12 of the best baby activity centres and jumpers

Our pick of the top activity centres and jumpers for babies

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Baby activity centres come in so handy once your baby can sit up and are usually recommended until your little one starts walking. Packed with toys that encourage exploration, hand-eye coordination and learning about cause-and-effect, they provide a safe play space for inquisitive baby minds, and can also be a good alternative to a playpen.

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Here is our pick of the best activity centres, as tested by babies…

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1. Oribel Portaplay Convertible Activity Centre, £145

GOLD winner, Best Activity Centre, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 5 months+

What it is: A battery-free activity centre with a rotating, bouncy seat, 6 activity toys and folding, height-adjustable legs that can be converted into a play table for toddlers and preschoolers.

Why we love it: This a great investment that could last you and your child 4 or 5 years. The activity toys are lovely – and we particularly like how well it folds up and how nicely it converts into a classy little table

What our child testers made of it:

  • ‘It’s very well made – and the colours are bright but not garish. The toys are perfect: the bead maze and mirror are Alfie’s favourites.’ Honey, mum to Alfie, 8 months
  • ‘Fantastic play centre for babies and toddlers alike. Madeleine loves the toys and it’s brilliant that it converts into a play table – something my older children took advantage of!’ Michelle, mum to Madeleine, 11 months

Available at: Babaloo

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2. Infantino Sit, Spin & Stand Entertainer, £69.99

SILVER winner, Best Activity Centre, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 4 months +

What it is: An activity centre with 3 height settings, folding legs and a spinning seat that converts into a really fun stand-and-play activity table. Comes with 6 detachable toys with light-up buttons and musical effects. Requires 3 AAA batteries.

Why we love it:  The animal characters are very cute and chunky and the play table features a great bird’s-eye jungle scene that makes the perfect base for games and crafts. It folds up nice and small, too.

What our mum and baby testers made of it:

  • ‘This is brilliant, sturdy and versatile. I love the way it grows with the child. The quality of the attachments and toys are perfect.’ Meghan, mum to Amelia, 11 months
  • ‘Plenty for a baby to play with – and super-quick to fold flat when we took it to a relative’s house.’ Katy, mum to Leo, 11 months

Available at: Argos

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3. Skip Hop Explore & More Jumpscape Foldaway Jumper, £97.21

BRONZE winner, Best Activity Centre, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 4 months +

What it is:  A height-adjustable bouncing activity centre with a rotating seat and a cloud-shaped bounce counter that tracks and rewards your baby’s jumps with lights and sounds. The 4 toys are detachable and the whole thing folds flat for storage.

Why we love it: We rate the ‘parent reminder’ that lets you know when your baby has been playing in the centre for 10 and then 20 minutes – and the clapping sounds for 100 jumps are fun. We also really like the detachable leaf teethers.

What our mum and baby testers made of it:

  • ‘A brilliant jumper with a lovely deep seat. Trixie-Maize loves the toys and gets very excited to hear the rounds of applause she gets after 100+ jumps. The soothing music and lights also help her wind down in the evening before her bath and bed. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.’ Terrianne, mum to Trixie-Maize, 9 months

Available at: Amazon and John Lewis

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4. Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo, £84.99

Age: 9 months +

What it is: This bold and colourful bouncing activity centre has built up a loyal following since it first launched in 2004 and its latest version won Silver in our 2017 Toy Awards. It’s got a 3-level height adjustable seat that swivels 360 degrees so inquisitive little ones can twist, turn and bounce as they explore the toy attachments.

Why we love it: We rate it for its music and lights, sturdy design and removable machine-washable seat. The new version is also much more compact – and easier to fold up and store. Requires 3 AA batteries.

Read our full review of the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo.

Available at: Argos and Amazon

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5. Jane Formula Kid Babywalker, £79.99

Age: 6 months

What it is: This is a super-robust height-adjustable baby walker, shaped like a Formula 1 racing car, that boasts lights, a multi-activity tray and racing car sounds. It’s height-adjustable and a safety device makes it stop when it comes to a step.

Why we love it: This is perfect for any future petrolheads out there. We like its floor-friendly wheels, wall-protecting bumpers and removable, washable padded seat.

Available at: Jane UK and Amazon

6. Little Tikes Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Walker & Activity Table, £39.99

Age: From birth

What it is: A walker, table and activity centre in one. The walker has lights that project from the dome onto the floor, and the activity board slides up for table play and is filled with fun features. Choose from green or pink.

Why we love it: We love the light show – and we’re so impressed with the 70+ activities, songs, and sounds, it won Bronze in our 2017 Toy Awards. It’s a bit clunky to move around but it’s certainly packed full of baby entertainment.

Available at: Bargain Max and Argos

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7. Baby Einstein Activity Jumper, £69.99

Age: 6 months+

What it is: With English, French and Spanish language learning, an electronic piano with lights and volume control, and lots of fun toys, you get plenty of bang for your buck with this great value activity jumper.

Why we love it: The seat rotates 360 degrees, and it has 5 height settings to grow with your baby.

Available at: Amazon and Smyths Toys

8 Fisher Price 2 in 1 Sit to Stand Activity Centre, £114.16

Age: 4 months +

What it is: This 2-in-1 entertainer grows with your child – before they can walk, it is an activity centre they can sit in with fun songs and toys. The seat spins 360 degrees so they can turn right around in it and explore everything. As they get bigger and don’t need a sit-in activity centre anymore, it transforms into a play table.

Why we love it: It’s so flexible – we love that it can be used as an activity centre and a play table. The toys can be removed, and the fabric is machine washable. It is much easier to move from room-to-room than some activity centres, too.

Available at: Amazon and Fisher Price

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9. Mothercare Jumping Giraffe Entertainer, £90

Age: 6 months+

What it is: The cute giraffe seat and hippo, monkey, elephant and lion toys give a fun jungle theme to this neat-looking activity centre, which folds compactly for storage.

Why we love it: It’s got a removable electronic music tray, with twinkly lights, plus the machine-washable seat rotates all the way around.

Available at: MothercareAmazon and Very

10. My Child Twizzle Activity Centre, £48.94

Age: 6 months+

What it is: This transformable bouncing activity centre with lights and sounds can be turned into a fun-packed play table once your little one grows out of jumping up and down – giving it a longer life span.

Why we love it: It’s packed with rattles and teethers for babies to hold and chew as they bounce and rotate in the 360 degree revolving seat.Plus it’s height adjustable and the bouncing footpad can be locked in place – just in case your little monkey doesn’t fancy jumping every day.

Available at: Precious Little One and Amazon

11. Skip Hop Silver Linings Cloud 3 Stage Activity Centre, £135

Age: 4 months +

What it is: The activity centre comes with a seat, which swivels 360 degrees, to allow babies to practice their bouncing. There are 25 developmental activities, including 5 toys that clip onto the tray. And when your baby doesn’t need an activity centre anymore, it transforms into a drawing table.

Why we love it: Babies will love bouncing and exploring – they can also see their feet as they play with the floor level light-up piano, and learn about cause and effect. Toddlers can hold around the edges in their ‘cruising stage’. Then, finally, once they are free-walking, the whole thing converts into a drawing table. Just add the matching chairs (sold separately) – or any chair – for crafting play.

Available at: Kidly and JoJoMamanBebe

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12. Disney Finding Nemo Sea of Activities Jumper, £89.99

Age: 6 months+

What it is: An underwater-inspired activity jumper, with more than 13 different toys and games and a rotating seat.

Why we love it: The seat has a nice high back, and the jumper has 4 different levels of height adjustment for the perfect bounce.

Available at:  Smyths Toys

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