Uncluttered baby: The EZ Bundle

This is an item I really wish would have existed a year ago when we were outfitting our home with baby gear:

The EZ Bundle 4-in-1 Baby System from Fisher-Price is an infant swing, high chair, newborn seat, and toddler seat all in one unit. You don’t need to buy four different items, just the one that transforms into the four different uses. Brilliant. And the suggested retail price is only $150.00 — which is less than many individual swings.

35 Comments for “Uncluttered baby: The EZ Bundle”

  1. posted by Nicole : Three By Sea on

    This? is WAY awesome! I am all about the multi-purpose items, especially when it comes to kids. We skipped the high chair with our son and opted for the seat with tray that attached to an existing dining room chair and then converted to a booster seat. We also bought a crib that converts from crib to toddler bed to full-size bed to save money and having to buy/get rid of excess furniture. It just makes sense all the way around.

  2. posted by Kristen@TheFrugalGirl on

    That’s pretty neat! Too bad it came out after I was finished having kids. lol

    Nicole, we have a crib that converts to a toddler bed, but we were never able to use that feature until now because there was always a new baby needing to use the crib as a crib.

    My youngest has been sleeping in the toddler bed version of the crib for quite some time now, though, and I think it’ll be a while before she’s too big for it.

  3. posted by Little Q on

    haha, yeah, i would have loved to have this…eighteen months ago when my son was born! still trying to get rid of excess baby clutter. :\ not an easy process, as it seems nobody else wants the stuff, either. maybe that’s a good sign, it means other parents are wising up to the fact that they don’t need a million things to raise a baby. (or, sadly, on the flip side, as i’ve seen first hand too many times, it means parents are imbibing their unborn child with a huge sense of entitlement, saying, “my baby deserves the best! no second-hand stuff for him/her!” happens more often then i’d like to see. bleh.)

  4. posted by Nicole on

    I recently saw that in a Parents magazine (or Baby Talk or one of those) and pointed it out to my husband “Why didn’t we get THAT!?!” I really wish we would have, it would have been so much easier. Baby Girl is in a highchair-that-turns-into-a-booster combo now but to have the extra 2 functions earlier would have been great!

  5. posted by GayleRN on

    This old grandma thinks it is hilarious. It is actually a devilish unitasker whose sole function is to keep you busy transforming it from one task to another. Personally I am amazed at the amount of equipment that seems to be required to raise a baby these days. Here is what is necessary: a crib, a car seat, and a minimalist stroller. A high chair isn’t strictly necessary until the child starts to feed himself. Everything else is for you not the baby. Asleep he is in the crib, awake he is in arms or on a blanket on the floor, because you can’t fall off a floor. Surround with toys and he will be rolling over, crawling and sitting up before you know it. I notice that many babies delay those things now for a couple of months because they are stuck in those little seats for hours on end. Feed in arms until able to sit up in high chair. Rock in arms, rocking chairs are highly desirable even for adults. Swings are just another place to keep baby out of the way. Unclutter your lives by getting rid of the baby stuff that is basically just stuff to keep baby out of the way.

  6. posted by Cathy on

    Where do you put the baby when converting from one configuration to another?

  7. posted by Danielle on

    We had a graco car seat, with a “snap n go” type stroller frame and a “snug glider” (the car seat just snapped into a swing frame). Both of these folded flat, out of the way and into the closet when we weren’t using them and both of them were just frames that took the infant carseat she was already in. Nice when she fell asleep in the carseat–just click her right into the stroller frame or click her into the swing frame if you’re at home, no need to wake the baby!

    We also had a booster with a tray instead of the regular high chair. She’s 3 and still using it (minus the tray).

  8. posted by Elaine on

    We had something similar when my son was an infant (nearly 21 years ago). It was a car seat/carrier/swing. I no longer remember the brand. Unfortunately, the carrier function was less than wonderful because they didn’t bother to put handles on it. It was purchased by my husband, who was considerably bigger & stronger than me and didn’t “get” why I thought not having a handle was a problem!

