Once they get you hooked, that's it!
Drew loves his "Mr Sunshine" floor mat. Its an activity mat from Baby Einstein. Its a simple portable play area, with a sunshine that hangs above your child flashing colors and plays instrumental, upbeat music, along with other toys.
My son is addicted to that darn sunshine. It's been played several times at parties, at home and outside for his entertainment. He'd kick, swing his arms, coo's laugh and talk while that sunshine played music. Then the unthinkable happened, the sunshine stopped playing music. It would still flash the colors, but no sound. We were in trouble!
We tried to just have the sun flash with no music, but it wasn't the same. We tried putting his bed time music devise near him while the sunshine flashed, but it didn't work. It wasn't the same. In the mean time I checked the Baby Einstein website to see if I could just purchase the sunshine, but they don't sell just that item, you have to purchase the whole mat. So, I emailed the the company to see what can be done. I emailed them on Friday.
Well, I'm still waiting for an answer from the company but in the mean time my dad found something very interesting. Baby Einstein makes these sunshine's quite working after 2 months of playing. Many parents complained on the Babies R Us website about these play mats. That's about the same time ours died, after about 2 months of Drew enjoying his Mr Sunshine.
If that's the case, they are very sneaky to get parents to buy an expensive product, again, to make money instead of selling piece you need to replace. Very sneaky!