12 of the best baby bouncer chairs, swings 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 that have been tested by parents.
Baby chairs are comfortable seats to keep your baby content, soothe them and sometimes entertain them. They also give you your hands back.
There're a wide range of baby chairs and types, so we’ve analysed the baby bouncer, rocker and swing market and asked parents what rockers and bouncers they love and have used with their baby.
To give you a more extensive view of each product, most of the seats selected include feedback from our parent testers. This is a great way to know what the rocker, bouncer or swing is really like.
If you're looking for more ways to entertain and soothe your baby, take a look at our best activity mats and baby gyms. For when your baby is not in their bouncer, you can ensure they're playing safely in the best playpens for babies.
Safety note: Your baby should always be strapped in the chair with a harness and the chair must never be placed on a raised surface such as a table.
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Best baby bouncers, swings and rockers at a glance
- Best bouncer for space-saving: Ergobaby 3-in-1 Evolve Bouncer, £189
- Best remote control rocker: Babymoov Swoon Evolution 8, £279.99
- Best bouncer for folding away: Joie Dreamer Baby Bouncer, £75
- Best rocker for evolving with your child: Ingenuity Keep Cozy 3-in-1 Grow with Me, £69.99
- Best rocker and bouncer for newborn comfort: Joie Sansa 2-in-1, £150
- Best value baby bouncer: BabaBing Float Baby Bouncer, £39.99
- BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss, £210
- Best rocker for calming babies: Graco All Ways Soother, £200
- Best rocker for style: Maxi-Cosi Kori, £99.99
- Best rocker for battery-free rocking: Nuna Leaf Grow, £212
- Best for an elevated seat: Babymoov Swoon Air, £139.99
- Best bouncer for added technology: 4moms MamaRoo, £280
What’s the difference between a bouncer, a rocker and a swing chair?
Bouncer chairs are designed to be flexible so that they move (or bounce) slightly when you push down on the chair or when your baby kicks. This is a great way to encourage young babies to move and start using their leg muscles – they love the movement. Bouncers usually come with a toy bar or hanging mobile, which is ideal for keeping your baby entertained. As they often have an upright position, bouncers can also be used as a feeding seat as your child grows.
Rockers are usually quite sturdy and many have a curved or slanted base that allows you to rock the chair manually or using battery-powered motion. They often have different recline positions and rocking speeds. Rockers that run on battery or mains power may also offer white noise, nature sounds or melodies that can be played while the chair is rocking or stationary.
Swing chairs are similar to rockers, but are usually limited to a back and forth swinging motion, rather than rocking from side to side. Swings offer the ability to change the speed and may also feature sounds or nursery rhymes. The soothing swing movement helps to soothe babies, and many parents find it particularly helpful if their babies have colic or are very fretful.
You’ll find that some chairs are now a combination of more than one of the types – which is usually reflected in the price.
What to look for when buying a baby bouncer, rocker or swing chair
What features do you want or need? Baby chairs come in all shapes and sizes; from pared back comfy seat to all-singing and dancing gadgets and chairs that swing in different directions. If you choose a chair that has music, motion or vibration, you'll need to use batteries or buy one that plugs into the mains.
How much space does it take up? Some baby chairs have a seriously large floor space footprint, particularly for big swings and rockers. The bigger the chair, the less portable it will be – so think about which room it’s likely to live in (and potentially dominate). Also, most baby chairs don’t fold away compactly, so we’ve included dimensions for each chair to let you see if it’ll fit your space.
How easy is it to clean? Babies are messy – however much you try to keep them clean. And it means where they sit and lie can get dirty, so check to see how easy the chair is to clean, whether you can remove the material and if it’s machine washable, or if it’s easy to wipe down.
Do you prefer manual or automatic rocking? Some of the chairs, swings and bouncers in our round-up are designed for you to rock manually – or for your baby to activate with their kicks and wriggles, while others will rock and soothe at the touch of a button. Manual rockers tend to take up less space and are more affordable, but if you’re after something that can entertain or relax your baby hands-free, an automatic model might be worth the investment.
