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When my son was born, I decided I wanted a playmat that was a bit nicer than the one my daughter had. I had seen this style with the detachable sides and liked the look of it. I managed to buy this Blossom Farm one 2nd hand but in very good condition.
---About Blossom Farm:
Blossom Farm is a range of toys by the Early Learning Centre designed for babies up to 18 months old. The range is designed around a very colourful farm and animals in it. These include Clover Cow, Whiskers the cat and Cloppy Pony. The toy range includes play mats, soft toys, rattles and mobiles.
---About the product:
The Blossom Farm 2 in 1 play gym is a playmat with detachable sides and a toy arch to go over the top. It is part of the popular Blossom Farm range from ELC. The play gym has a central playmat which is slightly padded and has pictures of a cow, horse and sheep on a hilly background. At the bottom there is the Blossom Farm logo. There are then two side pieces that are attached to the main mat using Velcro on the back. The side panels have more pictures of the Blossom Farm animals on them. The back panel then attaches with Velcro as well to the end of the main mat and has pictures of a farm house which has a mirror on it. The side and back panels can then be made to stand upright using fabric ties at the corners.
To make it into a play gym you can then add a play bar over the top of the mat. The bar slides through two fabric sleeves; one on each side; and then it has a plastic safety clasp on each side to stop the bar coming out accidently. The bar itself is blue and yellow and has 3 hoops to hang toys from. There are three included: a double hanging flower, the blue horse and the red cow. The horse and cow rattle when moved around.
I was really pleased when we got this home. As expected from ELC, it is well made and good quality and is suitable for my little baby boy. It was easy to put together and we were able to put my son in it straight away. He had been on other playmats before but had been unable to reach the hanging toys which made him frustrated and he got bored quickly. Instead, when we put him onto this one, he was excited and tried to hit out at the hanging toys. As these are lower than on some playmats, he was able to reach the middle one. He was able to lie on the mat for 10 minutes without getting upset as well which is great for him. After that, he was happy to spend more time in it each occasion he used it. He seems to like looking at the colourful sides of the mat as well as you can see his eyes moving to look at everything. We have also used the mat with the back section down so that my son can do tummy time and look into the mirror.
My son seems to really enjoy this product. The sides seem to make him feel more secure and the colours are lovely and bright. It does make me feel better about putting him down to do a few jobs as he can't roll away anywhere. He loves the little toys and as they attached with Velcro, they can be removed and used elsewhere, or different ones can be added instead. The sides are a bit flimsy at the open ends as there is obviously nothing for it to attach to. This doesn't detract from the product for me though. The hanging toys will help with co-ordination and the mat provides a comfy place to play and sleep.
The play gym is suitable for babies from birth and will be suitable up to approximately 12 months. I dislike spending money so the £30 it costs new, I would be reluctant to pay. However, it is reasonably priced when compared to other similar products so I feel it is worth the money. We have washed the bottom mat with no problems and wiped down the rest of the mats and toys. I am really happy with the product and would happily recommend it for little ones everywhere!
At a Glance With 3 detachable soft toys and a removable arch, perfect for entertaining your baby Features and benefits for Blossom Farm 2 in 1 Baby Gym With 3 detachable soft toys and a removable arch, perfect for entertaining your baby.The Blossom Farm 2 in 1 Baby Gym is a delightful cushioned play centre for your new baby. It's two in one ? first, a baby gym with soft-toy mobile arch, and second, a large playmat. It's also great for using inside your baby's cot, so they can explore as they rest. The three detachable soft toys ? Clover the cow, Cloppy the pony, and two bright fabric flowers ? jingle, crinkle, squeak, rattle and include a baby-safe mirror, providing plenty of interest for your newborn.Quick facts:??Baby gym converts to playmat??3 detachable soft toys with textures and sounds??Removable arch??Great for lying, sitting, kicking and stretching??Baby-safe mirrorGreat for your child's development:The Blossom Farm 2 in 1 Baby Gym is a lovely, cosy place for your baby to relax ? lying, sitting, kicking and stretching. The different colours, textures and sounds of the 3 detachable toys will keep your baby entertained and encourage them to discover their hands and senses. As your baby grows, the mat is great for tummy time play and gives them the space to roll over and discover what's around them.ELC star quality:We love the Blossom Farm 2 in 1 Baby Gym because it's so versatile to have around the home when you're getting to know your new baby. As a padded playmat, it instantly creates a soft area that lets your baby explore comfortably. As a baby gym, it gives your child a snug, fun space that's great for both playing and napping. And as the lining for a cot it makes bedtime magical.What you need to know:Adult assembly required. Warning. To prevent possible injury by entanglement or strangulation, remove toy when baby begins to push up on hands and knees. Perfect play partners: 2 in 1 Sensory Travel ArchBlossom Farm Clover Cow Sit Me Up CosyWoolly Lamb Activity ToyBuggy ArchBugs Jumbo PlaymatBugs Snail Activity Toy.