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The Best Baby Bouncer to Keep Baby Happy and Calm


No matter what your baby’s age 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 bouncers will keep baby happy for a long time (which in baby land, is like a solid 20 minutes). But, one bouncer does not fit all when it comes to keeping baby stimulated and happy. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the best baby bouncers to keep all kinds of babies entertained. 

The Best Baby BouncersWhy It's BestMom Rating
Fisher-Price Deluxe BouncerLow cost, lightweight, simple to use, vibrations♥♥♥♥♥
Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe BouncerComfortable, has cloth mobile with cloth toys, music, sounds♥♥♥♥♥
Ingenuity SmartBounce Automatic BouncerLarge size, long battery life, automatic bouncing, music, sounds, plush, comfortable♥♥♥♥
Baby Einstein Neptune Lights and Sea BouncerResponsive toy bar, lights♥♥♥♥
BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance SoftStylish, comfortable, multiple seating/recline positions♥♥♥♥♥

The Best Baby Bouncers

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: Green/Blue/Grey

This is one of the higher-rated “lay on your back” bouncers available at a low price. 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 Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer. This trendy bouncer with unique, patented activity bars is perfect for those wiggly babies.

What It’s Got

  • Soft seat with adjustable 3 point safety harness
  • Vibrates in synch with baby’s movements
  • Adjustable and removable activity arch 
  • Monkey with roller ball, elephant and giraffe spinners
  • Machine washable seat pad
  • Gender neutral colors

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: Green/Blue/Grey

Why It Works

The Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer is simple, low-cost, lightweight and functional. Some other bouncers on our list have more features like lights, music and multiple recline levels. But simple is often best and in this bouncer will probably do what you need to keep baby entertained and comfortable while you use your hands for other things.

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.

Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer

Image of Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: Sweet Dreams Snugapuppy

What happens when you have a velcro baby, one that’s only happy when they’re stuck to you? I mean, 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

Image of Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: Sweet Dreams Snugapuppy

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.

Watch It In Action

Ingenuity SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer

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.

Ingenuity SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer - Braden

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 is the only automatic bouncer on our best bouncer 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.

Ingenuity SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer - Braden

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 your little one 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.

Baby Einstein Neptune Lights & Sea Bouncer

Image of Baby Einstein Ocean Adventure Rocker

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

Image of the Baby Einstein Neptune Lights & Sea Bouncer

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.

Graco Duet Sway LX Swing with Portable Bouncer

Graco Duet Sway LX Swing with Portable Bouncer, Alden

Any seasoned parent will tell you to leave your options open when it comes to soothing a baby. Each kid is different and likes different things. Whether you are trying to save space or cash, the Graco Duet Sway LX Baby Swing with Portable Bouncer is a smart choice. You’ll get a great bouncer that can be set upon the swing frame when a new approach is needed.

What It’s Got

  • Cozy and plush bouncer with 5 point safety harness, reclining seat, carry handles, and removable toy bar
  • Bouncer clicks into swing frame and can be swung front-to-back or side-to-side
  • Soothings sounds and vibrations while swinging or bouncing
  • Can use battery power or plug into wall

Graco Duet Sway LX Swing with Portable Bouncer, Alden 

Why It Works

The seat is really soft and deep, which is nice for chunky babies. The recline is nice to have, but I wish it would lay back even farther so that baby would be less upright. I could see this being really useful for babies with reflux or other tummy troubles. When you use it as just a bouncer, it has good movement; it’s gentle without being too subtle. The carrying handles are also great for taking the seat from room to room. 

The swing itself is small and actually pretty powerful. You can change the swinging motion to go in two different directions, because for some reason, some babies like one way more than the other. The small footprint and side-to-side swing means that this product can fit in even small spaces.

The options like battery power, sounds, vibration, and even the simple-but-effective toy bar are great to have. You can try all kinds of combinations of bouncing, swinging, buzzing, and music to get your little one to relax and take a nap!

Now to the bad: this swing can be a little jerky. Sometimes the motor just doesn’t work that great. Also, when you first start the swing, it’ll go really strong and fast, and then it’ll die down over a few minutes. I have a different Graco swing that does the same thing, so I’m not sure if that’s intentional or just their motors not being very strong. In any case, it’s annoying when you see the swing barely moving and baby starts to stir after 20 minutes.

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer: Rainforest Friends

I love how well the features of a baby bouncer work when babies are small. But the bigger baby gets, the less useful the bouncer seat becomes. Not so in this case! The Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer works great for soothing and calming baby no matter their size. Because of the thick base, it’s also great for really active babies. 

