It’s made so many Real Moms Favorite Product Lists I’ve lost track. It even made my own when Harry was a little guy, so I figured it was high time to revisit the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. I absolutely loved mine and I was so sad the day Harry grew out of the Rock ‘n Play. I’ve got that thing folded up in the closet on deck for the next baby!
The Rock ‘n Play is the perfect size. Large enough that it always felt stable and sturdy, but small enough that it could fit into any room in our house – and it’s light! We used the Rock ‘n Play all over our house for the first few weeks. I was able to fold it right up and carry it (and Harry) from one room to the next. It fit perfectly in the humble space on the side of my bed which meant Harry actually slept in the Rock ‘n Play ever night.
It folds up easily. The quick button fold is convenient to do, and when it is folded up, it’s relatively flat, making it easy to store or move. I know many people who would throw the Rock ‘n Play in their trunk to bring to Grandma’s house. I’ve got it folded up in a closet in my house and it fits in there without taking up much space.
The fabric insert is completely removable and washable, which, with an infant, is very helpful. Fisher Price did recall the Rock ‘n Play last year due to an issue with mold growing between the insert and the hard plastic frame, but they have since fixed the issue, and even if you happen to have the older model, the fact that you are able to remove the insert makes the recall somewhat moot. It’s quick and easy to remove, clean, and re-install.
The Rock ‘n Play, well, rocks. It’s great for those times late night when you’re little one is starting to fuss but you think he’ll fall back to sleep with a little motion (worked like a charm time after time for us). It’s also great to keep your fussy baby happy during the day. Harry always like to be rocked.
The slight incline of the sleeper is great for infants with problems with reflux or sensitive stomachs. It’s recommended to keep these babies on a slight incline, which is easy to do in the Rock ‘n Play.
It’s safe. The Rock ‘n Play has a three point harness to keep your little one safely tucked in there, and on top of that, it’s deep. I don’t see how a little one could roll out of it. It’s completely stable, not top heavy at all. The 25-pound weight limit almost guarantees your baby will outgrow it because he will become much more mobile and not as into being snuggled by the Rock ‘n Play and not because he is too big. Harry slept in it until he was five months old, but at that point he started to want to move around a bit more in his sleep, so we switched him to his crib.
I’ve thought long and hard about the negatives of the Rock ‘n Play, and it really, honestly was hard for me to come up with anything. We really, really loved our Rock ‘n Play. One thing to consider is that there is only one recline position, which is not necessarily a negative, however some of the other products in the Rock ‘n Play’s category do feature this.
I am pretty sure I cried the day Harry grew out of his Rock ‘n Play. I loved having him so close to the bed (and much higher than his pack and play allowed), and the rocking motion of the Rock ‘n Play helped us get him to sleep so many nights. As previously stated, we were able to use the Rock ‘n Play until Harry was 5 months old, before he wanted to have a little more freedom in his sleep. It’s one of the few baby products that I tell people they must get, and it’s the thing I buy anytime it’s on a friend’s registry. I loved it!
What about you? Did you use the Rock ‘n Play? I’d love to hear what you thought about it!
Edit: Thanks to all the Wise Mamas who pointed out the newest Rock ‘n Play models does feature a vibrating setting!