removed. Baby CrazyEgg can sit unaided and is very steady, but very occasionally overbalances. In the nest she can overbalance in any direction and no harm is done! She has also been known to shuffle down so that her head and bottom are wedged in the centre and her legs are waving madly above her as she emits cries of protest. I think her efforts to right herself may have helped her progress in that she can now push herself up to sitting from a 45 degree angle, but obviously this is one reason why Babies should be supervised whilst in the nest.

      It is perhaps worth noting here that unlike some other models of nest, this one has an integrated, padded mat that covers the floor where the hole in the ring is. This means Baby cannot get wedged between the nest and the floor, the nest being over her face, no names mentioned (new-fangled Mothercare cat nest chair thing).

      Baby CrazyEgg is now much more interested in the farm scenes shown. She also likes to sit outside the nest and put things in it. This is good by way of household tidiness, but bad in the sense that a bit of plastic broccoli is uncomfortable to sit on when Mummy neglects to remove it. So Baby CrazyEgg says anyway.

      The Galt instructions say that the nest can also be used for imaginative play with the nest becoming a boat or a flying saucer. This will come later. Although Baby CrazyEgg is currently asleep in the nest in the last 24 hours I have witnessed the beginning of the end for its daily usage. Yesterday, following the 'brocolli up the bottom incident' the offending vegetable was cast out of the nest. Then Baby CrazyEgg decided she wanted it back. She began reaching, and then fell forward, and then- and this was new- got her legs repositioned and pushed. Supported by the nest she was able to reach a bit further, and a bit further, and then she sort of slid halfway out before being scooped up and rescued.

      So, if your Baby is on the fast track to crawling you probably won't get such long term usage as we have had. They will just climb out.

      Maintenance
      The fabric is fully washable. Despite three previous owners and many journeys through the washing machine, the colours on the nest remain uber-bright.
      The inflatable part can be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes if necessary.

      Cost
      This retails as a play nest and gym for around £40, or the nest alone for around £25. Having seen how useful it has been I would not have begrudged paying this amount.

      A really well thought out, long lasting quality product.

      Thank you for reading.

      ©CrazyEgg 2012

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        04.01.2012 00:13
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        A good piece of baby gear but not essential

        During the last month my husband and I felt that our baby daughter was outgrowing her bouncer, in terms of her getting very big in it and she was always trying to pull herself to sit up (probably out of nosiness!). We began to wonder what we could use instead of a bouncer to place her in, when for example we were having our dinner or the dishes needed washed etc etc. Having looked through Amazon, it was here that I noticed the Galt Playnest, which had very good reviews in general, although I felt that it was expensive. It retails anywhere between £16 and £25 for what is really a blow up ring, something you might take to the pool except it has a bottom to it.

        The expense of the playnest put me off for a while, plus concerns about the room it was take up, however when I saw one being sold on ebay new but at £8 I thought it was worth trying. The playnest comes unsurprisingly flatpacked in a relatively small box. There are two parts to the playnest. The inflatable ring, that requires inflating either by mouth or by pump, and then a fabric cover which goes over the ring, and is covered in colourful pictures of farm animals, which parts for baby to pull, scrunch and squeak etc. When the box arrived, there was a small leaflet with instructions which were fairly easy to follow, and my husband had the playnest erected within a short time, whilst baby was asleep.

        I must state now that the manufacturers actually say that this product is suitable from 6 months onwards, my daughter was four months when we started using it. We felt she was pretty sturdy even at four months to be safely put in the ring. Obviously at this age she cannot sit up unaided, but since she absolutely loves seeing everything around her and continually tries to pull herself up to see, we thought this would also give her some support to help her sit propped up.

        As I said my husband had this nest erected pretty quickly, however he did find the valve wouldn't stay completely shut unlike what the instructions state. Although after a little force he managed to get it secure. The instructions also state that when your baby cannot sit unaided, the nest should only be semi inflated, however when we first put our daughter into the semi inflated nest, we felt it gave her very little support, and so my husband decided to inflate it slightly more and it seemed to work better and be more comfortable and supportive for my daughter.

