Activity tables are a great way to stimulate your growing baby’s needs and give you a little time to eat a few bites of food or catch up on the dishes. You deserve a few minutes to get something done while keeping your baby entertained.
With three babies of my own, I have spent countless hours researching the best baby activity tables. I now bring you the fruit of my labors, to help save you hours of searching the web for reviews and product information.
The six best activity tables on the market are listed below to give you an in-depth look, all in one spot.
|The Top Baby Activity Tables||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Sit to Stand Activity Center||Floor to Table, Adjustable, Car Ramp, Low Volume.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center||Wood Construction, No Batteries, Sturdy, Pretty||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Bright Starts Have A Ball Activity Table||Toy balls that slide down a ramp, Sits on floor||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Table||Baby can walk/roll around the entire activity table||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Activity Center||Middle seat transitions into table for older children, Portable||♥♥♥♥♥|
The Best Baby Activity Tables of 2020
Fisher Price 2-in-1 Sit to Stand Activity Center
The Fisher Price 2-in-1 Sit to Stand Activity Center is almost as amazing as the Woby activity table. Start out by placing your crawler into the seat to play and spin. Once they are walking, take the seat out and put the car ramp in for a few more months of fun.
Looks – The white base with teal accents and bright, engaging toys will keep baby smiling without totally ruining your living room.
Function – A toy that grows with your baby is the dream for moms with tight wallets. The seat can be adjusted for height. The padding is also machine washable for messes, and the toys can come off to toss in your diaper bag for outings.
Entertainment – Endless amusement is possible for your little one with this Fisher Prices home-run. The car ramp will appeal to your child, as will the piano and adorable animals.
Quality – Enjoy the ease of assembling this magnificent sturdy table. Meant to hold your baby in the interior ring, the table holds your baby even when they are cruising.
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Cost – Try not to cry… the price is high, but the sturdy toy should hold it’s resale value, even after your babies are too old to enjoy.
Noise – Sorry mama, this toy will bother your eardrums.
Batteries – Grab another pack of batteries while grocery shopping.
Keyboard – The piano comes off, but maybe difficult to reattach.
Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center
Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center is cheaper than the Fisher Price 2-in-1 Sit to Stand Activity Center from above by just a little bit. The fun toy is constructed of wood and tons of activities to amuse multiple babies at once.
Looks – The brown and green table is shaped loosely like a tree, making it the least garish of the baby tables. The brightest color is some splotches of red, purple, and blue on the toys to keep babies’ minds active.
Function – The activity table will not sing or dance, but will entertain four different kids at once because it’s just chock full of things to look at and touch. The table is short enough for crawlers or walkers.
Cost – While it is expensive, it’s not as pricey as some of the other activities tables, and this one won’t drive you nuts with sounds.
Quality – Here we thought sturdy wood construction was a thing of the past and then enters the Manhattan activity center.
Entertainment – With so many things to touch and see, babies from 9 months and up should find plenty to keep them busy while you wash the dishes or actually eat some food (beside your baby’s leftover bananas and cheerios).
Batteries – Save your batteries for all the other kids’ toys that require power, as this toy is tech-free.
Noise – With no batteries or music, this toy is the quietest so far.
Support – Do not let crawlers pull themselves up on this table, since it’s a bit top heavy and may topple on them.
Portable – This tree inspired table is very bulky and does not fold down. Keep it at home in the playroom.
Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin’ Activity Table
The Bright Starts Having a Ball Get Rollin’ Activity Table is a super fun play table that includes four different colored balls.
Toy Balls – Not many activity tables include toy balls, which make this one extra fun! Drop the ball down the ramp, watch it fall through the center, and repeat.
Multilingual – Not only is English heard with this toy, but French, Spanish, AND German are language options, too!
Variety of Toys – In addition to the toy balls, kids can play with the piano keys, book, gears, hippo mouth, and more.
