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Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle n Swing review: The Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing can't justify its price

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The Good The Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing is a flexible product that performs its basic functions well. Plus, the design is sturdy and reliable.

The Bad This thing will take up considerable space, and its extras aren't too impressive. For the price, I want something more than the basic music and sound effects.

The Bottom Line This product isn't a must-buy, especially for its price, but it performs reliably well and will work effectively with many children.

7.4 Overall
  • Features 7
  • Usability 6
  • Design 8
  • Performance 9

Sometimes the only way to soothe a baby is by holding her. But if you want to have a life (or just some sanity), an alternative means of soothing the kid is really important. I have personal experience living at the whims of a teething child, and I'm a strong believer in buying some sort of rocker, swing or seat that'll give parents a little relief when they need it. The question is, which one should you buy?

It's not an easy question, in part because every child is different. Some babies like to ride in cars, some like to be rocked in cradles. But Fisher-Price's 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing tries to solve that problem by doing it all. I love the flexibility, but between a high price of $200 (about £150 or AU$270) and a giant frame, the Cradle 'n Swing loses some of its appeal. It's still worth considering, but only if you've already got the budget and the floor space.

Setting up the Cradle 'n Swing isn't as easy as I'd hoped. It took me between 30 and 40 minutes, and by the time I'd screwed together all the metal bars and fastened the plush cushion to the bed, I needed a break.

While initial setup isn't that big a deal, once the Cradle 'n Swing is assembled, it's also hard to move. This is a beast of a device, with the largest footprint of any baby-related tech I've tested. While it isn't too much larger than comparable non-smart devices, I still feel like its frame could be a little more compact. Additionally, it doesn't collapse well for travel or storage, so expect a permanent fixture in your home.

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