Best Baby Bouncer of 2021
If functional and adorable are your vibe, then the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Bouncer should definitely make your contender list. We love the cute, soft puppy insert and the lightly cushioned seat on this bouncer. It comes with an engaging mobile and can vibrate and play music or other soothing sounds. This bouncer is budget-friendly compared to the competition, and we think it will fit in with most nursery themes with ease.
This bouncer doesn't get smaller for travel or storing, which might be a problem if you have limited space. During testing, the toys on the mobile got in the way of putting the baby in the seat. Like others in this lineup, this bouncer puts the baby's head in a more forward position, potentially obstructing the airways making it less suitable for long-term use. 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.
The Baby Trend Bouncer EZ is a wallet-loving bouncer with useful features. This bouncer includes a toy arch with two dangling, plush zebras. It also has three vibration settings and a soothing lullaby. We like the soft fabric and the subtle colors that help avoid over-stimulation while soothing. This product offers straightforward assembly with snap-on features and bounces easily with little stimulation or movement.This bouncer's overall quality is only so-so. Ours came with a crooked frame that didn't sit flat when the seat was empty and a floppy pillow that didn't stay in place. The buckle is also really stiff, which is an indicator of cheaper components. While everything is "good enough" and looks nice, it struggled to keep up in a side-by-side comparison to the competition. Overall, for the price, we like this soft bouncer and the motion it provides, and we think that parents who can't afford the similar Fisher-Price product, or those who want to save some money, will appreciate this wallet-friendly bouncing soother that little ones like.
If your budget is ultra-tight, the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer could be the bouncer for you. This bouncer comes with a two toy bar, vibration potential, and self-initiated gentle bouncing. It is a smaller bouncer you might be able to transport across town, and it could be the ticket for those who want an inexpensive bouncer for a shorter time.
This bouncer is on the short side, which could make it a no-go for longer than average babies. It is also not a great 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 to use 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. It is also 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 a toy to reach for, as this bouncer is for natural soothing and the world as mental stimulation. 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 Summer 2-in-1 Bouncer & Rocker Duo is a relatively inexpensive bouncer and rocker combination product that gives you more for your money than a standard bouncer. This option comes with an infant insert, folds flat for storage, has a vibration mode, and has a gentle recline. It is easy to assemble with only the toy bar attachment, and it has a 20 lb weight limit.This dual-use product is a better bouncer than a rocker, with only a short rocking motion that quickly ends. However, it does rock, which is something most of the competing bouncers don't offer. Also, the harness is relatively large considering the weight limit of the product, and it is hard to adjust the straps making it challenging to fit smaller infants. Overall, we appreciate an inexpensive bouncer that also rocks, and we think parents looking for the most product for the lowest amount will appreciate what this bouncer offers.
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 the 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 wants 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 we 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! A machine-washable cover is not typical in this lineup but will be appreciated when your little one spits up, vomits, or experiences a blowout.
This bouncer has a complicated assembly process compared to other contenders. However, it isn't the worst in the group. The harness also doesn't get as tight as we'd like, especially for little infants, but the deeper recline should prevent this from being a safety concern. Overall, we like that this product is on par with the straightforward competition but still has a little interactive play with a reachable toy bar.
The Ingenuity Sampson Vibrating Bouncer has a lot in common with the SnugaPuppy. This bouncer includes a padded seat, a removable bar with two plush animals, eleven music and sound options, and vibration. The seat pad is machine washable, something all parents will appreciate.
This bouncer has a deep seat that puts the baby's head somewhat forward, so long-term sleeping should be avoided. It also comes with more parts to assemble than the average bouncer, but it isn't the worst in the group. Once set up, it is up, and you can't make it smaller for travel or storage. Overall, we think this bouncer is a terrific choice with some cute features, it may struggle to run with the big dogs, but it could be the right choice for you if you like the style over the similar competition.
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 infants up to 40 lbs, giving it a longer lifespan than some competition.
The Circus has the most parts to assemble. Plus, a lot is 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 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 in the 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 in this lineup.
Why You Should Trust Us
With over nine years of 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 seven 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 various bouncing products to help parents find the best option for their baby and their needs. With so many similar and intriguing possibilities, it can be tricky to know what to choose. 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 relatively 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 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 Baby Trend Bouncer EX is similar to the Snugapuppy, but it has fewer songs and vibration levels. The Fisher-Price Rocking Bassinet lets little ones fall asleep as the rocking soothes them, and it includes a mirror and toy for non-sleepy littles.
The baby bouncers and rockers in this review require some level of assembly, with a few exceptions. While you typically only need to assemble these products once, how challenging the process could be a deciding factor for some parents who loath setup. None of the options in this lineup are hard to set up, but some have additional steps beyond a few parts to snap together. This metric is something you might consider if you generally find product assembly a chore.
The BabyBjorn Bouncer comes fully assembled. It folds pretty flat for easy storage or travel, and you only need to prop it up and into the use position for setup. This bouncer is 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 Summer-Infant also folds flat and only has a toy bar to attach to the main bouncer to complete assembly. It is also a rocker and bouncer in one, filling two potential needs with a single product. The more involved products include the Fisher-Price choices. The Fisher-Price Circus Celebration has the most assembly steps and parts with more than ten parts and six screws. It isn't tricky 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 competitors. The Baby Trend Bouncer comes mostly assembled with a few snap-on parts and instructions telling you to double-check the pre-assembled components for any screws that need tightening.
Finding the right bouncer that is entertaining and soothing shouldn't have to be fatiguing. You may find it challenging to determine if you need a straightforward bouncer or something more stimulating. With so many potential bouncers on the market, it can be difficult to make a side-by-side comparison without buying them all. Lucky for you, we did! We have insider information on each bouncer in this review after hours of hands-on testing. Our detailed information can help you determine which option is right for your needs and your baby's personality.
— Wendy Schmitz