Best Baby Bouncer

We have spent hours talking to parents, read hundreds of reviews, and watched babies bouncing up and down on baby bouncers. It was certainly fun, but was also so we could say that the BabyBjorn Balance Bouncer is the one to get!

This innovative bouncer looks great, is really comfortable, and offers superior support to your child as they bounce. It is also extremely hardwearing, which is a must for any item that is going to spend this long around your child! Overall, the value offered by this bouncer easily sets it apart from the competition.

  • Table of contents:

  • Comparison Chart
  • What is a Baby Bouncer?
  • How we review
  • Reviews
    • Editor’s Choice: BabyBjorn Balance Bouncer
    • Ingenuity InReach Mobile Lounger and Bouncer
    • Fisher-Price my Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer
    • Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer
    • Sassy Cuddle Bug Bouncer
    • Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker
    • Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer
  • Conclusion

Comparison Chart

Size Weight Maximum Child Weight
BabyBjorn Balance Bouncer 36.5 x 15.6 x 4.4 inches 9 pounds 29 pounds
Ingenuity InReach Mobile Lounger and Bouncer 25.4 x 7.7 x 20.9 inches 20 pounds 20 pounds
Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer 21.5 x 19 x 5 inches 8.3 pounds 25 pounds
Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer 21 x 16.5 x 4.5 inches 1 pound 25 pounds
Sassy Cuddle Bug Bouncer 21.5 x 19 x 4 inches 6 pounds 25 pounds
Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker 21.5 x 15.3 x 3.5 inches 7.6 pounds 40 pounds
Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer 19.8 x 13.1 x 3.4 inches 5.3 pounds 25 pounds

What is a Baby Bouncer?

Babies and children love to be rocked to sleep. Whilst cradling them in your arms, and gently rocking them off to the land of nod is great, doing it this way means that your arms and back will quickly get tired!

Baby bouncers aim to provide a comfortable, soothing cradle for your little one. They have sprung bases, meaning that it is easy to rock and bounce them. When your child, or you, are feeling playful, a vigorous rocking motion can be great fun. For when they are trying to fall asleep, rocking the bouncer backwards and forwards gently is can be really soothing.

The best bouncers available today take comfort very seriously. In the olden days, bouncers were quite primitive items, typically consisting of just a wire frame and a piece of fabric. Whilst this was fine, babies could quickly become uncomfortable in this type of bouncer, and quickly started complaining!

Nowadays, the best baby bouncers are developed in consultation with paediatricians and ergonomic designers, so you can be sure that no matter how long your child wants to spend bouncing around, they will not get uncomfortable.

In addition, some bouncers now come with toys attached, which can help to amuse your child whilst you get on with your day!

Today, we present our favorite baby bouncers, as used and reviewed by parents

How we review

We review by listening to real parents. Nothing can beat their real-life experience of using these products, and when asked they are more than happy to divulge all the features and failings of their purchases!

For this review, we collected and read hundreds of product reviews, and talked to the parents who had written them. Sometimes, what a company sells as a feature can in reality become a major annoyance, something which new parents have enough of. And they tell us about these annoyances, at length.

And so all the reviews below, though written by us, are based on real experiences.

Our Reviews

With so many options available, choosing a baby bouncer can be a bit of a challenge. Different parents prioritize different things when they are looking for a bouncer, whether this be sheer comfort or the quality of the toys included.

Some things to look for when choosing a bouncer, though, are these:

  • The seat of the bouncer should be comfortable. Sometimes this can be a little hard to judge, since you will not be sitting in the bouncer! However, you can easily see by looking at the bouncer how padded it is, and how much thought has gone into the design of the seat. Choose one which provides support to your child, and they will be happy bouncing around for hours!
  • Also look for a bouncer which has multiple positions. Whilst playing, many children like to be upright, and to be bounced back and forward. When napping, it is often preferable to have the bouncer recline. With some of the bouncers we are testing today, these two positions can be easily achieved just by adjusting the bouncer.
  • Some parents like to choose a bouncer with toys included, and some do not. Which you prefer is down to personal choice, of course, but remember that your child can always bring their own favorite toys with them while they are sat in the bouncer, and so having toys included in the bouncer itself is not strictly necessary!

Ultimately, it is best to shop around, and find the right mix of comfort, adaptability, and toys for you and your child.

The bouncers below, however, are all great, and come recommended by us!

Kokopax Top Pick: Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer

Wow. This bouncer looks like no other on the market today, and comes with an array of clever design features that set it apart from the competition!

