Fisher-Price Snugabunny Products: The Pros and Cons

When registering for your baby shower, you scour Amazon reviews and interrogate mom-friends, trying to figure out what you really need. Do I want the vibrating chair or the rocking sleeper? The swing with 5 speed-settings or 4 speed-settings? Which play mat will ensure my child graduates from college? Ah!!!

I registered for all of the Fisher-Price Snugabunny products, and shockingly, I received all of them. I have so many beds and contraptions, I thought I’d have to keep transferring my baby from one to another every few hours, just to get use out of all of them. Surprisingly, I really do use them all. Here’s how. Maybe my experience will help you choose what’s most important to you.

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Swing

 

If I could keep only one Fisher-Price Snugabunny product, it would be the Cradle ‘N Swing. I most often use it to extend naps. If H sleeps in his crib for 30 minutes and begins to stir, I move him to the swing, and he’s able to catch many more zzz’s. We also use it in the early morning, when H has a hard time staying asleep. “Swinging” is one of Dr. Harvey Karp’s recommended techniques for improving infant sleep. Check out The Happiest Baby on the Block to learn more about Karp’s methods. The Snugabunny swing’s music belongs in a spa — quite pleasing. You can set the swing to move forward-and-back or side-to-side. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests only 30 minutes of swinging twice a day. I’ve certainly extended that limit some days, but don’t tell anyone. Simply put, you’ve got to have a swing.

Pro:

The swinging motion helps babies sleep longer.

Con:

It takes up a lot of space.

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Bouncer

 

The Fisher-Price Bouncer is my second-favorite newborn lifesaver. H doesn’t do much bouncing in it, but the vibration is fantastic for soothing. He sometimes hangs out in the bouncer for a few minutes while transitioning into naptime. The vibration calms H while I read him a few stories, or just let him chill and watch me put away laundry (poor kid). I hesitate to allow naps in the bouncer because it keeps H’s body upright, at about a 45° angle. This position causes his chin to rest on his chest, increasing the risk for airway blockage. You can always move him to a crib or bassinet if he falls asleep to the vibration.

Pro:

The vibration soothes babies.

Con:

It’s low to the ground; you have to sit on the floor to interact with your child.

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I adore the Fisher-Price Musical Gym. The toys are visually appealing, tactilely interesting, and make a variety of sounds. It comes with a little pillow I use daily, and an unbreakable mirror, which H responded to from a very early age. The top spins, lights up, and plays a bunch of different songs. It’s got everything you could wish for in a play mat.

Pro:

It’s made with comfortable fabric and includes a pillow.

Con:

The toys aren’t bold primary colors, which appeal to infants.

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Sleeper

 

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper is nice for several reasons. It’s tall enough to reach from the couch, it rocks, and it’s made with the soft fabric that Snugabunny products are known for. Browse the Amazon ratings, and you’ll soon discover that parents hold passionate beliefs about the Rock ‘N Play. Some use it throughout the night and claim it drastically improves their babies’ sleeping. Others warn that it restricts your baby’s head movement, resulting in a flat head. Most often, we keep it in our bedroom and put H in it while we get ready in the morning. This product was recalled recently due to mold risk, but that’s nothing a little bleach and some elbow-grease can’t fix.

Pro:

It’s tall enough to reach while you’re sitting on the couch or in a chair.

Con:

You have to manually rock it, and it only rocks a little bit.

 

Whatever you wind up with when the dust settles from your baby shower will be a blessing. I consider these Fisher-Price products investments I can use with my future children. My biggest concern, though, is when are they going to make an adult-sized swing with spa music? I could get used to that.

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Top 10 Newborn Must-Haves

The term “must-haves” can give a new mom anxiety. Everyone seems to have their own list, and if you truly must have every item on every mom’s list, you’ll buy yourself out of house and home. That said, these items truly make life with a newborn easier. Consider them branded with a Wise Mama stamp of approval. But, as you browse all the must-have lists out there, keep in mind the only item on my cousin’s must-have list when I asked for her advice: “Lots of patience! The rest is a bonus.”

