“ Brand: Graco / Type: Activity Gyms „
For his first Christmas my son (now three and a half) got the Baby Einstein discover and play activity centre. He was only four months old, but friends had told us that it was their best baby buy so we trusted them and we bought it for him. He was obviously too small at that age to stand on his own, but that would soon change. It became an integral part of my morning routine and at times it was an absolute life saver for me as a new mum still trying to find my feet.
What is it?
The activity centre looks like a big space-ship, in fact it looks like a baby-walker space ship. There is a seat in the middle that the baby sits/stands in and this seat rotates around to various activities. It strengthens the baby's standing skills as they actually rotate themselves to the activity that they want. It will depend on your child's strengths but we were able to use this for small amounts of time from about five and a half months onwards, but he was too small and could not reach the floor before this age.
It has been a while since this was built but I know that it was me who built it so it must not have been too hard! It comes in two large circular pieces then there are legs between these that are adjustable to your child's height. The activities screw or press in, depending on what exactly they are.
There are rattles, wheels, textures, reading and animal noises. It also tells you the animal names in Spanish, but my own children found this quite confusing. It is funny that both of my children used this activity centre and both of them had completely different favourite activities. My son liked the noisy wheels that spin around. My daughter was prone to eating the textured rubbery star shape.
This was one of our best buys when the children were ages 5 months - 12 months. I used it on a daily basis for each of them in the morning when I needed to prepare breakfasts. It kept them happy, safe and occupied. Then I sometimes took it to the bathroom with me if I needed a shower, or again in the evening if I needed to prepare dinner and keep them safe. It is so easy to clean with a cloth as it is all plastic. The fabric on the seat can also be removed quite easily too, and with the amount of rusk that my babies smeared over it, it has been washed a few times!
I also feel as if it helped my son walk early, he was taking his first steps at 10 months and he had enjoyed learning to stand in the safety of the baby Einstein. It saw two children through their baby year and is still going strong, the only bad thing is that it is very large and cannot be folded down so it is taking up a lot of room in my home now that it is not being used, so sadly I am taking it to a car boot sale. It has easily got years of life left in it and so hopefully another family find it as useful as I have!
i bought this for my daughter, it is well explained with clear instructions to put together and literally provides hours of fun. i wish i'd had it for all my children. my daughte has been in it since 5 months old and loves it, she manages to turn round in it and doesn't seem to tire from it! i'v used it in the garden too when its warm, i have a 2 year old and shes obsessed with the baby so it provides a bit of safety too! only downside is its big and not collapsable so you need a good corner to put it in but its well worth it. it cleans well and the seat can be wiped clean so you can feed baby snacks in it. it has lots of noisy toys and stimulating colours and sounds to encourage baby to use her senses. there are spaces in between the fixed toys so you can put other toys on there. great item that i would recommend 100% bit pricey but worth it!!
Very good investment. The seat spins around so baby can move around and play with all of the toys, or you can even move them yourself if they're too young to move themselves. The bottom can either stay still, or rock about when baby moves.I found that while she was getting used to it, and being in there, my baby prefered staying still and not rocking, while she had a good look and feel around. However i did find that both mine and my friend's baby hated the clear ball with mini balls inside, as it scared them both and made them cry! My baby liked the mittor and the little things that stick up the most, and would spend ages just looking in the mirror and hitting it. It has adjustable heights so you can change it as your baby grows, which i found very useful. Overall a very good item!
This is the best thing I have bought for my daughter and I dont no what I would do without it. I got it for her when she was about 4 months old but she was still a bit wobbly so i put her blanket in front of her tummy to stop her from wobbling forward. She liked playin with all the toys on it and I even put some of her toys on and she liked throwin them off it. Shes now fourteen months old and managed to get out of it today but throwing herself headfirst out of it which scared me because i thought it was virtally impossible to get out of but now i can use it as activity centre. I founf it so useful to put her in when i was doing the housework and even used it to feed her in before i bought her highchair. She just loved playin in it and just lookin at everything going on around her. I can`t think of anything bad to say about it, apart from her getting out of it but she probably is a bit big for it now.
This item was one of two that saved my sanity!
