The life of young mothers nowadays has many advantages over the life of our parents. For the care of babies, a huge number of devices are produced that help not only take care of, but also groom, cherish and entertain the little ones. It’s good when you put the baby in a comfortable chair, which is equipped with squeaks and flashing things to distract the child, and at this time do important household chores or just lie down and read a book. There is such a variety of child restraint structures on the market that your head is spinning. I would like to try everything for my baby. How useful are children’s sun loungers and what they are?
Every woman knows that in order to calm down and help a child fall asleep, it is necessary to pick him up and shake him slightly. It is not only impossible to constantly carry children in your arms, but also harmful. Children quickly get used to constant excessive attention and after a short time they do not allow anything to be done and do not directly let their mother go away from themselves. To avoid this, there is an excellent and rather new device – a chaise longue for newborns, which has already gained great popularity and has firmly found its place on the shelves of stores with goods for babies..
What it is?
It looks like a small rocking chair – a chair with educational toys, musical devices, rattles attached to an arc. Such a construction is made of durable, hypoallergenic and safe materials. It has a reinforced frame, a seat with several positions of an ergonomic backrest (usually three), an insert on the seat so that the spine does not overload, and reliable fixators (panties or belts). Easy to carry, even with a child, it can be compactly adjusted, which is undoubtedly convenient when moving, going out into nature. All of these components allow the little one to actively move in the bed, sleep or play.
Features and Benefits
Almost every young family now has such useful sun loungers. Parents, judging by numerous reviews, are satisfied with the purchase and highlight the main features and benefits when using this miracle of technical progress:
- used for sleeping and feeding;
- there is no need to carry and rock the baby (at the slightest movement, the pendulum shaking of the chaise longue occurs, there is a vibration effect);
- the crumbs’ interest in the movements and movements of the parents is entertaining and educational in nature (they calmly observe and do not worry);
- the child is in the area of constant observation;
- emotional and mental positive state of the baby;
- training both physical and vestibular apparatus, posture and motor skills;
- good and restful sleep;
- light weight and wheels for movement.
From what age can you use?
Sun loungers, to the surprise of parents and according to the practical conclusions and conclusions of pediatricians, can be used almost from birth, but when the muscles of the back and neck get stronger, and until the moment when your tomboy grows up and refuses to sit in it. The changing positions of the seat back make it possible to fix the fragile back of the child – this is the lowest position, and for older children – the upper positions of the retainer. When the strong man has grown up, it can be used as a table for feeding and playing. Even the famous doctor Komarovsky, who is famous for his extraordinary opinion on the upbringing and care of children, speaks rather positively about the benefits and good influence of sun loungers on the condition of both babies and their parents..
When used as a chaise longue and the position of the backrest on the structure:
- raised as much as possible (more often only for games, the load is about 9 kg);
- in the middle position – this is for rest (max weight 9 kg);
- fully reclined for sleeping (weight load 7 kg).
If the child does not hold the head and does not know how to sit on his own, only the lower position of the back is permissible.
Which is better: a chaise longue or an electric swing
When answering this question, the opinions of users (parents) differ. Both the chaise longue and the electric swing are devices for the child, including a soft bed, comfortable for the back, which is fixed in various positions and provides for rocking. But manually or mechanically, the choice of each is individual. In case the main goal is to free the hands from motion sickness, the electronic version with a swinging effect will be the best. This option is the most natural, repeating the mother’s caring swing, as opposed to vibration. The advantages of an electric swing are obvious:
- the calming effect is provided by the electric adjustable vibration and swing, without the use of hands;
- musical and sound accompaniments for games and sleep;
- cognitive developmental functions (gadgets and widgets).
Variations and additional configurations presented on the market for children’s goods are so diverse that parents are determined for a long time with the selection. We present the main classifications by which your choice will be more conscious and will help you understand the available models presented by various manufacturers.
The main groups into which sun loungers are divided by design features:
- electronic and wireframe;
- movable (with wheels) and stationary;
- with rocking function (bouncers) and fixed;
- integral and collapsible;
- with music;
- for swimming;
- with and without a control panel;
- transforming and standard;
- with a variable backrest angle and without this function;
- for newborns and older children;
Sun loungers differ in types:
- Cradle for little ones. Available in mechanical, electrical, floor and suspended.
- Mechanical chair – chaise longue. Manual control and swing. Inexpensive and most common.
- Electronic sun lounger. Popular models completely free their hands and give more time to parents. Adjustable vibration makes you sick. Complemented by melodies and light effects.
- Electromechanical chaise lounge with swing function. Supplied with feeding table bars.
- Swing – chaise longue. They combine mechanical swing and swing, which is well used when moving to nature. Easy to assemble and have a compact transport bag.
- Chair – transformer. The position of the parts of the structure can replace all kinds of necessary devices for the crumbs: swings, chairs, tables.
