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The Best Baby Play Mat That Money Can Buy

Updated on March 9, 2014

Why I Love The Fisher Price Kick And Play Piano Gym, Discover N' Grow

How many baby toys can your baby really play with for a year strait and still love? This is the best baby activity mat, play mat, or play gym that I have ever seen. It grows with your child as your child grows. My son has had this since he was a newborn baby. He enjoyed it then and still enjoys it at 1 years old! I absolutely love this, and have found it to be one of the best baby shower gifts I have ever received. It is made by Fisher Price, a well known and trusted brand. Below you will find my personal review of this, pictures, videos, and more. If you are looking for a great play mat for your baby, or for the mother to be in your life- you should really consider this one!

Why is this the BEST playmat?

Simple...

This it the BEST play mat because it is made to grow with your baby. It functions in a plethora of ways, making it highly adjustable to your child's needs and age. It can serve several different purposes! Lets start with a newborn baby. When my son was a newborn his feet couldn't reach the piano, but he LOVED laying under it and looking up at the mirror and dangling toys. He would lay there for several minutes just staring at himself in the hanging mirror and making noises. Sometimes he'd even fall asleep looking up at the toys.

Most Baby Activity mats that I have seen are geared for more older babies, but the mirror in the center of the dangling toys is perfect for a newborn. There is just something fascinating about looking in the mirror at that stage. When my son was a newborn, I used to lay his boppy pillow on the play mat and let him lay under it. He'd lay there mesmerized by the little toys that hang and dangle. Sometimes he'd even reach up and try to touch them.

Fast forward to a few months, when his little legs started to grow and he could then kick the piano. He had a ton of fun laying under the toys listening to the piano play songs and music as he kicked away. The piano is attached to the baby activity mat. There are a couple of musical settings as well: One is just basic key sounds and the other plays musical key sounds. They light up too, creating fun entertainment for your little one. Don't worry, it's not too loud!

Around the time your baby starts sitting up or crawling, he will not want to lay on his back anymore! So this is where the Kick and Play Piano Gym gets even better! You can easily (with the push of two buttons) turn the piano to an upright position. You can turn it straight up and down so baby can kick it, or you can fold it so baby can sit under it. You can see what I mean in the pictures of my son below. So even as they get bigger, your baby will still be able to sit up and put their legs under the piano and play it in an upright position. My son had the most fun with it this way!

My 1 Year Old Son

Still Loves This Baby Play Gym!

Surprisingly enough, my son is still enjoying this an entire year later! He will grab the top of it, play the piano, drag it around the living room, and even hides his blocks under the piano! So as you can see, this is definitely a baby activity mat that will grow with your child. I have uploaded several more pictures of my son playing with his own Kick and Play Piano Gym below. You can see him when he was a newborn, up until a year old playing with one of his favorite toys!

Photos of my son playing with his play mat, age newborn to 1 year old.

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Yes, even a newborn likes laying under it and looking up at the pictures!around 10 months old, he loved to sit and play it.Still loving it at 1 year old!
Yes, even a newborn likes laying under it and looking up at the pictures!
Yes, even a newborn likes laying under it and looking up at the pictures!
around 10 months old, he loved to sit and play it.
around 10 months old, he loved to sit and play it.
Still loving it at 1 year old!
Still loving it at 1 year old!

This video shows the fun in action

I had to share this video of an adorable little baby playing with the Fisher Price Baby Activity Mat. Looks like he is having a blast!

Get it on Amazon - Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym

I get a lot of things from Amazon, although I did receive this play mat as a baby shower gift. It was one of my favorite gifts too!

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, Pink
Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, Pink

This is the same as mine, only different colors. Although the one I have is gender neutral, this play mat is more girl friendly.

 

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @brayenbra: It definitely was a paradise for my son, thanks again!

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      brayenbra 3 years ago

      its look like paradise for kids

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @thebluedaisy: Thanks! I'm glad to hear it, seems like all the moms I know have this and love it :)

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      thebluedaisy 3 years ago

      My MIL bought one of these when my son was born, he loves it too!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Cute and thanks for a good recommendation. :)

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @shellys-space: Thanks! I really like the piano too- it's so versatile to baby's needs.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      What a fun play mat for babies! I love the piano at the bottom that a baby can kick and listen to the tune!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you Kiwinana, I think being a mother of boys is very special!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks like a great baby activity mat for a baby. You have a very attractive little boy, it takes me back many years when mine 3 boys were little. They didn't have toys like this in the 1960s. Thanks for sharing.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @takkhisa: Thank you Takkhis, he is definitely a hoot! I'm glad you liked my review, thanks for stopping by!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Craftymarie: A lot of people I know have this one, I really think its the best one out right now- if not it's really close!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @aka-rms: Thank you!

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      Cute and thanks for a good recommendation!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      You son is very cute and adorable! Kick and Play Piano Gym sounds a great baby toy. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Marie 3 years ago

      My daughter had one like this, she loved it.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      @Merrci: Thanks so much Merrci, I know what you mean 20 just isn't enough :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I'm out of likes for the day, but this is a great lens. Your baby is adorable! Wonderful photos. Looks like a great product.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      This looks like a fun alternative to a mobile, with lots of color and movement.