Before my daughter was professionally diagnosed with silent reflux (where the acid from the gut rises back up the throat) at 4 months old, she sufferred everytime she had a drink or milk or water. I had researched the condition (as I was fairly sure what it was) and had discovered that it is quite a common occurance, when the ring of muscle around the baby's stomach is not strong enough to seal shut and therefore small amounts of stomach acid rise up the throat. The recommendations are that you should try to keep your baby still, but upright, as much as possible in order to strengthen the muscle and that she should never be laid down flat. This is all well and good but at 8 weeks old she could only hold her head up, not sit unaided, and she would only spend a few minutes at a time in her baby seat. I was desperate for a spare pair of hands in order to get some chores done, but unlike other babies, I wasn't able to lie her on a mat or in a baby nest.
This product was recommended to me as it could be raised and lowered, depending on the child's age, had a high back to the seat and plenty of entertainment around the outside, aswell as keeping my baby in a sitting position without her moving too much.
The entertainment consists of various rattles, soft shapes and handpuppets and also a set of four buttons with animal noises, the animal name in Spanish and English and a musical tune to finish.
The seat is padded and comfortable and the legs are easy to shorten or heighten if necessary.
My daughter continued to use this item up until she could crawl. When she didn't want to go in it anymore, she continued to use it to pull herself up and would play with the items from the outside.
I had a happy contented daughter and would thoroughly recommend this item to anyone who needs a spare pair of hands!
When my grandson was a baby, one of the family bought him a Graco 'Baby Einstein' Activity Centre. My daughter has always said it was one of the best presents he has received.
The activity centre comes in a large box and has to be assembled.
The instructions are very clear and easy to understand. Some parts click into place and others have to be secured using a screwdriver. To fully assemble the activity centre takes around 30 minutes.
The activity centre weighs approximately 14 pounds. It is 30 inches in height and 27 inches in diameter. It is made of hard plastic and fabric.
It is made up of a blue base tray, three red and blue legs, a multi coloured swivel seat and a white table top with various toys attached.
The base tray is slightly bevelled to provide a rocking movement. The tray also has three small feet which can be easily put in place to make the tray stationery.
The legs have three height positions which can be easily adjusted. One thing to remember is that all legs must be at the same height.
The seat is made of a machine washable fabric and is slightly padded for extra comfort. The seat swivels a full 360 degrees in either direction.
The top of the activity centre has nine different toys going all the way round the outside of where baby is sitting.
Each toy is different
Green dragon hand puppet
Blue spinning globe with beads inside
Yellow sun rattle
Orange rubber teething star
Horse shoe shaped loop with 5 moveable beads
Square, triangle and circle shaped tower made of cloth
Spinning wheels which rattle, squeak and chime
Plastic book with pictures of different animals
Circle of buttons to press which play animal sounds and names.
This activity centre can be used as soon as a baby can sit upright unaided. It can be used until baby starts to walk. It is not suitable for babies over 30 pounds in weight or over 32 inches in height.
When my grandson first used his, he was happy to stay in the one place and play with whatever toy was in front of him. It did not take him long to start moving around and playing with different toys. And in no time he was spinning around to find the toy he wanted.
The activity centre also gave my daughter the opportunity to sit and have a cup of coffee without worrying about my grandson. She could see him and he was happy to play for a while on his own.
I think this is a great toy to introduce babies to different shapes, colours, textures, animals, sounds and music.
One downside to the activity centre is the inability to move it from room to room. It is quite difficult to try to get the unit through a standard sized door. Once it has been assembled it really needs to stay in the one place.
Cleaning the activity centre is easy. If necessary the entire seat can be removed and machine washed. It cannot however be tumble dried. The top section can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Due to the amount of toys there are some tricky little corners to reach. I use an old toothbrush for this and it has always worked well.
The Baby Einstein Activity Centre costs around £49.99. I think it is money well spent.
When my grandson grew out of this toy, my daughter stored it in her loft. It was then passed on to my grandaughter who loved it as much as my grandson did.
I always felt that my grandchildren were safe and comfortable using this toy. The design of the seat supports babies in all the right places. The three height adjustment in the legs allows the toy to grow with babies. As baby grows the activity centre grows as well.