We all know I LOVE a good multi function item when it comes to baby gear! When I had the opportunity to review the Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Play-mat I was thrilled (and clearly so were the kids). Savannah is a bit older now but because the play-mat is meant too transition I was easily able use it for her at eleven months. The mat has everything love from the Baby Einstein brand; bright colors, classical music, different textured items , and pieces that make sounds. If you are interested in the play mat, it is sold at Target (of course!)
Stage 1: Kickin’ the Piano
This stage is perfect when baby is either tiny and just spending some independent time on the mat looking at colors while listening to sounds. This also works when the baby/toddler lays on their back and is big enough to kick the piano to make music. The little piano attaches and detaches easily so you can transition from stage to stage. Savannah’s favorite part about this stage was looking at the mirror and kicking the piano to make it play music.
Stage 2: Tummy Time
Anyone who knows me, knows we are huge on tummy time when our kiddos are tiny in our house. At this stage you can either lay baby face down with the soft book that crinkles or the music note silicone teether toy to change their perspective and build those neck muscles. Once baby can hold their head a bit there is also a tummy time pillow to prop them up to see even more (there are even spots to attach the toys to the pillow). I love this stage for mommy (or daddy) and me time! You could totally prop baby up and push the piano keys for lights and sound for baby.
Stage 3: Sitting at the Piano
At this stage baby is an independent sitter, or semi independent if you are going to use a Boppy or support baby yourself. This stage allows baby to work on their motor skills to hit the piano encouraging a sound and light show. Our babies have LOVED music, especially the Baby Einstein classical music, so the little piano was a hit in our house…. for even the three and eight year old.
Stage 4: Portable Piano
This is what makes multi-function gear so awesome. When baby has outgrown the play mat and is now a walking (and kind of talking) toddler, you can take the piano on the go. Think of it as a piano purse, Charleigh loved this and enjoyed showing Savie the different colors and sounds/music the piano could play. Baby Einstein really thought of everything!
Of course they could not stop at JUST making it an age transitioning product could they? NO! The piano has three different languages, plays more than 70 songs/sounds, and comes with seven toys. (the mirror was definitely a favorite in our house!)
I love this product as much as I do (even when your three year old keeps playing with the piano)! Thanks for reading!
An Honest Mama