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I bought my son a Fisher Price "infant to toddler" rocker chair soon after he was born, there are many 'essential' items new parents need for their children and somewhere safe for baby to sit and chill out is one of them. The Fisher Price brand has been around for years, I remember it from my own childhood so had no concerns about the chair's quality or its manufacturer, it was just a matter of how comfortable my son would find it and if it would live up to my own expectations.
Unlike some baby chairs and rockers that are suitable for newborns up to a certain, specific weight this one from Fisher Price been developed to grow and adapt with your child through their development stages and can hold a weight of up to 18kgs/40lbs. It's relatively easy to assemble, the frame of the chair is constructed from tubular metal with various sized pieces that click firmly together and finishing it off is a large padded seat cover which fits over the tubing to form the place for baby to sit. It has two adjustable straps which can be positioned across baby's waist and these are held together in the middle by a clip which has extra padding so that it doesn't rub. My rocker chair has green tubing with a predominately blue coloured seat which has various colourful cartoon animals and letters for its design (I think the one shown in dooyoo's picture is an older, now obsolete design) and although I would say it's pretty much unisex I do think it's perhaps not 'girly' enough for a little girl though this comes down to parent's preference anyway.
Across the middle of the chair and held in place firmly by two clips is a central play bar which has various things hanging from it to amuse and entertain, keeping with the theme of the chair mine has animals and letters that dangle and these move backwards and forwards when touched. The chair also features a vibration setting which can be activated by the flick of a switch and these are supposed to gently soothe baby, the design of the chair makes it a rocker for a newborn and it has a fluid movement when rocked with either a hand or foot. As mentioned this is a chair that grows with your baby so when he or she is out of the baby stage it can be converted to a freestanding chair by pulling out a stand which then holds it firmly in an upright position.
The chair is very well made as I would expect from Fisher Price, the tubing had no snags or sharp edges and the supplied instruction pamphlet was easy to follow when I put mine together. The seat is well padded with soft, easy-wipe material, it stitching is tight and carefully finished off and the safety harness straps are strong and secure. I like the idea that the chair has more than one function and that it will be still be ok for my son to use for a good couple of years and given the fact that it doesn't have a 'babyish' design to the fabric I don't think that its something that he will outgrow once he gets to the toddler stage.
My son is now just over 4 months old and seems to enjoy being sat in his chair, the vibrations do lull him to sleep when he's being a bit grouchy and now that he's getting more aware of his surroundings and taking an interest in things he's finding the hanging letters and animals to be a great source of fascination. I sometimes feed him whilst he is sat in the chair and other than having to take him out of it to get his wind up he's quite happy to lay in there to be given his bottle. Any milk spillages are easily wiped away and to my eye the chair looks today exactly the same as it did when I bought it just over 4 months ago. It needs a 'D' cell battery to work the vibration settings which I find lasts well and in the time I've been using the chair with my son I've only needed to change the battery once.
He appears to be comfortable in the chair, as a newborn he seemed to be too small for it as the chair looked massive around him but as he's quickly grown it now seems to suit him a lot better. He falls asleep easily in it and it certainly feels well padded so all in all I would say that he definitely likes it so that's the main thing as far as I'm concerned. I have no complaints about how it looks, how easy it was to put together or how it was made and I consider it to be one of the most useful practical buys I made since he was born.
The price of the rocker chair seems to vary depending on where you look, in some places it will cost £59.99 but it's worth shopping around as I paid £37.99 instore at Smyths for mine and amazon are currently charging £43.99 at the moment. For something around £40 I'd consider this a bargain, there aren't many things you can buy for a baby that will still be useful for when they're toddlers as most things are grown out of within a matter of months, this chair however is the exception to that rule.
Five stars as a rating from me and most definitely recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
When I was expecting my daughter I bought a Fisher Price Precious Planets Bouncer which at the time cost £65 which I thought was very expensive however it has been a godsend and my daughter loves it, she was using it everyday however at the start of the month she reached the maximum weight for the chair which was 9kg or about 20lb. For about two weeks we really struggled with where to sit her, she has a Bumbo which she can escape from and although she can sit up confidently at times she gets fed up and will fall over if we put her on the floor. I looked at various things like rings and little chairs when I came across this rocker. It costs £45 currently in Toys-r-us. This rocker is a little different to the one we had previously in that it is designed to go from baby stage to toddler stage. It holds a maximum weight of 18kg or 40lb so I am confident my daughter will get her use out of it.
