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3 Reasons Why I Love the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

When I was preparing for Rissa’s arrival, I didn’t really know what I was doing.  I pretended I knew and tried to do research.  Well, let’s just say that was both helpful and not-so-helpful.  Between unsolicited advice, long answers, no real answers, strong opinions, and reading a ton of internet reviews my head hurt.  The advice given when putting together our baby registry seemed too sales-y.  Really it does come down to personal preferences and baby’s preferences… neither of which I knew much about before giving birth to my first baby.

There are a few pieces of baby gear I found essential for our family and others an added bonus.  I really didn’t have anything I thought was completely useless.  One thing I loved having for my daughter was a rocker napper.  We received one for her first Christmas and it helped with nap and play time.  It was the one way for me to keep Rissa happy and safe while I showered “alone” as she chilled in her chair in the bathroom.

That chair has gone through a lot and even traveled out of town with us in the early days.  When I first saw the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper, it looked even better than the old one we have from a different company.  I was excited about this seat!  I learned fast that my idea of moving the bassinet about the house for naps was not realistic, but we don’t have space for tons of different gear.  Versatile baby gear is a must!

Here are 3 Reasons why I love the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper:

3 – Easy to assemble.

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I was a little overwhelmed at all the pieces as we unloaded the box, but it wasn’t that bad.  Brian mostly put it together while Rissa handed him parts and I supervised.  I really should start video recording assembly of gear!  The instructions themselves are a little confusing.  There are pictures of each step on one page, then the next page has written instructions.  I’d love to see the pictures accompany each written step so one doesn’t have to keep flipping back and forth.  Slightly larger pictures would be helpful too.  The company does have a video demonstration of how to assemble this product!

Once it was together I liked how sturdy and stable it seemed.  The toy arm is also easy to move out of the way or even remove completely.  No worries about bonking baby’s head on a toy bar!

2 – It grows with baby so it can be used into toddlerhood.

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 This piece of baby gear reclines back for sleeping but can also be set up for rocking play or just sitting.  Depending on how you flip the legs out the seat will rock or be stationary.  There is a vibrating setting for calming baby too.  This used to help when Rissa was fussy.  The first two setups are for little ones only and shouldn’t be used beyond 20 pounds.

For us, that meant Rissa just outgrew that a couple months ago since she’s so petite.  In the picture above she curled up to pretend to sleep then flipped over for me.  It is in the sitting position for her in both photos since the regular sitting position is safe up to 40 pounds!  I love that now both kids will have their own rocking seat.

And my #1 reason – Easy to switch from sitting to sleeping ONE HANDED!

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I’m going to see this kind of scene so soon!

Rissa let me borrow her baby doll to demonstrate the napper.  I like how roomy it is, the padding offers comfort, and it is secured so it doesn’t lift up.  There is an easy slide switch handle behind the head that converts it from sitting to sleeping with just one hand.  (and vice versa!)  The rocker my daughter used didn’t lay as flat as this one and required two hands to adjust.  If she started drifting off while sitting up, I often roused her awake in accident trying to lay her back.  Once she was awake I needed her out of the chair to sit her back up or a third hand to assist me.  Yes, Tiny Love wins big time on this feature!

Once baby #2 arrives, I’ll be sure to update you on how he likes it!  I think he’ll like it as much as I do…

Great baby shower gift idea! This is currently available in brown and now red too.  You can order a Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper today on Amazon!

What do you look for in an infant/toddler napper seat?

Connect with Tiny Love at TinyLove.com, on Twitter (@TinyLove_USA) and on Facebook.com/TinyLoveUSA!

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Disclosure: I received this product to review – no other compensation was provided.  As always, I’m sharing my honest thoughts about this baby gear!

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  1. mp phaiah August 27, 2012 Reply

    i always take into consideration how long i can use a product! it is a huge plus that this one can be used up to 40 pounds. I also think about how portable it is. we travel alot so if i can take it places easily, that is another bonus!mehort

  2. Stephanie Phelps August 27, 2012 Reply

    Wow this is a must have for me know after reading your review other than the assembly part lol. I am so happy to find something so portable and user friendly! Knowing that the baby will be safe an secure. My favorite feature you talked about was the one handed use to lay baby down. Thank you for such a wonderful review.

  3. maria elena August 27, 2012 Reply

    this looks really convenient.. i could use this when bringing my son up to his grandmas or over to my aunts! love itvegfoodzmeow

  4. Megan August 27, 2012 Reply

    Wow, that does sound versatile!meganr

  5. Joanne Gentry August 27, 2012 Reply

    My babies have grown but I have grand babies now and this rocker / napper looks awesome! Easy assembly and portable, that is always a plus now days. Thank you for this review. As a granny, I believe I could assemble this, and that itself is a huge plus!

