This update will be reflected on the registry recommendation post that I made, in case you bookmarked it. I will go into more detail here, though.
As I was putting James in his exersaucer for possibly the thousandth time (he loves it), I realized- doh! I left it off of the registry recommendation. So here is the exersaucer lowdown.
We have two products that I would consider exersaucers. One is a hand-me-down that James can jump up and down in, though he hasn't figured that out at all. It looks somewhat similar to this one:
I sit him in the middle, and his hands reach out to all the different toys that surround him. The spinny ball, which teaches him about rolling. The toy with a button on top that play music when pressed, which teaches him about cause and effect. The tall toy that he can bend toward his mouth if he tries hard enough, which teaches him about perseverance.
Plus we can enhance the toys by placing clean containers on top of some of the toys. He delights in prying them off to proudly hold them. He's also, um, learning about throwing things this way.
Exersaucers are great for some independent play time, which is so crucial if you, say, want to ever shower or get dinner made. Ours has been in use for a month or two now, and will have at least another couple of months of use. Many parents get more use out of them than that, but our boy is taller than average. The limit on the one shown above is 30 inches, for example. James is getting close to that.
The second type of exersaucer is more of a walker. It looks like this one, but far cuter in coloration (ours is red, black and yellow).
We set James inside his Jeep and he can drive it Flintstones style. This one also has buttons and toys to spin, and a little tray area on which we set other toys and non-toys for him to discover. James patrols the kitchen in his Jeep while dinner is made and his bottles are prepared.
The horn also electronically beeps. It is super funny to hear Beep! Beep! Beep! coming from the kitchen, as if James is dealing with some road rage.
Since James will be crawling soon, it is nice to have a safe place to put him sometimes where he can still play and learn without having to be redirected constantly. So, I recommend adding an exersaucer to your registry, or sourcing a used one (and cleaning it well)!
Since they can be hard to find, this is where Babies R' Us hides them on their website: Entertainers.