“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Bouncers „
I bought this bouncing chair for my son because he hated to be put down, in the hopes it would entertain him and let me put him down for a few minutes, and I must say it did work he took to it straight away!
It is a lovely seat which is very colourful with a lot of activities for baby to look at and play with. There is a toy bar which has various toys on it, (including a bird which twirls around) which are easy for the baby to bat and grab, and when he/she does he is rewarded with one of eight songs or nature sound effects depending on what setting it is on.
The seat which is padded and yellow with birds and butterflies on it is washing machine and tumble dryer friendly which is very handy for a baby seat, I have washed and dried it on a number of occasions and it hasn't shrunk at all and always comes up very well.
The swing has six speed options and three seating positions, so you can lie baby back if he falls asleep. It is suitable from birth with a maximum weight of 20lbs and requires three AA batteries and 1 D battery, which are not included.
The toy bar is detachable which is very convenient when lifting the baby in and out of the seat. I think this seat is good value at around £45 it really kept my son happy and occupied for a few valuable minutes and even managed to soothe him to sleep.
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With a baby niece to entertain once or twice a week, I needed a bouncer... a baby bouncer that is, not a burly bloke stood at my door! Anyway, my brother & sister-in-law had a couple of bouncers at their house (either given to them or bought second-hand) and so they gave us one to stay here and it's the Fisher-PriceFlutterbye Dreams Flutter & Chime Bouncer. (Could Fisher-Price have come up with a longer name?!).
The seat of the bouncer is yellow with a bird & butterfly print design on it. It is lightly padded, more so around the top and sides. The cover is removable, machine-washable and dryer safe, which is very handy if there are any spillages! There is, of course, a 3 point strap to keep baby securely in the bouncer. I can't personally comment on how comfortable it actually is (as I obviously won't fit in it!), but my niece certainly looks comfortable in it and will sit in it for fairly long periods of time.
The seat is held up by a light blue stand which enables the chair to bounce. This bouncer bounces quite well and certainly bounces better than the other bouncer my brother & sister-in-law have at their house. My niece loves the bouncing sensation as she smiles and giggles when we push the top of the chair to make it "bounce". It doesn't require much of a push either.
At the foot end of the seat is the "Calming Vibrations" control. It is simply turned on (and off again) by sliding the blue switch across. Personally, Iwouldn 't say the vibrations were calming as it seems like quite a strong vibration. However, my baby niece seems to love it and she sometimes falls asleep with it on, so it obviously suits her. You certainly know it's on as you can hear the hum of the vibration. (It's a good idea not to forget to turn it off, otherwise you'll need to change the batteries in it!).
This bouncer comes with a removable stripey activity bar which, to be honest, we play with more than my baby niece does, but this is because she is coming up to 4 months and is only just getting interested in playing with things herself. The activity bar is easy to attach to the chair and once in it sits there firmly, however it is still easy to remove. I would advise putting the baby into the seat first and then attaching the activity bar. The activity bar itself has a rattle & a chime hanging down and each one has butterfly-shaped handle that can be pulled to make the bird in the middle spin. My niece giggles a bit at this. At the top of the activity bar are two switches, one controls the sounds/melodies (one plays a short tune, while the other plays long tunes with bird noises), while the other controls the volume. Personally, I think the quieter volume is the nicer sound and is loud enough. However, we often use it without the activity bar, but with the vibrate mode on.
The Fisher-Price Flutterbye Dreams Flutter & Chime Bouncer is suitable from birth until the recommended maximum weight of 20lbs. My niece is nearly 4 months old (I'm not 100% on her exact weight at the moment) and her head is now quite near to the top of the seat, so I don't know how much longer she'll be using it as she's a growing girl!
All in all, the fact that this bounces well and my baby niece loves the vibration feature means that this is a good bouncer, although I would have expected it to last until she is quite a bit bigger. As we had it second-hand, the bouncer has lasted well and still looks clean & tidy. Amazon is currently selling this for £34.99. I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay full whack for it, but I'd certainly recommend getting a second-hand one.
We had the chance to use this for 2 months at my parents house. My son was 4 months at the time, and was nearly too big for it (he was a long baby) but enjoyed the toys on the bar.
This bouncer has a detachable toy bar with several hanging toys and a little bird in the middle that spins when you pull on one of the other side toys. My son loved this bit and spent ages pulling away to make the bird spin. A selection of classical tunes means that you don't get bored of the same one song repeated over and over.
The vibrate feature wasn't necessary at his age, but we did try it once and found that it was quite powerful. I didn't like that the box that contained the batteries was so big right near the bottom where feet go as my son kicked it an awful lot and sometimes complained about it.
The chair cover was padded and he seemed comfortable, the frame wasn't the strongest I've seen as when he was in it it reclined a bit too much! That's useful with a newborn, but not so much when you want them sitting up a bit more.
Overall an ok bouncer, but I wouldn't pay the extra for this when my plain one works just as well.
I had this bought for my second Daughter when she was born. I had chosen it and was excited to use it. It is suitable from birth to 12 months.
We had to assemble it which I found quite difficult as you had to slot the metal rods into eachother which was tough. Once you had made it up, you can't undo it either, the metal rods were not going to budge, so we couldn't get it back into it's original box once we didn't need it anymore. Maybe we had a dodgy one?
It looks great and the music is nice and soothing, it has eight tunes and they're not annoying, you can have it at three different volume settings. It has a vibration function which you can turn on and off with or without the music. I did not use the vibration much as it seemed to vibrate too much and was worried it wouldn't be any good for my baby.
