This is a short review of the Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym, based on personal experience. This review was not paid or compensated in any way.
At roughly the same cost of full hanging play gyms ($40-50), this gym is a surprisingly great value for entertainment and educational purposes. The piano keys and hanging toys are very effective at keeping baby entertained, which can give mom (or dad) a much-needed break! As your baby grows, the piano can be rotated to engage sitters and supported sitting babies. The hanging toy bar can also be installed face-down, and the mirror rotated upwards for engaging tummy-time.
Due to the soft bars on the sides of this gym, the baby is prevented from rolling “out” of the gym. The connection between the hanging bar and the bottom base is rounded, so no sharp corners are near baby’s face. This gym is fairly safe for young children (1-3 months) who can’t roll from back to front. Once baby starts rolling, this gym should be modified for “sitting up” play, since most rolling babies might not stay within the confines of the gym (which could present a safety hazard).
For young children, this toy can be very useful for enhancing gross and fine motor skills. Hand play and grabbing skills can be enhanced by the hanging toys, and kicking the piano keys can help develop baby’s leg muscles. The hanging toys are made of hard plastic, and can easily be swapped out and replaced.