We have tested baby bouncers and name BabyBjörn Balance Soft as best baby bouncer of 2020. It is a very mobile baby bouncer which feels limber and has a great bounce, all while offering good comfort for the chilld. All our testers agree that BabyBjörn Balance Soft is so good that they can't think of anything that could be improved. Stokke Steps babysiter also performs well in the test, with a removable insert for newborns and the ability to be used together with the Stokke Steps chair.
We carry out all of our tests ourselves and test all products in real conditions. For our best-in-test reviews of baby bouncers, we have used a number of parameters to arrive at a score. At the end of each review, we have also taken into account the price level, as a baby bouncer can cost anything between £20 and £200, and we think the functions should reflect the cost.
Functions: Can the baby bouncer be folded up, can the backrest be angled and can it be changed between swinging and locked in a fixed position?
Fabric: Is the material friendly to the child's skin, is the fabric organic and can it be washed or otherwise cleaned?
The bounce: If the bouncing action is soft or jerky, can the child get the baby bouncer to move and keep the bounce going, or do you constantly have to help?
We primarily had families with children under 6 months try out the different baby bouncer models, but in cases where the manufacturer allows for longer use, children have also tested the functions over a whole year. Most baby bouncers have no age limit, but they do often have a recommended age for best use.
Easy to move and simple with great bounce and very comfortable for the baby
Its price is high, but if you can afford it, we recommend you invest in a BabyBjörn Balance Soft. It will be well worth!
Price class: Premium Max. weight: 13 kg Weight: 2.1 kg Wash: Removable cover, 40 degrees Dimensions when folded: 39 x 89 x 11 cm Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: No Number of positions: 3 Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Toy bar – can be purchased separately.
BabyBjörn's Balance Soft baby bouncer has its roots in an original design from the 1960s, which means it's been around for 50 years. That's impressive! It also means we shouldn't be surprised when we realise that BabyBjörn dominates our test of baby bouncers in terms of both function and quality – practice makes perfect.
A good baby bouncer should be mobile and simple, and BabyBjörn has brilliantly combined those features. It's easy to fold the Balance Soft completely flat to store out of the way or take on trips. Moving it around the home is no problem either, and the size of the baby bouncer is flexible enough to work as a seat on the bathroom floor while you take a shower, even if your bathroom is very small. The seat part is designed with a clear hollow for the baby's bottom, which allows the child to sit safely and solidly in the right position.
The baby bouncer can be inclined into three different positions and it has a resting position that's good enough for the child to sleep comfortably. Attaching the child into the bouncer can be done both easily and silently. When the child is bigger, you can also reverse the fabric and use the Balance Soft as a little armchair.
The bounce in BabyBjörn's baby bouncers is phenomenal. With one foot on the frame, you can easily get a good tempo going, and a bigger baby can set it going by themselves.
The cover for the BabyBjörn Balance Soft is made from a range of different materials, including a seat cover to keep the child cool in the summer and another in soft, luxuriously soft jersey. The cover can be completely removed from the frame and washed in the machine, which feels like a must-have given the target group's ability to make a mess.
A toy bar can be purchased separately and attached to the baby bouncer's frame. This accessory was much appreciated by our test babies, and we definitely recommend it. All of our testers agreed that the BabyBjörn Balance Soft is so good that even in their wildest imaginations they can't think of any room for improvement.
Great comfort levels for the child and good bounce. Can also be used on the Stokke Steps high chair
Price class: Premium Max. weight: 13 kg Weight: 3.5 kg Wash: Yes, removable covering Dimensions when folded: 80 x 13 x 53 cm Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: No Number of positions: 4 Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Removable toy bar included.
The Stokke Steps Bouncer is a premium price class baby bouncer, but is worth the money, particularly if you also choose to buy Stokke's Stokke Steps high chair, as you can attach the baby bouncer to it. Then you get a really good seating solution for your child, from newborn up to school age. As a separate baby bouncer, the Stokke Steps Bouncer isn't quite so impressive. But the quality is uniform and high, and it does actually tick off all of the things you'd want. The baby bouncer can be moved into four different positions. The most reclined works very well for the newborn child and the seat is comfortable thanks to the infant insert included with the Stokke Steps Bouncer. The insert efficiently fills up the seat unit, giving the baby support for both body and head. To change between positions, you rotate a catch on the underside of the baby bouncer. The most upright seating position gives great bounce, which means that the slightly larger baby can set it going themselves.
