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The Best Baby Activity Centers in 2020

Young babies are curious about anything and everything around them and loves to learn and try new things. Sometimes it can be hard for parents to keep up with the babys needs.

Researchers and experts in child developments is always hard at work trying to build entertaining activity centers for babies to learn, develop their bodies and cognitive skills while having fun at the same time. So the activity centers of today are much more than a toy!

In this article we go through the best baby activity centers in which your baby can learn, bounce and play while having the time of his or her life. 

1. Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo is one of the most popular activity centers for helping your baby take her first step. Made by Fisher Price you will know it is a quality product as they are one of the world’s leading companies for baby toys. So as with all of their products, the Rainforest Jumperoo is built to the highest quality.

It is one of the most well developed activity centers on the market and is made to keep to all expectations from parents to help the child grow and develop. The Fisher Price Jumperoo has among all its features a rotating seat that can rotate 360 degrees, making it easy for the baby to play with all the toys, lights and music available on the product. The product has a adjustable seat which is great to prolong the time your baby can use it and in most cases babies can get out at least 8 months of use before they outgrow it.

As most activity centers and jumpers this product is for babies who are strong enough to hold their head upright by themself.

Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo Specifications

Dimensions – The Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo measures 43″ (Height) x 32″ (Width) x 37″ (Depth).

Height and weight limit – This model is built for babies up to 32 inches high and weighing no more than 25 pounds. 

Pros

  • Very fun and entertaining for the baby in a stable and safe place giving parents some hands-free time
  • Helps babies develop muscle strength and coordination in a fun way
  • Easy to assemble
  • Low weight

Cons

  • Takes up quite a large amount space
  • Some of the toys are high up and unreachable for younger babies
  • Not portable

2. Skip Hop Explore Activity Center

The Skip Hop Explore Activity Center was developed with help from some of the world’s leading pediatricians. This model is quite simple and extremely durable.

With a unique see through window the baby using the skip hop can see their feet as they jump around, this can be great for helping to develop coordination. As it is a very stable alternative it can also be used as a snack as well as a drink tray. All materials in this products are to the highest safety standard and is free from BPA and Phthalate making it a very safe choice.

Features

The Skip Hop Explore Activity Center can be used for a long time by your child as it can be changed into a cruiser or activity table later on when your child outgrows activity centers. So if this is your choice you don’t have to buy those separately later on.

The foot platform is adjustable and can even be removed when your baby gets too tall for it so she can continue to bounce.

This product has a rotating seat which can rotate 360 degrees. You can also lock the seat in a specific position if you like to.

It has 25 activities and toys ready for your baby to play with. One cool feature is the foot piano in which a baby can put their feet on different keys and it will play songs and light up.

Skip Hop Explore Activity Center Specifications

  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • 31”(height)  x 31”(Width) x 19”(Depth)
  • Maximum weight: 28 lbs
  • Requires batteries
  • For babies 4+ months

Pros

  • Fast and easy assembly
  • It can change with your child as it grows
  • Stable and very safe construction
  • Clean and simple design

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Toys can be pulled out occasionally

3. Evenflo Jump and Learn Exersaucer

The Evenflo Jump And Learn Exersaucer is built and developed in partnership with the Child Development Institute. This activity center will help your baby to the top physical and mental abilities.

This product is specifically built to promote balance and stability while your baby is jumping around. It is built by durable plastic and a fabric that is 100% polyester which makes it able to take any kind of punishment a baby can put on it.

The Evenflo Jump And Learn Exersaucer has a 360 degree rotating seat wich gives your baby the ability to grab and play with all the 58 colorful toys and learning activities activities packed into this activity center. The bouncing seat can help your baby develop its neck and leg strength required for walking.

It features a very strong and stable base that will stay firmly in place as your baby bounces and it also has the possibility for you to move around the toys so you can put her favorite toys close.