The rocker comes in a small box which will fit easily into your car. It doesn't weigh a lot so it is easy to move from the car to the house. You do need to assemble it, I didn't do this part I let my partner do it nd it took him about 10 minutes to construct it. The rocker has a bright green frame and blue rubber feet to stop it from slipping (ideal on my laminate flooring) the cover of the rocker is predominantly bright blue it is covered in pictures of animals including an elephant and a lion as well as various letters of the alphabet. The front of the rocker has a button which activates the vibrate mode and requires 1 X D battery.
The rocker is designed to grow with your child through various phases, my daughter is almost 8 months so we haven't used the newborn mode. When the seat is in newborn mode it is reclined quite far back to make a comfy seat for your newborn. There is also extra padding around the head area to make your baby more comfy this can easily be removed later. You can make the seat more upright as your child grows to enable them to see more of their surrounding environment. I have to say looking at the seat in this mode and comparing it to our previous seat I didn't think that it looked as suitable for a newborn. The is also a toy bar that can be attached to the seat it includes an elephant with a letter E and lion with a letter L and a tortoise with a letter T. This can be clipped on and off when the rocker is used in the earlier stages. Your baby can be secured into the chair using a lap belt until you decide to remove this feature from the chair. You can also secure the chair in a fixed position simply by clicking two buttons on the side.
As I said above my daughter was older when we got this chair and able to sit up unaided so I put it into the upright postion straight away. This is done by adjusting a starp at the back which brings the seat higher. I have left the straps in as my daughter is still young and I worry about her tipping forward. She loves sitting in this seat and will confidently rock herself by swinging her legs. She hasn't shown any interest in the toys which to be honest are quite boring her other bouncer plays music and has flashing lights whereas this just has a few dangling toys, they would be more suited to a younger baby who would bat at them. The rocker feels pretty sturdy and what I really like about it is it can be fixed into a stationary mode. Sometimes we do eat our tea in the living room and in her previous chair she would bounce happily away making feeding her impossible in this chair she doesn't have that option. Eventually I will take the strap off the chair and once she is mobile she will be able to get herself in and out. The rocker also has a vibrate function which is said to mimic the motion of the car, this is a hit with my daughter as she had it on her other chair and she likes it on when she is napping in the chair.
I would definately recommend this, I do think it is better suited to older babies rather than newborns as it doesn't recline as much as other bouncers. However if you did buy this from birth you could save yourself a lot of money. In our case this will be worth every penny as my daughter already loves to sit in it. The rocker is also light so I can easily take it upstair to sit her in while I get on with the housework, it is also useful to take to relatives houses so she can sit in it and play.
This gets 5 out of 5 from me, I would recommend it as it will last a good couple of years.
My son was only 9 months old when i discovered i was pregnant for the second time, and i realised that one bouncy chair was not a good solution for 2 babies. My son already seemed to be getting a bit big for the bouncy chair he was in, so when i spotted this chair in Boots it seemed a very good option.
Fisher price is a brand that i know and trust to make products that are suitable for childrens needs. I had never come across the linkadoos brand before, but a little bit of research told me that the toys that were attached to the chair came off, and you could buy other linkadoos products that were compatible to the chair so you could have other toys to attach to the chair. Brilliant.
The next bit that really pleased me is the vibrating function. This is a nifty little feature that seems to come on a lot of bouncy chairs. In my experience, turn this on and your baby is soothed and often sent to sleep quickly.
The chair is supposed to do your child from birth to around 3 years old. My eldest is now nearly 4 and still sits in it. Weight wise he is ok to do so, but he is a bit too tall now to do it.
There is a bit on the bottom (the narrow bar you see going across at the front) and this very easily pivots forwards so that the front end of the chair is raised and the baby reclines. I found you can put a very young baby in it and it is comfy. I didn't use it much for my younger baby as it didn't bounce in this position so it wasn't great for soothing him. Good features though are that the chair has some hoops attached to it so the linkadoos toys can be near the hands and easily located by a young baby.
The bar going across that holds the toys - this bit was easy to attach and detach, and the toys were only held on by putting a strap through a loop and then attaching with velcro. The toys that came with it were a mirror, and 2 animals that crinkled. As soon as my baby was able to reach these toys, he could also remove them very easily. This bit did not last long. I don't think it is the best baby seat on the market.
