Review: Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre

Review: Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre


(3 customer reviews)

The stylish Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre RRP £135 grows with your little one from the age of 4 months


The stylish Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre RRP £135 grows with your little one from the age of 4 months.  Designed under the watchful eye of a pediatrician, this activity centre supports a “whole body” approach to play and learning. Easily assembled, the attachable toys can be positioned anywhere for your little one as it also features a 360° turning seat.

The unique Discovery Window lets baby see their feet while they play to learn cause and effect. As baby grows, the activity centre converts, ultimately becoming a clean, sturdy table for colouring, messy play and more. A modern, clean aesthetic and multiple uses will make this activity centre a family favourite!

Skip Hop 3 Stage Activity Centre

Features we love!

  • Discovery window to allow baby to see their feet.
  • 25+ developmental activities.
  • Musical Light-up Piano with three ways to play: piano mode; song mode and motion sensor mode.
  • Clip-on toys to be positioned based on baby’s abilities.
  • 360° rotating seat that stretches for bouncing and includes toy loops to attach toys.

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3 reviews for Review: Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre

  1. Clairebear_2004

    My 8 month old and I have spent the last two weeks with the Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre.

    My first impressions of the product after delivery were that the packaging was professional & practical – everything fit well in the box and was carefully placed so the box wasn’t too large.

    My husband is normally the designated ‘assembler’ but on this occasion I didn’t want to wait for him to get home from work. Luckily for me the product was very easy to assemble with clear instructions and well thought out fittings. I managed to complete the assembly in 20 minutes and soon after this I had my 8 month old daughter positioned in the seat.

    The product looks very smart & stylish and has a more minimalist design compared to the usual busy activity centres. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a good range of toys & features because it’s got just about everything an 8 month old could want or need – they are just arranged in a clean and well thought out manner. We have had a number of activity centres over the years & I would suggest this looks the most premium out of them all.

    The seat is very supportive & rotates a full 360 degrees. My daughter has no problems moving from one toy to another and hasn’t been frustrated trying to turn at any point. She loves the peekaboo Owl but
    her favourite part is the piano that she can see through the viewing window on the upper level. She enjoys laughing as her feet hit the buttons and the lights & music start.

    On the other side to the toys on the upper level is a tray area – this is a refreshing change. Yesterday my daughter had some fruit as a midday snack whilst in her seat using the tray section. It made a lovely change from her high chair.

    The product is extremely easy to clean with wipe clean surfaces all over and no difficult areas to try and fit the wipes in to. The seat cover is very easy to remove and wash. Overall this felt very hygienic and easy to maintain.

    As soon as my daughter is on the move I’m really looking forward to converting the product to the activity table so we’ll have a lot more as she gets older.

    Overall I’m very pleased with the Skip Hop Explore & More Activity Centre and I would recommend it to friends. It’s a premium product but the price is fair & I would pay this. It’s dual use design makes it last for a lot longer than a traditional activity centre as such it’s very good value for money. It’s built to last and easy to keep clean.

  2. Shellmc

    I’ve trialled the Skip Hop Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Centre over the past couple of weeks with my 12 month old son and 3.5 year old daughter.

    My 1 year old was too heavy to use the first stage, however it looks really good, a bit like a jumperoo (without the jumping) with a range of interesting toys and a peek through window to see the keyboard toy on the base. The toys are moveable so you could rearrange to change things up a bit and you could probably add on some of your own highchair-style sucker toys if you wanted.

    On to stage 2 straight away for us then! Stage 2 is the table with toys (stage 3 looks to be just a table). The table was easy enough the assemble (just attach the four legs!) and the toys hook under the edge of the table and sucker onto the table top. The toys and table seem well constructed, durable and stylish.

    The toys took a bit of a battering from my enthusiastic, strong baby boy! None broke or got pulled off during that stress test, so that’s a plus 🙂 Another plus is that my daughter can work and eat at the table with the toys around the edge, almost keeping my son at arms length when he tried to ‘help’ her with eating or drawing! On her normal table he’s usually straight in to disrupt the situation! The table has also endured food, play doh, glue stick and ink stamps and they all came off easily with baby wipes, and after two weeks of this messy pair using it, it still looks as good as new!

    The downsides I found were that the toys only really entertained them both for the first day or two, after that they’ve just become the barrier between the person at the table and the person not at the table, as mentioned above! The peekaboo owl toy as far as I can tell always faces inwards which is a shame as I’m sure my son would love to be able to see the eyes peeking up when he hits the lever – putting eyes on both sides of the owl would solve this, even if it might look a bit strange to us that can see both sides! Also, as a table, the middle section isn’t totally flush so my daughter can’t draw on just one sheet of paper as the pen keeps catching on the ridge and I haven’t even dared look how much food and play doh has fallen into it!

    The RRP of £135 seems fairly reasonable as it’s a combination of a couple of things (jumperoo-style toy & table), however, I don’t think that price means you’re saving any money, it’s probably similar to buying these items separately. I do feel, however, that the table would last for the 3+ years it’s designed to be used for. I really like the toys round the edge of the table, even though they didn’t really hold my kids attention for that long, but I have concerns in table mode, as I keep thinking ‘a normal table wouldn’t have this problem’ when the ridge issue occurs.

  3. lottyb

    When the box arrived containing my skip hop explore I was instantly filled with dread at having to build another baby apparatus . However I need not have panicked as it soon became clear that it was a simple procedure that even I could put together. A few minutes later it was built and we were ready to go.

    My first impressions were how nice it actually looked. It had a sleek Matt finish and gone were the bright shiny colours, which can tend to make things look a bit cheap and nasty.
    Unfortunately at 14 months my little one was already passed stage one so we assembled table as stage two. She isn’t walking yet just cruising around the sofa so loved having a table at a perfect size that she can walk around whilst playing with the little toys that are stuck to it. There are five toys which are easily stuck around the edge of the table using suckers. They are just as easy to remove by simply pulling the tab on the other side. There is also a small bowl that you can stick to the table (which in an ideal world would be great for snacks) using a big suction pad, however I have found that the suction on this isn’t great and my daughter can easily pull this off the table. The other toys are engaging though and she especially likes the keyboard as the keys light up whilst the music plays.
    I also have a four-year-old who has enjoyed standing at the table and practising his writing and drawing, although I have to say that this has brought on quite a bit of pushing and shoving as my daughter always wants to stand where he is. I understand that this is more of a problem with my children than the actual table itself.
    A slight concern is that we have wooden floors so when my daughter is leaning against it and doing some drawing the table tends to slide ever so slightly. It’s not a massive thing as it does move really slowly and almost acts as a baby Walker, so is perhaps not such a bad thing! I’m just concerned that a heavier child unsteady on their feet might make it move quite quickly.

    Overall though I do feel that this is a fantastic product. Yes it’s expensive but I think that the fact that you will be using it for a few years speaks for itself. Having previously owned a jumperoo which was only about £50 cheaper yet only lasted about six months, I can definitely say which product is better value for money. I would definitely recommend this product to anybody.

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