Babies love a rocking motion because it soothes and comforts them. It’s seemed to be a natural movement when one carries a baby in hand. There is a general inclination to rock and pat the little bundle. I often find myself doing so with my own and friends’ babies too!
Some school of thoughts are not so in favor of a rocking motion as they don’t want the baby to get used to it and are worried they won’t settle down without the rocking.
Now that’s where baby products come in handy!
Fisher-Price carries a decent range of baby rockers over the years and they kept on improving the make and cut of these rockers. The nice people at Fisher-Price delivered a Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker (Rainforest Friends Series) to us recently to “test rock” it. 🙂
Sharing 5 key attributes which we liked about this baby gear:
1) Play & Bond
I like it that the seat allows parents to give optimum face time to bond with babies who enjoy face recognition from an infant stage. Hands are also free to tickle the little tummies, coo a lullaby, play peep-a-boo and take some precious photos for memories too!
There is a removable toy bar which entertains the younger ones and can be detached during feeding or play time. You can hang up new toys for a change when baby gets bored (they do; trust me.)
Though the name is a “rocker”, it can be used as a stationary seat as well. There are 3 levels of easy recline adjustment which allows you to convert it from a rocker to a stationary seat. It is suitable for the newborn to the toddler up to 18kg! Now that’s some mileage in a baby product which many cost-savvy parents look for.
Ethen – the big brother – actually enjoys the rocker too! Having a knack for gadgets, he quickly discovered the vibration function and used it as a “mini-massage” arm chair! He never fails to “help” his little brother to turn on the soothing vibration mode too. 😛
You can move the rocker (and the baby of course) everywhere you go. It’s small and handy and thus fit well into the kitchen’s aisle or even a corner in the toilet. Yes, mummies do need to cook or visit the washroom even when there is no other help to watch the baby. It folds easily such that you can carry it to the grandparents’/nanny’s place or store it when not in use.
4) Washable material
In my opinion, this is such an important attribute of any baby products. Babies and toddlers are messy little ones and it is critical to be able to remove the seat pad for machine or hand wash – just like this Fisher-Price rocker. A tip to share: Line the seat pad with a thin cloth nappy; that will help to prevent heavy soiling even when there are leaking diapers (happened to mine!).
5) Improved design
We bought an older design of a Fisher-Price rocker before this. And in comparison the Rainforest Friends series is ergonomically improved with rounded edges and bars thus enhancing the “rocking” experience and overall is a sleeker feel and look.
Lastly, If you are looking for a rocker such as this, it is advisable to buy it when your baby is a newborn. In that way, baby is accustomed to the seat right from the start and you will definitely get more value out of a longer usage!
This range of FIsher-Price Rocker is already available in major department stores and baby speciality shops. If you are getting it, hope you will have a good time bonding with your little ones in comfort! 🙂
Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored review under the Fisher-Price Play Ambassador program. We received the above mentioned product as part of the program. No monetary compensation had been received. Opinions and photos remain blogger’s own.