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Mamas & Papas Barnaby Buttons Capria Bouncing Cradle

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      18.06.2011 16:09
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      Lovely bouncer that has kept my son happy for hours!

      My baby LOVES this chair!!!

      He started using it from around 2 weeks old and still finds it fun now that he is 4 months. It came with a padded head insert for while he was very small to stop his head rolling about which I have found to be a problem with other bouncy chairs. It plays 3 sounds; panpipes, ocean and rainforest. My son prefers the panpipes and have been useful at helping him to nod off on many occasions. The chair also bounces or vibrates itself which saves having to sit bouncing the chair with your foot!!! My son likes the chair to bounce and again this helps him to sleep if he needs soothing. The batteries also seem to last a very long time which is good as my son spent a lot of time in the chair when he was younger as he preferred to be sat up seeing what was going on than lying in his moses basket.

      The bears that hang from the activity bar are perhaps a little blandly coloured for a young baby and he didn't appear to really notice them until he was a couple of months old. He now enjoys batting them around and hearing them rattle.

      The cover is removable allowing it to be washed in the machine which I have done a few times. It comes out as good as new allowing you to easily clean off the inevitable messes that occur when you have a small baby (e.g. drool, milk and sick).

      All in all this is a great bouncer that has entertained my son (and kept him quiet) for many a happy hour!

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        13.12.2010 20:34
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        5 out of 5 stars!

        When I had my baby, my mum bought me my original bouncing cradle from Mothercare which was fantastic, however on a visit to some family in Wales, their dog decided that it would taste nice and had a real good chew on it!! It was totally unrepairable so we had to buy a new one as my daughter was only about a month old at the time. Immediately my uncle decided that he was buying us a new one and he drove us straight to a Mamas and Papas store!! After a little discussion and disagreement about the price he would be paying in there, he insisted that I was to go and choose one so I chose the Barnaby Buttons bouncing cradle.

        On getting the cradle home, we realised there was a small amount of assembly required but this only took a matter of minutes - for this you have to secure the controls onto it but feeling inside to see where the bars go makes this a lot easier. An important thing to note is that you will need three C sized batteries for the bouncing cradle which unfortunately don't come with the product so it is an extra expense. With the cradle comes a head hugger which is totally removeable once your baby is big enough and I think this is a fantastic thing to have when being used from a young age.

        Other features of the bouncing cradle include a support strap which of course is essential for keeping baby safely in the chair and there is a detatchable toy bar which holds three small teddy bears. Two of the bears are just teddies and one has a rattle inside which my daughter loved! Personally I didn't have the toy bar on for long periods of time as it was a little off-putting when my daughter was ready for sleeping.

        The cradle itself is a beige/brown colour which is totally neutral so will coordinate with pretty much any colour scheme and this is something I like with the Mamas and Papas range. The cover on the chair is well padded for comfort and my daughter always seemed quite happy in there so it must have been comfortable enough. The cover is removeable also and is machine washable which is a great feature as many bouncing cradles I have seen are sponge clean only, and lets face it they do get dirty quite quickly! The base of the cradle has non slip rubber feet so it is suitable for both carpeted and laminate floored homes.

        The bouncing cradle is suitable from birth according to Mamas and Papas so I had no worries at all about putting my daughter in it at one month old. The limit on the cradle is six months or 9kg, whichever comes first, but I have to admit that my daughter had sat in it past this age/weight and there was no problem at all.

        There are settings on the cradle - vibrating and bouncing which are controlled by the dial and you can choose which speed you prefer. Apparently the bouncing is mimicking their mums heartbeat so not only provides comfort but a familiar environment to them also. My daughter never really seemed that keen on the bouncing mode and she really didn't like the vibrating mode as she would just cry all the time when that was on. She was much happier being gently bounced by my mum or me really. There are also some music settings on the cradle - soft gentle music, sounds of the sea or nature sounds. I only ever used the music as the sea and nature just used to freak us out a little for some reason!

        I used to sit my baby in the cradle after she had been fed as she always seemed to look so comfy in it and dozed off quite quickly so rather than rocking her to sleep she would quite happily just sit in the cradle. This was a godsend sometimes as we all know what its like when we have jobs to do but a baby to settle too!!
        When my daughter was about five months old, she would get a little irritated at times if I sat her in the chair, I think that is because she wanted to either be on her playmat or in her baby swing. However, once she was crawling I would catch her crawling to the cradle and trying to climb in for a sneaky nap!