- Rocking toys.
- Rocking chair. The functionally thought-out design is both entertaining and can be used as a full-fledged chair. Can be equipped with castors for easy movement.
Manufacturers of sun loungers do not forget about additional accessories that delight children: hanging mobiles, toys, melodies, buzzers, rattles, educational accessories. Functional features, such as vibration, swing and sway speeds, transformations, only improve the design and bring joy and harmonious communication between children and parents during games, feeding and rest.
How to choose?
The most important thing is maximum safety in use, durability and reliability. All designs of sun loungers are made in compliance with orthopedic standards so that the load on the baby’s spine is evenly distributed while in the chair, does not violate posture, muscle tone. The emotional and mental state is extremely important, because overexcitation can have unpleasant consequences and bring the baby to nervousness. The minimum weight of the child in the seat is from 4 kg, the maximum – up to 18 kg.
When purchasing, read the reviews, compare all the pros and cons, carefully check the recommended parameters:
- Do the positions of the back change from recumbent – the lowest, to sitting – upper, and do they hold the clamps well.
- Sturdy steel frame that must stand firmly and not topple over.
- High-quality fasteners and clamps, no sharp edges and corners.
- Design features (stationary or electric model).
- Checking the electronic qualities of the sun lounger, motion sickness and vibration modes.
- The design is mobile and lightweight.
- If there are wheels, check the reliability and quality of the coating.
- Seat dimensions.
- A bed with special enlarged planes (soft pads) in the places of the greatest pressing, rather hard, without lumps, deep.
- The cover of the seat is whole, the seams are strong and even.
- Perforated seat materials, environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, dye free, removable, washable and abrasion resistant.
- The presence of a headrest and removable liner. For very young consumers, the model with panties is ideal..
- The presence of strong retaining adjustable straps, three and five-point with soft pads.
- Additional front arches for fixing the exit and the impossibility of the baby to open the mounts on his own.
- The selection should be taken into account with the age and weight of the baby..
- The choice of models with toys, melodies, rolling and vibration should be checked especially carefully for safety and impact on the psychological state of babies..
- The presence of a sun visor, carrying handles, storage bags, a remote control for electronic devices will be an additional plus.
If you decide to buy a sun lounger, pay attention to the manufacturer. Firms with well-known brands that professionally deal with goods for children, produce high-quality and safe goods, use time-tested and appreciated materials.
After purchasing, using the device, you should definitely follow a number of safety measures:
- use strictly according to the weight and age prescribed in the instructions;
- do not carry sun loungers with children inside the device;
- use strictly for the intended purpose;
- always fix the baby with seat belts;
- do not leave the child unattended for a long time;
- do not place on high and unstable surfaces;
- do not hang many toys, do not allow them to be poorly secured;
- leave the child in a sun lounger for a long time, include strong vibration or rocking for a long time;
- do not feed and drink during vibration and rocking.
The correct precautions will ensure the harmonious and full development of your child, give you peace of mind and tenderness with the results of using these modern devices..
Since the materials of the sun loungers are in direct contact with the body of the children, they must be promptly cleaned of food and other contaminants in order to comply with hygiene standards. Such assistants are easy to look after. The covers are removed quite easily. They are processed in a washing machine at a low temperature (about 40 degrees) and dry quickly. The body is wiped with a soft cloth using detergents safe for children. Folding models are easily packed in special bags – covers included in the package.
Rating of the best manufacturers
Today, the market for child restraints is filled with all kinds of models with a variety of functions. For parents, choice becomes a real challenge. These things are quite expensive and before buying you need to calculate all the pros and cons, evaluate the functions and reliability, find a decent model for your beloved child.
The most reliable Western brands are the following models:
- Babyton (Sweden);
- Bright Stars (USA);
- Brevi and Chicco (Italy);
- Tiny Love (Israel).
All of them have carefully calculated design features with a combination of style and versatility. Of the inexpensive, but not inferior in quality segment, we can note Korablik (they are distinguished by a large model range and decent quality), Jetem Premium (distinguished by a variety of functions).
Introducing the line of the best manufacturers of sun loungers with a brief description to help you choose:
- Graco DuetSoothe – swing. They are characterized by durability and proven reliability for the child. They have a removable chair, two rocking speeds and soft vibration. Works with success on electrical mains and batteries.
- Bright Starts Playful Pals Portable Swing – TrueSpeed proprietary technological development, where the feature is to keep the unchanging speed of motion sickness at any weight of the child. There are only 6 swing speeds, which are infinitely variable. An ergonomic seat for the child’s body and several toys. Installation is easy and indispensable when moving with children.
- Fisher-Price Snugabunny is an oversized electric swing. Cozy soft armchair, light shock absorption. Speeds for regulation 6, a large set of decorations, toys, 16 melodies. Reliable seat belts.
