I recently purchased an activity table for Juliet. I never had one for Drake, and in the world of bouncers, jumperoos, swings, and around the go stations, an activity table was one of those things I decided we didn’t need. When we had Drake we lived in a small condo and just trying accommodate all of the aforementioned stuff was tricky, and an activity table just seemed like one more piece of baby entertainment.
But during Juliet’s most recent physical therapy session, the therapist asked if we had one of those activity tables. She was looking for a toy to help Juliet want to pull up and stand to play. I showed her my Zany Zoo and so we tried to encourage Juliet to stand up on that, but in her attempts she face planted right into it and of course got upset. I showed her the ottoman that Drake learned to pull up on, but it wasn’t placed centrally like it had been in our previous place so she quickly kept crawling away from it towards people. We tried the around the go station, but Juliet was used to walking around in the supported walker piece so she had no interest at all in pulling up on it. Before her therapist left, she said if I ever wanted to buy Juliet a toy she recommended the activity table.
I debated for a while if we really needed this toy after the session. I reasoned Juliet would learn to pull to stand on anything she could reach in time, wouldn’t she? Drake certainly did. But after much talk with Mr. Chocolate I decided to buy one, since Juliet rarely got any new toys and the therapist felt like it would be beneficial. Drake would also be intrigued by a new toy and it might encourage more playtime between the two of them, as well as maybe entice Juliet to try to pull up to be more engaged with Drake.
I decided to look at all the different kinds on Amazon and compare before buying one. These are the ones I considered: