Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fisher Price EZbundle Review

Fisher Price recently introduced the EZ Bundle 4-in-1 Baby System. The bundle includes one seat that interchanges into 4 different seat bases, an infant seat, swing, high chair, and toddler seat. Being a mother of seven children, my living room home looks like a daycare with all of the baby gear scattered about. Seeing the EZ Bundle made me excited to relieve my home of some of that clutter.
I was a bit intimidated by the contents of the box. There was a ton of pieces and although I have put countless amounts of baby gear together, the sheer number of pieces made me think the process would take much longer than it did. After hunting down a screwdriver that my husband hid put away, I got to work. All in all it took about 20 minutes to put all of the bases together. Two things did stump me and held up the process a bit, the first was locating the swing seat base-it was set into the seat already and just had to be detached but it was something that I wasn't expecting nor was in the instructions (I looked when I couldn't find it!). The second was assembling the toddler seat/highchair base. I kept messing up and putting the back into the front and the front into the back. Seriously I am usually not this blond, but every time I twisted it around to put the piece in the right spot I grabbed the wrong part.

Infant Swing:
Once the seat is set into the base and the legs are place it is like any other swing as far as operation. The legs snapped into place smoothly but finding the proper angle to get the legs in place is a bit hard. I at first thought that only one leg fit into one slot but now know that they will go into any with the right angle. Below are the swing features:

• 6-speeds for variety
• 3-point restraint
• Comfy stain-resistant seat pad
• Approx. 0-6 Months, Maximum weight: 25 lbs.
• Use Swing from birth until child becomes active and attempts to climb out of the product.

High Chair:
Perfect height for use, seems to be very sturdy. I was expecting it to be wobbly but that was NOT the case.

• 5-point restraint
• Comfy stain-resistant seat pad
• Approx. 6-24 Months, Maximum weight: 50 lbs.
• Use High Chair only with a child who has enough upper body control to sit up unassisted.

Newborn Seat
The recline was perfect for a younger baby or a sleeping baby. As you can see, Jonas was very comfortable in the reclined position.
• Great for feeding or napping!
• 3-point restraint
• Comfy stain-resistant seat pad
• Approx. 0-6 Months, Maximum weight: 25 lbs.
• Use Infant seat from birth until child is able to sit up unassisted.

Toddler seat
This is perfect for play the seat can be used with or without the tray and in a pinch can be used as a highchair from the floor.
• Holds toddlers up to 50 lbs.!
• Comfy stain-resistant seat pad
• Approx. 18 Months & up, Maximum weight: 50 lbs.
• Use Toddler seat only with a child capable of getting into and out of the product unassisted.

Recommendations: This would be perfect for anyone who does not want their home over ran by baby gear or who does not have the space for an infant seat, swing, highchair and toddler seat.

Things I would change: I would send more than one set of legs with it, yes it is easy to switch but I am seeing how that can be a hindrance on the product. If the baby is screaming wanting to eat or swing, you do not want to try and switch the legs as you have to
set the baby down to do this. I would also add a handle to allow parents to easily switch bases without having to take the baby out of the seat. I would also have the tray attach to the interchangeable seat rather than the toddler seat/highchair base. I would have loved to use the tray with the swing but there was no way to attach it. Another item to mention is, Jonas kept reaching out and grabbing the swing arms when in the swing. I was afraid that he would hurt himself by getting his arm between the swing arm and swing legs. I would have to say the swing was for younger babies and not for a child that can sit up and reach out to grab the arms. Lastly I would like to see a belt added to the toddler seat so that it can be attached to a chair and used as a highchair w/o the base.

*Thank you Fisher Price and MomSelect for giving me the Fisher Price EZ Bundle 4-in-1 baby system to review.