Best Baby Bouncer of 2020
The born free KOVA Baby Bouncer is a high-quality, straightforward bouncer that relies on a baby's movements to create a bouncing sensation. This bouncer provides light bouncing, a removable toy bar, and folds flat for easy travel inside the included carry bag. We like that this bouncer has a middle of the road price but can hold its own with products twice the price. And we appreciate the leatherette accent and attention to smaller details that make it look more lux than it is. This baby bouncer comes fully assembled with only the optional toy bar to add.
This product is one of the higher-priced options in the group, and while the quality surpasses the price, it could be a no-go for those on a limited budget. Also, it doesn't have much in the way of interaction or outside stimulation like music or vibration, so if you want those things, you'll need to look elsewhere. Overall, we love this bouncer for everything it has and everything it doesn't have, and we think parents will appreciate the simplicity, lack of assembly, and the ability to travel. We believe babies will enjoy the subtle womb-like movement and the lack of over-stimulation often found in the competition.
If cuteness or animal theme is your thing, then the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Bouncer should definitely be on your shortlist. We love the adorable soft puppy insert and the lightly cushioned seat on this bouncer. It comes with a mobile and the ability to vibrate or play music and other soothing sounds. This bouncer is economical compared to the much of the competition, and we think it will fit in with more than a few nursery themes with ease.
This bouncer does not reduce in size for travel or storing, which could be a problem if you have limited space. In our tests, we had trouble with the toys on the mobile getting in the way of placing the baby in the seat. Last, this bouncer, like several others in our lineup, puts the bay's head in a more forward position, which could potentially cause an obstruction of the airways. While we didn't experience this, nor did we hear about an occurrence of this in our research, it may be a good idea to avoid letting little ones sleep in the bouncer for very long. In short, we love this adorable bouncer and think it offers a lot of bells and whistles for the price, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a bouncer with more features.
If budget is a concern, the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer could be the bouncer you want. This bouncer comes with a two toy bar, optional vibrations, and self-propelled gentle bouncing. It is a smaller bouncer that could be transportable, and it might be just the ticket for parents who want an inexpensive bouncer for a shorter period of time.
This bouncer is on the short side, which could make it a no-go for longer than average babies. It also is not a super bouncer, so if you are looking for the big bounce, you won't find it here, or frankly in any safe bouncer. However, if a simple but functional bouncer is what you need for a specific purpose for a shorter lifespan, this product can fill the bill.
With unsurpassed quality and attention to detail, the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft offers a great high-quality bouncer with a simple design and eye-pleasing style. This bouncer responds to the baby's movement for a womb-like action most infants find soothing and sleep lulling. It has a simple design with no flash or stimulation beyond bouncing, and it folds flat for easy storing or taking it on the go. The BabyBjorn is lightweight, has three recline positions, easy buckle, and no assembly is required.
The harness on this bouncer doesn't fit all that snuggly, so more active babies will need to be watched closely. Also, it is one of the most expensive in the bunch, making it a poor choice for families looking to save a few bucks. Last, this is not the best choice if you want bells and whistles or at least a toy to reach for, as this bouncer is geared toward natural soothing and the world in general. We love this straightforward bouncer, and during testing, it was clear that babies love it too. The high-quality design matches the price and means you'll have this one to use for the next child or as a hand-me-down for other friends and families.
The Fisher-Price Rock with Me Bassinet is the perfect solution for those who want a rocker and could benefit from an alternate sleeping space. This rocking bassinet may not be a traditional baby bouncer or rocker, but its rocking capabilities let us justify its inclusion in this lineup. We like the simple folding action for storage or stowing it in the car, and we find babies love the mirror and attached toy for entertainment before rocking to sleep. This bassinet would be great for sleepovers or on-the-go napping, and lets parents keep an eye on infants wherever they may be. Even if it is just a safe place for baby to rest while you go to the bathroom, you'll appreciate this rocker.
This option is not a traditional bouncer, so it could be a disappointing choice if your heart is set on bouncing and vibrations. It also takes up more space than the other products that fold flat. However, it at least folds, which not all of the competition can do. We think this bassinet could have a place in many homes for many reasons and feel the versatility it brings to the table for a reasonable price is a good reason to add it to your list of potential contenders.
The Baby Delight Go With Me is a unique mesh-covered bouncer with impressive airflow compared to the competition. This airflow could make it a good choice for those who live in hot or humid conditions. We like that this option includes interactive toys and that it folds flat for easy on-the-go transport. This bouncer has three recline positions, comes with a carry bag, and the entire cover can be removed for machine washing! Something not shared in most of the competition but is sure to be appreciated should your little one spit up, vomit, or experience a blowout.
This bouncer has a more convoluted assembly than some of the competition, but it isn't the worst in the group. The harness also doesn't seem as snug as we'd like, especially for smaller infants, but the deep recline should prevent this from being a big issue. Overall, we like that this option can be simple on par with the straightforward competition, but still offers a little interactive play with the reachable toy bar.
