The Best Baby Bouncers for Soothing and Multitasking

The classic Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer tops our list to soothe little ones

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Best Baby Bouncers

Verywell / Sabrina Jiang

Before graduating to gross motor skill-enhancing toys like tricycles and scooters, babies love the feeling of being gently bounced. The calming motion mimics what they were used to in the womb, which ultimately helps soothe them, especially if they’re fussy. (Bonus first-time parent tip: So do swings and teethers!) 

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The Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer can be controlled by baby's natural movement or via a button which also activates soothing vibrations. If you want to splurge, we recommend the BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft.

“Parents need ways to keep their baby eye to eye while they do other things,” Molly O’Shea, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Birmingham Pediatrics in Michigan, explains to Verywell Family. “A bouncy seat is a great way to keep your baby entertained and safe while you either get some alone time or get things done [while still watching them].”

When all safety guidelines are followed, these little bouncing seats can do wonders for a crying baby while also engaging them in sensory play and promoting gross and fine motor skill development. We carefully considered design, value, material, ease of cleaning, and any additional features when reviewing products.

Here are the best baby bouncers on the market now.

Best Overall: Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer

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Fisher-Price Geo Meadow Baby’s Bouncer

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Affordable

  • Adjustable harness

Cons
  • No auto-bounce option

The Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer tops our list because it's been a game changer for tired parents thanks to its affordability and simple, yet effective, comforting motions. You can allow your baby's natural movement to control it or press a button for the seat to vibrate gently and soothe your kiddo.

It’s also equipped with a toy bar that can be grabbed for fun play, a three-point harness for safety, and a removable, washable cover. Plus, the bouncer features non-skid grips on the feet to prevent the bouncer from sliding.

Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.02 x 20.08 inches | Product Weight: 5.4 pounds | Age Range: NB and up (until they can roll over) | Weight Limit: 25 pounds | Batteries Required: Yes

What Our Editors Say

"This bouncer provided me with a few minutes to shower. My son loved sitting in here in the bathroom and batting the animals while I got a few minutes to relax. My son also had bad reflux, and the cover was very easy to remove and wash. It dries in no time so he could get back to bouncing." Dwyer Frame, VP, Commerce

Best Tech: Ingenuity Twinkle Tails Bouncer

Ingenuity InLighten Bouncer Cradling Baby Bouncer

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Engaging light and toy bar

  • Infant support insert

Cons
  • Requires frequent battery changes

You can choose between two recline positions with this bouncer, allowing it to support your baby’s growth. In addition to bouncing with your baby’s movement, it also vibrates, plays soothing sounds.

The light-up bar and hanging toys across the top keep your baby entertained and encourages visual engagement. There is an adjustable three-point harness for safety, a removable head support cushion, and a machine-washable seat cover. 

Dimensions: 24.5 x 23.5 x 23 inches | Product Weight: 8.8 pounds | Age Range: 0-6 months | Weight Limit: 30 pounds | Batteries Required: Yes

Best Splurge: BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Body contouring seat

  • Lightweight

Cons
  • Expensive

With this bouncer, your baby will not only be entertained and soothed but also super comfortable thanks to the soft fabrics and ergonomic design. The seat has three recline positions and is equipped with a three-point harness.

Designed to mold to the baby’s body, your baby's head and back will be properly supported as they grow and develop. The seat cover is removable and can be machine-washed, and when the chair isn’t in use it folds down flat for easy storage. 

Dimensions: 36.5 x 15.6 x 4.4 inches | Product Weight: 1 pounds | Age Range: NB to 2Y | Weight Range: 8-29 pounds | Batteries Required: No

What Our Editors Say

"For my birthday, my mom bought me this bouncer. And even though my daughter used it throughout her entire first year, it was really a present for me. It kept her safe and occupied, so I could do housework, eat a meal, etc. It's easy to clean, store (it folds down), and drag around your home. Totally worth it!" — Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director, Verywell Family 

Best Reclining: Ingenuity Boutique Collection Rocking Seat

 Ingenuity Boutique Collection Rocking Seat

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Various stimulating features

  • Three unique reclining positions

Cons
  • Straps do not adjust

Your sweetie will be snuggled in comfort thanks to the three reclining positions with this bouncer. It has a five-point safety harness, a removable toy bar, and plays soothing nature sounds and melodies.

Once your baby sits up and grows out of the bouncer design, it can be converted to a stationary seat for further use. Also, it has a removable seat cover that can be safely machine-washed and dried.

Dimensions: 17.5 x 30.75 x 29.2 inches | Product Weight: 4.1 pounds | Age Range: NB to 12M | Weight Limit: 40 pounds | Batteries Required: Yes

Best for Travel: Baby Delight Go with Me Alpine Deluxe Portable Baby Bouncer

baby delight bouncer

Courtesy of baby delight

Pros
  • Folds flat for easy storage and travel

  • Three reclining positions

Cons
  • Manual bouncing only

Parents who are on the go can easily bring this bouncer along with them because it folds down flat into a carrying bag for easy storage and transportation. It has a mesh fabric seat, which is great for breathability and comfort, as well as a removable toy bar. The seat has three recline positions, has a three-point safety harness, and has a removable cover that is machine washable. 