  6. Christa August 27, 2012 Reply

    That sounds really simple for a parents ease of use since it is hard to use other products without waking up the baby :(
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  7. kelsea August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love that it is big enough for up to 40 lbs and that it is portable! I would like to take it on vacation in a few weeks! It’d be super handy!!

  8. Patricia Williams August 27, 2012 Reply

    We are expecting our 3rd baby in 2 weeks. I want one these 3-1 napper so bad. I need something that is easy to recline to the sleeping position. Thanks fir through review.

  9. Nancy August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love the way this product “grows “with your child. I also like that it fills several different functions and uses : rocking, napping, vibrating, etc!

  10. Julie Ghrist August 27, 2012 Reply

    I would love to win this product for baby #2 due in February… this would be great for keeping the baby happy while mommy gets some quality time with big brother :)

  11. Carrie August 27, 2012 Reply

    I would love to try this with my now 5 week old to see if she would sleep in it and allow me a little break from the carrier during the day so I can get a shower! And I love that I wouldn’t have to worry about my 22 month old climbing in it and breaking it! I love things like this that grow with the baby.

  12. LaTanya August 27, 2012 Reply

    I look for portability and weight limitSweetums82

  13. Colleen Maurina August 27, 2012 Reply

    I like this Rocker Napper because it is so portable. It would be great at home to move room to room as needed. But it would also be wonderful for traveling or bringing to grandma and grandpa’s house!

  14. Carrie Phelps August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love so much that this grows into toddlerhood with the child. My granddaughter is 10 months old and this would be so handy, thanks for the great review.

  15. Dawn Seeman August 27, 2012 Reply

    As usual, Tales From the Nursery has brought my attention to a whole new product line I LOVE. Tiny Love has some fantasic, new ideas for us Mom’s on the go!

    • Darcy August 27, 2012 Reply

      Glad to help! And good to see you :)Syrana

  16. Kelsey mm August 27, 2012 Reply

    I like the multi use and the use into toddlerhood!

  17. Leila August 27, 2012 Reply

    Did you ever try a swing with Rissa? I’m trying to figure out which would be better – a rocker like this or a swing? I’m leaning toward rocker for price, obviously easy assembly, and the ability to take it with us when we go places. What do you think?
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    • Darcy August 27, 2012 Reply

      Rissa never really took to the swing. It ended up just being a space hog for us. She kinda liked it in the first few weeks but never slept in it..later she just cried after like 5 mins.Syrana

  18. Amber M August 27, 2012 Reply

    I really like how it can be flipped to a sleeper with just one hand. The worse thing is waking a sleeping baby. We have a bouncy seat that will reclined, but not flat and it requires two hands and if you needed to put it back up baby needed to be out of the seat or you needed a third hand. Such a pain.

  19. Bekah Kuczenski August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love that this can be used for sleeping or playing without taking up a lot of space! I also love that you can change it from rocker to napper easily!MrsKucz

  20. Molly Bussler August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love the just one hand needed, isn’t that awesome, very few products offer that.

  21. Felicia R August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love that it grows with your baby (or allows your toddler to use the seat too when baby isn’t!). When looking for a baby seat, I look for one that looks comfortable and the Tiny Love Rocker Napper seems super comfortable for baby!Loves_Fluff

  22. Erin Eyster-McKain August 27, 2012 Reply

    When I had any of my children, it was what was durable that would last long, what was easily movable so if I was downstairs I could have them sleeping in something or take to my mothers so she didn’t have to have a whole bunch of things and this would be it. I have a cousin that is pregnant and she lives out of state. I think I need to get this for her when she comes to visit her parents and the rest of us!!! The fact that it can last into toddler days as well makes it worth the price!

  23. Natalie Finch August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love that it’s portable and that it can hold up to 40 pounds. I’m not a fan of products that can only be used for a short amount of time.

  24. RoseMarie Pavlik August 27, 2012 Reply

    I love that it goes to 40 lbs and that it is so easy to assemble. I do hope they start to offer more color options for it soon and I wish it sat a little higher off of the floor though.

  25. Christina August 27, 2012 Reply

    I look for something with more than one recline position.

  26. Jessica Snow August 27, 2012 Reply

    What a lucky girl! She got a really cool rocker. Thank you for the review. =)

  27. Alex Liz Robinson August 28, 2012 Reply

    I love the 3 positions and how easy it is to change the position! Looks like an amazing product!

  28. Yvette P. August 28, 2012 Reply

    This product is awesome. Much better then the portable rocker bassinet my little guy currently has. Not that I’m complaining about the one I own, it has been a life saver as you mentioned as well. As a first time mom it was difficult creating a registry and cruising down the baby isles was daunting. It especially wasnt easy considering that there are no babies in either of our families anymore. So a lot of the things we got were very new to are family members as well. Like you said nothing we got went to waste, but after learning first hand what I would actually need shopping for the next baby will be much much easier.

