All babies are not created equal and neither is the gear that we surround them with. We need to keep them occupied and happy, and somehow manage to get them to fall asleep.
We need to keep them occupied and happy and somehow to get them to fall asleep.
Sometimes a simple, basic swing is more than enough to do the job. But, for other babies, it takes a rocker. And, for yet others, a gentle vibration ends up doing the trick.
Many parents will attest to the fact that what’s known as “putting baby down” for the night or merely a catnap can mean different things.
A lot of babies just won’t sleep when laid flat, or it can take a good deal of time. Products like this allow for the baby to be placed in a pleasing variety of settings and positions. Some will sleep or play contentedly while swinging or rocking, and others while merely in a relaxed, more-or-less upright position.
For parents themselves to get some sleep or be given the opportunity to do routine household chores, they often find that they have to do whatever works.
Leave it to longtime baby-product maker Fisher-Price to offer a device that does all that parents will need it to do, and in a convenient, reasonably compact and easy-to-use way.
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The company’s 4-in-1 Rock ‘N Glide Soother lulls the baby with a gentle motion – you can choose either front-to-back or side-to-side. Just rotate the seat to change the direction of the action. Since all babies won’t respond to the same intensity, the rocking and gliding is adjustable in four variations. And there’s more: With ease, the unit can be converted from a glider to a delicately vibrating rocker with an adjustable, reclining seat. The conversion is simple: Merely lift the seat from the glider base and presto, a portable vibrating rocker, one that mimics actually being cradled in mother’s arms. It’s hard to argue with the value of that!
And there’s more…
With ease, the unit can be converted from a glider to a delicately vibrating rocker with an adjustable, reclining seat. The conversion is simple: merely lift the seat from the glider base and presto, a portable vibrating rocker, one that mimics actually being cradled in mother’s arms. It’s hard to argue with the value of that!
Use the reclined position for newborns and infants, and the inclined setting for older babies. The seat rotates a full 360 degrees, so you’ll never have to take your eyes off the baby.
Let the Music Soothe
If rocking, gliding, and vibrating aren’t enough to do the trick, the unit also offers a dozen melodies and a trio of “nature” sounds to help comfort and hush the fussiest baby. (Unlike competing products, it doesn’t offer a timing feature for the music and sounds).
More entertainment is provided by a removable overhead toy bar with two soft toys attached, and there’s also a linkable turtle toy. The bar encourages baby to mature by reaching and stretching.
A Full-Size Design
The unit measures 29 x 20 x 19 inches and weighs 10.2 pounds. Unlike some models, it doesn’t fold up for easy storage and transportation, and it’s not as compact as some other models. However, it can be carried from room to room with a convenient handle.
It is recommended for newborns for babies weighing up to 25 pounds (although, as with all products like this, if the baby is big and strong enough to begin to attempt to crawl out, it’s time to cease use). Included is a removable newborn head and body support insert.
The frame itself is solid and dependable and won’t tip over under normal use.
The gliding movement is AC-powered and controlled by an easy-to-reach foot pedal, which also can be used to control speed as well as the volume of the music and sounds.
For the vibration feature, one “D” cell battery is required. There is no estimate of battery life. Most parents find that in regular use, batteries in such devices must be replaced every seven to 10 days.
The unit requires minimal care. The hard, durable plastic can be easily spot-cleaned, and the soft fabric seat pad itself and removable head support can be safely washed in the machine. Made of tough material, it holds its shape even after repeated washings.
The Final Word
Holding, cradling, or rocking the baby are, of course, the best ways to care of and bond with it. But, obviously, that simply isn’t practical to accomplish all the time.
When it becomes clear that you’ve got have some help, it’s time to turn to products like this one.
Shoppers should look for reputable brand names, and Fisher-Price more than fits that bill. And it’s also important to look for ease of use and the most features packed in.
For instance, you might not know that rocking and gliding alone won’t be enough, and you’ll be glad to have the vibration function. Maybe you think you can do without the music and sound effects, but you’re liable to regret not having them available down the road.
This device offers all the options you’ll want or need. It’s an extremely attractive, well-made, sturdy product that’s easy to put together and a cinch to operate. It offers an impressive amount of functionality at a highly attractive, competitive price that won’t be too painful on the wallet.
There are smaller, lighter, more portable and less expensive products to be had in this ever-growing segment of the marketplace, but it’s hard to imagine finding one of this quality and with this level of versatility and simplicity.
Parents can expect a good long period of usefulness from this, along with a happier, quieter baby.