The First Years 3-in-1 Kickin Coaster Seat, Dot To Dot

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A Good Idea, But...

Jan 21, 2011
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Unique

Cons:Bulky

The Bottom Line: Not worth the expense.  You could get two toys (a bouncer and a swing, for example) for the price of one Kickin' Coaster.


Our son is currently 5 months old.  He probably started using this Coaster when he was around 2 months old.
The Kickin' Coaster seemed like such a cool concept, and since our son had really strong legs when he was born, we thought this would be a perfect toy.  But it hasn't met our expectations.
The seat features a cushy headrest, a seat belt, and a removable cover.
There are several vibration settings.  You can also have the lights & sounds activated by the baby's kicks, or just stay on.

The seat is adjustable, but even at the lowest/shortest setting, our son's legs didn't reach the bottom for a long time.  (He was 20.5" when he was born.)  We placed some big books in front of the kick pad so that he could still push himself up.  He soon became tall enough for his feet to easily reach the base, but now he's also big enough to use toys like Excersaucers, and those keep him vertical, so that his head isn't rubbing against the back of the seat and wearing away his hair.  But, because of the adjustability, I think my son will still be able to fit in this seat for a while.  And if he falls asleep, he should be fairly safe in this chair.  (Sleeping while standing would be much more uncomfortable, at least.)
The lights and music are cool, and pretty responsive to kicks.  However, the mesh at the bottom (where the footprints are) has too much "give" in it, and that makes it difficult for a baby to get the seat to slide.  There's no way to tighten it up that mesh, either.
Our son liked the lights and sounds, but didn't seem very impressed by the sliding, even though the grown-ups thought it was pretty neat when he did it.
The cover was such a pain to put onto the chair that we now put a blanket over the seat before putting our son in it.  So, if there are any types of accidents, we won't have to wash the cover and put it back on the chair.  That's not really a big deal, though.
The base of this chair is the worst part.  The tubular "leg" at the top of the chair is wider than the chair, so it is a constant location of grown-ups tripping and stubbing their toes.  No matter where we put this chair, and even when we think about it, we still end up falling over this chair!
This is one of the more expensive baby seats, and even though it is unique, it's just not worth the money.

We'll still have this chair.  I plan to try it out again, and I'll update the review if things change dramatically.


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