        There are some great points to this nest. Firstly the nest itself is wide enough that you can place some of your baby's toys in it with baby so they can have a selection of toys at hand. My daughter loves resting her arms on the sides of the ring where I sometimes also place her teethers and she can pick them up as she wants. It is something that I feel will be a great aid in helping my daughter sit unaided, as she seems desperate to get to that stage herself. The fabric cover of this playnest is machine washable, which in the case of a baby that tends to bring up plenty of milk is very useful!!

        THere are also some negatives about this product. Firstly the price. I got it at a bargain, but I really would find it difficult to justify spending anything over £20 for something which is not an essential baby item. The size of the playnest can be an issue when you don't have a lot of room to play with and your living room is already coming down with baby toys! However it can be propped up against a wall out of the way, and easily transported around as it is very very lightweight.

        All in all, if you can find this playnest at a good price, then I think it is a good piece of equipment for a baby starting to outgrow a bouncer or wanting to sit unaided. However, at full price it is a costly and space taking piece of kit, that you could do without.

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          21.10.2011 14:08
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          A safe and stimulating place for baby

          We bought the Galt Playnest when we were expecting our baby as it had been highly recommended to us by a relative who had this for their baby. We bought it from Tesco Direct for £24.99, which at the time I thought was pretty expensive but, having used it extensively, I believe it to be good value for money.

          The nest itself is like a giant rubber ring, which is exactly what the insert is. This needed to be blown up manually, which my husband managed without too much effort. This is then covered with a fabric covering which is largely nylon and red in colour on the base. The top of the ring is covered with brightly coloured pictures of farmyard animals and tractors. These are really colourful and held my baby's interest well. There are also different textures to feel suck as a sheep with a woollen coat and a bee with shiny, crinkly wings. There are also activities such as a duck with a squeaky beak and a gate that is crinkly to the touch and can be opened and closed. This is a lovely feature and one that, once my baby got older, was well used and stimulating to baby, encouraging him to explore. He particularly loved the gate and, whenever he was put in the nest, always looked immediately as to where this was located.

          Baby is placed in the middle of the ring, which is has a yellow cushioned lining and seems quite comfortable. For a very young baby, this is a safe place to put them without restricting them by strapping them in anywhere. They can also be propped up on the side of the ring to give them a different viewpoint. As baby gets older it is a stimulating place to put them in to play and explore and, when they are learning to sit up independently a good cushion for any tumbles but still allowing them the room to develop this skill.

          My baby enjoyed being in here, particularly when he was younger. As he got older he didn't want to be in here for any length of time and would try to push himself out and escape. Therefore, once he had learned to sit confidently unsupported, we were unable to use it anymore. Therefore we got about 5 months use from it. The nest is really durable however and, despite all the wriggling around and pulling at the features, it remains in the condition we have bought it in and I will definitely be using this again for any future additions to the family. It is really well made and thought out and is practical as well as stimulating. At £24.99 it was quite an expensive purchase and there are probably similar items on the market to do the same job, but it is a purchase that I am glad that we made.

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          Buy an entertainment centre instead

          When I had my first baby my sister in law gave me quite a lot of toys and baby things. My sister in law had been a child minder and had lots of baby things that were hardly used and one of those was the Galt play nest.

          When I got the play nest I was overjoyed with it as they were very expensive in my opinion. I think at the time they were around £20 and even now they sell from between £20 and £40.
          You can get just the ring or you can get a gym attachment that goes over the ring like a standard floor baby gym or activity mat. The one I had was just the ring and it was the farmyard style but you can also get a jungle theme.

          Basically you have a large blow up ring that is a bit like the rubber ring you would use in the water for swimming but bigger. You can blow the ring up yourself but I found that it was much easier to do it with a foot pump but this is not supplied. My husband is a farmer and we have a tyre inflator on the farm which inflates the ring in no time so you could go to a garage forecourt and use theirs! Over the ring you have a fabric cover that is plain on the bottom with bright pictures on the top. The pictures are made up of different fabrics and textures to make them interesting for your baby and there is also a squeaker and a crinkly piece for added variety. The pictures are mostly of recognisable animals like a duck, cow, pig and sheep and there is a farmer in a tractor too. The centre of the fabric cover is shaped to go inside the centre of the rubber ring making a 'nest' for your baby to sit in.

