Isa HATES his brand new, expensive, took-me-a-couple-of-hours-to-put-together, Exersaucer. He lasted in it for 2 minutes yesterday before crying. Today he whimpered when I tried to engage him to play with it from the outside. Now he cries if he just looks at it. Oh Well, I’m sure it won’t be the last dumb purchase I make as a new mom. I was trying to spruce up Isa’s toy collection because I was noticing that he looked a bit bored with the few toys he had. Generally, I like to keep things simple—soft, chewable toys that don’t talk, blink or buzz. I’ve never been a fan of the battery operated things. I’m still recovering from a night babysitting my niece (now 11 years old) when a possessed doll at the bottom of her toy chest set itself off, red-blinking eyes and all that. It made the hair on the back of neck stand up, I was so terrified. All Steven King like. After that, I vowed never to have toys that could set themselves off. So what was I thinking when I left Buy Buy Baby (more like Spend Spend Mommy) yesterday with the EvenFlo Exersaucer? Isa seemed to love the floor model in the store—laughing and flirting with the saleswoman. I was sold. But it’s a different story now that we’re home. Quiet honestly, I don’t think I’d last 2 minutes in the thing myself. There are so many gadgets, doodads and thingamajigs on this thing that’s it’s a bit terrifying. You don’t know what to look at first—everything is fighting for your attention all at once.
Looking on the web, though, I found no shortage of babies who in fact love their Exersaucers! Go figure.