10 of the best baby bouncer chairs and rockers

Baby bouncer chairs and rockers are a great way for new mums to get some hands-free time, here's our pick of the best...

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  • Baby bouncer chairs and rockers: What are they?

    Buying a baby bouncer or rocker is a good investment - you get some hands-free time and your baby is entertained (hopefully).

    There are many different bouncy chairs that offer various features and benefits, some have recline positions and most come with a mobile or toy bar to keep little ones entertained. 

    Price-wise, you're likely to find a chair to suit any budget; from the top of the range all singing, all dancing models to the most basic of chairs, (probably like you had as a baby.)

    Remember the 2-hour rule

    So what types of baby chairs are there? 

    • Rockers are usually suitable from birth until about 6 months and have slanted bases so that you can rock your baby gently.  The rocking motion can help to soothe some babies, and most rockers enable you to just give it a nudge with your toe to set it moving.
    • Bouncers - or bouncy chairs - can sit newborns and babies until they can sit upright, which is usually about 6 months.  They are flexible enough to move slightly when you push down or when your baby kicks as she gets older.  Bouncers usually have a toy bar, ideal for keeping your baby entertained while you get things done.  And they can come in handy as a feeding seat for when you begin weaning.
    • Swings are ideal if your baby will only settle when she’s being rocked or walked back and forth.  Usually suitable from birth, this type of chair can normally be used until your child is about 6-months-old.

     Now read our our top picks of baby bouncer chairs and rockers...

  • 1. Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer Under the Sea, £59.99, MFM Gold Award Winner

    Age suitable for: Birth - 8 months 

    This gold award-winning multi-stage bouncer can be used from newborn to 8 months, and is packed with fun features, including baby-activated lights and music with a stand-alone crab toy which promotes independent play.

    The semi-upright position and adjustable arches help babies explore their surroundings, while the colourful bouncer has two recline positions, and can be used for feeding once you’re into the weaning stage.

    It's worth remembering that when using baby rockers, baby swings or baby bouncers, that babies shouldn't sit in them for too long.  The standard safety recommendation for babies to be in any seated position is no longer than 2 hours

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer Under the Sea:

    “Bright, colourful and lots of fun for baby.” Mum of 1, Rachel

    “Love the light up crab, great colours on the chair.” Mum of 1, Meena

    Buy the Tiny Love Gymini from Argos, Kiddicare, and Precious Little One.

  • 2. BabaBing LoBo2, £49.99

    Age suitable for: Birth - 9 months 

    The cute, simple design of the BabaBing LoBo2 has all you need to safely soothe and calm your baby, from a two-position recline and 5-point harness, to its smooth rocking motion and soft, plush fabrics.

    Suitable from newborn, the fabrics are fully machine washable, and it looks pretty swish too.

    Read our full review of the BabaBing LoBo2 here.

    Buy the BabaBing LoBo2 from BabaBing and Amazon.

  • 3. Chicco Hoopla Bouncer, £45.99

    Age suitable for: Birth - 8 months 

    With its well padded seat, adjustable headrest and cute design, it’s no wonder our reviewer called this seat the “Rolls Royce of baby rockers”.

    Our mum reviewer Sybilla said she “loves the fact that it rocks gently on its non-slip feet” and highlighted the easy four-position recline and comfy headrest.

    The Chicco Hoopla is suitable from newborn to 9kg.

    Read our full review of the Chicco Hoopla here.

    Buy the Chicco Hoopla from Kiddicare and Argos.

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  • 4. Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Comfort Curve Bouncer, £34.99

    Age suitable for: Birth - 9 months 

    A great value bouncer with enough entertainment to keep your little one amused and a soothing vibrating mode for when you junior needs a nap.

    Our reviewer rated the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer as one of those 'can't live without' bits of baby kit.

    With an activity bar with two soft toys, you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck with this chair.

    Easy to take apart, with a machine-washable seat pad, this bouncer can soothe and amuse which leaves your own hands free.

    Read the full review of the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer.

    Buy the Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer from Toys R Us, and Amazon.

  • 5. iCandy MiChair Newborn Pod rocker, £155

    Age suitable for: Birth - 9 months 

    It’s no surprise that when luxury British brand iCandy decided to produce a rocker cum highchair, it would be super sleek and beautifully designed.