Specifications

  • Weight: 22 lbs
  • 10”(Height) x 23.5”(Width) x 29”(Depth)
  • Maximum weight: 26lbs
  • Requires batteries

Pros

  • Machine washable seat cover
  • Stable and safe construction
  • Customizable after your preference

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Takes up a lot of space

 

4. Baby Einstein Activity Jumper

Features

With three separately activity stations positioned around the frame this product is one of the most activity packed alternatives on the market. All toys are accessible for the baby with the rotating seat making it easy for the baby to enjoy all that is going on around her. There is so many activities and toys on the Baby Einstein Activity Jumper that it is impossible for your baby to get bored. Among other things there is a piano that lights up, notes and songs. For the concerned parent it might be nice to know that this activity center comes with a volume control.

Design

While bouncing and playing your baby will be sitting safely in this activity center with a deeper seat. As your baby grows you can easily adjust this activity center in three stages of height. When it is time to eat you can lock the seat in place and use it for eating.

The award winning design is filled with toys that help your baby with development of sensory awareness and hand-eye coordination.

Specifications

  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • 30.5”(height) x 33”(Width) x 29”(Depth)
  • Maximum weight: 25lbs
  • Requires batteries
  • Suitable for babies 4+ months

Pros

  • Huge amount of entertainment
  • Can be adjusted as your baby grows
  • The songs and sounds are soft and pleasant

Cons

  • Not portable
  • There is a reported design flaw where tiny arms can get stuck. No injuries have been reported but parents say it is a hassle.

5. Bright Stars Around We Go Activity Center

This is a one of a kind activity center specifically designed to entertain your baby while getting great exercise moving around. As this Activity Center can be converted into a activity table or a walker later on it is a great option that can become your baby’s favorite toy for her first few years.

 Features

With a light up musical piano, a teething toy and over ten other toys designed for learning there will be a lot of enjoyment for you baby to spend hours learning, playing in this activity center.

The seat can rotate 360 degrees so your baby can get ahold of her prefered activity in a easy way.

Design

This unique design is built to promote stability, building leg, back and neck strength while moving around. The volume control might come as a pleasing feature for parents.

Specifications

  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • 27.9” x 13.7” x 21.7”
  • Maximum weight: 25lbs
  • Requires batteries
  • Suitable for babies 6+ months
  • Battery life = 180 hrs

Pros

  • BPA free materials
  • Encourages walking and balance
  • Toys designed to enhance motor skills

Cons

  • Not portable
  • No bouncer seat

 

6. Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center

The Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center is a center that is sure to entertain your baby for a long time as it comes in three seperate, interchangeable phases from a interactive floor mat wich can be changed into a exersaucer and later into an activity table.

Features

With a amazon jungle theme and 11 colorful toys and animals that play music, helps with learning and hand-eye coordination with easy access for the baby through the rotating seat your baby will be occupied and entertained for a long time.

Design

The Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center is a foldable activity center and when folded it is small enough, and has a very sturdy handle wich makes it easy to travel with. It can also be folded and put away when not used, it is small enough when folded to fit under beds and in closets.

The smart design of this activity center gives you as a parent the opportunity to replace toys on the center with your baby’s own. It also is built in a way that all toys are close to the baby so she can reach them all.

Specifications

  • Weight: 23 lbs
  • 30” x 30” x 31.5”
  • Maximum weight: 26lbs
  • Folds flat for storage and transport
  • Suitable from birth to 24 months

Pros

  • Foldable and portable
  • 3 stage adjustable for growth
  • Music and lights are soft
  • Volume controls

Cons

  • Play mat for infants is fairly simple
  • Not the easiest to assemble

 

7. Bright Starts Bounce – A – Round Activity Center

With a unique bouncing pad that is soft your baby will develop her balance, neck, back and leg strength without her feet getting sore while jumping around playing, having an endless amount of fun.