Dimensions: 28 x 18 x 21 inches | Product Weight: 4.5 pounds | Age Range: NB to 6M | Weight Limit: 20 pounds | Batteries Required: No

Best Multi-Function: Summer Infant 2-in-1 Bouncer & Rocker Duo

summer infant bouncer

Courtesy of Walmart

Pros
  • Rocker and bouncer hybrid

  • Folds flat

Cons
  • Seat pad isn't attached and may slide

With this, you get a bouncer that can be easily switched over to a rocker (both with their own recline position). Baby will be safe and secure thanks to the three-point harness, entertained with the removable toy bar, and soothed with the vibration feature. When it’s not in use, this bouncer/rocker folds down flat for easy storage.

Dimensions: 30.71 x 6.3 x 16.73 inches | Product Weight: 5.5 pounds | Age Range: NB to 6M | Weight Limit: 20 pounds | Batteries Required: Yes

Best Soothing: Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer

fisher price bouncer

Courtesy of Fisher Price

Pros
  • Contouring seat

  • Over 20 minutes of music and sounds

Cons
  • Frequent battery changes

  • Larger than most bouncers

Baby will be nice and cozy in this bouncer that features optional vibration, a seat that contours to its body, and soothing sound options. The vibration and sounds can be adjusted to find the combo that’s just right for your baby, and there’s also a removable toy bar to keep them entertained.

The seat bounces along based on your baby’s natural movements, and the three-point harness will ensure they stay snug and safe.  

Dimensions: 26 x 23 x 26 inches | Product Weight: 7.7 pounds | Age Range: NB to 7M | Weight Limit: 25 pounds | Batteries Required: Yes

Best Lightweight: Maxi-Cosi 2-in-1 Kori Lightweight Bouncer

Maxi Cosi 2-in-1 Kori Lightweight Bouncer

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Pros
  • Three adjustable heights

  • Doubles as a rocker

  • Folds flat 

Cons
  • No toy bar attachment

  • Some babies may outgrow quickly

  • Cover should not be tumble dried

This baby bouncer has a sleek and simple design, and is easy to use for parents and caregivers that need a way to soothe a crying baby or give their arms a rest. While the design is on the more minimalist side, we like that the seat features two different modes, rocker or stationary, for your baby to enjoy. One thing you can count on is that your baby will likely spontaneously spit up and drool while hanging out in the bouncer so the machine washable cover is a major win in our book.

Parents and caregivers will love that this bouncer folds flat for easy storage. And, if you want to raise your little one up to see you better, simply adjust the bouncer’s height with one hand. The bouncer is lightweight, weighing about 5.5 pounds, making it perfect for traveling.

Dimensions: 28.5 x 17 x 19 inches | Product Weight:  5.5 pounds | Age Range: Newborn and up | Weight Limit:  20 pounds | Batteries Required: No

Final Verdict

Depending on what you’re looking for, any one of these bouncers could be a great pick. In general, though, you can’t go wrong with the Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer (view at Amazon) or the Baby Bjorn Balance Soft Bouncer (view at Amazon). 

How We Selected the Best Baby Bouncers

We chose the best baby bouncers by researching reviews from customers and competitors, and we studied the features of more than 30 products on the market. We considered price, design, features, ease of cleaning, age recommendations, and material when deciding our picks. We also consulted with Molly O’Shea, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Birmingham Pediatrics in Michigan, for any considerations or product recommendations while reviewing guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics on bouncer safety.

What to Look for in a Baby Bouncer 

Safety Features

You want to ensure that the bouncer has safety features including a strap to keep the baby in place (but that isn’t too tight), has a stable base, and is free of any sharp edges or corners that could cause injury. 

Age and Weight Recommendations

Take a peek at the bouncer’s age and weight recommendations, because while they may say they’re safe for newborns, not all newborns weigh the same. You'd want to avoid putting a 5-pound baby in a seat that has a minimum weight of 8 pounds. 

Functions

Some bouncers are pretty basic and straightforward while others can be converted, collapsed, or easily traveled with. Make sure to look at all of the different function options to ensure your purchase meets your individual needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can a baby use a bouncer?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests parents discontinue the use of baby bouncers when their baby is 20 pounds or can sit up on their own (whichever comes first). Your little one can start using a bouncer as a newborn, but this is only according to the manufacturer's weight limits. Otherwise, some bouncers are designed for older infants instead of newborns, so you’ll want to double-check.

    Molly O’Shea, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Birmingham Pediatrics in Michigan, tells Verywell Family that baby bouncers can assist parents and caregivers daily. “They are [a] great way for babies who are awake to spend some time on their own while you get other things done,” she says. Just keep in mind you may want to avoid them if your baby has reflux, and a hard surface will be better for them to lie on, Dr. O’Shea explains.

  • Can a baby sleep in a bouncer?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents move their baby to a safe sleeping space if the baby is drowsy or falls asleep while in the bouncer.“Babies should not sleep in a bouncy seat due to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Because bouncy seeds are soft and curved, there's a risk that a baby could turn their head in a way that they would re-breathe their own carbon dioxide which is the way we believe sudden infant death syndrome occurs. Even if you're sitting nearby your baby is still at risk of SIDS,” Dr. O’Shea says.

Why Trust Verywell Family 

Ashley Ziegler is a full-time parenting writer, mom to a 1 and a 4-year-old, and she has personal experience in researching and using baby bouncers. Key considerations she focused on when selecting these products include safety features, effectiveness, functionality, and user reviews. 

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