Best Activity Centers for Babies and Toddlers of 2022
Best Activity Centers for Babies of 2022
January 7, 2022

Best Activity Centers for Babies of 2022

Babylist editors love baby gear and independently curate their favorite products to share with you. If you buy something through links on our site, Babylist may earn a commission.
Best Activity Centers for Babies of 2022.
Looking to keep baby entertained (and safely in one spot for a few minutes)? Activity centers come with attached toys, music, fun sounds and more, and can help babies develop lots of skills. Here are some favorites from Babylist.Best Activity Centers for Babies of 2022

Babies around six to 12 months are super curious, constantly wanting to explore and engage with the world around them.

Activity centers are the perfect outlet for all of that developing curiosity. They provide babies with a safe, secure space to explore textures, movements, sights and sounds and to practice important fine motor skills like the pincer grasp, reaching, grabbing and shaking. They can also keep your little one occupied long enough for you to take a shower or make a phone call—a big bonus!

Around six months old is a good time to upgrade your baby from a playmat or play gym on the floor to a seated activity center. Just keep in mind that you’ll want to pay attention to how much activity center time your little one is getting. While they’re perfectly safe, the fabric seat does put stress on your baby’s hip joints and can cause hip dysplasia (the malformation of the hip socket) after extended use. Let your baby have a blast in their activity center but try to keep it to twice a day for about 10 to 15 minutes each time.

Grows with Your Baby

Both parents and babies love this modern activity center that converts to a play station and eventually a toddler table. Little ones can’t get enough of the swiveling, swaying objects and the electronic keyboard that lights up and plays songs when they hit it with their hands or feet. The foot platform is height adjustable so your baby’s toes are always able to touch and push off (think: a bit of bouncing action). Parents appreciate the activity center’s bright-but-not-too-bright colors and that it can be used for the long haul.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 4 months to 4 years (for the table)
Dimensions 31” x 31” x 18.5”
Includes 6 detachable toys and activities

Affordable Pick

This activity center from Bright Starts is packed with stimulating activities for your baby and won’t break the bank. There are lots of bright, engaging colors, nine toys and activities, three adjustable height options and it doesn’t even use batteries! And great news for adults: The seat pad is easy to remove and machine washable.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 6-12 months
Dimensions 27” x 27” x 33”
Includes 9 activities

For All Stages of Play

While most multi-stage activity centers cover sitting to standing, this one goes one step further: tummy time! The bottom mat detaches from the table to give your baby a comfy place to practice their tummy time while they’re still too small for the full table, and the electronic alligator also detaches from the table to keep baby entertained (because no one likes to lay on their tummy with nothing to do). Once baby can sit up on their own, they’ll be captivated by the 360-degree spin of the seat, and the whole thing turns into a play table for toddlers able to stand up with support. Keep in mind: This activity center isn’t height adjustable like most others, so it may not work as well for long-legged babies.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines As a tummy time mat: 0-6 months. As an activity center: 6-12 months or up to 25 lbs. As a play table: 12 months-3 years
Dimensions 24.2” x 24.2” x 21.9”
Includes 8 interactive toys, including a detachable electronic alligator, and a detachable tummy time mat

Bouncing Fun

This popular activity center surrounds baby with lots of stimulating ocean-themed toys, including a fully detachable sea turtle toy with electronic light-up buttons to teach numbers and colors in three languages. What makes it different from other activity centers is it’s also a jumper so baby can work on those leg muscles—and it easily adjusts to four different heights as little legs grow longer. Consider it baby’s best workout!

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 6-12 months
Dimensions 32” x 32” x 33”
Includes 8 interactive toys, including a detachable electronic sea turtle station

Travel Ready

Similar to the Skip Hop activity center, the PortaPlay grabs your baby’s attention with toys that flip, squeak and spin. It can also be used as an activity table for when your baby starts cruising or as a play table for bigger kids. The standout feature here is its small size and fast-fold legs, though, making it just right to tote to grandma’s or fold flat to stow away.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines As an activity center: ages 5 to 12 months. As a play table: up to 5 years
Dimensions 26.8” x 26.8” x 18.1”
Includes 6 detachable toys and activities

Jammin' Time

Just like our other Fisher-Price pick on this list, this activity center grows with baby from the tummy time days all the way until they can stand steadily on their own. The two features that set it apart from the rest, though, are the soft piano mat that makes music with baby’s every step and the sliding seat (that also spins 360 degrees) so baby can take their first steps “walking” up and down the activity table with ease. The soft piano mat doubles as a tummy time mat (pair it with the removeable drum kit), and the 11 other music-themed toys will keep baby boogying.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines As a tummy time mat: 0-6 months. As a stationary activity center: 6-12 months. Sliding seat: 9-12 months+. As a play table: 12 months to 2 years
Dimensions 28” x 31” x 22”
Includes 11 interactive toys (some of which are detachable, and a detachable soft piano mat that doubles as a tummy time mat
This information is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. We do not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here. Babylist may earn compensation from affiliate links in this content. Learn more about how we write Babylist content and the Babylist Health Advisory Board.