24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great nights sleeping and my issues addressed...
My baby has slept very well using this rock 'n play. I will continue using it with him and would again in the future. It's soft, snuggly, can be rocked if he fusses, and isn't large and cumbersome in our room. It also folds up easily making it a cinch to transport anywhere.
However, I will say... I took off a star because I am experiencing some of the dreaded...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sleep but FLATTER head
I used the old yellow type of Rock n Play sleeper with my last child. It was a lifesaver but I definitely noticed the flat head problem and stopped using it at 5 months. Fortunately my son always rolled onto his stomach after I put him in his crib and his head molded back into a normal shape by the time he was 1.
With my current baby, I snapped up the new...
Published 7 months ago by Just thinking
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great nights sleeping and my issues addressed...,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)My baby has slept very well using this rock 'n play. I will continue using it with him and would again in the future. It's soft, snuggly, can be rocked if he fusses, and isn't large and cumbersome in our room. It also folds up easily making it a cinch to transport anywhere.
However, I will say... I took off a star because I am experiencing some of the dreaded issues everyone is talking about. My rock 'n play started growing mold, and my baby developed a partially flattened right side of his head. Let me explain...
my little one is a very warm sleeper, and that's all it takes to create an environment to grow mold. It doesn't necessarily take vomit or urine or accidents or spit up or whatever else. It takes warmth and moisture. Due to my baby sleeping like a hot box, little did I know, the perfect environment was being created to grow this mold. The plastic casing this rock 'n play is made of moistens up as well as the snuggly fabric baby lays on causing the thin piece of fabric separating these two to not dry out, over time growing mold. Unfortunately, I didn't realize or get the recall in time, and mine began growing mold. I had to clean it, which is cumbersome since it does not remove, and now unhook and lift the sleeping part to air it out every few days. Some people may not want to go thru the hassle or worry about the mold, hence minus the star. I don't mind because my little one sleeps so well that I'll go thru the trouble. As for the other issue with his head... I realize babies will get flat spots no matter where they lay. Mine did get a flatter right side of his head because he always slept with his face turned that direction. I noticed and have since accommodated for it by having him nap in his crib instead of the rock 'n play and a few other ways. We caught this quickly enough and can help it remedy itself. Some parents may not want the worry. Hence, minus the star.
So, if you have read my concerns and aren't worried about the extra effort put forth to keep and use this product, then go for it. Your baby will probably love it. If you'd rather not deal with the possibility of mold (obviously it's not happening to everyone) or the potential for a flat head (also not happening to everyone), then you might want to pass and go with something else.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite baby items!,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)First of all, I rarely write reviews unless the product is really something that I feel I couldn't live without. This is one of those products. When I was working on my baby registry, I read all of the reviews, searched out the most necessary products, and tried hard to not "over register". I didn't want a house full of baby stuff that my baby wouldn't be able to use once he reached 20 pounds. This was one of the things that I felt that we COULD live without, and I didn't register for it. I planned to have my baby sleep in the pack n' play in our bedroom until we were ready to move him to his own crib. Thank GOD that one of my friends, who had recently had a baby, purchased this as a shower gift anyway.
As it turns out, my little guy would not sleep in the pack n' play, even though the mattress was at a bit of an incline. Even swaddled he would wake up the second that we put him down in there. So we turned to the rock 'n play sleeper, which we lovingly call his "bunny bed". Since we brought him home from the hospital he has been sleeping in his bunny bed. He looks cozy in it, and it seems as though he feels "held" when he's in it. It's deep enough that even now, at 4 months old, he's still able to sleep comfortably in it. Not only is he comfortable, but I feel he is safe. He has a minor case of reflux, and he will occasionally spit up in his sleep. With the incline of this bed, I feel safe that when he sleeps he will not choke.
Also the sleeper folds up easily and is perfect for travel. We take it with us for day trips & overnight trips so that he has a place to nap during the day and sleep overnight. Because he's so used to sleeping in it, he has no trouble sleeping when we stay overnight at his grandparents' house. (It's waaaaay easier to pack up than the pack n' play.)
The sleeper is also affordable compared to other bassinets and co-sleepers. It is the perfect height to push up right next to our bed. It's just like having a co-sleeper, but we can easily move it to other rooms of the house if we'd like to have him nap near us downstairs, etc.