Is it height adjustable? Traditionally baby bouncers are designed to be placed on the floor, however there’s now a growing market for elevated baby swings, rockers and chairs – many of which are height adjustable. These are useful for keeping young babies off the ground away from inquisitive pets or excitable toddler siblings, and are also beneficial for keeping your baby at the same height as the rest of the family during meal times, before they are ready for weaning.
When can my baby use a baby chair?
Most bouncers. rockers and swings are suitable from birth and some brands include a newborn insert or headrest for added padding and comfort.
For newborns, one of the main features should be a recline function that allows your baby to lie as flat as possible, as fully upright seats will not be suitable at this stage. "A lie-flat position helps the spine develop in the correct way," says Hannah Spink, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist at Bumble Bee Physio in London. "In a lie-flat position, the hips will naturally turn into external rotation and abduction, which is the point where the hips are contained within the socket. If you force a baby to sit up then you could potentially compromise that position."
If the chair fully reclines to 180 degrees it’s suitable for short daytime naps but shouldn’t be used for overnight sleeping.
How much do I need to spend on a baby bouncer or rocker?
While you can pick up more basic models for under £100 and even some under £50, the majority of the chairs are £100+, with those in the £150-200 price bracket having an extensive range of movement, sound, entertainment and design features.
Here’s our pick of the best baby bouncer, swing and rocker chairs:
1. Ergobaby 3-in-1 Evolve Bouncer, £189
– Best for space-saving
Suitable from: Birth to 13.2kg | Type: Manual bouncer | Dimensions: H56cm x W41.5cm x L84.5cm | Weight: 3.8kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes | Awards: Bronze – Baby bouncer/rocker & swing, MadeForMums Award 2023
If you're looking for something simple and unobtrusive that keeps your baby comfortable and can be easily moved around, check out the Ergobaby Evolve 3-in-1. Available in 7 chic colours (from olive green to blush pink), it has a pared-back design which MFM tester Charlotte was a fan of. “It’s very good quality. The light grey colour fits in with the modern décor in our house,” she said. “We have received compliments on how nice it is from guests.”
Our testers felt one of the Ergobaby Evolve 3-in-1’s main selling points is how light and portable it is – it folds completely flat and fits nicely in the boot, making it easy to take on holiday or for nights away. Our testers loved the easy-to-use, colour-coded step pedal, which provided a hands-free way of changing the reclining position of the bouncer – perfect for when you’ve got a sleepy baby in your arms.
MFM home tester Ellouise rated how comfy and cosy the Ergobaby Evolve was for her baby, adding, “The fabric is very soft and the seat is larger than some other bouncers, so he has a lot of room around him to move his arms and legs about.”
The MFM home testers commented that the price point was high considering the chair doesn’t have a wide range of functions and you need to pay extra for the toy bar. However, they liked the fact that it can be used from birth with the newborn insert, then as a non-bouncer chair up to 13kg (approximately 2 years), which made it better value for money.
Pros: Lightweight, portable, sleek design, choice of colours, soft fabric
Cons: Need to buy toy bar separately, expensive given its simplicity
2. Babymoov Swoon Evolution 8 Swing, £279.99
– Best remote control rocker
Suitable from: Birth to 9kg | Type: Electronic swing | Dimensions: H79cm x W81cm x L65cm | Weight: 10.3kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes | Awards: Gold – Baby bouncer/rocker & swing, MadeForMums Award 2023
When it comes to all-singing, all-dancing baby chairs, it's hard to beat the innovative Babymoov Swoon Evolution, which won Gold for Best baby bouncer, rocker and swing in our MadeForMums Awards 2023.
Offering 360-degree seat rotation, as well as 5 seat positions, it’s a versatile piece of baby kit that is designed to make life easier for parents – especially as it can all be operated using a remote control. You can choose from 8 movements, and programme swing time for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to get on with other things while your baby is safe in their seat.
