Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center

With two children that are close in age, finding toys that they both want to play with is great as it means they can have fun together, learn from one another, and it means you can buy just one toy for both of them.

We were asked if we wanted to test the Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center as it was a toy that was suited to both ages of child so we happily agreed as all too often, even with only 20 months difference, a toy is either too babyish for one or two advanced for the other. This is aimed at children from around 4 months ( or who who can hold their head up unaided) to three years.

First impressions of the activity centre was that it was big. Very big. And takes up a large part of the livingroom. We put it together and I will be honest I am glad that F (who just turned one last week) can manage to use this without the walker seat as I just think I would get annoyed with it taking up so much space. That said I can also see how much fun it will be when we have a third baby who needs the seat and F and M can play with the table too. There can't be any, or many, toys that can be so well suited for such a wide age gap?

We have used the walker seat, as it means F can have fun playing and I can run upstairs without worrying that he has managed to scale a mountain sofa and could be about to fall off. He has certainly enjoyed being in the it. It took him a bit to master how to use the walker but once he did he scooted round the toy. The seat is also a huge novelty for his bigger sister (aged just over 2.5 years but who suits the 11kg weight limit). She has constantly been in and out of it having fun. As well as being able to walk fully round the table in the walker the seat itself also turns 360° which is great as F really likes to watch what is going on around him and this lets him do that without him feeling trapped.

There is some assembly to put this together, so make sure you can find a screwdriver - we struggled to find one that was long enough to fit in the holes as our electric one was too short. That said with the right tools it is easy to put together.

Both children love the elephant toy which you press and the balls spin around. We have one of these types of toys as a standalone toy but with this being attached to a table they seem to find it easier to use. Another hit is the whale which spins the fish. Hours of fun right there.

The spinner toy has been a bit of a let down. The little beads in the spinner have a tendency to stick between the large circle in the spinner and the sides, meaning nothing much really happens. I have tried tapping them out but haven't managed to unstick them all yet.

As with most toys the piano with all its melodies and noises is something that gets the kids interested for quite some time. It has three modes of play, changed by turning the book's pages, and certainly takes my kids interest. Thankfully you can have it on low so it doesn't drive the adults mad. It does require 3xC batteries which are not supplied.

Once the child is too big to use the walker seat it can be easily removed, which is amazing and literally takes seconds to do. This takes it from being a really bulky toy, to being something far more suited to smaller spaces. The table is higher than some of the other table toys we have had and I like this as it means my eldest is far comfier playing at this for a longer time, whist the youngest is still perfectly able to play.

If you have children from 4 months+ to 3 years this is a great toy to keep them all amused. If you have the space it is well worth the money. If you are tight on space you might not want to get this although the table on its own is a great toy.

The Bright Starts 3-in-1 Around We Go Activity Center is exclusively available at Smyths Toys Superstores.

We were sent this toy for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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