Where To Get It: Amazon
Product dimensions: 31 x 31 x 18.5 inches
My rating: 7 out of 10 Stars
What Is The Skip Hop Explore And More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center?
The Skip hop explore and more baby’s view 3-stage activity center is an activity center that actually grows with your child. It captivates your child from head to toe and builds strength in their legs to prepare them for walking and standing.
It was also developed with the help of a pediatrician which is a big plus in my book because who would know better (besides you, of course) on what a baby needs to develop.
The activity center is easy to assemble and it comes with a 360-degree rotating seat that turns and stretches so that your baby can bounce to their heart’s content. I can tell you from my own experience that babies love to bounce.
Now this wasn’t available when my child was born but she did have something similar to this and she absolutely adored it. I have a video (which I can’t post on here for you to see since it was recorded when VHS was a thing) of her with 2 Cheeto puffs in her hand spinning around in circles and squealing away in her saucer (that is what it was called back then).
This activity center can be converted from a sit and play, to a walker, and then into a play table. It also has a discovery window so that your baby can see their little feet and the piano.
I absolutely love this activity center and the fact that it does so much and keeps your baby completely active and content. I wish this had been around when mine were little because it would have been such a Godsend for me back then. Just imagine how much you can get done while your baby is playing.
Why I Chose An Activity Center Instead Of A Walker.
I chose to review this activity center instead of a walker because it is more than just a walker. This activity center grows with your baby.
You can start off with a sit and play at 4 months old and allow your baby to play with all the little toys on it and bounce up and down. This allows your baby to grow strength in their legs and get them ready for the walker part of this center.
Once you feel your baby is ready to start moving around the room while still being safe from falls, you can change the sit and play to a walker instead.
When your baby starts walking, you can change the center to a little play table where they can continue playing with the toys on it or use it as a coloring table.
There are about 25+ developmental activities on this thing. If this had been available when mine were younger, I would have gotten it in a heartbeat. I am actually still going to get one because I have two grand babies that are still little enough for it.
The Positives Of This Activity Center.
I have pretty much already listed all the positives of this activity center above, however, those are just what I think are positive about it. So I thought I would list what others found great about it.
Here are what others have said about it:
“This product is absolutely AMAZING ! I threw my 3 month old in the display model as a joke to raise my wife’s blood pressure and he* went nuts! and started playing with all the toys like crazy, he doesn’t sit up yet on his own so seeing everything from this view and having a slight support from the foot base was great for him. He started spinning himself around and going from toy to toy like a mad child. Everyone in the store had to stop and watch him and I had to buy it because I have never seen him so active and excited on his own.
Best investment I’ve made, it also turns into a table when he gets older. It’s made out of great sturdy material, So dads if you want to buy your son/daughter this Gold Gym membership to get a true workout, this is a solid buy!
I also think this will hands down enhance your child’s motor skill development.”
“This is amazing for all of the reasons included in the product description. Want to know what isn’t written there? In addition to serving as a great source of entertainment, and let’s be honest, giving mama a much needed hands-free break, this unit is basically a MAGIC POOP PRODUCER. My eight-month-old has struggled with constipation ever since she started on solids but a few minutes in this bad boy and, without fail, we have a special delivery. We literally call it the poop machine and we send her for a ride anytime she’s gone a day or so without a deposit. Best feature ever!
So yes, the design is very clean and sophisticated compared to most bouncers, the toys are easy to move around for a “different” play experience, and it’s awesome that it grows with the child. But it’s the poop factor that makes this item one of the best baby purchases ever. Yes, EVER! Everyone should have one of these. In fact, we originally bought a Fisher Prive Jumparoo and returned it for this one.”
“I’ve been through 3 excersaucers and 1 jumperoo with 2 babies. This is my favorite. I assembled it with no tools in 5 minutes! My 6 months old loves it! It looks super cool and minimalist. I wish my house looked as good as this thing does.”
So as you can see from these 3 reviews from people who have bought this center, it is absolutely the best thing to have for your baby.
The Defects Of This Activity Center.
Now, even though I highly recommend this activity center, I do want to warn you that there were some who have experienced some issues with it.
As you see in my other reviews here, I always feel the need to make sure that you are aware of the defects/problems that an item has. I mean, seriously, how often do you get something that works perfectly all the time?
When you have a baby in the house, nothing lasts forever. However, there are a few things I would like to mention about this center that may or may not sway your decision.
So here is what I found wrong with this item. One person stated that their child managed to get their finger jammed in the top of the pop up owl toy. She stated that all her baby did was put her hand on top of it when she pushed the tree hand down and her finger got stuck.
The other problem that came up was that the sound does not stay on and she didn’t like having to turn it back on every time her baby used the center. In my opinion, I would rather it not stay on. She also stated that the keyboard stopped working after about a month. However, this could have been something her or her baby did to make it stop working, like spilling something on it or banging on it too hard. So, I wouldn’t take too much stock in this defect.
The final thing that people complained about was that it showed up with things not working or missing and one parent was upset and wanted it recalled because her baby chewed up pieces of the trees.
In regard to the missing pieces, in my opinion, that can happen with any product you buy. Sometimes warehouses miss things during inspection.
In regard to the child chewing up the trees, well, if you are a long time parent like myself you know babies stick everything in their mouth and sometimes they end up eating it. But, I don’t think that is a reason to recall a product. I know my child has chewed up things that I didn’t think was possible. It happens and you just have to remove the item they are chewing on so they don’t end up swallowing the plastic.
What Else I Recommend
I absolutely recommend this Skip Hop Explore Activity Center! However, if you feel that the defects/problems make you worry too much and you don’t want to buy this one, I do have another one that I would recommend.
Who loves FisherPrice? I know most of my baby stuff was made by them.
I recommend the Fisher Price 2-in-1 Sit to Stand Activity Center. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the Skip Hop Explore one does, but it does allow you to go from sitting and spinning to having a play table.
However, I do want to warn you that this particular item is not very sturdy and you will need to keep a watchful eye on your baby because it has been known to tip over. This is what I have found with most activity centers and walkers too. Babies have been known to be escape artists and when they lean too far over, it tips over.
I didn’t find this with the Skip Hop center, though.
I would also recommend the Oribel PortaPlay 4-in-1 Center. This one actually has very little negative reviews on it and the only thing I could find wrong was that it didn’t come with instructions on how to put it together and the price on it is very high.
I hope this review has been helpful in making your decision on what to get your baby to keep them entertained. Please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below if you have any questions or have another one you would like to recommend.