IkeA baby gym makeover

Sage’s newest trick is being able to grab on to certain things. She’s recently become interested in batting at her baby gym and even holds some of the wooden toys while she plays. It’s so cute and a great way to keep her occupied when her siblings aren’t around to entertain her. A baby’s routine is so funny to me. Sleep, eat, play on a mat with a baby gym, swing in a swing, be in mom or dad’s arms, fall asleep in crib and repeat. What a life!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I ended up buying a few new baby items before Sage was born. Some of the products were ones I had been aware of for awhile, while others were ones that weren’t around/popular when I had Peyton and Emory. One of the items on my wishlist was a wooden baby toy gym. I went back and forth so many times, saving my favorites on Etsy and contemplating whether or not it would be worth the price to have for our newest little one.

I ended up deciding it was a little too expensive and remembered I had an IKEA baby gym (only $35!!) in our basement. After taking a look at it and noticing a few people on Pinterest had given their gym a makeover, I decided to do the same. The steps I took were very simple and probably took 30 minutes or less in total.

I painted the two bases of the gym and the movable shapes the same pale mauve we painted Sage’s room. I simply unscrewed the base parts, taped around the shapes and painted everything with two coats of paint. I ended up removing the toys that came with the gym and replacing them with this rainbow teether and these wooden gym toys. They have worked out great and I feel completely comfortable with Sage putting all three toys in her mouth. I tied all of them to the openings on top of the gym base with twine that I had lying around. I plan on replacing it with something sturdier eventually.

That’s it! Really easy and perfect if you have a baby gym like this around your house. Just a little paint and new wooden toys give it a totally new look. If you end up finding inspiration from this post, I’d love to hear from you!

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