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We love that there are so many ways to use the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym depending on your baby’s age. In our review we find that it’s particularly entertaining for younger babies while also encouraging motor skills and exploration. We give it our strong buy recommendation and four thumbs up.
- Different levels of play that adjust with baby’s age
- Large detachable keyboard with 5 light-up keys
- 4 musical settings, two volume settings
- 5 ‘real’ piano notes
- Songs, tunes and phrases
- Repositionable toy arch with toys
- Soft, machine-washable play mat
Reason for buying
We got the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym as a present from a friend who had heard that this was THE product to give new parents. As our friend said, “anything that gives new parents a tiny break”. Boy, are we happy and grateful that these little pieces of plastic came into our lives.
What is it?
Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym is a musical gym that can be used throughout your baby’s development stages. It has five large light-up piano keys, a bright machine-washable play mat, and a repositionable toy arch with a self-discovery mirror, elephant teether, crinkle panda, lion rattle & monkey cymbal clackers. There are four musical settings, tunes, two volume levels – and the wonderful option to turn off the music.
Who is it good for?
The Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym is good for newborns up to 36 months and offers four ways to play:
- Lay and Play (baby basically just laying on the play mat and occasionally kicking the keyboard)
- Tummy time (still laying on the play mat while looking at the bright colors, listening to the tunes, and trying to reach the toys)
- Sit and Play (pushing all the light-up piano keys and playing with the toy arch)
- Take-along (the keyboard can be detached so your toddler can take it on the go).
Our daughter has used the piano gym in all stages up until one year. Recently, she seems to have lost interest in the kick and play piano gym. We’re unsure if it’s a developmental change or that she just grew tired of the same tunes.
However, up until now, she has spent countless hours in the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym and it’s perfect entertainment for babies while actually learning and being active. It’s been a blessing for the parents too.
Though Fisher-Price claims it’s intended for babies up until 36 months but we are doubtful our little one will be playing the 5-note piano all the way through to 36 months.
Price & quality
It’s pretty cheap considering the hours spent in the gym. The quality is also good too. The poor thing (the gym) has been kicked, crawled, fallen, and banged on but it still plays on. We like that you can keep the small toys and piano while removing the rest so it truly is a many-in-one kind of a gadget.
Parent annoyance level
Just like many other music toys, you will quickly learn the tunes by heart. And the songs are actually not half bad (or perhaps it’s a case of the Stockholm syndrome). But we have had far worse tunes stuck in our heads (hello VTech Activity Cube).
We love that there are so many ways to use the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym depending on your baby’s age. In our review, we have found that it’s particularly entertaining for younger babies while also encouraging motor skills and exploration. We give it our strong buy recommendation and four thumbs up.
Alternatives to the Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym
We don’t like the other piano-gym knock-offs and only recommend the Fisher-Price model. But if you’re not attached to the (detachable) piano part then we suggest the following:
Fisher-Price Rainforest Music & Lights Deluxe Gym
For newborns (up until they can crawl) this baby gym from Fisher-Price is a great option. The gym space is larger so there’s more room for your infant to maneuver and it’s more deluxe than its cheaper competitors with the addition of music and lights (and the Fisher-Price quality stamp) – but you don’t get a piano.
Fisher-Price Animal Jumperoo
We find that the fun, features and build-quality outweighs the price tag (inflated by the lofty promises of active learning) and the monstrosity we give our thumbs up and buy recommendation to the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. Just get the cheapest version (currently the Animal theme).