Baby bouncers are one of the most common items on expectant parent’s shopping lists as they provide a wide range of benefits such as baby entertainment, napping, relaxing, physical exercise, touch and feel education and mental stimulation. However, there is a myriad of different types of baby bouncers and then a few different products for each type. Here at Best For Mums, we’ve reviewed over 50 different bouncers, rockers, jumpers and seats to bring a definitive list of 12 of the best baby bouncers in the UK market.
The Best Baby Bouncers, Jumpers and Rockers in the UK
- The Best Baby Bouncers, Jumpers and Rockers in the UK
- 1. Fisher Price Rainforest Spacesaver Bouncer
- 2. Disney Sea of Activites Jumper
- 3. BabaBing! Float Baby Bouncer
- 4. Babybjorn Soft Balance Bouncer and chair
- 5. Munchkin Bounce and Play Door Bouncer
- 6. Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer
- 7. Tiny Love Nature’s Way Bounce and Sway Bouncer
- 8. Jolly Jumper Baby Exerciser
- 9. Baby Einstein Neighbourhood Friends Bouncer
- 10. Redkite Musical Vibrating Bouncer
- 11. Badabulle Compat Height Adjustable Bouncer
- 12. Joie Serina 2in1 Swing/Rocker
- What is a baby bouncer, rocker and jumper?
- 4 Benefits of a baby bouncer
- 6 things to consider when buying a baby bouncer
To save you some time we’ve created this handy table with our favourites from every type of bouncer to make it easier for you to make an informed decision on which to buy
1. Fisher Price Rainforest Spacesaver Bouncer
Suitable for babies who can support their own head up until when they can walk and climb out.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Spacesaver is one of the best selling baby bouncers on Amazon which has garnered almost 200 positive reviews, and we can see why. It’s a pretty solid all rounder that does everything you want a bouncer/jumparoo to do without costing the earth. The seating area for the baby is padded with enough material that your baby’s never going to be rubbing or be uncomfortable while in use. You can also remove the cover and machine wash if an accident does happen.
The jumping action is triggered by the baby’s natural kicking and they are rewarded with automatic lights and sounds which makes them want to move more – we found the sensor to be perfect and the baby was thrilled with the feedback from moving and clearly made him want to just move more – this is a godsend for us busy mums who want our baby to be properly stimulated and of course tired after! Our baby’s more powerful kicks didn’t ever catapult them anywhere near any danger so there’s no need to worry if this is a gift for older babies rather than newborns. They’ll be perfectly safe.
As you can probably see from the image the Fisher Price Rainforest Spacesaver Bouncer is very busy in the centre console and there’s so much for the baby to get accustomed to while they’re bouncing around. There’s a colourful piano to play, a bobble frog teether, a clacker ring bar to slide 3 colourful rings back and forth and a caterpillar to click. All told, you’ve got sounds, textures and a teether surrounded by rainforest themed colours to capture their gaze. I don’t recall my boy ever being bored with this thing there’s just that much in there.
The overall frame of the Fisher Price Rainforest Space-saver is very sturdy and safe, it won’t just fall over if your baby is jumping at an angle. We’ve not mentioned one of its biggest USPs so far either which is its ability to fold flat for easy storing. This feature shouldn’t be downplayed as you’d be amazed how little space you may have in your home if you haven’t had your baby yet at the stage where it can use a bouncer.
Overall, the Fisher Price Rainforest Spacesaver is an amazing baby bouncer which could fit perfectly in any home for babies at the age where they can hold the weight of their own head up until the age where they can walk. Its feature rich and the price point is quite generous. The USP of being able to fold sets it apart from most of its competitors. If you have a smaller home or travel a lot and need a bouncer we’d probably say this is the best baby bouncer for you.
- Rewards baby's jumping with lights, sounds and music
- Lets baby jump safely no doorway required
- Light-up musical piano
- Soft-sided overhead toy bar with monkey roller ball and two rainforest friends spinners
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2. Disney Sea of Activites Jumper
Usually, products which are made by a brand as big as Disney carry with them an extra premium that can sometimes make the product too expensive to be considered class leading but with the Disney Finding Nemo themed Sea of Activities jumper this is not the case. This is an excellent jumper for a few reasons which we’re going to explain here after I was able to get a test product with my baby boy.
