About Baby Activity Centers

If you are looking for a top-rated baby activity center or exersaucer, you are probably looking forward to having your baby engaged with toys, bouncing items, spinning items, and interactive games. I know this as I have been there but it will surprise you that I knew very little about activity centers a few years ago.

Before we review the safest activity centers you should consider, let’s first look at some basics. If you’d like to jump straight to our list, click here.

What is a baby activity center?

A baby activity center is a saucer or a table that acts as a support for baby’s gym. Babies of six months or older can start using an activity center to sit and can get to play with toys and entertain themselves by listening to music and sounds.

Below is an image of a baby activity center showing a baby seated and having fun.

What is a baby activity center

I was in my best friend’s baby shower when I got to know about baby activity centers. One mum who had gotten a Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo as a baby shower gift went on to explain how it was going to enable my friend to have her hands back. At that time, I didn’t appreciate much how much of a relief it would be to get the baby fully engaged and not needing the mummy’s attention.

Baby Activity Centers Age

Wondering which age your baby can start using an activity center?

Baby activity centers are recommended to be used when your baby reaches the age of 6 months. Your baby can use the exersaucer until the age of 18 months. Before 6 months, you’d need to play gym for your baby.

You should, however, note that baby activity centers are not considered or associated with any baby’s developmental stage. It is considered a gear of convenience and we went on to ask 6 parents about the most ideal age for the baby activity center. We found two of the parents indicating that they started using the activity center when the baby attained age of 4 months. In other words, 33% of the parents had used it earlier than our recommended age.

A lot of research and development efforts (and $$) have been put by experts and companies to make the most engaging baby activity centers to enable your baby to get fully engaged when you want them to be.

Unlike toys, activity centers have add-on features that allow your baby to bounce, sit, sway and explore any environment with a smile that will get you excited about being a parent. Of course, you’ll get the smile because you won’t need to hold your baby to have them be quiet, letting you do other things – parent activities such as filing your taxes or voting wisely in the next local, state or national election.

How We Ranked the Best Baby Activity Centers

To arrive at our list of top 10 activity centers that you can choose from, we used the following factors to rank each of the centers on our list:

  1. Activity Center Safety and Stability: We always have safety as our number one consideration for any baby gear we recommend to parents. This factor, safety, and stability weighed more than 20% of our overall ranking and we strongly advise that you look out for brands with a good safety reputation. Don’t take a chance with your baby.
  2. Age Appropriateness and Adaptability: We considered age appropriateness of difference centers and those that grow with your child scored better than those only suited for a specific age.
  3. Center Features: Different centers come in different styles and themes. Those with additional functionalities and features such as bouncing scored better than stationary ones.
  4. Pricing

Overall Best Baby Activity Center: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is our overall best baby activity center in 2020 as it scored well in all the four ranking factors we used to rank activity centers on this list. It is a product of a trusted brand that has been manufacturing baby products in North America for several decades. Aside from scoring well when compared to others on this list, this center also provides excellent exercise and stimulation that are perfect for your baby’s development.

Our Top Exersaucers List in 2020

The table below shows all our top 10 activity centers you can find in 2020:

NAMERATING AS OF Aug 4, 2020CHECK PRICE ON aMAON
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo4.7/5 Check price
Skip Hop Explore Activity Center 4.8/5 Check price
Evenflo Jump and Learn Exersaucer 4.7/5 Check price
Baby Einstein Activity Jumper 4.7/5 Check price
Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Center4.6/5 Check price
Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center 4.4/5 Check price
Bright Starts Bounce – A – Round Activity Center4.6/5 Check price
Oribel Porta Play 4 in 1 Foldable Travel Activity Center 4.7/5 Check price
Skip Hop Baby Treetop Friends Activity Gym4.7/5 Check price
Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop & Play Activity Center4.5/5 Check price

Reviews of our Top Baby Activity Centers

1. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is our overall best activity center in 2020 and it came top on this list because of its excellent simulation. It provides good exercise for muscle development and over 10,000 parents that have reviewed it on Amazon have given it an average of 4.7/5 (as of Feb 19, 2020).

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo Sales Jan - Feb 2020.JPG

As of this update in 020, Fisher-Price Jumperoo is among the best-selling jumpers on Amazon (competing closely with Animal Wonders Jumperoo) and we couldn’t agree more. According to Helium10 data, Fisher-Price ships about 3,343 units of this exersaucer on Amazon per month.

Having tried other activity centers with my kids, there are several reasons I’d recommend Fisher-Price’s Rainforest Jumperoo. You’ll find it very easy to assemble and its vibrant colors and features will keep your baby entertained for long. This great toy will get your baby super active as it is able to get your little one to build strengths in the entire body, from the neck, back, core to the legs. To get your baby fully engaged, the seat swivels 360 degrees giving your baby the opportunity to see everything in the room, including the toy’s features.

While this activity center is built to be sturdy and safe for babies, it is also lightweight and is designed for infants from age 4 months to 12.

Here is a short video showing this exersaucer:

Why we like it: It is manufactured by a trusted brand name and it provides excellent baby muscle exercise and development. Editor Rating: 9/10

Here are the specs:

  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • 31” x 32” x 32”
  • Max weight: 25lbs
  • Requires batteries
  • Suitable for babies 6+ months

The table shows the features and specifically why I included we included in our top activity centers of 2020:

Name Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo
To considerMade by a trusted brand and have excellent muscle development and simulation features
Current Ranking on Amazon #9 in Infant Bouncers & Rockers
Date released to the marketMarch 20, 2019
Item weight18lbs
Why we includedIt is great in assisting your baby to build their neck, back, core and legs strength. Its seat also swivels a full 360 degrees allowing babies the entire room
PriceCurrently, cost $105 (on 5/10/2019) but can check price today here

Why we like:

  • Though stationary, parents can be hand-free
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Very easy to assemble (how?)

