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Happy Safari Play Mat

Submitted by on September 10, 2009 – 3:38 pmNo Comment

“He’s a big fan of the mirror on the Happy Safari Play Mat, which is great, as it encourages him to roll onto his front for a  better look at himself!”

Buy online at Mothercare

Price £17


Initial thoughts: We wanted to get Dylan a new play mat as he was looking increasingly bored every time we plonked him under his baby gym, and also he needed more room for manoeuvre as his rolling around skills were improving.

There’s already a bit of an animal theme going on in his toy box (and his bedroom… and his wardrobe…), so this one seemed to fit the bill nicely with it’s bold, colourful animals plus plenty of hidden surprises – crinkly bits, dangly bits, baby-proof mirror, squeakers and bells.

We liked: Pretty much everything really! It’s a good size, without being so big that you need to rearrange the furniture to make space for it, and really good quality, it feels nice and cushioned – like your baby is laying on a light duvet rather than a sheet.

There’s a lot to keep your little one amused too – Dylan got stuck straight in when we put him down. The giraffe squeaked as he rolled over it, which made him giggle, the fuzzy felt leaves made his favourite crunchy noise, always good, and he was delighted to find the dangly rattles sewn into the border. He’s also a big fan of the mirror, which is great, as it encourages him to roll onto his front for a better look at himself!

We weren’t keen: It’s a pity that the rattles can’t be removed for washing, and having been through the machine twice, our giraffe is looking a little bobbly, but other than that, really can’t fault it.

This is a really good buy. From a parent point of view, it’s great quality, well made, and a reasonable price. From a baby point of view, there’s lots of colour, textures and activities, plus plenty of room for rolling around.

[By Leslieanne – Life with a Little Dude]

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