If you haven’t figured it out by now I didn’t know a whole lot about baby products before Nick was born. If it hadn’t been for my wonderful friend helping me out by looking over my registry and giving me pointers I don’t know what I would have done. One of the best things she did was steer me towards the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Jungle.
I had originally only registered for a Jumperoo. I had heard of the Jumproo before, and my cousin’s son had lived for jumping when he was little, so it had seemed like the best choice. Besides, how many activity tables did one baby need? Then my friend said she had done exactly what I was doing. She had only registered for a Jumperoo. She said she was glad she had used a Jumperoo, but when her son was a few months old she had found out about this ExerSaucer. She had wanted it so bad that she had gotten it as her birthday present.
I decided to add the ExerSaucer to my registry. My friend went together with some others for my shower and the ExerSaucer was one of the gifts that they got for me. I have to say that we all loved it. It was probably one of the best baby items that we had. Nick has gotten so many hours of enjoyment out of this thing. As far as activity toys go this one is on the higher end cost wise, but it is worth every penny.
First Stage – Play Mat
The first use of the Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Jungle is a playmat. Nick loved this. My only regret here is that I waited a month or so before I got it out for him to use. Now I wouldn’t use this in place of a baby gym, but it is a nice way to change things up. This play mat is nice because it is so simple. There isn’t any music nor are there any flashing lights. There are just some nice low hanging toys for the baby to bat at. It was also nice because it didn’t have a lot of big parts, so we could easily pack it up and take it with us when we went places. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it isn’t very large, so even though Nick was tiny he only fit in it for a few months. He out grew it months before he stopped playing with his gym.
Second Stage – Activity Seat
After we put the play mat away we waited months before we brought out the actual ExerSaucer. The majority of the toys on the activity seat required a lot of button pushing, so I felt the Jumperoo was better for Nick to play with first. Until the big swing was put away there wasn’t enough room for both the Jumperoo and the ExerSaucer to be out. In December we finally put away the swing and immediately put up the ExerSaucer. Nick wasn’t really into it for about the first week, and then it became his favorite toy. We could put him in it and he would play and play. It could keep him occupied for hours throughout the day. I don’t know who liked it more, us or him.
Third Stage – Activity Table
All good things must come to an end, but with this ExerSaucer you can just change things up and get more use out of it. Around March Nick started getting to the point that he wanted to spend the majority of his day walking, and he did not want to be confined to a specific spot. He would walk up to his ExerSaucer and would play to the toys from the outside, but if we tried to put him in it he would just scream and cry. For a few months the ExerSaucer just sat in the living room. About a month ago though we decided that Nick was steady enough on his feet that he was ready for the final stage which is an activity table. The table is a large “s” shape, so we decided to put it out on our sun porch where there was enough space for it and where it would be out of the way. Plus Nick loves to play out there. Once we had set it up it was like a whole new toy to Nick. It will be like a new toy all over again soon since for the last few weeks it’s been too hot for Nick to play on the sun porch. I’m not sure how much more enjoyment Nick will get from the activity table, but I feel that with the way he likes it now he’ll really like it when he’s walking on his own. The one problem with the table is that the legs are a bit wobbly, but it has still been steady enough for Nick to hold on to for playing with the toys and for cruising around it.
The Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Jungle is not cheap, but it is worth so much more for the amount of enjoyment that Nick has gotten out of it. I love that while all of the toys that Nick used as an infant are already packed up and being stored in the attic we’re still getting use out of this one with no end day in sight. I am so glad that I put this on my registry. In my opinion this is one of the best and most useful baby toys out there.