In a nutshell

Brightly coloured, this provides stimulation and fun for a young baby. It's great for tummy time and for travelling.

What we tested

  • Play value
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Portability
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.


  • Lots of different textures to feel and explore, different melodies, rattles and shapes strengthen fine motor kills and hand to eye co-ordination, great for travel as easy to fold and comes in a handy carry bag


  • Three of the five hanging toys are very similar, the music is fun to begin with but can get irritating after a while!

Mothercare’s Happy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym is colourful, plays melodies and has twinkling lights, too.


The Happy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym is from Mothercare, a brand that’s synonymous with all things baby and is trusted. The Happy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym is a lovely colourful mat, with crinkles and squeakers. The music pad plays three classical melodies to soothe your baby and there’s twinkling lights to stimulate her.

The hanging cuddly toys are quite similar, but they’re detachable so you could always add some more playthings of your own choice.

What we love

It’s so wonderful to see my 4-month-old really grab hold of the elephant and pull it down so it vibrates and whack the plastic knickknacks that making her squeal with joy. She’s also just learning to roll over, so when she has tummy time, it’s very stimulating for her to play with the different textures on the mat. She loves seeing herself in the big sun mirror and is fascinated by the flashing flower lights.

I found it great for travelling as it folds up so easily, and great to put away at the end of the day, bliss!

What to watch out for

Overall I was extremely happy with this play gym. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was that a few of the cuddly hanging toys were quite similar. It would be more fun if they were different shapes and textures.

Though my baby loved the music, it can be irritating for you after a while, especially if you keep accidentally setting it off!

Who is the Mothercare Happy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym best for?

Parents who like to travel, and are willing to pay a bit extra to keep their baby entertained for longer.


MadeForMums verdict

The Mothercare Happy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym is brightly coloured and lots of fun, providing stimulation for a young baby. The toys encouraging reaching and grabbing, and it’s also great for tummy time. Perfect for travelling, this is worthwhile buy.

Product Specifications

ModelHappy Safari Musical Playmat and Gym
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:52cm W:90cm
Washing instructionsMachine washable and wipe clean
  • Mirror
  • crinkles and squeakers; music pad plays three classical melodies; twinkling lights; detachable toy animals: squeaky giraffe
  • vibrating elephant; plastic knickknacks; monkey and lion rattlers
Accessories includedRemovable arches with five hanging toys, detachable large sun mirror and plastic teething grip ring, music pad and handy storage bag, three AA batteries