Best Bouncers and Swings of 2017

Best Bouncers and Swings of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
Your little one will love being entertained, and you'll love having a moment to yourself.Best Bouncers and Swings of 2017

Parents love bouncers and swings for providing a place for their babies to play, rest, or nap 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 his legs or moves his 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 and swing?

At some point, you will need to slip out of those yoga pants and undo your ponytail (the new-mom uniform!) to take a shower. 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 bathroom with you, strap in your baby and start the vibration or swinging mode. Even if he starts to wail, at least you can peek at him and know he’s safe while you blast through your shampoo. In this situation, as well as many others - cooking dinner, folding laundry, working from home, or taking a potty break yourself - having a bouncer or swing your baby loves can be a godsend.

When do you need a bouncer and swing?

Bouncers and swings are generally made for the pre-sitting set. So, they are 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!).

Babylist Best Picks

HIGH TECH SPLURGE

4moms mamaRoo - $249.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

Sure, it’s got futuristic good looks, but the mamaRoo is more than a mod piece of baby gear. It has five fluid motions - including bouncing up and down and swaying side to side - based on how moms and dads move when soothing babies. 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 our best looking 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 ($159.99).

“At five weeks this thing has been our saving grace to getting our kid to sleep…”

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. Now that he is five months old, he sits in it while we read to him or watch a children’s show together.” - Dilcia B.

“The Mamaroo has been a lifesaver. I was able to catch a little sleep on the couch beside him while he slept as a newborn in the Mamaroo. Later it was a place for him while I showered. While he has almost outgrown it, we currently use it as a white noise machine. Such a wonderful product!” - Katie F.

“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 Guidlines 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)

EASY TRAVELER

BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance - $154.95
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 the baby’s movements, you’ll need to manually bounce this for your newborn 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 Guidlines 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)

BUDGET PICK

Fisher-Price Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer - $58.93
WHY WE LOVE IT

This has all your standard bouncer features including sounds and music, multiple vibration settings and a toy bar with plushies.

“… this chair was the hero!”

KEEP IN MIND

Keep plenty of batteries on hand for this bouncer. You’re going to need them!

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“We like to call it the most comfortable chair in the house. On the days when no amount of rocking, singing or shushing would get the baby to sleep, this chair was the hero!” - Starlee R.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidlines Birth to 25 lbs. or when baby can sit up unassisted

Plugs or Batteries Requires batteries

LOADED WITH OPTIONS

Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing - $160.00
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 and 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.

“My baby would only take his daytime naps in the stroller when I would walk outdoors and on bumpy sidewalks, until I got this swing. Why did I not get one sooner?! I now get breaks and I can sneak a quick nap in here and there. It’s magical.” - Winnie Y.

“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 Guidlines Birth to 25 lbs. or when baby attempts to climb out

Plugs or Batteries Can both plug in or use batteries

TWO FOR ONE

Graco Duet Soothe Swing & Rocker
WHY WE LOVE IT

The best thing about the DuetSoothe 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 DuetSoothe’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. It worked out well when my baby had a cold and needed to sleep semi-upright in arm’s reach of my bed. 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 Guidlines Birth to 30 lbs

Plugs or Batteries Plugs in or can use with batteries

THE EASY TRANSPORT

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper - $50.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The reclined seat mimics being cradled in your arms and can be especially helpful if your baby gets congested or has colic or reflux. During fussy spells, flip on the optional vibration or gently rock the sleeper by hand. It’s also a great spot for baby to sit and play when you need to free up your arms.

“This saved our life!”

KEEP IN MIND

This is called a sleeper, but pedetricians recommend that babies only sleep flat on their back. While some parents swear by the Rock ‘n Play, it does raise safety concerns. If you have worries, check with your pediatrician.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“This saved our life! When we got home from the hospital our baby wouldn’t sleep in anything but our arms. I think he liked the feeling of being cradled, so being flat on his back in the crib or traditional bassinet wasn’t working. We went out and got this and he finally slept! At six months old we still use it for naps when at his grandparents’ house.” -Margaret Y.

“We did not discover the Rock ‘n Play until my daughter with colic and reflux was eight weeks old. She didn’t like the expensive swings or bouncers, but this relatively inexpensive, inclined seat was an instant hit. She finally slept for more than 90 minutes and enjoyed hanging out in this.” -Megan Y

ADDITIONAL SPECS

Child Guidelines Under 25 lbs (usually under 6 months).

Choosing what’s right for you

There’s numerous baby bouncers and swings on the market. To find the one that works best for you and your family, consider your budget and living space. Do you want something easy to tote around? Or, something with more bells and whistles? Will listening to the same 30-second song or nature sound over and over again drive you a little nutty? Those are a few factors to think about as you consider different products. No doubt, whatever one you choose, a bouncer or swing can be a big help during your child’s earliest days.

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