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We'd looked at this rocker lots of times in Mothercare and in Babies R Us and it was always the front runner after reading lots of great reviews. I just wanted to make sure we made the right decision so we left it until right until the last minute to buy it. It was on sale for £54.95 in Mothercare, that was a special offer price down from £64.95 so we eventually got it the week that my daughter was born. That was around 9 months ago and the price seemed fairly reasonable to us, because it looked well made and durable, more so than other ones available. It also was the nicest looking model we found. Having been to Mothercare and Babies R Us recently, this chair is no longer on display but there is a similar looking chair available at a similar cost by Fisher Price.
The rocker comes in a pre-packaged box and in two parts, the seat area being slotted onto the main rocking frame when putting together. The whole thing is made of sturdy plastic with a seat made of material - the seat being fairly smooth so easy to wipe clean with a cloth. The material feels almost like a soft suede, although the tag says it's '100% polyester fibre batting'. We've found that ours has kept clean by wiping it with a cloth only although there are instructions underneath the seat for the washing machine if desired. The seat is reinforced with a metal hoop at the top that isn't visible normally to keep the shape of the seat in tact. This hoop can be taken off by clips at the side of the seat if the cover needs to be removed. Also under the material, the main seat inside is reinforced of what feels like very thick and flexible board. There is also a strap that clips together to keep the head of the rocker in place. The seat has clips all around it, all of which can be unclipped to remove the seat cover if desired.
The pattern on the rocker is part of a jungle theme - there is a big picture of a cute looking lion on the back of the seat and a plastic bar with a hippo and a monkey on for baby to play with. The rocker is finished in a bright light blue and green colour, which may sound a bit boyish but we thought it was definitely suitable for a girl too. We have everything pink and to be honest, it makes a nice change! It also features a vibration setting and when this is set to on, the seat moves very slightly. I assume this setting is designed to sooth baby when needed. We found that this didn't really sooth our daughter though, to be honest, she didn't seem to notice it was there! Once the 1 big battery (size D) it takes for this feature had run out we just didn't bother to replace it. We also found that we'd pick her up out of the chair and forget to switch the vibration setting off - then ten minutes later wonder what the little vibration noise was - by this time the chair had rumbled it's way halfway across the room!
The seat is, as it's name suggests is suitable from newborn and should last until their toddler stage - the back of the seat states that in it's recline position the babies weight should be no more than 9kg, in it's upright position, the babies weight should be no more than 18kg. With this in mind, the price seemed reasonable for the weight that it covered.
The main seat has a thick piece of fabric (also made of material that can be wiped clean) and two thinner straps that come from the back of the chair. When the straps are clipped into the thicker piece of fabric, baby is fastened in place, around their bottom half and legs. These are easily adjusted to be bigger/smaller by the clips on the straps to adapt to a growing baby. The main frame has settings that can be used at different stages. It can be set where the seat has a recline position, in a rocking position too and when baby gets bigger, the seat can be easily be moved upwards to make it into an upright position by pressing two big round buttons at the back, halfway up the frame. It can be placed back into the recline setting at any time. The rocking position can be changed to a static position by folding out four pieces of plastic on the frame that keep it from moving. All adjustments have to be made before baby is placed into the seat.
The seat can easily be folded by unclipping the little yellow tabs at the bottom of the chair at the back. This places the chair into a flat(ish) position, but to be honest, we don't fold it as it still takes up nearly as much space as it does fully opened. We use our chair so much, we just leave it up in the living room - plus, it's her chair so why shouldn't it be in the living room with our sofa?! It measures around 60cm by 43cm, with varying heights up to around 50cm, depending on its position so it doesn't take up lots of room. The folding position is very handy if we ever transport it to other places, eg if she goes to stay at my parents house for a few hours.
The seat has a plastic bar that is attached to the side of the frame. The bar can then be pushed to be in the eyeline of baby, with two toys hanging down - one of a hippo, one of a monkey. There are plastic rings underneath each of these toys and when our daughter got a bit bigger (around 5 months) she started to pull on these rings and move the bar back and forth herself. She adores these toys, so much so that she makes a beeline for them when she shuffles across the room in her activity centre - before we know it she's chewing away on them. They are brightly coloured, as with the whole chair, to catch her attention.
Although we have used the chair for countless hours and it has proved to be a fantastic buy, there are a few drawbacks that we've noticed. The straps do not hold her in very well in my opinion, quite a major flaw really. They have become a bit 'too' flexible. It does states on the chair that they need to be supervised at all times in the chair, to be fair, but it should really be able to hold them in place properly on top of parental supervision. When she was a newborn, we didn't have any issues with the fastening, although the chair was brand new then. As time has passed, we've found that the material that holds her in place on the chair has become so flexible that it's become a little unfit for purpose. Even yesterday I passed her a cuddly toy to play with whilst she was sat in her rocker in the upright position and he fell from her grasp to the floor. As soon he did, she obviously wanted him back. I was with her so knew she wouldn't come to any harm, but I watched to see how she would react. She stretched to try and pick him back up and she managed, after around 10 seconds, to wriggle completely free of the fastenings, onto her belly. I feel that this is due to the material being so overused from birth that it has become far too flexible and it doesn't seem to be designed to hold a bigger baby in place once they start being inquisitive and want to move around themselves. It's also due in part to the straps only fastening around the lower part of their body.
