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.
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.
The swinging motion helps babies sleep longer.
It takes up a lot of space.
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.
The vibration soothes babies.
It’s low to the ground; you have to sit on the floor to interact with your child.
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.
It’s made with comfortable fabric and includes a pillow.
The toys aren’t bold primary colors, which appeal to infants.
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.
It’s tall enough to reach while you’re sitting on the couch or in a chair.
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.Google+