The comfortable padded seat your baby sits in is nice and soft which will cause no rubbing or discomfort for the baby. The seat is also designed to be used 360 degrees as the 13 different features are all around you, the high seat gives the baby extra support and helps maintain a good posture while in use – this will make you feel like you’re getting more of a product than it’s worth. Some baby bouncers only have a one direction seat and then a limited feature area which can seem cramped – this is not the case with the Disney Sea of Activities jumper. Second, what we really liked (because baby liked) is the characters which appear on the four legs/struts which are out of range – because our young baby’s eyes are developing they captured their gaze as they jumped along despite not being interact-able.
We’re not big Finding Nemo fans but that doesn’t matter as the bright colours and toys are entertaining regardless if you know who they are, your baby certainly won’t. With this jumper you’ll get 13 unique toys and activities which are texture, sound, music and teething as you’d expect. This is a very generous array of toys that will definitely keep any baby entertained for a long time so you can get some errands done or even just relax!
This will be a jumper that you can use for a long time as the legs/struts can be adjusted as your baby grows. The whole assembly is very sturdy and can take a good kicking from your baby so there’s no fear of accidental toppling over. It’s quick to assemble and easy to fold and put away, too, which is always a welcome bonus. The fact that it has the name Disney on it has perhaps inflated the price a little but we found it to still have a lot of return on your investment and one of the better high-end baby bouncers on the market. We simply don’t have a bad word to say about it and neither did over 100 other people on Amazon who have reviewed and rated it.
Overall, this bouncer is seriously feature rich, it’s extremely colourful and engaging and it’s comfortable for your baby to use. The price point is on the expensive side but we wouldn’t say it’s actually expensive.
- 13+ engaging toys and activities
- Nemo rollerball toy station with dancing lights and ocean sounds
- Interactive Squirt themed piano
- Tad and Pearl characters remove from Mr. Ray for take-along fun
3. BabaBing! Float Baby Bouncer
This magnificently simple and elegant float baby bouncer by BabaBing is one of the best value bouncers we tested while writing this guide. The comfortable material seat provides a natural bounce that’s produced by your baby’s natural movements and shuffling. Because this is a floating chair bouncer it can be used from birth as the angle of the chair supports your baby’s neck for them and still continues to be engaged as they grow older and bigger.
This is a rather basic bouncer as you can see so you may be wondering why we think this deserves to the in our best baby bouncer list. Well, the truth is it’s because it does the basics very well and leads to a pretty decent return on investment. The material used for the chair is high quality, soft and comfortable for the baby. The design for the chair is rather contemporary and would fit in nicely in most modern homes and assembly is quick and easy no matter who gives it a go. The bottom part is made of no-slip materials so it’s suitable to be used on laminate, slate and other sorts of smooth flooring. The frame is sturdy and won’t topple regardless of how energetic your baby’s movements are!
It’s got two toys on it as a default which is rather devoid when compared to some of the more boisterous bouncers but it is easy to attach more of your own if you do wish. The lack of toys and the bland colours may put people off and we would probably agree with this statement – this bouncer may not be for everyone for that reason. However, for the same reason it is light, easy to carry, doesn’t take much space and will definitely keep your baby engaged for a while so you can have a break.
Overall, as far as basic floating bouncers go this is one of the best you can find. Light, easy to assemble, relatively cheap but still made of quality materials.
- Toy bar included
- Very light weight so easily moved around your home
- Machine washable sling
- Smooth bouncing motion
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4. Babybjorn Soft Balance Bouncer and chair
This futuristic looking floating chair bouncer by popular Swedish Baby product manufacturers Babybjorn is one of our favourites over at the Best For Mums offices, here we’ll explain why. The chair can be set at a much more acute angle than most which will put your baby in a more vertical position which helps keep them in great posture from a young age which means that a newborn baby can use this chair no problem. We also feel this could help a lot more with your baby’s balance come the day they start to practice walking. The angle also makes the bouncing a bit more engaging (when compared to other floating bouncers) which led our babies to get tired quickly. That’s what we all want to hear right?
The materials used are super soft and snuggly which is kind to your baby’s skin if you let them get on it with just a nappy. You’ve got a choice of three materials which are breathable mesh, snuggly cotton/jersey or soft cotton. All materials are free of harmful substances and are Oeko-Tex standard approved. They are machine washable, too, so no need to panic if an accident was to occur.
You’re probably wondering where the heck are the toys, bells and whistles and we’re here to confirm to you they are not here! None at all! This bouncer is what we’d call a ‘natural’ bouncer if there ever was such a thing – it’s designed for them to rock themselves and for the parent or guardian at the time to engage with them otherwise. If you’re after a bouncer that’s bold and bright and will keep them glued in for hours then this isn’t it. This may seem like an awful lot of money for not much but believe me, this thing really did work well and we felt like the baby got more out of this chair than a lot of bouncer with a hell of a lot more bells and whistles.
