Recently we were sent the Fisher Price Convertible 3-in-1 Car Gym for review. Isla is much past the stage now of needing to lay on her back in a baby gym, however she still really enjoys being on her tummy to play and sitting up to play.
When I initially looked at the Fisher Price Car Gym I was impressed that it was a convertible toy which grew with your child, from newborn stages up until toddler stages, and even the pre-schooler get amused too. I also like that even though its a car Fisher Price have designed it very gender neutral.
The Fisher Price Car Gym was very easy to assemble and very straightforward, easily achieved within a few minutes. I simply looked at the instructions to see in which way the base supports faced (curved feet inwards) but they are easy to follow if need. You simply click the arch onto the base supports, lay the mat in between and pop the small straps into the corresponding holes. This was a little tricky with sausage fingers but again didn't take long. I did find that on a couple I didn't push it through enough and open it up the other side, meaning it popped back out but was easily put back together. You then hang the toys on the loops around the arch (I placed them as per the box), place in 3xAA batteries and your ready to go, you can use without the batteries if you wish you just get no sounds.
As I previously said this is a 3-in-1 gym meaning it grows with your baby, the three stages are 'Lay and Play', 'Tummy Time' and 'Sit and Drive'. It's simply to position the arch into the different positions with the use of the orange buttons on the lower part of the base and tilting the arch until it clicks in place at the desired stage. There is also different sound options for each play stage so you can change the sound switch over too.
The initial stage is 'Lay and Play' which allows baby to kick, wiggle and begin the rolling attempts whilst having plenty of toys to interact with and reach out for. For this stage the arch is fully upright above baby and they are lay on their back on the mat. Each toy has a different sensory experience for your baby to explore and Isla loved reaching out and grabbing for them.
Next is the 'Tummy Time', in which the arch is lay in a flat position enabling baby to lay on their stomach to interact with the toys. This encourages the all important tummy time, and enables them to build their muscle tone and explore the world, again having different sounds on the arch when touched.
Finally is 'Sit and Move' this is the stage in which we have used the most. This is where the arch is placed at a 45° angle enabling your baby to sit up and drive the car. The steering wheel can then be turned as if you are driving and the lights and sounds encourage interaction. Isla hit the toys more than actually played with them but the sounds encouraged her to keep going.
Overall, Isla has really enjoyed this Fisher Price 3-in-1 convertible car gym and the different stages we have alternated between with her. We've swapped the toys over into different positions to improve her awareness.
The activity mat itself is slightly padded, but we have laminated flooring, so when doing using the tummy time feature we have used a blanket or play mat underneath to make it more comfortable. The play mat is also machine washable, we all know babies dribble lots and vomit so to me this is an important feature. The front support part of the car seems to be a bit flimsy, possibly from being in the box during transportation so it sags a little, although not affecting the play features, but I feel it would have been better with a thicker support inside.
I also really like that the gym itself is quite compact so would be perfect for families who are low on space, whilst still having room for your baby to move inside and roll over, although a little tightly. I like the bright colours it features which keeps them interacted throughout along with the sounds.
Its a fantastic toy in which grows with you baby, and although a little pricer than other baby gyms, retailing at £59.99 its a fantastic toy which grows with your child so definitely worth the investment. There is so much on offer with this toy which I think is reflected within the price.
Please Note: I was sent this product in exchange for an open and honest review. However,all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.