Volume Control – Who doesn’t like being able to control the volume of a baby toy? With 60 included songs and a variety of sounds to hear, this is super convenient!
Grows with Baby – The legs of this activity table can be removed for your pre-standing baby, making floor time lots of fun.
Batteries – Requires 3 AA batteries but they’re included.
Ball Rolling on Ground – Unfortunately, the ball rolling aspect cannot be used when the table is in floor mode (legs removed).
Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center
The Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center allows your child to move and rotate around the activity center as they play and explore.
Looks – The bright oranges, blues, and greens will appeal to babies, even if they do not appeal to mom’s sense of style. Fun animals and shapes will delight all babies.
Function – Starting from 6 months, your child can sit and play with this activity center. As they grow and are able to stand, you can remove the chair and use the table as a stand and play table! The height of the table is just right for your child to explore all the toys.
Cost – It is a little pricy, but grows with your child, so you get more bang from your buck.
Exercise – Unlike some activity chair combos where the baby can only bounce or turn 360°, this table allows your baby to get exercise and have more freedom to move as they tottle themselves on wheels around the table. Of course, if you prefer having baby in the center of the activity table, Bright Starts has an alternative activity chair.
Moving the Activity Center – Some older and stronger babies may be able to move the entire activity center as they walk around it and play.
Batteries – Requires 3 C batteries which are not included. No big deal but C batteries are not a common battery to have laying around.
Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Foldable Travel Activity Center
The Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Foldable Travel Activity Center is first on our list because it has some really unique features that no other product has in the same center.
Spin Option – Your child can spin 360 degrees and there are different toys and play items all the way around. Not only can they spin, but they will spin because its fun and the grass is always greener on the other side of the circle.
Table – This activity table can literally become a little toddler-sized table. The seat part comes out and is replaced by a flat surface. It will be the right height for your child to use it as a project surface for coloring, reading books or playing with other toys.
Portable – As it says in the product name, it is truly portable. The legs fold so it can be easily put in the car or stored, and it weighs about 13 pounds.
Toys – The toys on the table are well designed in several ways. They are cute (should I say that first?). They require some fine-motor skills which will be helpful for development. And they are different from the run-of-the-mill buttons and knobs you find on a lot of activity tables.
Price – Ummm. I don’t know, price maybe?
Battat Wooden Activity Cube
The Battat Wooden Activity Cube is a sturdy toy of fun that will entertain your kids (and even their kids) for years!
Quality – Solid wood design makes this activity cube a piece that will last for ages. Enjoy holding on to it or passing it down over the years without losing its value.
No batteries needed – There’s something convenient about a battery-less toy for your kids. No worrying about batteries dying and replacing them.
Engaging – There’s so much to do on this cube! Children will enjoy the variety of things to open, spin, move, and more all around the cube.
Grows with Baby – Battat says this activity cube can be enjoyed from 12 months all the way to 8 years +. That’s fantastic!
12 months+ – Battat recommends this toy for 12-month babies or older but really, I think a baby who can sit up on their own could easily enjoy this toy. A younger baby could even become engaged if they were sitting in a parent’s lap and playing.
Toppling – When baby starts to pull themselves up on things, they may try to do so while holding onto this activity cube, possibly resulting in it toppling over.
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
The Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table is a good inexpensive activity table option for your little one.
Musical – Your child can enjoy hearing sounds of musical instruments like the french horn, piano, drums, and guitar.
Multilingual – Choose between three languages: English, French, or Spanish.
Educational – The piano keys help teach numbers and colors in a fun way.
Grows with Baby – Baby can enjoy this activity table on the floor- simply remove the legs. Once baby can stand, snap the legs back on the table and it’s like a brand new toy!
Quality – Some buyers have complained that the quality isn’t great, either because the product stopped working or it flips over easily.
Alex Jr. Sound & Play Busy Table
The Alex Jr. Sound & Play Busy Table will keep baby busy discovering their senses without batteries and tons of noise. Watch them spin cogs, move cars, and play music without repetitive noises.
