Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Review

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Reviewed by Talia Tucker
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We like

The device does not require batteries so it can be used for a long time

The combination of sounds and motion allow babies to entertain themselves letting you relax

Babies are soothed to sleep for naptime or bedtime

Portable and lightweight for easy transport

Keeps baby mentally stimulated for sensory development

We don’t like

The rocking makes a small sound

Assembly takes some time

It is designed only for newborns not bigger toddlers

How it works

The Fisher-Price Auto Rock’n Play Sleeper gives your arms a break by doing all of the rocking for you automatically. The Rock’n Play Sleeper has a soothing and gentle motion that allows you to relax while your baby is lulled calmly to sleep. It is very versatile and can be used during the night or even during the day for a quick nap time. Both nap time and bedtime have their own settings. It has 12 additional musical and sound effect settings that parents and children can enjoy. The Rock’n Play rocks at two different speeds and features 12 songs and sounds of nature that soothe babies calmly and quietly to sleep.

The Rock’n Play folds up easily and it is very portable. It is very compact when it is folded for simple storage or for use when you and your baby are on the go. It folds neatly with just one push of a button. It is the ultimate package for getting your baby to sleep. It has very soft textures, soft and soothing music plus the continuous and gentle rocking motion are the perfect combination to lull kids to sleep. Babies will feel secure and cozy in their nap time or bedtime system with all of the textures and sounds of comfort.

The Rock’n Play system offers automatic rocking that is hands-free so that you are freed up while baby sleeps peacefully in the rocker. It has 2 automatic rocking settings to control the speed of the back and forth. There is the 30 minute setting for nap time and the 6 hour setting for nighttime or longer periods of sleep. It also features 12 songs and the soothing sounds of nature to further soothe your baby to sleep or thrill him or her during playtime. The seat is supportive for infants so they are sitting up during play time and the seat inclines when they are ready to sleep. The seat has a very soft fabric in it that is machine washable.

Furthermore, the Rock’n Play device helps babies develop some mental acuities through sensory stimulation offered by the sounds and the motion. The gentle, continuous rocking motion of the Rock’n Play simulates the continuous motion babies experienced in the womb and also the calming rocking of being held and comforted by a parent.

Age Range

Age Range

The manufacturer recommends that the Rock’n Play device only be used for infants that are not yet able to roll over on their own or are not yet able to pull their own weight up on the sides of the cradle. The Rock’n Play does have a 3 point restraint system but to ensure safety it is best to discontinue use when babies are able to do either. The manufacturer suggests that the weight limit is 40 pounds but parents must note that this sleeper is for infants so they will most likely outgrow it before reaching that weight.
Design

Design

The Fisher-Price Auto Rock’n Play system has a very sturdy design with a well built base made out of a series of tubes and connections. It offers infant support and features a safety belt with buckles to keep babies safe and sound while in the rocker. The Rock’n Play also has waist belts that come through the padding and assist with comfort as well as security. It clasps securely to keep babies safe, snug and comfortable in the 3-point restraint device.

The Rock’n Play also features a bracketing liner that was designed as not be visible that aids in the airflow throughout the unit which helps to protect babies against potentially harmful bacteria build up.

The protective padding is also very good for airflow as it is very breathable and does not have hazardous zippers, tie closures or velcro fastenings that can scratch or irritate your child. It is all very soft and removable for easy cleanup or washing.

The Rock’n Play has a motor for hands-free rocking that has two speeds as well as songs and sound effects. The gentle rocking motion is meant to mimic the gentle rocking of a parent cradling and rocking their child in their arms. The Rock’n Play has 12 different songs that help you to soothe your little one to sleep or thrill and entertain them during play time. Additionally, it has three sound effects from nature that create a calming environment best suited to a peaceful slumber. The Rock’n Play has a bedtime setting that lasts 6 hours and a naptime setting for 30 minutes. The device has a power chord rather than using batteries so you do not need to worry about the battery life.

It is available in several different colors that have polka dots, florals and other friendly patterns. Or if parents prefer, there are more neutral, plain designs. All have soft, light and inviting colors. There are enough variations to suit anyone’s personal taste and preferences whether you have a little boy or girl.
Comfort

Comfort

The Fisher-Price Rock’n Play has a design that mimics the natural curve of your baby’s back so that they are comfortable enough to sleep. The surface inclines and cradles them in a natural and ergonomically safe position so they feel cozy and snug sleeping in the sleeper.