With three different seating positions which can entertain, relax or put your baby to sleep this bouncer is more akin to an adult massage chair or some fancy furniture from IKEA than some of the other bouncers. It’s the most contemporary bouncer we came across and if you care about decor then this could score some major points with you. It’s available in four colours – grey, beige and grey, dark grey and grey and rust/orange. As with IKEA furniture, the Babybjorn Soft Balance Bouncer and chair also fold flat and is easy to put away when it’s not in use. The frame is solid, too, and won’t be toppled regardless of what position it’s in.
To conclude, the Babybjorn Soft Balance Bouncer and chair look basic and boring but it really works to entertain, soothe and put your baby to sleep with its three different positions. It’s great for your baby’s posture and focuses on your baby rocking themselves instead of a distraction from flashing lights and funny noises. It’s expensive, yes, but it works really, really well and definitely a baby bouncer to consider if your budget can stretch to it. If you’re not convinced then follow our links to read the vast amount of glowing reviews from other real mums and dads.
- Fun and natural bouncing - no batteries required
- 3 different positions for play, rest and sleep
- Soft Selection - super-soft and snuggly jersey
- Folds flat and convenient to carry
5. Munchkin Bounce and Play Door Bouncer
If you’re after a baby bouncer that’s minimal and isn’t your typical bouncer then why not consider a door bouncer? Out of all the door bouncers we’ve tested this one by Munchkin is the best one. A door bouncer is great for those who may not have space at home for a seated bouncer/jumparoo or for those who are on a budget looking for a quick and easy fix that’s low cost and easily transportable.
This door bouncer, specifically, uses very strong and brightly coloured straps to keep the baby in place which then connects using a plastic strut with two other straps which enable the bouncer to have the suspension and bounce to be safe and engaging. The ‘struts’ distribute the force evenly so there isn’t much strain at all on the door frame connecter which is probably the most concerning for anyone wondering just how safe a door bouncer can be. We found the Munchkin Bounce and Play Door Bouncer to be secure and not a concern for us about our baby’s safety while he was in there.
The ‘seat’ where the baby sits is a cutely designed ‘Lenny the Lion’ front which was snug, made of good materials and comfortable to sit in. What we probably would say is to not let them bounce in it naked as it could rub and cause a rash over a decent time period. The cradle is also machine washable and height adjustable to suit your growing baby. The weight limit for the seat is 26 lbs and when they are able to support their own neck. You can use a baby scale to keep an eye on this.
The performance of the bouncer is arguably its second-best feature after its low cost. This is one of the best baby bouncers you can get to get them to start using their legs early as the bouncers entertainment relies on how much your baby wants to bounce! Also, this is a pure bouncer so there are no other bells and whistles included, if they don’t want to bounce then this will fail!
To conclude, this fabulous door bouncer is a treat for anyone looking for a quick and easy bouncer! It’s reliable, safe and so much fun for active babies and for mums and dads who want to see them really start to exercise those legs! Seriously, this is a bargain!
- Play time fun with Lenny the Lion; crinkle mane and squeaky nose support coordination
- 2 teether rings encourage baby to bounce
- Optimum safety for complete peace of mind; strong and secure door frame clamp
- Fully supportive seat ensures child maintains correct posture; soft, padded seat for extra comfort
6. Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer
The Tiny Love Gymini bouncer is a multiple award winner and a product with over a hundred positive reviews on Amazon. As you can see from the picture, this is a seated bouncer with two arches on the side to hold the ‘entertainment’ and are adjustable – more on this later. At a glance, this is a versatile all rounder bouncer that can be used to relax and entertain so many would consider this an all in one. We were sent a tester version of this baby bouncer and we were suitably impressed in a few areas.
First of all, the chair part of the bouncer is exceedingly comfortable and made of quality materials. Your baby will be comfortable, supported and snug. As it is a chair type of bouncer this can be used from birth even before they can support their own heads. The chair has two reclining positions to suit your baby’s comfort needs or to make it flatter to promote good posture and a healthy sleep. The cover for the chair is also removable and washable at 30 degrees.
Perhaps the biggest USP for the Tiny Love Gymini bouncer is its adjustable arches which can be moved to go outward to get your baby to learn how to reach and exercise in different directions. Its these arches that the entertainment is attached to and if you have a lot of toys which have a ‘ring’ or a ‘claw’ then this toy could effectively have up to 20 toys in total. As standard, you’ll get light and music, a jittering toy, a teether and and a calming vibrator device which will help soothe your baby asleep. The vibration feature is another feature which is not common in a baby bouncer and could be a deciding factor for you. The vibration is not too soft or overly strong and it did definitely make it easier for the baby to nod off. AAA batteries are required to keep all the toys going and they are not included. A single set of batteries should last you a long time and the bouncer really isn’t a thirsty device with energy.
