Over the last few weeks we have been testing a Bondie Bird Playwrap.
The playwrap can be attached to almost anything cot to car seat, bumbo to window, high chair to Granny! The wrap contains a range of images, materials and toys that stimulate babies senses and encourage development of motor skills.
At first glance I think it is a pretty ugly thing but babies seem to love it. Including mine!
And not just babies, Matilda had to wait in line after the toddler twins to have a play with hers!
The Bondie Bird Playwrap is suitable for babies from birth. The soft cotton playmat has a range of toys attached to it in varying patterns, fabrics and textures. The squidgy cow and crinkly butterfly are favourites here but closely followed by the ting ting bells and the furry bean bag. Matilda loves them all!
In their early weeks and months babies love to look at contrasting images, particularly black and white. Esther and William had a black and white mobile above their cot but with Matilda we needed something more mobile to suit our busy lives. The Bondie Bird Playwrap looked perfect. It provides the contrasting patterns that babies like to look at, it enables baby to discover and explore a range of textures and provides baby with different experiences and sounds. It can be adapted by parents and carers to give baby more or less choice during their activity time. I think for younger babies it can be a bit overbearing having all the toys on at one time.
One of the great things about this playwrap from Bondie Bird is that it is so easy to change to suit your baby. Each of the different toys pop on and off the mat with poppers. You can change the location of each toy, have them all on at once or just give baby one item at a time to focus on.
It can be used just about anywhere and is easy to attach, remove and reattach. It can be hung from something or stuck onto a surface. It really is a fabulously flexible toy. Esther loves playing with the strap and the clip that can be used to hang the mat around a chair or person. The suction cups allow the mat to be attached to a highchair or other smooth surface. Matilda’s corner in our playroom is next to a window so I am going to try sticking it on the window with her in her Bumbo. I will let you know how we get on!
As Matilda is still very young we have been mostly using the play wrap as part of her tummy time routine but now that she is three months and has better head control I am definitely going to try giving it to her when she is in her Bumbo. I also think it is a great thing for visitors to wear once baby is sitting as not only can they watch baby’s reaction and interaction but it will also protect them from inevitable drops of dribble!
Each of the toys are fastened to the play wrap with poppers so they can be taken off individually if your baby finds a favourite friend. I have found that this has really helped Esther and William to interact with Matilda too. They each have a toy that they can use to entertain their baby sister. This is a great activity for all the family and we can use it at anytime as it is so easy to pack into our change bag and take out. We are travelling to Devon this month for our family holiday and I think that the Bondie Bird Playwrap will be used by Matilda in the car and by everyone when we stop for breaks on the way. The playwrap makes a perfect travel toy for tots.
When we first started using the playwrap I removed the wooden necklace with the bells to make a softer play area for Matilda before she was able to properly lift her head. This worked really well. WE also took off the toys and placed them onto a towel when she was very small. There are so many possibilities with this activity mat making it great value for money at £29.95.
Often now we combine using the playwrap with our Tummy with Mummy activity centre. This is working really well and Matilda will often play like this while the other two are having TV time or a story. It allows me to focus on the twins for a while and know that Matilda is both safe and busy.
I think that we have only really just started exploring the possibilities of the Bondie Bird playwrap and so we are going to update this review each month as we find different uses for the toys. The updates will be part of my general Matilda updates which you can find over on This Baby Likes. I hope that you will join us there x
If you want to find out more about the playwrap and about Bondie Bird you can look at their website, join them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. I know that they have some exciting new ideas for adapting, extending and adding to their range in future so do stay tuned!
If you would like to buy a playwrap then you can do so through the website and if you leave a comment about the wrap on the Bondie Bird Facebook page then you will be able to get 15% off your order by using the offer code Playwrap15.
We were given one Bondie Bird playwrap at a reduced price for the purpose of this review.