Babies love being held. Like, a LOT. BUT– you must put him down at some point to pee, dry your hair, chop some garlic, or update your Facebook status (helllllooo).

Since your baby won’t develop a healthy case of separation anxiety until about 9-10 months [snort], items like bouncers, play mats, and swings are perfect for keeping your little munchkin safely contained while you shower, eat, or… cry.

When it comes to these “baby containment devices” [snort], there are many options. You can choose between a seat that sits on the floor, which is a traditional baby bouncer. Nowadays, they also have “off the floor” options, such as the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play. Then there are baby swings, which are swings that hang by a frame and plug-in to swing indefinitely. There are also items that combine two or more of these, so…. here goes.

Bouncers

Since newborns can’t sit and have no neck control, somebody smart came up with the concept of a bouncy seat, which is like a baby La-Z-Boy.

a bouncer

From 0-6 months, this is a must-have. And by the way, most of them don’t actually bounce, but they do vibrate, make sounds, and have weird things to look at, so stock up on DD batteries — they get used up fast!

Which one to choose? They are all pretty much the same, so don’t dedicate too many brain cells to this decision. That said, here are our favorites:

Affordable Bouncers

Remember that bouncers are only used for about six months or so, so you might not want to spend a lot. Here are our favorite “every day” bouncers:

$ — Bright Starts Rocker ~ $38
$$ — Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer ~ $59
$$$ — Skip Hop Uplift Bouncer ~ $150

$ — Bright Starts Rocker ~ $38

This rocker by Bright Starts can sit still or rock, depending on your mood. Two-position recline with vibration and toy bar. Cheap, easy and well-liked.

Bright Starts Rocker

$$ — Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer ~ $59

A tried and true crowd favorite — very snuggly with eight songs, nature sounds and vibrations. Also, an extra-cute bird thing to look at. Score!

Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Bouncer

$$$ — Skip Hop Uplift Bouncer ~ $150

Height-adjustable and comes with a removable toy bar, two songs and two sound affects (w/ volume control) and a vibration mode – all of which can be set to turn off after 20 min.

*Napping is ok, but not recommended for overnight sleeping.

Skip Hop Uplift Bouncer

Fancy Baby Bouncers

If you have some more money to spend — or know someone who owes you a late baby gift (GRIN :D), there are some higher-end bouncers out there that are well-liked and great looking. Some, like the Bjorn Balance and the Nuna Leaf, can be used later as child seats, up to 2 years or so.

These are all in the $200 territory.

  1. BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance ~ $199 ($133 on Amazon)
  2. Babyhome Wave Rocker ~ $179
  3. Stokke Steps ~ $199
  4. Bloom Coco Loungers ~ $200
  5. Nuna LEAF Curv ~ $229

>> Keep reading about Bouncers, Swings and other baby containment devices 🙂