“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Bouncers „
I decided to buy this baby bouncer as my sister had it for my nephew, and he loved it. It cost about £40, which seemed a little steep at the time, but after using it with 2 babies, it is still like new so it seems a price worth paying.
Why this one rather than a traditional one?
I view a bouncer as a vital part of baby kit. All the babies in my family growing up used the traditional type one, and i can still picture my nana sat with her foot on the front tapping it to make it bounce a little baby in it, and it always seemed to soothe the baby, so it seemed a no brainer really.
This one is a bit more special for two reasons. Firstly it has a vibrate mode to soothe your baby. This seems as though it is becoming a fairly standard feature in bouncers now. Flick a switch on the front of the bouncer and baby is soothed by a vibration that runs throughout the chair. Both of mine really loved this, and i have highly recommended to friends they get one with this feature.
So the next feature is the one that made me go for it. The activity bar looks as though it is not that special. A few plasticky toys hanging there in arms reach so baby can bat it around or grab it. They in themselves are not that special, although i did like the mirror as small babies are pretty fond of faces so it is a nice feature. The bar also contains 3 flashing lights on each side.
These lights can be activated by you flicking a switch into one of 2 positions at the top of the bar. In one position, some music plays, and the lights flash in time. The 2nd option for older babies is controlled by the baby themselves. There are sensors in the seat that respond as the baby kicks, and where and how frequently they quick influences which combination of lights and sounds they get.
My boys both loved this chair. My oldest was most fond of it, and he would often fall asleep while watching the lights. They really seemed to wear him out. And both quickly got the idea that kicking led to a reward of lights and music. (Introducing them at an early age to cause and effect.)
It was a great way of helping them to play independently when they were only small and couldn't sit up or otherwise choose what they could do.
As they got older, i also used the chair to sit them in for early weaning. I wasn't bothered about a bit of food going onto the chair as the cover is completely washable, and the light bar unclipped very easily by squeezing each side together and lifting.
My chair still looks like new. The cover didn't fade despite numerous washings, and we have taken it apart and put it back together a lot to take it to the grandparents house with us. I am about to pass it onto my sister in law for her baby, and i am sure it will thrill their baby too.
Another excellent idea in the fisher price range.
I was lucky enough to be given this by a friend who was leaving the country so didnt have to pay for it and I have to say it was one of the best presents that I have ever been given.
What is it?
it is a vibrating chair for babies complete with detachable toy arch for babies to sit / sleep / play in.
Where do I get it?
you can get these and many similar products from John Lewis, Amazon, Kiddicare, Bambino Direct and the list goes on so I would recommend shopping around for the best price that you can get. Prices range from around £30 - £50.
How do I use it?
To make the vibration or boost button as we call it work you need DD batteries (two of them) they seem to last for ages though which is brilliant!
Then just strap your baby in to the seat with the handy provided safety straps and off you go.
What does baby think?
Well speaking for my 6 month old here he seems to absolutely love it. At first when he was tiny we would just put him in it and let him have a sleep. He would spend ages looking at the lights / music on the toy bar which you turned on for him. Because this chair is bouncy we could bounce him up and down very gently to help him get to sleep or relax.
I have to say this chair was an absolute god send in those first 6-8 weeks of parenthood when the idea of sitting down to dinner with you partner, eating it while it is hot (radical I know!) and almost getting some grown up conversation sounds like a distant dream. We would put our son in the bouncer on the table and take it in turns to bounce him up thus getting to eat. Sometimes we could just put the vibrating mode on and let him chill out but often had to bounce too.
I would recommend with a really young baby using the vibrate button to help them sleep - when Brad (my son) was tiny we would put him in here when he was tired and the vibrations would soothe him off to sleep for at least 5 minutes and sometimes an hour!
Another top tip - always have spare batteries in the drawer, it is a nightmare when they go and you cant vibrate your baby any more!!!!
Playing with the bouncer
Now Brad is a bit bigger he loves just playing with the toys that hang off the toy arch - he grabs them, bashes them, twists them round, shakes them too. He also can bounce himself so the vibrate function is almost redundant these days. The safety straps have really come into their own now as Brad almost bounces himself strongly enough to come flying out if he wasnt strapped in.
We have started weaning him and as he is too small to sit in a high chair still it is really good to be able to feed him in. You just remove the toy arch and put a towel in the seat and off you go.
Apart from the bounce and the removable arch you can remove the covers of the seat and machine wash them (an absolute necessity!)
At the beginning the safety straps were fiddly and they are adjustable but not that big unfortunately so I think Brad will have outgrown it soon!
It is a nightmare if you run out of batteries!
The bounciness of it is a problem when feeding as Brad kicks and bounces himself when he likes what he is eating cue lots of mess (back to the washable ness of the covers - brilliant!)
