All babies could benefit from an easy place to settle down and go to sleep, as sleep is very much needed in early stages of development to keep an active and curious mind that is constantly learning. There are times when we as parents could benefit from our children getting some good rest too, especially when we have to tend to chores, work or to get some sleep ourselves!
Come night time the baby has a comfortable crib or co-sleeper bassinet to sleep in but during the day it’s not really practical or space conscious to have a crib in rooms other than the bedroom. Some babies also struggle to sleep through the night or nap time for a number of reasons and that’s where the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play comes in, they serve as a handy, easy to assemble place to sleep for a baby that is super comfortable and often have a range of features designed to help your baby gently drift off to sleep.
What are the Benefits of a Rock ‘N Play Sleeper?
They’re so useful for lulling the baby to sleep and helping to ease off discomfort with gentle rocking resulting in baby feeling snug, secure and relaxed anytime of the day. They are really helpful for babies who get agitated when it’s sleepytime, especially at night and just like using crib soothers, they serve to take the infants mind off of their distress and soothe them into sleep.
This means that while baby sleeps you have time to get something done or socialize a bit more when family and friends come to visit or even when you go to visit them as Rock ‘n Play sleepers offer total portability. They are so simple to collapse and set back up again and they’re very slim when folded so it can be stored away or packed in the car for travel.
Rock ‘n Play sleepers also allow you to sit the baby up if they find it more comfortable, this means that it’s not just a place for baby to sleep but also to relax and play when they should be kept off of the floor, it also enables you to sit the baby up for feeding time.
Additionally, they are just generally high quality and are made by the distinguished brand Fisher-Price; an American children’s toy production company founded in 1930. They have since built a reputation for designing and selling reliable and great value for money baby products loved by parents and children worldwide.
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There is some variation between the Rock ‘n Play’s; differences in features and accessories and these ultimately reflect the price you pay and your babies experience with the product. It’s wise to get an idea of what differences there are so that it is easier for you to make a decision on the best Rock ‘n Play sleeper for you.
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Rock ‘n Play
The Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Rock ‘n Play is indeed an adorable first product to review. With its mellow coloration and super cute puppy design this Rock ‘n Play is warm, inviting and friendly to babies, the fabrics used are really soft to touch and the delightful puppy insert is actually a comfy cushion that supports the babies body, head, and neck.
For it to rock back and forth, you only need to give it a slight nudge and it also has a pleasant vibration feature which you can switch on and off when needed that helps your baby to chill out and start nodding off. If you are conservative about space this Rock ‘n Play does not impose much at all, it very easily sits in the living room, next to or in front of chairs so baby can still nap close by whilst you watch TV or have a chat with others.
There is also the option of connecting toys to the Rock ‘N Play to add some fun, these clacker toys keep your child entertained for a while if it’s playtime or even if they’re just not in the mood for sleeping. The sleeper does require C batteries so that the vibration feature works, but if you buy good batteries they’ll last for years.
Just like all Rock ‘n Play’s, this one is easy to fold and unfold into a portable, flat shape which can be put under a bed, in the trunk of a car or away in a closet to get it out of the way when you don’t need it or to take it with you to friends and family homes, it would certainly be handy on vacation!
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
To include a Rock ‘N Play sleeper that would make a great baby shower gift for a relative or friend that’s expecting a little girl, the Pink Elipse is just as cute as Snugapuppy but with more color in its design.
Functionally; it’s the same as the Snugapuppy, also requiring C batteries for the vibration feature, the only difference is in design, and it’s just a nice inclusion that would suit a newborn girl or pink playroom.
Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play
Modern varieties Rock ‘N Play sleepers which have adopted new technologies to aid their various functions give more control and convenience to you and a sounder sleep for your baby.
The advantageous auto-rock function in this model also comes with adjustable two auto-rocking modes between a 30-minute naptime and a 6-hour nighttime; practical options to keep the sleeper rocking for long enough for the baby to get to sleep at night.
The materials of the Auto Rock ‘n Play are very easy to wipe clean and can be machine washed to remove stains, but for additional comfort, it would benefit from being used alongside blankets and pillows. It’s also just as portable and easy to set up as the manual ones with just a simple folding of the sleeper to flatten it so it can be put it away.
Another great feature of this Rock ‘N Play is the 12 different songs and nature sounds that it produces through the speaker attached to the frame for the baby to focus on instead of having their sleep distracted by background noises.
Fisher-Price Jonathan Adler Deluxe Rock ‘N Play
Sometimes it just nicer to have baby products which are stylish and add some flair to the room. A particularly appealing effect on this one is the retro style wooden parts of the frame that reminds me of old-fashioned rocking horses, giving a classical feel to the product. The chic design of the comfortable, padded material not only does well to support a babies frame but also is also eye-catching with its bold coloration.
The function of this sleeper is more or less the same of the Auto Rock ‘N Play Sleeper except it does come with the added luxury of being able to control it with your smart device and also save your favorite setting as presets so that you can easily select them again later.
The sophisticated design does sacrifice some space though as it’snot as compact as other models but if you have the room and like the design then there’s no reason not to go for this model it’s a fantastic, high-quality product overall.
Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play with Smart Connect
Increasing the technological aspects of modern Rock ‘N Play designs, the Premium Auto Rock ‘ Play boasts all of the gadgets and doo-dads a sleeper could possibly need, and to top it off, it can also be controlled using a smartphone!
An adjustable canopy provides shelter from distractions outside of the sleeper as well as a being screen for delightful light show projections alongside soothing music and nature sounds. It’s so much better to have the controls at a reachable height instead of on the lower part of the frame and the mobile app control means you don’t have to reach down for the controls at all making this the best Rock ‘N Play for parents who love to use technology to enhance their lives.
Instead of the usual C batteries, this sleeper plugs into the mains with a power adapter which is perfect for those of you who are not interested in scouring the house to find a battery but it does limit where you can put the sleeper unless you want to use an extension socket.
This Rock ‘N Play also easy wipe and machine washable and has extremely comfortable padded material which like all Rock ‘N Play sleepers is set at an incline to help support your baby’s posture.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere simple that your baby can relax whilst you have your own time to relax or for serious help in assuring your baby gets a good sleep, a Rock ‘N play is no doubt worth trying out.
There’s not a whole lot of variety between the different models but there is something different about each, you may love the idea of being able to control the sleeper from your phone or not and so it’s worth checking out the range as there will certainly be a perfect Rock ‘N Play choice for you!