With a new baby and a toddler in the house, we have a huge array of toys and equipment that’s been given to us over the last few months. One such item is the Fisher-Price Soothe and Go Bouncy Seat, (£52.95 at Amazon) which we’ve been using with our newest little girl.
This bouncy chair is full of practical features without being over stimulating or over the top. It is easy to assemble, quick to flatten up for popping behind the sofa or under the bed for storage , or even behind the car seat for trips away.
There’s a battery operated box that is self-contained – i.e. there are no wires that go elsewhere on the bouncy chair – and has three settings: music only, vibrate only and music and vibrate. The music is interesting. It plays around 20 minutes of nursery rhymes, starting with “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, but it sounds like a mix of piano music and marimba – unusual, but not at all offensive. The vibrate function has really surprised me. My eldest daughter hated the vibrating bouncy chair, but my youngest daughter falls asleep to it and sleeps about as long as we leave it on!
The seat portion is a soothing and gentle blue and green with a wildlife and clouds and birds outdoor style scene, and is removable and machine washable. It also has a harness to keep movers in too.
Instead of the usual toy arch, the Soothe and Go bouncy seat has a canopy that continues the theme with a Twitter-style bird and a ladybird picture to look at, and two hanging toys which can be conveniently stored in the layers of the canopy. The canopy is wide enough to be suitable sun protection and during the sunny days late in March we had a lovely time in the garden, airing a nappy rash without exposure to the sun.
I don’t like big and bulky things, but I must say that this is way sturdier than the one we had very briefly with my eldest. That was slimline and by four months my daughter would topple herself out of it and end up like a tortoise upside down in it. The Sooth and Go Bouncy Seat is much more sturdy, and has much better balance, and no six month old is likely to manage to throw themselves out of it.
All in all, I think this is a really good, useful and practical bouncy chair.