A Dream Sleeper

A doula client gave me this sleeper as a gift and I loved it so much, I want to tell you about it! I didn’t have one of these with my first three babies, but I wish I had. We are co-sleepers so we don’t have a crib for our little one and although I love the look and idea of a Moses basket, we have two large dogs and weren’t comfortable with a basket on the floor. And as much as I dearly love to cuddle with my baby, when I have three others who need me too, it helps to have somewhere safe for her to be when she’s sleeping. This sleeper was a perfect solution for us.

It’s the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper.

It is easily portable so we could move it around the house wherever we were. I could move it from my office, to the family room, to the breakfast area to our bedroom, easily. I even popped it in the car so she’d have a familiar place to sleep when we went to friends’ homes for an evening or when I took her to the birth center with me to teach when she was a newborn. She sometimes slept in it at night next to our bed until she woke to nurse, then she usually stayed in the bed right next to me after that.

Its clever design allows it to rock gently with baby’s own movements, which helps lull her back to sleep. No electronic motors, sounds or lights. Yay!

The sleeper lets babies lie at an angle, which helps babies with reflux in particular. Mine didn’t have reflux, but was very comfortable at this gentle angle all the same. She appeared to be well supported and snug and slept soundly in it. Well, as soundly as you can when you have 3 older siblings.

We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, so my doula client got us this sleeper in yellow, which is my favorite color choice anyway, but they do also have it in blue or pink and other patterns.

The weight limit on this is 25 pounds. My baby, who was born weighing 10 lbs 11 oz, was about 21 pounds at 6 months of age, so it lasted a pretty long time for us but could last even longer for others. Our daughter was also pretty long by then so her feet were starting to hang up over the edge when she straightened her legs, and she was also sometimes starting to try to pull herself forward into a sitting position. That’s when you know it’s time to move on!

The price is around $45, which I think is worth every penny. When you have a young baby, you soon learn that sleep is priceless! If you can get a little more because of this sleeper, you’ll be as happy with it as I was.

This was a great sleeper for us. Now that our daughter prefers lying flat on her back (or side), she’s just in our bed at night so I passed the sleeper on for a new little 3-week-old boy to enjoy. His mom emailed me the next day and wrote: “Thanks so much! He loves it! He slept 4 hours straight for the first time last night.” So although I’m sad to see my little baby girl growing up so fast, I’m glad another precious baby – and his mama – are getting to enjoy a good rest too.

Note: I was not given this product for the purpose of reviewing it, I do not receive anything for reviewing this, I just thought it was one of the best and most useful gifts we received and so I wanted to share that with you.

Where does your baby get the best sleep?

Update! January 8, 2013
Recall to inspect alert! This sleeper was awesome! Fortunately mine never developed mold. If you have one of these, check it regularly. As long as it doesn’t have mold, it’s a super product!

“Consumers should immediately inspect this product and stop using it if mold is found. Units currently in retail stores are not included in this recall to inspect.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance. Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com or by contacting the firm.

Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price; at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com for more information.”

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