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5 Good Baby Bouncer Rockers for 2015

Updated on May 5, 2015
Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker
Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker

In today's world with so many conveniences and fun things at our fingertips, why should babies be left out?

There are a host of baby toys for you to consider purchasing for your little one and baby bouncers are fun ones.

I never recommend spending more money than you can, or going overboard and owning more than you need, but having a few baby accessories can make your life more convenient and help your baby grow and develop.

I always make sure to have at least three different activity stations for my baby to rotate through each day. Infants have short attention spans so being able to rotate their toys helps them stay engaged.

Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker
Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker

Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Rocker

Baby bouncers are usually cradle like chairs that sit on the floor and bounce a little every time your baby moves or kicks her feet.

These come with toys and other features to keep your baby entertained.

Having a baby bouncer or rocker gives your baby a safe place to play while you can have your hands free to do other things.

These are typically made of sturdy metal, wire, or heavy plastic that is covered with a soft seat. The rounded seat helps support a baby’s spine and neck.

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Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer

What Kind of Bouncer and Rocker Works for You?

Basic

These are often the most inexpensive around $30.00 or so.

These usually only come with a few toys and perhaps another feature or two.

Basic with loaded features

If you are willing to spend around $40-$50, you can find a bouncer that has a removable toys, plays music, and different seating positions, among other features.

Rocker bouncer

A rocker bouncer is basically the same as at bouncing seat except they usually have higher weight maximums. Instead of bouncing as your child moves, they typically rock a little back and forth.

Upright bouncers

These incorporate a seat that your child sits upright in while being able to jump and bounce with her legs outstretched to the floor. Springs hold the chair that are usually covered with cloth for safety.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n' Play Sleeper
Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n' Play Sleeper

Must Have Safety Features

Harness

I'll start with the safety features.

First you need to make sure that the bouncer has a harness to keep them safe.

Most come with a three point harness which goes across your baby's waist and one between the legs to keep them from slipping out.

There are others that have a five point harness which include straps that go over the shoulders.

This is usually considered the safest option. I never had much of a problem with my children in three point harnesses, though I have seen friends with babies who like to try to climb who benefit from a five point harness. Your baby's personality will help you make a decision on what kind of harness is best for you

Frame

The next safety feature I recommend is the frame. Make sure that it has a base that is wider than the seat. This will keep it from tipping over if your baby likes to roll to the side or reach for something out of her chair. Also find non skid feet so when your baby bounces in the chair it does not slide around.

Seat

As with any baby accessory, I highly recommend finding a seat cover that can be easily removed and thrown in the washing machine. You can find it a lot of different colors and patterns to match your nursery theme.

Toys

Most bouncers come with some kind of toy bar that goes across the top or over the sides with dangling toys. I recommend looking for one that has loops with removable toys so you can swap toys out as needed. A feature I find babies love are mirrors. They are fascinated by the human face and being able to look at themselves will keep them occupied for a long time.

Extra features

Many basic bouncers come with a vibration option which can be soothing to some babies. You might pay a little bit more for one that plays music as well. If you find one with tunes, look for one that gives you a volume option. Because after all, listening to the same music too loudly can not only grate on your nerves, but your baby’s as well.

If you anticipate taking your baby in her bouncer outside, find one that includes a sun canopy.

For even more choice in music, there are some that offer a hookup for your MP3 player so your baby can listen to music of your choice.

Most bouncers are powered by batteries, but you can find some that come with a cord. If you choose a battery operated motor, I highly suggest investing in rechargeable batteries.

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For those on a budget, this Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker makes not only an affordable option, but an economical one as well since your child can get much more than a few months use out of it. I love that once baby grows out of the toy playing stage, this can be used as a toddler chair/rocker.

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Another versatile choice is this Fisher-Price Newborn to Toddler Portable Rocker. It folds down for very handy storage and easy portability. The toys it comes with are quite simple however; there are only two, but it does offer optional vibrations.

I love how soft this Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer is. It comes with a body insert that is best for smaller babies and can be removed as they grow. For entertainment, it includes eight songs, nature sounds and vibrations.

Check out this Fisher-Price Deluxe Newborn Vibrating Rock n’ Play Sleeper. It is lightweight around 8 pounds and collapses quite nicely for storage and portability. It only features vibrations and no toys however.

For something different, you might like this Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. This is an upright bouncer that allows your baby to use her feet to bounce. It features a lot of fun toys including things that move, slide and spin as well as fun musical accompaniment.

© 2013 Lexi Belliston

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