        While I do think this is a really lovely bouncing cradle I don't think this was the right one for us after all, and although it did last well and was comfy for my daughter we didn't really get full use out of it due to her not liking the movements too much. I "think" the cradle was around the £35 mark but I can't be totally sure but for that price I think that is a reasonable price to pay with the features it has, especially being Mamas and Papas. The cradle is extremely high quality, as you would expect from that store, and of course I realise it is a product for small babies and isn't going to endure much wear and tear, after four months of use it was still as good as new.

        Thank you for reading my review :)

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          08.09.2010 21:06
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          mamas and papas bouncer with arch, vibrating motion and songs

          As with all expectant mothers and fathers they like trying to be prepared for there little bundle of joy coming so after getting all the essentials in such as the moses basket and pram I started looking around for a bouncing chair. It took me quite a while to decided upon one tho as there were so many different kinds available from plain ones to ones which vibrate and play songs. Finally I settled on this mamas and papas barnaby buttons bouncer which costs us around £30 from a local baby supplies shop.

          The bouncer is suitable from birth to around 6 months with a weight restriction of 9kg and it cannot be used when your child can sit up unaided in case the bouncer tips up. The cover of the bouncer is a mixture of cream and light brown/tan shades and is machine washable and fully padded for extra comfort. There is a removable head support which is great as it stops baby's head from sliding to the side when they are to young to support it by themselves and also the bouncer has non-slip feet. When your baby is placed on the bouncer there is a safety strap which keeps them secure in the seat and clips at either side. To keep your baby occupied when in the bouncer there is an arch which goes across it and has three teddy's which have rattles inside them which dangle down so that your baby can hit and try to catch them.

          There are two switches/buttons, one which operates the vibrating motion and can be set to three different rhythms and the other operates the music which can also be set to three different tunes of relaxing and soothing music. I would definitely recommend this bouncer as it is great value for money and keeps young babies amused.

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          30.08.2010 11:27
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          I'd stick with a basic model

          Although 'baby bouncer' had been on our list of things to buy before Baby Frank arrived, for some reason we didn't get round to getting one until she was 10 weeks old. By 'getting one' I actually mean that we were given one and that's how we ended up with this rather plush bouncer. We had been managing fine without a bouncer up to this point with a KariMe sling, a swinging chair and playmats and if we hadn't been given a bouncer, I certainly wouldn't have bought one (especially one of these at circa £40).

          The bouncer is essentially a robust wire frame over which a cover is put in order to form a 'chair' in which to put your baby. The 'cover' has a three point clip, which does up either side of your baby with two easy-to-negotiate clips. It is easy to remove and put back, and is machine washable. For use with very young children, there is a removable head hugger to stop their head lolling to one side or the other. There is also a removable arc which clips onto either side of the chair on the wire frame, from which two teddies and a rabbit toy dangle enticingly.

          The bouncer also boasts vibrating and self-bounce functions, which require the insertion of 6 AA batteries. It is also able to play a variety of sound effects, from bird song to heartbeat to tinny nursery rhymes. Neither Baby Frank nor I were impressed with the sound effects; even on top volume I could hardly hear them. Nor were we particularly impressed with the vibration or bounce functions. The vibration was a mild 'buzz' and my daughter did not seem to notice when we turned this function on. The 'bounce' was ineffective too as just her legs would be bounced up and down, rather than a whole-body bounce experience. If your baby likes to be bounced, I'm afraid you will have to bounce the bouncer yourself, old-school style, with a foot as you wash up or a hand as you watch TV.

          This bouncer is very carefully designed by Mamas and Papas to look unobtrusive. In browns and creams it fits in with most decor and certainly is not your usual primary coloured baby equipment. Even the two teddies and rabbit toy that hang down from the chair are in various tones of beige and brown. This annoyed me. I wondered whether the bouncer was actually more for the parents than for their little ones. It is well known that babies are more stimulated by primary colours and high contrast patterns in the first months of life, and whilst it may be true that they are sitting ON the chair rather than looking AT it, the toys at the very least should be for their benefit. My daughter is now 4 1/2 months old and only just starting to take an interest in the toys.

          The chair is recommended for use from newborn until 6 months or until your child is sitting unaided. Baby Frank is not sitting unaided but seems to have outgrown this chair now. She does not like being forced into a reclined position and tries to lift her head which is difficult when you are lying at an angle in a chair.