What It’s Got

  • Baby bouncer with thick plastic base instead of small metal wire base
  • Cute and colorful seat with soft and machine-washable seat pad
  • Seat sits more upright than others, so it’s great for reflux
  • Safety features like an easy-to-use restraint buckle
  • Toy bar with two bright, colorful, interactive toys and battery-operated vibrations to soothe a fussy baby

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer: Rainforest Friends

Why It Works

One of the first things I noticed about this Fisher-Price bouncer is the fact that the cute “Rainforest Friends” design is the same as all their other baby gear, like the Kick and Play Piano. It probably doesn’t matter much, but having matching baby products makes me feel like I somehow have my life together. Plus, if baby likes the songs and characters from one toy, then they’ll probably like it in this bouncer, too. 

One of the biggest perks of having this particular bouncer is that it fits babies who are on the bigger end of the growth spectrum. While it still only supports a baby up to 25 pounds, this baby bouncer has a thick plastic base that is very secure. My active little boys were both hard on bouncers and were so big and heavy and active that they bent the wire frame of their bouncer! iI was constantly having to straighten it out! But this one feels much safer.

Another soothing thing, besides the gentle bounce and vibrations, is the fact that it sits up straight. Many babies like to sit more upright to see the world, and if you have a baby with reflux or gas or any other tummy troubles, you know that being upright is a must! The steeper angle of the seatback is a definite benefit of this baby bouncer. Just make sure baby has proper neck strength and is supervised while using.

All of this comes at a very reasonable price. As long as you can get through the kinda-tricky assembly instructions, your child will love this versatile, large, and comfortable bouncer.

BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft, Cotton, Black/Dark Gray

I’m usually not one for very expensive baby products, so the price of this baby bouncer intimidates me. But once I looked past the price tag, I saw the amazing features that make the BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft such a popular product. Parents everywhere rate this soft bouncer highly, and the simple but effective features are the reason why.

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft, Cotton, Black/Dark Gray

What It’s Got

  • Contoured, soft support seat to help support baby’s head and spine
  • Softly padded safety buckle with security clasps on either side
  • 3 recline settings on the self-bouncing frame- baby’s movement bounces the seat
  • Washable and reversible seat can become a toddler seat once baby outgrows it
  • Non-skid rubber on the fold flat frame keeps your kid from sliding around

 

 

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft, Cotton, Black/Dark Gray

Why It Works

The fact that this doesn’t need any batteries and doesn’t have any bells and whistles might make it seem, well, lame. But that’s just not so! Let me tell you, babies learn quickly when they can move something. They’ll be bouncing in this thing in no time. Plus, the natural movements of the bouncing frame calm babies in a way that artificial movement, like vibrating, just can’t. The simplicity is what makes it work.

If you insist on having some sort of toy for your older baby to look at, you can buy the BABYBJORN Toy Bar and attach it to the Balance Soft. I will say that their simple wooden toy bar is less-than-thrilling, but you can buy any toy bar and use it on this seat. That gives your kiddo something to do while you shower, cook, or even sneak in a power nap.

This is a best bouncer because it will work for an infant beginning at 8 pounds, and will keep them happy until they are a 29 pound toddler. I do wish that the weight limit for the chair was a bit higher than 29 pounds, since my kids grow big quite quickly. Still, it’s a good option for the first 2 years.

Otherwise, there isn’t much to say about this seat. Yes, it is expensive. But it folds flat, supports baby, is made from all non-toxic materials, and has a bouncing motion that can’t be beat. Believe the hype, guys! The Bouncer Balance Soft seat is for real!

Summer 2-in-1 Bouncer & Rocker Duo

Summer 2-in-1 Bouncer & Rocker Duo - Baby Bouncer & Baby Rocker with Soothing Vibrations, Removable Toys & Compact Fold for Storage or Travel - Easy to Clean

The line between bouncers and rockers grows more blurred by the day! It can be hard to know exactly what you are getting. With the Summer 2-in1 Bouncer and Rocker Duo, you are getting the best of two worlds: a bouncer seat and a rocker seat. Add in the modern design and flat fold, and you get a bunch of baby-friendly and parent-friendly features for a great price. 

