Awesome toy!! OK so it's quite big and will take up a chunk of floor space, but it is so worth it! Having the toys attached all around means that they can't be thrown out of reach, and my little girl really enjoys being able to spin herself to reach new toys further around. She also loves that it bounces and rocks, it'd seem to be very exciting.
Importantly this entertainer means that you can put your baby somewhere safe for a couple of minutes while you hang out washing/go to the toilet/wash up or whatever; you know that not only is the baby very entertained but they'll still be in the same place you put them!
This entertainer has been used by both my girls, and has been used in both baby and toddler mode with great success in each. My toddler now plays with the baby while she's in the entertainer, it's lovely to see them playing together. Long may that last!
This product has been a absolute God send in our house. It is really good for when you need to put your child down and keep them in one place while you quickly go off to do something else (i.e. pop to the loo or get a drink). Both of my children have really enjoyed it, so it must really be built to last. I am pretty sure it is still in perfect condition as it is so hard wearing. For the entertainment and learning aspects, this is also a perfect toy for your child. It has so many interesting toys onboard that they can spin, chew, rattle etc. The chair spins round in the holster so they can learn to turn around, and also gain some independence. I think this toy also helped them to learn to put weight on their legs as they are so upright from the start
This activity toy gets used daily in our house with each baby, from about 5 months through to walking.
Its like a baby walker but they can't move around. So its a big round plastic ring with a fabric seat. You set it at the right height (one of 3) for their legs - so they can touch the base but not get enough leverage to catapult themselves out. And then they can turn the seat around 360 degrees, so they can reach all the way around.
There are a lot of toys on the unit itself but I found they get bored pretty quickly - I usually throw a handful of baby toys onto it, and the baby works his way through them - playing and throwing them on the floor.
There are 3 little feet under the base which can be flipped down, to make the whole thing stable, or up, to make it rock a bit. Be warned, if you have it rocking, they can gradually move it across the floor. So keep it away from the stairs!
This toy is fantastic for that period when a baby cannot sit but is tired of lying on the floor looking up. It's still useful when they can sit but can't move around, and you need a variety of places to put them to keep them entertained. Once they can crawl, its great to have somewhere to put them to keep them still for a bit!
Once they get bigger, you are supposed to remove the seat unit, lower it down to the lowest level, and open out the ring to make a U shape. Then they can walk in and play with it. There is a bit where you drop a ball through a hole and it lands on a ramp below and rolls down. This was all very limited, and we never really bothered though. The entertainment-value was not enough to make us want to keep this large lump of plastic in our living room!
It is big, it's not pretty, and it's not cheap (although there are plenty on ebay). But definitely worth it!
The activity centre, once set up is great. It took about 45mins to set up which is not too bad but what annoyed me was that I can't see why it had to be sold like this. Why couldn't Graco sell it ready to use? For £80 you'd expect it to be! Anyway, once set up the activity centre is great. It might be bigger than you think so have a look at one on dispay in the store you buy it from, or ask them to open the box so you can see. From 6mths you can put your baby in, supervised at all times of course. My baby loved it - didn't know what to hit, grab or bite first! By the way, when I say you can put your baby in, I mean in to the seat in the middle. He seemed very comfy in it, very important. There are plenty of activities - music, squeaky things, mirror and more. Babies seem to get tired very quickly in the activity centre - there's so much to do. 20 mins at the most and they want a rest. When your child is walking the activity centre opens up to a stand in activity station. So for the length of useage you get, £80 is not too bad!
I purchased this entertainer because my friend had one and my daughter really loved it. Its great for putting my daughter in whilst i go and wash up etc as i know she is safe and has plenty to entertain her. There is a brilliant selection of toys and no two are similar, they are also right there in front of her and i am sure that this has helped her grabbing skills. Most of the toys have two functions and when you change the entertainer into a walk in centre for a toddler most of these toys are flipped over or turned around to create new toys effectivly. It takes a long time to put together as the toys are in bits and you have to follow lots of instructions to fit them to the base. It is easy to clean as the seat just clips out. It has a rocking mode as well as some little feet that you can clip out to make it stable, however the rocking mode does not work very well on thick carpet. I love this product and would recommend it to anyone although it is rather pricey. I looked at a lot of different cheaper entertainers before purchasing but this really does have to best toys and it is well finished. Well worth the money.
