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i only came across this chair when my daughter reached 8 months, she had outgrown her bouncer chair and her swing,and was at that awkward inbetween stage where she wasnt big enough to hop up onto the sofa to sit with us and although she had a baby walker to sit in i wanted something that she could sit in when she was tired and maybe even fall asleep in.
i wasnt aware of any chairs like this so i asked for advice on a parenting forum on the internet, and this one was suggested to me.
i googled it and the specification met my criteria.
it maintained the cradle shape that she was used to, it had a secure harness to keep her safe when i wasnt in the room. is suitable for up to approx 3 years old, and reclines into a more laid back position for sleeping, (easily done with a bar you pull out and is like a stand so it holds the chair in a fixed position rather than rocking) the laid back function is more suited to small babies as opposed to the rocking function which is more of a sitting position.
there is also a toy bar which attaches with 3 toys, and a vibrating function which requires 1 d size battery.
when i received the chair it was very easy to put together, i was slightly put off by the hard board seat base, but my daughter doesnt seem bothered by it . the chair itself took up much less room than i imagined it would, its roughly the same size as her bouncy chair was, just much sturdier.
the toy bar slots in to 2 spaces either side rather than being a clip on style so she cant pull it off quite so easily, and has 3 velcro tabs to attach toys to.
my daughter isnt very keen on the vibrations, but it think thats aimed more for small babies. she has already learned that she can push herself forwards and back to make it rock, and im sure as soon as she starts walking she will be in and out of it all the time.
i just wish i knew about this chair before she was born as it really is suitable from birth to toddler and would have been a one off buy.
I came across this rocker while I was shopping online when I was pregnant. From the time I saw it I knew I was going to buy it. And when I got it I was more than satisfied with the product.
This can be used as an infant seat or a rocking chair. When my daughter was a baby we used this a lot and loved it. There have been nights when nothing could put her to sleep that this rocker came in very useful, she would just fall asleep within 5 minutes. I used it all the time, used it as a rocking chair when she was in a playful mood and used it with the kick stand when I wanted to feed her or when she fell asleep in it. She also loved to listen to the cow song and the other two toys kept her busy for very long.
Both my daughters were not too fond of the vibrations, but seemed very happy in the comfy chair! I love this rocker and would highly recommend it!
When i was pregnant with kieran, i was desparate for a nice comfy chair for my bundle of joy to sit in. I didn't want a normal bouncy chair, as i don't think they look very comfy.
But when i saw this chair, and all the added features, i jumped at it. (well not litrally, but you know what i mean).
This came in a rather large box!! Though it was flat packed, (to my pleasure, i just felt like putting a chair together at 8mths pregnant!!!)It was still rather large and heavy. So i had to make sure my partner was with me, so that he could carry it for me.
Don't even attempt this one, if you are going on a bus!!!!
Getting it out of the box
I took it out, and looked at my partner!!! Was this really meant to be a chair??? It looked more like a load of scaffolding. There were loads of pieces, and the thought of putting it together was quite daunting.
The instructions were quite daunting too. When i saw the word screwdriver, i knew i was in for a time of it!!
Thankfully it only took me five minutes to find the english bit. Which is a record for me!!
They weren't too bad. But i sat and did the check list to make sure i had all the bits. By then i was ready for a cuppa. (i would have had something stronger, had i not been pregnant)
Putting it together
Ok, the cuppa was gone. Time to get back to work.
Put section A into section B, and join with a screw!!
WHICH 1?? I had loads of screws!! Did they want me to get a ruler and mesure them?
Of course my boyfriend was his usual helpful self, and sat on the sofa, and grunted 'Your Doing It Wrong' every 5 minutes. Not offering to help!!
I Managed to follow the instructions and after about an hour got it together. At which point, my partner pipes up ' would you like any help?'. Needless to say, i had a few words to say to him!!
It wasn't to hard to put together, and i'm sure most people would get it together quicker than me. Especially if they have some help!!
Once i had given my partner the sharp end of my tongue, i stood back and admired my handy work. Not bad, if i do say so myself!
But one thing that got me, was the fact that on the base of the seat it was wood! Ok, it was covered in material, but i couldn't help but think it might be a bit hard on my babys bum. But i guessed only time would tell.
The features on this chair were one thing that attracted me to it.
It has a two position seat. You can lay in down or sit it up. When layed down, it isn't completely flat, so for a new born, i would suggest you use the next feature.
Stop rocking bar
You have underneith a movable bar. If you pull this out ir stops the chair rocking, but it also lays the seat right back. I used the chair like this up until around two months. But i still do this now when kieran sleeps in it, and he is now ten months old.
On the front and back of each of the rockers, are like little feet. These are to stop the child rocking the seat over. And it works! Kieran tends to lean forward alot in it now, and to star off with, i panicked, thinking it was going to topple. But it didn't. These little stoppers did their job.
This has a waist harness. It goes up between the legs, ang clips on either side. The bit that goes between the legs is well padded, and the straps are adjustable.
This seat comes with a vibration pack attached. This is very handy for when baby won't seattle. It's described as being like a car ride. So if a car ride settles your little one. this might save you petrol. It only has the two settings, ON and OFF. So you can't control the amount of vibration the child gets.
I have to admit, when kieran was first born, i was abit worried about using it, as the vibration is quite powerful. Luckly kieran was a very content baby, so i didn't start using it until he was around two months.
This has a nice toy bar attached. It has about three little toys hanging from it. One plays music. They are very colourful and attractive for the little ones.
