Which playmat or floor gym to buy?
Floor gyms are so-called for good reason: they are very much designed to encourage a baby workout. There are many different features that align directly with new-borns' growth and developing mobility. If you feel like your baby is ready to start experimenting with balancing in an upright position, some mats come equipped with a supporting cushion and sensory toys to sit and play with. There are also tactile objects that serve as teethers and help to strengthen your baby’s grip. Some gyms also feature large discovery mirrors to encourage self-awareness: before too long your baby will be interacting with their own reflection and for the first time capturing their lovable smiles. You won’t believe how quickly they grow up!
Of course, not every baby is quite ready for all this high exertion, and so many playmats provide cushioning for them to kick back and relax on, while gently encouraging the building of neck and arm strength. There is an abundance of machine-washable products with soft anti-allergic filling to allay your worries, and many playmats are made of a soft foam, which when placed over a hard surface floor, can be useful in preventing too many tears from any little bumps and bangs encountered while playing.
Puzzle playmats are an excellent way of promoting an older child’s learning and developing hand-eye coordination as they piece the squares together for their baby brother or sister. Why not check out a series of numbered or alphabetised foam squares to make things scholarly while keeping a cold floor away from your baby’s body? There is a wide choice of mats and gyms that are lightweight and durable in the face of everyday baby mess from feeding and play time. Many playmats and floor gyms come in familiar themes and bright colours, ensuring your child will want to keep coming right on back to playtime. And with their comfortable cushioning and accessories, your baby can learn independent play in a safe and secure environment.