Saturday, January 18, 2014

10 Best Play Mats for Your Baby : 6 - 12 months old

Your baby at around 6 – 12 months old is the age of exploration and learns about the world around him.  He is naturally active and enjoys something new.   At this age, babies are normally naughty.  I can say that the first year was a magical moment in your baby’s growth.

Choosing play mat that has various toys will help stimulate your baby's senses and develop your baby's sensory side.   I would like to suggest you here below 10 best play mats for your baby : 6 - 12 months old.

1)  Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Gym

This bright and cheery activity center encourages healthy development while entertaining and calming your baby.  It is very fun, interactive, and educational activity centers.   

The gym features a quilt with a silky border and colorful arches supported by an adorable giraffe. A variety of links let you attach toys up above or down below to capture your baby's attention.  A cushy monkey, jingly toucan, cute elephant, and parrot with spinning paddle invite your baby to bat them around, an action that helps develop gross motor skills. You can also place your baby on his stomach for some back-strengthening "tummy time." 

For added excitement, there's a spinner with rattling beads, spinning butterflies, a shiny mirror, and a crinkly leaf. To suit your baby's mood, this gym offers three modes of play. In the first mode, your baby's movements set off eight to 12 seconds of lights and music, which helps teach your baby about the relationship between cause and effect. Another option is the music mode, which develops your baby's auditory sense with 20 minutes of continuous music. Finally, the rainforest mode plays 20 continuous minutes of rainforest sounds while your baby plays or simply relaxes--don't be surprised if he's soothed right off to dreamland!

2)  Infantino Twist and Fold Activity Gym, Vintage Boy

Colorful activity play place encourages sensory development.  Your baby will twist and shout for this new take on a classic design.  The super soft activity gym is filled with fun features and plush play pals. It’s the perfect take-along for big adventures or for turning little spaces into big fun!

3)  Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, Discover 'N Grow

When your baby kicks, music plays, lights sparkle and that’s just the beginning. Movable toys on the overhead gym encourage your baby to bat and grasp. Move the arch down for tummy-time play, or let your baby sit and entertain you with a piano concert.

4)  Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym

Your little discoverer will never lack for stimulating activity with the award-winning Tiny Love Super Deluxe Gymini with Lights and Music. The Gymini is designed to entertain and provide developmental benefits to your baby during 3 separate stages, from newborn to 10 months.

This newest feature-packed version includes a lights and music touch pad, with flowers that light up and flash on the mat when music is playing and 2 music choices: Mozart classical or nursery rhymes. Features a brightly colored, padded mat and arches with fascinating activities and friendly animals dangling from plastic rings. Each darling animal or dangling toy has a different sound or texture, like the soft monkey with springy legs to pull, the spinning, rattling parrot with crinkly wings, the new jitter pull toy elephant, the bead rattle and teether, and the rattling giraffe. 

Once your baby can enjoy tummy time, colors, pictures and 6 delightful activities and textures on the mat—including peek-a-boo, squeaker and crinkly areas—are sure to keep him entertained. As your baby grows, the large mirror motivates him to rise up on his hands, strengthening head and shoulder muscles and he can initiate pulling encouraged by the new Tiny Love jitter pull toy. Peek-a-boo activity also teaches object permanence at this age. 

5)  Baby Einstein Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym

This soft activity gym features dancing lights, classic melodies and 6 activities for your baby to discover. 

For tummy time play, the mat features a whale shaped prop up pillow that accompanies your baby on this underwater adventure. The sea comes to life with the crisp and colorful real life imagery. 

The 3 1 electronic toy has 6 melodies that can be your baby activated or play continuously for 25 minutes. Soft textured border encourages tactile development, while the soft developmental Octopus toy is sure to be your baby's favorite to take on the go.

6)  Tiny Love Gymini Move and Play Activity Gym, Animals

The TINY LOVE Gymini Move and Play is a five-in-one activity gym that adjusts to your baby's developmental stages. With a sliding arch connector, an extra-large mat, and a variety of baby- and parent-activated toys, Gymini Move and Play offers endless playtime options and a stimulating environment for your growing baby.

The soft mat features friendly animals, bright colors, and a variety of textures to keep your baby engaged. There is a zebra with a 3-D mane and tail, a square crinkly toy, and an elephant with a peek-a-boo flapping ear, all of which encourage exploration during tummy time. 

Your baby will smile and giggle as he pulls the monkey teether, activating lights and music on the arch connector toy. The seven different tunes and unique light pattern will encourage your little one to stretch, reach out, and discover. 

With engaging colors, textures, lights, and sounds galore, the Gymini Move & Play is a multisensory activity gym. All of the toys--including the monkey rattle, sun-and-cloud rattle, jitter elephant, colorful teether, and adjustable mirror--attach to the arches with sliding rings, so you can place them near your baby for easy viewing, batting, and grasping. You can even detach the toys for fun on the go. 

7)  Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym

Lots to do and see in the Treetop.  This adorable, Activity Gym has soft, linen and patterned arches and a matching supportive Tummy Time pillow. 13 easy to hang loops and 5 hanging toys offer irresistible multi sensory play for your baby at every stage of development. 

A mirror and sounds on the mat surface add to the fun. Mirror Apple, has baby safe mirror and tuggable stem, Chiming Owl, with felt ruffled tummy for tactile play, Rattle Birdie, with see through rattle and crinkle wings, Nutty Squirrel, squeaker is soft and cuddly, Singing Birdie with wooden teether and crinkle wings plays sweet sounds.

This activity gym encourages reaching and engages your baby's senses. Baby Animals Activiy Gym is in a circular shape, and has darling animal graphics.  Comes with 4 linkable toys and bolster pillow for tummy time. 

9)  Bright Starts Petals and Friends Activity Gym

Super soft and cuddly, the Bright Starts Petals & Friends Activity Gym will make a perfect gift for your baby girl. Available in a vibrant color, and featuring a cute floral design, this baby play mat looks very appealing. The bright plush bird in the center plays four different fun melodies that will certainly captivate your baby.

10)  Baby Einstein Caterpillar and Friends Play Gym

Let the discovery begin with Caterpillar and friends.   This large, soft play mat features classical music, dancing lights, and 6 activities so your baby will be engaged for hours of play.  

For tummy time, there is real life imagery on the washable play mat.  The star-shaped electronic toy attaches to play gyms, carriers, and most cribs, and has baby motion activated lights and 8 classical melodies. 

Additional toys include: plush Dog chime, ring rattle, discovery cards with real life imagery, Frog rattle with bead chaser, leaf-shaped water-filled teether, and large baby safe mirror.

I believe your baby is very meaningful and memorable for you.  Preparing the right environment and choosing the great toys will help promote development in your baby.  And I can guarantee you that these 10 play mats are best for your baby : 6 - 12 months old.   Let’s buy one for him!








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