The rocker has a very sturdy but not bulky base that will support your child safely for many naps to come. The base and frame are not prone to cracking as they are made from strong, durable materials. The frame also stops the sleeper from shaking or moving around. It is suitable for many different floor types. For the comfort of your child, there is a cotton pad that has no zippers, velcro or ties that your baby can harm themselves on. It is also very soft but durable. The fabric pads can be washed regularly and will not wear or damage.

The device has very soothing nature sounds that it offers to create a calming environment. It also has 12 different songs so the atmosphere is comforting, not just the texture. The rocking motion is also continuous and smooth with two different speed settings. Babies will be reminded of the continuous motion they would have experienced in the womb and it also mimics the gentle rocking they would feel in the arms of their parents.
Versatility

Versatility

The Rock’n Play is quite versatile. It is more than a bassinet just for sleeping. It offers a sensory experience that entertains and stimulates babies. However it also calms down babies using a few different methods. The soft pads inside the Rock’n Play unit is soft and free of bulky zippers or tied closures that can harm your baby’s new skin. It is made very durable as it can withstand many machine washings as is recommended by the manufacturer. The Rock’n Play has two different settings to control the speed of the rocking motion. The sleeper has separate settings for nap time and for bed time. The nap time setting will rock for 30 minutes so babies can take a short nap during the day while listening to the nature sounds of the songs from the device. For the bed time setting, the rocker will run for 6 hours. The sleeper features an AC adapter rather being battery powered so that it can plug into the wall and be able to rock for the entirety of your little one’s slumber. When it is time to move the Rock’n Play or transport it in a car for use on the go, it folds up neatly in a lightweight package.
Portability

Portability

The Rock’n Play is very lightweight and compact. The item’s dimensions are 22.8 x 32.3 x 24.4 inches when opened. The sleeper only weighs about 1 pound. When it is time to fold it up for storage or for transport you only need to press one button to collapse the whole thing flat. The Rock’n Play sleeper comes with the frame, AC plug chord and removable pads. It can be easily dismantled for washing or for use on the go.
Maintenance

Maintenance

The pad inside of the Rock’n Play is machine washable. It can be cleaned weekly in a mild detergent with cold water. Regular washing is to sterilize and thoroughly deodorize the unit and keep the Rock’n Play clean and safe. It is not recommended that harsh detergents or bleach be used to wash the pads in the Rock’n Play system.

A steam of clean water over the pad is enough to get off any soap residues. It can be tumble dried on low heat. The rest of the unit including the frame and the liner can be wiped clean with soap and water.

It is important to avoid moisture build up in the pad, infant support and liner by regularly machine washing. Between washes, the liner should be taken off and aired out to stop moisture from building up and bacteria forming.

The Rock’n Play has an AC adapter so it plugs into the wall rather than using batteries. This means that you will not have to worry about the device dying or constantly switching the batteries.

Conclusion

The Fisher-Price Auto Rock'n Play Sleeper is great for parents who need a little break from holding their little ones as the device does all of the rocking for them. There is no need for parents to push the bassinet in order to get in motion giving them piece of mind to do other tasks around the house knowing their child is comfortable and safe. It Rock’n Play offers a soothing and gentle continuous motion that lets you and your baby relax. It has two speed settings. It also has 12 different song settings that have friendly and light tunes to entertain your child or lull him or her to sleep. It also has 3 different nature sound effects for further sensory stimulation and calming.

The Rock’n Play is easily collapsible and it is very lightweight and portable. It is also extremely compact when it is folded up for hassle free storage or for on the go use. It folds up with just one simple push of a button. It offers the ultimate combination for getting your baby to sleep. It has soft and light textures free from harmful zippers and bulky closures, soft and soothing music, plus the continuous and gentle rocking motion to help kids drift comfortably off to sleep. Babies will feel secure and cozy in their nap time or bedtime system that has all of the textures and sounds of comfort.

The Rock’n Play system features automatic rocking that is hands free so that you are able to accomplish other tasks while baby sleeps peacefully in the rocker. It has 2 automatic rocking settings for 2 different speeds. There is the 30 minute setting for nap time and the 6 hour setting for nighttime. It also features 12 songs and the soothing sounds of nature to further enchant your baby to sleep or entertain him or her during playtime. The seat is supportive for infants so that they are sitting up during play time and the seat inclines when they are ready to sleep. The seat has a very soft fabric in it that is removable and machine washable.

The Rock’n Play device aids babies in the development of some of their early mental acuities through sensory stimulation offered by the sounds and the rocking motion. The gentle, continuous rocking motion of the Rock’n Play simulates the continuous motion babies felt in their mothers’ wombs and also the calming rocking of being held and comforted by a parent. Overall it is a great product for busy parents.
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