We came across the Graco Convertible Rocking Entertainer, quite by accident. We had taken my son to the local soft play area for his Birthday, and my daughter who was 8 months old at the time, was allowed in the toddler area - which contained one of these Entertainer’s. Our daughter was just at the age, where sitting in her rocker just wasn’t enough - she wanted to be sitting up and trying to get to places that she shouldn’t be - so this seemed like the ideal solution, and we were really impressed with it. So we put the Graco Convertible Rocking Entertainer at the top of her present list for Father Christmas. While looking for this Entertainer - alot of similar products were only suitable for use until the child starts standing up or walking. So unless you buy it early on for your child, then really it is not going to be a very cost effective toy, and it is not going to get the use from of it - that it deserves. However, the Graco Convertible Rocking Entertainer can be used up until the age of 3 years - which is excellent. We paid £49.99 for this Entertainer and we bought it from Toys ‘R’ Us. The initial putting together was quite easy and straightforward. Which it must have been, as my husband left it for me to do - well I suppose that we do make a much better job of things than the men, don’t we girls? (I’ll await a flood of comments from all the bruised male egos!) The instructions were adequate, as there are written instructions and also diagrams for every step, but they have not put these two sets of instructions together. I started trying to put it together just using the written instructions, not realizing there were diagrams towards the back. When used in conjunction with each other, it made the whole process so much easier. The Entertainer itself is in the shape of a circle with a well-supported and well-padded seat in the centre. The seat is able to ro
tate 360 degrees, and can be removed easily for cleaning; it is also surrounded by various interactive activities. The unit itself has a base on it, which enables it to slightly rock, or if you would rather have it stable then it does have legs. These can be set at three height settings and as your child grows then legs can be altered to match. The activities that are on this entertainer are: - a small keyboard - each key plays a different tune, nice and noisy! a small house that has a mirror on one side and then turns into a shape sorter as the child gets older, the shapes start off on a piece of string with a mouse shape on the end - attached to the unit, a clear plastic ball that has a smaller ball inside it, which moves and makes a good noise for children when moved, a plastic paged book, which the pages are fixed to the unit - so the child is able to easily turn over the pages, some coloured hoops on a plastic loop, and a plastic flexible fixed wand that has a plastic butterfly on the top. Lovely and bendy for children! All these toys encourage children with their hand and eye co-ordination, and also provide plenty of stimulation. As I said previously, this toy lasts until the child is three years old, so when the child is able to walk or stand up comfortably, then this toy converts into the next stage for toddlers. The conversion is quite easily done: - the seat is removed and the unit opens up so the child can walk, or crawl into (like a horseshoe), with the toys still surrounding. The bottom of the unit still remains on the unit, and the legs have to set at the lowest setting for stability. The toys then convert to the next stage of learning for toddlers, i.e. the house is used as a shape sorter, the ball can be removed etc. My daughter really loves this toy, and from a Mum’s point of view, I felt comfortable being able to put her in it - when she was a baby and
know that she was safe and not up to any mischief! Although it was expensive, I do think it is good value for money as it does last until the child is 3 years, but the only disadvantage is that it is quite large and bulky, so if you don’t have alot of space then this isn’t for you. But I do have one question -why are all the good children’s toys so expensive, and so big and bulky?