From the moment you first see this bouncer, it is clear that it represents the next generation of baby bouncers. The design used here offers unprecedented support and comfort for your child, and has been developed in consultation with paediatricians, so you can be sure that no matter how long your child wants to stay in their bouncer, they will be safely supported and comfortable.

The bouncer is also extremely durable. It uses high-tech materials that would not be out of place on the latest high-end camping gear, and will last for many years. This, of course, is a must in any item that will be spending an extended length of time around infants, as the walker is likely to get chewed to pieces if it is not rugged!

In addition, this walker simply looks the best of any that we tested. Whilst this may sound like a superficial consideration, it is not. Baby bouncers are quite large items, and are often not packed away at the end of a day’s play. They will be in your house, likely in the prominent position, for a few years. Choosing one which you like the look of is therefore very important, otherwise you will get really sick of seeing it around! Of course, when guests come over for dinner, it is also nice to have a house which does not look like a nursery!

In addition, this bouncer comes with a great list of other features:

Advantages

  • The materials this bouncer is made from are not only extremely tough, but are natural as well. Many parents prefer items which avoid the use of synthetic materials, and this bouncer is made of 100% cotton. This is especially important for an item which is going to spend a lot of time in contact with your little one – cotton provides a snug and breathable environment for your little one, so you can be sure that they are comfortable no matter the weather!
  • The support offered by this bouncer is second to none. Developed in conjunction with medical professionals, the bouncer offers superior head and neck support, meaning that your child will stay comfortable for extended periods.
  • The compact design is also great! The bouncer will fold completely flat for storage, which is also perfect if you want to take it with you on a short trip – no matter how packed full of baby stuff your car already is, you will always have room for the bouncer!
  • Perhaps best of all, the bouncer can also be used as a seat. When your child is an infant, it features 3 recline positions, so whether it is play time or nap time your child can stay in the bouncer. As they grow up, the fabric can be reversed, and your toddler can use the bouncer as their very own seat. Even slightly older children like a rocking seat, and the parents we spoke to reported that even when their children grew up a little bit, they continued to use the bouncer.
  • Whilst the basic model of this bouncer comes without toys, there are a range of toys available for it. These are all as well-designed as the bouncer itself, and offer hours of enjoyment for your infant.

Disadvantages

  • None. If you are looking for a baby bouncer which offers the very latest in comfort and support, looks great, and will last for years, this is the one to go for!

Ingenuity InReach Mobile Lounger and Bouncer

This is a really innovative design! This product includes a baby bouncer which, in itself, is great. However, it also connects to a base with wheels, making the whole package a joy to use.

The advantages of this design are obvious. When the bouncer is connected to the small frame, your child is at the perfect height for you to play with, or soothe to sleep. Many parents we talked to praised this aspect of the design of this bouncer, because with standard bouncers they were constantly lifting the bouncer onto the kitchen worktop to be close to them.

With this design, this is not necessary. As you move around the house, the wheels on the frame can be used to gently push your baby around with you. Not only is this convenient for you, allowing you to keep an eye on your child at all times, but babies are also happier if their mother or father is always within sight!

Of course, the bouncer can also be detached from the frame quickly and easily, so when it is time to play you can do this also!

In addition, is has these great features:

Advantages

  • Both the frame and the bouncer are really sturdy. Some other bouncers can feel a little flimsy, especially when your child grows up a bit! This design can easily accommodate heavier children, and feels stable and secure whilst doing so.
  • The selection of toys is amazing. There are tastefully designed hanging toys to play with, and the bouncer can play 11 different melodies to soothe your child off to the land of nod! Perhaps best of all, these melodies have an automatic 25 minute shut off, by which time your little one will be fast asleep!
  • The frame, when not in use, folds flat into an extremely small package. This is perfect if you live in a small house or apartment, but is also useful if you want to take the bouncer with you on a short trip to the countryside.
  • The whole package has been designed to work with the average house or apartment. The frame, whilst wide enough to feel sturdy and secure, fits easily through doorways, making it easy for your baby to go wherever you do!

Disadvantages

  • Very few. If you are looking for a baby bouncer that allows a great connection between you and your child, this is the one!

Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer

This bouncer is incredibly cute, and was a huge hit amongst the parents we spoke to! They reported that their children loved being in this walker, which is perhaps the snuggest one we tested!

Besides the bouncer looking extremely cute, it also feels great! The fabrics used in this bouncer are extremely soft, and the padding is also. This means that your little one will feel nice and snug, even if it is winter outside, and will look adorable whilst they snooze in their bouncer!

This bouncer also comes with some high-tech features. There is a pod in the base which is a breeze to use, and can play up to 20 minutes of sweet tunes or nature sounds. There is also  a volume control included, so you can make sure that your child is soothed by these noises without annoying your guests!