What It’s Got

  • Frame has 2 modes of use: regular bouncer seat or rocker seat
  • Tall, removable toy bar with 2 soft removable toys and vibrating soother
  • 3 point harness, washable infant insert seat pad to keep your child cozy
  • Rocker lock and fold flat feature make traveling, moving, and storing ridiculously easy

Summer 2-in-1 Bouncer & Rocker Duo - Baby Bouncer & Baby Rocker with Soothing Vibrations, Removable Toys & Compact Fold for Storage or Travel - Easy to Clean

Why It Works

So what sets this bouncer apart from all the others? It’s darker color scheme. I’m not sure who decided to make baby stuff all white or light, but I’m not on board. They are messy little critters and it seems that everything stains so easily! I like that the dark grey is sleek without feeling too mature. The soft, stuffed toys have just enough color to keep baby entertained and engaged without being obnoxious, and the accents keep it baby-friendly while still fitting in at a grown-up house.

The design of this bouncer is totally functional. It’s a bouncer when you need it and then it can rock, too. Some babies will respond to different movements on different days, so having some versatility is really nice. The little legs that lock the seat into place aren’t too solid, but they do the job. But between the two movement options and the vibrating soother, baby is sure to succumb to the relaxation awaiting them. 

One thing that I would change about this seat is the sturdiness. I really like that this lightweight bouncer weighs just over 5 pounds, but I think some additional support could have added some security without adding a lot of bulk. Little things like the folding buttons getting stuck, the toy bar not clicking in, and the seat fabric sliding around get kind of annoying after a while. 

The harness clip is a little weird, too. You have to line it up just right, and then it makes a huge, loud CLICK! when it’s in. Not ideal for buckling/unbuckling a grumpy or sleepy baby. Beware of pinch problems! But otherwise, this bouncer is a great option for many parents. 

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer with Vibrating Seat

What better way to round out our list than with a simple and classic baby bouncer? The Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer has everything you need in a bouncer: a comfy seat, bright colors, fun toys, and simple vibrations.

What It’s Got

  • Soft and machine washable fabrics cover the supple bouncer seat
  • Metal frame has no-skid rubber pads and self-moving baby bounce
  • Removable oy bar has 3 spinning plastic toys that are perfect for keeping baby’s attention
  • Simple vibration turn on and off to help soothe baby when they need it

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer with Vibrating Seat

Why It Works

There’s honestly not much to talk about with the Playful Pinwheels Bouncer!

The fabric of the seat is both bright and breathable. Your little one can sit in it until they reach 20 pounds, which is a pretty good life span for a product with this small of a price tag. One thing to note: once your baby gets tall, they’ll start to kick the bottom of the seat, where the frame is. When they do, they’ll kick metal and it might hurt their little feet and ankles.

The toys really are nice. They spin and move and have cute faces. One of them has a mirror that’s more or less a reflective sticker, but baby still loves it. I also love that they toys hang down low where baby can actually reach them and interact with them.

This doesn’t fold up flat. There’s not lights or music. It does what it is supposed to: keeps baby safe and content and bouncing while parents get stuff done. And all this for a great buy. Effectiveness is the only feature that matters, right?

4moms mamaroo 4 Bouncer and Swing Seat

4moms mamaRoo 4 Baby Swing | Bluetooth Baby Rocker with 5 Unique Motions | Smooth, Nylon Fabric | Grey Classic

Okay, so this one isn’t strictly a bouncer seat. It swings and glides and does all kinds of other things, too. But think of the 4moms mamaroo 4 as an electronic bouncer seat. Baby will still get the same movement as they would in a regular bouncer, except this seat is machine-powered and not baby-powered.

What It’s Got

  • 5 unique soothing motions: car ride (figure 8), kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, and wave
  • Bluetooth app on your phone lets you control all settings from a distance
  • Adjustable seat with removable and washable soft nylon fabric
  • Built-in sounds and MP3 plug-in, all with no batteries (AC adaptor powered)

4moms mamaRoo 4 Baby Swing | Bluetooth Baby Rocker with 5 Unique Motions | Smooth, Nylon Fabric | Grey Classic

Why It Works

I know this strange little bouncer seat doesn’t seem like much. But the mamaroo has a strong following, and for good reason! These seats can do what a lot of other seats can’t. They can move in more than just a swinging or bouncing motion. And when baby is younger, oftentimes its us parents that get stuck trying to bounce or swing or rock the seat while baby calms down. This seat does the hard work for us! That benefits baby, too, who can learn to self-soothe while laying in the mamaroo.

I also love how this seat embraces modern technology. My phone has (against my will) become the center of my universe, since it controls many aspects of my life. If you’re like me, you can just add the 4moms app and then you can order groceries, call your mom, check your kid’s grades, repost that hilarious tweet, and shop for new shoes all in one place!

