A lot of exersaucers or activity centers are overwhelming to babies. This one is bright and colorful with just the right amount of toys. Only one of the toys on this exersaucer needs batteries and it's not terribly annoying or loud like many other toys I've seen. The toys can be taken out and played with independently as well. They're easy to take out, but not so easy that a baby or child can remove them, which is good. It's so great to have a toy that can keep a baby entertained for periods of time and keep them safe in one spot at the same time. If it weren't for my exersaucer, I would hardly ever be able to shower :) I used mine from the time each of my babies were about 4 months old and they used them up until over a year old. I love that this can be folded to a flatter position for storage and that it has three different levels to set it at for different age babies. It's easy to change the setting in case you have a daycare or babysit occasionally.