Without the infant insert, there's plenty of room even for slightly larger babies in the Stokke Steps Bouncer, and a toy bar is included for the more alert baby. This can be clicked in on each side of the baby bouncer, and removed completely if you don't want to use it. You can attach your own toys or other eye-catching objects to the toy bar. If you want to take the baby bouncer on a trip with you, it's easy to fold it completely flat, in which position it's only about 10 cm deep. It's still quite wide and long, but the format makes it easy to pack. The bouncer gets an extra plus for the small rubber fastener which you can lock it flat with so that you don't accidentally unfold the baby bouncer when you pick it up. We can't actually mark the Stokke Steps Bouncer down for anything, but for the high price we'd have liked to have had more. However, if you intend to invest in the whole Stokke Steps package, the baby bouncer is without doubt worth the money.
Baby bouncer that stimulates the child and has an adjustable seat unit for use from newborn
Price class: Premium Max weight: Up to 18 kg Wash: Removable upholstery, 30 degrees Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: 3 Lying position: Yes Accessories and functions: Music mobile with sound and light function
Don’t let it worry you that the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper Luxe comes in what feels like 1000 pieces that you have to put together following a long set of instructions. Because this baby bouncer is actually really easy to assemble.
It consists of two large runners together with a seat unit that has three positions. There’s a more upright sitting position, a reclining position and a lying position. In lying position, the Rocker Napper has edges around it and looks like a small cot. And it can absolutely be used for the child to nap in. But the seat unit is made of plastic and the cushion (which can be removed for washing) is soft but not very thick. So it doesn’t feel like it’d be suitable as a travel cot.
In terms of size, the Rocker Napper is sufficiently convenient to be moved around your home. It isn’t the kind of thing you lift up with the child in – instead you slide it along the floor. It’s small enough to fit on the floor in the average sized bathroom, for example while the parent’s having a shower. The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper Luxe comes with a toy attachment that does a really good job of stimulating the child. The attachment can both play music and vibrate. It comes with toys, but you can also suspend the child’s favourite toys from it. The toy attachment can be folded to one side or removed completely.
You can set the Rocker Napper so that it’s fixed or rocking. But this isn’t really the kind of baby bouncer the child can set going by itself. The harness is the type that only fastens over the child’s hips, so in sitting position it’s a bit like putting your child in a high chair or a traditional baby bouncer. This also helps contribute to the baby bouncer having a long period of use. In lying position it suits a newborn, while in sitting position it’s easy to put even a larger child in the seat unit.
The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper Luxe isn’t a classic baby bouncer, but rather something between a baby bouncer and a baby gym. It’s more of a baby bouncer to stimulate the child while the parent needs a little time and two hands to do something else instead of the kind you put your child in when you want them at the dinner table or involved in their larger siblings’ games. As an activity station, the Rocker Napper was very effective and although it can be perceived as a little plasticky, you’ll ultimately be happy with how much both the baby and the rest of the family benefit from it.
Soft oscillating movement with a long movement time which is good for getting the child to sleep
Price class: Premium Max. weight: 9/26 kg Weight: 5.2 kg Wash: Removable cover, 40 degrees Dimensions when folded: Not foldable, but the foot can be removed Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: Not adjustable Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Toy bar, hood with built-in mosquito net, silent motor with six speeds – can be purchased separately.
The Nuna Leaf is a baby bouncer with a difference, and one that also manages to satisfy the majority of our requirements. The Leaf is a premium product. This is clear from the price, but also in the design and material choice. The baby bouncer simply feels luxurious, and the ball bearing used is very high quality. Because the Nuna Leaf doesn't bounce up and down as we've grown accustomed to baby bouncers doing. Instead it swings forwards and backwards horizontally. This means that the effect for the child is different, but the soft movement can have a very calming and soporific effect. You can set the Nuna Leaf in movement with a light push, and it then bounces actively for so long that you actually begin to wonder whether there's a hidden motor inside it. There isn't, but you can buy one as an accessory. The Nuna Leaf can't be adjusted, but has one single fixed angle. The position is well chosen and works very well for most children. But a baby who's a few months older and who wants to see the world around a little better will want to sit more upright.