Here’s where the mamaroo isn’t the best: quality. Yes, this seat is pretty. Yes, it is definitely geared more toward parents than babies. Yes, it looks sleek and strong. But so many purchasers have complained that this seat just doesn’t last. At this price point, you’d expect the seat to last through at least one kid, if not two or three. But the motor and the buttons just don’t have the lasting power. So if you buy this seat, be prepared for the emotional roller coaster of elation upon purchase, relief upon baby loving it, and then sheer panic upon it breaking at some point. 

Fisher-Price Deluxe See & Soothe Bouncer

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: See & Soothe, Starry Night

One thing that always drove me nuts about the baby bouncers that I’ve owned is how close to the ground they are. You try bending all the way over and picking up a 12-pound baby after a C-section! Fisher-Price (who is basically a bouncer monopoly, at this point!) is at it again with the Fisher-Price Deluxe See & Soothe Bouncer. They’ve solved the issue of having a low-sitting baby bouncer, and they’ve added a bunch of parent-friendly features while they were at it.

What It’s Got

  • Elevated baby bouncer sits higher off the ground
  • Hands-free bounce assist pedal helps you soothe baby without needing to reach down
  • 20 minutes of music and sounds and soothing vibrations
  • Plush and deep papasan-style seat has machine-washable pad
  • Modern design with 3-point safety harness and two soft toys for entertaining baby

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: See & Soothe, Starry Night

Why It Works

I’ve barely touched on the practical reality of this bouncer- it makes buckling your little one in so much easier when you only have to bend over slightly. This bouncer is about 15 inches off the ground, compared to about 6 inches with most baby bouncers. But beyond that, keeping baby up higher has added benefits. They’ll be better able to interact with your family and will start recognizing social and personal cues sooner since they can see what you are up to all the time at your level.

And can we talk about that foot pedal? Genius! If you have had a c-section, you know how agonizing it can be to bend down. When baby starts to fuss or stir, you can sit in a chair or stand nearby and give baby a gentle bounce to calm them down. This works well for parents of twins, too, as you can hold one baby and bounce the other with your foot!

The design of this is functional and stylish. The black-and-white pattern is engaging to baby and is not an eye sore. No having to worry about the neutrality of colors or the brightness of designs with your home decor. I love the big, round seat, too. It’s too bad that the weight limit is only 20 pounds, because it seems like the soft seat could accommodate a much larger baby if only the frame were stronger.

This bouncer seat is a great buy for any c-section mom or parent wanting to keep their baby a level up.

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer

There are a lot of fancy bouncers on this list. But this bouncer is simple and effective. The Baby Trend EZ Bouncer is a perfect combination of comfort, quality, and value. 

What It’s Got

  • Seat features plush and easy-to-clean fabrics for utility and comfort
  • Removable toy bar with 2 simple toys
  • Calming melodies and songs along with vibration
  • Non-slip rubber grips on lightweight metal frame

Baby Trend EZ Bouncer

Why It Works

This is not one of those bouncers where I can go into detail about feature after feature. This bouncer is straightforward and reliable. It’s highly-rated and well-loved.

The seat is soft and spacious and holds babies up to 20 pounds. The padded 3-point safety harness keeps baby from flailing about. It even has a reversible head pillow that can be removed as baby grows bigger. Plus, the whole seat weighs just 4.85 pounds, so its light and easy when you need to move it around. 

If you have one of those babies that really gets into the whole bouncing thing, you’ll love the springy frame. It has little rubber feet to make sure that your active baby stays where you put them! And when they are done bouncing, they can be lulled to sleep by 5 songs or 3 sounds, plus vibration. 

Now, some parents have said that the quality of this seat is only so-so. But let’s remember that this bouncer is at the lowest price point, so we can expect the materials and products here to be not top-of-the-line. Stock up on C batteries, buy some ear plugs for the annoying songs, and just bend the bouncy frame back up after baby bounces it close to the ground. I promise you, this seat will do what you want it to do and you’ll be happy you didn’t spend a small fortune on a seat that baby can only use for a couple of months!

Baby Bouncer Buying Guide

Here’s everything you need to know before you get yourself that perfect baby bouncer.

Features to Look For

Price

You want to find that balance of fair price and lots of features. Some simple items are more expensive, like the BABYBJORN Balance Soft. But the big price tag can be justified by the quality of the materials, the length of use, and the fact that it works! Other items, like the Playful Pinwheels option from Bright Starts, have a smaller price tag, but they have a shorter life span and are created with cheaper materials. In any case, be prepared to spend anywhere from $30 to $250 on a bouncer, letting your own budget and needs be you guide.

