The 7 Best Baby Bouncers of 2020

Give your arms a break with this soothing must-have

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft at Amazon

"Loved by parents for its ability to soothe cranky babies."

Best Budget: Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer at Walmart

"This bouncer vibrates to soothe baby."

Best High Tech Bouncer: 4moms rockaRoo Classic Infant Seat at Amazon

"One of the highest tech bouncers out in the baby market."

Best Cozy Bouncer: Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Bouncer at Amazon

"The seat is deep with a supportive headrest."

Best for the Long Haul: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker at Amazon

"A bouncer for a baby, and a rocking chair for a toddler."

Best Swing and Bouncer: Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker at Amazon

"If they like both it's a win-win."

Best Design: Charlie Crane Levo Walnut Baby Bouncer at Smallable

"Will blend in seamlessly to any room's decor."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft

When it comes to baby bouncers, one name stands out from the pack and that is the Baby Bjorn. Loved by parents for its ability to soothe cranky babies with its sleek design, this baby bouncer is a must for many parents. What makes this even better and worthy of its high price tag is that it can act as a seat for children up to the age of 2, so its shelf life isn't just a few months.

Once baby is 8 pounds they can use their own movement to bounce this, which helps develop gross motor skills and balance. If you are worried about neck placement you can rest assured because this device is a JPMA certified product so it gives proper support to the body.

Spit up and blowouts will happen, but the cover on this is machine washable so you can ensure it stays clean throughout the course. This can move into four different positions depending on if your baby is resting or playing, and when not in use you can fold it flat so it can be easily transported when you travel or stored away in between having children. Plus, their nine solid color choices will blend in seamlessly to your decor.

Best Budget: Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer
Courtesy of Walmart

If you aren't looking to spend a ton on another baby product that has a short shelf life this bouncer from Bright Starts is a great pick. This bouncer is battery operated (C-battery not included) and vibrates to soothe baby. The bright and colorful design helps keep them engaged while the included toy bar with toys and a mirror will help with coordination and fine motor skills. It has a three-point harness to hold baby safely from newborn to 6 months. When it comes time to wash the cover you can just throw it in the wash. With the affordable price tag, this also makes a great option for grandma's house!

Best High Tech Bouncer: 4moms rockaRoo Classic Infant Seat

This bouncer may almost seem spaceship-like for it is one of the highest tech bouncers out in the baby market. Technically called a seat, it is also sold as a baby bouncer. There are five settings for motions that mimic a car ride, wave, tree swing, rock a bye, and kangaroo. A parent can choose from four built-in sounds or you can connect it to your smartphone to play music or use it over Bluetooth to move the seat. The overhead mobile toys are reversible, and the seat can recline to a rest position and a sit up.

While the most expensive in our roundup this acts as both a bouncer, seat, and swing so it is a 3-in-1 product. It needs to be plugged into and outlet, but no batteries are required. It can hold up to 25 pounds or until they can sit up.

Best Cozy Bouncer: Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Bouncer

Most babies prefer to be held, but when tired arms need a break, this battery-operated bouncer is a great substitute as it is one big piece of coziness. As the name implies, the My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe is designed to be snugly for the baby. The seat is deep with a plush seat that has a supportive headrest. The chair has a gentle vibration, and there is a 20-minute music option as well. To entertain the baby, there is a removable mobile with a kitty and puppy.

The bouncer can hold up to 25 pounds, but once baby can sit up independently, it is usually time to graduate them out of this bouncer for fear of tipping over. Two things to note: there is some assembly required so it's best to put this together before baby is born, and it is one of the larger models in the list so if you don't have a lot of space this might not be the best bet for you.

Best for the Long Haul: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Infant to Toddler

Courtesy of Amazon

A lot of baby toys have a short shelf life, so purchasing everything can cause strain on your wallet and your storage space. This infant-to-toddler rocker acts as a bouncer when they're a baby with the battery operated (D-sized not included) vibrations, and then when baby grows you can remove the toy bar and have your toddler sit here as a rocking chair until they reach 40 pounds!

The toy bar with included toys encourages your infant to reach and bat them, helping them with their fine motor skills. If your baby is fussy, you can turn on the music for some soothing tunes. Since you'll have this baby bouncer for a few years, you'll be happy to know it is machine washable as well.

Best Swing and Bouncer: Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker

Duet Soothe

Courtesy of Amazon

If you're debating between buying a baby swing or a bouncer, the Graco Duetsoothe Swing and Rocker is both products in one. With most babies, you don't know what they will like, so with this 2-in-1 product you'll be able to try both a swing and a bouncer, and if they like both it's a win-win.

When functioning as a swing you'll get two different motions either a front to back or a side to side. You also get a vibrating feature and some musical and nature sounds to further calm or entertain baby. All of this can be achieved by either plugging the unit in or using batteries—your choice. You can also take the rocker part out of the swing and allow them to soothe themselves with the rocking motion.

Best Design: Charlie Crane Levo Walnut Baby Bouncer


Courtesy of Smallable

If it is good enough for Joanna Gaines it is good enough for you and your baby. This super stylish bouncer doesn't scream baby and will blend in seamlessly to any room's decor. It is constructed of walnut wood and the cotton cover comes in plenty of neutral designs. When the baby is fussing or just wants to take a ride you'll just rock the bouncer and lull him to sleep. Once baby gets a little more active they'll soon figure out if they pump their legs they'll get this baby bouncer moving as well. 

This product ships from the UK so shipping times might be a bit slow. You will have to assemble this yourself but it comes with all of the tools needed.

How We Tested

We bought a top-rated baby bouncer and our reviewers (and their kids) tested it for 25 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this baby bouncer, from its price to its versatility. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Baby Bouncer

Versatility: Some bouncers do just that, while others are more versatile, doubling as swings or mimicking soothing scenarios like a car ride. It’s hard to know just how much your baby will take to one movement or another, but the more variety a bouncer has, the greater the chance you’ll get a lot of use out of it.  

Features: Some bouncers have a more minimalistic look, while others are covered in an array of colorful rattles, animals, mirrors, and mobiles to entertain your baby. Make sure to consider how much noise a bouncer makes, as some play music — and if you prefer to choose your own tunes, certain models allow you to connect to your smartphone and stream music from there.

Price: Like most baby gear, bouncers come in wide variety of prices, from well under $50 to several hundred dollars. Typically, ones with higher price tags come with more features and are made of more luxurious materials. How much you should spend will depend on, of course, your budget, but also think about how much you expect your baby will use it.

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