The size of the chair is also not something I expect to last until well into her toddler stage. She is now 9 months and the she takes up most of the seat. The picture on the box shows a toddler in the seat though so we shall see!
We have another rocker, a cheaper one, in another room, so that if I'm in there and need free hands, I can place her in it for five minutes. That particular one cost £24.95 but you can clearly see the difference between the two - the fisher price one here being of much better quality and a lot more durable. It is also so much easier to keep clean - something vital with a baby! I give this rocker 4 stars overall, I think the seat is one of the best of come across but still has some flaws, the most important being the way that the baby is strapped in. I think this should really be re-designed to make it suitable for older babies who have started to move around.
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I purchased one of these when my son was 6 months old as he had grown to big and heavy for his baby bouncer but was not yet able to sit unaided and had no where to sit. It can be used from newborn up to around 15kg. My son at 19 months is 12kg so he could still sit in it if I hadn't given it to his sister! It has different recline and height options and a vibrate button for helping soothe babies. If you fold the feet in it can be rocked gently. It comes with a toy bar that can be removed for older children. My only issue with it is that the toy bar can't be very easily reached as it is too far forward. Overall though it is a great product as it could be used for a couple of years. It is very durable as been stood in and jumped on and still in one piece. The seat cover also comes off easily for putting in the washing machine.
==Fisher Price New-born to Toddler Portable Rocker==
My little boy is now over a month old, it soon flies by, and his favourite item in the house at the moment is this product. I think it is excellent especially for the price, we paid £64.99 from Amazon UK and it is definitely worth the money we paid for it. The rocker is unisex and is predominately blue and green but this is due to the image in which is displayed on the material, it is in keeping with the rainforest product line what they have currently running. I bought the rocker before I knew that I was having a boy it would be fine to use for a girl as well, regardless of the colours.
My little boy can become unsettled when we take him upstairs on an evening, so we carry the rocker upstairs and this is very easy to do it is lightweight and now 5 weeks after my caesarean I can confidently lift this up the stairs when I am on my own and know that it is not going to hurt or put any strain on my stomach. The vibration is quite strong and it soon gets my little boy to sleep, I have taken the mobile of the rocker as it was more of a pain than any use. It would be okay when he is older, but I found it got in the way and was quite noisy when I was rocking him which you do not want when you are trying to get your little one off to sleep.
The rocker itself has to be rocked by someone it unfortunately does not rock itself with the aid of batteries, the batteries needed (1xD cell) is to power the vibration. I think they could of improved this and made the rocker automatic so you did not have to rock it yourself, this is not through laziness it is more out of necessity especially as I had a caesarean I found it quite uncomfortable to rock it with my hands as I would have to bend in double to reach it and it didn't help when I used my foot on the under bar. A good part of the rocker is that you can pull legs down on the frame to make it stand still; the legs are easy to pull down and push back up again.
The straps on the rocker are easy to shorten and extend which is what you need when you have a little one as they forever need the straps lengthening. I also find it easy to fully strip the material off the rocker to wash when you have spills, it washed fine on a standard wash in the washing machine and I let it air dry on a clothes horse.
I'm not too sure on this lasting my little boy until he is a toddler I could see him quite easily growing out of this in about 9/10 months and I don't think it would have the same effect on him when he gets older. I definatley think this is a good buy but you have to ensure that they don't spend too long in them as it can cause developmental problems in the spine as it is not completely flat so there backs are in a small arch, I therefore only use it during the day for a small while when I am washing the pots etc. as I can take him into the kitchen and he can watch me and I know he is secure and then to settle him on an evening before we put him down in his Moses basket.
There are some lovely baby bouncers and chairs on the market today, but not many that can labe used for a few years. We were given a really expensive baby bouncer when my eldest was born- but the majority of them only last for about six months- or until a child can sit up unaided, which is how we came to purchase the newborn to toddler rocker.
They normally retail for about £64.99. We purchased ours from Argos, although it's largely available in large children and baby stockists.
One of the things which attracted us to this chair, were its bright bright colours. Fisher-Price recently altered the pattern of this chair (it now has more patterns on and pictures of zoo animals)- although the structure has remained the same. The design we have has a bright green frame, with a light blue cover that has a big picture of a lion on it. The cover is machine washable-it just unclips.
The legs are adjustable, so that it can be adjusted from an infant seat to a toddler rocker. The chair has been designed from birth, up until 18kg/40 lbs (although my daughter is 19 months old and refuses point blank to sit in it now). The chair has safety straps, so that children cannot escape.
