There are many baby bouncers and rockers on the market these days, but only a few are considered the best baby bouncers for newborns, especially when it comes to safety and comfort.
Baby bouncers are great little gadgets for both baby and mom. On the one hand your newborn gets to keep themselves entertained and out of harms way, and on the other hand it frees up a busy mom (or dad) – whether you need a quick 2 minutes to pee, or some time to get the dinner started or just need a break. These days you get bouncers that even have a rocking motion and play tunes to help soothe your precious bundle of joy to sleep faster.
Best newborn baby bouncers
The best baby baby bouncers and rocker chairs for infants typically have that extra padding and are built with added safety. So with that in mind here are our choices of the best baby bouncers for newborns.
Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
The mobile bouncer that gives lots of fun and entertainment for your newborn. It also comes with an automatic hands-free rocking feature, which is battery operated. We also like the fact that it folds up neatly for easy storage when not in use, or if you want to take it along with you in the car when visiting friends or family. The added cushioning and support around your newborn will ensure they are kept happy, comfortable and safe.
If you want a nice friendly newborn bouncer that will keep your baby happy with lots of sights and sounds, this is a great choice.
- Automatic rocking feature (uses size 1D batteries)
- Folds away for easy storage
- Very safe for active babies
- Encourages movement, great for motor skills
- Fun and entertaining while keeping your newborn baby safe
Basically a great, safe and mobile newborn baby bouncer that is a joy for your baby. This infant rocker is angled at a slight incline for better sleep, and includes an automatic rocking feature to keep your baby happy. It uses size 1D batteries that last for around 60 hours which is plenty.
Bright Starts Jungle Stream Bouncer
The Bright Starts newborn bouncer is a nice light-weight infant bouncer that has a built in seat for better support and safety. I also like the toy bar that it comes, other bouncers often don’t have this and it makes a big difference having something for the baby to play with. This more entry-level bouncer also includes a battery operated automatic rocking motion. The bouncer is also easy enough to wipe down and the seat padding can be removed so you can pop it into the washing machine.
Overall a great little newborn bouncer that’s provides lots of fun while being super safe and not too expensive.
- Budget friendly
- Extra Safe – with built in newborn cradle seat
- Includes a play bar with toys
- Automatic rocking motion (battery operated)
- Lightweight and easy to move
- Easy to Clean
- strong durable plastic
- seat pad comes out for easy machine washing
BABYBJORN Bouncer Balance Soft – 100% Cotton
The BabyBjorn baby bouncer is aimed at being more ergonomic and natural. It achieves this by using 100% cotton fabric for better comfort and fit, and it doesn’t rely on automatic rocking features like other bouncers, but instead promotes bouncing using the natural movement of your baby.
We also like that you can fold the BabyBjorn bouncer totally flat, which makes it so much easier to store when you’re not using it, or if you want to take it along with you when you traveling or visiting friends.
Another great feature is that you can get longer use out of it from newborn age right through to toddlers up to 2 years old, at which point the bouncer is used as a comfortable toddler chair.
Four different positions
- 100% Cotton
- Folds completely flat
- No automatic rocking (but promotes natural movement instead)
- Snug and safe fit
- For Newborn to 2 years of age (then used as a toddler chair)
Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
This infant bouncer from Fisher-price is a personal favourite, and includes an automatic rocking feature and can be plugged into an electrical outlet. This one doesn’t include the extra padding like the Fisher-Price Snugabunny Deluxe bouncer but otherwise the seat pad is just as good and is machine washable and dryer safe.
It also incudes 12 songs and 3 different sound effect to keep your little one entertained. Many customers that bought this automatic rocking sleeper said this bouncer helped their baby fall asleep using the rocking motion after not much else was working. The rocking speed is quite adjustable which is great since most new borns want a fairly gentle rocking motion.
You could use this instead of a baby bassinet , but then make sure your baby gets plenty of time on their tummy during the day, since they’ll be sleeping on their back in this
- Hands-free rocking
- Can play 12 different songs & 3 sound effects
- Folds up easily for storage or transporting
- Can be plugged in to wall socket (which charges the rechargeable batteries)
- Seat pad can be removed for easy washing
What we look for in a newborn baby bouncer
For infants and newborns it’s import that the bouncer has extra padding or support. Some also have a built-in infant seat that their legs go through making them even safer.
According to The American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP), “Infants under age four months should be seated in the most reclined swing position.”, so most of the bouncers targeted at newborns are generally at more of an angle to make it more comfortable and safe when sleeping.
- Seat padding and safety
The seating should ideally have additional padding for that extra comfort for your newborn. Also the actual harness needs to be secure and snug for proper support.
- Does it have an automatic rocking motion?
The best baby bouncers for newborns will generally include automatic rocking or vibration. This is so that your newborn baby can both be kept happy and also to assist them when they fall asleep, since most newborns like movement and to be gently rocked.
- Is it easy to clean?
Babies are messy creatures so it’s natural that the bouncer is going to get pretty dirty at times. We want a bouncer that’s not going to be a mission to clean. So when considering which newborn bouncers are best, we look for the ones that are either easy to wipe down, and additional ones that you can pull the seating out to wash in a machine.
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