The Nuna Leaf can't be folded up, so it's less suitable for taking with you when you travel. You can remove the foot from the seat with a tool, making the Leaf more compact for long-term storage. But you can't get over the fact that the Nuna Leaf is big. Because it bounces sideways it does take up quite a lot of space when it's in use. For those with limited living space, it can be difficult to find a good position for the Leaf, and in the smaller bathroom there may not be space at all. The Nuna Leaf is stable and there's no risk of it tipping over. The cover is made from baby-friendly Oeko-tex approved fabric and can be removed for washing. The bouncer has a separate seat cushion for even easier cleaning. We would have like the harness that keeps the child in place to have had quieter velcro so that you don't risk waking the child with it. A toy holder and sunscreen can be purchased separately. If you know that your baby enjoys swinging movements and you have space in your home, the Nuna Leaf is a top quality, well-built product, although with a rather steep price tag.
High technology baby bouncer with lots of different bounce positions and an adjustable seat
Price class: Premium Max. weight: 9 kg Weight: 7 kg Wash: Removable upholstery, 40 degrees Dimensions when folded: Not foldable but can be dismantled Bounce position: Yes, 5 different ones Fixed position: No Number of positions: Steplessly adjustable from sitting position to good resting position Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Infant insert
4moms' MamaRoo 4.0 is a high tech baby bouncer that really takes the entire concept of the baby bouncer to a new level. It comes in a compact form in a neat box, but it's easy to assemble, largely thanks to a very straightforward manual. If you want to dismantle the baby bouncer after the child has outgrown the MamaRoo 4.0, that's just as straightforward, but there's no easy way to fold it up to transport it. The MamaRoo 4.0 is powered using a mains adapter, and although the cable's a long one it still means that the baby bouncer has to be within reach of an electrical outlet. It also takes up quite a lot of space. On the foot of the baby bouncer there's an illuminated display that clearly shows the options available. The baby bouncer can move in five different bounce patterns, and the intensity of the movements can be set - from restful rocking to a more active movement. You can control the MamaRoo 4.0 from an app as well as via the display. A removable arm with three toys is included, and you can hang other things on the arm too.
Changing between the different bounce positions and speeds is seamless, which means that you can start intensely and gradually slow it as the child calms down. The seat can be adjusted steplessly between sitting position and a good resting position. The actual sitting surface is dished, but if you want to flatten it out a bit there's an infant insert you can buy separately. As well as moving, the 4moms MamaRoo 4.0 can also play various preprogrammed sounds or can be connected to a telephone to play your choice of music. If the upholstery gets dirty you can easily remove it and wash it in the washing machine. The MamaRoo 4.0 isn't for the easily pleased baby and it's significantly more expensive and bulkier than a traditional baby bouncer. Nor can you always know in advance whether or not the bounce pattern and noises will work for your own child, so buying one means taking a chance. But if it works, the baby bouncer is suddenly worth its weight in gold, and then it's also useful that the 4moms MamaRoo 4.0 is well-designed in all aspects and works so well.
Multifunctional baby bouncer with lying position, adjustable height and equipped with vibrations and music
Price class: Premium Max weight: Up to 18 kg Wash: Removable upholstery, 30 degrees Dimensions, folded: 81 x 48 x 26 cm Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: 3 Lying position: Yes Accessories and functions: Can vibrate and play music
The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Close To Me Bouncer Luxe is a good example of the modern, multifunctional baby bouncer. This baby bouncer works regardless of where you place it in your home. In the living room, you set it level with the sofa, and at dinnertime the baby can be raised up to the dinner table.