The entire bouncer is easily assembled and disassembled, however, it does not fold flat as it is so it is not the most portable of devices. In saying that, it is still easy to transport when disassembled. The arches and the frame which holds the chair is very strong and has a good amount of suspension to prevent toppling. We found no issues or concerns having our baby sit in this but we still didn’t leave him in there unsupervised.
To conclude, this is a fantastic baby bouncer that’s bright and colourful which entertained our darling son effortlessly. It doesn’t have the largest amount of toys but the vibration feature and the adjustable arm arches enabled the Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer to stand out from the crowd and not an also ran. As far as the price point is concerned it’s not the cheapest or the most expensive but we felt the return on your spends to be quite high because it’s both a bouncer and a chair in one. This is definitely one of the bouncers you should consider.
- Product Colour: Multi-coloured
- Product Size: H 72 x W 44 x D 11 Cm Approx.
- Product Material: Cloth, Metal, Plastic
- Product Cleaning Instructions: Wipe With Damp Cloth
7. Tiny Love Nature’s Way Bounce and Sway Bouncer
Another bouncer from Tiny Love makes its way to our top list and this time it’s their electric sway bouncer chair that makes it. This contemporary looking bouncer is one of the best choices for a sturdy and efficient swayer that we were able to test. This is one of the most stylish looking baby product you may ever buy and it can effortless fit into most decors and in some cases may even enhance it. However, it’s definitely not all about looks when it comes to baby products so let’s focus our minds to the performance.
From the picture, it may not be clear if it’s a bouncer at all but rest assured it is a bouncer alongside a sway so you won’t need to buy a separate bouncer to go along with this. The chair is a deep bucket which makes it very snug for your baby and supports their body with good posture. This is suitable for babies from birth because of the fact it’s a bouncer chair. The materials used are of a good quality which is swappable and removable to allow machine washing. The harness has a 5 point safety buckle.
The chair itself has only a couple of toys as standard but the magic comes from the swaying arch. The sway has two motions which can be activated and we found that although it’s a machine doing the swaying it feels very human and natural and it put our baby to sleep in a natural way countless times. If you want a bouncer more for relaxing/sleep than entertaining and exercising then this is one of the best baby bouncers for that. On top of the swaying, it can also replay music – 3 categories and 19 different tunes to be exact which lulls as the chair sways. The mechanism is not motorised and instead, it’s a swing and roll system. It needs 3C batteries to operate.
Most swaying chairs are heavier than usual so it’s unfair to mark it down for extra weight. However, it should be said that there are definitely heavier bouncers out there. It’s not the bulkiest looking one either and it won’t just take over whatever room it’s been placed in. The arches which do the swaying are quite minimal so you’ll have no problem carrier this from room to room. The weight and the arches also provide the stability which enables this bouncer to easily resist toppling. The total weight is 9kg.
To conclude, although this bouncer is fairly bare when it comes to toys and colours its strength is in the double action swaying and 19 different melodies. If you’re looking for a bouncer which is more to relax and put your baby to sleep then this is it. It’s not the cheapest bouncer but the cost lies in the quality and the mechanisms included.
- Innovative double motion swing with innovative rocking and rolling system. From birth to 6 months (up to 9 kg).
- Great musical choice: 19 melodies of three different categories - 25 minutes of continuous music.25 minutes of melodies.
- Activity Arch with 2 removable toys
- Safety: 5-point harness
8. Jolly Jumper Baby Exerciser
Here’s another option for a door frame bouncer, and one of the originals to make them – Jolly Jumper. This product falls in the category of tried and tested as opposed to flamboyant and colourful like the Munchkin bouncer. It is very much bare bones and what you see is what you get but this is nevertheless one of the best exercise bouncers on the UK market.
The harness will keep your baby very safe with excellent posture. It should only be used with a baby that can support their own heads and until they are able to walk themselves. That’s still a rather large time frame so despite the cost of around £50-£60 this is still a good investment. But why choose this over a seated bouncer or a relaxing one? Well, it’s because this kind of a bouncer is the best tool to strengthen your baby’s legs as they prepare to learn to walk one day.