          For our daughter, this chair was not particularly useful. We had about two months of use out of it, and this fairly sporadically. I found it was best when she was watching TV, but as she would only watch TV for maybe an hour a week I do not think this use justifies having this bouncer around, though at least it blends in with the decor.

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          03.08.2010 09:00
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          Good product

          We spent £32.99 on this Barnaby Buttons Capria Bouncing Cradle and despite a couple of flaws it has been money well spent in my mind as little Rachael loves it and she can be rather hard to prise out of it at times, it is suitable for babies up to six months.

          It comes with a vibrating unit and the whole cradle was easy to assemble out of the box partly because the instructions were written with an idiot mother like myself in mind. I was impressed with the strength of the material and how much padding there is in the chair. It was a bit fiddly fitting the toy bar however again I liked the fact that this was well padded and soft to the touch and the three toys were well secured onto it by seperate velcro attachments. Our little one was about six weeks old before we got this and she took to it straight away.

          I like the fact that in this chair the head is well supported and the fact that your baby can be facing you and also their attention can be held by the toys which are three bears and rattle and the fact that the whole thing vibrates and gives them small bouncy movements. This rocking action saves you having to constantly stimulate the chair manually and it comes with musical sounds as well. There are different settings to either vibrate or bounce and these can be set at different speeds and you can combine these with the sounds as well. The cradle takes 3 C batteries however I have been impressed with how litlle power it seems to use as I'm yet to change any batteries. It has three sounds, musical, jungle and ocean and it is nice to use the variety so that your baby does not get bored, again there is a volume control for this as well.

          The whole unit is easy to clean in case there are any accidents however the one flaw for me is that it can be a bit of a struggle getting the cover off over the vibrating unit, the first time I tried it took a while and I was very worried that it would not go back on or that I would damage it however I succeeded in the end and now I have the knack.

          I'm very happy with this purchase, it is well made with some good padding, it is quite upright so I would not have used it straight away with my baby in case their head fell forward too much but at six weeks she was fine in it. Not cheap but well worth it in my opinion.

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            25.07.2010 08:23
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            Well worth considering.

            This was the best thing in our house for the first four months of Lewis' life. Although When it is bedtime Lewis goes to sleep very easily during the day when he is tired he really fights going to sleep. This chair would send him to sleep almost every time he was in it. I know there are a lot of competing products that are very similar however The quality of this cradle sets it apart from many of it's counterparts.

            There was some assembly required when we received the cradle but it was very easy to put together and only took a couple of minutes. The only thing that was a little tricky was securing the control into it but if you have a feel inside to see where the bars that it sits on are it becomes a lot easier. The cradle takes three 'C' batteries (I honestly do not understand who's idea it was to start making almost every baby item require three batteries or why the hell they did something so frustrating, it really gets my goat).

            We first put Lewis in the cradle when he was very young, Mamas & Papas say it is suitable from birth and we felt comfortable putting him in it after about a week. The cradle comes with a removable head hugger which provides added support for newborns. The cradle is covered in a very soft padded material and Lewis always seemed very comfortable in it. The cover is removable and easy to wash which is essential in something that is used by babies. There are four non slip rubber feet on the frame so this would be fine if you don't have carpets.

            There is a toy bar over the cradle with some teddies hanging down off of it, two of the teddies are soft and one rattles. Lewis would always try to get the one that rattles. The toy bar is fine but the point of the cradle to us was as something he could sleep in during the day and the toybar was not so distracting that it would keep Lewis awake.

            You can choose between vibrating and bouncing and there is a dial to control the speed at which it does both. According to the Mamas & Papas website the bouncing mimics the mothers heartbeat to provide a familiar environment. I do not know whether that is the reason but Lewis did enjoy the bouncing far more than the vibrating. You can choose between gentle music, sounds of nature and sounds of the sea. In anything where there has been similar sound settings Lewis has always preferred the music to 'the sounds of....'

            After four months Lewis had started to get a little bored of this and we moved over to using a fisher price 'Swing n' Rocker' that we had bought in a charity shop. Mamas & Papas are a decent brand any product of theirs that we have used has been very high quality and this is no exception. Although we now have the larger Fisher Price cradle, we are going to keep both for if (when according to my wife.) we have another baby. This cradle would usually set you back around £30, we got it as part of our Littlewoods introductory offer so got 40% off and it is worth shopping around as you can get this cheaper on Ebay or in the sales.

