In a nutshell

A fun play mat that grows with your child from lying down to sitting up

What we tested

  • Play value
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Portability
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 2.8 out of 5.


  • Sensory stimulation with flashing lights, bright colours and different textures; mirror for self discovery; encorages language development and motor skills; introduces letters, numbers and animals; automatic shut-off; easy to assemble


  • Not very soft when on a wooden floor, easy for young baby to roll off the mat, mirror is very small, once the main unit is assembled you can't disassemble it for storing or travelling

The VTech Sail and Steer Gym is a fun sea-themed play gym and activity centre in one, designed to keep your baby entertained into the toddler years.


The Sail and Steer Gym 2 in 1 gym is - as the name suggests - a two-in-one play gym from VTech that changes from a laying-down gym to a sitting-up activity centre. In gym mode your baby is encouraged to interact by tapping the dangling animals. In the sailing mode, your toddler becomes captain of her ship. Both modes are accompanied by melodies, sing-along songs and fun sound effects to make your baby giggle.

What we love

I found that as my baby develops she increasingly needs more stimulation. I loved watching Isabella shrieking with delight as she managed to kick the dangling toys and they made a sound. She also loved the flashing lights and bright colours.

My friend’s baby is over 6 months old and because she’s able to sit up unaided the steering wheel was a big hit. Unlike a lot of play gyms on the market, the VTech Sail and Steer 2 in 1 is great for older babies and even toddlers as it introduces them to basic letters, numbers and animals.

What to watch out for

The mat is promoted as being soft, but I’ve got hard wooden floors and it was uncomfortable for my baby to lie on for too long - it really needs to be on a rug or carpet.

Another thing to watch out for was when I turned my back for one second I found Isabella had flipped over for the first time and was lying half off the mat and on the hard red plastic, so as you baby gets older you have to watch that she doesn’t roll off.

While this is a fun play gym it’s not that portable as once you have put it together you can’t disassemble it, which is also annoying when you want to store it.

Who is the VTech Sail and Steer 2 in 1 Gym best for?

Tactile babies and toddlers who need lots of stimulation and get bored easily.


MadeForMums verdict

The VTech Sail and Steer 2 in 1 Gym grows with your baby, so you get your money’s worth. It encourages language development through songs and sensory stimulation with lights, colours and textures, as well as developing your child’s motor skills. It’s not ideal for travelling because it doesn’t fold up, but it’s great for a playroom.

Product Specifications

ModelSail and Steer 2 in 1 Gym
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:60cm W:70cm D:40cm
Washing instructionsWipe clean
  • Textured playment with 2 modes of play. In lying down mode your baby is introduced to fun animal names and entertaining music. In sitting mode your baby can steer the way through the sea animals
  • hearing animal names
  • sound effects and sing-along songs.
Accessories includedThree sea creature danglers, ribbons for tactile stimulation, mirror for self-discovery, two push buttons that introduce 1,2,3 and a,b,c.