Good Question: Wood Baby Gyms

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Over the weekend friends with a new baby asked us for help finding an attractive baby gym. They had come close to buying one in the store, but chickened out at the thought of a plush fabric/plastic combo becoming an eyesore in their small apartment. Could we recommend a simple, wood baby gym, they asked?

Sure thing. Baby gyms are a great way to stimulate your baby's eyesight and motor skills and, if they really like it, start them down the path of entertaining themselves. The Europeans, not surprisingly, have a leg up on us in terms of the simplicity and attractiveness of baby gyms, but we found several good options available in the States.

Above is the new Activity Gym from Cariboo that can also be used as a mobile with the Cariboo bassinet. It comes in four wood finishes: espresso, mahogany, teak and white ($160).

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The Cosina Baby Gym by German company Selecta ($78), also available in natural wood.

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Also by Selecta, the Pontino Baby Gym ($98).

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The Kaloo Activity Arch though slightly cheaper ($50) is currently out of stock. You can, however, sign up to be emailed when it is restocked.

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If you're willing to pay for shipping from the UK, the Triangle Baby Gym (£45) is offered by Holtz Toys.

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Holtz also offers the Dangle and Drape (£79) which folds up for easy storage or transport and can also be used as a play tent (included).

Readers, can you add to our list?

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.