    The iCandy Newborn Pod can be used on its own, as a standalone rocker, or it can dock onto the brand’s new MiChair highchair (£240) to bring your little one up to parent height for feeding.

    The iCandy Pod folds flat for easy storage and comes with removable, machine washable liners, a toy bar, and has two lockable height positions. 

    Buy the iCandy MiChair Newborn Pod from Precious Little One, and John Lewis.

  • 6. Nuna Leaf Rocker, £160

    Age suitable for: Birth - around 4 years, but tested up to 60kg

    For the design-conscious out there, the beautiful Nuna Leaf rocker combines style with functionality – and has some great features, like the fact it can be used from newborn to 60kg.

    So it has a really long lifespan and even big brothers and sisters can use the chair when it’s not soothing baby.

    Nuna has also brought out a motorised device – the Wind – which is a gadget that rocks the Leaf chair gently from side to side.

    Read our full review of the Nuna Leaf rocker chair.

    Buy the Nuna Leaf rocker from John Lewis, and Mothercare.

  • 7. Baby Bjorn Balance Soft Bouncer, £129.99

    Age suitable for: Birth - 2 years

    A simple yet stylish baby bouncer that does what it says on the tin. There are no fancy music, connections or vibrating modes with this chair but mums have been a big fan of the Baby Bjorn Balance for many years.

    The upright position means that baby can see the world in front of him or her and the chair is rocked either by you or by the action of your baby. 

    The ergonomic design of the bouncer gives your baby proper head and back support from their newborn days until they are around two years old and you can buy a removable toy bar (£31.99) to give just a little extra entertainment.

    Read the full review of the Baby Bjorn Balance here.

    Buy the Baby Bjorn Balance bouncer from John Lewis, Uber Kids, and from Baby Bjorn.

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  • 8. Bloom Coco Baby Lounger, £160

    Age suitable for: Birth - 2 years

    A super stylish baby chair and rocker that will add a touch of chic to your house, the Bloom Coco baby lounger has a smooth, self-rocking motion to naturally soothe your baby.

    The curved, wooden base - which comes in cappuccino, natural wood, or white - is lined with soft leatherette or cotton fabrics and a 5-point padded safety harness keeps your little one safely in place.

    Our tester loved the simplicity of this baby chair and so did her little one. She also highlighted the attention to detail, which is outstanding - for example, the underside of the Coco has non-slip strips baby will stay put and your floor won’t suffer any damage either.

    Read the full review of the Bloom Coco baby lounger

    Buy the Bloom Coco Baby Lounger from Pramworld, and Amazon.

  • 9. Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper, £79.99

    Age suitable for: Birth - 2 years

    With three positions, including fully reclined with sides that raise up to create a bassinet, a removable baby-activated mobile, soft toys and music box with nine different tunes the Tiny Love 3-in-1 rocker is packed with features.

    Our reviewer liked the fact that it sits high off the ground and was a big fan of the volume control on the music box.

    This is a spacious chair, with plenty of room to grow in, and it can be used to 9kg in the fully reclined position, or up to 18kg as a seat.

    Unlike some other chairs it doesn't have a huge frame, so it's a hit for its space saving design an the mobile and flashing lights were an instant hit with our four month old tester.

    Read the full East Coast Nursery Tiny Love 3-in-1 rocker napper review here

    Buy the Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper from Toys R Us, and Smyths Toys.

  • 10. Stokke Steps Bouncer, £149

    Age suitable for: Birth - 9 months 

    As we've come to expect from Stokke, the brand is always thinking about the evolution of family life and with its Steps Bouncer, the seat can be used for the different stages of baby life.

    Used on its own on the floor, the bouncer is ready to go from newborn, with soft, machine-washable fabrics and a removable newborn insert. The detachable toy bar helps with the entertainment factor, while the wide, sturdy base is super stable.

    The bouncer (which folds flat for easy storage) can also be attached to the Stokke Steps highchair (£169) to bring your baby up higher for feeding and interacting.

    Buy the Stokke Steps Bouncer direct from Stokke, or from Mothercare.

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Last updated on 5 May 2017

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