Why I bought my… Maclaren Rocker

03/23/2008 at 07:00 AM ET

MaclarenrockerIt’s been one long winter for me. By the time I got past the postpartum zombie phase after my daughter was born in September, it was cold and gloomy and I was so not into venturing outside much. Cut to me indoors with an infant, who at any given moment needed to a) sleep b) be kept safe while I tried to make something resembling dinner and/or c) be entertained. The Maclaren Rocker has helped me with all three.

When she was just a wee one, I sat her in it, flicked on the vibration button and watched the chair do its magic as it quickly lulled her to sleep. As she got a bit bigger and a lot squirmier, I’d harness her into the trusty Maclaren, sit it on the kitchen floor and watch her rock the whole thing just by her crazy jerky infant kicks.

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Then there are the soft, sweet toys — a pastel bunny, puppy andelephant that attach to a removable bar. They hold a special place inmy heart because they were the first toys she ever batted at. "Honey,she’s playing!," I remember saying to my husband.

Now that Bailey’s six months old, she’s more into trying to sit on the floor than in a bouncy seat, but the best part about the Maclaren(besides it’s tasteful choice of colors; I picked the coffee brown andpink and it still looks as new as it did the day I brought it home) isthat it can now be a functional "chair" for her. I adjusted the legs soit no longer rocks, changed the recline so she’s sitting more up thanback now, and replaced the bunny and pals with some toys she can gnawon as she teethes.

As the weather gets warmer, I’m very excited to bring it to thebeach and make some use of the canopy it comes with. Yes, while I soakin some rays and read magazines that don’t include the word "baby" or"parent" anywhere on the cover, Bailey can chill out with some toys andbe protected from the sun. Then, at the end of our lovely day, I’lljust fold the highly portable rocker down and head back home. Summer is just around the corner, right?

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