What are playgyms & entertainers?
The playgym, entertainer or bouncer is a brilliant option for having somewhere safe and sound to put your baby down that entertains them and helps in their early development.
Many parents choose these products as a fun option that is safe for their baby.
Playgyms – Comfortable, safe and fun for baby, playgyms help your baby’s cognitive development where they can learn to repeat something they did by chance. The bright colours help baby to develop their visual perception and grasping and reaching for the dangly toys helps their hand eye coordination develop.
Entertainers – Working in the same way as playgyms, entertainers are alternatives to provide a safe environment for your baby, designed in bright colours with a variety of toys to keep them entertained. It also encourages your baby’s gross motor skills by developing their muscles in their legs, arms, necks, backs and tummies.
How much do baby playgyms & entertainers cost?
Playgyms & entertainers can vary massively in cost from very simple gyms that start at around £25 and the more detailed and varied gyms from different brands can range up to around £80.
Playgyms & entertainers are designed to grow with your baby and are usually suitable from birth. Initially it may be simply a safe place to put your baby down and early on he may not be able to focus on much of the gyms accessories other than what is right near him. As he grows he will be able to explore the variety of colours, textures and sounds.
Which playgym or entertainer is right for you?
There is a huge choice of playgyms and entertainers to choose from and you can pick what is right for you in various ways. If space is an issue in your home, there are smaller, simpler versions you can choose from that don’t take up so much room. If budget is an issue, some brands offer cheaper, more basic playgyms and entertainers to suit all budgets. If you really want to go to town, a variety of brands offer bigger versions that have all bells and whistles to keep little one entertained.
Ready to buy?
Take a look below at some of our favourite Playgyms and Entertainers.
Bounty Boutique - Babymoov Blue Graphik Bouncer
RRP £60.00 - Buy now
Suitable from birth, this Graphik Bouncer from Babymoov is perfect to keep your little one cosy whilst stimulating their senses with the activity arch.
- Reclining backrest (5 different positions).
- Bouncing or fixed position.
- Removable head support.
- Cosy cushioned seat.
Bouncer needs 3 AA batteries
Why we love Babymoov Blue Graphik Bouncer....
- 3-point safety harness ensures little one is safe and secure.
- Reclining backrest.
- Removable and washable cover.
- Carrying handles.
- Folds down to a compact size - great to take wherever you go.
Fisher Price – 2-in-1 Sensory Stages Bouncer
RRP: £45.99 - Buy now
- Brightly coloured bouncer chair to keep young babies entertained.
- The toy bar has brightly coloured animals to stimulate baby, a giraffe, lion and elephant.
- The bouncer has lively tunes to entertain a young baby and lights to stimulate them.
- It also has three toys to play with above the bar.
- The cover is machine washable.
Bouncer needs 3 AA batteries
Why we love the 2-in-1 Sensory Stages Bouncer....
- We love the great colours of this bouncer. The contrasting colours of black, white, red and blue help baby’s early sight develop.
- We adore the fun sounds and lights that keep baby occupied in the bouncer.
- Everything about this bouncer seems well designed, from the comfy chair itself to the well thought out toys and sounds to entertain your baby.
- The animal toys is probably our favourite bit as there is a good choice of toys and colours for baby.
- Loving the dancing lights that really encourage eye tracking that is so important for a young baby.
- We love that the main seat cover and head rest are machine washable to ensure keeping this lovely chair lovely for longer.
Loved So Much – Sit Me Up Cosy
RRP: £39.99 - Buy now
- A gorgeous first play mat for a new baby in neutral colours.
- The cute teddy design is all about comfort for your newborn.
- Designed as a soft supportive playnest for very young babies and converts to a supportive prop for older babies.
- With cute toys attached and ring, your baby can explore new feelings and sounds from a young age.
- The neutral colours mean it will suit any room you want to put it in.
Age: Suitable from birth
Weight: 1 kg
Height: 42 cm
Width: 60 cm
Depth: 64 cm
Why we love the Sit Me Up Cosy....
- We love that baby is propped up even from a newborn safely to see what is going on around him, but with peace of mind he is safe and secure.
- We adore the gorgeous soft teddy design that baby will love.
- Everything about this playmat feels cosy and comfy for your little one.
- Although not a cheap option, we love that this mat becomes a supportive prop as your baby grows, so you will get months of use out of it.
- Loving the cute rabbit toys attached and teething ring for your growing baby.
Little Bird Told Me – Softly Snail Multi-Activity Playmat & Gym
RRP: £55 - Buy now
- The playmat is designed for young babies but grows with your baby to become a fun playgym.
- Designed for comfort and fun, the playmat is with bright colours.
- The thick cushion gives your baby a comfy headrest when on his back but also a good and comfortable tummy support for tummy time.
- Activities include detachable hanging toys with chimes, rattle and squeaky noises to entertain baby.
- The musical pull toy also plays a lullaby when pulled.
- The mat also includes a teething ring and variety of textures and feels for baby to explore.
Age: Suitable from birth
Dimensions: 85cm x 85cm x 50cm
Why we love the Softly Snail Multi-Activity Playmat & Gym
- We absolutely love the fun colour combinations of this mat which is great for baby’s early sight development.
- We adore the variety of detachable toys that baby can play with and the toys can even be used in the car or on baby’s cot.
- Everything about this mat screams fun for your baby, with the different textures and sounds and a teething ring for your baby to really get his teeth into when teething.
- The music is probably our favourite bit: The fun sounds and cute lullaby will help your baby feel comfortable with the familiarity, even if you feel the repetition is getting to you now and again!
- Loving the thick padded mat itself that will be so comfy for baby.
- It’s machine washable so it will stay looking great as long as you need it for.
Galt – Playnest and Gym Farm
RRP: £45 - Buy now
- It’s all about learning about the farm with Galt’s Playnest and Gym with a host of farmyard animals for your baby to enjoy.
- It is an inflated ring that will keep a young baby safe and secure and protect an older baby as he learns to sit up unaided.
- The gym has a whole host of things going on for your baby from hanging toys to different sounds textures throughout.
- The bright colours will help your baby’s early sight and keep them entertained.
- The hanging toys are removable for your baby to play with.
Age: Suitable from
Assembly to build this item is required
Batteries required: 3 x AA 1.5V (included)
Why we love the Playnest and Gym Farm
- This playgym oozes fun with its bright colours and intricate pictures of all things farm.
- We adore the funky bird and butterfly removable hanging toys that your baby will love to squash and squeeze as he explores the different textures.
- Everything about this playgym suggests fun for younger babies and older babies as it is a comfortable and safe option for baby to play.
- The inflatable ring is probably our favourite bit as it can be deflated if you need the space and reinflated for baby, making it a great option to take with you when you are out and about.
- Loving the press-on, press-off brake – so no scuffed nail polish when wearing sandals or flip-flops.
- The removable bars means it can be a safe and fun environment for older babies who are learning to sit up unaided as the inflatable sides protect them if they wobble.