Most questions and fears we had about this door frame bouncer is how safe it is and how likely it will fall from the frame sending your baby crashing down. Well, be rest assured that this is a very safe and secure harness provided the frame itself is secure. We understand it may not look secure but it really is – the grips on the frame are solid and the construction allows the feedback to spread evenly. Your baby can be kicking and jumping as hard as they might and the Jolly Jumper will not let you down.
Secondly, some may not be keen that it’s made out of metal and that itself increases the risk about an injury to the baby if it was to randomly collapse but again we have to stress that that is not a concern you should have. The metal makes it sturdier and bouncier if anything. The Jolly Jumper is adjustable to accommodate a growing baby and different heights of door frames.
Once we got this up and running and placed our darling son in there he was off and away almost instantly. The bounciness was very generous and my baby was clearly having loads of fun, at times the baby was in there for 30 minutes and more and had not even started getting bored. Once the baby had had enough they were pooped and had a long sleep. For busy mums who just want a break, we couldn’t recommend this more. For mums who just want something for the baby to relax with then, this isn’t it as we’d definitely class this as an exercise aid.
To conclude, the Jolly Jumper is a fabulous exercise bouncer that will entertain and tire your baby out every time. It may look unsafe and perhaps risky but believe us when we say your baby is safe in this. It’s expensive for what you get in our eyes but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great baby bouncer that we rate very highly.
- Sturdy & scientifically designed for use with appropriate door frames
- Gives baby complete freedom of movement & promotes easy, natural breathing
- Allows baby to enjoy healthy exercise
- Babies build strength, balance & coordination safely & comfortably
9. Baby Einstein Neighbourhood Friends Bouncer
The Baby Einstein Neighbourhood Friends Bouncer is another solid entry in the entertainment bouncer category and is an ideal bouncer to consider if you want your baby to be engaged and entertained as opposed to relaxed and sleeping. What separates this one from the others in our eyes is the sheer number of colours and features it has which includes lights and melodies, we had a couple of the BFM writers test this bad boy and the consensus always came back that the baby was entertained for the whole duration, but again, not asleep or relaxed.
Baby Einstein Neighbourhood Friends Bouncers have 360 multi-sensory activities while being seated in a chair that bounces and swivels securely. The centre ‘console’ has 3 play stations and 12 activities all told. The light up piano lets your baby learn to associated actions with noises and gets their imagination going, the spinning frog bead chaser helps with their growing hand-eye coordination, spinning rattle drum and sun stalk and the spinning bird also helps them work with colours and sounds.
The middle seat pad is machine washable and made using soft, high-quality materials that won’t rub or chafe. There are no doorways into the bouncer which keeps them stable and secure and easy to get in/out. The frame is very solid so there’s absolutely no fear of toppling or collapsing. It should be able to take a beating as well so this won’t be a product that will be broken in a years time. There are 5 different height settings to that it can keep up with your growing babe.
Your baby can float in the chair or they can seat and bounce – it really depends on what stage your baby is in – we should also add that this should only be used by babies who can support their own necks. If the baby or even you get bored of the toys then why not remove, refresh and replace the toys by clicking on more to the arches? It’s easy to assemble and disassemble for better transport. Our final thought on this bouncer is that the price point is very generous and competitive and cheaper than you may think!
To conclude, this is a fantastic interactive baby bouncer that’s been proven to be effective by over 180 reviews by parents on Amazon and our own testers here at Best For Mums HQ. It’s bright and colourful and a delight for young babies who can support their own heads at this point. It can take up some space in your home but you knew this already by the very nature of baby bouncers. The price point is generous and a very strong contender for the UK’s best value for money baby bouncer.
- Secure Support Seat has added height and padding to provide additional comfort for babySeat rotates 360°
- Light up piano with 3 play modes - spinning frog bead chaser; spinning rattle drum; sun stalk and spinning bird
- 5 height settings grow with baby. Recommended for 6 + months
- For use when Child Can Sit Up Unassisted. Toys and Frame are wipe clean
10. Redkite Musical Vibrating Bouncer
The Redkite musical vibrating bouncer is one of the few baby bouncers which we’d class as hybrids and does the job of different types. As you can see this is a seated, reclining baby bouncer similar to some of the others we’ve already rated and reviewed here. What separates this one from the others is that it has a vibrating function to help your baby relax as well as the ability to play some music – features usually absent from recliner seated style baby bouncers!
So is this any good? Well, in our opinion yes as it makes this bouncer one of the best baby seats for relaxing and mild entertainment and increases the return on your investment quite a bit. The seat itself is very comfortable and snug thanks to quality padded materials which supports your baby’s weight and encourages good posture. This baby bouncer is suitable for babies from birth as it supports their heads for them.
