Fun playtime – its’ the main reason babies love the best baby activity table. Parents know, furthermore, that it allows their children to develop their physical, mental skills and social skills, as well as to explore the world around them.
The best baby activity table is designed to provide entertainment and education for babies, usually ranging in age from six months to five years. With the use of colorful toys, attractive lights, and engaging sounds, it encourages babies to explore the world around them, learn the basics of letters, numbers and colors, and even learn a foreign language. Indeed, it’s a good investment in your child’s physical, mental and social development!
Of course, a baby activity table features bright and bold colors, a wide range of things, animals and alpha-numeric characters, among others, which will attract and keep your baby’s attention. Depending on its specific features, it can be a suitable toy for a six-month old baby or a five-year old child, perhaps even grow with your baby.
Best Baby Activity Table Reviews
From among dozens of baby activity tables, I have chosen 10 tables that meet the general criteria for safety, ease of setup, use and maintenance, and fun entertainment parents like myself look for in these products.
1. 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center by Bright Starts
With its versatile features, Bright Starts’ 3-in-1 Around We Go is the best learning table for babies in my book! It’s a suitable toy for babies aged six months to three years, thanks to its 3-in-1 design – it’s a large activity table with a detachable walker, a weighted base, and plenty of toys to play with. It can even be handed down, thanks to its stable design and sturdy materials.
There are more than a dozen possible play activities with it, too. The toys include a music center where colorful keys can be pressed to play different sounds, a spinning ball and mirror, an animal center with a push-down penguin, a rotatable lion, and a sliding dolphin. There’s even an open tray where your baby’s snacks and favorite small toys can be placed.
The padded walker can also be rotated in a full circle (360°) so your baby can play with whatever toy on the activity table takes his fancy. With it, your baby can also strengthen his leg muscles, improve his coordination, and play in comfort. You can easily adjust the walker’s height as your baby grows, as well as remove it when he’s too heavy or too large for it; the walker has a 25-pound limit.
With 15 possible activities on the activity table, your baby will surely have plenty of fun for a few hours while you can watch him play or do other tasks.Pros to impress:
- Features a 360° rotatable walker for free movement
- Height-adjustable and removable seat
- Stable base
- Made of durable plastic material
- Improves baby’s physical and mental skills
- Provides plenty of activities for baby
2. Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Center, Spin ‘n Play Safari
The Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit-to-stand is the best baby activity table in my book, too, because it encourages cause-and-effect learning in a baby, provides plenty of fun toys to play with, and features safe and easy-to-clean materials. Your baby can play in two ways, too, thanks to the rotatable seat; it’s also adjustable in height and removable once your baby’s grown too large for it.
It’s an activity table that grows, so to speak, with your baby! When it’s used an infant activity table, it features brightly-colored toys like teeter-totter lion and zebra, a giraffe rattle, an elephant bead bar with clackers, a palm tree spinner, a bee teether, and shape-sorter roller bugs. When it’s converted into a toddler activity table, it has the added attraction of a tall racing ramp and a musical alligator with light-up piano keys that, when pressed, can play up to 20 minutes of tunes and songs.
With these toys, your baby will learn cause-and-effect relationships, especially when he manipulates the toys and receives instant feedback. This is an important skill that your baby can apply later on. Plus, your baby’s fine and gross motor skills will also be developed, thanks to the opportunities to use his hands in manipulating the toys and his legs in spinning around on his seat.
The seat and pad can be removed for washing (i.e., machine washable), a convenient feature since babies will have diaper accidents at one point or another. The legs can also be removed when the table has to be transported or stored.Pros to impress:
- Made of non-toxic and durable materials
- Stable construction so there’s no danger of tipping over
- Features plenty of colorful toys
- Improves physical and mental skills
- Easy to clean
3. Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center
With its Amazon theme, there’s plenty of flora and fauna that will entertain your baby for a few hours at least! The Evenflo Exersaucer learning center is also unique because it can be used in three stages – as a playmat for a newborn (0-4 months), an exersaucer for an older baby (4-12 months), and an activity table (12-24 months, even beyond). The triple use means that it’s among the best activity tables for a family with many children (i.e., a hand-me-down toy).