In addition, this bouncer comes with several extra features:

Advantages

  • The same unit which is able to play up to 20 minutes or tunes and nature noises can also be made to give a gentle vibration to the whole bouncer. The parents we spoke to found that this vibration really helped their children fall asleep, and so was a great help for a stressed parent!
  • The mobile attached to this bouncer is also great. The toys that hang from it are tastefully designed, and will provide hours of entertainment for your little one. They can also be removed easily, so when dad wants some serious play time, this bouncer will adjust!
  • The support offered by this bouncer is really good. Sometimes, bouncers can try and substitute thick padding for proper support. There is no such trickery here – whilst the bouncer is really well padded, it also provides firm support for the head and neck.
  • The balance of this bouncer is just right. It always feels secure, whether you are rocking it gently backward and forward, or having fun bouncing around. Even if dad wants to play, and is rocking your child back and forward vigorously, the bouncer never feels like it will break or fall over.

Disadvantages

  • Not many. The sheer cuteness of this bouncer make it a must-buy! Babies have never looked so cute as when sleeping contentedly in this bouncer!

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer

This is a great bouncer, with an innovative design. Instead of the metal frame of some other bouncers, the sleek design of this one includes a plastic, wrap-around base which makes bouncing in it a real joy!

This design gives the bouncer a slightly different “feel” to the other bouncers we are testing today, but not in a bad way. The rocking offered by this bouncer is really smooth, and the slightly larger base has the advantage that it stays firmly in place no matter how much your child bounces around!

The toys included in this bouncer are also great! A toy bar fits over the whole bouncer, and from this bar hang adorable toy animals with bright colors and engaging sounds. These are the best toys available with any bouncer we are reviewing today, and so if your priority with a bouncer is to have really good toys, this is the one to go for!

In addition, this bouncer comes with a great range of extra features:

Advantages

  • The support and comfort of this bouncer are great. Parents quickly notice if their child is uncomfortable in any way, often before their child does! The parents we spoke to for this review reported that in this bouncer, their little ones could bounce or sleep for hours without getting uncomfortable.
  • The bouncer also has an innovative harness system, having a fully adjustable 3 point restraint. Whilst not strictly necessary for most purposes, the parents we spoke to said that this was a good feature which added to their peace of mind when using the bouncer, something which is hard to achieve as a new parent!
  • The seat of this bouncer is machine washable, so even if your child likes to eat their lunch whilst bouncing up and down, it is easy to clear up after them!
  • It might sound like a superficial point, but the sleek design of this bouncer was really praised by parents. Bouncers like this often spend most of their time out and on display, and if a parent is attracted to the design of their bouncer, they are less likely to get sick of seeing it around the house! We are confident that, no matter what the design of your house or apartment, the sleek, modern design of this bouncer will fit in perfectly!

Disadvantages

  • Not many. Some parents found the base of this bouncer was a little wider than some others, but this is a small price to pay for the extra stability offered by it!

Sassy Cuddle Bug Bouncer

A great bouncer, with bright colors, which makes it a hit with children even when they are not strapped into it!

In fact, the parents we spoke to reported that this bouncer appeared to really engage with their children – something about the combination of colors and patterns on its fabrics made it really attractive for infants!

Overall, it is a solid bouncer. The frame is sturdy, and have a nice balance between being really stable and allowing a lot of bouncing! The frame is of a typical design, having wire legs, but unlike some other bouncers this one does not feel flimsy at all.

In addition, this bouncer has a great range of other features:

Advantages

  • The toys included with it are great, and work well with the overall design. These toys are designed to develop motor skills, and manage the difficult feat of being both educational and fun!
  • The bouncer can also play soothing lullabies, which is perfect for calming your child down when it is time for a nap! The parents we spoke to said that this bouncer quickly soothed their children, who went quickly to sleep when strapped into it, and that this gave them one less thing to worry about – always great when you are a new parent!
  • The padding of this bouncer is among the best available. It provides an excellent mix of softness and support, so you can be sure that no matter how long your little one wants to spend inside their bouncer, they will remain comfortable and supported.
  • This bouncer is also really adaptable. The padding is designed so that as your baby grows, the bouncer can be adjusted to accommodate them. With some other bouncers, growing children can quickly outgrow the product, meaning that parents have to buy several different bouncers. Not with this one!

Disadvantages

  • Some parents we spoke to said that the toys on this walker were a little too high for their infants. Whilst they will be able to reach them in no time as they grow up, for the first few  months it might be worth getting a mobile play set in addition to this great bouncer!

Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker

This is a great bouncer, with a solid and innovative design that does exactly what you want it to do. It provides plenty of swinging, bouncing action for playtime, but also is really soothing for when you need your child to calm down and have a little nap!

The whole design is really visually appealing, with bright colors on all the fabrics used and the toys included. There are several different themes available – some for boys, some for girls, and some which are unisex. Which you choose depends, of course, on your personal preference, but the parents we spoke to praised the “dark safari” design as being especially cute and engaging.

The frame of this bouncer feels strong and sturdy, and is the result of many years of research and development by Fisher-Price. They have been making items like this for babies and children for many years now, and their expertise really shows in the design of this bouncer!

In addition, this bouncer has several other great features:

Advantages

  • It has one of the largest ranges of any bouncer we are reviewing today, being able to accommodate children from infant all the way up to 40 pounds. Given the comfort and great toys that this walker offers, we are sure that your child will want to use it right up until they are too big for it!
  • The toy bar contains some great items. The toys light up and play noises, which really stimulates your child’s senses. The bar can also be removed, and the toys are so good that some of the parents we spoke to said that they sometimes used them as a stand-alone play set!
  • The deep cradle seat on this bouncer provides just the right mix of softness and support. It is slightly deeper than the seats on some other bouncers we tested, and parents said that this gave their children a sense of security and comfort that could be missing from some other bouncers.
  • The toy bar, itself great, can also be removed, so that older children can sit up and play. With this bouncer being able to take children up to 40 pounds, this is a great feature because it means that even when your little one grows up a bit, they can continue to use their own special seat!

Disadvantages

  • A few. Some parents found that this bouncer could be a little noisy when being rocked back and forwards. This could get a little annoying after a while!

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Still a great bouncer, but perhaps missing some of the more advanced features of the competition.

That said, the overall design used here is great. The bouncer is of a traditional design, having a wire frame and suspended fabric, and the whole item feels solid and secure, whilst also allowing plenty of rocking, bouncing action!

The design of the fabrics is also a nice feature. These are bright, colorful, and extremely cute, and really engage with children from infants up to toddlers. They also mean that your little one will look extremely cute curled up in this bouncer, making great photos!

In addition, this bouncer comes with a load of great extra features:

Advantages

  • The seat provides great support. This is amazing, considering the traditional design of this bouncer. We are not sure how Bright Starts have managed to achieve it, but babies feel properly supported no matter how long they are bouncing around in thie bouncer!
  • The spinning toys offered by this bouncer are also great. They fit in with the overall design of the bouncer, and provide hours of enjoyment for infants and toddlers. The tiny lions hanging from the bar were a particular hit with the parents we spoke to!
  • This toy bar can also be easily removed – even with one hand! – which makes gaining access to your baby really easy. In fact, this bouncer is extremely easy to use in all respects, with the parents we spoke to praising the fact that it is light, allowing them to carry it around the house with them, and thereby ensuring that their baby was always close to them!

Disadvantages

A few. The bouncer, unlike some others, does not fold up. This can be a bit annoying if you want to store it or take it on holiday. However, for the majority of parents, this kind of bouncer will merely sit in their living room or kitchen, and there therefore have no need of a folding one.

Our Final Thoughts on the Best Baby Bouncer Review

So which to choose?

Well, different parents look for different things in a baby bouncer. Some find that the sturdiness of a bouncer is the most important thing – children love to be rocked backward and forward, quite vigorously sometimes, and it is nice to know that dad can play (a little bit!) rough without the bouncer breaking or falling over.

Others prefer a bouncer with a bright, colorful design, as this can really engage with their children. These bouncers often also come with toys, which can ensure that your little one does not get bored even when they are tired of bouncing around!

Our choice today is the BabyBjorn Balance Bouncer, for a number of reasons:

  • The support offered by this bouncer is unparalleled. It is really reassuring to know that it has been designed in consultation with medical professionals, because you can be assured that no matter how long your child wants to bounce up and down, they will be comfortable and supported!
  • The compact design is also great! The bouncer will fold completely flat for storage, which is also perfect if you want to take it with you on a short trip – no matter how packed full of baby stuff your car already is, you will always have room for the bouncer!
  • Perhaps best of all, the bouncer can also be used as a seat. When your child is an infant, it features 3 recline positions, so whether it is play time or nap time your child can stay in the bouncer. As they grow up, the fabric can be reversed, and your toddler can use the bouncer as their very own seat. Even slightly older children like a rocking seat, and the parents we spoke to reported that even when their children grew up a little bit, they continued to use the bouncer.