Grow-With-Me design converts item from infant bouncer to infant rocker to toddler rocker. Rocker lockout allows product to be used as a traditional bouncer or infant rocker. Two-speed vibration corresponds with baby's needs - HIGH for playtime, LOW for … see full wiki
The Bottom Line: good seat, long term use, easy to use
I cannot write a been there, done that, used it fro an infant reveiw but having 2 kids and 3 neices/nephews plus having done nanny work prior to this I do have "baby experiance" so know what I would look for in this item so can point out what would be good and bad about it for an infant. You see, I can't do an infant reveiw because I bought this for my preschooler. However, I have owned 2 other bouncers, 1 also a rocker and bouncer for infants and toddlers before this one so I do also have the comparison advantage.
This seat is very easy to assemble, it has a nice, soft, sturdy, removable, machine washable "sling" seat that easily slides on and off the "frame". Otherwise the toy is really only 4 pieces, the base and then the upper and lower "frame" and the lower arm with vibrating attachment. Once the arm and frame pieces are put together you never have to deal with that again. The seat/frame slips on and off of the base. This is great for taking apart, not so great for carrying, like moving it from one part of the house to another, it easily comes off. That is definitely a con. Now the seat has a recline position, this is obtained by simply sliding the vibrating arm into the front portion of the seat. This is perfect for a newborn or infant. The seat can rock or be locked with the slip of a "brake". By just changing the arm from the front to the back portion of the seat you have a toddler rocker which can also vibrate and use the "brake" to keep it from rocking. Considering the great fold of this it is a great item to travel with with a baby, it could offer a seat, a place to rest, as well as a high chair if in the more upright and locked position. The chair easily folds just by rotating the frame around to the other side. The vibration has 2 speeds. It also has a removable, adjustable toy bar I would compare to a floor gym. The seat belt is a clip style 3 point harness that is easy to use and can be stored away for when used by a toddler.
Now the pros and cons in my own opinion. I believe the removing of the seat to be a huge con. The other brand of similiar seats do not do this. However, this seat folds a lot easier than other brands and the seat is a lot easier to remove to wash than other seats. The seat is so far very sturdy despite being used daily by a 33-34 lb 4 year old. Though just from looks I veiw our Fisher Price seat as possibly sturdier long term. For infants this seat reclines and "snuggles" a bit more so is probably better for infants than the competitor. For toddlers at first I was worried it was too reclined but it really has to do with how you sit in it, she leans back in it thus making it a tad more reclined and she doesn't mind. Vibration is comparable in both seats as is battery use (it lasts a good bit, both take "D" battery). The toy bar I like better in this seat as it adjusts better. For rocking, both seats I have used have a lock but the other seat rocks more, this rocks very little really, though my daughter never uses that. The seats themselves are also comparable though I think this one is either deeper or longer because it seems to fit my older child better.
All in all it is a good seat and which seat you decide on will depend on what features are important to you. This works great for us, my daughter sits in it with the vibration on to offer her sensory stimulation which helps to calm her down, thus we call it her "calm" chair. I would say it would work well for newborn through about 4 years old.
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