Rock-a-Bye-Baby

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.)

2) Versatile

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.

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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. 😛

3) Portable

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! 🙂

ROCK-ON!

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.

Fisher-Price Play Ambassador

About a month ago I saw a fellow mom blogger –  Lynn  – posted an entry on Fisher-Price Play Ambassadors. I was intrigued by the idea of being a ” Play Ambassador”. I meant – How nice is it to be an advocate for “PLAY”! 🙂

Ever since Xi En was born, we were quite sure we don’t need our children to be the smartest in the class; we prefer them to have a childhood and enjoy it while it last!

And so I joined in the Fun and submitted the following 2 photos of Kai En and me playing with some Fisher-Price toys we have at home.

I am seldom in photos with my boys because I am normally the one behind the lenses. But thankfully, I gave my Mum some training on how to help us take some photos. Some quick tips for the grandmothers who have to stand in as photographers:

1) Hold your hand as steady as possible or rest your hands on a support e.g. a table/chair

2) Take as many photos as possible (higher probability of one shot coming out well) 🙂

Sorry I digress. Meant to be a quick post to announce that:

We were chosen as one of the 2 Fisher-Price Play Ambassadors!

Totally thrilled with the appointment! Besides Evespiration, the other blogger chosen is Netty from Madebeautifully. Netty is a pretty young mummy who shares about beauty/make up tips & her motherhood journey with her little boy – EJ.

We were invited by Fisher-Price to share about our playtime with our young ones at the recent Live Well Baby Carnival. But it’s a pity I had to miss it due to a prior work commitment at The F1 event happening over the same weekend. Do pop over to Netty’s blog for some post events updates. 🙂

And so.. dear readers, watch this space for more updates on our explorations as Play Ambassadors with Fisher-Price! Come back again to check on Fisher-Price product reviews, giveaways and more!