Friday, 15 April 2016

Babyologist Review: Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Newborn to Toddler Portable Rocker

Alexander recently received his second Babyologist package to review and this time we had the opportunity to test out a product which suits both babies and toddlers! The brightly coloured Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Portable Rocker



The delivery box was pretty substantial due to the size of the rocker, and was packed with plenty of protective plastic to ensure it arrived in perfect condition. I was worried that the rocker might be tailored towards the younger children than Alexander, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it would appeal to him, and even his older sister Lily. I really like that the rocker is suitable for such a wide age range with only minor alterations, and is multi-purpose ensuring that it will be used for a long time, and that you get value for money which is ideal for a product with an RRP of £74.99. After all, not many toddlers use baby bouncers do they!

The contents of the box included the bouncer seat with harness (great for a younger baby but less so for a toddler like Alexander who just wants to get in and out as he pleases). In addition to this was the rocker frame, an instruction manual, and a pink plastic bag with 6 screws, and an overhanging bar featuring 2 bright monkeys with shaky beads and pieces for a young child to grab to promote fine motor skills and coordination.



The instruction manual took a little getting used to with the info-graphics being read from top to bottom, rather than left to right, and you will need a cross head screw driver. The rocker seat attaches using a popper mechanism, so it be easily removed to clean more thoroughly.The rocker also requires 2 C 1.5V batteries which are not included so make sure you get them before hand. Adjusting the recline of the rocker requires each side to be adjusted individually by pressing the blue button and sliding the  rocker to recline to allow for a newborn or allow a toddler to sit upright. It is portable, and once you get the hang of dismantling it and reassembling it, it is pretty simple to do.



This newborn to toddler rocker is designed for rocking toddlers up to 18kg. The rocking comes from the movement of the child which is fun for toddlers, Alex found it a great game! For newborns the rocker would have to be manually rocked until they can wriggle enough in their harness to create some kind of forward momentum. If you want to use the rocker as a static chair, there are four handy non-slip legs which can be extracted to keep it motionless.

One way I think it could be improved would be with the addition of an option for music, perhaps something similar to the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo jingle or more soothing nature inspired tunes particularly for the use of the rocker for a newborn. However it does boast soothing vibrations operated by a large button on the front of the rocker. Alexander and Lily enjoyed 'having a massage' whilst relaxing in the rocker.



My children loved using the rocking chair as their own personal armchair, and I have had to break up a few squabbles over who will sit in it and who will push! Alexander enjoys pulling it over to park near to the television as his personal viewing chair, or to use while playing with books.



Overall I can definitely see the advantage in purchasing a product such as this which suits such an age range; Lily can use it for a while yet as she is no where near 18 kg. I would recommend this for any family who are going to welcome a newborn, just be aware of potential squabbling if you already have toddlers!
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