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Play Mats and Activity Gyms

Your baby requires playtime to help stimulate his or her brain and gain necessary muscle strength for proper growth. Play mats and activity gyms promote the development of skills that are used throughout life. From the discovery of cause and effect to hand and eye coordination, time spent on a play mat or infant activity gym is priceless. At Pottery Barn Kids, we have everything you need to create fun and memorable experiences for your baby while spending time on play mats and with activity gyms. Take comfort in knowing that the baby mats and activity gyms to provide a safe and comfortable space for your child to grow.


Pediatric specialists recommend that a child as early as birth spend at least 3 minutes several times a day positioned on the tummy. Play mats offer a soft plush surface for the early discoveries of life to begin. This time helps to build and strengthen neck and arm muscles your baby needs for crawling and walking. Play time does tire your little one out. Offering your child a baby blanket while playing on a play mat or with an activity gym keeps away cold drafts and offers a restful place for napping. Baby shower or welcome home gifts such as thumbie blanket and rattle sets are ideal for building a sense of security for your child. As new steps and discoveries are made, your child appreciates the safety from the familiarity of thumbie blankets and plush rattles that can be grasped easily.


While activity gyms do feature different shapes and objects that are suspended above your baby, there are plenty of developmental toys to offer for skill building. Plush toys including fabric blocks and animal stackers that have different colors and textures are more than just entertainment. Learning how to make the toys work creates a sense of accomplishment that you can clearly see in your baby’s eyes.


Keeping your child’s play mats, activity gym and toys clean between uses require either handwashing with a mild soap and water solution or in your washing machine and dryer. Complete care instructions are included with all baby gear and baby care products. Play mats and activity gyms fold up easily making transporting and storing a breeze. Setting up toy storage centers in the home is as simple as placing a toy box or large wicker-design basket in play areas your child utilizes. Toy boxes and storage containers keep all toys secured and aid in the prevention of injuries around the home. Feeling confident that toys are kept clean between uses is always comforting to parents.


Familiarity is an important factor when babies are learning developmental skills. Many of the play mats and activity gyms offer offered in nursery theme designs. Placing mobiles in cribs or bassinets used in your home that pair with a play mat or activity gym you choose for your child delivers that sense of safety and security children respond well to. With the use of mobile arms that attach to the sides of cribs, bassinets and travel cribs, you are always able to set up mobiles in a safe manner for your child’s use. The easy connecting arm packs away conveniently when traveling to visit friends or family.


While play mats and activity centers are designed for the use of newborns and infants, older children appreciate interacting with new babies in the home. Older children can demonstrate how to use the various toys and attached shapes that are found on the play mats and activity centers. The quality time spent between younger and older children builds stronger bonds throughout your family.

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