The bouncer has a removeable activity bar which has rattles and chimes, in the middle is a bird that spins around when you pull the side toys.
The seat is well padded and easily washed. It has a three point adjustable safety belt.
I personally didn't get on with this bouncer and didn't use it long. The plastic section where the batteries (1 x D battery and 3 x AA batteries) are kept and where the settings are is quite chunky and my Daughter would hurt her feet on it when kicking.
If she fell asleep and the toy bar was up one movement and it would startle her as the toys would make a noise.
You can't adjust the seat to go up or down either.
We currently have 2 baby bouncers and 1 rocker and none of them come as close to keeping our new baby occupied than the Flutterbye bouncer by Fisher Price. Unfortunately I have just had to spend the past 3 months in a mother and baby unit with postnatal depression. There they had a nursery to house the 10 babies on the unit complete with all manner of donated toys and baby equipment. The flutterbye rocker was one of them and it was by far the most popular with all of the babies.
Like most bouncers it consists of material spread across a wire frame, however the angle of this one seems to be just right. It allows babies to be able to look around if awake whilst also allowing them to fall asleep comfortably. It also vibrates to soothe them and has a removable activity bar that has two pull down tabs that make the bird in the centre spin round. You can just have it in manual mode or flick a switch and it plays soothing music and birdsong. There are also two volume levels so you don't have o have it blasting out if you're getting a little bit irritated by it. As I'm sure you will!
Before the birth of my son I couldnt quite see the point of vibrating baby seats. Music and vibration seemed to be added extras that pushed up the price and which I doubted that Id use. I envisaged active play with my son at all times and the baby seat as somewhere to put a baby when they were dozing but didnt want to go into a cot, or to put them whilst playing with them. I couldnt have been more wrong.
After chatting to other new mums I began to think that a vibrate option did have its uses and now, having got one, Im so thankful that I did!
The Fisher Price Flutter & Chime baby seat has, bells, whistles and more quite literally.
SHAKE ME BABY
The vibrate option on the seat has just one speed but it really does serve to calm the baby. I have used it to settle in the evenings if my son is feeling particularly tetchy or at meal times if he is only fussing for attention (rather than food/nappy etc). Im not sure what it is about the vibrations that babies find so calming but it really does work. In fact, its so effective that, at times, Ive taken to mimicking the action of the seat via the cot mattress to settle in the middle of the night.
The vibration runs off a D battery and we probably get 20 hours from a rechargeable before it runs out. You dont get any warning that its about to stop such as a slow run, it just stops, so, if you dont want tears have another battery on standby! Thankfully, although you have to lift the seat cover off to change the battery you dont need a screwdriver, just something thin, such as a knife, to prise the battery compartment cover off.
BELLS & WHISTLES
The added extra that this chair has is an activity arch comprising two hanging teething rings, one with a rattle on the other with a bell, and a bird. When the teething rings are pulled the bird spins! Whilst all this is happening some rather tasteful music is played, mainly classical, and birdsong is heard.
There are two modes of play, continuous for the younger child and child-activated for the older child. The child-activated mode will only operate if the child pulls the teethers. Failure to do so means silence! There is also a handy volume switch with two levels although we find that the loudest setting really needs to be used as the speaker, for some obscure reason, points away from the child!
Like the vibration, I wondered whether I had wasted my money buying a chair with music as my son took no notice at all when I first introduced him to it. I now know he was just too young. Now, at 10 weeks old he adores it and his face literally lights up as I pick up the arch to fit it to the chair. He talks to the bird and picks up the teethers and bats them about. Hes not yet figured that he can pull the teethers and so we have to use the continuous mode but he has worked out that he can just hit the bird to make it spin! The chair keeps him amused for up to 20 minutes and he thoroughly enjoys it. Of course, a child should not be left alone in such a chair and I try to interact with him as much as possible when hes in it, but it does mean I can put washing out or do other similar short tasks with him amused by my side. It really is a hit!
The arch uses 2AA batteries but is not so power hungry as the vibrator and so in 6 weeks use (about 1 hour a day often) we havent had to change the batteries. You do need a Phillips screwdriver when you do come to change them though!
This is not a big chair. At 10 weeks my son fills the chair and I suspect that the maximum age of 6 months advertised will not be reached.
I do also think that this seat is a little upright for newborns and, in my opinion, is certainly not suitable for long naps. I treat it rather like the car seat a maximum time of 2 hours in it so as not to damage the spine. There are seats that are flatter and more suited if you want to sleep baby in the chair during the day. I use a cot.
The safety harness is plenty big enough without restricting too much movement. The straps are adjustable and despite the ferocity with which my son kicks his legs we havent noticed any chaffing.
CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE
New parents will be pleased to know that this chair does not require a degree in engineering to construct it. You basically slot together all of the parts according to the clear instructions and fit the seat cover.
The padded seat cover is machine washable and does not shrink in a 50 degree wash.
Im so glad I gave in to the gimmicks. This really is a multi-function chair that is worth the extra £5 or so. Its widely available in Argos or Mothercare for example at about £25.
The bright colours and cheerful sounds stimulate baby but theres nothing about the twinkly sounds that will really drive parents to distraction.
The fact that you can detach the play arch is really useful as you can use the chair with or without the toys depending on why you are putting the child in it.
If there is a negative it is that I cant see my son lasting the advertised 6 months in it hell have outgrown it in about 4 I suspect.
Get a few things done and keep Baby happy with this fun Fisher-Price Flutterbye Bouncer. The magical toy bar features 2 hanging toys, 1 with a chime and 1 with beads for visual and tactile exploration and stimulation. When one of the toys is pulled down a