          The manufacturer claims that the ring is suitable from birth but I am not sure what benefit this would have to a newborn. The centre part of the ring is quite snug and you could not lay a baby flat in the ring. I used mine once my babies could sit up with support because before that they just tend to slide over to one side. One they can sit with support I found that you can prop them up and then fill the ring with toys to keep them from sliding down.

          There is no upper age limit on the ring but once your baby is rolling around and attempting to crawl it is time to ditch this toy in my opinion as they can roll up onto the edge and then fall onto the floor.
          In my opinion this ring is a huge waste of money. It is very expensive for something very minimal and simple and although it does look inviting there is very little entertainment value to be had. I have four children and I have introduced them all to the play nest and I can't say that any of them were particularly impressed. They have found the different textures interesting but this only occupies them for a very short time. I found that if they wanted to be in with their brothers and sisters this ring was quite handy for helping them be involved and at the same level as the others but it also meant that they are then landed on in boisterous games or even bounced out of the ring if they climb up onto the edge. My older children have had a lot of fun with ring when one sits on one edge and one of the others belly flops onto the opposite side bouncing the first up off the ring. This was how we ended up with a puncture and had to buy a replacement ring!
          If I was to recommend this toy it would only be to enable the youngest to be in on any games played by older sibling and only once they are almost able to sit unaided. I would say that at best you will only get a couple of months use from the toy.

          In my opinion you would be better off getting a rocking entertainment centre like the Graco or Leapfrog ones as these are portable and can be used outside but are much more entertaining and last much longer in terms of how long your baby can use them. They are quite expensive but you can pick up second hand ones very cheaply.

          Despite my initial delight I have struggled to see what all the fuss is about after reading rave reviews and foolishly assuming that the price tag meant a great product.

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          20.06.2011 20:23
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          Boring toy that doesn't keep my son amused!

          I was given this play nest by my mother-in-law who is a child-minder. The child she was looking after had finished using it so she kindly passed it onto me when my little boy was born. Although I gratefully accepted it, I am unsure I would have purchased one as I had never seen them before.

          The nest is basically a giant inflatable ring with a fabric cover to go over it. It is assembled by partly inflating the ring and then shoving it through a hole in the fabric and then inflating it the rest of the way. Once assembled, it provides a safe and soft environment for your baby to lie and play. It is brightly coloured with a farmyard design and has some different textures for baby to explore.

          My baby hated it the first time I tried him in it. He just screamed until I took him out again. He kept sliding off the edge and collapsing in a heap in the bottom of the ring!

          I persevered with it and he now tolerates it and I do use it occasionally to put him in while I need both hands free, however, he does get bored of it quickly and then starts to get cranky. I prefer to put him on his baby gym or in his bouncy chair which he finds much more enjoyable.

          The nest takes up a lot of space and can't be put up and down easily (unless you want to blow it up every day!). Although I didn't pay for it, I believe they cost around £40 new which I believe to be a bit steep for what it is and for how much use ours gets. However, I know that some babies love them and spend a lot of time in them.

          All in all, it is somewhat useful to keep my baby safe while I may be busy, however, it is a bit boring and we have toys that my baby prefers much more.

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            09.02.2011 19:14

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            A great buy for your little one helps develop independent sitting!

            My daughter is 7 months old and almost sitting on her own, she does however have trouble staying stable so i decided to buy one of these for her on the basis that it was a safe place for her to play and will help develop her muscles needed for independant sitting. It comes in two part, rubber ring and cover, partly inflate the ring and pop into the cover then inflate to desired fullness. Its wonderfully coloured, crinkly things, squeeky things, lifting things and a lovely padded center! I popped my daughter in it and she loved it! As i thought it would, it holds her nicely and when she loses balance she soon regains her posture. she is facinated by all the colours of it and sits happily in it for ages! The only thing i would say is that the inner ring seems a little on the thin side so i am hoping it lasts without punctures?!... Overall a great buy for little ones and would definately recommend to anyone with a baby! Got mine for £25 at tesco's which is pretty cheap considering some of the prices i have seen for it!