When used as a playmat, it’s a safe place for your baby to enjoy audiovisual stimulation, either when he’s lying on his back or on his stomach. Once he’s old enough to hold up his head, he can be placed on the seat, which spins around so he can play with the toys on his exersaucer. When he’s a toddler, he can use it as an activity table sans the seat.
There are 11 possible activities in all three uses so your baby will have plenty of things to keep him occupied. Your baby will develop a wide range of skills including his hand-eye coordination, explorative play, and motor skills as well as learn cause-and-effect relationships with instant feedback.
As a parent, you will appreciate that the toys can be removed from the activity table for cleaning or for on-the-go play. The exersaucer folds up and features a handle for easy transport, while the seat pad can be adjusted to three different heights and can be removed for washing.Pros to impress:
- Cute Amazon theme
- Removable toys
- Develops baby’s physical and mental skills
- Easy to clean, transport and store
- Grows with baby
4. Discovering Music Activity Table by Baby Einstein
This Baby Einstein activity table is among the best musical baby toys because it’s a great tool for introducing music to babies. Besides, babies have a natural attraction to music so it makes sense that the Discovering Music activity table should be among your baby’s first exposure to it. Your baby will not only listen to music but, more importantly, also be able to make his own music, as discordant as that may sound to your ears.
There are three musical instruments that your baby can play with, namely, a drum that can be tapped, a guitar for strumming, and a French horn that can spin. Aside from emitting sounds that your baby will enjoy, these toys also allow your baby to learn cause-and-effect relationships. For example, when he taps on the drum, he gets immediate feedback so he begins experimenting with tapping combinations.
There’s also a music book that acts as a selector switch between Discovery Mode and Music Mode. Your baby can flip its page to activate the Discovery Mode as well as the lights and sounds. The action of flipping it not only develops motor skills but also mental skills, particularly in decision-making.
The activity table can be used in two ways, too. First, it can be used by younger babies for floor play. Second, it can be used as an activity table with its legs attached for stand-and-play discovery mode.Pros to impress:
- Encourages discovery of music and sounds
- Introduces baby to numbers in three languages (English, French and Spanish)
- Durable materials
- Compact size
- Two play modes
- Music book has an opening in the middle where the baby’s fingers can get caught
- Table only has three legs (i.e., prone to toppling)
5. VTech Magic Star Learning Table
The VTech Magic Star is among the best toys for standing babies because it’s stable and sturdy enough for a child who’s learning to pull himself up and walk to use as a stand. Of course, it features a wide range of playtime activities from songs to words and phrases in two languages – English and Spanish – so your baby’s brain development can be optimized. It’s such a great way to expand your baby’s grasp of languages that, in turn, will improve his social skills in the future.
While there are only six possible activities on the activity table, these are enough to keep your baby entertained while also introducing him to new literacy and numeracy concepts. The flip book can be flipped to activate the rhymes, which changes depending on the picture show. The steering wheel moves the toy bear around the alphabet wheel while the music buttons light up and play music, as well as provide learning responses for the colors.
Near the flip book is the gear toy that your baby can turn and, thus, aids in strengthening his fine motor skills. There’s even a phone with numbers that your child can pretend-play with, and you may even find it cute that he seems to be mimicking your own phone habits.
The table can be used in two ways, too – for floor play without the legs and for stand-and-play mode with the legs on. There’s no hassle in getting it out from its packaging (i.e., frustration-free packaging) and in setting it up.Pros to impress:
- Easy setup and cleaning
- Floor and table play modes
- Teaches letters, colors and numbers in two languages
- Develops physical and mental skills
6. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table Activity Center
The LeapFrog Learn and Groove is the best toddler activity table because it leap-frogs your baby’s learning, pun intended! Aside from introducing a wide range of songs and tunes – it features more than 70 – it’s also a great toy for introducing literacy and numeracy skills to your baby. With it, your baby can learn and explore colors, letters, numbers, and shapes on his own and with your guidance.
There are several classic children’s songs, such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Pop Goes the Weasel, and Old MacDonald, which gives both your baby and his older siblings the opportunity to sing together; social skills can be developed using interactive activity tables like this one.
Your baby can also press, pull, slide and spin the brightly-colored buttons to explore colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, as well as learn about opposites. These actions not only develop his fine motor skills but also encourage learning about cause-and-effect relationships.
There’s also a flip book that acts as a selector switch between music mode and learning mode. In music mode, your baby will learn classic songs and enjoy the sounds of musical instruments like drums, piano, guitar, trombone, and xylophone.