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              13.06.2010 12:30
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              Bouncing chair for baby (but not newborn)

              Bouncy chairs have come a long way in the last ten years, from the basic cotton fabric seat over a simple metal frame that my youngest daughter had, to the much comfier looking padded thrones that vibrate and play music of today. Last Christmas, instead of presents for ourselves, my partner and I asked friends and family to buy gifts for the 'bump'. This, the Mamas & Papas Barnaby Buttons Capria Bouncing Cradle was one of those gifts.

              The bouncing cradle was easy to put together, the instructions were comprehensive and easy to follow. The only slight difficulty was fitting the vibrating unit into place. The fabric is well padded, soft to the touch and as it's beige and cream it's suitable for either boys or girls. The toy bar is also padded and is easy to attach to the frame and three rather sweet teddies are then attached to this bar.

              Although this is supposed to be suitable from birth, when we first tried Freddy in it at just over a week old, he looked extremely uncomfortable and even with the head-hugger, he was completely unsupported meaning his head slipped to one side in a very unsafe manner. This is due to the fact that it's far too upright, it is not a cradle, it is a chair/seat. The adjustable strap also swamped him, all in all we decided that it really wasn't worth trying to put him in the chair again for a few more weeks.

              Finally, at 2 months old, Freddy actually started to look comfortable in the chair and at 10 weeks he's starting to enjoy a different view of the world around him. Now he support his own head for quite long periods of time, Freddy can spend a good 20 minutes in the chair, batting at the teddy bears and generally watching and smiling at Mummy and Daddy. Although he's too young to be weaned yet, looking at how upright he is in this, I'm confident it will be perfect for when we start to wean him in a few months time.

              As well as being just a bouncy chair this comes with a few extras. The toy bar is at a good height and the three teddies are very sweet. Two of them are light beige with short fur and the other is darker with longer curly fur, giving Freddy some different textures to explore. All three teddies rattle when bopped and attach to the bar via Velcro, which means they can easily be removed and used cuddlies later when Freddy out grows the chair.

              The absolutely best thing about this chair is the vibrating/rocking action and music/sounds. This is a real godsend, with my older children I spent hours bouncing them in their baby seats. Now I simply have to turn a dial and the chair bounces all by itself. The vibrating unit takes 3 size C batteries (these last for weeks with about 1 hours use per day) and has variable speed settings for either vibration or heartbeat (bounce). Freddy doesn't really like the vibration mode, even at top whack it's quite a subtle vibration. The bounce setting though, wow, Freddy loves it and it will often send him to sleep within minutes, especially when combined with the ocean sounds. As well as ocean sounds the unit also plays a rather annoying musical tune, that really doesn't impress Freddy, and jungle sounds, that are lively and keep Freddy awake. The volume for all three is adjustable and ranges from barely discernable to loud enough to be heard in another room.

              When it comes to cleaning, the cover is easy to remove, even though it can be a tight squeeze getting it over the vibrating unit and even though I'm not sure if it can officially be machine washed, it survived a cold cycle without shrinking or falling apart. The toy bar is easily cleaned using a sponge and the teddies have also survived a cold cycle in the washing machine.

              The Capria Bouncing Cradle is a beautiful and ultimately useful piece of nursery furniture, but one that has some major flaws. Firstly, although this is advertised as being suitable from birth, it really isn't. It is far too upright for a new born to be comfortable even with the head hugger. Also, I personally feel that while the neutral colours look very stylish, the teddies on the bar are simply not bright enough to attract a young baby's attention. While Freddy will play with them, if I put other brighter coloured toys on the bar he will spend much longer talking to and playing with them. Finally, the chair has a very limited life-span, we could only really start putting Freddy in here when he was 2 months old and it is only suitable until he is 6 months, so that's only 4 months use out of quite an expensive piece of equipment.

              Even with these flaws, I'm still recommending this, as 10 week old Freddy now positively loves spending time in here, and the more upright position means he gets a good view of what's going on around him. He also loves the bounce action and ocean and jungle sounds and will often drop off to sleep in here held securely by the strap. Currently selling for £34.99 from Argos, the Capria Bouncing Cradle gets an above average 3 stars out of 5 from Freddy (and me).

