The Best Baby Bouncers and Swings of 2016

Baby in a bouncerAs a first time mom, when it comes to baby bouncers and swings one of the most common questions is “do we need both? Or one or the other?” And then of course you’d want to know which brands are best. We’re here to help you with both questions (if you just want to find out the top rated bouncers and swings for 2016, scroll down to read the reviews).

In short, you don’t NEED both a swing and bouncer, but it sure is nice to have both.

A baby bouncer is a must have – the swing you can go without but they are a god send for a lot of parents. Think of the bouncer as your ‘put baby down so I can do things and keep bub with me’ and the swing is more like the ‘sooth and rock baby to sleep’.

Baby bouncers

Bouncers are a lot cheaper than swings, they take up much less space, and are usually lighter so they are easier to move around the house as well. They can be your savior when you need to put bub down to do things around the house like have a shower, make dinner and everything else you need your two hands free for! Put the bouncer in whatever room you are in so bub can be right there with you and you can do what you need to do.

Two of the best rated and reviewed baby bouncers:

1. Fisher-Price Infant-To-Toddler Rocker

Fisher price infant toddler rocker

This isn’t technically a bouncer – as the name says it is a rocker but it sure does the job of providing somewhere comfortable for you to put baby down when you need to get things done. It’s quite versatile in that you can adjust the seating position from sitting up to laying down and converts to a rocking chair for toddlers so it will be useful for quite a while. It also has toys, music and vibrations to entertain/sooth baby.  We’ve linked to the ‘bunny’ design, but it also comes in a variety of different prints/colour ways which you can also find on Amazon. This is a really good buy that LOTS of parents and babies love!

2. BABYBJORN Babysitter Balance Organic

Babybjorn babysitter balance reveiw

The BABYBJORN babysitter is on the pricier side for a bouncer and definitely isn’t for everyone – but if you’re eco-conscious and love ergonomic design, this is an excellent bouncer. It doesn’t bounce as easily as other bouncers and doesn’t come with any battery operated vibrations – but it is designed this way to help with your baby’s development of motor skills and balance.

It offers three different positions for sleep, play and rest, folds up for easy transport and the seat and restraint are easy to remove for washing.

Baby swings

While swings are a little more pricey than bouncers and take up more space, they are great for soothing and rocking baby to sleep. These can be an absolute god send when your little one wants to be rocked but you need to be doing other things.

Three of the best rated and reviewed baby swings:

1. Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing

Graco baby swing review

The Graco glider’s motion is designed to mimic that of you cuddling your baby in a glider seat which makes it a very comforting sort of movement. It has six different gliding speeds, two vibration options along with musical options as well.

Not only does it look really nice, the Graco Glider LX is touted as taking up 40% less space than other popular baby swings which makes it very attractive indeed. Mix all of that with a decent price, very few complaints from hundreds of parents who have reviewed it and this is our number one pick of all the baby swings.

Operates on either batteries or AC adapter.

2. Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing with AC Adapter, My Little Lamb

Fisher price cradle swing my little lamb review

While this Fisher-Price baby swing takes up more floor space than the number 1 Graco, it does offer more options for you to find what your baby likes best.

You can adjust the seat to have it swing both side to side and back and forth which is a really nice feature to have, and the seat can also be adjusted to different recline positions. Like the Graco, it also has six different speed settings and has different music and sounds to choose from as well.

Operates on either batteries or AC adapter.

3. Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat

Fisher price space saver swing and seat

As the name suggests, this swing is a space saver! It’s also a bit of a money saver too :-) The seat is on the smaller side compared to the last two full size swings so bub will grow out of it a bit quicker, but it has different speed settings, music and sounds, and the motor is quiet – overall it’s a really good swing for the price you pay.

The only downside is that it doesn’t have an AC adapter which means running it on batteries is the only option.

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