The Ingenuity Sampson Vibrating Bouncer share much in common with the SnugaPuppy.This bouncer includes a soft padded seat, removable to bar with two soft animals, 11 music and sound options, and soothing optional vibration. The seat pad is machine washable, a feature any parent will appreciate.
This bouncer has a deep seat that puts baby's head somewhat forward, so long term sleeping should probably be avoided. It also comes with more parts to assemble than the average bouncer, but it isn't the worst in the group to set up. Last, once it is up, it is up, and there is no way to make it smaller for travel or getting it out of the way. All that aside, we think this bouncer is a cool option with some cute features, it may have trouble keeping up with the similar competition, but it could be the right choice if you like the style.
The Fisher-Price Circus Celebration is a basic Fisher-Price offering with a bright-colored circus theme. This bouncer includes three plastic toys on the removable toy bar, a fold-out kickstand to stop rocking, vibrations, and a machine-washable seat pad. It is suitable for babies from infants up to 40 lbs giving it a longer lifespan than some of the competition.
The Circus has the most parts to assemble. Plus, there is a lot going on with this bouncer, and it could be overwhelming or overstimulating for some babies. With the bright colors, clanging toys, and possible vibrations, it is hard to play down the excitement factor, making it a poor choice if soothing and serenity are your goals. However, if your little one is active and always bright-eyed and looking for the next cool thing, then you might appreciate it when the circus comes to your house.
The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker has a longer lifespan than some of the others as it claims to work as a rocking chair for toddlers. It comes with a budget-friendly price and a toy bar for interactive play. This rocker has a traditional rocking motion you can stop with the use of the kickstand.
This rocker doesn't bounce or offer much int eh way of features. It has a more involved assembly than much of the competition, and we think the quality is lacking even for the price. Overall, it wouldn't be our top pick for any goal or need, and we believe there are better options to be had in this lineup.
Why You Should Trust Us
With over eight years testing baby gear, BabyGearLab has seen it all from strollers and car seats to baby bottles and bouncers. This review is led by Senior Review Analyst, Bob Wofford, father of 7, who assembled and assessed the functionality of each product. Wendy Schmitz, mom of 2, and Senior Review Editor for six years, rounds out the team with analysis of test results and picking of award winners. We purchased and tested each product in the review hands-on with the competition using real babies and parents to determine which options work better than the competition.
Analysis and Test Results
We purchased a variety of bouncing products to help parents find the best option for their baby and their needs. With so many options, and some so similar, it can be tricky to know what to buy and what to leave behind. Our side-by-side testing gives you the information you need to make an educated decision you can be happy with.
What kind of features you choose or think you need is based on your goals for your bouncer, and your baby's personality. Some babies like stimulating environments like the Fisher-Price Circus Celebration, while others prefer to avoid over-stimulation and respond better to the simplicity of the BabyBjorn.
Some of the products in this group are fairly basic, lacking virtual bells and whistles. The BabyBjorn is an excellent example of a straightforward bouncer that bounces, provides baby-directed subtle bouncing movement similar to womb movement, but doesn't offer additional stimuli or interactive features. This design is ideal for those who want a simple soother to encourage sleep or relaxed observation of the world. If your goals align with this idea, the BabyBjorn is a good choice, the Baby Delight Go With Me is similar, but it has a removable toy bar for those moments when your little one needs a little more stimulation to keep them occupied. Both products fold relatively flat and travel well.
If you're looking for something with a little more versatile, the born free KOVA Baby Bouncer can rock and bounce and comes with a toy bar. Still not stimulating enough? Or your baby is a few months old and you think they need more entertainment? The Fisher-Price - Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Deluxe Bouncer comes with a removable mobile with two hanging toys, vibrations, and over 20 minutes of music and sounds. The Fisher-Price Rocking Bassinet lets little ones fall asleep as the rocking soothes them, and it includes mirror and toy for non-sleepy littles.
The baby bouncers and rockers in this review typically require some level of assembly, with a few exceptions. While you typically only need to assemble these products once, how difficult the process is may be a deciding factor for some parents. None of the options in our lineup are hard to set up, but some have additional steps beyond a few parts to snap together. This factor is something to consider if you generally find product assembly a hassle.
The BabyBjorn Bouncer and the born free each are fully assembled when you unpack them. Both products fold fairly flat for easy storage or travel and you only need to prop them up and into the use position for setup. These bouncers are perfect for anyone looking for a straightforward, low-technology choice or those looking to travel with their bouncer for use at Grandma's or a hotel room. The more involved options include most of the Fisher-Price choices. The Fisher-Price Circus Celeration has the most assembly steps and parts with more than ten parts and six screws. it isn't difficult to assemble but certainly takes more time than those that come ready to use. The Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Rocker and the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer also have more parts and steps than most of the competitors.
Choosing a bouncer that is both entertaining and soothing for an infant doesn't need to be frustrating. With so many versions available, parents might find it challenging to determine if they need a straightforward bouncer or something more stimulating. We have the inside details on each bouncer in this review after hours of in-house testing to help you find the best product for your baby and your needs.
— Wendy Schmitz