Also - when my little guy wakes up in the middle of the night, all I have to do is reach over and give the sleeper a push and he is rocked back to sleep. Now that he's getting bigger, when he wakes up and wiggles he basically rocks himself back to sleep!
This product is very similar in shape to the snugabunny swing, which we do also have. That was an item that I felt we couldn't live without... and we probably could have. (haha... you live and learn!) The swing is nice of course, because it can swing continually... but you don't want to create a baby that is dependent on constant movement to sleep. He has always liked watching the birds that fly around and listening to the music. So I'm glad we have it. But the sleeper has been the more useful of the two.
The ONLY negative thing that I could possibly say is... my little guy loves sleeping in his bunny bed so much that transitioning to a crib might be a bit tough. We've been trying to take naps in the crib to get used to it... but he misses his bunny bed! What more is there to say?? He's a fan.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for babies who are sick or have reflux,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Program (What's this?)Two years ago a friend gave us an older version of the newborn sleeper (Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Yellow). I had read plenty of reviews where people said their child ended up with a flat head after using the sleeper so I really didn't want to use it with our daughter. We had already been through the baby flat head problem with our first two children and I was determined to keep it from happening to our youngest daughter. For the first two months we avoided using the sleeper altogether. Then our daughter got sick with bronchiolitis and we needed something that would cradle her better than a bouncy seat and keep her upright enough that she could still breathe easily. In desperation we pulled out the rock 'n play sleeper. Since I was still worried about the hard plastic insert causing a flat spot on her head I added a Boppy Noggin Nest (Boppy Noggin Nest Head Support, Brown Wheels) for her head. Our experience with the rock 'n play sleeper was that it's awesome for a sick baby or one with reflux. Our daughter also has reflux and I was amazed at how she would nap for long stretches of time in this sleeper than she would in her crib or a bouncy seat. She would simply snuggle into the rock n play and go right to sleep. We think it was such a hit with her because she felt like she was being cradled.
There are a few differences between the sleeper we used with our daughter (see above link) and the Snugabunny "deluxe" version. The Snugabunny sleeper has a nice plush newborn insert that is the same soft fluffy material as the bunny head cushion (which is sewn onto the seat pad). While the material is very nice and will feel so soft on baby's skin, I wish they had done things a little differently. First, I'd love for the bunny head cushion to be detachable. If you have a child with reflux then you know that this attached plush head rest means you'll be tossing the seat pad in the wash frequently. Since the headrest material is plush and not the easily wipeable material for the main part of the seat cushion you won't be able to just spot clean the plush material very easily. For that reason alone, I think I prefer the non deluxe version of this sleeper. At least with that one you can add your own head support, like the noggin nest, and you can spot clean when spit up happens. The deluxe version does offer a little more cushioning in the head area because of the sewn on head support, but it's not as much as you'd have if you added your own.
I was disappointed to see that the deluxe version of the sleeper does not have the handy storage pocket on the back. I liked the convenience of having the pocket to store a pacifier or burp cloth on the non-deluxe version. It would have been nice to have on the deluxe model.
Assembly for this sleeper is a snap. You don't need any tools which is really nice. It took me less than five minutes to put the entire thing together and that was with my toddler "helping" me.
The bunny toy that is included with the sleeper is cute. I see it as a filler item since you really don't need a toy for this piece of baby gear. Instead of adding a toy, Fisher Price could have tweaked their design a bit and offered this seat with an adjustable and detachable headrest and a nice pocket on the back of the sleeper for baby essentials. I doubt anyone would have really missed the plush rattle.
The sleeper easily folds up for storage with the touch of two buttons. It's folds up compactly enough that you can slip it into a trunk along with a stroller provided your trunk isn't super small and your stroller isn't huge.
I like that the pattern for this sleeper is gender neutral. The dominant colors on this sleeper are ivory and tan. There are a few light green accents.