The language selector switch allows for bilingual play, too, either in English or Spanish. Studies have shown that children who learn two languages early in their life are more likely to excel in school.
The legs can be attached and removed depending on whether your baby wants it for floor play or as an activity table. It’s lightweight, too, so your baby may want to lift and transfer it.Pros to impress:
- Provides a wide range of educational yet entertaining activities
- Easy to assemble and handle
- Allows play in two languages
- Made of thick plastic
- Stable and sturdy build
7. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Around the Town Learning Table
Babies are usually limited to their homes except for trips to the doctor so introducing them to new places is a good idea. With the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn activity table, your baby can learn about new places, particularly the zoo, market and farm where fun explorations can be enjoyed, all without leaving the house. Your baby’s imagination can be stimulated with it, too.
This toy also addresses the three stages of development in a baby. In the first stage, starting from six months, your baby will enjoy hands-on activities including opening and closing doors, pushing and pulling, and pulling on switches, buttons and the like. He will also be learning simple words, perhaps even trying to sound them out.
In the second stage, from 12 months and up, your baby will begin exploring new words, finding shapes and numbers, and identifying colors and animals. You can talk to them using more complicated words, too, and provide instructions.
In the third stage, your toddler can make decisions whether Puppy, the main character in the activity table, can stay home or go outside. Here, he will learn phrases, listen more closely, and engage in more imaginative play.
All these in a single toy, at that! It can also be used for floor play and for standing play – just remove or attach the legs as needed.Pros to impress:
- Suitable for use in three developmental stages
- Provides plenty of entertainment and education opportunities
- Made of durable plastic
- Available in two modes of play
8. Playskool Rocktivity Sit To Stand Music Skool Toy
If you have a budding musician in your baby, then you may like the Playskool Rocktivity activity table! With its emphasis on introducing classic and contemporary tunes to babies, it encourage musical creativity at an early age while also providing hours of fun play.
Your baby can listen to the built-in music and sounds, even sing along with the music when they have learned them, as well as create their own tunes. You can even listen to them singing while using the microphone. Many of the built-in songs are the kid-friendly versions of pop music, too, so your baby’s repertoire is more expansive, not to mention that you can sing along, too.
In learning mode, your baby will be introduced to early concepts of letters, numbers, colors and shapes, among others. He’s learning these concepts while enjoying the process, an excellent way of introducing your baby to the learning process. You can, of course, teach him these things using other items but the activity table is the most convenient because it’s all there!
If you want your baby to learn another language or if you’re a Spanish-speaking household, the Spanish language mode is a bonus. Just imagine having a baby that can identify things in two languages – it’s something that will not only entertain the family but will become a source of pride.
Unlike many of the activity tables on my list, this one has four legs instead of three. It’s then more stable and less likely to topple over even when your baby leans too much on it or tries to stand on it.Pros to impress:
- Made of durable plastic materials
- Encourages brain development through bilingual learning
- Suitable for babies and toddlers
- Introduces literacy and numeracy skills at an early age
- Volume can be quite loud
- Language switch and volume control are within baby’s easy reach
9. Alex Discover Sound and Play Busy Table
The Alex Discover activity table doesn’t have the electronic appeal of the other products in my list but herein also lies its appeal for you and your baby. You don’t have to deal with the annoying repetitions of electronic sounds made over an hour or two yet your baby will still enjoy playing with the table. Even you can add a few things to make the activities more enjoyable, such as giving your baby a plastic toy to bang on it.
You can even let one or two children play with the activity table along with your child and, thus, develop their social skills, particularly sharing, role playing, and teamwork. There are six fun toys to play with, too – a xylophone and a drum that can be tapped to play music, spinning gears that can be manipulated, track sliders for fine motor skill development, a set of peek-a-boo doors to encourage imaginative play, and a curvy bead maze. Your baby can then slide, pound, and make music, all on a single toy!
The table’s corners are also printed with alphabets and drawings of various things that add to your child’s learning opportunities. There’s no need for an electronic mechanism because these activities are enough to keep your baby entertained for an hour or two.
