Babies seem to need so much STUFF, don't they?! Even more mind-blowing is how much STUFF is available for babies these days. If you're creating your baby registry or shopping for a pregnant friend, you may be asking yourself:
What baby gear is essential?
What will make life as a new parent easier?
I've discussed why as a pediatric Occupational Therapist I don't love the Rock 'n Play™, but as a fellow parent I recognize that the RnP has a reputation for being a "new baby essential," a "lifesaver," and "the only way my baby would sleep." So I'm happy to share an alternative with you and explain why I prefer it to the Rock 'n Play™ for awake times.
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The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper
The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper ™serves one of the main purposes of the beloved Rock 'n Play™ - a place to put your baby when you need a hands-free moment. I highly recommend using a blanket on the floor or a flat surface like a portable play yard (we use and love the Graco Pack 'n Play), but some babies do prefer to be slightly inclined when awake and there are definitely times when parents really want a seat for baby (like when you're showering and don't want baby on the bathroom floor). So the Tiny Love 3-in-1 is a good solution for these moments.
The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper is NOT a safe sleep option. If you're looking for a piece of gear for baby to sleep in, choose one clearly labelled "crib," "bassinet" or "play yard / playard." These meet U.S. safety regulation for sleep.
Why I Prefer It To A Rock 'n Play:
By far the biggest reason I prefer the Tiny Love 3-in-1 is that it can recline to become a nearly-flat surface and is a flat surface from left to right. It reduces the risk of your baby developing or making worse neck tightness, head turning preferences or Torticollis. See exactly what I mean in this video:
Here are other reasons I really like the Tiny Love 3-in-1:
- Flat surface left to right allowing for full neck movement and head turning - helps reduce the risk of Flat Head Syndrome
- Flat surface left to right allows for full shoulder movement, which is important for arm and hand motor development
- 2 levels of incline - reflecting a more developmentally appropriate lower incline level for younger babies.
- Lower incline position allows for more full hip and knee movement compared to a RnP. More upright incline position ("seat" position) offers more full knee movement but does limit hip extension.
- Offers a wider field of vision for your little one to see her surroundings on each side and to use her full neck turning abilities to visually explore.
Things I Don't Love:
- The length of the seat. My babies are admittedly off-the-charts tall but at 2.5 months (and 25") my gal was nearly outgrowing it.
- The fact that the "flat" position is 169 degrees.
- The toy bar is a single bar mounted on one side of the seat on a swivel. Unlike many activity arches on other baby seats, the toy placement is very limited to pretty much in front of your kiddo. As I discuss extensively in my parents' guide, The Flat Head Syndrome Fix, being strategic with various toy positions is huge for preventing Plagiocephaly.
- On a rocker but has a bar that flips down to make the base stable.
- Built-in vibration
- Some models offer a large canopy
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