Overall, it's a nice piece of baby gear that might help you get a bit more sleep at night, especially if you have a baby with reflux. If you are thinking of using this for an extended period of time or for more than just naps, I'd strongly recommend getting some sort of head rest to help prevent flat spots.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's almost too good,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)I purchased the Snugabunny Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper back in late-July 2012, prior to the arrival of my second daughter. She has slept in it her entire life, she's now almost 7 months old. It has been an excellent purchase. The fabric is soft and the more neutral colors perfect for boy or girl. The bunny pillow cradles her head perfectly. The mesh allows some airflow, which was nice since it was very hot when she was born in August. It's easy to move around, so when she was a newborn and slept all the time my husband and I could move it out to the living room and then back to our bedroom. The height was nice so that it could go right up next to our bed, almost like a co-sleeper, but she has her own safe sleeping area. After hearing about the recall, we checked to see if there was any mold. There was none and hasn't been any since. We don't religiously clean it either. We also haven't noticed any issues of our daughter having a flat head as a result of sleeping in it so frequently. And sleep she does, she averages about 8 hours a night plus two long naps.
If there is any downside to this, it's that she loves it too much! Now that she's getting too big for it (she's starting to be able to sit up, which is a safety issue) we've had to transition her to her crib. Needless to say it hasn't been the easiest transition. She must love the fact she feels more enclosed (like swaddling) in the Rock 'N Play Sleeper while she's more exposed sleeping in her crib.
I highly recommend the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper. I wish I had known about it when my oldest daughter was born back in 2010!
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm using this right now while I write this review.,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)This product is our little secret. If there were 6 stars I would give it. This is our secret weapon for new parent sleep; I wouldn't be able to even think about writing this review right now if I didn't have this product, literally.
With both our babies; we've used this. Our newborn sleeps in this. When your baby goes through the "don't put me down.. I need to be always held; 24 hours a day" phase, this is a place where you can put them down and get some sleep.
It's also great around the house; put them in it by the kitchen table while you eat; rock them while you're sitting on the couch.
It locks into place and folds up well. Our two year old can't tip it over (at least not yet) and it keeps our baby away from the dog.
I'm rocking this with my foot (which very easily rocks on hardwood floors),
We've also given this as gifts to at least 4 of our friends who are / have had babies.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sleep but FLATTER head,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)I used the old yellow type of Rock n Play sleeper with my last child. It was a lifesaver but I definitely noticed the flat head problem and stopped using it at 5 months. Fortunately my son always rolled onto his stomach after I put him in his crib and his head molded back into a normal shape by the time he was 1.
With my current baby, I snapped up the new "deluxe" rock n play sleeper because I hoped that Fisher-Price had somehow addressed the flat head issues. On my way out of the hospital I noticed in one of the pamphlets they gave me there was a warning to not let baby sleep in bouncer seats, swings, or car seats too much as the incline can cause a flat head.
I gave the new "deluxe" rock n play sleeper a shot since my newborns always have reflux and wake up immediately after being laid flat. My baby is now 2 months old and has slept great in his Rock n Play but I again have noticed the flat head. It is sad for me that even the deluxe product couldn't change the flat head issue as it is a wonderful concept designed to help new moms get some much needed sleep. I packed up my rock n play this morning and laid my baby in his crib to sleep. I know it may be tough with less sleep and more waking up but in the end it is the right thing to do for my baby. (Actually my baby has slept awesome for the two naps he has had in his crib today so maybe he has outgrown his need to be upright).
Thanks Fisher-Price for trying, you gave me some much needed sleep with my last two babies, but in the end, I think the design is doomed to cause flat headed infants just like swings, car seats, or anything else that doesn't truly allow a baby to sleep with his/her head turned fully to the side. Would I use it again for the first 8 weeks to get me through the first truly rough patch and then switch to crib expecting that the babies head would even back out? Depends on the baby I guess.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little One was happy and sleeping right away!,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)I had always heard great things about the rock and play but figured I had enough baby stuff already. I have a swing, bouncy chair, and a bassinet. What is so special about this? It look like the same incline as the nice expensive swing I have. Well my son is is 4 weeks old and only wants to be held all day and night. I also have a 15 month old so this isn't really an option, and I wasn't getting much sleep at all! I finally broke down and ordered this. As soon as I put it together he hung out awake in it for 20 minutes and the fell asleep and has been out for 1 1/2 hours. This is the first time I have been able to put him down without him crying in two days. I am hoping things go well tonight but for now I am so excited this is working so well. I also was doing stuff in the kitchen and could just carry it in there so I could protect the baby from his older brother. I highly recommend this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The #1 Baby Essential!,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)The Rock N Play is one of the best purchases we have made for our son! The Rock N Play serves as an early bassinet, a napper, and a safe place for the baby to play.
