8 best baby bouncers to keep your little one soothed and relaxed
We took on the task of recruiting an army of new parents to put the latest rockers to the test
Being a new parent is tiring work so it’s vital to have a few devices up your sleeve to give you a helping hand.
That’s where baby bouncers come in: an idea solution to keep your baby calm, soothed and entertained for hours on end.
But with more on the market than ever before, how can you know which ones will suit your baby and your needs?
We took on the task of recruiting an army of new parents to put the latest baby bouncers to the test.
Whether you’re looking for a bouncer on a budget, a sleek design to match your decor or one that can take you right up to the toddler years, here’s our roundup of the best bouncers to buy.
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Tiny Love 3-in-1 rocker napper baby seat: £74.99, Amazon
For parents on the hunt for a space-saving piece of kit, the 3-in-1 rocker by Tiny Love is our top recommendation. Suitable from birth, this lightweight vibrating rocker can be swiftly converted to an upright chair and a lie-flat napper with three different recline positions (our tester particularly loved this aspect as the middle angle helps eliminate post-feed spit-ups).
As well as getting top marks for versatility, there’s plenty to entertain your little one too. This rocker napper plays a total of nine different tunes (a balance of soothing and engaging tracks) and comes with easy to remove, washable toys which our tester reported keeping their little one engaged for hours. If you’re looking to invest in a great value, multi-purpose piece of kit, this is it.
Mothercare teddy’s toy box bouncer: £60, Amazon
Mothercare sell a range of baby bouncers but their own brand Teddy’s Toy Box bouncer gets our vote. This plush, padded bouncer offers maximum comfort (with a removable head hugger too). It both plays music, vibrates and comes with three detachable crinkle and squeak toys to keep your baby entertained and comforted. The neutral design is suitable for either gender and the Teddy Toy Box collection has a range of matching items – including a playmat, lampshade, bedding and wall decor. A great value bouncer that ticks a lot of boxes.
Mamas and Papas capella bouncing cradle-dream upon a cloud: £59, Mamas and Papas
This beautiful bouncer got top marks from our new mum tester – both in terms of ease of use and how well it kept their (twin!) newborns entertained. It took mere minutes to get the bouncer up and running; while being very easy to transport around the house and clean (it comes with removable easy-wipe covers). What’s more, the classic design is gender-neutral and doesn’t clash with decor. Our twin testers found the gentle vibration mode particularly soothing and the toy bar kept them engaged for ages.
BabyBjörn bouncer bliss: £139.99, BabyBjörn
Bouncer bliss is the latest release from Swedish brand BabyBjörn and it’s the perfect purchase for those looking for a stylish, minimalistic bouncer that looks as good as any piece of furniture. Unlike most of the bouncers on the roundup, this doesn’t require batteries (since it relies on the baby’s natural movements to create fluid movement) and takes seconds to set up.
Because of this, our tester was impressed with how incredibly easy it was to use and store away (with the bouncer also folding flat). However, the real selling point of this is its super soft design; with our tester commenting how the bouncer’s new 3D jersey material seemed to mould effortlessly to her baby’s shape, with the harness also being incredibly soft and comfortable. A luxury bouncer that delivers on both style and comfort.
Tiny Love 3-in-1 close to me bouncer: £124.99, John Lewis & Partners
This innovative baby bouncer has a big selling point that most on the market don’t offer: the ability to height-adjust the bouncer to your eye level; a massive benefit to mum’s recovering from C-sections or parents who want their little ones to join them at the dinner table from day one. The bouncer, which can be raised to high seat mode or reclined to soothing mode, also offers a plethora of features to keep babies soothed and stimulated.
With vibrating options and 25 minutes of music (there’s a huge 16 number of tunes to choose from so you’ll never get bored), this machine can be used up from birth right up to 18kg (around 3-4 years old); meaning you’ll get plenty of wear out of it too.
BabaBing LoBo2 baby bouncer: £49, Amazon
The LoBo2 is a stylish, lightweight bouncer which still manages to offer many of the features of some of the pricer models on the market. With two height positions (seated for feeding or reclined for relaxing and playing), a removable toy bar (with two engaging toys) and a comfortable, padded seat, the LoBo2 relies on your baby’s arm and legs to create their own smooth movements. It can only be used between 0-6 months but given its price, it still a worthy purchase.
Chicco hoopler baby bouncer and rocking chair: £50, Precious Little One
This bouncer and rocking chair by popular baby brand Chicco scored particularly highly in the comfort and adaptability stakes. It’s 100 per cent portable (with an attached handle and easy folding and storing) and our tester commented on just how comfortable their baby found it too.
There’s plenty of cosy padding in this bouncer but we particularly liked that it comes with a special newborn insert for extra support for the first weeks of your baby’s life. What’s more, the seat can also be adjusted – our tester loved the full sit-up position which was ideal for a weaning baby. The chair also comes with a removable, adjustable toy arch (which contains three teether toys that can be chewed on and played with).
4moms mamaroo cradle: £269, Mamas & Papas
This high-tech, ultra-modern bouncer is the ultimate in baby entertainment. Offering a range of different motions (five in total: car ride, free swing, kangaroo, rock a bye and wave); the advanced technology claims to mimic a parent’s touch rather than just simply bounce your baby. There’s also lots of other ingenious features: you can connect your MP3 player to it so baby can enjoy their favourite tracks or use the bluetooth on your phone to change the speed, sounds, volume and motion from your armchair (an incredibly valuable feature for mum’s still recovering from birth).
There’s no doubt it’s pricey but the wealth of different features and built-in technology kept even the fussiest of babies content. The only downside is that it is bulkier than some of the models on our list; so whilst it certainly delivers in functionality, it’s not as easy to store away and transport as some other bouncers.
The verdict: Baby bouncers
We loved the versatility and practicality of Tiny Love’s 3-in-1 model; a must-purchase for parents who don’t have the space for multiple pieces of kit. If you’re looking for something simpler, Mothercare’s teddy toy box bouncer is a great all-rounder at a fantastic price. Finally, special mention goes to the Mamaroo 4moms model which offers so many unique features to please tech-loving parents and fussy babies alike.
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