The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Fall 2015

Playtime Pond

This soft play mat was a baby magnet. Our little testers loved exploring all of the different sounds and textures the Playtime Pond includes. Child after child were perfectly content and happy to spend long periods of time just sitting on the mat, shaking the animals and smiling at the sounds they made. It was apparent to parents that playing with the different items on the mat supported cause and effect learning and strengthened fine motor skill development. Parents told us candidly that at first glance it looked like the Playtime Pond didn’t have much to occupy their baby’s attention. Once they watched their baby interact with the Pond they changed their tune. They were impressed how the items that the Manhattan Toy’s designers chose to include here did such an excellent job captivating a baby’s attention. If you have a baby who isn’t mobile yet, testers agreed that this is a great product to hold their attention and promote back, neck and core strength as they explore the pond on their tummies.

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Recommended Age: 3 months
Price: $ 50

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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