The actual sitting surface has a dished shape. There’s a removable cushion that can be washed, which makes the baby bouncer soft and comfortable for your child. The seat unit can be angled between a lying position and a slightly more upright sitting position. The child is securely restrained with a five-point harness, and the cushion can be used to adjust this so the straps are at the right height.
The Close To Me Bouncer includes a toy arch and toys, but you can suspend the baby’s own toys too. The baby bouncer can be folded up flat. It can also be moved around the home by tilting it and rolling it with the two wheels underneath. This baby bouncer also has music and vibrations, which can be used independently of each other. Some babies find it calming when the baby bouncer vibrates a little or to listen to one of the 16 different melodies. For others, this seems to have no effect.
Compared with a traditional baby bouncer, the Close To Me Bouncer is undoubtedly large and clumsy. Yes, it can be folded up, and it does fold very flat. But this isn’t a baby bouncer you can easily and conveniently take with you in the car or into a small bathroom while you’re taking a shower. And if you don’t need the extra functions – the music, the vibrations or the fact that it’s height adjustable – it probably feels like a waste of money.
But if you like combining many products in one, and have a child who enjoys being distracted by sound and vibrations, the purchase can be justified. For some families, it’s very useful to be able to tilt the seat unit into lying position and to adapt the height to the situation. Of course it’s difficult to know in advance whether you’ll find this practical if this is your first child. But for the right family, the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Close To Me Bouncer Luxe can be exactly the baby bouncer you need.
Function-rich and adjustable baby bouncer with sound and motor
Price class: Premium Max weight: 9 kg Weight: 7.3 kg Wash: Removable upholstery, 40 degrees Dimensions, folded: 55 x 40 x 50 cm Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: Two Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Includes a toy arch with toys
The Graco Move with Me falls into the baby bouncer category but differs in almost every respect from the classic model most people picture when they hear the term. This is a baby bouncer in that you put the child in it, but a lateral bounce generated by the child’s movements is actually the simplest function the Move with Me offers.
Even though this model looks heavy and clumpy, it’s actually amazingly light given that it consists of both a seat and a base. The Graco Move with Me takes up quite a lot of space, but can be folded up for transport or storage. It turns into a squareish package.
The actual seat can be set in two positions – a slightly more horizontal one for the smallest babies, and a more upright one for the child who’s started to discover the world. The baby bouncer includes an insert allowing the seat unit to be adapted still further. The baby bouncer has a five-point harness, with plenty of padding around the crotch strap. The arch has two toys suspended from it, but you can replace these with others. The arch can also be used as a handle to carry the baby bouncer.
If you want action, the Graco Move with Me offers plenty. If you insert batteries into the seat unit, it can vibrate with two different patterns. On the base is a control to set the seat bouncing, and the speed can be adjusted. The fact that the base unit can be powered not just with batteries but also with mains power is really useful, as you save money while the baby bouncer is being used in the home but can still take it out on your travels.
This baby bouncer can also play music. It has a number of melodies, but also natural sounds such as waves and the calming rustle of a tropical forest. You can also connect your own MP3 player or phone to the baby bouncer speaker, which works quite well because the motor for the bouncing movement is quite quiet. The Graco Move with Me isn’t for anyone seeking a classic baby bouncer, but if you have a child who can only be amused or calmed down when something’s happening, this is an alternative baby bouncer with a lot to offer.
Unique function which encourages active sitting and is easy to keep clean
Price class: Budget Max. weight: Not given. Recommended ages are 4-12 months Weight: 1.5 kg Wash: Wipe clean Dimensions when folded: 23 cm high, 37 cm diameter Bounce position: No Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: 1 Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Play tray – can be purchased separately
The Bumbo Floor Seat is a unique product. In one respect it fulfils roughly the same function as a traditional baby bouncer. But at the same time, the Bumbo's appearance and design are completely different. The Bumbo Floor Seat is intended for use from around 3 months, and it helps the baby to sit upright by supporting the back and holding the legs and bottom in the right position. This type of sitting is usually most appreciated by babies who are starting to get a bit bored with the reclining bounce offered by a normal baby bouncer and want to be a little more upright so they can see around better. This also means that you use the Bumbo differently. A baby bouncer can be a comfortable resting place and is also excellent for a tired child who may even have a nap in it. The Bumbo Floor Seat requires more active effort from the child and is therefore often used for shorter but more intensive sessions.
