This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fisher-Price . All opinions are 100% mine.
Recently I shared a post about our new Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard and how easy it is to put together. It’s become our go-to spot for baby Chester to play, and because it is so portable, we have taken it with us various places as a pop-up play space/sleep nook! We are LOVING this thing!
But I got to thinking about the simplicity of this thing and wondering if it is just because I have had to put together so many complicated playpens before. Maybe it is only easy in comparison. So to figure it out, I decided to involve one of my child-free friends. I called up my friend, Candace and asked if she’d be willing to be put through her paces doing a “Mommy Test.” I explained I wanted to gauge the relative difficulties of various parenting tasks, and I needed someone who was basically clueless. She was happy to help.
Perhaps the first test I should have given her was engaging with kids. My older boys were slightly afraid of her, though she did her best to win them over. We finally got them to give her a chance by promising them a treat. It must have worked because days later my two year old was wandering the house looking for his friend, Candace, and he was awfully put out when I said she wasn’t there.
Once we’d all been properly acquainted, I set the rules for Candace, promising to grade her performance in each of five basic tasks of motherhood.
The very first test I gave her involved her having to make a bottle for the baby. I gave her our most complicated bottle to put together and then made her follow the directions for baby formula. I could have had her defrost some breast milk, but I thought I’d go easy on her for her first time.
The results were predictably hilarious. Her confusion over putting the bottle together had us all in fits of giggles, but I was proud when she managed to get it in working order after only two attempts. Her results with the formula were a little less impressive. Following the instructions, she added one scoop of formula to two ounces of warm water. She realized that this was a tiny amount and would not be enough for the baby, but she couldn’t quite figure out how to multiply. In the end, she asked advice from my four year old, who told her to add more water. In the end, she had about 8 oz of water and only one scoop of formula.
One proviso Candace had when she agreed to do this test is that she would NOT change a real diaper. So we were nice and had her change Dexter’s teddy bear instead. Of course, before she got there, I smeared a bit of chocolate spread in the diaper so that when she opened it, she got quite a shock!
All that said, she only got mildly confused at this task, wondering aloud which way the diaper was supposed to go. She figured it out, but I had to knock some points off when she “wiped” the “baby” from back to front instead of front to back.
Candace went into this one fairly confident. She related to us that she used to swaddle her baby dolls all the time as a kid. She also expressed mistrust of our large swaddling blanket and asked, “Don’t they have those burrito blankets now?” I reminded her that in this scenario, she is a mom on a budget, and fancy blankets aren’t high on the priority. Her response of, “A budget? What’s that?” was very telling.
Her first try of swaddling was less than impressive. She didn’t wrap her bear baby very tightly, and she forgot to support his head, which should have been an automatic fail. But I was nice and gave her a do-over. She tried again, this time supporting the head, but it still wasn’t particularly tight. I gave her a pity pass for this one.
Result: PASS (but really a FAIL)
I may have been a little unkind with the next task, having Candace set up a baby gate. We have a few of them laying around, and I unintentionally gave her one that was broken. As she tried over and over again to get it to stay in the doorway, she kept telling me it was not working due to a fault. My response was, “You’re a mom. Figure it out.”
I finally took pity on her and gave her one which was in full working order, and though it took her a little while, she finally made it work. To test it, we let Daniel (2 years old) try to get past it. It stopped him in his tracks. I then let Dexter (4 years old) try, and he climbed over it with no problem. I told Candace that she should have raised it a little bit so that they couldn’t go over or under it. But my husband quickly jumped to her defense and said it wasn’t fair to do that. I grudgingly gave her a pass.
Finally we made it to the final task, and the one I was really curious about. I let Candace loose on our Fisher-Price play yard. I told her to feel free to follow the instructions that came with it, but she pointed out that they were helpfully written on the actual product itself!
Having never before put together any sort of play pen before, I was really curious as to whether she’d be able to figure it out or not. I needn’t have worried. She had a plan! Her plan involved yelling for her husband to come and do it for her! Sorry, Candace, but that’s not really in the rules.
Though it took her a few minutes, she was able to construct the whole thing with very little fuss. In fact, the main bit was done in about 90 seconds, which included time to read the directions!
She did get slightly confused about the extra sleeper bit, but once she looked at the photo on the box, she understood what it was for and was able to put it together with ease.
I was very proud of her for taking the time to make sure her bear baby was properly secured in the seat. Well done, Candace!
I guess this speaks volumes about the ease of use with the Fisher Price Ultra-Lite Day and Night Play Yard. Remember you can Purchase at Walmart for yourself or a friend. It would make a GREAT baby shower gift. If you’re expecting, put it on your registry because I’m telling you it is the BEST there is. Only half the weight of other play yards, it is supremely portable. And with the attachable inclined sleeper it allows your baby to get amazing sleep, day or night! And the best thing yet is that it comes with a really great changing pad that you can keep in the outer pocket. It is the perfect product for new moms or seasoned pros.
What do you think? Would you be able to pass the Mom Test?