EVERY household needs a baby bouncer – the gentle swaying motion mimics the feeling of being in mummy’s tummy for baby.
Bouncers range from affordable to extravagant, plastic-fantastic to sleek and stylish, so you can find one to suit your budget and taste. We’ve used our own expert knowledge and the reviews of seasoned parents to select the best of the best when it comes to baby bouncers.
These baby bouncers let babies – and parents – have some chill-out timeBaby bouncers can be used from newborn onwards, with some bouncers featuring adjustable positions that grow with your baby.
Certain bouncers have removable features so they can be used as chairs by your toddler.
Babies who like motion may even nod off in their bouncers – just be sure that the safety harness is fastened, a parent or guardian is supervising the child and the bouncer is securely on the floor, not perched on a raised surface.
Baby bouncers also act as toys for growing babies, with colourful animals, bars with toys and music to entertain your little one (saves you having to sing “Row Your Boat” for the 50th time).
Baby bouncers don’t take up much space – the stylish BabyBjörn version even folds up so it fits in the tightest of nooks, or can be transported with you on family holidays.
If you need to be reminded of the power of a baby bouncer, think back to the Sex and the City episode when Samantha puts one to good use.
Just make sure you’ve got plenty of spare batteries so you don’t have to take the measures Samantha did on the hit show and use your “back massager” when the bouncer stops working.
Best all rounder
- BabyBjörn Bliss baby bouncer, £137 from BabyBjörn – buy here
Ergonomic design that doesn’t require any batteries? Tick. Stylish mesh or cotton fabric covering that comes in a variety of colours? Tick. Easy fold-down, portable design? Tick.
We can vouch for the BabyBjörn Bliss baby bouncer, which can be used from newborn to two years, and has adjustable positions for play, rest and sleep. The stylish cover pulls off easily for machine washing.
Best bang-for-your-buck bouncer
- Fisher Price Infant to Toddler rocker, £59.99 from Argos – buy here
This brightly coloured and patterned baby bouncer does what you want it to: provides soothing vibrations, plays music and features toys to enthral your little one.
Plus, it grows with them and can accommodate children up to 18kg: just remove the detachable toy bar.
Best toy bar
- Chicco balloon bouncer, £54.99 at John Lewis – buy here
Lights, melodies, hanging toys, oh my! Chicco’s balloon bouncer has plenty to entrance the inquisitive babe.
There’s even the option to record your own voice which guarantees enjoyment for your little one, every time you play. The electronic toy bar and vibrating function require separate batteries, so be sure to stock up.
Best multifunctional bouncer
- Stokke Steps bouncer, £149 from Stokke – buy here
Why get a bouncer that’s just a bouncer when you can have one that transforms into a high chair? There is a downside, however: the high chair will set you back another £174.
The Stokke Steps bouncer folds down easily, with a five-point safety harness, cushioned padding and multiple reclining positions. Also, it may just be the most stylish piece of baby kit you’ll ever own.
Best with side bars
- Tiny Love Gymini bouncer, £59.99 from Amazon – buy here
Parents have given Tiny Love’s Gymini bouncer five-star ratings, and it’s easy to see why.
Instead of a horizontal toy bar which can get in the way when trying to lift baby in and out, there are two adjustable arches with toy hooks, as well as a removable music-and-lights crab. The seat also has two different reclining positions.
Best side-to-side rocking
- Nuna Leaf Curv, £180 at John Lewis – buy here
Sleek and stylish, the Nuna Leaf doesn’t require batteries to soothe baby: just give it a gentle push and it will swing baby from side to side.
As your little one grows, this chair becomes a stylish centrepiece for their room – it can support up to 60kg. So yes, you can quite possibly sneak a seat in there, too.
- Joie Serina 2-in-1 swing, £150 at Mothercare – buy here
Forwards, backwards, side to side, this Joie swing takes baby on one stellar ride thanks to six different swing speeds, three reclining positions and 10 lullaby and nature sounds.
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