Well, I blinked and suddenly Baby K is 2 months old! Time has been flying by since we brought her home and it's been amazing to watch her grow and learn new things every day.
She's become way more alert now and interactive - she's even been smiling and "chatting" with us! As she continues to grow, I want to make sure I started to include activities into our day that are good for her development. This is where the Lovevery Play Gym came in!
In this post I'll share with you everything you need to know about the Lovevery Play Gym, what's included, and if it's worth buying.
Disclosure: Lovevery did provide me with a Play Gym but all opinions are my own.
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What is Lovevery?
Lovevery is a company that believes in the power of play and its ability to help your child succeed. Beyond the basic elements of early literacy and numeracy, Lovevery believes that children need opportunities for movement, active learning, and outdoor exploration.
Lovevery has subscription kits, where you can subscribe to receive quarterly boxes (or "Play Kits") of age-appropriate toys and activities. They also have a shop where they sell other Montessori toys, like the Play Gym.
Inside the Play Gym box is everything you need to use the Play Gym. This includes:
The Play Mat
Organic Cotton High Contrast Ball
Organic Cotton Teether
Black and White Card Set
Mirror Card Set
Common Object Card Set
Faces Card Set
Setting up to Play Gym
Setting up the Play Gym was so easy to do - I was able to get it put together with my 3 year old climbing all over my back 🙂 The wooden top of the Play Gym comes in 3 pieces that clip together easily. I had it put together and ready to use within 5 minutes!
How Lovevery Play Gym is Different
The first thing I wondered when I got the Play Gym was how would this be any different than the old playmat we had from when my 3-year-old was a baby?
However, once I opened it up I realized it was extremely different. The mat itself has different activities and colors on each side of it, as well as there's a side of the mat that folds open and holds different cards inside (more on that later).
The Play Gym is also extremely sturdy and well made, and the details are so well thought out!
This is so different than my old playmat - which basically had a few toys and was colorful, but it didn't provide us with activities or ideas on what to do. As a parent, the Play Gym makes me feel good and like I'm helping with Baby K's development by doing these age-appropriate activities.
Play Gym Review
Before I used it with Baby K, I took a few minutes to read the Play Guide to get some ideas on activities to do with her.
The Play Guide is broken into sections based on different age groups, beginning with 0-12 weeks. I like the book not only gives you activity ideas, but it also explains developmental milestones during each phase and the benefits of each activity they suggest.
The Play Guide is broken up into 6 sections:
Baby K is still under 0-12 weeks, so I started with that section. During this phase, it's mostly focusing on using high contrast cards during tummy time, and practicing not only being on the tummy but also being side-lying.
In the booklet, some of the suggested activities is to put the provided high contrast cards at the top of the play gym (there are clips to hold them into place- genius!!). Baby K especially loved this and would spend easily 5 minutes staring, smiling and cooing at them.
Another suggested activity was doing side-lying with the cards. In one section of the playmat, there's a flip-up section that you can slide the cards into, and the baby can easily see them. Normally Baby K doesn't like doing side-lying, but with the cards being visible to her she loved doing it.
We've been doing these activities for a few days now, and Baby K's neck strength has already improved. She also really loves doing tummy time now!
The Play Gym also comes with a cover to turn the gym into a little fort for when they're older. I haven't used that yet but can see it being a fun feature in the future!
Is it Worth it?
The Lovevery Play Gym is absolutely worth it and I would highly recommend it to all parents! It's a gym that grows with the baby through their first year and it's way more educational than the traditional play mat. I really love having the Play Guide to help me find age-appropriate activities to do with Baby K.
I can also tell Baby K really loves the mat as well. As soon as we started using the contrast cards she completely lit up and was smiling as she was observing them. She also really liked the sounds of the batting ring and even was grasping for the contrast ball.
I'm excited to keep using this with her and see how she continues to grow and develop!
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Where to Buy
The Lovevery Play Gym is definitely worth getting and I'm so glad we have ours! It's a great way to help baby learn through play. If you're expecting a baby or looking for the perfect gift for new parents, I highly recommend the Lovery Play Gym.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Play Gym Machine Washable?
Yes, the Play Gym is machine washable.
When to Start Using the Play Gym
The Play Gym can be used as soon as baby loses their umbilical cord stump and can do tummy time! This can be as young as 1 or 2 weeks old!
What Age Group is it Good for?
The Play Gym has suggested activities for ages 0-12 months old.
What is Montessori?
Montessori education is a child-centered education method developed by Maria Montessori, and the Lovevery Play Gym is inspired by this philosophy.