When you’re expecting, without a doubt, you will spend hours pouring over all of the baby gear options available. One of my favorite things to do on this blog is review products to help you make the best choice for your baby and your family. Today I’m so excited to tell you about 2 of Graco’s newest baby gear options: the Duet Oasis™ Swing with Soothe Surround™ Technology and the Pack ‘n Play® Playard Newborn Napper® Oasis with Soothe Surround™ Technology.
Duet Oasis™ Swing with Soothe Surround™ Technology
I want to start off with this swing because it’s been getting a lot of love at our home recently. I have to admit that when it was sent to me, although I was excited to review it for all of you, I didn’t really think we would get much use out of it since Gideon (my youngest) is already 9.5 months old. He hasn’t had a swing or anything like it set up for months now. Then, just shortly after we received the swing, Gideon came down with a really bad cold (thanks older siblings!). He was so congested that he had problems sleeping unless his body was inclined. So, I assembled the swing and put him in there for a nap. What a difference that made! One 3 hour nap later I was feeling extremely thankful for the Duet Oasis Swing! I even rearranged Gideon’s nook in our bedroom so there would be a place to keep it up for a little while longer.
Features of this swing include:
- Sound and movement are matched to soothe baby in a new way
- 10 separate environments provide options depending on baby’s preference
- Removable rocker with carry handle provides a soothing spot in any room
- Extra plush fabrics cuddle your newborn to keep them cozy.
- New, innovative seat shape provides optimal comfort space.
- Extended canopy with upgraded fabrics
- Money saving AC plug included
- 6 swing speeds for baby’s different moods
- Two soft toys for baby’s visual stimulation and play
- 5-point harness keeps your child secure
I love that this swing is really 2 pieces of baby gear in one (talk about a money saver!). You can very easily remove the seat portion and transport it from room to room with you to use as a rocker. That is so handy when you have a bigger house or a two story house like us. The battery operated Soothe Surround Technology unit stays attached to the seat, so it goes with you wherever you take it.
Speaking of that technology, let me touch on that really quick. Essentially what Graco has done is pair up the movement and the sound to work seamless together. If you are hearing the sound of the ocean waves, then the vibration of the seat is set to feel like your little one is floating on the water. There are 10 different options to choose from, so you can find the one that best soothes your little one.
The swing is adjustable so that is can rock either side to side or front to back. Gideon prefers the side to side movement but some babies love front to back. The swing is also either battery operated OR can be plugged into an electric outlet — yay! The swing has 6 different speed settings and, unlike some units I’ve tried in the past, when you turn it up to speed 6 it does have a fairly fast swing to it.
The seat itself is made of fabric that is very soft to the touch. Possibly one of my favorite things is that is has a removable seat cushion so clean up is easy if your little one should have a blow out. Seasoned moms know that babies LOVE to do that kind of stuff in places that are hard to clean. Luckily that won’t be a problem with this seat.
My only complaint with this swing is that it squeaks if we turn the speed above 4. I think it is probably because Gideon is close to 20 pounds and I doubt it would squeak with a younger baby. He’s happy at speed 4, so it’s not a huge problem here.
I’m definitely impressed with the Graco Duet Oasis™ Swing with Soothe Surround™ Technology! I plan to use it for a few more months with Gideon (it can hold up to 30 pounds) and then, should we have a 5th baby, I know it will come in handy then!
Pack ‘n Play® Playard Newborn Napper® Oasis with Soothe Surround™ Technology
Living in a two story house, I have always found it so helpful to have a baby care station on the main level of our home, since the baby’s nursery has always been on the second level. I always use it for the first few months for diaper changes, naps, storing a change of clothes, etc..
Just like the swing, the Pack ‘n Play® Playard Newborn Napper® Oasis with Soothe Surround™ Technology has 10 synchronized sound and movement settings to choose from. It can be used as a newborn napper, changing station, bassinet, and playard! Here are all of the features:
- Only playard to soothe baby with synced sound and vibration
- 10 Soothing settings provide options depending on baby’s preference
- Unique seat shape, lush fabrics, cradle baby for optimal soothing
- Large changing station for extend use to 30 lb
- Easily push upgraded canopy back for easy access to baby
- Integrated storage keeps the necessities at your fingertips
- Infant bassinet features Soothe Surround™ to comfort little one
- Designed to transition with baby: newborn to infant to toddler
- Converts to a spacious, secure playard for your growing child
- Easy to clean with washable fabrics and a wipe-clean changer
- Sleek new frame will complement your home’s décor
- Signature Graco® push-button makes folding your playard quick and hassle-free
While Gideon is too big now to use the napper or bassinet, he loves to play in the playard. He had a lot of fun playing peek-a-boo over the top railing! It makes a great place for Gideon to play safely if I need to run outside and grab the mail, take a quick shower, or fix dinner. It’s also a great travel bed for him!
I love that the diaper change station is approved for kids up to 30 pounds — I’ll be able to use it for Gideon for quite a while! The storage on the side makes it easy to keep diapers and wipes within easy reach when he needs a change.
My only complaint with this Pack ‘n Play is that, when it comes time to pack it away, while there is a nice travel/storage back for the Pack’n Play itself, there is no storage bag for all of the other pieces. I’d love it if, in the future, Graco would send a second bag along to store the additional pieces, when they aren’t in use.
Overall, the Pack ‘n Play® Playard Newborn Napper® Oasis and the Duet Oasis™ Swing with Soothe Surround™ Technology make great choices for moms looking for practical, affordable, and technologically-advanced baby gear items. The Soothe Surround Technology is genius. Although Gideon is beyond the stage of really using that, I can see how it would make a difference with a newborn. I also really love how these products combine a few baby gear needs in one product! That will save you both money and space!
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Graco. The items mentioned above were sent to me, at no cost, to facilitate this review.