Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fisher Price Rock N Play

Product Talk by Nuffnang

When it comes to sleeping, Nathan and Caleb couldn't be more different. Nathan used to sleep so well, any time, any place. Caleb? Not so much.

Ever since Caleb was born, he has had trouble sleeping. His very first night, he refused to sleep in the little hospital cot and only (finally) fell asleep when he was put on me skin-to-skin. It was all fine and dandy at first, but then I got really hot. It was like lying in a sauna with a tiny baby stuck to you, literally. I was worried about sweating all over him, but the little dude loved it.

The fact of the matter is that Caleb sleeps best and longest when he's being held. It doesn't matter how soundly he's sleeping in our arms (or in our bed), the moment his little bottom so much as grazes his bed, he startles, screams and scrambles to sit up. I kid you not. It's a nightly occurrence. At nap times too.

This gets a little frustrating when you have a mile-long list of things to get done. Lucky for me, my mom came to visit for about a month and that gave me some time to relax a little and for once, dirty dishes and laundry weren't piling up all around me. But then, she went home.

That's when I was given the opportunity to check out the Fisher Price Rock N Play.

When it arrived, I couldn't wait to put it together. It took me under 7 minutes to assemble. It would have been faster if I had taken the time to look at the instructions and actually stop the stop watch when I finished. Immediately, I liked how easy it was to assemble, how lightweight and portable it was, and that the seat cover could be removed easily for washing.

I was sold! But it wasn't me we needed to impress here. We needed Caleb to like this seat.

I was a little nervous. Would Caleb even sit in it for more than a minute?
The answer: Yes.

Though Caleb tends to prefer sitting completely upright, he was content to lean back and relax for a little while. I like the angle of the seat because Caleb's had a stuffy nose for the past little while and being in a semi-reclined position has helped him to breathe while he sleeps. It also happens to be the position he likes sleeping in.

The Rock N Play is high enough that when Caleb is sitting beside me, he's not staring at my knees. When he does want to sit up, the seat is deep enough to keep him contained. This is a huge plus for me, because Caleb likes hanging over the sides of things which means he could potentially fall out. The sides of this seat are high enough to keep him from flopping over.

And the more important question, would Caleb sleep in it?
The answer, again, is yes.

He still needs to fall asleep in my arms first (for now) but when I place him into the seat, there is no startling, no scrambling to get back up and no screaming. He just sleeps. And his first nap in there lasted 2 hours. Hurrah!

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