Shape: The rock n play has a molded shape that cuddles the baby. Besides being snug and cozy, it also allows the baby to be in more of a cuddled position- almost a loose fetal position. This mimics the baby's experience in the womb as well as when you are carrying him in your arms. I would have to assume it is better for his hip development in the early days!
Inline: If your baby has reflux, this also provides a nice incline. For reflux doctors often recommend keeping the baby upright for twenty minutes after feeding; for anyone who is sleep deprived or needs to wash bottle & pump parts or throw in a load of laundry, the Rock N Play provides a great incline to help the baby digest his meal. I have recommended this to several moms with reflux babies and they have all raved about the outcomes- finally a place where the baby could be in comfort without getting sick as often!
Portability: the frame is lightweight so it is very portable. It slides nicely on carpet, but also collapses. The only downside I have for the Rock N Play collapsing is that it requires two hands since you need to push buttons on both ends. This is a minor drawback.
Bassinet: For the first 2 months, my son slept in this every night. I used it next to my side of the bed. Drawback: Our bed is tall (bed frame + box spring + mattress), so the Rock N Play was kind of far for me to rock him in the middle of the night if he woke up or to reach down and pick him up. However, almost every bassinet I've found is the same height- so it's a drawback of the bed height, I suppose, and par for the course in terms of bassinet height. It was still more than doable- but I wish it could be taller.
Rocking: On a solid floor, the baby can rock himself just by moving. Unfortunately this does not work very well on carpet; however I would often slide my son in his rock n play over to the kitchen so he could see me while I did dishes. This allowed him to play safely as well as see me- and he often rocked himself as he wiggled around.
Storage: The deluxe version comes with a pocket in the back. This is a great spot for pacifiers, teethers, or burp cloths. The standard version does not include this pocket.
Fabric: The deluxe version comes with very soft, fuzzy fabric on the edges, animal head, and infant insert. This helps the baby stay nice and warm. However, if you have a summer baby I'd consider the standard version because they don't come with this fuzzy fabric. Great for the winter, but not necessarily for the summer! The sides are mesh to help with ventilation, but babies who run hot may appreciate the non-deluxe version. Also, there has been a voluntary recall for mold. This is only an issue if you never wash the cover! It takes a minute or two to take off, but throw that in the washer and wipe the plastic molded shell down. No mold!
Overall the drawbacks I have are so minimal- I love the rock n play and I dread the day that my son exceeds the weight limit of 25 pounds! He's currently 6 months old (so we've been using it for 6 months already) and about 17 pounds. Every mom that I've referred this to has bought one and LOVES it. It's truly my favorite baby item!
***Update: At about 8 months and 20 pounds, we had to stop using the Rock n Play. Talk about a sad day in our house!! We discontinued use when he could sit upright in the Rock N Play and it felt less stable. If he was not buckled in, he could also roll over within the Rock N Play to lay on his stomach (so the sneaky little guy could reach items on a nearby table). Ultimately he just became too active for the size of the Rock N Play. Even though the weight limit is 25 pounds, I would not count on it lasting that long. HOWEVER, I would still very much recommend that every new parent get a Rock N Play! It will be great peace of mind to have a safe place for baby before s/he gets too active. Now we are stuck trying to figure out another easily portable & safe place for our growing son.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this sleeper,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)My daughter had trouble being put down in her bassinet at night, she would wake up almost instantly. I replaced it with one of these, and she sleeps so well at night now. It is cozy for her. She is also upright in it which I like because she has a problem with spitting up and gas and the upright position has improved this greatly. I love it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my newborn!,
This review is from: Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper, Snugabunny (Baby Product)I love love love this sleeper. My son sleeps like a champ in this every night. Without a doubt, this has been one of the best purchases we made. I love how light and easily portable this is. We could put our son down while napping and slide him from room to room when need be. He's three months now and still sleeps comfortably in this sleeper every night beside our bed. Would highly recommend this for anyone with a newborn.
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