  9. posted by Marie on

    Seems more gadget-y than useful to me. You know how multi-use items tends to do nothing well? I wonder about that here. I’d rather have something that does one thing well than several things mediocrely. Or maybe the hideous color scheme is making me grouchy.

  10. posted by Almut on

    I agree with Grandma…when our sons, now 5 and 6, were born I always asked myself, “what would a mom in Africa do?” before investing in any baby gear. Needless to say, we didn’t buy much at all and saved hundreds of dollars and items to clutter up our home. But for our own sake, we did invest in 3 wonderful items that are still being used today: Stokke highchairs, Baby Bjoern bouncy seat (so simple but there’s something magical about it), and a Didymos sling (a similar piece of fabric may work well, too). Although these items were pricey, they will serve many more children for the next 20 years and beyond. We’ve been using the Stokke highchairs since the kids were 6 months old and they convert all the way to adult size. They each have one to match our furniture (teak). I found two at resale shops at $40 and $80.

  11. posted by Tesla on

    I’m under the mantra of “The more it does, the less it does well.” :) I also agree with GayleRN… there have been many studies in the delays in child development (especially social) because of parents using these items as a holder for a child while they are socializing with their friends, or busy doing work.

  12. posted by luxcat on

    I uncluttered by skipping the baby all together, but of course that isn’t the right option for everyone :)

  13. posted by leonie on

    the only thing that mattered to me when my boys were babies were a good car seat and a stroller. since we traveled on planes often, the car seat came in very handy for strapping baby safely into plane seat. And the stroller was nice when we were sightseeing.

    @ Cathy. GOOD point! :-)

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @GayleRN and @Tesla — I will disagree strongly with both of you. My son, who is developmentally three to six months ahead of 99% of his peers, suffered NONE by sitting in a swing while I took a shower. Insinuating that a mother is delaying her child’s development by setting him in a high chair while she cooks his meals is nonsense. My doctor and every health professional I know would say it’s much safer to keep the child in a high chair instead of dangling him over hot burners on a stove. You have to set your child down sometimes — if you don’t, you put your child in a great deal of danger.

  15. posted by infmom on

    My kids are now 33 and 30 and we mostly got their baby stuff as gifts or from the thrift store, except for their car seats. Odd as it might seem today, putting kids in a car seat was not only optional but unusual when my kids were babies. Did I put my kids in the playpen when I needed to get things done without them clinging to my leg like a leech? You betcha. Did I put them in their swing to be rocked back and forth and soothed while I got some much-needed rest myself? You betcha. I wasn’t into playing that “I’m mommier than you are, neener neener neener” game.

    As for asking what a mom in Africa would do? Get real. Moms in Africa do what they do because they have no choice. Ask what a mom in Africa would do if she had access to all the baby stuff we have in America.

  16. posted by Julie Bestry on

    Almut, even if someone were aiming to be minimalist (which is not the same as being clutter-free), I’m not sure the best standard for safety and convenience in child-rearing should be limited to the parenting practices of underdeveloped nations with the highest infant mortality rates. There are times and places where putting children on the floor, even in a playpen, is inappropriate, and one cannot feasibly use the restroom, bathe or prepare a meal with a child in one’s arms.

    That said, the lime green EZ Bundle does seem to constitute retinal abuse. Oy, my eyes!

  17. posted by L. on

    I don’t agree with everything GayleRN says, but I do in part. I never ended up using child seats. My children haven’t liked them and just preferred being held. I did use a swing, for sleeping over the first few months, and a highchair. But this wouldn’t have saved me any space or effort.

    The other downside with sets like this is that often each individual component can be of lesser quality than if you buy them individually. (Classic case: audio components that come in a set.) How much that matters depends on your needs. That swing looks pretty lightweight and doesn’t have some of the lights and mobile-type distractors that some do. That might not be a big deal to you, or you might be able to add on your own–depends.

    About the car seats that convert into other things, IMO those are actively a bad idea because you should buy a car seat based purely on what fits best in your car. Car seat experts say this is what makes a car seat safest (with proper installation, of course).

