One of the things I advise parent to look for when choosing a good
educational baby toy is to select one that gives a good learning
experience over a long period. Stated differently, a good toy is one
that teaches and develops a number of skills over a long period. Not
only does this make good 'learning' sense, but it is also good value for
One such toy is the
Fisher Price Singing Star Gym. By now you must know that I like
activity gyms for stimulating baby development very much, mainly since
they teach such a wide range of skills. And this gym is no exception. It
is a great combination of contrasting colors, textures, lights and
sound… all of which are used to stimulate and draw attention.
For This Toy
Now, if you go to
Developmental Baby Toys, look at the ages and specific toys
suggested. You'll notice that activity toys and centers are surefire
toys for very young babies.
Very, very young babies (say, from about 3 or 4 weeks) can get a great
develop experience with this toy. Go to
http://www.babydevelopmentnews.com/babymilestone.html and look at
the photo of the little baby playing on his back with the ball. Now,
that activity is critical to physically prepare the lower body areas for
crawling, standing and walking.
Singing Star Gym does exactly that... only better. It encourages
your baby to bat and swing at the bright and attention-getting dangling
toys while lying on his back. It does not take much effort to create
some response. These actions help develop his coordination and physical
abilities. One more advantage of this gym is that it plays 10 different
melodies thereby stimulating hearing perception and keeping your baby
occupied much longer than with a ball.
What I like about this gym is that even when your child is a bit older
(a few months) and start sitting up, the keyboard adjusts to the right
height. This stretches the learning period still a bit further and
obviously means more value for your money. The position of the gym can
be changed. It can be used when the baby is lying down, with the rattles
hanging. Then is can be tilted at 45 degrees for sitting him in a
bouncer or a car seat. Turn it to 90 degrees when he's standing. And by
changing the legs set up, it can be placed for playing while your child
Although I'm not certain of the exact number, there are at least 6 sound
modes. This ranges from:
one button playing a whole song
pressing buttons that triggers a song to repeat, and...
one button triggering a single tone... almost like a keyboard
Singing Star Gym is very well-built. But that does not mean it was
made to balance or lean on! Oh, and it really is EASY to put together.
Value For Money?
Your child will love this toy. It is good stimulation for just about
everything except tummy time. I estimate that most parents would get at
least one year's learning and development value from it... some up to
about 3 years (with one child only!).
As with all Fisher Price toys, manufacturing quality is superb… so it
will surely last to stimulate and encourage your second and third child.
Fisher Price Singing Star Gym is really a one of the top educational baby toys!
Until next time, God bless!
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