Here's another parent looking to reduce plastic in their home. Elizabeth writes:
I am wondering if you know of any non hideous, preferably non plastic baby activity tables out there. This general idea [see "good" above], but not made of solid plastic and not so cheesy. And preferably one that doesn't make music or require batteries.
This is actually a pretty tall order. The activity table you're hoping to emulate does look pretty fun, but we agree that it's kind of an eyesore. We had a difficult time finding something to meet your criteria, but we think the table below is something of an improvement as it's made of wood (with some plastic accoutrements), does not make music or require batteries.
Made by Little Tikes, it's called the Busy Baby Activity Table ($40). The activities include beads, gears, mirrors and pounding shapes. One nice feature is that the table legs can be extended as the child gets taller.
Readers, do you have a better suggestion?