I initially bought this product because I wanted something for my son that would encourage him to use his back muscles and to help him sit up. I did not want to purchase a baby walker as I had been advised against them because they could possibly cause problems with childrens legs in the future. It is more expensive than a walker would generally cost at £79.99 but it was well worth the money. This product requires home assembly which can be slightly time consuming but once you have got it all set up you would be glad of taking the time out to do it. It is very colourful and has lots of different activities for your baby to do. First of all there is a small piano which when you press one of the three keys plays a tune (this also doubles as a little storage compartment because you can open it by lifting up the keyboard), there is a house with a mirror in the roof, a spinning ball with beads in, a book with pictures, a butterfly on a bendy piece of plastic, a phone style toy, and three rings on a half circle shaped bar that can be moved around. There are three height settings so you can make sure it is at the right height for your child (e.g. so that their feet comfortably touch the floor) and it can either be used with legs to keep it stable or without so that it rocks while your child plays. We prefer it with the legs as Matthew can be rather energetic when he plays and we do not want it to tip over. The idea is that your child sits in it and the seat turns so the baby can play with the different toys. Once your child can toddle you can remove the seat and open it out so they can stand or sit in the middle of it and play. A couple of the toys also change, including the book which you can change so the pictures are more suitable for the older child and the plastic bar and rings which can be converted to allow your child actually take the rings off and change them around. The entertainment center is designed to last unt
il your child is three years old which is another advantage over a baby walker which can only be used until a child is around 20 to 22 pounds in weight. My baby is ten months old we have had this since he was about 4 months old. He absolutely loves playing in it and it is used more frequently than many of his other toys. Matthew likes to stand rather than sit so this is great for him because he obviously cannot quite stand on his own yet, he also likes the freedom it gives him to move the seat around and play with a different toy. Do not be put off by the price, we were worried about it at first but now we could not be happier, money well spent. I have rated the "most suitable for" section as babies because it does not allow me to select both babies and toddlers.
I have had my eye on this for a while as I was looking for something that would help my son get some strength in his back to help him start to sit up. I also wanted something that would really catch his attention and last for a while. I originally saw the Little Tikes Entertainer but there are nowhere near as many activities on it as this and it was only for babies aged 9 to 12 months whereas the Graco Entertainer is suitable for babies from six months to three years old. It is expensive at £79.99 but it was well worth it, especially when I see how much fun Matthew has with it and also the fact that it will (hopefully) last for at least two years. The fantastic thing about this product is that it has a high backed seat in the middle which rotates enabling your baby to play with any of the toys as he or she see's fit. Then, when your child is toddling it converts into an open out activity centre that your child can sit or stand in the middle of and play with to their hearts content. There are many many different things your child can play with including a springy butterfly, a toy phone on a durable string, a house with a mirror on, a ball that spins, a musical keyboard, a little bowl that you could balance a bottle in, a durable plastic book that can be changed to suit a baby or a toddler and an arch with hoops that can be moved from side to side. You can adjust the entertainer to suit your childs height and Graco recommend that you ensure your baby's feet are comfortably to the floor rather than stretched or bent. The only problem with this product is that it has to be assembled by you and there are bits that need to be kept to one side for when it converts into a toddler centre. Assembling it is time-consuming but once it is done you will find it was well worth the effort. My advise would be get someone to help you with it because it would be difficult to do singlehandedly. If you a
re interested in this product as a christmas present for a child please ring up before you go to get one especially if the shop is quite far from your home. I had to ring at least seven Mothercare World Stores before finally finding one who had them in stock. I purchased mine on Sunday the 19/11/00 from Mothercare World In Altrincham, Cheshire and they had at least one more in stock at that time. But again, please ring before you go anywhere because I had to travel to the store from Bolton in Lancashire which is quite far away and its a wasted journey if they do not have what you want.
I recently bought this for my son as he had a bouncy chair which wasn't working as well as he is rather heavy and this is a god send. I have the 2 in 1 entertainer as there is another version thats isn't for use as a toddler. The one I have is for use from 6 months up till 3 years, as your child starts toddling you can remove the seat and use it as a play station that they can stand inside. The seat for use now rotates 360 degrees so your child can reach all the toys that are attached all around the tray and it can be either stationary or the pegs clipped in on the base so the entertainer gently rocks. It is brightly coloured and the toys around the tray are great and have my son occupied while I know he's safe and cannot fall off anywhere with him not being able to sit up yet. All in all this is a great item for baby to sit in and enjoy himself while you know he's perfectly safe and not able to be moved around like the average walker. A great buy and I wish they had had it out earlier for my other children.
An infant centre that converts for toddler use. features include gentle rocking motion, swivel seat, nine interactive toys which convert to new toys as your child grows and 3 height adjustments.