Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym

Last updated date: December 4, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6


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Overall Take

The Fisher-Price Deluxe Piano Gym works with every stage, from tummy time for little ones to playtime for toddlers. Sounds and lights stimulate a baby's senses. The interactive elements keep young children engaged and learning. In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the Fisher-Price Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 4, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
1,773 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you think you may have a musical prodigy in the making, take a look at the Fisher-Price Kick & Play Piano. As your infant wriggles, he'll be rewarded for his movement as his feet activate cheerful tunes from the keyboard.
- Wiki EZ Vid
June 23, 2018 | Full review
The Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick Piano Gym has 4 ways to play, so it can grow with the baby and there are 4 music settings with 15 minutes of continuous playing. There are short animal songs; a child can learn colors, numbers, and shapes with the help of this baby playmat. The large keyboard in this kick and play piano has 5 removable light-up keys. 5 repositionable toys include self-discovery mirror, crinkle panda, elephant teether, monkey cymbal clackers, and lion rattle. Your child will love to spend time and learn on this baby gym.
- Top Mom
October 11, 2019 | Full review
What really sets this smaller play gym apart is the piano keyboard that plays notes when your baby kicks or pats the keys—they love learning cause and effect! Five toys attach overhead for when your little one is on their back, or you can attach them to the mat to make tummy time more entertaining. When your baby starts sitting up, you can detach the keyboard so they can still pound away at the piano keys to hear short songs about animals and learn about colors, shapes and numbers.
- Baby List
April 29, 2019 | Full review
This mat reaches 4 different levels of development. Sensory due to the bright colors, textures, songs, sounds, and phrases that can be heard when they are playing with this mat. Gross motor skills also because the toy is designed to stimulate your child to reach, kick, and push up!
- Child Mode
September 8, 2019 | Full review
What we really like about this musical play mat is that the learning content can be changed with baby's age and stage using the Smart Stages technology. At newborn stage, use the Sense stage which plays up to 20 minutes of continuous playful music, lights and sounds to engage and stimulate their senses before switching to Discover at 3 months +, a series of short songs about animals and the sounds they make. When baby reaches 6 months, it is time to Explore with songs and phrases that introduce colours, shapes and numbers. Bonus: the large keyboard with 5 light-up keys can be removed and take along for play - it presses for real piano notes!
- Mommy Tea Room
April 22, 2019 | Full review
“A must have. Great for tummy time and as your baby ages, it increases sensory development as well as creating a response when the baby kicks the keyboard. Colorful and easy to transport when traveling.”
- Parenting
This baby play mat gives your infant four ways to play: Via tummy time, lay and play, sit and play, and take along with you. The content adapts with your baby as she grows up, going from 20 minutes of continuous music, and short songs about animals, to the introduction of colors, shapes, and phrases.
- Fatherly
September 8, 2019 | Full review
It will play 15 minutes of continuous music while newborns lie and look at the dangling toys attached to the repositionable arch. Tummy time will have them reaching out to hit the keys and hear the notes play as they light up. They might even be able to lie and kick it with their feet, building strength in their legs.
- Mom Loves Best
April 9, 2020 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Bad quality. Came with the wrong parts
- Child Mode
September 8, 2019 | Full review
Mat is a little on the small side.
- Mom Loves Best
April 9, 2020 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Kick play time up a notch with this deluxe gym featuring five light up piano keys, a repositionable toy arch, and four musical settings that keep your little one rocking out for years. As your baby grows from lay and play to tummy time to sitting up at the piano, you can change up the music and learning, too. Smart Stages technology lets you change the learning content to best fit your baby's age and stage, while real piano notes encourage your little Mozart to create a tune of their own. You can even detach the keyboard for musical fun on the go. Where development comes into play Sensory: Lots of bright colors, a variety of textures, and all those exciting songs, sounds and phrases stimulate and engage your baby's developing senses. Gross Motor: With all that kicking, reaching, and pushing up, those little muscles are getting ready for big things. Curiosity & Wonder: Rewarding activities like pushing on the piano keys and hearing fun tunes will keep your baby coming back to this gym again and again. Early Academics: As your little active learner kicks and plays away, they'll hear phrases and songs that reinforce what they see, introducing them to colors, shapes, numbers and animals.