The detachable play arch with 3 sensory toys is great for keeping your baby entertained, and if you want to soothe or relax your little one there’s a choice of 12 lullabies (with adjustable volume) to gently lull them to sleep.
Our testers loved that the chair was elevated off the floor: “It’s easier on my back and is high enough that our dog isn’t able to get to her,” commented MFM home tester Anna, who tested the Babymoov Swoon Evolution with her 3-month-old baby, Elsie. The premium boucle knit fabric was praised for being “plush” and “cosy,” as well as looking “expensive”.
While there’s no denying this is an investment with a high price tag, our MFM home testers felt it was worth every penny. Anna said, “This is a high-ticket item, even more so when you take into account how long your baby will actually use it. However, now we have it, I don’t know how we lived without. Elsie loves being in it.”
Pros: Packed with features, multiple seat positions, play arch, choice of lullabies, soft fabric
Cons: Expensive, heavy, large footprint
3. Joie Dreamer Baby Bouncer, £75
– Best for folding away
Suitable from: Birth to 9kg (chair 9kg-15kg) | Type: Manual rocker with electronic sounds and vibrations | Dimensions: H72cm x W46cm x D68cm | Weight: 3.59kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
The Joie Baby Dreamer is ultra slim and compact, and it folds up for easy storage. The seat gently rocks and bounces as your baby moves. MFM home tester Charlie, mum of 5, used this bouncer with her son from birth. She said, "The bouncer could be collapsed down flat so we could store it away if not being used and easily take it away with us when went on holiday or to visit friends and family."
It offers 3 reclining positions and 2 adjustable leg rest comfort options, so there should be a position that's comfortable for your baby.
It has 2 speed soothing vibration options with 5 classical lullabies and 5 nature sounds to help calm your baby. Charlie liked "how the buttons for the sounds and other functions were covered by a material flap so were hidden and couldn't be touched by the baby".
This clever bouncer can be easily converted into a stationary seat too. The rotating toy bar includes 2 toys for playtime entertainment and is easily removable.
Another great thing about this bouncer? It's easy to clean, with a removable, washable plush infant body support and seat pad.
To ensure your little one is securely in, there's a SoftTouch 3-point harness with a soft lower buckle cover.
As for design, the Joie Dreamer Baby Bouncer has a variety of options: Petite City, Starry Night, Fern, Flowers Forever and Twinkle. For each style, the toys on the entertainment bar are designed to match.
Pros: Folds up and is easy to store, machine-washable cover, plays music and vibrates
Cons: Not as luxurious as other designs
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4. Ingenuity Keep Cozy 3-in-1 Grow with Me Bounce and Rock Seat, £69.99
– Best rocker for evolving with your child
Suitable from: Birth to 18kg| Type: Manual rocker with electronic vibrations | Dimensions: H53cm x W51cm x D65cm | Weight: 2.58kg| Machine Washable Cover: Yes
As the name suggests, this great-value rocker evolves with your child.
Designed to be used from birth with the snug newborn bolster, it can switch between 3 modes – bouncer, rocker or stationary seat. It comes with a detachable toy bar and plush toy elephant to help your baby work on their hand-eye coordination and grasping during playtime.
When your baby needs soothing, the rocker’s deep comfy seat and 2-position reclining seat back, coupled with calming vibrations, help to calm and relax them. As another plus, both the seat pad and bolster are machine washable.
The soft, neutral design feels like it would blend into any home – an important consideration as this chair is designed to be used from birth up to 3 years as a stationary toddler chair.
While older toddlers may prefer a more upright position, the Ingenuity Keep Cozy definitely provides a snuggly, reclined space of their own for chilled-out story time. For less than £70, it's an affordable option offering great value as far as longevity of use is concerned.
