Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat

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We like

  • Helps to develop baby’s reaching and grabbing skills
  • Makes tummy time fun and a full learning experience
  • The mat plays music from Mozart to nursery rhymes
  • The shapes and colors stimulates your baby’s visual development
  • The mat comes fully assembled and can be folded and unfolded
  • The mat is easy to store in its own plastic sleeve for protection
We don’t like
  • The music may become a nuisance after a while

How it works

Tiny Love has created a play mat that has been praised by parents to be the best in helping their child develop and grow and learn. The play mat is not only easy to use and set up, but it has several activities that will help your child with developing their senses. The mat contains elements that will give your child the opportunity to use their tactile skills in feeling the various textures of the mat from fluffy clouds to felt flowers. Their aural skills will be exposed to the crinkling sound of elephants’ ears and swinging parrots. The mat will stimulate the sense of sight with the various colors of the mat and the mirror that gives your baby the chance to see themselves. The mat is also equipped with music so that your baby can hear Mozart as well as nursery rhymes. Whether your baby is lying on their back or experiencing tummy time, the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is a one-stop-shop for all of your baby’s needs.

 

Design

Design

The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is designed to make set up easy for parents as well as making play time easy and fun for babies. The mat is flat and has a thickness to it that gives your baby a high level of comfort while they are on the mat lying down. It is cushioned to the perfect amount for your child. The mat is designed with a variety of colors and pictures that will give your child a lot to look at. The mat is full of images of several animals like butterflies, giraffes, lions, and elephants. There are also flowers that are depicted on the mat as well. The corner of the mat has a switch that plays music while your baby is playing. The music is either a selection from Mozart or popular nursery rhymes.

Over the mat, there are two rods that intersect in the middle and are held together by a snap. Hanging from these rods are the most essential pieces of the play mat. Hanging from the rods are a crinkly parrot, a rattle giraffe, a teething rattle, a mirror, and a pull-on-me monkey. All of these items help your baby with the various skills they will need to develop as they grow.
Tactile Development

Tactile Development

The most important sense that will be developed from the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is the sense of touch. The mat is loaded with several things for your baby to touch. On the actual mat itself, your baby can touch the crinkly ears of the elephant that will crunch in your baby’s hands that will give them the texture feel of the foil-like insides of the mat. Your baby can also run their hands over the fur of the giraffe that will give them the feel of something soft. There are also felt stripes that come off of the zebra that also give the feel of another fabric and texture to your child. There are 3D flowers that are on the mat that your child can not only feel but pull on while they are grabbing at the areas of the mat, and hanging from the rods are the best parts of the tactile learning experience.

Hanging from the rod is a crinkly parrot. When your child reaches up and touches the parent it will make that plastic wrap crinkling sound that babies love to hear. The combination of the feel of the crunching of the plastic matched with the sound stimulates your baby’s mind to understand touch and sound.
Aural Development

Aural Development

The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat does a lot in the way of developing your child’s listening skills. Not only do some of the aspects of the mat crinkle and make noise, but the mat comes with a music playing feature. In the corner of the mat, there is a switch with three functions. You can either put the switch on off, which produces no sound, Mozart, which produces music composed by the great Mozart, or nursery rhymes where the sound coming out of the mat will be famous and well-known nursery rhymes. While your child is playing they will be able to hear music.

Hanging from the rods of the mat is a rattle giraffe that when pulled on and moved makes a rattling noise. The rattling adds to your child’s ability to learn sounds and understand where they are coming from. The mat does a lot in the area of combining both tactile and aural, and the same areas of the mat help develop different senses. For developing and understanding sound, the crinkly parrot and the crinkly elephant ears once again help your child hear sounds, and it is believed that the sound of the crinkling is soothing to a baby and they enjoy hearing that sound.

The other dangling animals that hang from the rods are also helpful when it comes to developing listening skills as they move and make noise whenever your baby reaches for one of them and pulls on it or swats at it.
Grabbing

Grabbing

Another great benefit to the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is that it also helps when it comes to allowing your baby to learn how to grab. The grabbing skill is beneficial for your child when it comes to learning how to use a spoon or fork, how to pick up their own bottle or sippy cup, and grabbing allows for your child to play with their own toys and work on their hand-eye coordination.