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                20.03.2010 22:32

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                A good bouncer but definitely not the best

                I bought this bouncer second hand before my baby was born. I started using it when he was about a week old but he absolutely hated it. I don't know why but he never seemed comfortable in it, I'm not sure if it was because it's quite upright. The toys are nice and soft and are close enough for baby to play with easily.
                It has 3 different music settings - all of which are slightly annoying especially after a few minutes! They are supposed to be soothing but they just seemed to grate on me and LO was never really settled by them. It also has 2 different vibrating settings and the settings can be changed from a nice gentle bounce to quite a hard bounce which really isn't suitable for a little baby.
                I;m quite glad we had a second bouncer as this one really wasn't suitable for us.

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                13.07.2009 23:50
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                My little bargain

                Whilst having a nosy on EBay I noticed that someone was selling a rather cute, brand new Mamas and Papas bouncer. They lived just 5 minutes away and the starting bid was only £5. We already have a bouncer for Bambino but it's a very basic one, it doesn't vibrate or play a pretty melody or anything. So for a fiver I thought it was worth a sneaky bid, although I didn't actually think I would win it, after all it's around £40 RRP. However, no one else bid and so I was the lucky winner, hurrah! I picked it up and it was, as described, brand new in its original box. I actually felt like I was stealing from the poor woman who sold it, handing over 5 measly coins for this little piece of fab-ness.

                Mamas and Papas are a name I always trust to make high quality products, having bought a pram, cot, clothes and various other bits and bobs from them in the past. Their products are usually a bit pricey full price, but as they say, you pay for quality. Therefore I was thrilled with my little £5 purchase.

                After opening the box and taking out all the pieces I found it was very easy to assemble. It came with instructions but it was that self-explanatory I didn't feel I needed them, and managed to put it together to myself (much to my husband's surprise!)

                It looked good quality, just as I would expect from the brand. The seat is slightly padded and covered in a soft velour material that can be removed for hand washing, which is handy because as soon Bambino spots something new he decides to vomit on it. Little beast! The colours are also great as they are neutral and suitable for either boy or girl, meaning it can be kept for future children. There are other things in the Barnaby Button range so it means your nursery can be nicely co-ordinated (unlike ours!)

                There is a detachable arch with teddies handing down for baby to kick and reach out for which fit in with the design of the bouncer. The whole arch, and the rest of the bouncer (other than the legs), are covered in the soft material so you can be assured that baby won't find anything to scrape or cut themselves on. It also comes with a removable head hugger for newborns to stop their head and neck being at a funny angle.

                Bambino looks very comfortable and snug sat in his new bouncer; it looks much more cosy than his old one. The safety harness is covered by the soft, padded material meaning it doesn't dig into Bambino's chubby legs, whilst leaving his arms free to jig about.

                Like I said, this one is a bit more exciting than his original bouncer as it can vibrate and play music. There are two settings for the movements, one provides vibrations, whilst the other gently rocks Bambino back and forth. Each of these settings can be sped up or slowed down as needed and the dial is really easy to use. Bambino loves the rocking motion but looks slightly startled by the vibrations! There are three different sounds for Bambino to listen to - music, sounds of nature and sounds of the sea, all designed to sooth baby. The volume can be turned up or down on this in the same way the speed can be altered on the movements.

                Bambino loves his new bouncer and his old one has now been relegated to Grandmas house! I'm happy that he seems comfortable and secure and he's happy that he is being constantly rocked while trying to attack the bears on the arch. I used to have to stand and rock his old bouncer but thankfully that is a thing of the past.

                The only problem I have is that it is permanently in one position which means baby is always sat up. That's great when Bambino is having a nosy or playing but when he gets tired he starts to whinge as he cant fall asleep when sat upright. The only thing that could make it better is if it could be reclined slightly so that he could fall asleep in it like he used to in his old one. However I can't fault it for keeping him entertained.

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                Suitable From: birth to 6 months approx. (Max weight 9kg approx.)
                Requires 3 x C batteries
                Dimensions: H: 54 x W: 42 x H: 76cm approx.
                Weight: 2.94kg

                This bouncer is currently being sold on the Mamas and Papas website for £38.
                http://www.mamasandpapas.co.uk

                Advantages -
                Comfortable
                Padded
                Secure
                Easy to use vibrations and sound
                Soothes and entertains baby

                Disadvantages -
                Only one position

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