Baby holders will be your best friends – or at least one of your best friends – during the first year with a baby. I recommend having one in every area of the house where you spend a lot of time. In comes the Fisher-Price Rock n Play. This thing is loved by most parents.
1. Folds for easy transport and storage
2. Babies love it
Most babies love the cozy cradle feeling of the deep seat. The recline feature is also preferred by many newborns. If your baby has reflux, this recline is ideal. Newer models automatically rock with the press of a button.
3. The Look
The design is not too clunky and ugly like so much baby gear.
4. The Options
So many different options exist with this! You can find a wide variety of styles and colors. They make a very basic Rock n Play, one with a vibrating function or one with an automatic rocker. Many baby stories carry unique fabric designs.
Here are images and links to just some of the design options out there…
Cons / Heads Up and Disclaimers
Flat head syndrome – Occupational therapists advise against the Rock ‘n Play because too much time in it can contribute to flat head syndrome. Limit time in baby holders in general. Babies need to spend time freely playing where their movement is not restricted. I like baby holders (Rock n Play, bouncer, swing) for times where there isn’t a safe space for them to freely play on the floor, like the kitchen when I’m cooking or the bathroom when I’m taking a shower.
Not recommended for sleep – To reduce the risk of SIDS, it is recommended that babies sleep on a flat firm surface. The reclined position of the RNP is not as safe.
Even with the cons of the RNP, I still love it as a portable, space-saving, baby-holder option!
I write more about this in the Contain & Entertain section.