Big Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Eleven months ago I was a newborn baby and now I’m a big girl. I changed so much in this period of time and my needs and likes have changed as well. There are bins in the attic full of things that I no longer use because they are too small, or simply because I don’t need them anymore.

With storage space rapidly shrinking, the need for versatility has become more apparent. Since there is no stopping me from growing, the items I use need to grow with me. Today I want to tell you about one piece of baby gear that has done exactly that. I used it in my earliest days and it is still useful to me now.

It’s fine for an item to be useful for a long period of time, but it’s even better if that item can grow with me by adapting to my changing needs. The Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit has proven that it can withstand the test of time. This well thought out product made by Infantino has been a great investment and I am getting a great deal of use out of it.

In my earliest days, I used The Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit for tummy time. The turtle shaped mat features marine themed pictures and is bright and colourful to attract the attention of the littlest people. The mat is cushioned but I prefer a softer surface. It works well enough on carpet or a foam floor.

Attach the two removable arches and the mat becomes an activity gym. The arches have a total of eight loops for toys. Four toys are included to get you started. The purple octopus is a rattle, the yellow starfish crinkles, the red crab has a mirror on one side, and the fish has a teething ring attached. For variety and interest mommy often swapped the toys out for items from my toy bin.

Baby in the Infantino Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit

How many balls are too many?

Now that I’m a big girl I no longer fit under the arches. Not a problem. Daddy has removed the arches raised up the sides, and I now have a ball pit. Meanwhile, the four toys have migrated into my toy bin and are now part of my regular toy collection.

The ball pit comes with 40 balls which store conveniently in the turtle’s head. When daddy saw how much fun I was having with my ball pit, he went out and bought me a whole bag of balls. Now I can’t find my feet in the ball pit. Are they even in there? I do like to throw the balls around and the additional balls are extra ammunition. I’m torn as to the ideal number of balls required for optimal ball pit function.

Regardless of how many balls you chose to fill your ball pit with, The Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit is sure to prove useful for some time. This product has been with me for my entire life and it’s still one of my favourites. I recommend this item to babies everywhere.


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