Babies outgrow their toys FAST. It’s easily one of the most frustrating things about being a new parent. You’ve got a lot of gear all over the house, and in a few months your baby is on to new milestones and everything gets replaced. That’s why toys that grow along with kids through multiple life stages are so important.

Cue VTech’s new 7-in-1 Senses & Stages Developmental Gym, which I would go as far as to say is play gym perfection.

A play gym is one of those essential baby items, since newborns start to use them immediately as they provide a nice clean, safe area to play and work on early skills.

The 7-in-1 Senses and Stages Developmental Gym really lives up to its name, providing newborns with so many engaging colors, patterns, textures, activities, and more. With more than 20 different play activities in total, babies and toddlers can use the gym throughout seven key developmental stages: visual play, tummy time, kicking play, sensory play, seated play, ball pit play, and independent play.

VTech’s latest play gym for babies features both colorful images and patterns, and high-contrast black-and-white designs. | Source: VTech

The gym features lots of brightly colored animals on the mat, coupled with two arches: one featuring a gorgeous leaf print that older babies will enjoy, and the other a black-and-white zebra print. Newborns don’t have the best eyesight, so high-contrast, black-and-white patterns are perfect for visually engaging them. The arches also have several loops that caregivers can use to link toys to, so they can hang over the baby while they play on their back.

And there’s even more high-contrast fun in store for little ones. The gym includes four double-sided cards with colorful images on one side, and black-and-white, high-contrast patterns on the other. Plus, there’s a handy cardholder that caregivers can use to practice visual tracking.

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Tummy time is super important for infants, as it helps them develop the strength they will need to sit up, roll over, and more. I love that VTech’s new gym includes a little tummy time pillow, perfect to wedge right under baby’s chest and help prop them up while they get the hang of things.

The sensory play opportunities feel like they never end with this gym, which comes with two crinkle leaves, a sun mirror, two linking butterfly toys, and a removable xylophone. Caregivers can encourage babies to practice kicking by placing the xylophone at their feet, or lay it in front of them during tummy time. Then, when babies get older, they can even play with the musical toy on its own while they sit up.

When babies are a bit older and can sit independently, the play gym transforms into a super fun ball pit! | Source: VTech

Speaking of “when babies get older,” the mat features foldable walls that adults can fold up, then throw in the included play balls to create a ball pit for more independent babies. This can encourage them to sit up while keeping them engaged and entertained. Best of all? The balls store neatly inside the little sloth pouch, so parents have a safe space to put everything away after playtime is over.

All caregivers know: Babies make messes. But VTech’s new play gym is totally MACHINE WASHABLE, making for super easy cleanup, so babies can get back to the fun in a snap. Another big plus for new parents: The gym comes with a play guide, which gives guidance and instructions on how to use every aspect of the play space to help babies hit those milestones.

This play gym is incredibly versatile. From the variety of colors, patterns, textures, and images, to the incredible amount of accessories and toys it comes with, the 7-in-1 Senses and Stages Developmental gym will be staple in the nursery or play room through the toddler years. VTech genuinely perfected this classic baby product and maxed it out with play value.


The 7-in-1 Senses & Stages Developmental Gym is the perfect gym for babies' first year of life and into the toddler years. Start off by laying the baby on the soft fabric mat with six overhead toys that provide visual stimulation with black-and-white patterns, a mirror, and bright colors. Next, balance out back-sleeping with tummy…

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Marissa Silva, AKA That Toy Girl, is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of experience in the toy industry, Marissa is a trusted toy expert, providing parents, gift-givers, retailers, manufacturers, and licensors with information on the latest news related to toys, games, kids’ products, pop culture collectibles, and licensed merchandise for adults. A board game pro and puzzle queen, Marissa spends most of her free time shopping for superhero T-shirts, dominating at Mario Kart, and anxiously awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter. She is also a new mom to her baby girl Lucy Jo and has quickly become an expert in high-contrast cards, wooden toys, and plush. Marissa has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Tamron Hall Show, Access Hollywood, Fox & Friends, ABC World News Now, MSNBC, CBS, NY1, WPIX, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @thattoygirl.