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First Years Kickin' Coaster

Mommy's Lil Helper: First Years Kickin' Coaster

Some babies just don't like swings. I feel for their poor parents, but luckily there are other options for those picky babies. The First Years Kickin' Coaster ($70) is a baby seat that is similar to a bouncer, but has the added bells and whistles that usually come with a swing.

Instead of sitting in a stationary position, tots can use their wee feet to kick off a mesh screen and move up and down on a sliding mechanism. In addition to the horizontal motion, the chair also vibrates, lights up, and plays a few tunes. I am convinced that the same people who invented the Sharper Image massage chairs were also responsible for this creation. If there were such a thing as a baby mall, tots would be lining up to get their massage fix and entertainment value for the day.

To see what I wasn't so fond of,


It's a swell product, but I would have designed it with more decorative fabric so it would not clash so much with a house's decor. I don't mind a little plastic and color, but this certainly gets put away when adult company visits. But if baby is happy, I guess the aesthetics don't matter so much . . .

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