Pros: Can be used with toddlers, machine-washable, toy bar included, vibrates
Cons: Only 2 reclining options
5. Joie Sansa 2in1, £159.99
– Best for newborn comfort
Suitable from: Birth to 13kg | Type: Manual and electronic rocker and vibrations | Dimensions: H71.5cm x W53.5cm x D77.5cm | Weight: 7kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
This multi-purpose baby seat gives the choice of manual or automated movement to rock your child. It also has 3 recline positions, 2 vibration options, 5 songs and 5 white noise/nature sounds. With a good selection of rocking options and speeds – back and forth, side to side or a combination of both – you're likely to find a setting that's just right for your child.
MFM reviewers Iván and Sophie liked how comfortable the Sansa 2in1 was for their 4-month-old daughter Mila: “It comes with an infant insert and head support to ensure the smallest babies are comfortable and safely positioned.”
And for older babies a MFM user added, “The different recline position are great as your baby gets bigger and wants to look around more. It lasted our little girl till she was around 8 months.”
While Iván and Sophie found the Sansa 2in1 a little tricky to assemble and the base quite heavy with a large footprint, the seat can be removed from the base unit for easier transportation. In addition, the chair can be battery or mains powered and the base has built-in speakers that have good sound quality. There's also a decent volume range, making this a great multi-functional rocker.
Pros: Multi-functional, newborn insert
Cons: Tricky to assemble, heavy base
Read our full MadeForMums review of the Joie Sansa 2in1
6. BabaBing Float Baby Bouncer, £39.99
– Best for value
Suitable from: Birth to 9kgs or approx. 6 months | Type: Manual rocker| Dimensions: H77cm x W50cm x D52cm| Weight: 1Kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
This stylish BabaBing bouncer naturally bounces your little one, responding to their movement. The adorable elephant design and soft bounce makes it a fantastic place for your baby to rest and play. It's incredibly lightweight, weighing only 1kg, making it easy to transport and move around your home to wherever you need it.
With its 3-point safety harness, you can rest assured your baby should not be able to fall out. The toy bar included will entertain your baby while they're in their bouncer with cute elephant toys for them to reach up and play with. MFM home tester Tamina, who tested the bouncer with her 9-week-old son Muhammad said her son "liked the bouncer and was settled in it."
This bouncer is also perfect for wooden, laminate or tiled floors with its non-slip base.
Another MFM home tester Margarita used this bouncer with her baby and said, "I can say this was life-saving so many times." She also appreciated that it is "not expensive and quite affordable". MFM home tester Tamina agreed about the value the bouncer offers and said "the quality is good for the price point, it's a sturdy enough bouncer and the look of the bouncer is good."
If you're looking for a bouncer for your little one but don't want to pay a massive amount, this may be a great option for you.
Pros: Good value, overhead toys, lightweight
Cons: Basic design, not as luxurious as other models
7. BabyBjörn Bouncer Bliss, £210
– Best for classic style
Suitable from: Birth to 24 months (bouncer up to 9kg; chair up to 13kg) | Type: Manual bouncer | Dimensions: H89.5cm x W10cm x L39cm | Weight: 2.3kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
If you're looking for something simple and unobtrusive that keeps your baby comfortable and can be easily moved around, check out the Bouncer Bliss. Available in 3 muted colours, it’s unassuming and has a pared-back design which MFM tester Laura was a fan of. “It comes in neutral colours and is sleek and super stylish, so it feels like an elegant piece of furniture,” she said. “Our old bouncer was quite garish and brightly coloured and I used to try and hide it away when it wasn’t in use.”
One of its main selling points is how light and portable it is, so you can easily move it from room to room or take it on holiday. It has a gentle natural rocking motion that is powered by your baby, so no need for batteries or power cords.
MFM home tester Claire liked the fact that it doesn’t take up a lot of space and said: “My baby seems to love it. My son has Down’s Syndrome and low muscle tone, so struggles with head control; this bouncer really supports him and he can bounce it easily by kicking his legs.”
