Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evenflo. I received a sample ExerSaucer as well as compensation for this post. However, thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.
As a mom of 8, I am always drawn to toys that are designed to meet the needs of children of different ages. I want them to be educational, good for different levels of learning, and FUN. So, when Evenflo approached me about trying out their new Exersaucer – World Explorer Triple Fun Plus+, (available at Babies R Us), I jumped at the chance to check it out. It sounded like it was right up my alley.
The ExerSaucer arrived quickly, and I couldn’t wait to set it up. My husband had promised me that he would put it together, but I was having none of that. This is my review, so *I* was going to do it. Alone.
And then I opened the box.
I wish I had taken a picture of all the “parts” all over my living room. I kept pulling pieces out of the box, and thinking to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?” It was definitely not a “snap-it-together and let’s go” project. It was a “read EVERY WORD of the instruction booklet and follow it to a t” project.
Stage 1 setup was easy. In just a few minutes, I had a very happy baby on my hands.
Sawyer loves the lights and sounds that come from the bar overhead. He can’t do them by himself yet, but there is always someone nearby that can help him out. The mat that he lays on is soft, so even tummy time is more fun. I love the bright colors and unique toys that are attached to the bar. We can trade them out, and the possibilities are endless. He definitely doesn’t get bored.
Sawyer plays on his mat all the time. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t use it. I think we’re both huge fans of Stage 1 of the ExerSaucer.
Then, I went to work at putting together Stage 2.
This was far more complicated. It took me over an hour to have all the different parts assembled and ready for play time. It was a lot of work.
But, it was so worth it.
Carly absolutely loves it! And while she should technically be in Stage 3, she meets all the weight and height restrictions for Stage 2. And, I have to say, she absolutely LOVES bouncing in the ExerSaucer. I can’t get her out of it.
When I attempted to take the ExerSaucer apart and change it to Stage 3, I got extremely confused by the directions and had to wait for my husband to come home and help me figure it out. It took us another 20 minutes to get it to Stage 3, so I decided we would just put it back in Stage 2 and leave it there. Sawyer will be ready for Stage 2 very soon, and Carly actually preferred Stage 2, so it’s better for us to leave it there for awhile.
While putting the ExerSaucer is time consuming to put together, it really is a great product, and my kids love it.
Here are some of my favorite things about the ExerSaucer:
- Great for different levels of learning and play.
- Can be used for several years instead of needing to buy a new toy at every stage.
- Lots of lights, sounds, and music to keep the kids entertained and happy.
- The included electronic book is great for early learning! It includes 36 different sounds, 12 turning pages, and tells the story in English, French, Spanish, and Mandarin.
- The mat for Stage 1 is soft and easy to clean by wiping it off.
- The attached toys are fun, brightly colored, and easily removed to change to another stage or for a quick cleaning.
- Incredibly durable. This toy will really last from stage to stage and can be passed down to any other children that come along.
- Can be used with multiple children. It’s great for both my 3 month old AND my 22 month old.
- On Stage 2, the height levels are easy to change, so I can quickly make it the right height for Sawyer (when he’s ready) or for Carly.
- Made by Evenflo – a brand I trust and respect, and have used with all my kids.
Here are a few of the things that I would change, or didn’t really care for:
- Assembly was time consuming and difficult. Do not plan to put this together quickly and easily. (Note: Don’t start this project at 9pm Christmas Eve to set it in front of the Christmas tree. Either leave it in the box, or put it together several days in advance.) I think it would be great if the ExerSaucer could come a little more assembled in the box. That, or I would definitely pay someone from the store to put it together – if that’s an option.
- It uses a LOT of batteries. (3 AA and 7 AAA batteries, to be exact.) All those lights, sounds, and learning toys need to work, so you’re going to have to invest in lots of batteries. Luckily, they don’t seem to wear out quickly. We’ve been using the same batteries since I originally assembled it, and that’s been several weeks. And, we tend to stock up on batteries when they’re on sale, so we always have them on hand.
- Switching from Stage 2 to Stage 3 is very confusing. My husband understood it better than I did – so maybe it’s a guy thing, but I’d like to be able to do it myself without his help.
So, as you can see, the good obviously outweighs the bad. And once you get past the original assembly, the ExerSaucer is a fantastic learning toy. I would definitely invest in it, I just wish I had known ahead of time and had been prepared for what I was getting into.
I would call this toy an investment – it’s not a toy that your child will quickly grow out of. It will grow with them, and it will last for years to come. Rather than buying several different toys (that can be expensive), you invest one time in a toy that you’ll get tons of use out of.
Right now you can get a great deal on the ExerSaucer at Babies R Us! With this downloadable in-store coupon, you can save 20% from December 5 – 24, 2014. That’s a great deal on a great product! (Just find the product on page 18, scroll over the image, and a box will pop up that will allow you to download the coupon.)
Hurry on over, download your coupon, and grab your Evenflo ExerSaucer today!