You get two pretty boring toys as standard but the bar allows to add some of your own as is customary with baby bouncers. However, in our opinion, this bouncer is more for relaxing and napping than to keep them entertained for long periods of time. The colours are gender neutral as well; this may make it easier to fit it into your home decor. However, if you want some colours to aid your baby’s vision then this bouncer will disappoint.
The Redkite musical vibrating bouncer is easy to assemble and disassemble again and is fairly portable. It’s not enormous so it doesn’t take over the room it’s in. The frame is robust enough to remove the possibility of being topped by the baby as well as make it strong enough to take even the roughest of bounces from an older baby. C batteries are required but are not included so make sure to buy some at the same time.
To conclude, the Redkite Musical vibrating bouncer chair is one hell of a fine relaxation/napping chair with mild entertainment. It’s seriously comfortable for the baby and has the distinction of having the vibration and musical lullaby features that many similar chairs don’t. All the while having a very generous price point! Thoroughly recommended!
- The perfect place for baby to relax, play and nap, the Cozy Bouncer is a soft and cosy bouncer chair in a gender neutral colour. Offering a soft comfortable bouncer chair with padded support including a padded head hugger for additional support as well as an adjustable 3 point safety harness and non slip feet for added safety this bouncer is perfect to offer both comfort and security for your little ones.
- The detachable toy bar has an assortment of hanging toys that will stimulate baby and encourage them to reach out. When its time to nap the bouncer features a gentle vibrating feature and musical melodies that will help soothe, relax and keep baby calm.
- Non slip feet for added safety
- Includes Babys 1st Soft Book
11. Badabulle Compat Height Adjustable Bouncer
The Badabulle compact height adjustable bouncer is something a little bit different to consider when shopping for a new baby bouncer. It looks like your regular seated bouncer but it does have the unique selling point of being height adjustable to the point where it almost doubles as a high chair. First, let’s discuss its bouncer credentials.
The seat itself is very comfortable and made of top quality materials which will comfort and provide some suspension for your baby. This is machine washable. The angle of the seat means that this chair can be used for birth as it will support their necks for them. The angle of chair enables it to be pretty relaxing so sleeping, napping and generally chilling out are the main uses of this bouncer chair. With a reclining backrest, you can quickly put your baby to sleep if you start to see them doze off a bit. The two positions are resting and a rocker so there is some movement-related activity with this but nothing that will tire them out. You’ll probably need to do that before you put them in this chair.
The frame and toy arches are pretty basic but sturdy but as we mentioned earlier this chair is height adjustable (5 heights) which can enable your baby to at your level when you’re on the sofa, in the kitchen and so on – this means you can sit down in your favourite chair while they sit in theirs! This is a fantastic USP and should not be underestimated! With most bouncers, there is a large amount of bending over but there’s none of that with the Badabulle compact height adjustable bouncer.
You’ll get two free toys which are ‘bare bones’ but there’s plenty of room to add some of your own as is customary with almost all baby bouncers we’ve reviewed bar the ‘entertainment’ ones. All in all, the entertainment factor is a bit dull.
Lastly, this bouncer folds flat nice and neat which means it can be tucked away when not in use.
To conclude, the Badabulle compact height adjustable bouncer is a very good bouncer for people who want ones which can be set to quite high. This is a relaxing bouncer that won’t keep your babe entertained but it can chill them out a bit. It’s a bit expensive but serves quite well to compare with other bouncers to help you make the right choice for you.
- Easy to use: the compact 'up bouncer folds and unfolds in a flash! its compact size makes it easy for you to store away and take it everywhere with you.
- Height-adjustable: this bouncer can be adjusted to 5 heights, including a high position for the dining table. your baby is always at the right height to take part in family life.
- Reclining backrest: the compact 'up bouncer has both 'sleep' and 'awake' positions.
- Really comfortable: this baby bouncer has a cushioned seat and a detachable headrest. the seat has a removable, machine-washable cover.
12. Joie Serina 2in1 Swing/Rocker
The Joie Serina 2in1 swinger rocker is a heavy duty baby bouncer that’s one of the most robust and solid choices when shopping for a new baby chair. As you can see from the image it is certainly a visible presence in whatever room its placed and we can attest that this thing definitely takes up some space. However, there’s a good reason why it’s so bulky and it’s one of the main reasons why it’s been mentioned in this list of the top rated baby rockers.
