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Hape Portable Baby Gym

Hape Portable Baby Gym

Best forBabies from birth

Top BenefitsMinimal design, rattles aren’t loud, play mat zips up into a storage tote

ConsiderationsPlay mat must be hand-washed and air-dried

Bottom lineThe Hape Portable Baby Gym is an entertaining play centre for baby that easily folds down and zips into the mat, making it great for travel and easy to store


babyenroute.caCAD $134.99
amazon.comUSD $100.56


  • Wooden archway with hanging apple, flower, bee and spinning rattles with wooden beads
  • Soft, cushioning play mat
  • Play mat zips into a tote bag for travel or storage


When you consider the sheer amount of stuff parents with wee ones need to lug around, “double duty” is a prized component of any baby gear. Not only does the Hape Portable Baby Gym keep little ones entertained with its plush blanket under a wooden bar complete with an interactive bee (with wings that actually flutter), a fabric flower and a rattling apple, but it also zips up into a cute tote.The wooden bar can be used without the mat, and the dangling toys can be swapped around to keep things interesting. While its flat shape makes for easy storage, the colours and minimal design (no flashing lights and electronic sounds) are so pleasing it could be left out in a room without clashing with the decor. Even better, the materials—wood, fabric and a little plastic—are top quality and the zipper works well, so the play mat could be handed down to other babies once your little one graduates from it.

My baby loved this gym from the start. He transitioned from strictly laying down and playing with the hanging toys to being able to sit upright by himself and push, pull and explore it from a seated position.” —Colleen, mom of one
This article was originally published on Oct 12, 2018

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