Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Product Review: Lamaze Spin and Explore Mat

The Spin & Explore Mat puts a unique spin on tummy time play, an important developmental phase for all newborns. Babies gently and comfortably spin round on their tummies, stretching and building upper bodies while exploring lots of squeaky, crinkly, tactile fun. DIMENSIONS: 14" X 17.25" X 6"

Another gift that we received when AppleBlossom was born from some coworkers of my husband was the Lamaze Spin and Explore Mat. You gotta love this ladybug! The leaves near the earthworm and the wings of the butterfly crinkle and they are definitely the favorite parts for AppleBlossom, yet more and more she is finding another interesting piece. She cannot squeeze it, but she loves to hear me squeeze the birdie who will then chirp for her. Also she loves to hear the bumblebee buzz his rattle. Then it almost goes without saying how she is enjoying the mirror. At first she would just be still and look, now she grasps the mat and kicks with her legs and pulls herself round. It is so fun to watch her learn and grow!

  • Place your infant on his/her stomach on the Spin & Explore Mat for tummy time. At first take off the spin seat. This will strengthen neck muscles and improve head control, which makes this a great baby toy.
  • Get down on the floor with your child. Your baby will love to see you at his level encouraging them to pull and tug at the different colors and animals. This will develop fine motor skills, as well as visual abilities.
  • When your child starts to hold their head up better put the spin seat on the mat and they will have fun spinning and exploring all the crinkles and textures on the mat.
  • Play peek-a-boo with your child by showing him/her how to hide the toys in the pockets or how to lift up the butterflies wings.
  • At about 5 or 6 months when your baby can sit up remove the spinner and it’s a great play mat they can still explore and play with.

  • I absolutely love the intelligent design of this toy with making the birdie squeak/chirp and the bumblebee rattle/buzz as they do in real life. I find that highly educational and praise the design. It is far less confusing that such toys that have purple zebras and such.

    Age: Newborns+ (Target Age: 3 months)

    Target Age

    Children grow and learn at different speeds. This item can be enjoyed by younger and older children depending on their interests and abilities.

    The Target Age is the time most children START enjoying this toy, game or book as determined by our Child-Experts.

    Please be aware of small-part warnings when choosing toys for younger children.

    Brand: Lamaze

    You can buy your own at It's another Expert recommended toy!

    3 comments and creative thoughts:

    Jen (Devourer of Books) said...

    We got one of these, but it is an 'under the sea' design. Daniel does like it. I haven't put him on it recently, it would be fun to see what he does with it now.

    CherryBlossomMJ said...

    Neat, I did not know there was an under the sea design (our gym is ocean)! These are old pictures, but we are still using it. She's a couple weeks behind Daniel I think in age...

    TeamOSM said...

    Even though these pics are old, she is getting SO big!! More pics, please!

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