Baby Bouncer Buying Guide
What is a Baby Bouncer?
Part of preparing for a new baby involves getting all of the needed equipment that a new baby requires. If you’ve never had a baby before, you may not realize the benefits and value that a baby bouncer provides.
These wonderful pieces of baby equipment can be used from the very first day the baby is home, providing a comfortable and safe place for the baby to lay while you take care of other things such as making dinner for the family or even taking a shower. Bring the bouncer into the bathroom and you can easily take a shower while the baby is in a safe place with you right there.
Baby bouncers will provide gentle vibrations, soft melodies, and plush, softness which will help the, relax and drift off to sleep. Some models even have features that mimic the mother’s heartbeat. They are life savers with fussy babies, as the vibrations and music will almost always distract a restless baby and help lull them into a better mood and sometimes even to sleep.
Things to Look for when Shopping for a Baby Bouncer
There are several features that you will want to look at when you are shopping around for the best baby bouncer. These are things that may be offered with some, or even all of the bouncers you are considering. Think about the features that are important to you from the ones listed and see which models will fit your needs the best.
Battery operated or plug in? – Most bouncers on the market are battery operated which provide the parents with the convenience of no cords, but there WILL be the added cost of replacing the batteries, especially if the baby bouncer is used frequently.
Safety Restraint System – Most bouncers have 3 point harness systems to keep the baby from falling out of the bouncer, especially when they get a bit older and can move a little more. Some may have 5 point harnesses which also have pieces that go over the shoulders.
Vibrations and Other Movements – A lot of baby bouncers offer some kind of motion as a feature. It may be rocking, vibrating or even a side to side motion. Ones that are not battery operated may be springier and respond to the movements your baby makes. If they kick, the bouncer bounces, etc
Wide and Sturdy Frame – You want to look for a baby bouncer that has a wide frame that is not flimsy at all. Sturdiness is an important factor because it provides more safety and support for your baby. A wide base will not be inclined to tip over when the baby is in it. You also want to look for easy folding or disassembly for storage and travel purposes.
Removable Seat Covers and Inserts – Babies have accidents, so it is very important for the baby bouncer you purchase to have removable seat covers and inserts so they can be tossed in the washer and cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis.
Comfortable Seat – Some models of baby bouncers have deep seats that cradle the baby and make them feel safe. While the seats don’t have to be deep to be safe or comfortable, look for seats that are padded well and that has some reclining position choices. Some even allow for the child to get to toddler age although the typical baby bouncer is designed to last until the child is sitting up and not past that milestone.
Music and Other Sounds – A lot of baby bouncers on the market today have the capability to play different melodies. Some will play for 20 continuous minutes, others 30. The music is made up of different melodies so you can choose the ones that your baby seems to respond better to. Depending on the model of bouncer, some even have heartbeat sounds to mimic what the child heard before it was born. Others still will have a place to plug in an MP3 player so you can let the baby listen to music and songs of your choosing.
Toy Bars and Mobiles – Many of the baby bouncers on the market come with toy bars which are detachable bars that go over the baby’s head. They are detachable and can be used for newborns to look at and older babies to grab and play with.
Non- Slip Base – It is important that the legs or base of the baby bouncer have non-slip properties. Even though you should never set the bouncer on a table, counter or bed, you don’t want it sliding across the kitchen or bathroom floor.
Lights – Flashing lights are a feature that premium baby bouncers may have. The flashing lights will flash in different patterns, sometimes in time with music to keep the baby engaged and occupied. The flashing lights feature is not one to use when you are trying to get the baby to bed, as the lights can be stimulating rather than relaxing. Make sure that if you are considering a model that has flashing lights as a feature that it can be turned on and off.
Safety Tips to Remember
Safety is paramount when it comes to your child regardless of their age. Babies are helpless and can’t get themselves out of danger if they are put in a dangerous situation. It is up to the parent to make sure that they are using the baby’s equipment the way it was intended. These safety tips are important to ensuring the safety of your little one.
- Whenever you are considering baby equipment of any kind, it never hurts to do a product recall check. Sometimes products are on a recall list, but you may not know. Checking to be sure the baby bouncer you are considering is not on the product recall list can reassure you that construction and manufacturing of the model you are looking at is safe.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended limits for weight and age. There is a reason that products have these recommended limits. It is to your baby’s benefit and safety to follow them.
- Never out the bouncer on a table, counter, kitchen island, bed or any other elevated surface. On a couch or bed, the baby bouncer could tip and cause suffocation or a nasty fall with injury resulting. The safest place for the baby bouncer is the floor.
- Don’t carry the carrier by the frame or toy bar, especially when the baby is in it. These are not handles and can break off and cause the baby to be dropped.
- Always keep the baby in the same room with you when it is in the bouncer and always keep your eye on the baby. Putting them in the bouncer and going to sleep is not safe for the baby. Make sure the bouncer is kept on the floor and away from window blind cords, computer, television or light cords and heaters or fireplaces.
- Baby bouncers are great pieces of equipment but you want to ensure that you are not leaving them in it all the time. They are not meant to be used all day long or to replace cuddling and tummy time.
Baby bouncers are a really convenient and enjoyable piece of equipment to have when you have a new baby. There are many benefits to having one, especially if you have other children. A good quality baby bouncer, properly placed on the floor in the room you are in, can give you the time needed to do other things, whether it is to fix dinner or to bathe an older brother or sister.
There are many things to look at when you are comparison shopping for a new baby bouncer. If you look at these factors, you will be ensuring that you get the best quality baby bouncer that you can for your budget.
When it comes to baby bouncers, you get what you pay for, so remember to pay attention to the quality of how it is made. Sturdy frames are a big one that you may look to your city’s manufacturing is.
With the information that you have gathered here you will be able to sort through the multitude of baby bouncers on the market and find the one that fits your needs, preferences and even décor theme. Let décor theme be the LAST thing you compare. If the construction and quality and everything else are good, you can be confident that you have chosen a good quality product.