Plus, most of the toys on the activity table can be washed and the wood table itself can be wiped clean. You won’t have any issue setting it up either.Pros to impress:
- Sturdy wood material
- No batteries required
- Can accommodate several children
- Provides plenty of learning opportunities
10. Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center
The Manhattan Toy Tree is unique because it isn’t an activity table per se. Instead, it’s a tree-themed activity center suitable for children aged one to five years; younger babies shouldn’t play with it because of the loose parts and standing design. It stands on a four-quadrant stand that should be placed on a flat, even surface for stability; the base, however, can be removed so the tree can be easily reached by toddlers.
The tree is divided into four quadrants with each quadrant offering distinct play opportunities. Think of it as a one-stop activity center with plenty of things necessary for imaginative play, from pretending to be a princess in a castle to an explorer in the jungle. There are painted animals like monkeys, birds and bees; guided tracks; snail movements; and multicolored beads as well as engaging characters, which will keep your children entertained for an hour or so.
Keep in mind that it’s more suitable for older children but even younger ones can play with it under adult supervision. It’s also a great addition to a children’s playroom since it can be a conversation piece.Pros to impress:
- Encourages imaginative and pretend play
- Kids learn more advanced literacy concepts
- Durable wood and safe materials
- Attractive design
- Requires assembly (i.e., read and follow the steps in the instruction manual)
- Expensive price
- Takes up a large space
With so many choices in baby activity tables, parents will likely have a challenge on their hands in choosing the best one for their babies, especially with their unique needs and wants. Here, I have compiled a list of questions that you may want to ask yourself when evaluating the best activity table for your baby.
What’s Your Child’s Age?
Your child not only has a unique personality even when he’s just a baby and it’s an important factor in your choice. He may, for example, seem to like animals more than planes, cars and trains so the Amazon-themed activity table will likely work for him. You may also consider your baby’s gender although most of the best activity tables are designed with unisex features.
You have to consider your child’s age, too, as manufacturers have recommended age range for their products. The Baby Einstein table, for instance, is suitable for younger babies but the Manhattan tree-themed table isn’t – it’s more appropriate for children between one and five years old.
If you’re looking for an activity table that grows with your baby, your best choice is one with removable legs. The table can then be placed on the floor for floor play (i.e., for babies) or placed on its legs for standing play (i.e., for toddlers). Look for features like a removable, height-adjustable, and rotatable seat for babies, too.
What Are Your Goals for Your Baby?
You should ideally choose an activity table that will address your entertainment and education goals for your baby. If you want him to learn music, then music tables are your best choice while learning tables are great for teaching numbers, letters and shapes. Many of the best activity tables, nonetheless, feature these two learning modes so you may want to buy them.
Many activity tables also allow adding toys and other items as your child grows older. Boredom with the same old toys can then be avoided while also expanding your child’s learning.
What’s Your Preferred Material?
Activity tables for babies and toddlers come in two primary materials – wood and plastic.
Wood is the traditional material because it’s durable, sturdy and strong, thus, the activity tables can be passed on for a few generations. When choosing a wooden activity table, check that it’s as solid as can be and it’s made of non-toxic materials, such as kid-friendly paint. Its benefits include quieter play since there are no electronic sounds, more opportunities for open play, and more children can play with it.
Plastic activity tables are lightweight yet still durable when properly cared for. Plus, these are easier to clean since plastic resists staining – just wipe with a damp cloth and you’re done with the cleaning. These also come with a wide range of interactive features including electronic lights, music and sounds that encourage physical and mental skills development.
The downside with plastic is its carbon footprint. Plastic activity tables also tend to be lighter than their wooden counterparts and, thus, these are easy for toddlers to drag around or stand on.
While your child will be the one using the activity table, you should also consider adult-centric factors in your choice.
- Is it easy to assemble? Many activity tables are plug-and-play type while others require assembly due to loose parts.
- Is it easy to clean? Look for removable and washable seats and/or seat pads, as well as surfaces that can be quickly cleaned with a damp cloth.
- Is it the right size? Keep in mind that it will occupy space in your home, an important consideration when your baby already has one too many stuff.
- Is it affordable? While quality should be your primary concern, you shouldn’t buy an expensive activity table just for the heck of it. Your baby won’t know the difference anyway.
Buy one of the baby activity tables on my list and I assure you that you will get great value for your money! Each of these activity tables were tested for their durability, versatility and quality as well as for their range of learning opportunities. You can’t go wrong with them.