It did come into its own though as my babies were a bit older. Once they are big enough to sit on their own, it is a great little chair for them to sit in as it rocks and is slightly reclined. My two argue about who gets which seat. It is not good for sitting at little tables though as it does not allow the child to sit far enough forwards to do what they want to do.
As they have got big enough to get in and out of the chair by themselves, the straps poke through the seat to dangle from the back, and the kid have always got in when they want to. My 2 year old loves going to sleep in it, and it must be fairly comfy as he doesn't wake up.
The cover of the chair is a very attractive blue with a pattern of dots and the outline of different animals. It comes off really easily and is maching washable so i have never been bothered if it has got food or milk on it as it is easy to clean. It is still in really good condition and it gets a daily hammering as the boys run cars around it, and tip it upside down to make tunnels.
I would give it 3 stars as it is not a great chair for babies but it is fantastic for toddlers. I dropped it down a bit though as it doesn't collapse any smaller than it is so i couldn't chuck it in the car very easily to take to grandparents houses unlike our other bouncer chair. The toys are also pretty boring to me. I paid £40 for it, and i am happy with the price and level of use we have had out of it.
Fisher Price Newborn to Toddler Rocker
**WHAT IS IT**
Fisher Price newborn to toddler rocker is great chair that grows with your child. It is suitable for your newborn right up until they are a toddler. The chair has several functions to soothe and entertain your child.
When you are looking for this product in the shops you will find it in a cardboard box. The box is white with the Fisher Price logo on it plus there is a picture of the chair and a baby sitting in it.
The chair itself is brightly coloured with a hood on it. There is pastel purple legs that can be fixed or they can be in rocking mode. This really is personal preference. As your child becomes a toddler it probably is best to have the legs so they are fixed and not rocking.
The part that the baby lies or sits in has a multicoloured stripped hood with a bright blue hood. The bottom part is green and the sides are orange. There is a picture of a dog and a bird on the chair. This part is made out of a suede like material which can be washed in the washing machine. You can also wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
You have a harness that you can strap your child into. The harness is made up of material that is orange (trimmed with multicoloured strips). Also there is the Fisher Price logo in white and red. The straps are white and can be adjusted to different sizes depending on the size of your child.
There is a vibrate button on the front that is red. You can choose when you want to turn on the vibration. This function calms my daughter and makes her go to sleep. Once I turn it off when she is sleeping it will waken her and she cries until I turn it back on.
On the side there is a removable bar that has toys hanging from it. This is to entertain your baby. My 10 week old daughter loves these toys. She is not old enough to grab and hold them yet but she loves looking at them and cooing at them. My daughter will hit them every now and then as well.
There are two hanging toys. One is a plastic cat that is brightly coloured with felt ears, arms and legs. A ball is hanging from the cat that is soft to touch and rattles when you hit it.
The other toy is a plastic dog with felt ears, arms and legs with a plastic bone hanging below. The bone is textured with dots and circles so your wee can feel the different shapes. When they pull this bone handle it will play tinkle, tinkle little star for your wee one to listen to.
The music only lasts roughly 20 seconds and is soothing to listen to. My 10 week old daughter loves to listen to the tune when I play the music. She studies the dog when the music is playing with great delight.
On the other side there is space for a rattle. The rattle is also a brightly coloured bird which is shiny plastic and has foam legs, wings and beak. The belly of the bird has a see through bubble that has tiny different coloured balls inside. Around the bubble has raised edges. The bird has a red handle for the child to hold that it spins on. It is textured differently on both sides. One side has bubbles and the other has lines this is to help the child's development.
At the minute this rattle is too heavy for my daughter it really is more for when your child has got good co-ordination because if they hit themselves on the head with this rattle it would hurt them. My daughter does love to look at the rattle and hear the sound of it when it is shook.
**STAGES OF THE SEAT**
1. Newborn - this stage is when the back part of the seat is not strapped upwards instead, instead it is lying quite flat. Also the main part of the seat is as far back as it goes. To do this you push the red buttons at the back. The hood is up to help shield the draught.
You can keep the rocking part of the seat on so if your newborn enjoys the rocking motion you can gently rock it. My daughter loves the rocking motion it settles her. Another function which is great at calming your child is the vibrate motion on the seat. My daughter is soothed by this and quite often falls asleep when its on.