An Overview On Play Gyms

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that playtime should begin on the first day a newborn comes home from the hospital. The AAP states that babies should have two to three periods of tummy time spent playing with parents per day. While this playtime only needs to last for three to five minutes for newborns, this amount should increase gradually until a little one spends about an hour per day enjoying time playing on their tummy.

A play gym can help a baby enjoy and look forward to time spent playing on the floor. There are infant activity gyms in dozens of styles and colors with all sorts of different toys and features, so choosing the best one for your child might seem challenging. Knowing what characteristics are the most educational and entertaining might make it easier to make the best selection.

Play gyms that accommodate tummy time are desirable. For instance, a pillow that props up the baby can be beneficial until a little one builds the strength to hold themselves up on their own. Toys available at eye level and a mat with vividly colored graphics are advantageous, as well.

Baby activity gyms with interactive elements are worth considering. Not only are these toys and gadgets fun for your tiny one to use, but they also help them learn about cause and effect. The toys will help them stay busy while increasing their understanding of the world around them and their place in it.

Look for a play gym that includes a variety of playthings to prevent playtime from becoming boring or monotonous. For example, the Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym has a musical keyboard along with several toys that can be repositioned, such as a mirror perfect for self-discovery and a teether ideal for oral exploration as well as several sensory toys that make fun noises when squeezed, squished or shaken.

Other factors to consider when browsing baby play gyms include whether they will continue to provide amusement and excitement as your little one develops. Babies grow quickly and could easily outgrow an overly simplistic activity gym. Seek something that can continue to teach and amuse your child as they move from infancy into toddlerhood. If the play gym makes it easy for you to play along with your little one, better still.

Of course, as with anything baby-related, a play gym should be as safe as possible. In addition, it should be easy to store, clean and even sanitize. Fitting your budget is another necessity, so consider how much you are comfortable spending as well as the features that matter most to you before you shop.

DYWM Fun Fact

Playtime for babies is more than simply a way to entertain them while giving parents a (much needed) break. Playing can also make little ones smarter. Even the youngest children benefit from regular, engaging play. As they examine toys or objects with their hands, eyes, and mouths, they begin to understand basic scientific information such as how wheels turn and how gravity works.

Babies who play can experience increased concentration, memory and attention span, as well. As little ones zoom in on bright colors, moving parts or musical playthings, they learn how to focus on things that are appealing and significant to their learning and development.

The Play Gym Buying Guide

  • When buying any type of plaything for your baby, consider safety above all else. Purchasing new items from a reputable brand and well-known retailer offers protection, as secondhand or off-brand toys could include unsafe pieces, be damaged, have missing parts or even have been subject to safety recalls.
  • Always read labels. Not only will they provide warnings regarding how an item should be used and any potential hazards, such as small parts that a baby could choke on, but they often give information on the best way to clean and care for the item. Following these instructions can help your baby stay safe and prolong the life of the object.
  • Choose a play gym that is appropriate for your baby’s current age and activity level but will also continue to be enjoyable as your little one develops. For a plaything to contribute to your baby’s development, it must engage and entertain them now and be flexible enough to continue interesting and challenging them as they learn and grow.
  • Playing with your baby is a wonderful way to teach them about the world while bonding. Point out interesting parts of the play gym. Say the names of objects and describe them, such as, “Look at the yellow sun. The sun keeps us warm and helps things grow.” Although your little one might not understand everything you say, doing so helps their brain develop. It also teaches about important subjects such as social skills, vocabulary and body language.
  • Try to place your baby in different locations on the play gym or at varying angles. For instance, if the play gym includes a keyboard, place them on their back with their feet on the keys one day and on their tummy facing the keys the next. Doing this can increase mental stimulation and keep playtime fresh and fun for months to come.
  • Watch for signs that your wee one has had enough playtime. Actions such as turning their head away from the gym or toys, hiccuping or fussing, arching their back, crying or falling asleep might be your baby’s way of telling you that they need a break. Of course, every baby is different and learning your child’s unique signals might take some trial and error.
  • Although learning how to play independently is valuable, babies under a year old should never be left completely alone while playing. Make sure to stay close enough to view your baby during playtime and speak to them frequently if they cannot see you to provide security.