There is nothing better as a parent than watching your newborn learn more about the world and develop new key skills that will remain with them for life. If you are looking to provide your baby with a safe place for your baby to develop, grow and learn, then you need a baby play gym and/or playmat. Beyond that, though there many other great benefits of owning a baby gym or play mat for your child. In the following post, we look at the best reasons why you should invest in one as soon as you can.
They Help Keep Your Child Safe
We’ve already touched upon it, but it’s worth focusing in on the safety that having a good quality baby gym brings. Compared to other toys and rattles that can be choking hazards, baby gyms and mats are designed with the safety of your baby firmly in mind. As well as providing a non-slip surface for them to play on, all the educational accessories and toys are made from incredibly durable materials so will not break easily, despite all the chewing, slobbering and pulling your child might make them endure.
Those toys are also big enough that they aren’t choking hazards.
They Are Very Portable
There may be a lot of travel involved after you’ve given birth, as you go to visit relatives, friends and midwife/nurse appointments. On social visits, it helps to take something that’s a nice comfortable reminder of home, that will keep them safe and entertained. That’s why it’s great that most baby gyms are so portable. They can be easily folded up and put into a special carry bag and taken with you wherever you and your little one go.
They Stimulate The Senses
When children are babies, every bit of their life revolves around their development. Baby gyms are designed and help to stimulate their senses. They are usually made with brightly coloured fabrics with a variety of different textures. Smooth plastic toys, rough and coarse (not too coarse of course) ribbons, plush animals that will appeal to the more tactile youngsters.
Another key accessory that a lot of baby gyms tend to feature is a mirror. This enables your child to see their reflection for the first time. There are also other toys that make sounds when they are moved or pulled.
All of this may seem trivial, but it plays an important role in ensuring their senses are developed properly. Playing with a baby gym can also be used as a way of assessing that they are making the right kind of progress and that there are no developmental issues that need to be addressed by specialists.
Hand to Eye Coordination and Development
Baby gyms, as we’ve noted help with the development of your children. As they feature hanging toys that your children can grapple, grip and pull, this helps with the development of their hand to eye coordination and fine motor skills.