The MFM home testers commented that the price point was high considering the chair doesn’t have a wide range of functions. However, they liked the fact that it can be used as a non-bouncer chair up to 13kg (approximately 2 years), which made it better value for money.
Pros: Lightweight, portable, sleek design
Cons: No toy bar, expensive given its simplicity
8. Graco All Ways Soother, £200
– Best for calming babies
Suitable from: Birth to 9 months (up to 9kg) | Type: Electronic swing and manual rocker | Dimensions: H81cm x W65.2cm x D72.7cm | Weight: 10kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes (cold water)
Graco All Ways Soother is a multi-functional seat with a range of options that are great if your baby gets bored easily or doesn’t like certain swinging modes or directions. The chair features 3 recline positions, 8 swinging options (including 2 directions) and 6 speeds. In terms of entertainment, it has 10 melodies and nature sounds, as well as a hanging mobile with 2 soft toys.
MFM home tester and mum of 3 Louise fell in love with how easily her baby fell asleep in the All Ways Soother. “It’s excellent quality and exceeded my expectations in every way. It is a truly universal product that would suit any baby due to the variety of functions and setting controls available. I enjoy having it as much as my baby does!”
But the base is large and cumbersome, so this seat might be too big for more compact spaces. However, this is addressed by the fact that the seat can be removed to be used as a lightweight standalone baby rocker.
Pros: Multi-functional swinging options
Cons: Large base, expensive
9. Maxi-Cosi Kori, £99.99
– Best for style
Suitable from: Birth to 9 months/9kg | Type: Manual rocker | Dimensions: H48cm x W42.5cm x D72cm | Weight: 2kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
A sturdy rocker that doubles up as a chair, the Kori boasts a modern design with a neutral colour scheme. For parents who dislike bright childlike patterns and colours, this is the ideal seat to blend neatly into the background in most living rooms.
Its premium, pared-back design and supportive build impressed our MFM Awards testers and judges. MFM tester Liz used the Kori with her 5-month-old son and found it is built to last. She said, “The design is beautiful, the colours are sophisticated and the materials are obviously high quality.”
This is a compact rocker that's light and folds flat, making it quick to put away and easy to transport or store. The Kori’s design is minimalistic and so it doesn’t have a toy bar or any other features to entertain your baby. However, where it does stand out is the comfort it provides; the seat is well padded, has a very comfortable 3-point harness for safety and 3 recline positions.
Liz added, “As a seat, this is great. My baby is clearly comfortable and the various reclining positions also make it versatile. As a rocker, however, this product is a bit too sturdy. The rocking motion is very limited, so don’t expect it to offer baby any option of independent rocking.”
MFM home tester Lisa uses the Maxi-Cosi Kori with her baby girl. She agreed that it's hard for her daughter to move herself and needs someone else to rock it for her. But she went on to compliment the newborn insert ,"which is great for when the babies are tiny". Lisa also likes the "catch/button at the back which allows you to adjust how reclined the seat is, which is great as they get older".
Pros: Smart design, easy to store
Cons: Won’t rock independently, no toy bar
Read our full MadeForMums review of the Maxi-Cosi Kori
10. Nuna Leaf Grow, £212
– Best for battery-free rocking
Suitable for: Birth to 12+/60kg | Type: Manual rocker | Dimensions: H47-61cm x W67-71cm x D67-76cm | Weight: 6.8kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
The Leaf Grow is Nuna's update on the very popular Leaf chair. As with the Leaf, the Leaf Grow's main selling points are its stylish design, battery-free rocking movement lasting for 2 minutes and generous weight limit – up to 60kg.
What makes this design stand out is its gentle side-to-side rocking motion and its 3 recline positions, which aim to induce sleep and calm. However, if you want to keep your baby entertained it also comes with a removable toy bar (something you had to pay extra for with the Leaf).