2. Baby - as your child grows you can put the head part up so the hood is no longer there. This will leave your child more propped up sp the can see more. You can also put the main part of the seat up by pressing the red buttons. My daughter loves seeing everything and not lying flat however when she sleeps I put the chair back down.
3. Toddle - this chair is suitable for a toddler it is best to take the rocking part away and fix the legs so your child can get in and our of the chair easily otherwise they will fall into the chair and not find it easy to get out. It is also best to keep the chair sitting upright as possible. A toddles loves it as they feel they are in a grown up chair yet it still is easy for them to get on and off. You can also take off the toys at the toddler stage if you want and your child is no longer interested in them.
This chair cost me £45.00 on offer from Amazon in a sale and I feel it was great value for money as it will last my daughter for a few years. The chair adapts as she grows and you are able to use it in different ways.
My daughter loves sitting in this chair and it is great to take with me when I go to a friends house or to see my family for a few hours as she can sleep in it as well. The chair folds down to a nice size to put into the car and bring with me instead of a pram or a Moses basket for her to sleep in for a few hours. It is handy that it folds to a small size for storage purposes as well.
Overall I have found this seat very useful and my daughter likes it so I feel it has been a great buy and will last a while.
I've always been a big fan of Fisher Price and believe them to be one of the more reliable manufacturers of kids toys and items around. I own a few things from them and they are all pretty durable and sturdy. So I wasn't too worried about spending about £35 on this rocking chair a couple of years back. My son used it regularly for the first 2 years of his life and loved it.
The rocker is suitable from birth upwards and as the child grows it converts into a rocker so you can make more use out of it as it has dual purpose. There is a vibration sensation for your child which is activated via a switch at the front that you can turn on and off accordingly. I've always found that the vibrations seemed to calm him down when he got a little irrate. If that doesn't work then you can also rock the chair. The unique way in which it is made means that the bar at the bottom on the front of the chair can be moved into two different positions. If you move it forward then the chair is set in place and won't rock. Whereas if you move the bar back then you can rock the chair back and forth.
There is a bar that you can detach that fits on to the seat and you can hang toys and things like that off of it for your baby to play with to their heart's content. In addition you can adjust the back of the seat to suit the age of your baby.
My view of this particular product is fantastic. The vibration works brillantly for settling down my son. Plus, the the fact that this product is versatile means you can adjust different aspects of it to suit the needs of your baby. It is also very sturdy and has lasted incredibly well which is what you want from anything you buy. The cover can be removed and washed in case it gets dirty.
They might seem a little expensive but it's more than worth it when you think of the value you get out of it. This is a great chair/rocker that our son has loved sitting in and using.
I was bought this chair as a gift from my colleagues at work when I left to start my maternity leave and its possibly one of my best baby buys due to the sheer amount of use we got out of it.
PRODUCT INFORMATION - The chair is suitable from birth onwards and converts into a toddler rocker. Using a switch at the front you can turn on the chair vibration designed to settle your baby or you can also rock the chair yourself, there is a removable toy bar from which three colourful toys dangle (a mirror, a bird and a flower), you can alter the position of the back of the seat to suit the age of the baby and can also alter the whole position of the seat by pulling out a sort of stand at the bottom front of the chair which stabilises the chair from rocking and can make it lie flat. The seat cover is removable and machine washable. Max weight is 18kg and it requires 2 button cell batteries which are included plus 1 x D battery which isn't.
OUR OPINIONS - This chair was invaluable, I used it from when my daughter was born, the vibration was just right for settling her while I got on with things, it was strong enough for her to feel it but not too strong and it was also very quiet, just a gentle hum could be heard in a quiet room. As she became more aware of her surroundings I could slightly raise the back and she would be kept amused by trying to swipe and the dangling toys even during her 'grumpiest' part of the day when I was cooking dinner, I would often pop her in it while I got on something and just carry her round with me from to room as the chair was nice and light. I really got use out of the chair during weaning as she looked too small and uncomfortable in her high chair and as she was already familiar with this chair it made sense not to introduce too many new things at once and to save the highchair for a little later when she had got the hang of things, at this point the removable cover became really handy-its amazing how much mess we managed to make and the cover was really easy to remove and to clip back on again afterwards. The cover itself also washed really well as sometimes it was washed nearly every day but there was no colour fading or wear in the material. I was also impressed with the stand at the front of the chair to lie it back completely this was really easy to use and could be done with one hand or even a foot while holding a sleeping baby. I often put this in the boot of the car and took it with me when visiting friends and relatives and used it both inside and outside at BBQ's and things. My daughter always looked comfortable in this chair and would quite often be playing in it one minute and fast asleep the next.