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            A GOOD PLAY AREA FOR BABIES BUT NEEDS TO BE PUT AWAY ONCE THE START TO CRAWL

            The Galt Playnest is a great play area for a young baby as it is a very soft and fun play area for your baby to play in but must be supervised closely especially when they get older and start sitting up and attempting to crawl as it is very easy for them to fall out of the nest or tip the nest over and hurt themselves.


            We bought the Galt Playnest when we had our baby girl last year and have found we have had great fun and laughter in the Playnest...you can sit your baby in the nest and they can lie back and relax while you play with them and there toys or if they can sit up themselves they can play in the nest with there toys. We found the nest great to hold all our girls toys at the end of the day...just throw all the toys lying around the living room into the nest...great storage area..;)


            ****HOW MUCH DOES THE GALT PLAYNEST COST??***


            The Galt playnest costs £25 and I would say that it was a good buy as we used it nearly everyday until our wee girl started to crawl and when we realised the playnest was more of an obstacle to her than a safe play area...she would hurt herself trying to climb in and out of the playnest.


            ***WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY???***


            The playnest is a large rubber ring which has a cloth cover that can be removed to be washed and can be washed in the washing machine which is very useful especially after accidents and we washed it a number of times and it did not discolour. The centre of the ring has a soft quilt to make it comfortable for your little one to sit or lie on. On top of the ring is bright animals that are different materials and colours that will allow your little one to touch and feel the different materials. It is very good for there sensory and touch development while having fun.


            ***OVERALL***


            I would recommend the Galt playnest (doughnut) to anyone with a young baby as it is very comfortable fun play area for them to play in or rest but I would seriously advise that the playnest can become a hazard that you will eventually find is better deflated and in the loft rather than an added hazard in the living room that could harm your child.


            I hope my review helps anyone who is looking or considering buying the Galt playnest.

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              11.10.2010 23:08
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              Wonderful product!

              I bought this for my Daughter when she was around 3 months. You can buy them from Argos, Amazon, Tesco etc and they are generally around £45.

              It has been invaluable, it was great to sit her in and play with her toys with her, put her in it for naps and I also stored quite a few toys in it. You can blow it up so it is either quite soft or very sturdy depending on your preference.

              When you get it it comes in two separate parts. You get the inflatable ring and then the fabric cover. The inflatable ring is very easy to blow up on your own but you can use a hand pump if you wish. It is very easy to assemble and took me 5 minutes tops.

              You just need to put this deflated ring in the fabric cover with the hole accessible and then blow it up. Dead easy!

              The actual nest has lots of bright colours and pictures. It has a fluffy sheep, a duck who's beak squeaks and a barn door which is made of crinkly material. So it stimulates all sorts of senses. It is deep enough to stop a younger baby getting out of but also when the baby gets older and more mobile it is easy to get in. I have now sold the ring and my daughter is 15 months so it lasted me a whole year and then I resold on Ebay for half the RRP so not a bad resale value.

              The nest is very easy to wash. You simply deflate the ring, bob in the washer and once dry assemble as you did at the start.

              Age: suitable from birth.

              Overall this is a great nest and a handy place to put baby.

              Thank you for reading my review.

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              brilliant little nest

              My son has had his Galt Playnest since he was two or three months old. I had been looking around to get him one - they cost about £40-50 depending on where you looked for them.

              Instead of us buying one, we luckily got one as a gift! It has been amazing. My son has slept in his for naps after a bath, he has learned to sit up in his nest and he absolutely loves it now that he can properly interact with all the bits on the surround of the nest.

              When we got it, it was a brand new condition. The material of the nest was separate from the inflatable ring that sits inside the nest. When I saw that come out of the package my heart sunk - we didn't have a pump and I didn't fancy puffing and panting pumping it up, either. However, it was fine! My husband had it blown up within about 30 seconds.

              We fed the material through when the inflatable part was halfway inflated and hey presto you blew it up as much as you wanted, put the stopper on the hole where you blow, zip up the material and place baby inside for a safe play :).

              I've washed the material surround a few times now and it's washed up brand new every time, however the colours do fade a little at each wash. I guess that's the trouble with bright colours, they look so bright and vibrant at first!

              When my son was able to sit up he'd grab onto the bee and barn door or duck's beak in order to pull himself up and I have to say that material is strong stuff as it's not showing any signs of wear and tear! It's great for him as it's got loads of textures and patterns on it. We have the fluffy sheep with a fleecy coat, the cows behind the barn door, the ducks squeaky beak (although the squeak hasn't worked since day one!) and the bee with his crackly wings that are also shiny.

