Bacon is good, but bacon you didn't have to cook is even better. The fine folks of Evenflo hosted a breakfast at ABC Kids to introduce the media to just such a pile of bacon--and to get a little attention for their new ExerSaucer TripleFun.
The TripleFun converts from a playmat to an ExerSaucer to an S-shaped play table thing, an attempt to extend the usable life of the gear across three different developmental stages.
Frankly, trying to convey the virtues of giant plastic toys to a space-deprived New York parent is like pitching mukluks to the Yanomami Indians. But if you have room for this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing you have room for.
The other reality: the Baby Industrial Complex chugs merrily along, adding and changing products year after year, but parents almost never have any sense of this evolutionary history; honestly, I didn't know Onesie was a trademark of the Gerber Baby Corporation until well after the kid was born [and Gerber's counsel sent me a lovely letter, but that's another story.]
So it was with deep gratitude in my heart that I snapped this blurry-yet-invaluable picture of The Evolution of the Evenflo ExerSaucer, which traces the category leader's near-13-year growth and development. 2007 will henceforth be known to toy historians as a Neo-Baroque Renaissance, a return to 2002-level things-sticking-uppiness.
The current model, the Evenflo ExerSaucer Mega, has only two stages. It's $59.99. [amazon]