Overall a fantastic product - keeps babies entertained I won't say for hours but definitely for minutes which is lovely in the early days.
to be honest I would not recommend this product in particular as there are so many great bouncers out there and to be honest my baby likes them all so whatever you can get your hands on at a reasonable price would be my recommendation. That said this one is great fun and a good product!
I brought the Fisher price Kick and Learn for my daughter in 2005 before she was born from mothercare, the price was around £30-£40, cant remeber exactly. The reason i chose this bouncer over the others was the excellent features it offered, not only was it colourful and stands out but it also has the hanging toys, with mirror and teething rings which are detachable, It also had the lights and sound which are wonderful for such young children. The lights and sounds can be turned to a couple of different positions so you can have on going music and lights or you can choose to let your baby kick the chair whilst bouncing and create their own display of lights and sounds. The best thing about this chair is the fact that it vibrates, which can be a god send if your child is unsettled. It was for me anyway. A friend commented that she had never seen such a bouncy chair as the chair she had for her child barely moved, where as this one is ever so bouncy
I went on to sell my chair at a carboot, only to buy it again from mothercare last year for my second child. It cost arond £40, which i think is a fair price for the amount of fun my children had using it!
I thought the fisher price kick an play bouncer is fantastic an extremly good value for money, it is really nice an bold an catches the eye in my opinion,
It has a blue frame and a blue cover with stars, feet an swirly patterns on it, it has a blue toy bar that clips on at the sides, on the toy bar it has 3 toys, one with a mirror an 2 teething rings at the bottom, another with a rattle an the final 1 with an image inside a ball that spins round they are very bold and bright an catch the eye, also on the toy bar there are flashing lights, red, yellow, blue an green, an they really get the attention of a baby so small,
This chair also has soothing vibrations that settle my baby an it plays all diffrent nursery rhyme songs, it has 2 volume settings an it has an option were the baby can kick it manually on the chair were his feet go or you can switch it to automatic, were the sounds keep playing for about 5 minites,
I purchased this chair from mothercare when i was 6 month pregnant it cost me £49 an was worth every penny, i hav found that my baby does not like lying down as he is very nosey an this is the ideal place for me to put him down to have a rest, he can also see were i am an have a good kick an play in his chair, you dont have to have the toy bar on if they are asleep its easy enough to take it off, i have also been able to take it with me if ive been going to friends houses or 2 my mum an dads house it is very easy to take apart as there arnt so many bitts to it,
One of the reasons i bought this chair was because it is manufactured by a well known brand fisher price, an i trust them with baby products because they are well known world wide, i would of thought 2wice if it was made by a company i didnt no of.
I think that there should be more of a choice in colours as my first child was a girl but she had everyting pink so this was a bit diffrent, but that is the only downside to the product,
i highly recomend this chair because it is comfy an safe an it lasts till at least 1 years if not a little longer it is very strong, even my 22 month old little girl still tries to sit in it now an she looks like a 4 year old,
I even used this chair when my child started solids as it is ideal because they are sat up, an theres nothing else really you can use because my child cudnt sit up alone therefore he can not sit in a highchair. its excelent value,
I Purchased the kick and play bouncer when my daughter was about 3 months, I had been looking around for different ones and decided to go with the kick and play for 2 reasons, 1 being that it was made by fisher price a trusted brand and the other was that it seemed to have a lot of features.
The bouncer only comes in a blue colour which was a little disappointing as I would rather of had a pink one for a little girl. It has a removable machine washable seat cover and it has an activity bar that goes over the bouncer with lights and sounds, there are removable teething toys hanging from it.
The kick and play isn't just a bouncer but in my opinion it is a learning and rewarding tool aswell. When baby kicks her legs they are rewarded with music, sounds and flashing lights. The bouncer plays 10 different songs and it has up to 6 different sound effects, the textured toys are great for baby to feel and there are also some that can be removed to help with babies teething too. The bouncer also has calming vibrations although they never seemed to work for my daughter.
The bouncer is suitable from birth to 9 months or until baby can sit up unaided. It requires batteries, which I had to purchase separately.
I paid around £45.00 for this bouncer. I would definitely recommend buying a bouncer with an added activity centre.
We were bought this for my daughter when she was about a month old by my in laws. I wasnt intending on buying her a bouncy chair as she already had a swing.
At first I pulled my face that it was blue (yes I love pink stuff) but soon realised how useful it would become. My daughter had very bad colic (to the point I took her to an osteopath to sort her out) When I figured out the vibrations of the chair soothed her, I (quietly) thanked my in laws. She would fall asleep in it and stay for there a couple of hours - which was a godsend when previously she would only sleep on me.
As she got older, she learnt to play with the toys and that kicking her feet would make the noises and lights work.
It was also useful for the beginning of her weaning before we had a highchair.
I bought this bouncy chair before my daughter was born, and after doing a lot of research online. I wanted something that wasn't just a bouncy chair, but would entertain my baby too.
It seemed to get good reviews so I went ahead and bought it.
Turned out to be a very good purchase!
