Oribel provided a PortaPlay™ Forest Friends Convertible Activity Center to facilitate this review; however, all opinions are our own.
With my first grandchild’s due date fast approaching, I’m finding myself preoccupied with finding the best in clothing and baby goods for her. Of course, this time around it’s much easier. When my children were born, my budget was very tight. Even though my husband and I both worked full time, there wasn’t a lot of extra cash for more than the basics.
But as a grandma, I have much more disposable income, and right now that’s focused on my new granddaughter. Her Forest Friends and Woodland Creatures playroom is coming along, though mostly just through shopping right now since the actual physical labor has had to be called off due to my fall, but I’m not letting a little pain stop me from getting prepared.
Oribel thoughtfully sent their most adorable PortaPlay™ Forest Friends Convertible Activity Center for our little girl. While her mom and dad were here posing for pajama photos, we opened it up thinking we’d have to do some assembly. To our surprise, the Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center comes completely assembled and better yet, it’s created so that it folds up and stores away in just a few inches of space.
Plus, it’s more than just a baby bouncer, it’s a complete activity center that will serve our sweet girl long after she’d outgrown the bouncer because it converts into toddler play station and then a play table!
Why we Love the Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center
We’re impressed with the style and quality of the Oribel PortaPlay Activity Center, and since it’s so portable, we won’t have to purchase a second one for grandma’s house plus because it converts to a play table, she’ll get years of use from it. That’s an excellent way to save money on baby basics for sure!
We looked at a lot of similar play centers, but the vast majority had too much going on and seemed like they’d be overstimulating. What we loved about this one is there are plenty of toys and choices, but there is open space for interacting with the baby with other toys or books. The included toys are delightful and full of surprises babies will love. The pop-up squirrel, winding vines, mirror book, spinning owl, and chewy blossom are all designed to help children develop their fine motor skills, strengthen their grasp, and coordinate hand-eye coordination. They’ve been created to encourage play and support baby’s development between the ages of 5 and 12 months.
Plus it’s the 3-in-1 function that puts it above the others. In just seconds it the baby bouncer with the colorful attached toys becomes a table for building blocks, coloring, and more. That makes this perfect for infants as young as five months (for babies who can hold their head up on their own and up to 25 pounds), but it’ll still be in use and loved until she’s 5!
The table is the perfect size at 28.8″ and 18.1″ high (when fully extended) for toddlers. It weighs just 13.7 lbs, so it’s lightweight but sturdy. The top is plastic, but the legs are metal. The 100% polyester seat pad is machine washable and is designed with integrated elastic bands to give a 3″ bounce for baby. The toys clip on easily but stay in place and the clips that change it into a table work well too.
I suspect long after our little one has moved on from the bouncer, we’ll be having plenty of tea parties and LEGO building fun!
Where to Buy Oribel Baby Products
Oribel products are available online at Albee Baby, Amazon.com, BuyBuy Baby, Diapers.com, and Giggle. Plus they’re available locally at Albee Baby, Baby Grand, Baby Town, BuyBuy Baby, Giggle, Magic Beans, Modern Natural Baby, NessaLee Baby, Stroller Mama, and Tadpole To find a store new your, use the online Oribel Store Locator.
Connect with Oribel via Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Also, sign up as an Oribel member and get a 10% off coupon! Find out more about their products on the Oribel website and check out their other fun products. Our favorite is Peripop Foxey – he’s a convertible blanket and play mat shaped like a fox that you stuff with clothing and plus toys to create a custom, mini stool or backrest pillow. It’s adorable!