  18. posted by Natalie in West Oz on

    I’m just wondering what happens when baby pukes or its bottom explodes out of the nappy and into the chair (which our oldest did with monotonous regularity). You lose the function of everything while you clean it and wait for it to dry.

    Call me odd, but I love that green! Its fresh and bright and makes me feel awake which is something I rarely felt when I had babies : )

  19. posted by klutzgrrl on

    I had a wonderful “Peg Perego” highchair that was a gift from great-grandparents. The chair part reclined a little, and also slid down very low to the ground, with a removable tray, and wheels. I would sit the kids in it with a tray of sultanas or a coloring book or something and push them through to be with me while I put the laundry on or other chores. It was worth its weight in gold.

    I don’t know what mother leaves their child ‘for hours on end’ but for most of us, as Erin said, it’s a better option than hoisting a heavy child on your hip and doing things one-handed (though heaven knows we all do that often enough!!)

    Another great baby option is a good quality backpack. I had a “Possum” backpack made by an outdoor company, with a big solid frame and storage space underneath. I carried my kids for miles around the city (and country) in that thing – they could see where we were going, be up high feeling secure, and getting on and off transport was a breeze.

  20. posted by Tabbycat on

    @luxcat-totally agree, I’m skipping kids too, gonna save myself a TON of money.

  21. posted by Jess@minimalistmum on

    @Tabbycat – money isn’t everything :-)

  22. posted by Jess@minimalistmum on

    Critique (my kids are both past the toddler stage):

    – newborn seat is inferior to other available options. For the brief newborn stage, I had a rocking bouncinette (looks sort of like the newborn seat but could rock or be still). Much more functional and would lie totally flat for transport. No swing required.

    - self standing highchairs are bulky clutter around your table, compared to strap on highchairs as previously mentioned. Expect to spend months or years tripping over the sticky out legs required for stability.

    - toddler seat = shrug. I have received so many useful teeny chairs and table sets that this isn’t very exciting. Toddlers hop about between seats, large and small, so much, that I don’t even know that we need any.

    And what happens if you have 2 kids – newborn and toddler together?

    This is one big problem with handy “as you grow” sets of all flavours. The other problem is that most people don’t buy all 4 items separately. Hand-me-downs or shared wisdom prevents you from overbuying, so the value comparison is invalid.

  23. posted by Karen on

    I’m agreeing with GayleRN. I have three kids and only one liked the swing, the other two screamed bloody murder about it. Actually, the swing only worked for the first one for about a month, after that he was bored by it.

    I used a baby pouch and wore my second and third most of the time, unless they were in the Exersaucer or, as Gayle points out, on a blanket on the floor.

    As for the toddler seat, it looks uncomfortable. All my kids have preferred the Cushy Booster seat, it sits very well on an existing chair and they can climb in and out on their own. And it’s very portable.

    And if you have two kids who are less than two years apart–as I did with my last two–you’ll be needing the swing AND the toddler seat at the same time.

  24. posted by Sharon on

    Fisher-price sold a full size swing to high chair that I owned for my now 8 year old. I thought it was a great idea at first. However, the swing is no where near as plush as regular baby swings are, it’s plastic. Next, it’s a pain to convert, so you won’t be using it as a swing after it’s a high chair. Next, no matter what, it’s going to get a bit icky, even after cleaning the straps with a steam cleaner, so I can’t see wanting my toddler to use it as a chair, and I defiantly didn’t want to convert it back to a swing for my newborn. I gave mine away, bough a nice cradle swing, and use a healthy fp booster strapped to a kitchen chair.

  25. posted by Sharon on

    I meant the padding is plastic for easy cleaning, of course the seat is plastic. :-)

  26. posted by Sharon on

    By plastic I mean vinyl. Yes, the baby woke me wayyyy too early today.

  27. posted by Catherine on

    I think its a really good theory but the fault lies as Sharon said that anything that you use as a highchair is going to get gross. Food gets into the seams and cracks. Now if it was like the $300 highchair that I really wanted (but could not justify buying 2) that had no seams it would be perfect.

