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Top 6 Stationary Play Centers for Baby

Saucers, Bouncers and More

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A stationary play center or play saucer helps baby learn to stand while enjoying built-in toys and activities. These toys are often called Exersaucers, but it's important to note that Exersaucer is the brand name of Evenflo's play saucers. Stationary entertainers are safer than baby walkers since they don't let baby wander into danger or fall down stairs. Most Exersaucers and play centers offer toys and a swivel seat, but the play centers below go beyond the basics. Note: Exersaucers and stationary entertainers should only be used once baby has gained head and neck control.

1. Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun

Evenflo Triple Fun Exersaucer
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The makers of the original Exersaucer have made their activity center even more useful for baby with the Triple Fun version. For newborns, a simple play mat with a toy bar is part of the set, which then converts to a traditional-looking saucer once baby gains head and neck control. When baby is pulling up and standing, the saucer converts to an activity table. Height-adjustments make this Exersaucer work for almost any baby, and the pond theme is nicely carried through the whole toy so baby experiences fun through songs, sounds and tactile toys.

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2. Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Center

Bright Starts Around We Go Activity Center
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The base is the only thing that remains stationary when baby plays in the Around We Go Activity Center from Bright Starts. The traditional round play center seat actually rotates around the activity portion of this toy, so baby gets a 360 degree view of the included toys and great views of the room, too. When baby grows up, the seat can be removed and the center portion forms a toddler play table, so you'll get more use out of the purchase. Built-in activities include teethers, an electronic piano and a magnetic art station where baby can draw pictures.
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3. Fisher Price Deluxe Jumperoo Activity Center

Fisher Price Jumperoo
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The Jumperoo is the modern incarnation of the doorway jumpers that were so popular a generation ago. The jumping seat is now mounted on springs on its own frame, so there's no risk of falling from a doorway. The Deluxe Jumperoo is available in the classic version, with plenty of lights and sounds for baby to enjoy, in a new Baby Gymtastics version with bolder colors and different on-board toys, and also in rainforest and horse themes.

4. Bright Starts Bounce, Bounce Baby Stationary Entertainer

Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby Activity Zone
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Slightly smaller and less expensive than other stationary play centers, Bright Starts Bounce, Bounce Baby play center is a great choice if you're short on space or funds but still want baby to have a fun place to play. The coolest feature of this play center is that it makes sounds when baby bounces on the pad at the bottom, so it encourages baby to be active during playtime. It also has a seat that turns 360 degrees, plenty of lights and sounds, and a snack tray.
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5. Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper

Kids II Baby Einstein Musical Motion Bouncer
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Baby Einstein's signature classical music and learning activities make this freestanding activity jumper a learning experience for baby. Piano keys that light up and teething stalks for baby's chewing phases are included around the rotating seat. There's a bit more bounce in this seat versus other saucer-type entertainers. Height-adjustment extends the useful life of the jumper, and the folding frame makes storage simple.
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6. Evenflo SmartSteps Exersaucer

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Baby can get a head start on learning letters and numbers through music, lights and sounds with the Evenflo SmartSteps Exersaucer. On this saucer, the toys aren't just attached to the tray, either. A toy arch puts three dangling plush toys and light-up shapes right at baby's eye level. Parents will love that the SmartSteps Exersaucer folds nearly flat for more convenient storage and has a carry handle that makes it easy to tote around the house.
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