We all know that as a parent, your forever growing to-do list is often boycotted by a very cute but very needy baby who constantly requires your attention.
We also know that it can feel like you very rarely get two minutes to yourself. One piece of kit that can help with both of these things is a baby activity chair.
Often put in the same category as a baby rocker, a baby activity chair is quite simply a stationary chair for your baby to sit in once they are old enough to hold up their head. Keeping your child safely strapped in with a harness and supporting their body, activity seats typically come with interactive features and toys for them to play with, offering you the chance to grab back a little bit of time to do whatever you need to do - while keeping your baby in view of course.
Many activity seats also come with an easy-to-clean removable tray that can be used for your baby's weaning journey while others can go on to be used strapped to chairs as a booster seat so they can join you at the dinner table.
If a baby activity seat sounds good to you, here are our very favourites available to buy...
A 3-in-1 buy, this seat is an interactive play space, snack seat, and table booster in one. Support your little one in the seat positioner mode while keeping them entertained with six fun activities such as a light-up piano with 20 songs and sounds. You can detach the fun play pods and move them to the floor or take them with you for on-the-go fun.
Suitable from: 4 months to 4 years (up to 33 lbs)
Review: "Bought it when my son was just about to sit (4months) and he didn’t like it at first. Now he is 6months and he loves it. The set itself is kinda a DJ set I guess , with pretty nice sounding music and nice flashing lights. I found it great because the level of noise is actually adjustable. The lights are not overbearing as some toys. In fairness my sons favourite part are the little rings on the side, he’s teething so he’s starting to bite them off. The chair really keeps him occupied while I’m busy around the kitchen."
The wide, sturdy base and soft fabrics of this activity seat from Fisher-Price helps to support babies who are just learning to sit up on their own. There are plenty of activity toys that are perfect for boosting those fine motor skills like the snail and butterfly footpads where they'll be rewarded with fun squeaker sounds. It also folds flat easily for space-saving storage or comfort on the go.
Suitable from: six months and over
Review: "My son (6 months) loves this chair and it’s been a lifesaver as he is usually very clingy. The two rattles attached keep him entertained & I also put his favourite teethers on the try. Really easy to unclip the chair material & wash (although it said it could go in the dryer I used the radiator to dry mine) and clip back in & the squeaky toy in the bottom of the seat still worked! I would happily recommend this chair to anyone."
This safe and supportive seat adapts to suit your baby's growth, giving them plenty of independent playtime with eight interactive features including a roller bead ball, spinning flower, twisty bendy stalk with rattle and more, plus six toy arrangements. It's ergonomically shaped with a supporting crotch post, encouraging healthy posture. The easy wipe clean design means the seat can be used in a variety of settings and can even be used for weaning.
Suitable from: 3 months and over
Review: "I love this, my little boy plays, watches his cartoons and eats in it! The toy tray can come off to leave just the tray for when its time to eat, or if im feeding him, it can come off completely so its like a little seat. The only thing I don't like is its hard to pickup as there's no dent or ridge, its frustrating but overall I do rate it highly."
With an activity tray that rotates 360˚ so your youngster can explore a sliding bead toy, propeller spinner toy, spinner ball, pyramid shaker, and more, this colourful four stage seat is an infant support, activity centre, feeding seat and booster seat in one. It has a 3 point harness to keep your tot safe and the BPA-free, dishwasher safe tray can be used for feeding and can be easily removed to help your baby in and out of the seat.
Suitable from: three months (till 15kg)
This soft seat has a wide, sturdy base that supports your baby in an upright position. Once in it, you little one can play with the two linking toys, have a snack on the tray or just sit and gaze at the world around them. The seat will easily folds flat so you can take it on your travels and the seat pad can be removed and popped in the washing machine.
Suitable from: three months
Review: "I brought this sit me up seat for my baby boy two months ago. When we first got it, my boy fell in love with it instantly and is still in love with it as he loves to sit up and has good back support. He's very comfortable in it, it's brilliant!"
Although technically more of a baby play nest, this Nuby seat is too cute not to include! Great for neatly storing away, this inflatable seat will help teach your baby to sit upright while keeping them safely cushioned with padded arms and a head rest. It comes with a sweet play tray with interactive plush toys that can also be detached if your baby wants to play with them after you've packed the inflatable seat away.
Suitable from: six months and over
Review: "Lovely little cushion. Very good quality material, looks good and baby loved it."
Baby activity seat safety
You should only use a baby activity with a child who is able to hold their head up unassisted and who is not able to climb out or walk.
The seat should be placed flat on the floor and your child should not be left unattended in the seat.
The NHS say that if you do use a baby activity seat, it's best to use them for no more than 20 minutes at a time because "long periods in reclining carriers or seats, or seats that prop your baby in a sitting position, can delay your baby's ability to sit up on their own."
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