I got the ExerSaucer Splash Active Learning Center as a gift for my 5 month old son. There’s a reason why the recommended age is set for an older age. At younger age, head and neck support is still developing. If you put your child in this learning center while they are still developing these muscles, the entire learning center turns into a frightening bobble-head like toy, offering no support. So, pay attention to the age recommendation.
During assembly, my boyfriend noticed that there were slots for support props so that the center doesn’t wobble too much. The props weren’t included and after reading the manual, we needed to call their phone number to receive them. Their customer service was prompt and I received three red support props that snap on to support the center. I question why they didn’t include the props in the first place since they weren’t but two or three inch long pieces of plastic.
There are a few simple toys included in the center. I imagined my son growing bored of them quickly but when we put him in the learning center, he liked to touch the fishes, run the spinner, shake the rattle, flip the coins into the cup, and rotate the triangular blocks. I have seen my son put these toys in his mouth by bending them. The toys can come off with a squeeze of the toy base and a pull for removal for cleaning.
The seat does put some pressure on babies’ stomach so I would warn against putting them in the seat immediately after eating. The play area surface can be wiped down but there are lots of grooves and crevices that spit-up curds can become lodged in. Pay special attention to the stickers that are on one of the toys, as well. The glue used to keep the fish stickers on isn’t the best and the fish stickers can become peeled and possibly eaten. Do not let your child eat these stickers. Use a hairdryer to peel them off easily and dispose of them. To keep the toy fun, you can sew on some colorful fabric.
The center is supposed to bounce, let your child spin around and wobble in it. My son likes to do all of those. He likes to move around to watch mommy. The legs have raised bumps that fit into the blue leg holes. I have read reviews about while the baby has been bouncing that the legs can become unfixed and dangerous but that hasn’t happened to me. The wobble feature was one that I became most cautious about and has made me want to not use this product ever again.
My son likes to reach while he wobbles. The cat comes in and my son tries to reach for her. The surface of the center gave to him and pretty soon he was on top of the center, out of the chair. Several dangerous scenarios could have happened but my son was unharmed due to my quick response. If a slower response were had, he could have been injured. Keep an eye on your child if you have a climber or a reacher.