The Top 5 Most Common Questions About Your Baby Bouncer

Rainforest themed baby bouncer with happy baby enjoying the overhead play items.
The Fisher Price Rainforest Baby Bouncer has more than 150 five star reviews on Amazon (4.5 star average).

There are many accessories that parents need for their new baby, and for many a baby bouncer or rocker is at the top of the list. Many parents know that a bouncer can be a great item to have available, but there are a few common questions that arise:

Q: What ages are best for using a bouncer?

A baby can start using a bouncer when they are big enough to hold up their head, most companies recommend waiting until the child is 3 or 4 months old. The child can continue to use the bouncer until they grow out of it; typically that is when they start walking. Once the child is mobile, they will no longer want to stay in one place to play in the bouncer.

Q: Can a baby bouncer cause shaken baby syndrome?

Sometimes when a baby gets in their bouncer, they are so excited that they start jumping around very fast and hard. Parents worry about shaken baby syndrome, but there is nothing to be concerned about because they are not experiencing violent movement in their neck. Bouncers are safe to use, and your child will not suffer shaken baby syndrome by playing in a bouncer.

Q: Which brand of baby bouncer is best?

There are many great brands of baby bouncers, but one of the best is the Fisher Price baby bouncer. Online reviews are very positive for the Fisher Price brand, and many parents have said that they love the features that are included in their bouncers.

Baby Bouncer in earthy colours with overhead "toy bar"
The Fisher-Price Coco Sorbet Comfy Time Bouncer has a five star rating on Amazon.

Q: Can a bouncer move on its own to bounce the child?

Most baby bouncers include a vibration feature or a bouncer feature that allows the child to bounce without a parent moving the bouncer. Some of the bouncers have a spring type of reaction, so that even slight movements of the baby’s arms or legs will bounce the bouncer. Read the detailed description for the bouncer that you are going to buy to be sure that this feature is included.

Q: Should I buy a bouncer or a swing?

If you are trying to decide if a swing or a baby bouncer is better for your child, consider purchasing a combo. There are certain brands that offer detachable parts that can be purposed for both a swing and a floor standing bouncer, which allows multiple uses as your child gets bigger. Buy a combo unit to get the most bang for your buck…and its space saving too!

However, if this is not an option, my own experience is that a baby bouncer or rocker is more useful – for a longer period – than a swing. It also generally takes less space, and is more portable.

NB A baby bouncer is not a jolly jumper or other jumping unit, which is a jumping/bouncing unit that your baby stands/hangs in, usually in a stand-alone own frame or suspended in a door frame, and ‘jumps’ on the floor. These are generally not recommended by experts, for developmental reasons.

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