Okay, a bouncer is a bouncer...right? Think again. There are sleek ones, cushy ones, cool vibrations, soft toys, hard toys, sounds of the Amazon — even iPod connections! But bouncers and rockers do tend to serve one of two common purposes. They are either: 1) a compact, portable seat where baby can stay occupied in style, or 2) a mechanical play place for baby's outright entertainment.
Some of these can get a bit pricey, but they do make a serious statement in baby luxury and decor. Others are cute, functional, and super-fun and they offer good values and lots of cool activities for baby (you might even get a chance to shower after all!).
TheBump's Top 10 Baby Bouncers
Check out our top ten faves and decide for yourself which bouncer best suits your style.
A bouncer seat that's...classy? Yep, the Oeuf has done it. The Brooklyn company's fresh style lends an air of clean, simple cuteness to the classic baby haven. Far from being an eyesore (which, yes, baby gear can be at times), you'll actually want to keep this one out for company to see. Specifically made for baby's pre-sitting-up-alone days, the three-point safety belt keeps her secure on the padded (and machine-washable!) cotton seat. $98, Oeuf
The Maclaren rocker scores extra points for its compact fold and easy-carry handles, and its soft vibrations will soothe even the smallest couch potatoes. The seat comes in three sweet color combos and has a convenient faux suede head hugger insert for extra support. When baby's tired of rocking, the unit quickly converts into a stationary chair. $85, CSN baby
Baby Bjorn's award-winning bouncer design is simple but oh-so-smart. The fabric seat is machine-washable and reversible; nonskid pads keep the seat in place; there's a cute toy bar attachment; and it folds up flat as a pancake. Even better, the restraints are removable — making for a cute toddler seat once baby's big enough to get around on his own. $149, The Portable Baby
Trying to maximize the life of your baby buys? This cute rocker lasts straight through to toddlerhood! There's a kickstand to still the chair for infant feeding and naps; a two-position recline that can be raised as baby gains muscle control; detachable, interactive toys (great for teething); and a toy bar that pops right off to transition into a comfy toddler seat. Gotta love gear that lasts. $35, Albee Baby
With its four bouncing, spider-like legs and wooden accents, the Combi Pod bouncer gives off a markedly different vibe than most, and it has the coolest feature seen so far — an MP3 player connection. Baby can rock out to whatever tunes you choose! There are three built-in songs as well as a vibration feature, a lockable bounce feature, a toy bar, anda removable canopy. Throw in three spicy color combos (mandarin, chili,and wasabi), and baby will be kicking it in style. $90, Baby Earth
This bouncer is the plushest of the bunch, designed to surround baby in soft, squishy comfort. The bouncing and vibrating actions keep baby occupied and stimulated, along with New Age tunes and nature sounds(plus volume control!). The toy bar is easily removable and features and a couple of soft, dangly playthings. $50, Target
Not your average bouncer, Svan has managed to create a baby seat that blends with modern decor and incorporates a ton of special features for baby. The wooden frame and support are both sturdy and ergonomic, making the bouncer good for babies 6 to 30 pounds. The padding is just squishy enough, and the seat easily adjusts from upright to a nice, sleepy recline (or anywhere in between). The bounce-action is totally manual — the flexibility of the wood is great for creating nice jiggle with just a little press from your toe. $100, 2modern
This colorful, ever-popular bouncer has all the bells and whistles that babies love. It has music, flashing lights, animals playing peekaboo, and a moving waterfall — all activated by baby smacking around the hanging toys (or by you flipping a switch if you'd like the music to keep playing on its own). After all that stimulation, you can remove the toy bar and flip on the vibration function to help your little one wind down. $55, Toys R' Us
This ultra-urban version of the baby seat from Bloom doesn't come cheap —but the architect in you is sure to covet its simple yet contemporary construction, cool, clean lines, and leatherette seat. The curve of either style wood or plexi style creates a pleasant rocking motion to lull your little one, while your choice of a whopping 30 color combinations will look stunning in your loft. The "bloom snug." sold separately, can be inserted to add extra cushion and neck support $200, BabyGeared