I would like to bow down to Fisher Price and thank them for creating the Precious Planet Bouncer. At first, Carina didn't seem to care for this bouncy seat that vibrates and has lights, sounds, and moving animals. I was a bit sad, because it's so cute and so many people had told me that the bouncer is like baby crack.
Then, at about 4 weeks old, she started enjoying the lights, sounds, and moving toys. She would happily sit in it for about 20 minutes while I ate breakfast every morning. Sometimes she would dance (see video below).
My sister came to visit last week and at one point, Carina fell asleep on my shoulder. Amanda took her from me, put her in the bouncer, and turned the vibration on. Carina slept for almost 2 hours. It never occurred to me to put her in the bouncer to sleep, and now it is her favorite place to nap. Actually, it's the only place she'll nap other than on my shoulder or across my boobs - yep, she faceplants on my chest and sleeps there.
So with the help of the bouncer and our swing, we are now on a decent routine. For the most part, she sleeps in her swing from 8 PM until 7 AM with one feed in between. Then during the day, she takes naps pretty regularly in the bouncer. In the morning she usually takes a 1.5-2 hour nap, then a few cat naps, and then another 1.5-2 hour nap in the afternooon.
No complaints here. I just hope that the eventual transition from bouncer and swing to crib will not be impossible. Moms of little ones, where do your babies sleep and nap?