As many of you may have noticed by my reviews I often go for something different rather than sticking to the traditional nursery equipment. My husband insisted on a cot when our oldest was born. He never used it, nor did his brother. Likewise we had a Moses basket which was never used and lots of other items.
This was something I really liked though. It served as a Moses basket, but if you loosened the ties you could swing it back and forth to sooth a child to sleep. The ties had to be tightened again before leaving the child, because it could flip otherwise. The shape of this lifts the babies head so it is a great help for reflux, and the way it cradles a child really helps them to sleep. It helps with colic and general sleeplessness. It also prevents a child from rolling over so they stay in the safest back to sleep position. The cloth portion has a safety strap which is a bit awkward, but not really necessary with a very young baby. The cloth portion is machine washable and it is easy to set up.
This product is wonderful for very small babies. As they grow older it can still make a nice place for a nap with the safety strap on or pillows on either side as long as parents are awake in the room 9In case a child fell into the pillows and suffocated). We used it to let my son sleep while we watched a movie, but would never leave him alone with pillows around him.
The biggest problem with this product is the claim that it can be used for naps up to 4 years of age. As my oldest was only 3 1/2 when we set this up for the new baby I was happy to let him try it out. He dropped into it and we heard a loud crack. The wood had split. He is tall for his age but has always been very thin. It really should not have broken, and the poor child felt awful. As a result, my youngest never got to use this. My husband promised to apply a brace to the wood later, and kept right on promising until he was too old for it.
It really is a lovely product for a newborn, and as such I would recommend it, but with the precaution that it will be quickly outgrown just like a moses basket. It loses two stars for breaking though with a child that should have been old enough to use it going by the manufacturers recommendations. As it was advertised as something a child could keep in the nursery as seat, I felt it should have lived up to that claim. That said I can only guess that there was defect in that particular piece of wood that very well may not apply to other models, but I can only rate this based on the one I owned.
All things considered, if I had another child and the money to buy another one, I would. Despite its flaws it is brilliant for young babies. I would recommend checking around for prices though. I spent £35 for mine, new in packaging.