During the first six months or before your baby can sit up unsupported, a bouncer can be especially helpful as a safe place to lay your baby while you eat, do household chores or take a shower. You’ll discover lots of variations of bouncer, such as models that rock and bounce, battery-operated versions, those with toys attached, as well as those that play music.
So what are the main things to look for when shopping for a bouncer that fits your needs? Let’s run through some criteria to consider:
- Is it safe?
Although your newborn’s movements are limited, make sure the bouncer has a safety harness, possible one that is adjustable and non-skid. Also ensure there’s padding around the structure of the bouncer to prevent a tall baby from hitting her head on the hard frame.
- Can it bounce?
Press it gently and observe how much pressure it takes to bounce. If you’re only looking for something your baby can relax or nap in, this may not be important at all.
- What’s the weight range?
Find out the maximum weight the bouncer can take. If your newborn is on the heavier side, you may want to get a bouncer with greater weight limit.
- Can it be reclined?
Some sophisticated bouncers can be adjusted to a certain angle – whether a flatter recline for newborns or a more upright position for baby to sit up and see the world.
- What are the features and accessories?
Some are basic to the core with just a seat and frame, while some come with the full-blown specs like vibration, music and toys. It depends on your budget and needs.
- Is it portable?
If you’re always out and about and the bouncer makes your baby happy, you may want to get something that is easy to be brought around. If this is your criterion, make sure it’s easy to dismantle and assemble.
- Is it easy to clean?
A bouncer must be easy to clean as babies make messes. Check to see if the seat cover can be removed for washing or wiped clean.
Let’s explore our recommended range of bouncers:
Babyhood Mesh Bouncinette
A high quality cotton cover that can be removed for washing and replaced onto the frame for drying. It has a wide base to prevent tipping over and an adjustable three-point safety strap to secure your baby.
Bright Starts Sunny Delights Bouncer
It comes in a cradling seat design and bouncing motion to keep baby entertained. Lightweight for easy portability with three-point harness. Suitable up to 11kg.
Bright Starts Patchwork Zoo Bouncer
With soothing vibration to calm baby, it includes a removable bar with two playtime toys, adjustable three-point harness and machine washable seat pad.
Bright Starts Playful Pals Bouncer
This bouncer comes with vibration to soothe baby with seven melodies and auto shut off after 15 minutes. It has a removable character head support pillow, two interactive toys with a removable toy bar as well as adjustable three-point harness, washable seat cover and non-slip feet.
Bright Starts Rock In The Park
It can rock back and forth, and it can be locked into place for use as a stationary seat. The full body can be reclined to two positions. Once baby grows, it can be turned to a seat for toddler up to 18kg.
Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Baby Bouncer
The removable toy bar features spinning leaves, Take-Along Monkeys with clacker beads and a roller-ball. It features a three-point fabric restraint and machine washable pad.
Fisher-Price Newborn to Toddler Rocker
It can be used as a seat for newborns. Then, as your child grows, the interactive toy play can be added, then converted to a toddler rocker. It folds easily and has a built-in handle for maximum portability.
Cossato Knitwits Bobbin Bouncer
Cute and colourful, it is suitable from birth and has three-position recline. The toys and the bar are removable. It includes a music and vibration box with multi volume and vibration levels.
Baby Home On 4 Bouncer
It has fronts wheels so that it can be wheeled from place to place. It’s made of 100% nylon and can be stripped down to a mesh liner for warmer weather. Featuring four positions, it is easily collapsible to a compact size and includes a travel bag for easy transport and storage.
Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker & Napper
It features a seat fitted with an engaging toy, a rocker that soothes baby with gentle rocking movements, and a flat pad with raised borders, which makes for a safe and cozy sleeping environment. Three uses in one product!
Nuna Leaf Swing
It evolves with baby to big kid-size up to maximum weight of 60kg. Its motion lasts unassisted with a gentle push for over two minutes. No batteries, no cord, no buzz and no noise. It locks stationary for feeding or playing time, as well as stores away for easy transport.
4moms Mamaroo Plush Bouncer
Choose from five motions and five speeds from the easy-to-use LCD display. Select any of the five nature sounds or connect it to any MP3 player. The seat reclines to allow baby to lie back and relax or sit up and play. The plush seat is machine-washable.
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