OUR VERDICT - I would definitely recommend this chair in fact my sister went out and bought one even though she already had a bouncy chair for her baby but after visiting and using my chair she said her little one settled so much better in mine. They are more expensive than some of the other baby chairs rockers but really are value for money, as they last so well mine is still going strong my two and a half year old still uses her s as a toddler seat to have a snack or read a book and as for my sister's, baby number 2 is now using it.
PRICE INFORMATION - Mine cost around £45 but they are currently have £9 off in Argos and are available for £37.59, I have also seen them in Mothercare and on many other websites stocking nursery equipment.
When my baby boy was born, he was never all that happy with lying on his back he liked to see what was going on around him. In hospital he was more content having the cot raised, but when I bought him home it wasn't an option to be able to raise him in his cot. So I purchased a baby bouncer chair, he was very happy to sit in his bouncer and liked to be involved in what was going on and being able to see his surroundings. Before he reached 6 months I noticed that his bouncer was not going to last him much longer, so I decided it was time to look for something to replace his bouncer chair.
There are quite a few different rockers/bouncers for infants so after looking at quite a few I came across the Fisher Price linkadoo infant to toddler rocker. I have had a lot of Fisher Price products and have always been more than happy with them. I looked at reviews and searched around for the best price but at the time most places seemed to be out of stock or low in stock on this particular chair, so I thought it must be popular. I thought about it for a couple of days as I don't like to rush into making a purchase, I like to know I am spending my money wisely and I like to be sure that I have made a good choice.
I decided that this chair was the one, and bought it from Argos and carried it home. The chair needed to be assembled and this was easy and straight forward. It is made up with a metal frame and a wooden slate base where the baby will sit, this did look quite basic then the blue cover which goes over the frame is held in place by clipping it together underneath with clips that are the same as what are used on the harness. Then there is an arch that has 3 toys that hang from it. Once it was made up it looked pretty good and I was happy with the £40 that I had paid for it.
The reason why I chose this chair is because I thought it would last my son a good amount of time, as it is an infant to toddler rocker so I expected it to last a while and I knew that my son would be happy with his new chair. I also liked the fact that there was an arch which could be left on or taken off with toys attached for my son to play with.
I preferred this chair to some of the others as it had a greater weight limit to it than some of the others, the weight limit for this chair is up to 40lbs, so it should last for quite some time. It is also suitable from birth so it should be the only rocker you would need. I prefer to buy things that are made to last and have many uses. This chair is for an infant and should last until they are a toddler. There is a vibrate option on this chair, that requires one D battery, I never really used this as my son didn't really like it. I also thought it was pretty pointless, however some babies like movement and this helps them to settle off to sleep, however in my opinion I think it shouldn't be used to settle your little one off as they will get used to it and will find it hard to get to sleep alone.
The seat cover is fully machine washable and simple unclips from underneath, it has the same clips that are used in the harness the kind that are used on pushchairs. So it is secure once it is clipped together, and this makes it easy to take the cover off when you need to. The cover is blue with green spots and it has a picture at the top. As I mentioned before the seat is just made from a thin piece of wood, and the material is held over the frame.
There is an arch which simply clips onto the chair and comes with 3 toys that can be attached to the Velcro loops. There is a chick which has crinkly wings, a turtle rattle, and a mirror, they are hooked on to with plastic rings which my son liked to chew on, you can also attach other toys to these rings to keep your little one entertained.
This chair is said to have 3 stages, reclined for newborns that can not support their own head, and from 6 months it can be used in the upright position for your baby to be able to reach the toys, it also can be used as a rocker and you can rock the chair, or it will rock a little with babies movements, and you can also feed you little one in this chair, and after they have finished eating if they want a nap you can put the chair into the reclined position to let them snooze.
Sounds great doesn't it!
What did I think of the chair?
