The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper is a versatile piece of baby gear which converts easily from a seat to a napper and grows with your baby. I received a Rocker Napper in the brown and red design to review, and it came just in time for newborn Ingrid!
Here are the specs:
- Three options: napper, tilted seat and inclined seat (pictured below) – a red lever on the back is used to adjust positions, and bars on the front and back of the legs allow you to switch from stationary to rocking.
- Gentle vibrations (requires C battery)
- Nine different tunes and lights (requires three AAA batteries)
- Curved legs that allow you (or an older infant) to manually rock the seat
- Two hanging toys
- Washable bassinet and sleeping pad
- Recommended from birth to 40 pounds
- Measurements: the sleeping area is about 27 inches long and 13 inches at its widest; when in the completely flat (napper) position it’s about 10 inches off the floor
It took about 30 minutes to assemble and was pretty straightforward with the exception of two small white plastic clips (“Part L”) that were pictured in the manual but no instructions were given as to their function. A call to Tiny Love revealed that they are anchors which go under the bottom of the seat to keep it from sliding. Tiny Love’s service department was very prompt and helpful and also sent me a set of complete instructions via email which explained exactly how to install and use the clips.
Ingrid sleeps very soundly in the Rocker Napper, and judging by its size I would say she’ll fit comfortably in it for a few more months.
What I like:
- If your baby falls asleep while in the seated position, you can gently and quietly adjust it down to the napper position without disturbance using the red lever on the back.
- The seat and pad are very soft and cozy.
- The music is appealing, not annoying at all, and the volume can be adjusted.
- Even at the young age of just 3 weeks, Ingrid is already very captivated by the hanging toys, music and lights. I often find her gazing quietly up at them.
- You can adjust the height of the toys by means of a velcro strip.
- The arm which holds the toys swivels so you can move it out of the way.
- The Rocker Napper is easy to pick up and move around the house.
- Ingrid loves taking naps in it, and that’s just what I was hoping for!
What I would improve:
- Young infants might need added support to sit comfortably; Ingrid is almost a month old but starts to slump to one side unless I anchor her with rolled blankets.
- It’s low to the ground so it didn’t work bedside as I had planned because of having to reach way down. Young children will need to be closely watched when the baby is napping, since the Rocker Napper is well within their reach.
- Hopefully, the next edition of the manual will have complete instructions and usage guidelines (not just pictures).
- The rocking feature works better on hardwood floors than it does on carpet.
- The size range for the rocker seat (up to 40 pounds) might be too broad; Erik is 18 months old and 24 pounds and has maxed it out (see photo below). But if you invest in the Rocker Napper right after birth, you’ll still get a lot of use out of it.
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