1. ERGObaby Baby Carrier with the Heart2Heart Infant Insert. Get this or something like it! When no amount of rocking, shhing, or swaddling calms my little man, taking him on a couple of laps around the house in the carrier restores tranquility. I love this product so much, it inspired this entire blog.

Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile

Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile

2. Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Stim-Mobile. This mobile’s high-contrast images fascinate H. Unlike most mobiles, the images actually face toward the baby, not the adult. It may not match your nursery decor, but we can get over our nursery vanity, right moms?

3. Pacifiers. H’s paci of choice is the NUK Silicone. Whatever pleases your bundle of joy, buy lots of them, don’t submerge them in water or the water seeps inside, and get a few pacifier leashes while you’re at it. Booginhead PaciGrips have cute designs.

Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs

Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs

4. Aden & Anais Burpy Bibs. It’s no accident that these burp cloths have 5 stars and 112 reviews on Amazon. With reviews like that, you’d think the things could do your taxes for you. The Burpy Bib’s bean shape wraps around your neck without falling off of your shoulder every 30 seconds. It’s soft enough that H can burrow his little face in it without irritating his skin. They are pricey. If it’s not too late, stick several (more than you think you’ll need) of these bad boys on your shower registry.

5. Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump. Everyone told me to get this, and everyone was right. If thinking about the concept of pumping milk out of your breasts makes you shiver, fret not. This thing doesn’t hurt, and it’s easy to use and clean. Look for sales on this product.

Contours Classique Bassinet

Contours Classique Bassinet

6. A bassinet tall enough for you to reach from bed. In our case, the Contours Classique 3-in-1 Wood Bassinet does the job. I snagged a gently used version for half the retail price. It lacks the changing table, but I don’t miss it. I replaced the flimsy mattress with a more substantial one. My favorite part of this bassinet is that I can reach it from bed. This is ideal for soothing H at night and, in those early days, checking to see that he’s breathing. We all do it.

7. HALO SleepSack. For some reason we left our stellar swaddling abilities at the hospital when we left for home. Velcro-ing, however, we can do. We use the fleece sack at night and cotton sack during the day. Swaddling is one of Dr. Karp’s The Happiest Baby on the Block tenants, which to me, are magic.

Fisher-Price Whale-of-a-Tub

Fisher-Price Whale-of-a-Tub

8. Fisher-Price Whale of a Tub. I spent an embarrassing amount of time researching bathtubs. It paid off. We love the whale because, even as a wee one, H can “sit” on the ledge in the tub. He seems comfortable. Now, if I could just find a convenient place to store it.

9. White noise maker. We use a machine, a sheep, and an app. Don’t be afraid to use these for naps, not just overnight.

Boppy Pillow

Boppy Pillow

10. Boppy Pillow. This is the only breastfeeding pillow I’ve tried, though I’ve heard good things about others. Whichever pillow you choose, bring it to the hospital. Trying to surround myself with pillows for 3 am feedings post-C-section was rough. Buy more than one cover if you can.

That does it. My humble offering to you, new mom. Please remember that you will succeed with or without these items. You will develop your own list. And, cheesy though this sounds, the only things you truly must have are patience and love. The rest is a bonus.

Experienced mamas, what would you add?

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Breastfeeding Station: 6 Things You Need to Feed

Feeding Station

I refer to the place I plan to breastfeed for the day or night as the “Feeding Station.” Clever, huh? Each time I set up the station, I count to be sure I have the following six items. (See Top 10 Breastfeeding Must-Haves if you’re looking for more detailed feeding advice.)

1. Lanolin

2. Breastfeeding Pillow

3. Milkies Milk-Saver

4. Burp Cloth

5. Pacifier I use this to calm H between sides on those fussy days.

6. Glass of Water

* In addition to the above items, I take my cell phone to track the feeding.

Memorize your own personal must-have feeding items. Do a mental check of your Feeding Station in the morning and before bed. Having your station ready saves you from frustration and frantic searching when your baby is hungry. Anything that keeps mama calm and happy is a great thing.

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