  29. crystal lane August 28, 2012 Reply

    this is so awesome and cheap for a 3in1.

  30. Linda trinklein August 29, 2012 Reply

    I love this! what a great product to help us with more than one thing!
    thanks for the review and giveaway!

  31. Rebecca Wood August 29, 2012 Reply

    I love how long this can be used. I’m realizing now as my little girl grows how important it is to find things that can be used for a longer amount of time. We are now TTC, and I am also looking for anything that can be easily used for both the toddler and the next child. This would be wonderful, and seems like it would be a great fit for our family.

  32. michelle bardos September 1, 2012 Reply

    We have a rocker napper and love it! It’s soft and cushy, and yet easily portable from room to room or even outside like we use it for! I love their new red color and I’m hoping to win your giveaway for a friend that lives in a different state
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  33. Austin Baroudi September 1, 2012 Reply

    I love that fact that you can kept using it into the toddler years!

  34. Natalie September 1, 2012 Reply

    I love that this baby gear item is so versatile and can be used much longer than a bouncy seat! I also love that it goes from sitting to sleeping with one hand! Would love to have this for my little guy due soon!

  35. Allison Downes September 1, 2012 Reply

    Great review! I love that its easy to Assemble

    Thanks for sharing!

  36. Amanda Alvarado September 2, 2012 Reply

    I never knew it went up to 40lbs!! My 4 yo could still use it as a rocker! LOL Awesome review

  37. Teresa September 4, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for your review. Please update when your new little one gets here. Rissa is adorable.tssk10

  38. sheila musselman askins September 4, 2012 Reply

    thanks for the review! i love that it can hold up to 40 lbs! and switching only takes one hand..ok i love that…so many of the items for little ones take two (and sometimes 2+ lol) hands to switch around!

  39. Sonya September 5, 2012 Reply

    I love that it can hold up to 40lbs, most baby gear seems to have a limit of 20lbs which doesn’t take long to outgrow!

  40. Andi S September 5, 2012 Reply

    I love that it’s a rocker with a vibrating function. My niece is really soothed by the vibration of her bouncing seat but she would much rather be in her swing. This is the best of both worlds. Plus I love that it’s portable!

  41. Christina C September 8, 2012 Reply

    I’m dying to get one of these in red for my newborn. It would be perfect for our small apartment. And now I know that it won’t break if my toddler tried to sit in it :)

  42. polly September 8, 2012 Reply

    would love it in the red color and love it grows to toddler size

  43. Rita Spratlen September 9, 2012 Reply

    I love that it grows with the child. This is a wonderful feature besides it is a neat item to have for sure when you have a baby!! Makes everyone’s life easier for sure!!rjs7777

  44. Jenny September 9, 2012 Reply

    I hope your new baby loves this bouncer/rocker!! Do you plan on using it at night as well?

    • Darcy September 11, 2012 Reply

      I only plan to use it during the day. We have a bassinet in the bedroom if he will sleep there – won’t know for sure til we see what he likes when he gets home! But overall I try not to use items like this for overnight since they generally aren’t meant for it. Plus I’d worry my daughter would try to get him out if she woke before me!Syrana

  45. Alene September 10, 2012 Reply

    I love that It grows with baby so it can be used into toddlerhood

  46. Misses Giveaways September 10, 2012 Reply

    I like that it grows with baby and that it is easy to assemble.

  47. Laura Jacobson September 10, 2012 Reply

    Oh this is so neat! I love that it was easy to assemble! Some items I get these days it would take a rocket scientist to assemble! LOL…I also love that the toy bar can be removed! And the easy slide handle sounds wonderful to be able to switch from sitting to sleeping without waking baby! A HUGE plus! This is just the neatest thing! Just love how it converts to the sleeping too! And…so great it can be for toddlers too! Grows right with them!!! :) Sounds like a wonderful product we would love to have for the new baby!

    • Darcy September 11, 2012 Reply

      I know most things take both my hubby and I to decipher the instructions which is crazy!Syrana

  48. Katie O September 10, 2012 Reply

    I love the extended use of this product! My nephew is 1 and uses a toddler rocker and loves it.

  49. Sara Wood September 10, 2012 Reply

    I have never used a rocker napper but this looks perfect for traveling!

  50. sherry fowler September 10, 2012 Reply

    love all of the info! Its going to come in handy with my first grandbaby in March!

    • Darcy September 11, 2012 Reply

      Congrats on your grandbaby, Sherry!Syrana

  51. Giveaway Gal September 10, 2012 Reply

    I like that it will save me money since it grows with my child.

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