Even before Nick was born I knew I wanted to have a swing and a Bumbo Seat. Other than a high chair I didn’t think I would need any other baby seats. When my friend was looking over my registry she mentioned to me that I might want to get a bouncy seat since some babies take to them better than swings. She also recommended the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker as a bouncy seat. She had used both the rocker and a traditional bouncy seat and she had liked the rocker a lot better.
I decided to put the rocker on our registry, but I was still undecided about it. I almost took it off the registry so many times. When we found out that my mother-in-law had purchased it as a shower gift for us I realized that our fate had been decided.
Early on Nick was not a fan of the rocker. The way the seat was made it very difficult for him to sit in it. When he was finally getting big enough for it he just plain didn’t enjoy it. It had a toy bar, but the toys hung from very short cords, so Nick couldn’t reach them. Then I had the idea to hang some of his larger hanging toys from the toy bar. Then he was able to reach and play with them and he loved it! From then on he was happy to play in his rocker.
Eventually as he got bigger he was able to reach the actual toys that were on the toy bar, so we took the big ones away. Over time the rocker became his special seat that he would sit and watch his T.V. shows in. We also tipped it back and let him sleep in it a few times when he was sick (after he got too big for both of his swings).
The nice thing about the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker is that it can be used far longer than a traditional bouncy seat. Once Nick started to enjoy sitting in it I thought he’d use it for a few years, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case. At this point Nick wants nothing to do with using the rocker. If we try to sit him on it he either fights us on it or starts crying. I’m thinking it is now another item that needs to be stored away for the future.
Fisher-Price has many different versions of their Infant-to-Toddler Rocker. There are different material patterns and some are styled a little differently. Some are also called Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers. I’m not sure what the difference is. My best guess is that at some point they just decided to come out with some updated models and changed the name. Each design though has a toy bar and soothing vibrations. The rocker can hold a child up to 40lbs.
Did you use the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker for your little one?