Choosing a baby bouncer

When your baby arrives, you’ll naturally spend lots of time holding her in your arms. Whether that’s because you’re feeding your little one, comforting her when upset or simply enjoying cuddles, most babies feel calm and secure when they’re close to a parent. 

That said, there will of course be times when you can’t only sit and cuddle with your young baby. From needing to make breakfast to look after older children to tidying up or just plain getting dressed, when you’re holding a baby it’s pretty much impossible to do anything else!

This is where having somewhere safe and cosy to pop your baby is a real game changer. 

Enter the baby bouncer 

Unlike a crib or Moses basket, a baby bouncer secures your baby in a position where they can still see you and the room and which they don’t feel they’re expected to fall asleep in. (Although many do enjoy short naps in their bouncers, which is a nice bonus!)

There are lots of baby bouncers on the market to choose from, ranging from simple seats to whole entertainment centres. We offer a guide to choosing the best baby bouncer for you and your little one’s needs.

What age can babies use bouncers from?

All of the bouncers we choose to stock here at Little Angels are suitable for babies to use from birth. We know how tricky it can be navigating the early days with a newborn so believe having a little help in the shape of a baby bouncer can make all the difference. 

Some bouncers can convert into different modes as your baby grows, such as a toddler seat. This makes them suitable until they are around aged 2. As a general rule for standard baby bouncers, you should stop your little one using it once they can sit up alone, to avoid the risk of them pulling themselves up in it and tipping over. 

Most parents find their bouncer invaluable for the first 6 or so months of their baby’s life. After that, babies often prefer not to feel too hemmed in most of the time and enjoy rolling around freely or sitting near you in a highchair or playpen. 

Finding the best baby bouncer for you

When shopping for a baby bouncer, you’ll be hit with a lot of choice. This can be great, but a little confusing! When making your choice, it can be helpful to think about:

  • Do you want to be able to easily transport the bouncer from room to room? Some bouncers are easier to move than others.
  • How much do you want to spend? A baby bouncer can range from £15 to £200 in price, depending on its features, age range and the brand.
  • Does your baby like being rocked? Many bouncers have options to vibrate or rock, or you may prefer a baby bouncer baby swing combo that actually moves.
  • How old is your baby now? For example, if she’s over three months old, you’ll get less use from your bouncer than you would if your baby isn’t born yet and you might want to factor this into either your budget or the type of bouncer you choose.

What’s the difference between a baby bouncer and baby swing?

Both baby bouncers and swings are a popular choice as a safe place to put your baby when you need some hands free time. 

Baby swings move your baby in a rocking motion, something many newborns and young babies find soothing. They’re usually higher from the ground than baby bouncers, which move or ‘bounce’ only when your baby does, for example when she kicks her legs.

Both baby bouncers and swings often come with optional music which many babies enjoy, as well as an entertainment bar to help keep them engaged and prevent boredom.

Swings tend to be bigger, although most are still fairly portable. In either case, only transport your bouncer or swing when your baby isn’t in it. 

Some products have been designed as both a baby bouncer and a swing, so you can have the best of both worlds if you’re not sure which to opt for. 

At Little Angels Prams, we’re always happy to offer advice, answer questions or provide demos on any items you might be considering for your baby. From baby bouncers and swings through to prams and cots, just contact us online, by calling 01159 305772 or by visiting us in store.