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Oribel or SkipHop: Compare the leading Baby activity centers
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Oribel or SkipHop: Compare the leading Baby activity centers

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When you are a busy parent with one (or more!) tiny tots, taking a moment for yourself is a real challenge. A baby between the ages of six to twelve months is a tiny Indiana Jones, eager to explore everything around with no fear. So how does a frazzled parent ensure a few uninterrupted moments to catch their breath? Meet the activity center!
Designed to keep your baby in one place safely, activity centers typically come with a seat to pop your kiddie in and colorful toys that develop their vision and fine motor skills.


At Oribel we have our very own PortaPlay Convertible Activity CentreWhile there are many activity centers around, a common question we get asked by moms and dads is,

“How is PortaPlay different from the SkipHop’s Activity Center or a jumper such as SkipHop's Jumpscape Fold-Away Jumper?”

We have been asked this question so, so, so many times that we decided to put together a handy guide. We analysed information from the respective product pages and Amazon reviews, distilling the information into the 5 most common parental concerns.

Launched in 2014, PortaPlay is a foldable activity center designed for toddlers from 4 months till walking age. It is intended to grow alongside your toddler to become a play table, which can be used until they are 5 years old. 

Skiphop’s Activity Centre was launched in 2015, shortly after Portaplay. It’s also designed for toddlers 4 months and above. Similar to Portaplay, it is intended to accompany a child as they grow and converts into a play table too.

Skiphop’s Jumpscape Jumper is similar to a traditional jumper. It has activities to keep your toddler engaged. Unlike SkipHop's Activity Center, it is foldable and is also recommended for toddlers 4 months and above.


How easy is it to assemble?
 

PortaPlay

It takes about 5 minutes to assemble. No Batteries required.

SkipHop Activity Center

Takes about 5 to 10 minutes to assemble. Three AAA Batteries to be bought separately.

Jumpscape

Takes about 10 to 15 minutes to assemble. Three AAA Batteries to be bought separately.

How portable and compact is it?

PortaPlay

It’s in the name! The legs directly fold inwardly so the whole activity center folds flat, making it easy to carry or store. 

SkipHop Activity Center

Does not fold.

Jumpscape

Folds flat when disassembled; seat must be removed from the bungee cords.

How entertaining is it for baby?

PortaPlay

The seat rotates 360 degrees and has an integrated elastic system, which can jiggle and bounce up to 2 to 3 inches, depending on your toddler’s size. 

SkipHop Activity Center

The seat rotates 360 degrees and stretches for bouncing. The stretch will be limited by the footrest.

Jumpscape

Bouncing is its main function In that way, it’s comparable to the other jumpers in the market.  It is recommended that a toddler spend not more than 20 mins at a stretch.

How many colors does it come in?

PortaPlay

Comes in 2 themes and 2 colors: Forest Adventures (Green) and Wonderland Adventures (Grey).

SkipHop Activity Center

Comes in only one color - Grey.

Jumpscape

Comes in only one colour.

How long will it last?

PortaPlay

Converts into a table with the addition of a table top insert.  

As they grow, the following can be added:

  • Play stools so they can sit (12mths+)
  • House of Fun (a doll house, launching soon)  (12 mths+)
  • Art paper for creative fun (24mths+)

SkipHop Activity Center

The seat is removed and the footrest is converted into the tabletop.

Chairs can be bought separately.

Jumpscape

It cannot convert so lifespan is roughly till the child can start walking.

Conclusion: PortaPlay or SkipHop Baby Activity Center?

So, there's no one right answer. If space is not a constraint and you are looking for equipment to grow alongside your toddler, Skip Hop’s Activity Centre gets the job done. If you are looking exclusively for a bouncer/ jumper, Skiphop’s Jumpscape will be suitable.

But if you’re feeling hard pressed to choose between portability, compactness, and longevity, PortaPlay is ideal. Designed to be a 'Play Ecosystem', it transforms into a table in a snap. It folds easily so is convenient to put away or take away in the car for the weekend. You can also install the matching paper roll and convert it into an art activity table for older kids!

We’re also excited to announce we’re expanding the Portaplay ecosystem to include a Doll House, called House of Fun for kids between 12 to 14 months. Portaplay’s House of Fun taps into your little one’s imagination and encourages their creativity soar and. Made from natural birch, it’s reversible, convertible and stackable components, encourages the storyteller in your mini-me. 

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