Best Baby Bouncer 2020
Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker review
From its soft, easy-to-clean fabric to the removable toy bar and colourful design, your baby will love resting and playing in the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker right through to toddlerhood.
Good for parents who
- Want a baby bouncer that will last longer than six months
- Are looking for a rocker that can both soothe and entertain a baby
- Want a good-quality seat without a hefty price tag
- Starts as an infant rocker (up to 9kg) and turns into a toddler rocking chair (up to 18kg)
- Fun and colourful design
- Two hanging toys to entertain baby
- Toy bar can be removed for nap times
- Removable, machine-washable seat pad
- Two recline positions and optional vibrations to soothe baby
- Can easily be converted from a rocking chair to a stationary seat with a fold-out kickstand
- Spacious but compact enough to move around the home
- Good value for money
- Toy bar is simple to remove but requires two hands
- No padded insert so may not be suitable for smaller babies
- Can’t be folded down
- Age range: Suitable from birth up to 18kg/40lbs
- Dimensions: 65 × 40 × 16cm
- Weight: 3.7kg
- Materials: Plastic and spun polyester with a flame-retardant coating
- Batteries: Two C batteries
- Colours: Four – Terrazo, Rainforest in pink or green, and multi-coloured block print
- Can be bought from a range of retailers, including Amazon and Argos
- RRP: £69.99
"I like it because they can kick their legs and move around. My son is 15 months and still uses his! We've got it on the toddler setting now and he'll sit and play with his toys in it."
What is the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker like to assemble?
While it may not be the quickest baby seat to put together, Fisher-Price has done all it can to help you set the Infant-to-Toddler Rocker up as easily as possible.
The step-by-step instruction manual contains pictures of the relevant parts, however you will need a screwdriver for assembly. It took our tester, Luci, a total of 30 minutes to put the seat together, but it was a simple, one-person job all-in-all.
Once the rocker was set up, Luci didn’t need to refer back to the instructions again as the seat is very intuitive to use. To switch to the toddler rocker, you simply remove the toy bar and the three-point harness.
The instructions also show you how to remove the seat pad for washing. If you do need any further help or find you’ve misplaced your instructions, you can go to the Fisher-Price website to request a copy. There’s also a helpline if you need any extra assistance.
Is the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker safe?
This is one of the areas that the rocker scored top marks, with our tester saying that the seat felt sturdy and well made. As part of the testing process, she checked all the materials fitted properly and that there were no loose parts or small gaps for little fingers to get caught in.
With a deep seat and a padded harness, the rocker manages to be both comfortable and secure, though it doesn’t have a padded insert so it may not be suitable for particularly small babies who need a bit of extra support.
The toy bar is flexible but secure so can’t be pulled off easily by an excitable baby or an older sibling. With a five-year-old big brother around, the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker’s stability was naturally put to the test, as he often leant over the seat to play with his baby sister (who was four months old at the end of the testing period) and loved to rock her too.
When it comes to size, the rocker is very self-contained with no legs sticking out as we saw on the Chad Valley Jungle Friends Bouncer, so it doesn’t pose any trip hazards for busy parents or older children running around. The chair was tested out on carpets, slate and wood flooring and it didn’t slip around when being rocked.
Fisher-Price advises that parents use the harness until their child can climb in and out of the bouncer by themselves. Always read all of the safety instructions before using any baby product.
What’s it like in day-to-day use?
The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker has a deep, comfortable chair with two recline positions where our baby loved to rest and play.
It comes with a toy bar with two hanging toys, a clacker and a rollerball, which she played and engaged with more than any of the toys on the other baby bouncers we tested. These are great for stimulating the senses, however they are quite high up so may not be easy for younger babies to reach – we do wish they could be tilted to make this possible.
The toy bar can be removed for nap times or to get your baby in and out more easily, but you will need both hands in order to press the latches on either side and lift the bar out. As such, you won't be able to do this with a baby in your arms.
In the early days, the seat does need to be rocked by an adult (or an older sibling) but, as the child gets bigger, they can rock it themselves with simply a kick of their legs. Our tester’s daughter loved the rocking motion and the quiet vibration setting often calmed her to sleep, especially when she was being transferred to the bouncer for a nap.
When it comes to nap times, the soft padded seat can be reclined almost flat by pressing the buttons on either side of the chair and lifting it up or down. You can then switch it from rocking mode to a stationary seat by pulling the kickstand out. Despite our tester using the vibration a lot for her baby, the seat didn't use up too much energy and the batteries are still going strong even after testing.
The Infant-to-Toddler Rocker has been designed to be spacious yet neat – it's about the size of a firm pillow so won't take up too much room in the home.
While it doesn’t fold like the BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss, it is light enough, at 3.7kg, to be moved around the house and to travel with if you have space in your car. As there’s no handle, our tester carried it under her arm up the stairs and from room to room. Her 75-year-old mother also had no problems carrying it to her car.
Once a baby can climb in and out by themselves, it's very simple to switch the bouncer to a toddler rocking chair which can be used for eating snacks or relaxing.
"It's good if you have a baby who doesn't like to be left to go to sleep as you can give a little rock to help them along. Worked wonders for my son."
How easy is it to clean?
With a seat that can last right up to toddlerhood, you’ll want to make sure milk, food and other baby stains can easily be wiped or washed off.
The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker was put through its paces with formula milk and tomato ketchup stain tests. The milk wiped smoothly off the cover with a damp cloth and most of the sauce cleaned off too.
The cover was removed by unfastening the buckle at the back of the seat and sliding it off the base. It was then machine-washed at 30 degrees, coming out with only a very faint mark. After washing, the cover kept its shape and slid easily back onto the frame.
When it comes to the base, the plastic can be wiped with a damp cloth, however the holes that attach the toy bar to the seat could potentially gather dust (although our tester didn't experience this).
How does it look?
We used the rainforest-themed Infant-to-Toddler Rocker and it looked almost brand-new after more than a month of testing. Our tester's baby also loved the bright and fun design of the seat and its accompanying two hanging toys.
It may not be the chicest baby bouncer on the market, but the soft, supportive seat pad and solid, plastic frame mean that the rocker feels both durable and built to last.
Is the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker good value for money?
For a strong, reliable seat that can soothe and entertain your baby for up to two years, the Infant-to-Toddler Rocker offers great value for money.
With a longer usage time than other more expensive bouncers we tested, such as the Joie Serina 2-in-1 Swing, the Fisher-Price model is a bouncer that will appeal to the majority of parents, particularly those on a tighter budget.
As Fisher-Price is a popular and trusted baby brand, you could also sell the seat on after you’ve finished with it. A secondhand Infant-to-Toddler Rocker in good condition currently sells for around £20.
"I had one and my son used it until he was just over two - it converts to a good little chair."
While the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker wasn’t our highest scoring bouncer of all on test (the BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss scored a point more overall), we awarded it 'Best Baby Bouncer 2020' for its functionality and affordability.
We love how safe, comfortable and easy to move this rocker is, allowing you to keep your baby close during those early months. It'll then remain a familiar place for your child to sit right through to toddlerhood and beyond.
Our tester loved it so much she carried on using it after testing finished and felt it was such good value for money that she even recommended it to a friend. High praise indeed.
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