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Fisher-Price's latest gadget can't quite swing it.Although the Cradle 'n Swing boasts many talents, it's too big and expensive to prove indispensable.
[MUSIC] I know first hand how tough it can be to be a new parent who's kind of just at the whims of a teething child, so I'm a strong believer that every parent should get some kind of seat or a rocker or a sleeper or something that helps relieve them when they really need it. The question is, which one should you buy? Fisher-Price answers that question with a product that Can pretty much be all of them. The Fisher-Price Smart Connect 4-in-1 Cradle 'N Swing. The problem is this thing costs 200 bucks. And it's a monster of a device. I mean, I live in a pretty small apartment, and this thing takes up practically half my living room. The coolest feature of the Cradle 'N Swing is that it can function both as a cradle And as a swing. You've also go this really cool mobile here that moves as a swing and also lights up. It's got music, ambient noise and app control. But despite this thing's four-in-one nature, I actually still want it to do more. I mean, I've worked with Fisher Price products in the past that cost Half what this thing does, and feel like they're as feature rich, or maybe even more so. Now, this thing swings, but if I take the rocker off, and just rock it on its own, I have to do the rocking. And I know what you're saying, why are you complaining about rocking your son to sleep? But, the thing is, if I'm gonna dish out 200 bucks for this device, I want the rocker to be able to rock itself so I can go and do some dishes. The Fisher-Price Cradle n' Swing is a really good product and it can relieve a lot of parents, but it's definitely not for everyone. Especially not for those who have tighter budgets or smaller living spaces.