The first feature we’re going to discuss is the giant arm which holds the chair – this is the main rocker unit which needs power from the mains. This allows the seat to be rocked and swayed from side to side infinitely – it works like a charm to get a restless babe to sleep – it’s not silent though as it does clunk around from time to time; you can reduce this noise by planting it on a completely flat floor which we’ll admit is quite hard especially if you live in an older house or have carpet. The rocker has six swing speeds to fine tune to your baby’s liking.
The seat can also vibrate while rocking which can intensify its ability to put a baby to sleep – this feature is great but again it does cause a bit of a noise that can be annoying sometimes if there’s anything touching the chair. However, vibrating is not that common of a feature so any chair with it has a USP right there for you. However, it does hike the price up and this chair is no different. To really hammer home the point that this is the best-equipped seat – it also comes with 5 lullabies and 5 nature sounds and a light which can grab their attention and take them gently to a soothing sleep.
Features aside, the seat itself is one of the most comfortable of any we’ve tested and the materials used are super high quality. Your baby will be drowned in the soft fabric which will support their heads meaning this bouncer can be used from birth. There are two little dinky toys for free but the supportive arch across the seat can have your own toys attached as is customary with most baby seats. From a design point of view, it’s very bland which may or may not suit your tastes and decor.
Overall, this baby rocker is by far the best-equipped baby rocker on the market. Swaying, lullabies, sounds, toys and lights help you catch a minute as your baby relaxes. However, it’s quite bulky and does not fold away easily and the price is rather high when compared to some of the others. Do we think it’s worth it though? Yes, absolutely!
- The removable swivel seat can be used as a portable baby rocker.
- Rocking mechanism can be used either forward and backwards or sideways.
- 6 swing speeds.
- Soothing vibration with 2 intensity levels.
What is a baby bouncer, rocker and jumper?
If you’ve had a look at our list of the best baby bouncers, jumpers and rockers you’ll notice there is no term that describes all of them and there, in fact, several subtypes of a baby bouncer. These subtypes cater to different needs of the parent and will entertain your baby in different ways. Here, we’ll list the different types and their features.
A seated baby bouncer looks like one of the above and what makes them a bouncer is that the baby ‘floats’ or is supported by the apparatus itself which enables them to bounce around safely in a harness. The seated bouncer has a chair that is the bouncer and the door frame bouncer on the right is attached to a mini hoist that suspends them gently. These types of bouncers are fantastic for a number of reasons – the main two being their ability to tire out a baby with healthy physical exercise and the other being their aid in helping your baby strengthen their muscles and begin to learn how to walk.
Seated bouncers offer the same level of suspension as the door frame bouncers but they will be surrounded by a plethora of toys which can range from feeling toys, lights and music. This kind of bouncer is typically the very best for entertainment and distraction – although it can tire them out they would most of the time need to be taken out and moved to go to sleep.
Prices and quality can range wildly between these two so some research will need to be done to find the perfect fit for you and your baby.
A balance bouncer looks like the above: it has an angled seat/bed with an arch for toys and should float allowing some bouncing but not nearly as much as the door frame bouncer as an example. This type of bouncer is designed for gentle relaxation and mild playtime as opposed to full-on physical exercise. The chair can be bounced and give the baby feedback when they do kick but the biggest selling point of this chair is its ability to relax your baby and put them to sleep.
You can get some variants which are quite basic and you can get some others which can rock them sideways which we’ll describe in more detail separately, vibrate the chair to massage them and even play some melodies. The cost between different types of balancers and rockets can vary wildly as can their size and weight, too.
A baby rocker is a much bigger piece of hardware which can include a motorised rocking arm which sways the baby seat from side to side to lull and relax them. The purpose of this type of bouncer is the same as the balance bouncer – to relax a baby as opposed to entertain and exercise.
The price can be high with these as you are buying more of a product and these can often take up a lot of space. If you’re on a tight budget then a motorised rocking bouncer may not be for you. Rockers are also difficult the move around and can not fold flat to save some space.
Door Frame Bouncer
A door frame bouncer is almost exactly what it says on the tin. They will have a clamp on the top which attaches to a door frame and then a hanging seat for the baby to sit in and bounce suspended just above the floor. This is the best bouncer to help them strengthen their legs and to get tired. However, if your baby is bored of bouncing or just doesn’t like it then this product could be a fail. Despite that, a door frame bouncer is a very basic piece of kit which does mean a low price and possibly the cheapest bouncer you can buy!
4 Benefits of a baby bouncer
Many people come to us wondering if a baby bouncer is a nice to have or a godsend and it’s difficult to give a personal answer as everyone’s situation is different. However, we can certainly make it easier for you to decide if you should buy a baby bouncer by listing its benefits here.
