Troubleshooting The Play Gym

So one of the things Clancy had the bright idea to buy is a “play gym”, which is basically a mat with a couple arcs with dangley thingies that the baby can grab, bat around, and so on. It’s proven to be a great buy. She loves it. When she goes too long without it, she starts getting restless (we call it “understimulation”).

Anyway, the batteries on it died. The batteries are for the music, which is basically something like 8-bit video game music. In fact, Clancy calls it “Mario Bros music” even though it’s not actually Mario Bros music. It’s really repetitive and honestly, we’ve gotten a bit tired of it anyway. It gets stuck in your head. But music is needed.

So I went on the trusted Internet, got a decommissioned smartphone with a solid speaker, and there my solution came:

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  1. Excellent solution; great toy for babies; sweet video of an adorable critter.

  2. Go Lain-k!

    Alice loved her play gym, and, at least for a little while, if we positioned her correctly she couldn’t easily roll off because of the arches. It meant a lone parent could run into the kitchen to grab a snack or drink without having to carry her with him.

  3. You did more than troubleshoot it; you improved it. This is more like “Pimp My Playpen.”

  4. I’m so showing this to my brother in law. He’s a huge gamer who had twin boys born about 2 days ago. I’m with Mike, major improvement.

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