My first thought of the chair was that it looked quite basic, but I didn't want something with flashing lights and music. I just wanted a chair that would last my son for a good amount of time. When we first started using it my son was 6 months old and was just starting to be weaned, so at quite a messy stage it was great to use to feed him in for a while as it was so easy to clean if it wasn't too dirty I could just wipe it down but for those messy mealtimes I could simply put it in the washing machine and it would be perfectly clean again. The description for this chair says that you can use it to feed your child in. I have to say it is not the best option, it was quite difficult at times, as I would have to bend to feed my son so not comfortable for me, and also because it only has a 3 point harness with the top half off my son not strapped in meant he could fidget about quite a lot and would twist around making my job harder. It was okay to use until I got a highchair and then I didn't use it for feeding him in unless his highchair wasn't clean for his meal.
The reclined position was great! As in the early weaning stages my son would sometimes fall asleep during his meal or whilst being cleaned up. So it was easy to put the chair into the reclined position without disturbing him. He looked comfortable and slept quite happily in the chair, and I could easily move the chair to a place where I could see him. He also enjoyed sitting in his new chair as he liked to be able to be part of what was going on. It is also good for baby to have somewhere to sit when they are learning to sit other than on you, it is better that they are not held all the time, and it is also good for parents as your baby can see and you can talk to them while you do your chores, cook, eat or have that much needed rest.
The play arch was used quite a bit; the 3 toys that are provided will help to stimulate your child's senses. I particularly liked the mirror as all babies love to look at their reflection. The toys can be moved on the arch and there is also two more Velcro loops on each side of the chair seat pad to make to make it easy for your little one to reach the toys. Other toys can be hung from the arch, and once baby has had enough stimulation the arch can be taken off. Be careful not to pull the chair using the arch as mine had bent slightly from doing this.
For the first 6 weeks of using this chair I was quite happy with it. Once my son was 7 months old he would bend over the side of the chair and get 'stuck' and wouldn't be able to get himself back upright and if I had my back turned for a second then he would be a bit scared. He doesn't get upset easily or get to upset when he hurts himself but I'm sure this would panic a baby. After another week or two of using the chair he would continue to pull himself over the side of the chair and on a couple of occasions he almost tipped the chair luckily I have always been close by to help him and get him out of the chair. His head had come close to hitting the floor. Luckily no harm came to him. As you can imagine I was not overly happy with the chair, as I had only been using it for a short time under 2 months, and considering this chair should be suitable for a child around the age of 2 up to 40lbs. My son is and has always been on the chart for his weight so he is not a big baby. I soon stopped using the chair as I didn't think it was safe for my son to use, as I said he never came to any actual harm but would become quite distressed when he would hang over the side and couldn't get back up, I'm sure it must have been quite uncomfortable.
I was rather disappointed considering that the chair was made by Fisher Price, a well known baby manufacturer I have been buying products from them since the birth of my daughter (12 years ago) and I have never had a problem with any other product from them. I was quite surprised that this chair wasn't as good as I had hoped for and seemed to be a danger to my son. This worried me, so I decided to contact Mattel in regards to my concern over the chair and to make them aware that my son was able to tip the chair over if I hadn't of got to him in time. They were quite concerned and handled the problem in a professional manner and asked me to return the chair and they would test it to see if they could find a problem with it, and to see if it was a faulty chair. They asked a few questions and made notes. They knew that I did not want a replacement and I didn't contact them for that reason I was concerned in case there was a fault with this line of product. They offered me a good will gesture and replaced the chair with a toy from their range.
This chair is still available to buy. I would think before purchasing, especially if you have an active baby. I would not buy this particular chair again, however I will still continue to buy Fisher Price products in the future. Maybe this was a one off, let's hope so.
Remember never leave you baby unattended in the chair supervision is needed at all times.
Personally I would not recommend this chair to others as I feel the potential harm that may occur to baby far out weighs any number of fancy bells and whistles, however the choice is entirely down to yourself.
I bought these chairs/bouncers in Argos just before my twin boys were born November 2007. They both cost me roughly £44 each, but most definitely worth the money.
What attracted me to them was they were blue - so perfect for little boys, they vibrated - so soothing for young babies I'd imagine and they had a bar of toys with them - so something to encourage my boys to reach out for things and start to get the feel for different textures.
