Summer Infant Bubble Maker
I was SO EXCITED to get this toy when I put it on our registry. It was one of the gifts from my two best friends, and who were looking forward to seeing Lucas' face light up at his first bath with it. You can get it at Target or Babies R Us.
It worked okay the first time I used it. The bubble solution that came with the machine was stinky, and only made teeny tiny bubbles. I made a mixture of baby soap, thinned with water, and that seemed to work equally as well. After about the second use (even with fresh batteries), the machine wouldn't "blow" the bubbles with enough force to cause them to exit the machine. So I had a bunch of slimy bubble goo running down the side of my bath tub, making it slippery and causing a falling hazard. The batteries ran dead within three uses, but the chamber was still full of soap. You can't submerge the device in water, making it exponentially more difficult to change the batteries. Lucas still loves the machine, and doesn't mind the bubble goo running down the tub, so I just place the machine on the inside shelf of the tub, and let him go to town playing with the bubbles.
Fisher Price makes an entire line of Jumperoos (available at Target and Babies R Us) with various themes and attachments. Lucas loves his, and plays in it all of the time. It's great exercise for him, and the toys promote large muscle development and hone small motor skills.
It is battery operated (3 AA), and has three height settings, so it can grow with your baby or toddler. It plays lights up, plays music, and has a jump-for-noise setting. The seat cover is easily removed and machine washable.
A Fisher Price Bouncer (available at Target and Babies R Us) is a bit of an investment, but is well-worth it's weight in gold. Like the swing, it has a super cute fishy theme, and plays music, water, ocean, and has lights. When used in discovery mode, the dangling fish cause the chair to play sounds when kicked.
It's perfect for lounging, and the vibration mode is calming, especially for just-born babies. The buckle is nice, and Lucas can't get out of the chair or tip it over, so it's ideal for times when I want him to stay-put. The cover is machine washable. The only down-side is it requires 4 D-sized batteries, and doesn't have an auto-off function.
Cradle 'n Swing
Fisher Price Cradle n Swing comes in a huge variety of designs and themes, and is available at Target and Babies R Us. Lucas has the Ocean Wonders design, and it's great! It has a cute fishy theme, and plays music, waves, rain, and running water sounds, and has a light-up globe! You can operate the 3-direction swing, mobile, lights and sounds independently, in any combination you choose. It is powered by standard 120V outlet.
It comes with a snap-on tray for play time, and has a 12-minute auto-shutoff for nap time. The seat cover is easily removed, and machine washable.
We also received this as part of our hand-me-down-haul, and call this an "Adventure Center", and Lucas absolutely loves it. We started using it when he was itty-bitty, and he still loves to play in it now.
The items that hang down are easily moved and removed, and the mat is machine washable. It is battery operated, and plays cheerful songs, jungle noises, and has a pull-to-play feature.