Finally, we have completed the Baby Bjorn Cycle [above]. We got a Bjorn carrier [original, blue] at the very beginning, and then soon after, we picked up the BabySitter 1-2-3 because it was the only non-offensive bouncy chair out there.
[The Oeuf Lounger came out like two days later, of course. But we stuck with the Bjorn because of the darker color and the alleged longer life: they actually claim the thing can be used until the kid is two. "Can" and "will" are very different. The kid wouldn't go in the chair hardly at all after she started crawling.]
Then, when the kid started on solid food, my mother sent us a molded plastic bib with a scoop thing on the bottom. It had a penguin on it, and it was pretty big, a real workhorse. We helod onto it for a several months before getting the smaller, slightly better-looking Bjorn Bib. We've had one in each place for over a year now, and they still do great. [Then we use Bibsters when we're eating out.]
And since the kid is now seriously entertaining the notion of potty training, and since we didn't want to travel with our Philippe Starck-for-Target [ebay, baby. New in the box, $20.], the kid and I hoofed it over to Buy Buy Baby, where I feared getting ambushed by a wall of purple Dora Disney Princess toilet monstrosities.
Fortunately, the endcap of the shelves was stacked high with Bjorn Little Potties, right at kid-height. So she even got to choose her color. $9, and we brought it home. It's parked in the space next to the toilet, and she talks excitedly about using it every night.
All that was left to do was to figure out how Bjorn decided which products to launch once the Carrier was established. But then I saw this graphic of the Bjorn Life Cycle on a website in India, and it all made sense. [Apparently Bjorn is called Giardia over there. Guess they want it to sound more Italian.]
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