              I love this play nest and would definitely recommend it and use it again :).

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              11.09.2010 08:46
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              This could be a good product depending on the temperament of your baby

              When I was pregnant, a lovely friend arrived with a whole bundle of products that she had used for her children. Half of these I had never heard of, including this playnest, and are certainly not things I would have thought to purchase myself.

              The playnest looks like a giant inflatable rubber ring doughnut. It has soft tactile fabric around the outside of the ring, and a quilted fabric in the centre. It is quite bulky and takes a fair amount of space to store.

              The pattern on our ring was a farmyard design, although I understand that other designs are available - Postman Pat for example. Although it is quite cheerfully coloured, I must admit that I think the patterns could be a bit more vibrant to stimulate a little one.

              These playnests are suitable from birth, and the idea is that they are a self contained area where babies can play or rest. Unfortunately however, our boy did not take to it at all. Although it says suitable from birth, when he was very tiny, it just seemed to scary a place to be left - a soft baby bouncer seemed more secure for him, and certainly appealled more.

              As he grew, he didn't become more fond of this - it seemed overly restrictive and just too alien an environment for him to enjoy. As soon as he could move a little he would attempt to get out of the nest, and then would cry in frustation that he couldn't manage it.

              As you can probably tell, this playnest was really not a hit with us. I did try him in it at different stages as he was growing to see if he liked it any more, but was always rewarded with a crying stressed baby, so it never seemed worth it.

              However, all babies are different, and I passed this on to a friend whose little girl loved it, and happily sat in it until she could crawl, and her mum found it invaluable to have a safe place to leave her for a while.

              If you want to give this a try, they cost between £25-£30 on-line (Amazon have a good selection). I would recommend that you try one with a baby gym over the top for more stimulation for the little one.

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              10.09.2010 23:52
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              Expensive but useful

              I bought this playnest for my daughter from a car boot sale before she was born. We bought it with the toy arches as well but we never actually used them. We started using it with my daughter when she was about 4 months old.

              The Galt Playnest is an inflatable ring which fits inside a fabric cover which is very brightly coloured to attract and stimulate babies. It contains 'multi-sensory features' to entertain babies as well. The fabric depicts a farmyard scene and has sections that crinkle, can be lifted to view things underneath, contain a mirror. It was very easy to set up and the fabric is machine washable which we did a couple of times.

              For the time that my daughter used this I found it really useful. She was well supported in the ring so when she couldn't sit up on her own she was able to lie back on this. She enjoyed sitting up in it and playing with the features on the ring. It was also good as I could put her toys into the ring with her and she enjoyed playing with them and throwing them back out.

              Unfortunately we only got to use this for a couple of months at most. My daughter worked out very quickly how to push herself out of this at which point it became redundant. It was also quite big and took up a lot of room in our already crowded living room! I think it would have been better if I had used it earlier for my daughter and maybe with a less active baby it might have been better.

              These sell for aboud £30 and I would have been unhappy if I had paid that for this as we didn't use it for long enough.

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              09.08.2010 22:38
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              A good baby buy

              The Galt Playnest was one of the very first baby items we bought when I was expecting my oldest son, almost eight years ago now. We actually picked this up second-hand from a car boot sale for a fiver, after the seller convinced us that this one item we would be glad to have. Later discovering that these sell for between £25-£30 new, we were pleased to have found such a bargain.

              The Playnest is essentially an inflatable rubber ring which is covered with a really vibrant hardwearing cotton cover to create a raised area with a circular centre for a young baby to sit in relative comfort. Setting this up is relatively easy, providing the ring is only partially inflated before trying to insert it into the cover. The rest of the ring can then be completely inflated to form a good support for a baby that isn't quite able to sit up unaided but still wants to have more of a vantage point to see the world.