Looks – The wood table looks like a toy you would expect to see in a doctor’s office, but doesn’t baby always love those best? The alphabet is placed around the edges, though it may not help a lot without the sound.
Function – The busy table has several activities and keeps baby amused without going overboard on stimulation. Babies love to make noise and move brightly colored objects, which is exactly what you get with the Alex Jr. busy table. Several babies can sit around the short table and play together.
Cost – Pull out your debit card because this table is an easy buy.
Quality – Wood construction with screws will keep this tiny table together for hours and hours of play.
Size – Because the table is so low, this table is difficult for babies who want to move.
Support – Toys can break off easily, so monitor your baby and stick to older ages, not crawlers.
Entertainment – Kids tend to get bored quickly with the busy table, mainly because there are no bells and whistles. The thing that us mom’s love about it is the same exact thing that makes kids dislike the table.
Portable – The size and shape make this toy difficult to bring with you.
VTech Sit-To-Stand Learn & Discover Table
The VTech Sit-To-Stand Learn & Discover Table offers the same price and design, but offers gender-neutral colors, unlike VTech’s Magic Star Learning Table.
Grows with Baby – Like other activity tables, you can remove the legs to place the top on the floor for your little one to play with. Simply attach the legs back when baby is standing.
Phone – The pretend phone is a HIT with children. Make sure it doesn’t get lost! Kids love mimicking mom and dad on their phone and will enjoy “talking on the phone” all over the house.
Lights – Some activity tables only include sound but this one includes both sounds AND lights.
Variety of Learning Concepts – This table introduces your child to time, colors, shapes, greetings, and letters.
Batteries – 2 AA batteries are required but they are included!
Lost Phone – The phone barely sits on the top of the table so it can easily fall off and easily get lost.
Lightweight – If this is sitting on a smooth surface (rather than a rug or carpet), it can slide easily.
Pink – This is not a gender-neutral toy which is a bummer for some.
Baby Einstein Curiosity Table
If the Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center is too busy for your baby try the B07CP8CK7S is not as overwhelming but is still captivating.
Engaging Activities – Unique things to play with on this table including gears that spin, “circuits”, and a flashing light bulb!
Grows with Baby – When your baby is younger, they can play with this table on the floor when you remove the legs. Once they are standing, secure the legs back onto the table and you have yourself a standing activity table!
Sounds – There are 65 included songs and sounds as to not bore your child (or you).
Two-sided Activity Table – Enjoy TWO sides to the activity table. One side is for gears and the other side is a dry-erase and magnetic board!
Portable – You can even use this (with legs removed) in the car or on a lap.
Multilingual- Introduce your child to English, Spanish, or French with the multilingual vocabulary options.
Batteries – Three AA batteries are required (but that’s barely a con!)
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
The LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table plays classic sing-a-long songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Old MacDonald.”
Classic Songs – Most baby toys play random tunes, but this one plays classic nursery rhymes and songs that every kid grows to know. Not all songs are classics, but regardless, this table offers 70+ songs and sounds.
Bilingual – Choose English or Spanish as the language to speak.
Batteries – 3 AA batteries are needed but they are included, which is a plus.
Grows with Baby – Remove the table legs so your baby can enjoy and explore while on the floor. Once they can stand, attach the legs and play can continue.
Basic – This isn’t a new concept and seems a little “been there, done that.” Your baby will probably not care, but if you’re wanting something new and fresh, there are other options out there.
Price – Because of the “basic” note above, this musical table seems a bit overpriced to me.
VTech Magic Star Learning Table
Moms will love the VTech Magic Star Learning Table for the great price and because the table grows with their child. Babies will love the toy phone, steering wheel, and lots of buttons and bright colors. The Magic Star Learning Table is a great choice for moms on a budget. Even better, this toy is bilingual to encourage language skills for your little one’s growing brain.