1. Gives you a minute to yourself
One of the features of a baby bouncer that many mums love is the fact that it takes the baby away from you safely so that you can go and have a brew, some food or even have just a minute without a baby hanging off of you. If you’re a single mum, alone without any help or whatever then a baby bouncer can be an extremely useful piece of kit to give you a break.
Of course, you shouldn’t leave the baby in a bouncer unsupervised but while you’re baby’s in there you can get a chance to vacuum the house, do the dishes, send some emails, prepare some food and so on. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of going hands-free without a bouncer!
2. Tires them out
Some bouncers such as door frame bouncers and seated bouncers are physically interactive for the baby which can tire them out effectively and give you a minute while they’re at it. If you have a very active baby and struggling to get them to burn it off then a bouncer could be a godsend for you. Perfect for rainy days or just when you just need a long break.
Some seated bouncers can also be a fantastic aid for their development as it helps them learn about touch, sight and hand-eye coordination. However, repeated use of baby bouncers is not suggested and they should be exposed to a wide variety of physical exercises and mental stimulation.
3. Relaxes your baby
Some bouncers such as the rocker and balance seats are made to try and relax and chill your baby out as opposed to physical exercise and excitement. Buy one of these if it’s just a safe place to relax you’re after or a device that will help you get them to sleep so you can have a minute. This type of bouncer can work well alongside another bouncer that does the tiring/entertaining bit if your budget can stretch to it.
Some bouncers can relax them better and quicker than others with fancy features such as a swinging arm or vibrating chair. Then again, some relaxing bouncers fold flat and are much more portable. Make sure to research the best one for you and your baby’s needs.
4. Keeps them in one place, safely
Perhaps a benefit which is overlooked because of its simplicity is a baby bouncer’s ability to just keep your baby strapped in and safe in one place. You may find yourself just needing to do something but you need to put your baby down to do it – a baby bouncer could be the best thing to be able to do this. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Because most bouncers have buckles and straps your baby will be safe while they’re in there so you won’t need to worry.
In theory, every bouncer can do this but we recommended the seated or balance bouncers to do this.
6 things to consider when buying a baby bouncer
Once you’ve decided what type of bouncer you think is the best match for you and your bundle of joy it’s still not an easy task sifting through all the different variants of that type. We’ve had a discussion here about what traits the best bouncers have and why they’re important to consider when shopping.
1. Can they be used by a newborn
Not all baby bouncers can be used from day 1 and you should definitely consider this before buying. The critical point we’re looking here is whether or not the bouncer will support your baby’s head or not – if it can’t that means it’s unsafe for newborn babies.
If the bouncer shouldn’t be used by babies that can’t support their necks this doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing at all but it does mean that if you only bought one then it will be collecting dust for a few months.
2. Is it secure
Babies shouldn’t be in a baby bouncer without being strapped in securely and able to get out on their own. Make sure the bouncer you’ve got complies with the regulations and provides a safe and secure seating area. This is particularly important for rockers/swingers and the door frame bouncer.
3. Does it fold away
If your space is tight at home then a big and bulky bouncer is just bad news. Before you pull the trigger and add to cart consider if you actually have the space for that particular bouncer or one that folds away flat is the best choice.
This feature being missing certainly doesn’t make the baby bouncer bad but it may not be suitable for your particular needs. If a bouncer folds away we will be mentioning it in our review.
4. Is it washable
Babies are the ones who’ll be using the bouncers and babies have accidents – lots of them. Make sure to get a bouncer that’s easily washable, preferably with removable covers which are machine washable.
Personally, this is a deal breaker for us because if you get one that’s not easily washable it can look dirty and tatty and visitors may be concerned about why your baby is sitting in a dirty seat even if it has been wiped down and dried.
5. Is it good value for money?
Value for money is a difficult metric to calculate but with a degree of common sense and some research it’s fairly easy to determine the level of value in a product. Look at the price of the product and compare it like for like with others then take a look at the features of the ones you’re comparing. The one with the most features and best quality will have the best value for money if the price point is similar/competitive.
6. Has it been reviewed
Our review of baby bouncers is just a couple of honest opinions from real mums. Although we make sure to be unbiased and balanced as possible you should not just take our word for it. We recommend looking for baby bounces which have been rated and reviewed by a few people either on websites such as Amazon, Jojo Maman Bebe or personal blogs. If you get a few positive reviews from a few different sources then chances are you’ll also have a great experience with that product. This can also work hand in hand with figuring out the value for money.