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10/08/2014 at 11:00
So it appears to be a bit of a minefield! Do I need a swing for baby or just a bouncer or both? What have others done?
10/08/2014 at 11:13
I never had a swing for numbers two or three, had one for my first but he outgrew it very quickly. Bouncy chair was invaluable though for moving from room to room whilst I did jobs or allowing me two minutes to nip to the loo whilst I knew they were safe.
10/08/2014 at 14:30
We only had a bouncy chair for F and it was worth every penny.
10/08/2014 at 14:43
We bought a swing but L wasn't a big fan so it rarely got used. Although the cat liked it as it was in front of the radiator so she could sleep in it! The bouncy chair got much more use and are generally cheaper so I would go for that, if baby doesn't like it you could sell it and buy a swing instead.
10/08/2014 at 15:07
10/08/2014 at 17:24
We had both but the bouncer was used constantly whereas the swing only occasionally. We had this onehttp://www.kiddicare.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/productdisplay0_10751_-1_151333_10001?_$ja=tsid:49662&cm_mmc=googlemerchantcenter-_-nmppla-_-NULL-_-NULL&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsJyfBRC729Oy5Pf26ekBEiQAYtd9QQSjPvpfHNGVDpkPZ2DYyLvZ9BKaPtR7Reb-JvcqxvcaAsDw8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds but the vibration bit stopped working so I exchanged it for a toddler seat as he was about to outgrow the bouncer. I'm definitely going to buy the sane bouncer for baby number 2 though.
10/08/2014 at 20:02
We had both but if you only want one, then I'd say a bouncer too. S never slept in it but like others have said, it's useful for moving them room to room and keeping them safe if you have to leave them for a few minutes. We had the fisher price woodsy bouncer.
The swing I bought second hand and I'm glad we didn't pay much for it. He would nap in it occasionally but it was a short-lived phase between those and the bumbo I felt as though my living room had more places for S to sit than it did us!
10/08/2014 at 20:21
We had a bouncy chair and used it every day. A would still climb into it at a year to watch tv. We were given a swing by a friend and he hated it!!
Could you borrow one before you make a decision, see which the baby prefers?
10/08/2014 at 21:54
We only had a bouncy chair....more portable, cheaper, takes up less space in a room and is generally not reliant on batteries etc! My SIL had swings for her twins and they'd easily get through 2 packs of batteries in a week!!
10/08/2014 at 22:28
We got a bouncy chair before O was born but then bought a cradle swing when he was a couple of weeks old as he liked to be held and rocked and also had bad reflux so had to be kept quite upright.
The swing was expensive but I purposely bought one with a mains charger for the exact thing coco said, we had already spent a load of cash on rechargeable batteries for everything else baby related! O seemed to like the swing and would dose off in it, plus you could take the seat unit off and use it as a rocker seat which was so handy when he dosed off if I had to take him upstairs I just took him in the seat.
We didn't use the swing all that long though and used the seat part alone much more (we took the bouncer to my parents so he had a seat there). The swing was awesome for those earlyish days but was a big expense for a short time.
We're totally on the fence in terms of whether we'll have another baby but I've sold the swing but kept the chair so I guess that speaks for itself!
11/08/2014 at 22:13
I think we'll get a 2nd hand swing and a new bouncer. That should work.
12/08/2014 at 14:11
I've got a rocker chair which also vibrates. It's good as I can move it around with me. A simple bouncer would have been good too I think. My little lady would probably like a swing but I'm not sure how long we would be able to use it for so haven't bought one.
I think each baby is individual. They all seem to like different things!!!
12/08/2014 at 17:21
We took a massive risk and bought a mamaroo. My brother and sister both raved about it, so we thought it worthwhile. It has been a godsend for us as she will not nap in anything else during the day. She is also happy to sit in it awake for a while, which isn't the case with anything else, really. Since the mamaroo is quite big I recently bought a bouncer chair as well (the fisher price woodsy one) so I could put it on the counter next to me while I do dishes or laundry, or take a shower, etc. both have been invaluable, but while Isla is happy enough in the bouncer next to me for a few minutes at a time, she still needs constant chatting to or else she will cry. In the mamaroo she is chilled out while I get a much needed rest.
12/08/2014 at 21:50
We have a vibrating chair that plays music.. Molly hates the vibrate and the music, both make her cry. But she loves a good sit in it. Shamefully she loves to watch disney junior with all the bright colours so it's our morning ritual that she watches disney channel whilst I sterilise the nights bottles and have a bowl of cereal. I only have the chair as it was a baby shower gift from my mum otherwise I would have been gutted to spend the extra money on the added features and have her hate them, With how fussy babies are I'd buy a regular bouncing chair and see how you get on.
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