With all the pregnant authors on A Nation of Moms, myself included, I definitely have had babies on the mind when it comes to reviewing items. We sold our exersaucer before we moved, so I knew I eventually needed a new entertainer for the new baby due this fall. There are so many choices in activity centers but I was sold on a cute little bug named Wally. Besides the cute little “face” on Wally, what made this activity center stand out from the competition for me? Aside from the fact that both of my kids (18 month old and the 4 year old) love to play with it (they love that the overall design is a bug), I’ll tell you!
- To tell you the truth, exersaucers have never been my favorite. With their rounded bottoms, they tip so much that they frighten me. Kolcraft’s Wally the WonderBug is sturdy and does not tip. How do I know that it is so sturdy? Unfortunately, my 18 month old is old enough to climb in by herself (though not out yet) and it has never even budged an inch when she does.
- It’s not sensory overload like other activity centers/exersaucers. It has just enough toys (8 to be exact) to happily stimulate babies of 4 months+ (and apparently 18 month olds and 4 year olds) and help them develop basic motor skills with texture, vivid colors, sounds and lights. Only one toy (the WonderWorm) lights up, talks and plays music, which is perfectly enough! A few of the other toys include a batting butterfly with crinkle wings and mirror, a twisting/turning bee and a rattle with textured handles.
- It’s easier for babies to spin (a full 360) in their seats than most activity centers.
- All of the toys are easily reachable and removable (for cleaning).
- It’s extremely easy easy to put together. In fact, I did it just by looking at the picture on the box and had my 4 year old help. He could snap the pieces into place all by himself – it’s that easy!
- It’s easier to move about the house than our old exersaucer.
- Adjustable seat height (for babies 4 months and up until 30 inches in height and 30 pounds)
- Easy-to-clean toy tray
- Machine-washable seat pad
- Easily collapsible for travel & storage
- A bouncy seat pad (*Please note that this activity center does not bounce like a jumper, nor does the tray move up and down. There are elastic bands within the fabric of the seat that are designed to assist the child inclined to bounce up and down in the seat.)
Be sure to check out Wally and Wanda the WonderBugs online for games, activities and a product demo.
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