Updated March 2019
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,” 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. 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.
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.
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:
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:
This rocker is inexpensive and easy to carry from room to room. There’s no need to pay any more than this for a simple bouncer.
—>Keep reading for our favorite affordable bouncers.
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 Grow, can be used later as child seats, up to 2 years or so.
These are all in the $200 territory.
—>Keep reading for our favorite fancy bouncers and Swings and other baby containment devices