Unlike its predecessor, the Leaf Grow has a removable seat pad with harness, so as your baby grows into a toddler (and beyond) they won't have to sit on top of the harness as they would have using the Leaf.
With no need for batteries or cords, the Leaf Grow's motorless sway gets the thumbs up for how quiet it is. It's also a great choice for eco-conscious parents, with one MFM user, who liked the Leaf Grow for its environmental credentials, commenting, “When I found out conventional bouncy seats are often treated with a load of chemicals I felt a bit overwhelmed. Not only is this chair made with 100% certified organic cotton, it's machine washable and has a robust metal frame.”
Pros: Large weight limit, made with soft cotton, long-lasting battery-free movement, quiet
Cons: Bulky, expensive, large footprint
11. Babymoov Swoon Air, £139.99
– Best for an elevated seat
Suitable from: Birth to 9kg | Type: Static seat | Dimensions: H95cm x W57cm x L72cm | Weight: 6kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
This height-adjustable baby chair impressed our testers with its comfort and convenience, offering a solution to keep your baby at a safe and stable height while allowing them to interact with the rest of the family. You can adjust the height of the chair to 5 positions, which MFM tester and mum of 3 Nyasha said would be "great for parents/carers with mobility issues".
She added, "The adjustable height is very convenient and will make life easier for those who may have trouble bending down to floor level for a conventional bouncer (for example post C-section). By being elevated, it was nice for my son to be at the table with his siblings so he could join in/watch what they were doing."
It's worth noting that this product is more of a static seat, rather than a bouncer. And our testers found the wide star-shaped base meant it was better suited to staying in one place, rather than moving around the house.
Pros: Elevated height, machine washable cover
Cons: Doesn't bounce, not easy to move
12. 4moms MamaRoo, £280
– Best for added technology
Suitable from: Birth to 9kg (or until your baby can sit up unaided) | Type: Electronic swing and bouncer | Dimensions: H86cm x W51cm x L61cm | Weight: 8kg | Machine Washable Cover: Yes
With its futuristic design, the MamaRoo baby swing calms your baby with some pretty cool tech and innovation. It offers a combination of 5 swing movements, designed to mimic natural parent rocking and comforting – the seat swings side to side and gently bounces up and down.
The MamaRoo is also Bluetooth-enabled, which means that you can control the swing motion, speed and even sounds from your phone. And the sounds aren’t just the built-in ones, you can select your own music from your phone or MP3 plug-in – so you and your baby don’t have to keep listening to the same melodies over and over again.
It has a handy recline function where you use the slider mechanism on the back of the seat to adjust it from lying down to more of a seated position. These positions aren’t pre-set so you can choose what’s comfortable for your baby, as MFM reviewer Rachel did. She said, “The ingenious seat adjustment meant I could tip Evelyn back for a snooze and she’d be quite happy for fairly long periods.”
Rachel also found the MamaRoo quick and easy to assemble and to take apart, with its washable zip-off fabric cover. However, while the large footprint makes this chair very stable, it’s not that easy to move around the house unless dismantled.
It’s worth noting that our MFM reviewer did find the volume too low when using the MP3 player function. This was a particular issue when her daughter Evelyn was using the bouncer at high intensity, as the mechanism was quite noisy. Chemica, a MFM home tester agreed that "the sound settings weren't high enough". However, other than that Chemica used the bouncer with her 2-month-old son until he was 6 months and "really loved it".
Pros: Bluetooth or MP3 connection, easy to assemble and take down
Cons: Large size, very expensive, noisy bouncing mechanism
Read our full MadeForMums review of the 4moms MamaRoo
Available from: Argos
How we chose and tested these products
Our 11 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.
When testing and choosing these rockers, bouncers and chairs we considered performance, quality, extra features, longevity, appearance, comfort and value for money.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-11, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don’t just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
Georgina has been a journalist for more than 14 years, working on a wide range of magazines including Family First, Homes & Gardens, Good Homes and Cage & Aviary Birds.
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