It came in different parts in the box but was easy enough to put together. The different parts included the seat itself, 2 legs, a bar for the bottom of the chair, a bar for the toys and the toys. Instructions did come with it which made it easier and it did involve using a screwdriver to tighten it to ensure it was safe for my little ones. There was a cover over the seat which was easy to clip off and on if it ever needed machine washing. This seat does require 1 D battery if you want it to vibrate.
The seat also includes a pull out kickstand, this is used for when you are either feeding your baby or your baby is sleeping, it helps hold the chair still rather than them rocking.
The vibrate you can switch on and off, but I tended to leave it on the whole time my boys were sat in the chairs it helped calm then and more often than not actually send them off to sleep! Amazing!
The bar for the toys can be pushed into the holes provided on each side of the chair and easily clipped back out too. The toy are called LinkaDoos as they have plastic, colourful links on them so they can 'link' onto most things, they link onto this bar, and they can link onto each other. Toys probably do vary but the toys that came with mine were a turtle which rattled, a fly/butterfly with wings which crinkled when touched and a flower which had crinkling petals and a mirror on it. Lovely toys to help introduce different textures and sounds to a young infant.
The seat itself reclines, into 2 different positions, Upright and lay right back. It's easy to change the position of the seat, as there are 2 green circles on either side of the chair, all you have to do is press both in and either push the seat down or pull it up to the position you would like it in for your little one. I lay the chairs down flat if the boys fell asleep and of course kept the vibrate on or sat it upright if I fed them. The bar of toys I would clip off too if feeding them.
Overall these chairs were a godsend to me, being on my own with two babies demanding a bottle at the same time was hardwork and these chairs were my solution. I would each chair either side of me, sit my boys in them and feed them both the same time, the vibrating of the chair also helped them bring up wind easily, which is a good thing.
Even though I loved these chairs and would reccomend them to anybody, I don't see how they can be a toddler chair as well, there is a weight restriction to them of up to 40lb, but even when my boys were just 9months so had literally 'outgrew' the chair, they would only have to move slightly and the chair was close to toppling forward or back, and ok so they are big boys but they are more big as in tall/long rather than fat/chunky, so I don't believe they done this because of their weight.
Despite this though I reccomend these chairs to anybody with a young baby, they are suitable from birth which is a plus. The chairs can help with sleeping, calming down a baby, babies struggling with their wind, and can help you as a mum/dad. The vibrate on these chairs I have found absolutely brilliant, I used to watch my boys sit in their chairs, watching the tele and their eyes would roll and toes curl as the soothing vibrations from this chair would calm their bodies down and they became so content. 10/10 for me definitely!
My Brother-in-law and his wife very kindly bought us one these chairs upon the arrival of our son 9 months ago and I have to say it is one of the best presents we could have been given as my son absolutely loves it!
When you first open the box you are confronted with maybe 5 or 6 detached frames parts which go together very easily - which is a huge relief if, like me, you are putting it together just a couple of days after the birth of your first child and are surviving mainly on caffeine and people patting you on the back!!! An instruction manual is included in the box and gives easy to understand step by step instructions, including when and how to attach the material which makes up the seat.
Once put together, the seat is a 2 position chair which can be used as a rocker for infants and stationary chair for toddlers and there is a stand which you can pull out for when you're feeding baby or when he/she is asleep.
There is bar (for want of a better word) which clips into the sides of the chair and enables you to hang attachable toys above baby's arms for their entertainment. A switch which is located below the seat turns on the 'soothing' vibration facility - my boy does not like this feature however we have had other kids sit in the chair who did enjoy it. This is powered by 1x LR20 battery (the large batteries), which sounds expensive but lasts a surprisingly long time - we are still on our 1st battery despite it being used on average twice a week.
The fabric in the seat is easy to take off and is machine washable which is obviously invaluable when dealing with babys eating!.........
Bizarrely I can't find any dimensions online, and I am at work at the moment so unable to measure it, but it is large enough to seat a toddler when in the correct position. Amazon has a stated weight of 5kg.
You can purchase one of these for around the £30 mark if you search online and I would have no hesitations in recommending it to anyone in need of a baby seat.
Suitable from birth. Converts from an infant seat to toddler rocker. In infant mode baby is soothed by calming vibrations or parent rocking the seat. As child grows the seat back adjusts to a more upright position. Additional features include a fold out kickstand for sleeping or feeding, plus detachable toy bar. Removable, machine-washable seat pad.