Constant movement is a big hit for baby, but all that carrying and bouncing of chunky little babies can be tiring.
Many parents turn to baby bouncers to give their arms a break and to keep baby entertained. Let us help you sort through the many, many baby bouncer and bouncer seat options out there.
What you’ll find in this article:
- What is a baby bouncer?
- Safety rules
- Most luxurious baby bouncer: Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker
- Best all-in-one bouncer: MamaRoo bouncer
- Most versatile: Baby Bjorn Jersey
- Best lightweight baby bouncer: Baby Bjorn Bouncer Bliss
- Best double duty bouncer: Graco Swing + Soothe Duet
- Best tech-savvy bouncer: Evenflo Lyric Bouncer
- Best budget bouncer: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker in Blue Pacific Pebble
- Let’s compare
What is a Baby Bouncer?
A baby bouncer is cloth or fabric stretched over a frame (usually metal or plastic) with a harness to clip baby in. The bouncer bounces from the action created when baby kicks their feet (like a rebound effect). They can be very simple or come with battery-operated sounds and vibrations, and canopies with hanging toys to entertain baby. A baby bouncer differs slightly from a baby rocker in that the movement isn’t necessarily intended to help baby fall asleep or soothe them.
A baby bouncer is also different from a baby swing. A baby swing uses a power source (either battery or plug-in) to move the swing back and forth, or side-to-side (so you can imagine the movement of the swing is more consistent than a bouncer). If a rocker requires a power source, it’s likely to accommodate any sound, music, or vibration features.
As with many baby items, cost and function are some of the key factors in deciding what to buy. And this can be especially true of bouncers because babies are in them for a relatively short period of time, so it’s important that you choose one that works best for you.
Before we review some of the available bouncers, it’s important to note that like all things for baby, they should be used as intended and babies should never be left unsupervised. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
- Make sure you supervise baby while in the bouncer.
- Make sure the bouncer is placed on the floor and not on an elevated surface or a soft surface (where they could easily tip over).
- Use the harness and restraints provided every time so baby can’t wiggle out.
- Stop using the bouncer when the baby is able to sit up on their own or weighs 20 pounds (or the maximum weight label indicated on the bouncer).
- Never let your baby sleep in a bouncer.
Although the sleeping one might be hard to hear, letting your baby nap in a bouncer is not recommended for baby’s safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies not use baby bouncers as a part of their regular sleep routine, and this is especially true for babies four months of age and younger. If you notice your baby has fallen asleep in the bouncer, be sure to move them to a crib or other safe sleeping surface.
Baby Bouncers: Let’s Dive In
Ready to get started on a deep dive into the best baby bouncers on the market? Let’s bounce on over to our review board! (Sorry, we know we’re cheesy, but we are talking about baby products here, right?)
Most Luxurious Bouncer
Best All-in-One Bouncer
Best Luxury Baby Bouncer
Best Lightweight Bouncer
Best Tech-Connected Bouncer
Best Double Duty Bouncer
Best Budget Bouncer
Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker
4Moms mamaRoo Baby Swing
Baby Bjorn Bouncer Bliss
Evenflo Lyric Bouncer
Graco Duet Oasis Swing with Soothe Surround Technology
Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker
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