Only four weeks left until D day and I CAN’T WAIT to meet my little baby butterfly! I have been super busy getting everything organised, my hospital bag is packed, my travel-themed nursery is ready and I’ve been practicing my breathing techniques and kegles! Last week I was contacted by the PR department at Skip Hop who offered to kindly gift me the their uplift bouncer in exchange for a review, so of course I said yes!
Skip Hop was a company that I had never heard of previously (but then again, being my first pregnancy there are a lot of companies making children’s products that I haven’t heard of!), but upon doing a little bit of research they appear to be a well-established and high quality retailer. Starting with nappy changing bags, they have re-energized and re-engineered a number of every-day children’s’ products. As an academic, where we are trained to constantly critique and analyse, I love the way that Skip Hop’s aim is to question functionality, form and design of existing products in order to offer new and innovative approaches. One such example is the uplift bouncer.
The bouncer comes in a neutral colour which is likely to compliment the furniture and décor of your living room. The fabric is nice for year round use. It's cozy enough for cold months but isn't so plush that the baby will get sweaty in the summer. Skip Hop’s innovation here is that unlike an ordinary baby bouncer, you can adjust the height. This means that you are able to lift baby up to join you at the dining table or the sofa. This is obviously a big pro for this bouncy chair! The seat itself is very well made. It's sturdy, much more sturdy than I expected it to be. The base is large enough to provide stability when the seat is in the highest position. Setup out of the box isn't overly involved and the toy bar attached and everything was ready to go in just a couple minutes.
The only negative I would say is the size and weight. Moving this seat involves finding a spot to put the baby for a few minutes, lifting it with two hands, carrying it to another room, and squatting down to turn the knob and raise the seat if desired (it's super awkward to carry when already set up and I'm concerned I'll break it in the process). The result is great but it's significantly more involved than a regular bouncy seat. As a consequence this bouncy chair isn’t likely to be coming with us on any of our travels!
Bouncy chairs are great for entertaining babies and this seat offers the standard entertainment features. Similarly to other seats on the market, the uplift bouncer provides a multi-sensory environment that keeps baby actively engaged. It is designed to boost motor skills by using baby’s own movements to create a natural bouncing effect. The toy bar features a mirror and three crinkle petals to keep baby entertained and engaged, then tucks away when not in use. These toys can be changed if desired. It also has two songs and two sound effects with volume control and soothing vibration. All of these have an auto-off feature after 20 minutes.
As I said, this bouncy chair is super practical as a result of its adjustable height- definitely a unique selling point for Skip Hop! It adjust up to 86cm in height and supports babies up to 9kg. Alongside this it has a 5-point adjustable harness to keep baby secure (especially important when the seat is at full height!). The seat is also lined with a soft, washable insert that can be removed if your baby makes a mess! Another pro for this seat is the rubber feet, I have brand new kitchen tiles so the feet were a concern for me at first as I thought there may be a risk of scratching, but in actual fact I had nothing to worry about! It can be slightly inconvenient to move around due to its size and weight, but if you use this seat as a piece of furniture in your house as opposed to a transportable chair then it works perfectly!
Skip Hop’s moto is ‘must-have items made better’ and I certainly would agree that this seat offers a great example of this. However, you will pay for this. This seat retails at around £160, which in my opinion is quite expensive, but you do get a good quality item for your money! The seat is available at a number of retailers including Amazon.
So all in all, the Skip Hop uplift bouncer is a good quality product that looks stylish and offers a convenience not provided by your average bouncy chair. Whilst this seat won’t be coming with me on any of our travels due to its size and weight, it will make a great addition to our family home. I give this product a 4 star Lifeasabutterfly rating!