When she was first born, obviously my daughter couldn't play with the toys, but it was a safe and comfortable place to put her, and once she started being able to focus she enjoyed watching the colourful lights and dangly toys.
The chair can be switched to vibrate, which provides nice soothing vibrations, which I found helped to soothe her. In fact she often wouldn't be left in the chair without the vibrations on!
I had a bit of trouble with the assembly, the instructions weren't very clear for one of the bits and I struggled to fit it together correctly, but got there in the end.
The cover comes off so it can be washed which is a help.
It does require two different lots of batteries, one for the vibrations and one for the lights and music.
The toy bar comes off so you can take baby in and out easily, although I rarely took it off, as it was easy enough to take baby in and out without doing so.
She grew out of the chair by about 5-6 months, but I got my money's worth out of it and was happy with the purchase.
This bouncer was originally bought by my inlaws when i had my first child-3 years ago. The bouncer is actually sitting in front of me as i type with my youngest fast asleep in it. It has definately been worth the £40 it cost.
Its a typical bouncer at first glance, but it has some really great features that set it apart from the others.
the over head toys are colourful and entertaining-although the one thing that lets it down is that its not easily reached by the baby when they're a bit older-we used to prop them up with a pillow behind them when they wanted to play with the toys as it meant they could reach better.
there are little lights all round the bar that flash in different patterns to different songs. The bouncer plays quite a range of songs, and the continuous setting lasts a good few minutes before having to be reset.
The second setting on the music and lights is to encourage babies to kick. The feet pads have sensors that when kicked make the lights flash and a little tune play.
The toy bar is removable, so if you're trying to get baby to settle you can take the stimulation away-it just slots into two holes-one on either side of the bouncer.
If you have a baby that likes movement (I think that most do, as it reminds them of before they were born!) the vibration setting on the foot plate is brilliant. It makes the whole bouncer vibrate gently, and has succeeded in settling all 3 of my children with ease. even after so much use it looks like new, so wears really well. I used the bouncer until they looked too big to sit in it and could sit up well-i think it was around 5-6 months.
I was given this as a leaving present from my work colleagues and I believe it's one of the best new baby gifts I received.
The Kick and Play Bouncer is available from most shops (such as Mothercare, John Lewis and Tesco) and online stores (such as the Baby catalogue and precious little ones) at around £39.95.
This bouncer does so much. First it serves as a comfortable support for babies from newborns until they are able to sit up by themselves. Ideal to put your baby into while you are eating or if you need to pop to the loo! In fact when my baby was able to sit up I was suddenly at a loss as to where to put him safely while I got on with chores or answered the door.
One of the best features of this bouncer is it's vibrating mode. Powered by a D battery (secured by a phillips screw) the chair vibrates and instantly soothes your child. Although my son didn't have colic he did suffer from bad wind and would draw his knees up to his chest in discomfort. If we ever had problems settling him when he was like this we would put him in the chair on vibrate and it would calm him down instantly and most of the time send him off to sleep.
In fact we didn't use the vibrate function for the first two months of having this chair and the first time we tried it out he broke out into a big beamer - his first smile! He laughed for the first time in this chair too! Quick word of advice though - keep spare batteries. You don't realise how invaluable the vibrate mode is until they run out.
The other addition to this bouncer is a removable bar which clips onto the chair and sits in front of your baby. This takes two AA batteries and can be set to either continuous play mode or is baby activated.
On continuous play the bar rotates through 10 tunes whilst coloured lights flash above and down the sides of the bar. The tunes are a little 'electrical' sounding but I found my son had favourites (probably the ones I knew the words too) and would get excited when they came round.
I didn't realise there was a baby activated mode until finally my son was long enough to reach the pad at the front of the bouncer with his feet. When activated this plays sound effects such as 'boings' and then a tune. At first I think this unsettled him but after a while he was giggling at the noises and could see the cause and effect of his kicking.
Finally on the bar are three hanging objects for your child to reach for and play with. A yellow sun with a smiling face (that points away from your baby) with a mirror on the other side for them to look into and two hanging rings beneath it (my son liked to bash these together like castanets). Also a green flower with coloured balls in it and a red horseshoe shape holding a clear ball with a spinning disc in it. I have to say that even at the end of his time using this my son had to stretch to reach the toys.
The seat itself is a bright blue colour with star and swirl decoration and can be removed and machine washed (every Mum's lifesaver!). The bouncer can be easily assembled (it comes in 3 pieces) and can be stored at a slightly smaller size once disassembled.
With bright vibrant colours and detachable parts to suit your needs and your babys mood I would add this to your must have list if you are a new Mum or Dad. It may seem a bit pricey but you will definitely get your money's worth out of it.
Reward Baby's natural kicking ability with the whimsical music and twinkling lights of this fun-filled Kick & Play Bouncer. It features kick-activated music and lights to keep Baby entertained. Ten songs, 6 sound effects, 8 lights and 3 dangling toys capt