Which baby bouncer will keep your unique baby entertained and happy the longest?
It’s interesting how even at such a young age, babies have obvious personalities. Some are mellow, some are active, some are quiet, and some are very vocal. No matter what your baby’s personality is, you are at some point going to have to find a way to entertain them. A bouncer is a great way to do that. It’s a soft place for baby to lay, look and grab at toys, and create soothing movement created by their own bouncing.
The right bouncer will keep baby happy for a long time. But, one bouncer does not fit all when it comes to keeping baby stimulated and happy, since each baby has such a unique personality. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the best baby bouncers to keep all kinds of babies entertained. Let’s break it down by your baby’s personality type.
Best for an Active Baby
Active babies like to move. Period. Doesn’t matter if it’s kicking, grabbing, rolling, punching, or just flailing about. Anything that’s not sitting still keeps them happy. Enter the Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer. This trendy bouncer with unique, patented activity bars is perfect for those wiggly babies.
What It’s Got
- Soft seat with 3 point safety harness, 2 recline positions, and optional vibration
- Adjustable and removable activity arches that run from the top of the seat to the bottom of the seat
- Lights and music crab toy with clamp claws that can be detached and taken on-the-go
- Plush turtle toy and fish teether ring toy to attach to bars at different locations
Why It Works
The Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer has more to offer than just sitting and staring at a couple of toys. The unique way that the bars are set up allows for you to really challenge your active baby and keep him or her busy. When they’re small, you can recline the seat back, use the crab toy (which is adorable and really entertaining!) to pinch the bars close together, and they can simply reach for toys that are hung above them. They’ll be comfortable and engaged.
As they get older and more capable of coordinated movement, you can swing the bars outward as far as you need to and attach toys at different locations. This way, they really have to reach or kick to get to the toys, and they can be as active as they please while doing it!
The seat is lightweight, so they’ll get a very good bouncing motion from it as they move around. One word of caution here: keep an eye on your kiddo, since the buckle only secures them around the waist and not at the shoulder. A too-active and large baby could easily cause a problem if unsupervised.
Best for a Snuggly Baby
Now we move to the opposite type of baby: the cuddler. Some babies just want to be held, snuggled, and loved on all day long. Doesn’t matter if they’re awake, asleep, or somewhere in between. For this baby, make them feel snuggly and safe in the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer.
What It’s Got
- Very soft, deep, and cushioned seat with additional newborn plush insert and cradling head support
- Seat has amply padded 3 point safety harness, several vibration settings, and over 20 minutes of calming sounds and music
- Removable hanging mobile has two hanging plush toys
- Lightweight design and non-skid feet for baby’s gentle bouncing
Why It Works
This bouncer is a borderline cradle, in my opinion. But that’s what makes it so great! It’s main purpose is to create a space for baby to cuddle that doesn’t involve you holding them. The seat is so deep and cushioned and plush that it allows baby to just cuddle down in, while the pillow gently cradles their little head. With the vibrations and the gentle bouncing, you can almost trick baby into thinking that they’re still in your arms.
You can machine wash all of the padding to keep it clean and cozy, and the plush material really stays soft and won’t pil, provided you wash it correctly (repeat after me: cold water only). The mobile is cute with it’s dangling plush puppy and kitty, but nothing particularly special. There are no toys to play with and nothing to engage baby. They might stare at it for a second, then look elsewhere or fall asleep.
You could always add your own toys dangling down, which I’ve done as baby gets older and needs better toys to look at so they don’t fuss so quickly. I also love that the Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer is truly lightweight, so it’s not a pain to drag around the house.
Best for a Fussy Baby
Some babies just like to cry. Are they tired? Hungry again? Just like the sound of their own cry? Who knows! One of the best ways to calm a crying baby is to give them constant movement, gentle sound, and vibration. You can find all of those in the fantastic Ingenuity SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer.
What It’s Got
- Soft seat with large head pillow, removable infant bolster, and padded 3 point safety harness
- 30 minutes of automatic bouncing with 2 optional speeds, uses Hybridrive technology to make batteries last twice as long
- 8 different musical melodies and 3 nature sounds, all controlled by parent panel at the top of the seat
- Removable and adjustable toy bar with 2 plush hanging toys
Why It Works
This bouncer is the only automatic bouncer on the list. It’s amazing because you don’t have to constantly be there to be manually bouncing the seat or making baby move so they’ll bounce themselves. You can turn on the bouncing function and do what you need to do, while keeping your fussing baby a bit happier. You can do this for 30 minutes, and then the seat will shut off on its own, so if you need a long longer time than that, be sure to be ready to turn the automated bouncing on again. And while the bouncing motion is not very strong (it’s very subtle), it will work to help calm a fussy baby.
The seat of the SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer itself is really nice, it’s got good color options and it’s machine washable. It’s also a lot bigger than other bouncers on the market, which is nice for those of us who have big babies. However, this extra size does make it a bit harder to move around the house, even though it’s pretty lightweight. As for the toy bar, it’s not that exciting. It’s got two stuffed animals for baby to stare at, but it’s not going to stimulate their brain as much as some other toys or bouncers on the market.
The toy bar can also be a bit wonky, and it likes to fall off a lot. I found that I would just remove the bar all together and put baby in there to be calmed by the bouncing and forget about the stimulation of the toys. The music is nice, and it helps, but it still won’t help keep baby entertained if they’re in a very active mood. I do love the hybridrive technology because batteries last an insanely long time in this bouncer, considering how much it actually gets used.
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Best for an Intellectual Baby
I feel like small babies are either more physically active or mentally active. My son was physically active, while my daughter is definitely more mentally active. She likes to take everything in and you can always see her wheels turning to figure out her world. The Baby Einstein Neptune Lights & Sea Bouncer helps engage her brain and keep her senses and thoughts stimulated.
What It’s Got
- Deep, padded seat with large, padded 3 point safety harness and mesh panels
- Removable, dual-sided light-up toy bar with Neptune turtle character
- Dangling toys include crab with rings, fish teether, and crinkle fabric flashcards, and a C-link to help add additional toys
- Plays ocean sounds, music, and lights up in response to baby’s touch and movements, or automatically via the parent controls
Why It Works
Like most products from Baby Einstein, this bouncer really helps to grow your child’s mind. There is always something for baby to look at or touch on this seat. They won’t grow bored easily while trying to figure out the patterns of the lights and the music, especially those babies with active minds. I like that when baby touches the bar, they get a response. It stimulates all of their senses and also keeps them entertained, which is the entire point of the seat in the first place.
The toys included with it include a little flashcard set, which is really cute for baby, but probably won’t do much at a small age to help them learn. At least they’ll get used to seeing numbers, letters, shapes, colors, etc. And they’ll be learning different languages! The featured music is classical music, which is supposed to be better for baby’s development. However, it can get a bit loud even on the quietest setting.
And, between the lights, the sounds, and the vibration of the seat, you’ll be burning through a lot of batteries. Just be sure to invest in rechargeable batteries. You’ll thank me later. The Neptune Lights & Sea Bouncer also gets extra points from me for having ventilation. The mesh panels on the side add some breathability, which makes it a really good seat to take outside in the summer. That way, I can get yard work done and baby does some learning on her own. Overall, the seat itself isn’t overwhelming, but the bouncing action combined with the busy toys make this worth every single penny.