Babies grow quickly and so I appreciate products that are useful for more than just a short time. Infantino recently rolled out a 2-in-1 Bouncer Activity Seat that’s designed to grow with your baby. You can choose to use it as a traditional bouncer seat or as a fun activity seat; it just takes seconds to flip it and convert it! We received one to review and share with you.
Even happy-go-lucky babies go through the “hold me all the time” phase, and it’s difficult for parents to get important things done. At four months, Camille loves to be held by her siblings, but that only lasts for so long. Mama’s arms are where it’s at, but with eight children (and housework and homeschooling), I can’t always stop everything to hold her. With our Infantino seat, I can say “Put Camille in her bouncer for a while,” and I know she’ll be happy for a good stretch of time.
The seat is designed to support children from 8 to 25 pounds, a broad range of ages and stages. As a supported sitter, with good head control, Camille enjoys both features: the bouncer seat and the activity seat. Let’s take a look at both.
In bouncer seat mode, it features a comfy seat pad with a support belt at the waist, a hanging toy bar, and a control hub with music and vibrations.
The bouncer seat pleases on a lot of different levels. It’s sturdy, lightweight and not complicated to assemble. I had it together, with my teenage son’s help, in about 10 minutes. The colors are neutral but appealing and the dangling toys are adorable.
It’s a cinch using the controls: choose gentle vibrations or music, and if music then adjust for volume. Pushing the music button multiple times allows you to cycle through the options – tunes, nature sounds or white noise (20 minutes of continuous play). The unit requires three C batteries (sold separately).
The harness which buckles at the waist is comfortably hidden inside a padded pocket.
The hanging toys are within easy reach, but fasten securely with velcro tabs.
Looking underneath, you can see how it easy it is to access the battery compartment. The seat cover quickly buckles into place, and there’s even a pouch to store the activity seat pad in.
My only suggestion for the bouncer seat would be to update the toy bar installation, so it will lock into place. Camille has grabbed one of the sides on several occasions and popped it out. Our toddler (Mary Kate) can remove it in seconds, so we are constantly reattaching it for one reason or another.
To convert the unit to an activity seat, there’s a button underneath that you slide to unlock. And then you rotate the rounded back bar which flips everything upside down. There is a separate pad for each mode (bouncer or activity), so you have to remove one before converting, and then replace with the other.
This infographic shows at a glance how to transition from bouncer to activity seat. Click the image to view/print full size.
The activity seat is at a very slight incline at the back, which I love, because young infants can’t sit up straight. In this mode, you don’t use the activity bar; instead, the toys are fastened up front. And you still have easy access to the melodies and vibrations control panel.
The toys piqued Camille’s curiosity right off, and they are within easy reach if she feels like grabbing or chewing.
The seat pad fabric is very easy to wipe clean, and both covers are machine-washable.
I only encountered two minor issues with the activity seat. When switching from bouncer to seat for the first time, you might find yourself scratching your head matching your actions to the pictures in the manual. But after you nail it once, it’s a breeze, and only takes about 20 seconds to swivel and pop in place. We also found that fastening the activity seat pad in the back was time-consuming. There are small button holes which you have to pop onto tabs. I think snaps or a buckle would speed up the process tremendously.
Where to Buy the 2-in-1 Bouncer & Activity Seat
Exclusively available at Target
Retail price: $49.99
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