Looks – The colors are bright and will attract baby’s attention, but will do little to make your living room look grown-up. Maybe stick this toy in the playroom if you don’t want an eyesore.
Function – VTech’s table can be used on the floor for crawlers or put on its legs for walkers. Six different learning activities will help baby’s motor skills.
Cost – This table is the best deal on our list.
Entertainment – Tykes will love the lights and sounds, play phone, talking book with flippable pages, and the toy steering wheel to drive.
Noise – Sorry, this table, like most VTech toys, comes with repetitive toys ready to drive you insane.
Size – The table tends to be on the short side and will have your little one hunching over.
Support – This learning table may scratch your floor, as it’s flimsy enough for your child to push across the floor and leave scratch marks.
Batteries – You will need to power this toy with a couple of double A’s to entertain your little one.
HANMUN Musical Learning Table
The HANMUN Musical Learning Table has a decent selection of small activities considering the compact size. It is portable and has straps to attach to a stroller, playpen, or crib with the legs off.
Looks – The toy is definitely babyish in design, but it’s for babies, so no surprise there. The bright base works well with the colorful buttons in mostly primary colors.
Function – The ability to turn from a table to a crib toy is truly unique. Even better, this tiny table has volume control.
Cost – One of the lowest-priced items on our list, it’s time to sing and dance because this toy costs about the price of pizza delivery.
Entertainment – Portable fun that can also stay home and serve as a table to keep babies busy a little while longer.
Noise – Yes, the toy does make noise, but at least you can turn the sound down.
Batteries – Any toy that makes noise requires batteries and this one is no exception.
Size – The tiny size makes this toy better for small babies and it will not entertain older kids for long.
Support – In fact, if your child wants to stand and play with this, they’ll find it a bit too short. This works best for a sitting or kneeling baby.
Guide to Selecting a Baby Activity Table
Baby activity tables are not meant to be supportive but always look for a sturdy table that will not topple over on your child. The best activity tables focus on helping your baby to learn and grow by exploring the toys.
Many activity tables add in learning songs, introduction to animals, multiple languages, and musical toys. All of these are good options to stimulate your baby.
Musical or No Batteries
You will need to decide if you need a toy that makes stimulating noise or if you prefer a quiet and simple toy. Both have benefits for babies and will provide plenty of challenges.
Tables do not need to support your baby fully, but crawlers and walkers could be hurt by a table that is too top-heavy and might fall on them.
Look for a table that is easy to clean, as babies tend to be messy, and you certainly do not want to scrub messes off of a difficult toy.
A toy that starts on the floor and moves up to legs gives you more value for your money. Plus you can use it in combination with a best baby play mat to really keep your baby entertained!
An activity table with only one activity will lose your child’s interest much faster than a busy table.
FAQ’s About Baby Activity Tables
Can I put the table in my baby’s playpen or crib?
You should always monitor a child playing with an activity table. If you can monitor your little one, then it’s safe to place this in a playpen, but safer to keep the table in a wide-open space where baby has plenty of room to move around the table.
Can the batteries in a table harm my baby?
All activity tables cover batteries with a plastic plate and screws to keep baby from having access.
Will baby learn a lot from the table or should I focus on fun?
Your baby will learn a little from a table, but right now they are learning from everything. Focus on fun, but fun with learning.
At what age can my baby play with an activity table?
Some tables start on the floor or with a chair for support. Once your baby can sit up well unsupported, they can play with the table on the floor. Activity tables on legs are better for babies who are walking, which is a different age for each baby.
Can I put an activity table in water?
Never put an activity table in the water, especially one with batteries, as it can short-out or harm your child. Tables are meant to be walked around and babies are not sturdy enough to walk around tables in water just yet. Save the water activity tables for the toddler years.
Final Word and Verdict
Fisher Price 2-in-1 Stand Activity Center is the best of both worlds with baby being able to sit and play and then stand and play as they grow.