6 Best Baby Bouncers and Swings of 2019

Best Bouncers and Swings of 2019

May 21, 2019

Best Bouncers and Swings of 2019

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Parents love bouncers and swings for providing a place for their babies to play or rest while they get things done around the house. Typically, a bouncer is a lightweight, low-to-the-ground seat designed to sit on the floor and bounce when your baby kicks their legs or moves their arms. Usually heftier than bouncers, a swing is a seat that moves your little one back and forth, or from side to side.

Do You Need a Bouncer or Swing?

At some point, you will want to take a shower, make a meal or get something done around the house. And, when you do, you’ll be faced with the age-old question: “Where should I put the baby?”

That’s where a bouncer or swing comes in super handy. Put one in the room with you, strap in your baby and start the vibration or swinging mode. Even if they start to wail, at least you can peek at them and know they’re safe while you blast through your shampoo or meal prep.

When Do You Need a Bouncer or Swing?

Bouncers and swings are generally made for the pre-sitting set. So they’re best for newborns and babies up to six months old, or until they can sit up on their own (and will probably squawk at being confined!). Be sure to check the age and weight recommendations on each to make sure they’re still OK for baby to use as they grow.

Best High-Tech Swing

Why We Love It

Sure, it has futuristic good looks, but the mamaRoo is more than a mod piece of baby gear. It has five fluid motions based on how parents move when soothing babies, including bouncing up and down and swaying side to side. Plus, this bouncer comes with a built-in white noise machine and can connect to any MP3 device to play your own tunes.

Keep in Mind

The mamaRoo is a great high-tech pick, but it’s also definitely on the pricier side and the heaviest swing of the bunch here. Moving it from room to room won’t be as easy as other swings or bouncers. Note: 4moms does offer a less expensive and smaller swing: the rockaRoo.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Our little one has used his Mamaroo every day since he was born for naps and as ‘someone’ to hold the baby when I need both of my arms.” -Dilcia B.

“At five weeks this thing has been our saving grace to getting our kid to sleep—and we don’t even need to put any motion on! Our little man loves the shape of the seat and softness of the chair. At night, we put the ocean music on for him and he loves it. It helps both of us get some sleep!” -Lauren U.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 25 lbs. or when baby can sit up unassisted
Plugs or Batteries Plugs in, no batteries needed
Additional Items Optional infant insert to give newborns additional comfort and support ($29.99)

Best Bouncer for Travel

Why We Love It

This lightweight bouncer weighs in at seven pounds and folds flat, making it a breeze to move around the house and take on the go. When it’s unfolded, it still doesn’t take up too much space—perfect for those living in smaller quarters. The bonus? After your child outgrows the bouncer, it can be converted into a chair.

Keep in Mind

Since the seat’s bounce motion is triggered by baby’s movements, you’ll need to manually bounce this until your little one is big enough to start kicking. Translation: If your infant craves motion, your arms will get a workout.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The BabyBjorn bouncer is so easy and simple to use, transport and clean! We brought it with us to friends’ houses and moved it all over our own house. It gave our baby a safe place to sit and play with the toy bar that fits on it.” -Jennifer B.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines As a bouncer, birth to when baby sits up unassisted; as a chair, up to 2 years old
Plugs or Batteries Uses baby’s movements to bounce (no batteries required)
Additional Items Optional toy bar that many parents love ($59.95)

Best Budget Bouncer

Why We Love It

A cute bouncer at a rock-bottom price? Yes, please! You get all the standard features of a bouncer—a removable toy bar, vibration and two recline positions—and when your baby gets bigger, it can still be used as a toddler rocker. Plus, there’s a fold-out kickstand to make it stay still for feedings and naptime. All of which means: Tons of bang for the buck.

Keep in Mind

Some parents expressed concern about the lack of support for newborns in this hammock-style seat. Also, there’s no timer on the vibration so it’ll vibrate as long as it’s switched on.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 40 lbs or when baby can sit up unassisted
Plugs or Batteries Requires batteries

Best Swing-Bouncer Combo

Why We Love It

The best thing about the Graco Duet Soothe is that it doesn’t make you choose between a swing or a bouncer. It’s both! As a swing it provides three ways for baby to sway and lots of music and nature sound choices. Easily remove the cradle seat from the swing apparatus and it becomes a bouncer (rocker) you can move around to other rooms.

Keep in Mind

The Duet Soothe’s motor can be noisy.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It has a vibrate function that comes in handy when you’ve got a cranky baby. The swing frame is a bit large to move through the house, but the removable rocker has been all through our house so far. Another good item for the price.” -Victoria M.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 30 lbs
Plugs or Batteries Plugs in or can use with batteries

Best Options-Loaded Swing

Why We Love It

We give this swing kudos for providing a bunch of options. You can use it with a plug (so you don’t go through endless batteries!) or without, so it becomes more easily portable. Choose from multiple swinging motions, speeds, nature sounds, music and positions too.

Keep in Mind

The swing’s motor can be loud and wear out quickly.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Although we’ve outgrown it now, for the first five months this was crucial! It’s the only thing he would sleep in. I was anti-plastic stuff like this, but I wish I bought it from the get go.” -Lily B.

“So soft and cozy, and babies love the side-to-side motion! As a mom of three this allowed me to get so much done in the early days. It’s also great for soothing fussy babies. -J.C.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 25 lbs or when baby attempts to climb out
Plugs or Batteries Can both plug in or use batteries

Best-Looking Bouncer

Why We Love It

This gorgeous bouncer looks more like modern furniture, albeit child-sized, than baby gear. It comes in soft neutrals and has a sleek design meant to fit in with your decor for years to come. That’s because the Nuna Leaf Grow can be used from birth all the way up to 130 lbs.

The sling-like design has a mesh seat for bigger kids and comes with a plush infant insert made from organic cotton to keep newborns carefully cradled. It has three reclined positions and can be locked in place too. When your child craves motion, you can set it swaying back and forth like a leaf in the wind with a touch.

Keep in Mind

Unlike bouncers with batteries or plugs, this bouncer’s swaying motion only lasts for about two minutes. So, if your baby wants continual movement, this isn’t the best option. The Nuna Leaf Grow also comes with a removable toy bar, but keep an eye out—it’s easy for baby to hank it off.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I absolutely love it! The look of it is amazing, but what sold me is that it holds up to 130lbs.” -Lulu B.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Birth to 130 lbs
Plugs or Batteries No batteries or plugs required

Choosing the Right Bouncer or Swing for You

To find the baby bouncer or swing that works best for you and your family, consider your budget and living space. Do you want something easy to move around? Or something with more bells and whistles? Those are a few factors to think about as you consider different products. Whatever one you choose, a bouncer or swing can be a big help during your child’s earliest days.

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