The Fisher-Price rocker also has a removable toy bar with three detachable toys, which you just clip on or off. The toy bar can be left on the chair, or moved to one side if preffered.
Another advantage of this chair is that it vibrates, so that children can be soothed to sleep. For this feature, it requires 1 x D battery. It also uses 2 x button-cell batteries for the toy bar (although the cell batteries are included when purchased).
This rocker is easy to transport as it has a built in handle.
I would recommend this chair- although I'm not sure I will get away with using this chair till my daughter is 40lb. She is 23lb now and she tries to escape everytime I attempt to put her in it. I do feel that the back could be that little bit sturdier in order to prevent elder children from trying to escape. You almost feel like if they tried hard enough, the back would snap off- but that's just my personal opinion.
This chair was out of stock when we tried purchasing it for my second daughter, so we purchased the Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant to Toddler Comfort Rocker. Ten pounds cheaper- and in my opinion a lot sturdier!
I am a first time mum and after visiting a friends with all sorts for singing and dancing baby bouncers which were discarded after a few months of use I knew wanted something sturdy that would give us calue for money. Although this item is not the cheapest I do feel that it is worth every penny.
New born: Lies flat, allows you to rock baby gently to sleep, vibration soothes baby, lays flat for transporting and great for visiting so that baby isn't cramped in to cars seats.
Pre walking: baby can sit up and observe all going on in house or whilst visiting, baby can rock its self with kicking feets, toys on bar great for playing with and bar allows you to attach favourite toys.
Toddler: Legs can be kicked out to make it stable for baby to get its self into chair along with all the above mentioned Pros.
Pros: Sturdy, compact for taking out or for smaller homes, plently of room for baby to move when napping
Cons: I dislike the fact I can't take it a part to put in the washing machine but the material comes but ok with a wet cloth. I would prefer more neutral colours rather than the blues and greens as its very boyish for a girl.
If I was buying another rocker I would buy this one again as I know my 7 month old has used it from 3 weeks at home, families houses for napping and rocking. Also my 20 month old niece loves it and practically jumps in it as soon as my little girl is out of it and loves kicking her feets to rock.
As most of you are aware I had my 3rd child 'Jacob' this year. With him being born early and in neo natal we hadn't bought any things for his arrival, so it came down to the other half doing a mad dash about town kitting out a nursery and house!!!
One of the better items he bought was this, a newborn to toddler rocker, as the name suggests it can be used up to 3 years. It was bought in Argos for £65 although they are now on sale at half price.
As the seat suggests it can be used from newborn and transformed later on into a toddler seat, this I found very useful as the other half had decided to make it up while me and the little man were still in hospital, the older two decided it was the perfect place to sit to watch TV.
Suitable for babies up to 18kg.
Flip out feet for stationary position for sleep or feeding.
Detachable with toy bar.
Bouncer converts to a chair.
Multi position backrest.
The cover is also removable and washable.
The chair/rocker takes 1 'D' battery and is not included, this I always find annoying! This chair using more batteries than I have hot dinners to be honest and we have used more than 10 in 4 and a half months which by standards is a lot, but on the other hand it doesn't help that I forget to turn it off when we all go to bed!!
The design is really lovely with the main colours being blue and green, as this is from the 'Precious Planet' collection it features a large lion, with a smaller crocodile and fish with large bubble like dots, it is a vibrate colourful seat which I think can be used for a girl or boy. The frame of the seat is made of a sturdy green plastic and according to the Mr it is very easy to put together with minimum amount of effort.
The toy bar has a jingle monkey and bell hippo, these are on a short length of rope like material, it just pop's into the slot on the side.
As little Jacob is only 6 months old we obviously have not used the 'toddler' part but from my 5 year old sitting in it I can tell it is sturdy and can take the weight really well.
The vibrations are ok, there is only 1 setting for them and my son seems to like it although I find it quite a strong vibration so I tend to rock him with my foot most occasions'. The vibration is controlled by a slider like button on the front.
The flip out feet to me are useless! As the seat lies quite far back and only when its in the higher mode do the feet work properly, when the seat is in the lower position the feet do seem to touch the floor. The support strap is for when the rocker is turned into a chair.
Upon folding the seat is more or less flat although the legs are of course of a rocker style they are not completely flat, it wouldn't really fit under furniture well! Although it does fit in our boot really well (ford focus) not taking up a lot of room.
Washing the seat is simple the cover easily slides off and is meant to be washed on a 40 cycle, it dries very quickly and has need to be tumble dried.
Well Jacob loves his chair and has his naps in there fine; he loves the toy bar and is now trying to reach for the toys. He is trying to roll over and things now so may be having to convert it soon!
I do think that it was worth the money and I like the Fisher price range anyway, I have found this a useful addition to the house as I can feed him in the chair and also let him nap. Apart from the battery issues I couldn't be more pleased.