Did you know you can identify a new parent even when their baby isn’t with them? No, it’s not the sleep-deprived eyes or the spit-up on their shirt. It’s the telltale sway and bounce as they stand, like they’re still soothing a baby in their arms. Babies love gentle movement, especially gentle bouncing and vibrations. It engages their senses and makes them forget about whatever their tiny brains were getting cranky about. But, a parent’s arms (and legs and hips) get tired, y’all! And, you know, there’s laundry to do and dishes to wash (sometimes).
This is why most baby registries include a baby bouncer seat, those comfy baby-size recliners that bounce, vibrate and sway. Made with super-soft fabrics, engaging toys and even music, these bouncer seats take care of baby for a few minutes to give busy parents a break. Some even have spinning or plush toys to aid in eye-hand coordination. All come with safety harnesses and other measures to keep your little one comfortable and safe.
When shopping for a baby bouncer, consider whether you want a version to soothe baby or engage baby, or both. Check out the best bouncers for baby we rounded up, and get ready to give your tired arms a little rest.
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1. BABYBJORN Balance Soft Bouncer
The BABYBJORN Balance Soft is an ergonomic bouncer with a soft and snug design with plenty of neck and back support that is suitable right from day one. The natural bouncing movement — no batteries required — develops your baby’s motor skills and balance, and four positions allow options for baby’s optimal comfort. The compact design weighs less than 5 pounds and folds completely flat for storage or transporting. Suitable for babies and toddlers aged 0 to 2 years of age, the bouncer turns into a comfy chair.
2. Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer: Sweet Dreams Snugapuppy
This cute baby bouncer from Fisher-Price has a deep seat with soft fabrics, a plush newborn insert, a supportive head rest and an adjustable three-point restraint help keep little ones cozy and safe as they bounce, play or soothe. A removable mobile with two hanging puppy and kitty toys encourages eye tracking and helps to strengthen developing visual skills. Up to 20 minutes of music make playtime even more fun and energetic. When fun time is over, calming vibrations soothe tiny ones as they snuggle into the extra comfy seat. This lightweight baby bouncer is also available in Moonlight Meadow and Woodsy Wonders designs.
3. Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer with Vibrating Seat
This bright and happy bouncer seat has a colorful pinwheel design with a toy bar featuring spinning toys with engaging animal graphics. Smooth vibrations keep baby calm. When you’re ready to scoop up your baby, the toy bar easily removes. Plus, the bouncer is lightweight and portable so you can set baby up near wherever you are.
4. Ingenuity Twinkle Tails InLighten Bouncer
This baby bouncer with a sweet bunny rabbit design has a deep, cradling seat with soft, plush fabrics to give baby a bunny-like hug. Soothing, twinkling lights dance above him on the detachable canopy toy bar that also has two plush toys to engage him. To ensure customized comfort, the bouncing seat includes two reclining positions and calming melodies, nature sounds and vibrations. The bunny infant support bolster is reversible; just turn it over to change the look of the bouncer. The removable bolster also can be used on the floor as a lovey.
5. Baby Trend Blue Bell EZ Bouncer
The Baby Trend EZ Bouncer in Bluebell is made with cozy fabrics in a pretty floral print. With a comfy seat and a reversible head pillow that can be adjusted and removed as your little one grows, its key features include a removable toy bar with two hanging bird toys to enhance eye-hand coordination as your baby tries to reach, bat and grasp. An adjustable-volume music center offers five melodies and three soothing sounds, plus calming vibrations to comfort baby. Recommended for babies up to 25 pounds, your child will stay comfy and secure with the adjustable 3-point safety harness, crotch cover and adjustable headrest. This bouncer is also available in a Ziggy design with zebra toys on the bar and a zigzag pattern on the seat.