Toys

Do you want toys? Will this be a seat to entertain baby, to keep them calm, or to lull them to sleep? If you want incidental toys for baby to stare at while they are soothed, then opt for a better bouncer with a so-so toy selection. If you are all about the toys, then make sure that’s what you primarily look at, like with the Baby Einstein bouncer. And always remember, you can buy extra toys and toy bars that can be clipped on at any point and time.

Comfort

If you are like most of us parents, then the chances are that your baby will be hanging out in the bouncer a lot while you get stuff done or just have some “me” time. You’ll want to make sure that you have the right bouncer to keep baby happy for a longer period of time. If you live in a hot climate, look for breathable materials. If you live where the air hurts your face, look for plush or fleece options. Above all, look for a bouncer that has soft support for the head so that your baby doesn’t get the dreaded flat head!

Versatility

I have three kids under 6. I need items that keep baby happy, but can also stand up to some toddler abuse. That’s why I love things that everyone can use. It not only lengthens the life of the bouncer seat for an individual child, but it means that you can use it for more kids to come. Items that can do double duty, like bouncing and rocking, are great too, because you get the benefits of 2 baby gear items in 1.

Extras

Vibration, rocking, songs, music, lights, swaying, swinging, mobiles, toys…the options are endless! Instead of being impressed by a massive list of features, think carefully about what baby will use and what you can deal with. There are only so many times that you can listed to tinny toy versions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…

Bouncers vs Baby Swings vs Rockers

How do you know which one to choose? Well, here’s a quick cheat sheet for you:

Bouncers provide a place for baby to sit and rest or play. They usually have a self-perpetuated bouncing movement, meaning the seat bounces on the frame when baby moves. They also have vibrations and toys most of the time.

Baby Swings have a bigger range of motion. They are meant to soothe baby with gentle swinging or swaying motions. They usually come with sounds, music, and vibration to help calm baby and get baby to sleep.

Baby Rockers can be for sleepy time or awake time. The gentle rocking motion will keep baby happy and calm and will often put them to sleep. But many times, they can double as a comfy chair for baby to sit and be content in, with many options including toys, sounds, or even lights.

If you want a baby rocker or baby swing, check out our Best Baby Rockers and Swings article for all your best choices. We’ve also reviewed a ton of individual products, so check our Swings, Bouncers, and Rockers page for all those options, too.

Best Baby Bouncer FAQ

What do baby bouncers do for a baby?

Basically, they give baby a safe space to sit and play or rest. They usually have a soft seat, a safety buckle, and toys or music to keep baby entertained. They’re a great place for baby to go while you cook, clean, or rest. They’re highly portable, so you can move them from room to room or house to house.

And as a bonus, they can be a great place for baby to reach and play with toys, get their bodies moving and bouncing, and get some exercise at a young age.

Overall, they’re a must-have for any parent!

Are baby bouncers safe to use?

Absolutely! But like all baby gear, you need to follow the appropriate guidelines. Follow safe sleeping protocols, discussed below.

And as always, use common sense. Don’t put the bouncer on a table or other high surface where baby could fall and get hurt. Always, always, always use the safety harness! Don’t use the seat once baby can sit up on their own, since they could easily tip over.

Always be sure to supervise baby whenever they are in their bouncer.

Can baby sleep in a bouncer?

Quick cat naps aren’t a problem, but extended periods of sleeping in a bouncer should be avoided.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep guidelines state that you shouldn’t let baby spend too much time in their bouncer because of the pressure that it places on their occiput (the back of the skull). If they fall asleep in their bouncer, try moving them to a safe sleep position in their crib in order to reduce the risk of SIDS.

When can baby use a bouncer seat? What ages?

Most baby bouncers can be used from newborn age up until baby reaches the weight limit. Depending on how high of a weight limit you have, that means that you can get up to 12 to 18 months or more. Just be careful, as a baby that can sit up on thier own is a safety risk in most of these seats. If you buy a seat that converts into a toddler seat, you’ll be using this seat well until baby’s 2nd birthday.

Michelle Hand, Editor
Michelle Hand, Editor
Michelle is the mom of a brand new baby, a sweet and sassy toddler, and a funny first grader. She is a writer, editor, researcher, and Christ follower. She loves helping fellow moms find the best products to help their families thrive! When she has some free time, she likes hiking the local mountain trails, singing and playing the piano, baking up new treats, and reading the classics.

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