Give yourself a break and keep baby comfortable and safe with one of our stylish, ergonomic baby bouncers. Metro Baby’s collection helps you decide on the best bouncer for your baby: whether it’s a basic bouncer, a wooden rocker, or an automatic one.
The best baby bouncers to match your needs, budget and space requirements
As a mum, there are very few moments when you aren’t holding your little one. But because you can’t always rock your baby in your arms, bouncers are the next best thing. They offer you the opportunity to be hands-free, giving your arms a break, as well as the rest of you the time and physical space to do other things, while bub is safe and happy.
Baby bouncers – what you need to know
A baby bouncer can be a parent's best friend, allowing mum or dad the freedom to have a quick breather to go to the bathroom, do some chores, or have a much-needed bite to eat. As babies love constant motion and to be cradled, bouncers are incredibly useful for settling your little one by mimicking these actions. As long as your tiny love has enough playtime, cuddle time and tummy time, bouncers are a fantastic addition to your baby products.
Different types of baby bouncers
All baby bouncers have the same basic design: a bouncer is made of a soft fabric seat which sits on a flexible frame with a multi-point safety harness that keeps bub secure. Different types of baby bouncers include:
● Portable: An easy to transport, foldable bouncer good for travel.
● Automatic: A step up from a basic manual bouncer; automatic bouncers create the bouncing movement for you.
● Activity: Comes with a play bar to help develop motor skills and entertain bub.
● Rocker: Instead of bouncing, a baby rocker looks like a small version of a rocking chair and rocks rather than bounces.
● Baby swing: Mechanically swings your little one in a variety of different motions and directions. Baby swings are generally more bulky and more expensive.
Choosing a Baby Bouncer
There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for a baby bouncer. Here are some questions to ask when choosing.
● Age: Is this bouncer suitable for the age and weight of my baby?
● Features: What features are a must?
● Portability: Will I just need to move the bouncer around the house? Will I need to travel with the bouncer?
● Price: Do I want to invest in a deluxe bouncer or will a simple option suffice?
● Space requirements: Is the bouncer the right size for the space I have? Is it easy to store if need be?
● Adjustability: Can I adjust the bouncer into a different position? If it’s automatic, do I want to be able to adjust the bouncing or rocking motion?
● Ease of cleaning: Are the seat pads machine washable? If not, is it easy to wipe down?
Features to look out for
● Batteries or not: Bouncing can be produced mechanically with batteries or manually by baby or a parent.
● Sturdy: The bouncer needs to be strong with a wide enough base to stay upright so baby bounces safely.
● Washable seat cover: To allow for ease of cleaning.
● Comfortable: Needs to be comfortable for baby to happily sit in.
● All the extras: Do I want bluetooth? A moulded seat? A play bar? An adjustable seat with different recline positions?
● Safety features: Just like a car seat or a high chair, trusted bouncers have a multi-point harness to safely secure your little one.
Baby Bouncers for small spaces
A simple baby bouncer is usually the best choice for a small space. If your designated space is a bit bigger, a baby rocker might work, however you’ll also need to consider if you need the bouncer to be foldable to pack away.
Baby bouncers for newborns
Most baby bouncers are safe for newborns. Always check the manufacturer's instructions for weight and age guidelines of the bouncer. The best bouncer for your new baby will depend on your needs as well as bub’s.
Baby bouncers with all the trimmings
Baby bouncers come with an array of bells and whistles for parents who are after extra trimmings. Here are some of the extra features a bouncer can have:
● Bluetooth enabled so you can play music and lullabies or even audio books.
● Play bars to entertain and stimulate, such as soft toy bars or ones that light-up or play white noise, calming nature sounds or melodies.
● Mechanical bouncers that swing, vibrate or bounce at different speeds and in varying directions.
● Contoured bouncer seats or even one that moulds individually to your baby.
Portable makes things easier
Basic baby bouncers are usually quite lightweight and can be moved around the house easily. For families often on-the-go, a foldable, portable bouncer is also a good option.
Difference between a baby rocker, a baby bouncer, and a baby swing
There are many options out there in deciding on the best baby product for your specific needs. It's always an individual choice that needs to work for your family and is a trusted product that meets the necessary Australian/New Zealand Standard of safety. While all these type of products do similar things, there are some slight differences to decide on in making your choice.
A bouncer is different to a rocker in that it bounces either by bub's own movement or with a gentle motion from a parent. Bouncers are not mechanical and are usually more affordable than mechanically powered alternatives.
A baby rocker is powered either mechanically or manually and comes in the form of a small cradle or looks like a reclined baby rocking seat. There are also toddler rockers which are suited from infant age and weight up to 18 kg.
A baby swing is powered mechanically and offer various features. Baby swings can swing in various directions, some have vibrations and glider functionality, as well as mobiles. Baby swings are usually the most expensive option.
Always check your baby products' age and weight suitability.
Brands leading the market, like the BabyBjorn bouncer, and more
Metro Baby's range of trusted bouncers include bestseller bouncers like the BabyBjorn Bouncer Bliss, Charlie Crane's Levo Baby Rocker and Quax's Rocking Baby Bouncer. All Metro Baby's baby products, including our baby bouncers, are trusted by parents and adhere to Australian and New Zealand safety standards. Other quality brands across a range of product ranges include Babyzen, Janod, VTech, Springfree, Cocoon, Disney, Bumbo, Haakaa, and many more. Popular ranges parents love include baby cots, bassinets, mattresses, sleeping bags and swaddles for your little napper's care and comfort. Other top product picks include prams, baby carriers, car seats, breastfeeding products, bottle warmers, quilts, play mats, backpacks, nappy bags, high chairs, bibs, teethers, interactive play gyms, plush toys, clothing, plus more.
Purchasing online with Metro Baby
Metro Baby is Australia’s trusted online one-stop baby shop offering an extensive range of deluxe and specialty baby products from the most trusted local and international brands. We are careful in selecting the best quality baby products to cater for your little one's many and changing needs and stages of development -- from breastfeeding bub to active trampoline jumper! Our exceptional customer service includes easy checkout, Price Promise and gift cards to fulfil a parent's wishlist. And we conveniently ship to most postcodes Australia wide.
What age should a baby use a bouncer?
A bouncer is typically safe to use for newborns up to about 6 months. As soon as bub grows above the age or weight limit of the bouncer or can sit up on his or her own, it can become dangerous as there is a risk of them being able to topple the bouncer. Please remember a bouncer is not a baby minder. If you have any more questions, please contact us to speak with one of our friendly customer service team members.
Can you put a newborn in a bouncer?
Yes, newborns can safely use a bouncer as long as the product is designed for their age, they are securely fastened, and under constant supervision. A bouncer makes a great item to add to your baby shower gift registry.
Are baby bouncers worth it?
Baby bouncers can be a great help for many parents, giving a much-needed break from constantly holding bub or needing to rock a fussy baby. While many mums may say it’s one of the most important purchases you can make, like a pram or stroller, each family is different in how much they use it and if bub is happy to be in a bouncer.
Can babies sleep in a bouncer?
Babies should not sleep in a bouncer. Babies need to sleep flat, on their backs, on a firm surface so as to prevent their head from falling forward, putting pressure on their chest, which can block their airway. For appropriate baby sleeping products like bassinets, cots and cradles, visit our baby cots section.