- Comfortable and extremely safe, but rather complicated installation of the Graco Glider LX. Six-speed slide mode, plus 10 children’s tunes. Has securely clip-on toys.
- Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing – My Little Snugapuppy – rocker. The foldable design is good for moving around. There are AC adapters and a battery compartment. There are 6 swinging speeds, 16 calm melodic rhythms, and reliable fixation straps..
- Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing is an electric chair model with great functionality, a timer and a removable headrest.
- The Graco Duet Connect LX Swing + Bouncer is packed with premium developmental and useful features. The horizontal and vertical movements delight the little ones. The presence of two speeds and modes of vibration, shock-absorbing ability, comfortable and soft. Differs in high-quality components, is supplied with retaining straps.
- Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat – swing. Decorated classically with arches and a seat with a good shock-absorbing system. They have a six-speed mode and a set of pleasant melodies. Equipped with toys. Lightweight and easy to mount, which is appreciated in travel and relocation.
- Fisher-Price — the Moonlight Meadow model is quite popular with both parents and children. The fun and colorful design will delight. The swing modes, which are 2 and several speeds, many melodies and sounds of nature to choose from, harmoniously complement the technical developments. Comes with straps for proper retention.
- Ingenuity Convertme Swing-2-Seat swing model with parent-requested functionality. Adjustable turns, high-speed tempos and the presence of many tunes for lulling are popular with consumers, both adults and children. The rechargeable batteries are designed for a fairly long operating time. Motion sickness timer, lightweight spring cushioning have great reviews. Comes with the most secure straps for fixing.
According to the data presented by the Association “Price Expert”, the following child restraint devices with the best consumer characteristics are distinguished:
- The Tiny Love 3-in-1 bouncer cradle is the most popular for newborns.
- Rocking chair Brevi Baby Rocer is a self-pumping and high-quality device with games.
- The BabyBjorn Balance Soft chair is a reliable and proven folding mechanism that is in great demand among travel lovers.
- Rocking chair MamaRoo – electric chaise longue, suitable for children of the very young age.
- JETEM Premium budget series. Suitable for newborns. Equipped with a detachable hood that protects from wind, sun and rain.
- Fisher-Price Cocoon Classic version, enhanced with soothing melody and soft vibration.
The presented list of child restraints cannot cover a wide range of models and prices. Many good firms have gone unreported. The main criterion in determining the desired child restraint device is the question of the availability of funds, the child’s mobility and the desires of the final result.
How much are?
Manufacturers of sun loungers are releasing an increasing number of new models, complementing and improving design, ergonomic characteristics and filling with developing accessories. Designers, evaluating the reviews and assessments of parents and doctors, meticulously change minuses into pluses, achieving the required value of the product. This directly affects the cost. Prices vary depending on the chosen model, the brand of the company and additional options, the various included gadgets, functions. These devices are not cheap, and if you consider that they are bought for a short time, then you should think about the price.
Whether expensive and sophisticated is needed, only parents can decide. Knowing the leaders – manufacturers and the main price categories, you can easily find a product that meets your needs and is not affordable. So, there are cheaper Chinese models, for example, Happy Baby Woody or Bright Starts (less than 4000 rubles), which are not particularly inferior in terms of the presence of the necessary qualities and functions, but there are multifunctional designs with a musical and swinging unit of the luxury and premium class, European manufacturers whose prices rise over 25,000.
Reviews of doctors
Of course, parents who are concerned about the health of their children are afraid to buy sun loungers, not fully understanding their effect on the body. But the reviews of buyers who purchased and use children’s devices and the opinions of doctors – specialists are positive and give an affirmative answer in favor of the acquisition.
Chairs are considered by pediatricians to be reliable, helpful and safe. Falling asleep quickly and calmly affects longer sleep, and the presence of a variety of developmental development contributes to early mental and emotional development..
Orthopedists highlight improvements in the active mobile activity of the baby, which improves the condition of muscles and bones, improves posture and promotes the earlier development of a straight gait.
The only warning that experts express is reasonable application, which is expressed in the time and weight restrictions on the use of musical and vibrating devices. Use rockers and swings without fanaticism.
Interesting solutions in interior design
Sun loungers are presented in various color variations, so choosing the right one that will successfully fit into your interior and the design of the children’s room, suitable only for you, will not be difficult. Manufacturers are stepping forward and are already actively releasing models that look like leaves, flowers, cars, with interesting ornaments and textures. The choice of such children’s designs will delight you, and, most importantly, our children will like it..
There are many worries and troubles in the life of a modern young family. How to manage everything and remain caring parents, beautiful, joyful and cheerful? We need good and useful helpers, real magic wands, which, if used intelligently and correctly, can significantly improve life and bring harmony between parents and children. Children’s sun loungers meet the requirements, greatly facilitate the household chores of caring for the baby.