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Fisher Price Infant To Toddler Rocker
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Fisher Price Infant To Toddler Rocker
Date: 14/11/12, updated on 14/11/12 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Very well made, Easy to put together, Padded seat for comfort, adjustable straps, Vibration setting
Disadvantages: None really although probably more suited for a boy by its design
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.
Summary: Vibrating Rocker Chair from Fisher Price. For newborns and toddlers.
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