    As for swings and bouncy seats, I have twins. When the girls were little unless I wanted to sit with them in my lap all day, I had to put them somewhere. We bought highchairs as soon as they started eating solids because I can’t just sit them both in my lap and feed them.

  28. posted by Margaret on

    I wouldn’t like this system. I would hate to have to be converting it all the time, and I also had kids who got food into every crevice of their high chair. Of course, for my first kid, I might have felt differently. Some things that I loved for my first kid I loathed by the third and vice versa.

    I thought the comments about not having a baby to begin with were really funny. But what the heck, other parents, why so snippy with one another? If someone wants to think about how people manage without any baby equipment, and then if she thinks it will work for her, good for her! And if you want to buy the highest quality baby equipment you can, how wonderful for you! Everyone is going to have different preferences and have different situations in their life. I think it’s kind of sad that if someone expresses one preference, this is immediately taken as disapproving of someone else who makes a different comment. I don’t think the one commenter was actually suggesting that your child will be harmed if you put it down for a few minutes to cook dinner (in fact she wasn’t — she was saying that you don’t NEED most baby equipment — to which I agree, but I’m not giving up mine!), and neither do I think it’s fair to respond as if she was suggesting that you dangle your infant over pots of boiling oil! There is enough criticism and guilt going around for parents as it is, so let’s try to be a little more supportive!

  29. posted by Nicole on

    By the time a child eats real food (sits in a high chair), they probably won’t be using the swing or infant seat, thus eliminating the concern about switching things back and forth constantly and food mess.

  30. posted by Bobbi on

    Where was this about 3months ago when I bought all the individual items?!? This is amazing.

  31. posted by Anita on

    My thoughts:

    1. I’m with @luxcat and @Tabbycat — skipping the baby clutter entirely by not having babies. So my opinion on this item might not be the most qualified.

    2. It’s nice to see a baby multitasker, for a change, but I agree with others who have said that something that’s meant to perform that many tasks generally doesn’t do any of them all that well.

    3. I’m not surprised by this, but I am saddened that every discussion of a baby item turns into a mommier-than-thou exercise in futility. Come on, folks, there’s no ONE RIGHT WAY to raise a child, and arguing about it won’t make you better parents.

  32. posted by Sharon on

    Spare me the sanctimony (sanctimommy) of never putting the baby down. Having a life that consists of holding baby 24/7 is the very definition of clutter. Put the baby in a swing or playpen and move on with your day. Really, it’s not child abuse.

  33. posted by joss on

    Agree with Sharon and other non-worry-wart-worst-case-scenario-but-what-if-it-leads-to-child neglect (the book The Girlfriends Guide to Baby Gear dealt with that under the heading “You Can’t Be An Idiot”).
    I’m not wild about this 4-in-1 thing though. High chairs get pretty gross (though maybe by the time you need a high chair you don’t need the infant seat or swing anymore, so I could see it working that way…

  34. posted by Sara on

    A funny note – my church has a large population of first generation immigrants from Africa. Believe me when I say, these are women who raised one or two children in refugee camps with nothing. They get to the US and are just as seduced as the rest of us by baby swings, seats, bathtubs, etc. Is that good or bad? You can decide, but it tells me that 1. we are all influenced by our environment and 2. if convenience is available and affordable, people will go for it. Do you have to have all those baby items to raise a baby? Of course not (the human race survived without them for some time), but they are awfully nice.

    I’m a mom of one toddler with another on the way, and I think the item above would be a great way to save space, but I would have the same reservations as some of the other posters about spit-up, changing between configurations, etc.

  35. posted by adrienne on

    I saw this set at a store. It’s pretty flimsy.

    For a first timer, I’d recommend BORROWING a swing or bouncer for the first few months. When the baby can sit up and starts solids, return the first piece of gear and get a portable high chair (something uncomplicated like FP’s mostly seamless Healthy Care booster). When stored, the booster is smaller than a box of letter-sized paper.

    After that we transitioned the oldest to a Kaboost (which boosts the whole chair), so the youngest could move into the high chair. The unused Kaboost is about the size of a Men’s low-boot shoe box.

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