Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup: Hape, Chicco and More [2/2]

Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [2/2]Welcome to BC’s weekly roundup of the best new baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

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Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/26]

Screen shot 2014-01-30 at 9.54.45 AMWelcome to BC’s weekly roundup of the best new baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

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Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/19]

Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/19]Welcome to BC’s weekly roundup of the best new baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

And finally, a RECALL ALERT. Playtex has recalled its pacifier holder clips.

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Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/12]

Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/12]Welcome to BC’s weekly roundup of the best new baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

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Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/5]

Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup [1/5]

Welcome to BC’s second weekly roundup of the best new baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

See any fab new reviews on your go-to sites? Let me know!

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Updated: BC’s Baby Bouncer and Rocker Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Updated: BC's Baby Bouncer and Rocker Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Though I’d stop short of calling them a necessity, baby bouncers and rockers can be a handy place for baby to hang out with the rest of the family or catch a few ZZZs. Prices range dramatically, starting at under $25 for a basic model and topping out over $200 for a sleek european model. As with swings, Fisher-Price models are the top sellers.

With the exception of a couple of models listed here that convert to toddler rockers, babies will only use bouncers and rockers until they’re about 25 lbs. (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for far less time than that– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting.

Wait for a great sale (30% off or more) or try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals several gently used bouncers from $10. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

When choosing a model, look for non-skid feet, good bouncing/rocking/gliding action, and a three point harness. Popular extras include vibration, music, lights and toy bars.

Top Bouncers and Rockers

Here’s a rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby bouncers and rockers out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

Updated: BC's Baby Bouncer and Rocker Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

 

Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Rocker. This rocker grows with your child. Infant seat converts to toddler rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $49.99. BIN = $32 to $40, depending on model.

Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper. This came in #1 on BC’s Best Baby Products of 2013 list! Lightweight rocker features soothing vibrations, For use up to 25 lbs. List price: $59.99. BIN = $42. Want to spend less? Bright Starts has a copycat version of the Rock n Play with a BIN price of $31. It’s only been out since last summer, but it’s getting good reviews so far.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer (My Little Snugabunny, Rainforest, Luv U Zoo, etc.). Features songs, nature sounds and vibration. List price: $49.99. to $64.99. BIN = $40 to $45, depending on model.

Tiny Love 3 in 1 Rocker Napper. Three reclining positions. Converts from baby seat to napper. Later converts to rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $99.99. BIN = $70

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bouncer. Motorized bouncer glides front to back or side to side. Two gliding speeds. Seat rotates 360 degrees. List price: $99.99. BIN = $80. Currently at BIN price at Amazon.

Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance: Three seat positions for play, rest and sleep. Stylish, but pricey. List price $199.95. BIN = $140

Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer: Features adjustable arches, lights and vibrations. Two reclining positions. List price: $54.99 BIN = $38

Bright Starts Bouncer (Budget Buy). Vibrates. 3-point harness. List price: $29.99. BIN = $25

4Moms Mamaroo Classic. Similar in motion to the Sweetpeace, the Mamaroo bounces up and down and sways from side to side. mp3 jack. Plug in only. BIN = $200

Related: BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

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Updated: BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]Swings can be tricky. There are dozens of models on the market with varying features. At the same time, some babies love swings while others can’t stand them.

If your baby likes his, they can buy you some much needed rest or shower time as he snoozes away. If he doesn’t you’ve just shelled out $50 to $200 bucks for a large and useless piece of plastic that you’ll be stepping around every day.

With some smart shopping and a little luck, you’ll find a winner and get a good deal on it. This should get you started:

How to Choose

Desirable features include a 5 point safety harness, excellent stability, a variety of speeds and sounds, and a flip or fold out tray (for easy access). To figure out what else you need in a swing, ask yourself these questions:

  • How will we use it?
  • How much room do we have for storage and use?
  • Do I need to be able to plut it in?
  • What other features are must-haves?
  • What’s my budget?
To get a feel for different models, read reviews and watch review videos on You Tube. Go to the store and check out the display models. Ultimately, of course, your baby will decide whether the gear you got is any good. That’s why it makes sense to try to borrow a swing from a friend so you can see how she takes to it.

If that’s not an option, try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals full-sized swings from $35.

Another thing many expectant parents don’t realize is that babies will only use a swing until they’re about 25 lbs (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for only a few weeks– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

Here’s an updated rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby swings out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

 Full-Sized Swings

Fisher-Price, Graco and Bright Starts are the big players in the swing market, and Fisher-Price swings are by far the top sellers.