This was great for when he was tiny, as i cound lay him down, and he would just lay and look at them. But because it just pushes on, he now pulls it off, So i don't put it in very often now. But you can remove the toys, and attach them to the harness using the velcro. Or just take them off and let them play with them. Accordng to the knew argos book. You can now store the toy bar behind the seat. This is a new feature. So i am a bit jealous.
This is quite safe. All the hindges and clips are nicely covered, so you shouldn't be able to catch little fingers in it.
It has (as i said) the harness, which holds the baby in securly. The clips are covered by the middle strap, so the little ones can't undo them.
And also the stoppers. So the safety has been well considered.
This is very easy to clean. You can shove it in the washing machine on a 40- and also put it in the tumble dryer on a low. But i tend to wash it, and put it straight back on the frame to dry. This way it won't fry out of shape.
What does Kieran think?
He seems to be quite comfy in it. I never found a problem with the wood. It mustn't be as hard on the bum as it looks.
He likes the toy bar, and the vibration always soothed him.
So i think he would give it a big thumbs up!!
What do i think as a mum?
I love it. It does all the things i wanted it to. But i do think the seat could have done with some more padding on it. I like a baby to look really snug.
It is very sturdy, and strong. It has showed no signs of breaking so thats a positive.
This is meant for children from Birth to 40lbs which is around three years. So it will last a long time. Once they reach three they will obviously be using it as a normal rocking chair. How many baby chairs do you know that will last that long?
Where can i get it?
You can get it in places like argos, and kiddicare. So it is quite widely available.
How much is it?
Kiddicare have got it for £37.99
Argos have got it for £39.99. This is the RRP for this chair.
But i'm sure if you look round Ebay or Amazon, then you may find it cheaper.
I would recommend this to all mums with children from birth up. It is a great seat, and very colourful. It lasts well and is well worth the money.
Thank you for reading.
This reveiw is for the Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Soothing Rocker. We first saw this chair when the twins were 7 months old at the Baby Faire. My husband really liked it but I wanted something safe and durable and took a closer look. We already had two bouncers for infants but wanted chairs for them. Most of the chairs are too high for young babies and not very strong. I looked at many of the chairs and like the colors of this one. The fabric is strong and well stitched. It has a vibrator like many of the other bouncers. It has straps that are higher up on the baby than most chairs or bouncers. The straps can also be tucked in under the wooden insert (I think it is actually pressed board) so it is not uncomfortable to sit on. It has two different heights and can be set to rock or be stable by lowering a bar in the front. This seat can be set to lean back to feed young babies if you use bottles. I like the fact that the front and back of the rocker bars have little nubs to prevent it from tipping over due to an overzealous rocker. It also folds somewhat flat for storage. We purchased two of these seats at Baby Depot and got the twin discount (20% off the second item). I bought them home and they were very easy to set up, the instructions are very clear. It is very easy to take the fabric off and toss in the washer (we all know how messy babies and toddlers are). The legs can be broken down to lie flat for storage behind furniture or under a bed. You must make sure that the buttons on the legs are fully snapped out when you insert it into the "U" shaped bracket. The height adjustment is done by pressing a button in the back and sliding the legs in or out. The batteries last long in the vibrator. I have come out in the morning to find the thing had been left on over night but is still running. The seats are very stable. The bar that folds down to stabilize the chair has rubber pieces on it to keep it from sliding on the chai
r. When it is set to rock the nubs on the front and back of the rocker bars keep it from tipping forward or backwards. We tested them ourselves by putting a heavy bag (15lbs of cat food) in it and violently rocked it back and forth. The covers are secured with clips to keep the kids from getting them off. Of course when it rocks you have to be careful as toddlers love to climb. I always watch them carefully since they climb on the coffee table and every other thing I tell them not to climb on. The recalls mentioned in previous opinions concerned me so I check it out. I checked with many recall sites and also with Fisher Price themselves. They admitted that there was an incident that a chair did collapse however they concluded that the bar on one side was not "locked" into place on to the seat. The other recall sites did not have any problems or concerns reported on this chair. Now, onto the important part that makes all of the research either worth it or completely useless. The kids love them, they are almost 20 months old now. When I cook dinner I put on a video tape and set up the chairs so they are stable and recline. The kids climb in them and sit there watching the tape for a while the do get a toy from time to time but do sit in them for a time. They also tip them over sideways before they sit in it and stand in the center of the bars. I try to keep them from doing this but it is hard as they are toddlers. They have changed the style slightly for this years chair. My sister purchased one of this years model and it is still basically the same except the fabric design is different and they straps do not go up as high. The straps on mine went up under the arms of my babies which if you have a small baby could chafe of cause some discomfort for the baby. These straps are designed to come up to a lower point. The high straps were probably designed for large toddlers also but they do not use the straps. You may run into a
small problem if you baby is unusually large but I do not think that would happen. By the time the baby outgrows the straps they most likely will not use them anyway. They also added an activity bar that can be attached to entertain young babies. This chair is well worth the money and I highly recommend it. Regarding the price we purchased them for $39 (those of you who have read my other reviews know I'm and American). We purhcased them at Baby Depot which is part of Burlington Coat Factory but they have them at Babies R Us also. It is good for infants as well as toddlers.
Starts out in the semi-reclined position as a cozy rocker seat, with calming vibrations to soothe a fussy baby and a fold out kick stand that holds the seat stationary at feeding time. As the child grows into a toddler, it easily converts to an upright ro