One thing to consider is where your baby will sleep before you transition them to the crib. It can be easier to have your newborn close to you for those middle of the night feeding sessions, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Also, in those first few weeks, it’s much more comforting to be able to look over the side of the bed and see your little one contentedly snoozing away right next to you.
We had a bassinet for our first son, but our second son hated it! I was really at a loss for that first couple of nights at home, not sure how I was going to get him sleeping (and get some sleep for myself too). Then a friend recommended the Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. Note: The version I am reviewing has some newer features, but works quite the same.
The first thing I noticed about the Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is how easy it is to assemble. The tubes click and lock together, and there’s only one way to connect them so no worries about making a mistake. Once you have the tubes connected, you put the pad on, feed the safety belt straps through, fit the pad around the sides and over the bottom and connect with the buckle and straps underneath. Quite simple really. And as you’re putting it together, you’ll realize how easy it is to remove the pad for washing.
The Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has several great features:
- It’s designed so your baby is laying on an incline. This was extremely helpful for us as our little guy had reflux. Sleeping in an inclined position really helped his digestion, minimized the spit up and reflux.
- Breathable mesh sides. It’s designed to provide a snug environment for your baby. Since the sides are breathable, I never felt like my son was getting overheated. And I didn’t have to worry about him getting enough air if his head rolled to one side because there is constant air flow.
- The deep seat and comfy sides really give a feeling of security to a newborn. I remember the first time I placed our son in this cradle. I could hear him sigh and watched his little body totally relax as he fell asleep.
- It’s very easy to take ‘on the go’. We went visiting family and were able to fold up the cradle. To do this, simply press the button on the side and push it closed. Once closed, we were able to lay it flat on top of our suitcases in the trunk of the car.
- It doesn’t take up too much room, much less than our bassinet did and it’s lightweight and easy to move out of the way when not in use.
- The pad is easy to remove and is machine washable. Need I say more?
The Mom Review:
As for the new features, they sound like great additions to an already super product. Fisher-Price has added a variety of music and sounds and now the cradle will rock by itself. I wish it had that feature when we bought it! You can control all of the features from your smartphone too, which is nice if you don’t want to disturb your little one as they snooze away happily in the cradle. This cradle needs to be plugged in for it to work but since it rocks itself, I think that a power supply is preferable to having to change batteries on a regular basis.
For us, the Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was the way to go for our newborn. Our son slept in this cradle for 4 months until we moved him to his crib. I’m convinced it really contributed to his ability to sleep so well and for longer periods of time. We also swaddled him, so he was snug as a bug in a rug. It’s reasonably priced too (half the price of our bassinet). Given what I know now, I would have skipped the bassinet!