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When Mum had the triplets we quickly realised that if there wasn't someone there to help her it would be a struggle to look after all three of them, or at least make sure they weren't up to any mischief. Mum got given this at nine months, by a friend of hers and it has made a colossal difference to her. Both boys were really clingy at this stage whereas as long as Catherine was able to see what was going on she was fine. This is a great toy for babies because of the support it gives them to sit up, which is what they are always keen to do at the sort of 8 month onwards mark but they find it hard to always support themselves. By having this to sit them up, and which can also be easily moved round with them in it so they can continue to see you, it helps them (a) develop their sitting up strength and (b) allows them to see the world around them.
Mum also found that it was a life saver for keeping Catherine in one place. She started crawling around the sixth month mark, and when you have three kids it is a lot harder to make sure they are all okay at once, so being able to ensure that she was at least exactly where she thought was a dream. Be warned though that as soon as they get moderate ability at standing they might be able to get out of this as the side aren't that high.
Jayden had this play nest bought for him when he was 8 months old, he was at that stage where he certainly didn't want to lay down all the while but he couldn't quite manage to sit up on his own, I was pleased with the playnest as it meant I could pop him in there where he could sit up like a big boy and also be safe.
The sit me up playnest is sold in large box which is mainly red in colour, the box shows various pictures of the playnest and tells the customer what features it has. It basically comes in 3 parts, the rubber ring, the cover and the detachable dashboard.
The rubber ring needs to be blown up before you can use the playnest and for this ideally you need a foot pump which of course at the time we had leant to a family member, however after a lot of puffing and blowing by mark and my dad the rubber ring was inflated. Its made from a sturdy white plastic and feels strong.
Once inflated you need to pull the cover over it, we found the best way to do this was by only half inflating the rubber ring, putting the cover on then finish inflating, once on there's a zip at the back of the car which secures the cover in place. The cover is made from a red material which has a slightly fuzzy feel to it. All of the cars features are already attached to the cover, these include the wheels, the boot, the wing mirror, which is made from a nice shiny material, and the doors.
The car has front and rear lights made from a reflective material, the centre of the wheels are also made from the same reflective material too and on the front it has a big blue number 1 done in a bright blue colour. The doors are just little flaps of reflective yellow material which when lifted show a cute friendly face which to me looks like a panda. The door material has a crackly layer in it which when touched or scrunched up makes a lovely crinkly crackly noise.
The last part of the playnest is the Dashboard, this is made from sturdy yellow plastic and also has a little blue cover over it which opens up with velcro allowing you to insert the batteries and switch the sounds on or off, the batteries, 3 x AA, were supplied with the car and to insert them you need a small screwdriver to open up the battery compartment.
The Dash board has a little steering wheel in the centre which makes a nice clicky noise when turned and a button in the centre which is the horn, it also has a button to press which is the radio, when pressed it plays a lively version of "Here we go round the mulberry bush", the final thing on the dashboard is the ignition, the dashboard has a nice chunky key attached to a cord which when pushed into the ignition will make the sound of a car starting up, it also has 3 dials which are printed directly onto the fabric.
The actual nest where Jayden sits is made from a nice bright yellow and red spotty material which is slightly padded, the cover is washable at 30oc although surprisingly I haven't had to wash ours yet.
Once blown up the car play nest measures approximately 92cm's long, 72cm's wide and 19cm's high.
From the first time I sat Jayden in this playnest he has loved it, he's able to press the button for the radio and horn and also he turns the wheel, the ignition key is not so easy for him, his little hands cant quite co ordinate the key to get it in the slot correctly, in my opinion though this is quite hard for a little person to do.
I think his favourite part of the car though are the doors with their crackly sounds when he touches them, he loves these and will sit for ages playing with them. If he starts to get a bit fed up with the dash board it is easily removed and I put some other little toys or books in there with him which he likes.
The Sit Me Up Playnest was purchased by my parents from Argos for £39.99, whilst I think this is slightly expensive for what you get I do recommend the play nest. Its somewhere where I can keep Jayden safe and contained and I know he wont hurt himself. This is aimed at babies from 9 months but there's no reason why a toddler couldn't enjoy this too, the box states up to 4 years but obviously this depends on how tall etc the toddler is. We had friends call around the other week and their little 3 year old loved it, it immediately became "daddies taxi" for him so I think Jayden will enjoy this for a long while.
I would like to see a few more features or things to do around the edge of the nest especially for that amount of money but my little boy loves it and spends ages messing around in it either with the dashboard or with other toys which he takes in there and when he's older his imagination will turn the little car playnest into anything he wants.
If you are looking for this type of product I would recommend taking a look at this, it has already had an awful lot of use in our house and with it being light we often take it to nanny and granddads house too.