Just say no to teddy-bear and balloon prints. The mercifully subtle Oeuf Baby Lounger, $110 at babygeared.com is listed under Activity Apparatus (see Bouncers).
Look, Ma, No Pedals
The LikeABike, a German import, prepares kids ages 2 to 5 for the real thing by teaching them first how to balance on two wheels; $279 at likeabikeusa.com
The original etoys.com is long gone, but that address still takes you to a sensible place to shop for, say, Hasbro's $45 Omega Supreme, a robot you can turn into a crane or battleship.