The Fisher-Price Cradle N Swing is the top seller, hands down. This full-sized swing can swing sideways or back and forth, includes a motorized mobile and offers the option of plugging into the wall. Can fold for storage. Buy-it-now prices range from $95 to $125, depending on the model:

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

 Spacesaving and Portable

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

If you’re short on space and/or cash, or you need to be able to take the swing to grandma’s, consider a portable swing.

Innovative Swings

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

  • Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker, Winslet: Removable infant swing seat doubles as a rocker. Can swing side-to-side or front-to-back.. BIN = $145. Currently $144.99 at Amazon.
  • Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing, Jacqueline. Smooth swinging motion mimics.  rocking of a caregiver’s arms. Four seat positions for side-to-side or front-to-back swivel. Uses AC adapter or 4 D batteries. Features 10 songs, 5 nature sounds, and overhead toy bar. 6 swing speeds. BIN = $115
  • 4Moms Mamaroo Classic. Similar in motion to the Sweet Snuggle, the Mamaroo bounces up and down and sways from side to side. mp3 jack. Plug in only. BIN = $200
  • Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing, Peyton: “Soothes with the same gentle motion you use when cuddling and comforting baby in your nursery glider.” Six gliding speeds and two vibration settings. Uses 40% less space than other leading swings. This Can be plugged in used with batteries. BIN = $99

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New Feature: Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup

Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup | BabyCheapskate.com

Welcome to the first article in a brand-new series on BC. Each week I’ll be rounding up 3-5 of the best and newest baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

See any fab new reviews on your go-to sites? Let me know!

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13 Best Baby Products of 2013 [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Yesterday I asked BC Facebook Fans to give me their nominations for “Best Baby Product of 2012.”

Over 170 fans responded. Here are 13 great baby products that made BC fans’ lives easier this year. I’ve linked to each product at Amazon or elsewhere so that you can find out more about it.

You’ll also find Buy-It-Now prices on the list.“Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The List

Baby Cheapskate's Best Baby Products of 2013

Items are listed roughly in order of popularity with the top three items coming in strongly ahead of the others. This year’s list features some old favorites as well as some new items. The Rock n Play, Nosefrieda, Ergo, and Aden + Anais blankets are multi-year performers, showing up repeatedly on the Best Of lists since 2010.

What would YOU add to the list?

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Best New Baby Gear 2013 [Part 3: Boosters, Breast Pumps and More]

Welcome to part 3 of the Best New Baby Gear posts. This time you’ll find a miscellany of the most interesting new gear hitting the market–boosters, breast pumps and more.

Some of the items on the list below came out in late 2012 and some will do so later this year. In addition to the MSRP and availablility date, I’m also including useful snippets from reviews and press releases along with links so that you can read more, see the specs, etc.

Other

  • BabyBjorn Harmony Cradle. $349.95. “bounces based on baby’s movements. Its mesh fabric and deep sides are all designed to help keep baby safe”. LilSugar.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • BabyBjorn booster (shown, right). $79.95. “The seat features a non-slip strap and mini pads, and a two-stage safety lock to prevent a child from releasing the booster when it is strapped to a chair. The seat is equipped with a practical handle, making it ideal to take along for traveling or to restaurants. The smooth surface also makes clean-up easy. PVC, BPA and phthalate free.” ToyDirectory.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • Bumbo booster. $39.99. “The Bumbo Booster Seat features the same comfortable and easy-to-clean low density foam construction as the popular Bumbo Floor Seat. A three-point harness and adjustable straps on the bottom that attach to most standard four-legged chairs create a comfy and secure booster seat for the dinner table.)”  Press releaseAvailable now.
  • Lansinoh Affinity Pro Pump. $139.99. “ The pump parts are super easy to assemble, the bottle stands are so stable, and the 5 oz. bottles can comfortably be held across your chest with one hand or two or placed inside a pumping bra. The Affinity Pro pump’s base unit can be run on batteries or AC adapter and features a timer… Suction and speed levels are all easily adjusted using the buttons on the pump’s base.” PlaydateCrashers.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer (shown, above). $92.95. “Squishy, nonslip changing pad can used on a dresser top or changing table (no hardware required) and the anti-microbial surface wipes clean.” FitPregnancy. Available now.

See more new gear for 2013Part 1: Car Seats | Part 2: Strollers and Carriers

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