The first way that your child is able to learn how to grab is by reaching for the dangling animals while they are lying on their back. Your child can begin to develop and use their arms and upper body strength to lift their hands and reach for a dangling object. Whether your child wants to crinkle the parrot or rattle the giraffe, they now have an opportunity to develop this skill while playing. The best part of the mat that is great for grabbing is the pull-on-me monkey that hangs on the rods that are able to stretch and move and gives your child visual stimulation as well.

If your child is on their stomach, there are 3D flowers on the mat that your child can reach for and pull on that will give them the opportunity to continue to work on their grabbing and muscle development while they are having tummy time.
Visual Benefits

Visual Benefits

The Tiny Loves Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is designed to be colorful with a lot of pictures. The animals are big with lots of different colors and shapes and as your baby’s mind and eyes begin to recognize colors and shapes the mat will give them the opportunity to see and learn.

The mat comes with an oversized mirror that your child can look into and begin to not only understand and recognize themselves, but a baby’s reflection is a great way for your baby to begin to babble to themselves, which is the first step on the road to learning how to talk. The mirror will be one of the first times that a baby will see their own reflection.
Tummy Time

Tummy Time

Tummy time has never been more fun than with the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat. While your baby is on their stomach, the mat is soft and thick enough to give your child the comfort they need while they are on their tummy. Your child can begin to lift their own head and move their necks in ways that they never have before. They will begin to develop their sense of balance and building the necessary core muscles and leg muscles to begin the first steps towards crawling.

While your child is on their tummy they can feel the different fabrics on the mat and pull on the 3D flowers. They can look at themselves in the mirror and start to babble. When tummy time is over, and they are flipped on their back rest, the learning does not stop as they now have the toys hanging from the rods to occupy their time and allow them to continue to reach, grab, and pull.
Assembly

Assembly

Assembling the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Play Mat is super easy as it already comes assembled. Right from the box, the mat is folded in half and all you have to do is take it out of its plastic sleeve and open it up. The mat is held closed with a snap. Unsnap the mat and it opens out flat. The rods will automatically stand at attention and all you have to do is snap them together and it is all ready to go.

When playtime or tummy time is over, the mat folds right back up in the same way when you opened it. Just snap it closed and you can return the mat to its plastic sleeve in order to keep it clean. Once covered you can store the mat anywhere that is convenient for you whether it’s behind a sofa or under the couch or in your child’s bedroom or playroom. It is also small enough to travel with and take with you anywhere you are going.
Quality Time

Quality Time

The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Play Mat is the perfect opportunity for you to bond with your child. Babies should never be left unattended while they are doing tummy time or are lying on the mat, so while your child is learning, you are there with them every step of the way. When your child begins to babble at their own reflection, you are there with them helping them sound out words and colors. You can help them balance themselves while they are doing tummy time, and you can be there when they start to reach and grab and develop their skills so you can be fully aware of how they are growing and changing.
Price

Price

The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is priced middle of the road to a little expensive for what you are getting. Although the mat does offer music for your child, it is a higher priced toy. What make the price not seem so out of range is that it does provide your child with hours and weeks of playtime that nourishes their brains and helps them to develop important skills and parts of their body that will help them in their further development of crawling, learning shapes and colors, and developing senses like touch and hearing. The mat also has a long life span and can be used for multiple children so for what you pay comes out to be just a little in the end as the mat is worth the purchase.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat is a great buy for parents. The price of the mat does fit into most budgets and the benefits that your child will receive from using the mat are big. The mat becomes a one-stop-shop for all the developmental needs of your baby at a certain stage of their growth. The mat is colorful and fun and can be stored easily or traveled with easily so that your child never misses a moment of play time, tummy time, and growing in a healthy and productive way. With music, various textures, and a whole lot of color, the Tiny Love Super Deluxe Activity Play Mat will be one of the best toys you can buy for your baby and one of the most generous toys you can pass on to others.
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