The total use period is also shorter for a Bumbo Floor Seat than for a traditional baby bouncer. This is often 2-4 months, when the child is strong enough to sit with support from the Bumbo, but can't sit on their own. As soon as the child can sit on their own, the Bumbo has played its role. At the same time, the price is affordable and the Bumbo is easy to keep clean, so you can easily sell it on when your own baby is too big for it. We recommend that you buy the tray, which increases the price but makes it easier to keep the baby happy to be sitting in the Bumbo. Without the tray, any toys that the baby drops end up on the floor, and the height of the Bumbo means that the child can't reach them. For the baby who is curious about growing up and trying out the art of sitting upright, we think that the Bumbo can be very useful. But it can't really compare with the multi functionality and long use period of a baby bouncer.
Three useful reclined positions, easy to fold up and transport
Price class: Medium Max. weight: 9 kg Weight: 3.1 kg with storage case Wash: Yes, removable cover Dimensions when folded: 79 x 15 x 20.5 cm Bounce position: Yes Fixed position: Yes Number of positions: 3 Lying position: No Accessories and functions: Storage case included
The Chicco Pocket Relax is a baby bouncer with many functions, the most unique of which is that it can be folded up lengthways, widthways and in terms of height. You do this in two stages using buttons that you press in. The Pocket Relax includes a storage case that makes it easy to take the baby bouncer on your travels. The cover is in polyester and is easy to wipe clean, but can also be completely removed to be hand washed. The fact that the baby bouncer can be cleaned is positive, but this type of material easily gets sweaty and it sometimes feels a bit plasticky against the child's skin. A removable cushion in a softer fabric would have been better. The Chicco Pocket Relax has three different reclined positions for the back support, and can also be changed between fixed and bouncing position. The fixed position is good if the baby bouncer is to be used as a high chair. However, we would have liked the bouncing position to have more bounce. The current design means that it never really gets going with the movement we want to see in a good baby bouncer.
The Pocket Relax baby bouncer can be used from newborn, but the seat unit is very flat and doesn't have a good dished shape to hold the baby in the right position, which means that it works best with slightly older babies. We'd also have liked to see a good neck support to give a newborn child extra support for the head and neck. The design of the baby bouncer also makes it even more important to make sure the child is properly secured with the harness over the hips. The major advantage of the Chicco Pocket Relax is that it's easy to fold up and take with you when you travel or if you're visiting a friend. But for optimal function we'd have liked it to be as easy to move the baby bouncer inside the home. Unfortunately it has neither carrying straps nor any other type of handle. The idea of the baby bouncer is good, but the execution is a little lacking for us to be satisfied. Better bounce, a carrying handle and some kind of cushion to provide better comfort for the baby would have given the Chicco Pocket Relax a much better score.
A baby bouncer can be a very useful aid in your everyday life with a young baby. Other than a pushchair and bed or cot, a baby bouncer is one of the most common baby accessories, and there are a wide range of different models. The simplest kind of baby bouncer consists of a metal frame covered by fabric, and these are often good at allowing the child to bounce but don't have the option of changing the seat angle. This design is often seen in older models but there are also modern variants with the same structure. A more advanced type of baby bouncer can be adjusted between sitting, resting and sometimes even completely reclining positions. Some baby bouncers can also be locked in a fixed position, so the baby bouncer can be used as a simple high chair. There are also baby bouncers which are more like an automatic baby swing that swings itself, and which can also have built-in functions for playing music or vibrating. These can be battery-powered or electric, and are often popular with parents of children with colic.
For the slightly larger baby, a baby bouncer can be a good complement to a baby gym so that the child has activities in several places. Alternating between sitting and lying on the back or stomach prevents the use of a baby bouncer from causing back problems. Most baby bouncers can be used from newborn until the child reaches the maximum weight for the bouncer. In our test of baby bouncers we review several models and list both advantages and disadvantages.
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