              There are other cheaper versions of this nest available. Argos, for example, produce an almost identical Beanstalk version which tends to be slightly cheaper than the original Galt product. Personally, I love the really bright and vibrant design of the Galt nest. The colours are bold primary shades and feature images of farm animals and vehicles as well as several interactive elements, including flaps to lift up, crinkly areas and rough, touchy feely sections. Most importantly, the fabric is still machine washable and, despite being washed many times over, our original nest is still in excellent condition with no sign of fading or wear. Also in its favour is the fact that the product can easily be deflated after use and takes up very little room in storage.

              The ring is marketed as being safe and suitable from birth but, realistically, it is best suited for babies from around three months old as before that age they are generally happier lying flat on a more traditional style play mat or sitting up in a bouncer. A very young baby tends to just flop straight into the middle of the ring and need rescuing so it becomes more of a chore than an useful piece of equipment, if used too early.

              I have to admit with our oldest son, the seller of this nest was perfectly correct as it proved to be invaluable for us. My oldest was relatively late to develop the ability to sit securely without support but, as he got older, wanted more freedom and needed the opportunity to play with toys and soft books without the restriction of a bouncer. This nest gave him just enough support so that he could sit up and see more of his surroundings. He was more than content in his ring and we tended to put a selection of soft or noisy toys in the ring with him and he was kept occupied long enough for me to have a well-deserved cuppa or get on with some chores.

              The major drawback with this item is the size that it actually takes up once inflated. For us, this became much more of an issue when we tried to use this for our second son as space was already very compromised with all the additional baby equipment and an older child to occupy.

              There is also a potential safety issue raised when using this in an household or play area with other young children. I have seen these nests used frequently in toddler groups and similar settings and they are an ideal place for parents to place babies from around four-eight months old. Unfortunately, these act as a magnet for slightly older boisterous toddlers and I've witnessed many babies being rescued from near misses as older siblings take a flying leap into the bright and bouncy looking ring! Even though there is a five year age gap between my boys, our oldest would still view the nest as a mini bouncy castle and we were forever trying to prevent him from jumping straight into the nest. Fortunately, it is yet another tribute to the durable nature of this product that it survived even his rough treatment without any damage!

              Despite these reservations, I would certainly recommend parents to be to consider one of these nests, particularly if space is not a major concern. It is a lovely supportive and stimulating environment for young babies and is a surprisingly durable and good value item for the length of time it is needed.

              It is also possible to buy a more expensive version of this ring which comes complete with an overhead play arch along with several hanging Galt toys attached. For the extra £10-£15 that this version seems to cost, I can't say it adds that much in the way of value or added interest but may be worth considering if you haven't already acquired a separate play arch or baby gym.

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                05.08.2010 15:31
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                When you have a child (particularly your first one) you end up with one of absolutely everything. I was no exception to the rule when I was first pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago. My Mum loved buying stuff for her and I ended up with this Galt Playnest for her. It cost her about £20 at the time. I am pretty sure it was in the sale at Boots.

                The playnest is a cloth cover with lots of colourful pictures on it and little activities for your baby to do. Inside the cloth is an inflatable ring which has to be blown up. Once it is blown up, you sit your child in the middle and they can rest against the ring whilst playing and doing the little activities. The cover is a multi sensory cover where it has different fabrics, things which make different noises etc. My daughter loved to feel all the different textures under her hand and there was a squeaker on one bit which she used to forever squeak.

                It is very easy to put together. Just a case of blowing it up! Nothing too difficult.

                I found it really good for my daughter. We used to use pillows, cushions and duvets to cover the floor so that she would not topple over and hurt herself but with the playnest we could pop her in it and not worry so much. Babies do still have to be completely supervised as the can still try and get out of the ring.

                It washes up lovely. There was a couple of times when my daughter would get that little dribble of milk on it and I would just pop it in the wash. The playnest did not lose its shape nor did any of the little activities lose anything. We still have it out in the shed and it still looks like new.

                My daughter did grow out of this very quickly. By the time she had learned to crawl, she just wasn't interested. She was more interested in trying to make an escape from it. I believe it costs around £30.00-£40.00 now and it seriously isn't worth that much money. It just isn't used for that long for it to warrant the cost.

                I do recommend it but only if you're happy to pay out for something which lasts such a short amount of time.

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            • Product Details

              Dimensions: 19 x 80 x 92 cm / A safe and colourful support! Soft resting area and self-contained play area protect and stimulate. Babies love it! From birth onward.