As any new mom knows, babies love to be bounced in their parent's arms. The soothing motion can magically appease even the fussiest of babies. But every now and then, we actually need our arms back to, I don't know, maybe eat a meal or put away the dishes. So what are the best baby bouncers out there? These cushy, super-fun, oh-so-functional bouncer seats are sure to keep your little one safe, happy and busily engaged, buying you some much-needed "me time."
Let's face it: The best baby bouncer (at least in baby's eyes) is Mom's arms. But after a while, mama needs a break. Enter the mamaRoo. The five unique motions of this genius baby bouncer move just like you do, so baby never feels far from your touch. When baby drifts off to sleep (thanks to the fully reclining seat), avoid interrupting that precious slumber by adjusting the bouncer seat's movements right from your smartphone. Built-in noise machines keep baby calm, or hook up your iPod for an afternoon dance party.
Buy it: $288, Amazon.com
BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft
The BabyBjorn bouncer consistently shows up on best baby bouncer lists, and for good reason. This ergonomic, battery-free bouncer chair is suitable from day one (up to 2 years) and offers three positions for play, lounging and sleeping. It's pediatrician-recommended, folds up easily for storage or on-the-go travel and comes with a super-soft, machine-washable cotton cover, available in a range of chic color combos. If baby's in the mood to play, you can attach an adorable toy bar (sold separately). What more could you ask for?
Buy it: $198, Amazon.com
Fisher Price Comfort Curve Bouncer
Here's another great baby bouncer that's activated by baby's natural movements. Its plush seat and vibrating motions will help soothe your little one. We can’t decide what we like best about this Fisher Price baby bouncer: the fun cake pop pattern, the attachable toy bar, or the totally affordable price. Yay for cheap baby bouncers that give you plenty of bang for your buck!
Buy it: $23, Amazon.com
Cybex LEMO Bouncer
Cybex understands that baby gear doesn’t have to clash with your sleek, modern home decor. One of the best baby bouncers for design-minded parents, the 3-in-1 LEMO boasts both form and function. From birth to 6 months it can be used either as a stand-alone bouncer that moves with baby’s natural movements or attached to the LEMO high chair so baby can join in on family meal time. From 6 months to 3 years, the baby bouncer can be used without a harness as a fun spot to lounge and play. Bonus: On hot summer days, you can remove the bouncer’s fabric cover to reveal a mesh that’ll keep your kiddo cool and comfy (and still provide ergonomic support).
Buy it: $150, Amazon.com
Stokke Steps Bouncer
This large, padded baby bouncer is like a luxury infant barcalounger. And with a newborn insert that accommodates those under 4 months old, even the littlest can get in on the soothing action. This bouncer seat offers multiple seating positions to adjust to baby's weight and a toy hanger for playtime, and folds flat for easy storage and travel. Use it on the floor or mount it on to the Stokke Steps Chair and it turns into a plush spot for mealtime.
Buy it: $199, Amazon.com
Baby Einstein Bouncer Seat
If your little one loves music, this Baby Einstein bouncer is a great choice. It’s a vibrating baby bouncer that plays classical music and amuses infants with a removable music-themed toy bar. It even includes a cute fabric book for baby to flip through once they master fine motor skills. A 3-point harness, machine-washable seat pad and affordable price keep parents happy, making it one of the best baby bouncer picks for budget-conscious shoppers.
Buy it: $37, Walmart.com
Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer
The Bright Starts baby bouncer is an adorable, affordable crowd pleaser, proving that cheap baby bouncers can still offer amazing value. With a removable toy bar, soothing vibrations and a 3-point harness, this bouncer seat offers plenty to keep baby happy and safe. Parents love the cheery design, easy-to-clean fabrics and enticing price point.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Bloom Coco Go 3-in-1 Bouncer
If you swoon over Scandi design (and soothed babies), you’re going to love Bloom’s 3-in-1 baby bouncer, lounger and upright seat. Designed to fold completely flat and slip into a reversible carry bag, the lightweight Coco Go is perfect for traveling everywhere from Grandma’s house to the Grand Canyon. This two-speed vibrating baby bouncer seat features three seat positions and an organic cotton, machine-washable seat pad with a 5-point harness. With its gorgeous muted seat colors and natural wood base, it’ll be a welcomed guest wherever you go.
Buy it: $180, BloomBaby.com
Fisher Price Woodsy Wonders Deluxe Bouncer
You can't go wrong with a Fisher Price baby bouncer. This snuggly, deep-seated bouncer chair is gently powered by baby’s natural movements, but it doesn’t make your little one do all the work. The vibrating baby bouncer also plays up to 20 minutes of sounds and music and features an overhead mobile with two soft toys. Good to use from birth, it’s a great option for newborns—but once baby starts sitting up, it’s time to put it aside.
Buy it: $60, Amazon.com
Skip Hop Uplift Multi-Level Bouncer
Skip Hop took the traditional baby bouncer and gave it a lift—literally. The Uplift starts out as a floor bouncer and can be raised to soft height or any level in between, all the with the turn of a knob. Whether you’re lounging on the couch or eating a meal at the table, baby can now be a part of it all. Other appreciated features include a vibration mode, songs and soothing effects, a removable toy bar and a washable seat with a 5-point harness. When you’re not using the Uplift, simply fold and store.
Buy it: $131, Amazon.com
Updated March 2019
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