Babies love the warmth and comfort of being held in someone’s arms. But despite being masters of multi-tasking, our arms can only cuddle them for so long before the aches and pains set in – and that’s where baby bouncers and rockers become godsends.
A baby bouncer is a comfortable seat with a flexible frame that springs up and down as baby moves; rockers are very similar, but often use power to move back and forth to soothe baby. Whichever style you go for, they’re a great way to keep little ones safe and cosy while giving your arms a much-needed break.
To help you reclaim some precious ‘me time’ with the ultimate baby bouncer, we’ve scouted out a selection of brands other mums recommend.
What to look for when buying a baby bouncer
Here are some of the key things to look for when looking for the best baby bouncer:
Size: Baby bouncers come in all shapes and sizes. And while some are small enough to pack away and slot into the hallway cupboard, others are not. Think about where the baby bouncer will ‘live’ at home before buying something too bulky for the space.
Features: Lots of baby bouncers now come with all the bells and whistles. We’re talking lullabies, toys and even Bluetooth capability for parents to control. Think about what you need from your baby bouncer and how often you are likely to use it before investing in one packed with features.
Portability: Portability is pretty important when looking for a baby bouncer. Are you likely to move the bouncer from room to room at home? You’ll want a bouncer that’s easy to lift and move without too much hassle. Do you need a bouncer that can fold compact for travel? If so, keep the weight and ease of fold in mind too.
Suitable ages: Take note of the age and weight restrictions of the bouncer before you buy. Many baby bouncers will have different limitations and if you’re purchasing a bouncer for your newborn, always double-check that it is suitable to use from birth.
13 baby bouncers for hands-free fun
To help you find the best baby rocker we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, they are:
The mamaRoo4 is designed to mimic movements that baby’s love. Whether it be riding in the car or the rock-a-bye-baby in mummy’s arms, this clever rocker has five unique motions to make bubba smile.
Super lightweight, the Serenity Bouncer has a three-point harness for safety. Quick to assemble, simply pack away flat and pop in a cupboard when not in use. Suitable from newborn up to 9kg.
Thanks to it’s patented Up & Down technology, this clever bouncer adjusts to one of four height positions with the simple push of a button.
Inspired by the gentle motion of a leaf floating in the breeze, the Nuna Leaf rocks from side to side instead of bouncing up and down. Just a gentle push will leave this beauty moving unassisted for over two minutes – that’s one very relaxed baby!
The Levo Rocker by Charlie Crane naturally follows baby’s movements, self-rocking them off to sleep or gently bouncing with slight kicks and giggles. Beautifully designed, using all-natural products and bentwood techniques.
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The Harmony baby bouncer has a 3-point safety harness to keep wriggly worms where they need to be and a padded insert to ensure optimum comfort while they play. It folds completely flat too, making it ideal for small spaces.
The BabyBjorn Bliss Bouncer features three different positions for play, a gentle kick or move of the arms is all it takes to encourage the bliss to rock and sway. Suitable from newborns up to 9kg
Suitable from birth, the mi Chair has two lockable height positions that easily switch between rest or play. Other features include a compact design that folds flat for storage.
Made from European beechwood, the Tommer bouncer brings a touch of luxe to playtime. The plush padded textiles give wee ones plenty of support and comfort. Suitable from birth to 18kg.
Part baby bouncer, part bassinet. The clever Cozy Rocker Napper features a lightweight hood that transforms this versatile seat into a cosy sleep space for baby with the simple click of a button.
Offering 30 minutes of continuous bouncing, the SmartBounce helps keep baby calm and care-free without being in mum and dads arms. Soft toys and nature sounds are sweet entertainment for playtime while the soft cradling seat is perfect for sleep.
The Bombol bouncer is designed to respond to every movement baby makes and can hold up to 18kg. Safe, sturdy and impeccably soft, the backrest is easily removed for easy maintenance and cleaning.
A comforting place for baby to play, eat or recline in style. The Balloon Musical Rocker has an adjustable backrest with four possible positions for bub to try. And once they’ve found the perfect position, an adorable toy bar with lights and sounds will keep their little eyes and ears busy.
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