Baby Activity Center Buying Guide
Becoming a parent is one of the highlights of an adult’s life. It is the foundation of continuing someone’s legacy, the hardest part of being a grown up, and the best part of sharing someone’s existence. No matter how people see it, it’s still undeniably a vital part of people’s life – both of the parents’ and the children’s.
Being a parent means being responsible for your child’s welfare, interest, and life. That’s why often, parents try hard for their children to have the “best” they can offer. Be it the child’s future career, education, or even toys. In this article, we’ll concentrate on tips and guidelines on picking out the best of something that would be very important to your child – his/her very own baby activity center.
Baby activity center products are purposely created to give your children entertainment while improving their basic skills. It’s playing and learning in one package. Now, one baby activity center could vary greatly from another. Each is designed considering different factors regarding your child. You have to check then these which of these factors fit your child’s needs.
Factors to Consider
Activity centers are available for different age brackets, from a few months old to pre-teens. Check the age bracket of the model you are planning to buy if it fits your child’s age. If you’re not eyeing any model in particular, just consider those that are for your child’s age. If you want greater challenge for your child and you think he/she can do it, you may also choose a model a bit more advanced for his/her age.
Child’s Safety in Activity Center
Safety is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to your children. Check for basic signs of danger: sharp edges that can be very dangerous when bumped into, parts too little that it can easily be swallowed, easy to break parts that could create sharp edges or even let them fall while playing, paints that can easily be scratched off enabling the child to eat them, too many strings that can entangle them or holes that can get them stuck. Depending on your child’s age and ability, some features that are supposed to be fun can actually be dangerous so be sure to do a lot of checking before buying it.
Educational Features in Baby Activity Centers
Activity centers are not just supposed to be fun but also educational. Refer to the product details or assess the product itself on how it can help your child can learn something or enhance his/her skills. It’s best if the activity center has educational features for creative and logical skills. Eye and hand coordination, mathematical skills, ability to identify and match colors and shapes, imagination to build something new – these are a few things you may look forward to in activity centers. There are also things included that may seem educational but are actually not. Abacus, for one, is common to many activity centers. However, even adults have very little idea on how to use it and almost no one even uses one. So it seems unnecessary for it to be in an activity center which may also be the case for other features especially if your child is too young to understand it or too old that he/she already knows it.
Activity Center Size and Space
Space required by the activity center is a great factor for parents and children alike. If you have a spacious home and you may fit a wide activity center for your child but your child is not comfortable being alone in a wide environment, then having a wide activity center won’t work for you. If you have a limited space, you would usually feel obligated to find a smaller activity center. However, if you really think your child would enjoy a larger activity center and you only have limited space, you may actually try and find and expandable, foldable or an activity center that can transform or added to so it can fit both in a narrow space and be wide enough when you move some of your furniture aside for a short time and return everything back to normal after. You may also find a movable activity center so you may set it outside every now and then for your child. You can also just stick to small ones and buy more than one so your child can feel that he has a very large playground because he can roam around to go from one activity center to another.
Your Budget and Price of Activity Centers
Budget is a very common consideration that everyone can understand. It doesn’t mean, though, that if you have a tight budget, you need to sacrifice the purpose of what you’re buying. Sometimes, all you need is a little creativity to get by greatly. If you find a low-cost, wide enough activity center with only a few features, you may be the one to add the features yourself. Add a few books and toys that you’ve had when you were a kid or get them from friends or family members who doesn’t need them anymore. On the other hand, if you’ve found that your budget fits for a small but very educational and enjoyable activity center, you may place it in a wider space which you have designed to look like a wide play area. Sometimes, when you actually add more personal touch to something, it actually turns a lot better than the most expensive item available. So the purpose of activity centers doesn’t actually have to be sacrificed when you can only spend a small amount for it.
Special Features of Activity Centers
With growing competition, a lot of companies try to make a lead by adding special features to their products. For example: Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Activity Learning Center. It is a convertible activity centers that can transform from a play mat to an activity center seat then to a table making it multifunctional and available for use of any ages. Another is Sit-to-stand Learning Walker. It’s a small activity center attached into a crawler that can turn into a walker so your child can use it to learn how to walk and move it anywhere inside the house to play with it. There are also a lot of activity centers now available that offers music and lights for additional entertainment.
There are a lot of choices and ways for your child to maximize his/her fun and learning with activity centers. Whatever you decide with, though, just always remember that it’s your child who’s going to play with it. So it will all depend on how he is with the activity center to determine if it is the best for him.