★★★★ 146 real customer reviews average rating: 4.2 stars
4 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-04-01
Awesome, with one big "but..."
Overall, I really love this gym. It's entertaining for babies, and has a really nice aesthetic. Skip Hop does a really job of capturing the fun playfulness of baby toys, while still making them look contemporary, unlike Fisher Price toys which can often look garish and dated (seriously, some of their stuff looks like it was taken from the nineteen hundred and nineties!). So I gotta give Skip Hop props for style (even though your baby couldn't care less about that, lol).
We had a baby gym that we had kept from when my older daughter was a baby - it was more of a typical gym with toys that hang down from the arches, but I wanted something that would be useful for tummy time, and this really accomplishes that! You just push the red buttons that are located on the bases of the arch, and lower the arch. It clicks into place and gives baby something to look at while she's on her tummy. So good for strengthening those little neck muscles! The first time I used it, my 9-week-old was pretty mesmerized! (See pics). The gym has a very nice mirror, two dangling toys (a bee rattle and a hedgehog that plays a tune when pressed), an owl that hoots when you pull on the cloud that hangs from him, a spinning ball that lights up, and a sound-activated fox that dances (he's my favorite! ...And my daughter's!)
I think all of the toys are really cute, but it would have been nice if there was an option for music to play constantly, rather than just a quick tune. The big "but" with this gym is that the batteries on the light, the owl, and the hedgehog are not replaceable! ONLY the fox has a battery that can be replaced! The paperwork gives directions for removing the non-replaceable batteries at the "end of lifetime." Why would they design it like that?! I suppose the batteries may last for longer than you have the toy, but I like to hand baby gear down to friends or relatives with younger children, so it makes no sense to me to design a toy not designed to last... Anyway, I'll update my review once my baby has outgrown it. My prediction is that the batteries will last at least that long, but I still think it's wasteful to design a product with a short lifespan.
Still, it's adorable, entertaining, and I recommend it.
4 Stars By Kristen on 2017-04-13
Really nice and colorful, the fox never worked
I like it so far, the baby is only five weeks old so he mostly hangs out for only a couple minutes at a time. My biggest complaint is the fox never even worked… Really disappointing when the fox is the one thing you can replace batteries on. I think it's a bit overpriced considering all the moving/interactive things either eventually die and you can't replace the batteries or didn't work to begin with.
4 Stars By Seattle Angela on 2017-06-12
Great gym for baby!
This was a great activity gym for our guy! We started using it around 2 1/2 months old and it captured his attention for many months! My only complaint was that the fox didn't work well and the batteries for it needed to be replaced every few days. Overall definitely recommend it though! Very engaging for infants.
3 Stars By Catherine on 2017-09-03
Cute, but has some flaws.
This is cute activity center and my baby seems pretty amused by it. I like that it folds down to use the toys in a different position.
There's a few things I really don't like about it: I specifically bought this one to use the camera phone mirror to skype with family far away, but my iPhone barely fits in it. I have to take it out of the case to get it in the sleeve and it's a huge struggle to get it back out, I hate using it.
There's also a cute fox toy that moves around but mine gets stuck and makes an awful loud sound and thrashes back and forth like the fox is in a mosh pit. Yikes.
5 Stars By Scarlet on 2017-01-28
Great for developmental progress
I had the Fisher Price rainforest activity mat which my son loved but he outgrew that. I bought this as a follow up. I turned the toy bar to its side so he could practice sitting in front of it to play and to practice his rolling. I think is great for developmental progress.
The colors and characters are really nice and not jarring. The toys are cute as well.
5 Stars By Navigator65 on 2016-01-16
Love this!!!!! My 3 month old grandson was memorized bu the moving Fox and the "hoot" from the owl!! This is a well made item - larger, so you will need the space to store, if not on the floor. We attached some additional toys on links to the arch. Well worth the $90 to buy!!
5 Stars By Mike Thacker on 2016-11-10
One of the best baby item we own
This thing has kept my son entertained from the time he was 3 months to now at 8 months. It's well built and has held up to many hours of play.
5 Stars By Darcy Moreno on 2016-03-13
I fell in love with the idea of this arch and play and ...
Honestly, I fell in love with the idea of this arch and play and preordered. I am more than satisfied, my baby loves this activity gym. She's now 5 months and sitting, and distracts herself by touching everything, the arch frame for the most part. The attachable owl rattle and hedgehog toy are great to attach to her car seat since we bought it and to this day are her favorite part. The dancing fox catches her attention as well since the first day, although it runs out of batteries fairly quick. The flashing ball caught her attention as well at the beginning, as she ages it doesn't as much but all in all this is a great gym, transitions with her and allows a variety of positions and distractions. The tummy time pillow though, wasn't too useful, at least for my daughter who hates tummy time.
5 Stars By Chlöe Dougherty on 2017-09-02
You NEED this
My son is 5 months old and HUGE for his age. However, he loves activity gyms (laying on his back and grasping) and he loves tummy time. He outgrew most activity gyms by 3 months old, so I ordered this in hopes that he would be able to use it for a while and grow with it. Not only does he fit in it well, I think he will fit into for a long time and it is great for either tummy time or laying them on their backs to look up & grasp. It is also well-made and SUPER cute. I would recommend this to anyone (especially if you have a big baby).
5 Stars By Brindle on 2016-03-23
Love that the colors on this are not obnoxious and ...
Love that the colors on this are not obnoxious and that the toys are simple yet fun. Having a big mirror front and center was the biggest plus as
our little guy can easily catch his reflection as opposed to other gyms have smaller mirrors that hang. The toy bar folding to the side is also a huge plus for tummy time.