Why we don’t like it very much:

  • Not very portable
  • Take very much space (how much?)
  • Some overhead toys are not reachable for younger babies

2. Skip Hop Explore

Skip Hop Explore

Skip Hop Explore is our second best baby activity center in 2020 and in Jan 2020, Skip Hop Explore is the best-selling toddler table on Amazon. This activity center comes in a grey and white seat and a white table which lets the baby rotate in a 360-degrees angle.

Skip Hop Explore was designed with the support of leading pediatricians with a keen focus on creating a durable activity center with a unique lower foot keybord that your baby can play at all levels.

Name Skip Hop Explore
Age recommendationFrom 4 months age
Dimensions (LxWxH): 31 x 31 x 18.5 Inch; 79 x 79 x 47 cm
Why We like it360-degree rotation and several 25+ developmental activities
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Oct 23, 2019)4.7/5 by over 100 parents
ColorWhite table and grey-white seat
Weight 6.8 Kg

Pros:

  • Very easy to assemble
  • Clean and simple design
  • Sturdy, safe and durable
  • Grows with your kid and can be customized

Cons

  • Not portable
  • It is easy for the toys to be pulled out

3. Evenflo ExerSaucer Jump and Learn Jumper

Evenflo ExerSaucer Jump and Learn Jumper is our third best activity center that you can get for your baby. It is made of polyester and made it to this list specifically for its several 58 learning activities that your toddler will really like.

This activity center can be used by girls or boys and while it is a few dollars more expensive than Skip Hop Explore, Evenflo is (in Jan 2020), the 26th best-selling Baby Doorway Jumpers on Amazon.

Name Evenflo ExerSaucer Jump and Learn Jumper
Age recommendation Birth to 3 Months
Dimensions 9.8 x 23.2 x 28.9 inches
Why We like itSeveral fun activities, 50+
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Jan 2020)4.5/5 by over 800 parents
ColorComes in three colors, Jungle Quest (green) Jam Session (white and black), and Safari Friends (White and green)
Weight22.2 pounds

4. Baby Einstein Activity Jumper

Baby Einstein activity jumper is one of the jumpers that made it to our list of top activity centers in 2020. It is a fairly priced center for your baby, selling at a price close to that of Skip Hop Explore we reviewed above.

NameBaby Einstein Activity Center
Age recommendation
Dimensions
Why We like it Seat swivels 360 degrees so baby can choose activities; 3 entertaining activity stations & 12+ activities
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Jan 2020)4.5/5 by over 1,481 parents
Colormulti-colored
Weight 9.06 pounds

5. Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center

Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center made it to our overall list of best activity centers you can find in 2020. It is made of plastic and is manufactured abroad, not American-made. Over 900 parents had rated it 4.3/5 in Jan 2020 and for less than $150, you can get your baby this machine-washable-pad activity center. You can choose from two options of dark-green and light-green colors.

Name Evenflo Triple Fun Active Learning Center
Age recommendation
Dimensions 30 x 30 x 31.5 inches
Why We like it 3-position height adjustment grows with baby seat locks in multiple positions
Removable, machine-washable pad; 360-degree spin
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Jan 2020)4.3/5
Color dark-green and light-green
Weight 21.6 pounds

6. Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Foldable Travel Activity Center

Oribel Portaplay is a highly rated activity center, rated 4.7/5, that made it to this list of best activity centers in 2020. Oribel is Amazon’s Choice product and comes in three colors; green, grey and combo.

Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1
Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1

One of the features that make this play center suitable for traveling parents is the fact that it is foldable and light.

The table below has more features:

Name Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Foldable Travel Activity Center
Age recommendation5 months to 5 years
Dimensions 26.8 x 26.8 x 18.1 inches
Why We like itfoldable
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Jan 2020)4.7/5
Color
Weight 13.23 pounds

7. Delta Children 3-in-1 Activity Center

Delta Children 3-in-1 activity center made it to this list of top baby activity centers in 2019. This activity center is designed and manufactured by Delta Children, a renowned manufacturer of children’s products founded in 1967. This activity center made it to this list specifically because of its adjustable height and can serve as a baby walker and as well as a jumper and as an activity center.

The three height adjustment levels allow this activity center to grow with your baby

The table below summarizes the features and specification of this activity center:

Name Delta Children Lil’ Play Station 3-in-1 Activity Walker
Age recommendation For children weighing up to 25 pounds and up to 30 Inches
Dimensions 25.98 Inches x 29.53 Inches x 25.2 Inches
Why We like itYour baby has 4 ways to play with this activity center as it can easily be converted from baby walker to rocker, stationary activity center or bouncer. It is also machine-washable seat pad.
Date released to the market
Current rating on Amazon (Oct 23, 2019)3.8/5 by over 180 parents
Color Blue/Green
Weight 14.5  pounds
Pros
1. JPMA certified and is considered a safe activity center that meets and exceed safety standards set by CPSC and ASTM
2. It is a 3-in-1 gear that can be used as a rocker, jumper and as a stationary activity center
3. Has a 360 degrees rotating seat and features interactive toys
4. You can definately expect to get value for your money with this activity center
Cons
1. Does not come with batteries yet it requires two AA batteries
2. The walker does not work very well.

We will continually add more reviews of our top baby activity centers. Kindly check up some time before Mid October for more reviews and ranking of all our top baby activity centers you can choose from.

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