Features

With mirrors, bead chasers, baller poppers, a mirror and over head toy bars your baby will have the time of its life in this activity center, playing, jumping and reaching for the toys. The toys on the bars can be changed to the babies favorite toys. With the 360 degree rotating seat your baby can easily access all the lower toys and se what is going around in the rooms she is in. 

Design

When your child learns how to jump in the bouncing seat, they will undoubtedly go at it with all their strength. And when the baby gets a little bigger you can just change to one of the other three height settings to prolong the fun!

Specifications

  • Weight: 15.75 lbs
  • 28.5” x 30” x 32”
  • Maximum weight: 25lbs
  • No batteries required
  • Suitable for 6+ months

Pros

  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Three settings for the growing baby
  • Very durable construction
  • Washable seat liner
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Not portable
  • Only one configuration

8. Oribel Porta Play 4 in 1 Foldable Travel Activity Center

With a simple and elegant design the Oribel Porta Play 4 in 1 Foldable Travel Center is designed to keep your baby entertained and have fun as she practices motor skills and cognitive development.

Features

A 360 degree rotating seat gives your baby easy access to all the activities in this center. The seat can also be removed and is built for machine washing.

This activity center is built with materials that all exceed both the European and U.S safety standards and all toys are built to be safe for the playing baby’s mouth and limbs. This activity center features a snack bowl, teething toy flower and a mirror.

Design

With a clever design this activity center is foldable and easy to bring with you and it has three height setting for the growing baby. It is also built in such a way that you can bring it outside if you like to spend some time outside with your baby. When your baby gets older you can convert it into a activity table.

Specifications

  • Weight: 13.67 lbs
  • 27” x 27” x 18”
  • Maximum weight: 25lbs
  • No batteries required
  • Suitable for 6+ months

Pros

  • Portable and easy to bring with you
  • Can be transformed to a activity table
  • Fast and easy assembly

Cons

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Marginal bounce movement

 

9. Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym

With the Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym you can promote the most important thing for baby development which is tummy time. Spending time on the tummy is extremely important for babies to develop back end neck strength for being upright later on, but for a lot of babies it is hard getting used to spending time on the tummy. The solution to make it more fun is the activity center mat from Skip Hop!

Features

With a child safe mirror, crinkly leaves, a squeaky flower and 17 other toys and activities this mat is sure to make tummy time more fun and entertain your baby, if he or she should get bored you can easily change out the toys for the babies own through the fabric loops that give easy attachment.

As if this wasn’t enough the mat is in a lot of fun colors and there are five more multisensory toys hanging from the overhead bars.

Design

With an assembly time of just 2 minutes you can bring your baby’s entertainment anywhere you want. It is built with the highest quality and durable materials so it can be washed in the washing machine you don’t have to afraid of it getting dirty.

Specifications

  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • 36 x 19 x 36
  • Suitable for Newborns +
  • No batteries required
  • Tummy pillow included

Pros

  • High quality toys and materials used
  • Portable
  • Machine washable
  • Tummy time pillow included
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • On the more expensive side for activity mats
  • The mirror can warp slightly if put in dryer

 

10. Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop & Play Activity Center

Before babies are ready for activity centers and bouncers activity mats is a great place to start learning and being engaged. This comfortable mat has a adjustable bear head to prop up your baby a little so she can see what is going on around her.

Features

With loops around the mat you can connect your baby’s own toys if the teether, mirror and the crinkly sounds of the mat should not be enough to make your baby happy during tummy time. While you baby develop neck strength on the mat the tummy pillow that comes with the mat gives great stability for the baby.

Design

As the mat is easy to keep fresh through machine washing and very easy and fast to fold you can bring it with you anywhere you and your baby would like to go. The fabric is very durable and can be used to play both inside and outside in the park without worries about the mat being destroyed.

Specifications

  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
  • 36” x 32.5” x 5”
  • Suitables for Newborns+
  • No batteries required

Pros

  • Increase the comfort and fun during tummy time
  • Portable
  • Prop pillow included
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Thin material with little padding
  • No overhead toys

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