Bouncers and Swings
Finding a comfortable, elevated position for your baby during the daytime can be a challenge - somewhere safe where your baby can't roll off or fall out is a must, and with the best will in the world you can’t and won’t want to hold on to them at all times when they’re out of the cot! With this in mind, bouncers and swings are probably one of the most popular buys for first time parents.
The Tippitoes Door Bouncer provides plenty of enjoyment for both baby and parent. It’s easy to assemble and disassemble and fits onto any door frame with spring-loaded clamps. The supportive saddle fits snugly round your baby helping your little one feel secure. Being height-adjustable for different stages of growth (from 3-15 months) means baby can continue to bounce for longer. Parents can also use this product to help baby take their first steps.
Cosatto and Tinylove bring a huge splash of colour to the assortment. One of my favourites is the Bobbin Bouncer Knit Wits. Suitable from birth, this rainbow-coloured seat provides relaxation for sleepy babies and stimulation for playtime. Three recline positions accompanied by mellow music help soothe a tired baby - and hopefully parents too!
Here’s another brightly-coloured seat in our range, lovely in any nursery. Unique adjustable side arches make the Gymini Bouncer far easier to access your baby and puts toys within easy reach. They can be moved to allow for different stages and growth. Baby-activated lights and music provide a complete activity centre for exciting playtime and vibration settings are a must to calm your little one.
This 4 Moms Mamaroo is at the top of the range in any budget but must be the most interactive and contemporary seat at the moment. It’s very different from the usual vibrating motion usually associated with baby seats: five speeds and motions allow baby to be soothed in a swinging movement in exactly the same way you would. It’s suitable for babies from 6 months to approx 1½ years.
A fantastic addition to any nursery is a portable swing, providing a comfy seat and extra entertainment. The Bright Stars Cotton Tale Swing has cosy, sumptuous fabrics and extra cute toys. Featuring time speed technology, the baby’s weight is automatically recognised and swing speed is maintained even as the child grows. The added function of a timer lets you to set the swing for a specific period without having to go back and forth to reset. Definitely a must for any busy household.
If your baby is to enjoy spending time in a swing or bouncer, comfort is a priority. Look for models which provide support for your baby's back and neck to provide optimum comfort. If you intend using your swing or bouncer for more than one child, you’ll need a robust model that stands the test of time. Look for good solid structures, good quality materials and well built frames.
Never leave the baby unattended whilst using their swing or bouncer; always use the safety straps provided, and keep the recline at an appropriate level for your baby’s age. These products are intended for short periods of use only, and should always be used at floor level and not on a raised surface.
Always follow the age/weight guidelines for each product, as all babies will differ in strength and activity. When the child becomes too long, too heavy or wants to have more freedom, the bouncer’s work is done!