The 9 Best Baby Activity Centers of 2019

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First Look

Best Overall: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo at Amazon

"Comes with jungle-themed activities and three different heights."

Best Budget: ExerSaucer Lightweight Activity Jumper at Amazon

"This sleek activity jumper comes with 13 activities, lights, and sounds."

Best for Small Spaces: Fisher-Price Jumperoo at Amazon

"Hold kids up to 25 pounds and can be easily stored away."

Best Jumper: Evenflo ExerSaucerJump at Amazon

"Plays up to 65 different activities with a soft bottom cushioning."

Best Portable: Summer Infant Pop N' Jump at Amazon

"Its lightweight and has a UV canopy to protect your baby from harmful rays.

Best Educational: Baby Einstein Neptune's Discovery at Amazon

"A great way for your baby to build important gross motor skills."

Best Stylish: Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Center at Amazon

"Transform this into a toddler table for coloring and games."

Best Upholstered: Deep Space Baby Activity Chair at Crate and Barrel

"A space-themed design for kids ages 3-9 months."

Best Multipurpose: Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Gym at Amazon

"Your baby will have fun playing the piano while learning numbers and colors."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

 Courtesy of Amazon

Everyone will jump for joy when it comes to this toy. The Rainforest Jumeproo by Fisher-Price is packed with potential for fun. Babies can jump, jump, jump the day away while jungle-themed activities, such as a peek-a-boo tiger and a bobble elephant, keep them entertained. The seat spins around 360 degrees so they can take it all in, and it can be adjusted to three different heights so they can keep moving as they grow. 

It’s great for exercise, stimulating their senses and above all for having fun. Parents rave about this activity center, saying little ones can’t get enough of it, and it’s a lifesaver when it comes to keeping baby entertained.

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Best Budget: ExerSaucer Lightweight Activity Jumper, Woodland Wonder

As fantastic as baby activity centers are, they can often be a bit a bit pricey. This one from Evenflo, however, is less expensive than most. It still offers all the fun and plenty of activity options. There are 13 activities in all with lights, sounds and a seat that spins in circles so your baby can see it all. The colors are modern, and it has wood accents that set it apart from other all-plastic models. The height can be adjusted to four different positions, and the whole thing is lightweight, so you can easily move it from room to room as you like. 

Parents say this activity center is a big hit with babies and parents like the sleek design. Some note that it can be a bit challenging to assemble, but most say it’s a great purchase that has provided hours of entertainment for their babies.

Best for Small Spaces: Fisher-Price Jumperoo: Woodland Friends SpaceSaver

Fisher-Price Jumperoo: Woodland Friends SpaceSaver

 Courtesy of Amazon

If space is tight, you want an activity center on the smaller side, like this Jumperoo from Fisher-Price that’s specifically designed for small spaces. It measures 6.89 x 22.99 x 23.5 inches and is designed to hold kids up to 25 pounds and/or 32 inches. Parents love that it folds up nearly flat, so it can be easily stored away when it’s not in use or taken on the go.

As baby jumps, they activate a ton of fun noises and lights, making them want to jump even more. Some wish it had more activities, but most parents give it high marks, saying it provides a good deal of stimulation without being too overwhelming.

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Best Jumper: Evenflo ExerSaucerJump and Learn Stationary Jumper Jam Session

To get little legs going, there’s this ExerSaucerJump and Learn Stationary Jumper Jam Session from Evenflo. Up top, there are more than 65 different activities to keep baby entertained, while a soft bounce base at the bottom provides the perfect cushioning for all that jumping. It adjusts to three different heights, and the seat pad comes off for easy cleaning. Some of the toys come off as well, so they can be played with on the floor or on the go.

Parents give this jumper high marks overall, saying they like the variety of activities it provides and that it’s a great form of exercise. Some note that it takes up a lot of room (it measures 9.8 x 23.5 x 29 inches) and doesn’t fit through some doors, but most say it’s a well-made bouncer their kids love.

Best Portable: Summer Infant Pop N' Jump Portable Activity Center

For fun in the sun (but with shade, of course) parents rave about this portable activity center from Summer Infant. It’s lightweight and folds up easily, so you can take it to the beach, park or just out in your own backyard, and it has a UV canopy over the top to keep baby protected from the sun’s harmful rays. In the middle is a jumper seat surrounded by toys, including a spinner ball, rattle and mirror book. It also comes with a travel bag. 

Online reviewers rave about this activity center, saying they love the flexibility it gives them. They note that it’s well-made and is fun for kids indoors and out.

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Best Educational: Baby Einstein Neptune's Ocean Discovery Jumper

This jumper from Baby Einstein helps little ones jump into learning, with a host of ocean-themed activities. Not only does it help teach important skills like numbers and colors, but it can do so in Spanish, French, and English. The electronic turtle play station can be removed for flexible playing options, and the jumper can be moved between four height positions so the jumper can grow with them. 

Parents say it’s a great way for baby to build gross motor skills and love the array of learning opportunities it presents. They note it’s easy to assemble and say it’s small enough to fit through doors and move from room to room. Above all, parents say it’s a “lifesaver” when it comes to keeping baby safe and happily occupied so they have a bit of time to get things done around the house.

Best Stylish: Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Center

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Activity Center

 Courtesy of Target

As much as you love your baby, sometimes all that baby gear can put a serious cramp on your style, which is why love this baby activity center for Skip Hop. While it’s still baby-friendly, it’s got a bit more of an understated style than other brighter, bolder models. 

It still offers plenty of entertainment for baby though, with 25 activities, moving toy and a light-up piano to play. The bottom is adjustable, so you can set it to just the right height, and the seat spins around in a full circle so baby move to explore it all. As baby grows, it can also be transformed into a toddler table, which is great for coloring, playing games and other activities.

Best Upholstered: Deep Space Baby Activity Chair

Deep Space Baby Activity Chair

 Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

While most baby activity centers are plastic, this one from Crate & Kids is soft and covered in cotton fabric. A harness keeps baby in place, while a removable tray has embroidered space-themed images and stimulating activities, including a squeaker, crinkle maker, mirror and more. 

It’s designed for kids ages three to nine months and is for use on the floor only. Parents love the look of this activity center and say it’s light and easy to move. Some do note, however, that it doesn’t hold little ones in securely enough if they’re not already able to sit well by themselves.

Best Multipurpose: Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym

 Courtesy of Target

While many activity centers are designed to be used for just a few short months of a baby’s life, this activity center offers more longevity. It can be used from birth with baby lying on it and kicking the piano keys or for tummy time fun. As they grow older, they can sit and play, learning colors, shapes, numbers and other important skills along the way. Since there’s no seat, there’s no limit on how long they can have fun with this toy. 

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Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular baby activity centers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered more than 20 baby activity centers overall, screened options from 15 different brands and manufacturers, read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 1 of the baby activity centers themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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