Baby bouncers are super useful for babies from infancy to about 6 months. When your baby is awake and you can’t hold him/her then a bouncer is a safe and entertaining place to put your baby. Bouncers are small so they can go where you go. The mobility allows you to always keep an eye on your baby.

When shopping for a bouncer, keep these point in mind:

  • Features vs design – the more expensive a bouncy seat does not mean it will have more features. Compare the Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer which plays 6 songs, has a removable toy bar with lights, vibrates and retails for about $45 to the Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance which  is about $150 for the seat but without any extras.
  • Frame – wide and stable base, seat should be springy not stiff.
  • Safety – the bouncer should not tip when the seat has weight on it, when you rock the seat the bouncer should not move, the frame should have rubber pads so it does not slide.
  • Safety belts – 3 or 5 point harness.
  • Some seats recline (Svan) but it is not necessary.
  • Seat fabric – durable, soft and washable.
  • Seat padding – varies with the seats so depends on what you want to buy.
  • Some have a canopy and some do not.
  • Toy bar – the toys should be bright and fun not pastel and boring (will not stimulate your baby), the toy bar won’t be used until your baby is about 4 months.
  • Music, Lights & Vibration – will require batteries or AC adapter if it has these features, the vibration resembles a car in motion.
  • Most bouncers have a short life span.
  • If budget or space are an issue then buy a bouncer or swing – not both.
  • Consider an infant rocker-bouncer – converts to a rocker as your baby outgrows the bouncer (Fisher Prince Infant-to-Toddler Rocker).