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As a parent, you might ask yourself how to promote your children in the best possible way, while still being able to pursue your own hobbies and have some time for yourself. The right toys that provide your child with the ability to entertain and promote them in joyful way make all this possible. However, choosing the right product often turns out to be quite difficult. When is the best time to supply your baby with a play mat, an activity centre or a play bar? Which brands offer the most important features for promoting your child while being available at a reasonable price at the same time? Below, we give you an overview of the most important things you need to look out for when buying an activity centre and play bar. More information >
When buying a crawling blanket or play mat for your baby, you should think about where you want to use it. The right size and suitable material are decisive factors in crawling blankets. Your child must be able to romp around and crawl on the blanket. Therefore, please pay attention to a sufficient size before buying a play mat. Neither should it be too small nor too big for your little one. Bear in mind that you might want to take your play mat with you to grandma and grandpa.
A play mat that features a size of 100 x 135 cm is a good compromise in terms of size and mobility. The play mat should also be soft and have a thick pad so that your baby is provided with ample padding to roll over and move around. When your child is still very young, we recommend you to opt for a play mat that features a washable pad so that you can wipe away mishaps in a quick and hygienic way. An appealing design with bright colours also provides visual stimuli and fosters the senses of your child.
Also, keep in mind that your baby will begin to put his baby toys and other objects into her mouth. Even blankets can be taken and then put into the mouth as soon as your little one has learnt how to grasp and hold objects. Therefore, you should be sure that the materials and fabrics do not contain any harmful substances.
A play bar or activity centre refers to a play mat or crawling blanket that comes with an additional bar on which figures or toys are attached – that way, they keep your little one entertained and provide visual stimuli. That way, the visual and haptic abilities of your child are fostered. Many activity centres also feature musical elements that promote your baby's coordination and response capacity.
An activity centre stands out as a good investment since it can be used for a very long time and accompanies your child up to the crawling age. After that, the mat can be used as a play blanket. When buying a play bar, you should also pay attention to the size of the mat and make sure that you get a model that can be wiped clean easily, is free from harmful substances and has got a thick surface. We highly recommend the play bars by the brands Fisher-Price and Sterntaler.
The crawling blanket with play bar by Sterntaler features an extra-thick pad which can also be used as a play mat or crawling blanket. The little figures are to be attached by winding them around the bar and can be removed and washed, just like the play mat. This crawling blanket with play bar features a size of 100 x 80 cm and thus stands out as the perfect companion for lying down and rolling around on. For babies in the crawling age, this might already be a bit too small. The fabric is made of cotton and polyester. The crawling blanket with play bar is available in five different designs so that there is definitely something for everybody.
Bright and contrasting colours coupled with musical elements and light effects that stimulate and foster the different senses of your baby are the main features of the play bars by the brand Fisher-Price. Lights, music and natural sounds respond to your baby's movements and provide plenty of entertainment and fun for your little one.
The well-known Rainforest play mats by Fisher-Price are available in different sizes and feature different play elements. Usually, there are also elements and figures that can be detached so that you can take them with you when being out and about with your little one. Furthermore, mirrors are often used in Fisher-Price play bars, because they can help foster your baby's communication behaviour as well as the development of her self-awareness.
Fisher-Price's 2-in-1 activity centre adapts perfectly to your child's age. Your little one can explore various animal toys while sitting in her comfortable fabric seat. When your child has reached toddler age, you can easily replace the seat by a slide for her toys. This function makes the 2-in-1 Activity Centre a good investment that can be used for a very long time. The different toys and elements are colourful and loud which is typical for all products by Fisher-Price. You can use the activity centre as a successor to the play mat and thus ensure the playful development of your child from 0 months up to the toddler age.
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