Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf review

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
User rating
£130.00 RRP
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In a nutshell

An innovative and well built baby bouncer, but it's not great for moving from room to room
Ease of use
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Ease of cleaning
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Design
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Durability
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Worth the money
3.5 out of 5 rating 3.5
Pros: Smooth side to side gliding motion, can be locked into a stationary position, good chunky safety harness, unique styling, removable and washable cushioned insert, solidly built
Cons: Heavy, not very portable, nowhere to attach toys, can't adjust reclining position, high price point
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Looking like something you’d see aboard the Starship Enterprise, the latest baby furniture offering from Mamas & Papas, the new Nuna Leaf, is an on-trend and chic rockers unlike any other I’ve seen before. Its leaf-shaped seat is well padded and the chunky three-pronged base adds to the rocker’s durable quality as well as its retro-futuristic vibe.

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The Nuna Leaf has been designed to both complement the existing Mamas and Papas Nuna range, including the Nuna buggy and Nuna highchair, and to fill a gap in the existing bouncers and rockers market for a stylish and upmarket product.

The Nuna Leaf is available in three colours – Birch, Meadow, Dawn – and works on a sideways pivot motion, unlike other bouncer chairs that rock up and down, back and forth. It also doesn’t require batteries. One push starts the Nuna Leaf moving from side to side for a period of two minutes unaided, and the gentle rocking action helped to soothe, relax and hold my 3-month-old, Nathaniel. However, at £130 it may not be making its way into all households.

What we love

The metallic base and oval-shaped seat easily clicked together with minimal fuss and I immediately loved the snazzy and up-to-date design of the Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf. The gliding, side-to-side rocking action was a big hit with Nathaniel, who often feels constricted in baby bouncers or rockers.

With nearly 30 years of making nursery furniture and toys, Mamas & Papas is obviously keen to make its products as safe as possible, and the smart, thick safety harness comes with Velcro pad fastenings that are much easier and less fiddly to adjust than a click harness.

If you have relatives coming around to admire your new baby, like we had, space is often at a premium in your living room, so with one click of the motion-lock lever on the side, the rocking action is halted.

As Nathaniel often possets, I was pleased to find out the padded seat cover is machine washable at 40 degrees and the rest of the seat can be sponge cleaned with warm water.

What to watch out for

Unpacking the Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf, I was surprised by the weight of the trident-style base and when it was assembled it was very difficult to move across the floor, unlike my normal bouncer.

One thing to note is that you need to use the motion lock if you want to pick up the Nuna Leaf and move it, otherwise the seat will bash your walls and doors.

The Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf also doesn’t recline, so is only suitable until your child can sit unaided, but it was just the right height for Nathaniel to see the comings and goings in our living room or take a short, comfy nap.

While Nathaniel isn’t very interested in toys and prefers to look at a light switch or some other feat of engineering, I did notice that the rocker doesn’t come with a bar for toys and there isn’t one sold separately, which might put off some parents.

Who is the Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf best for?

Parents who like unique styling and aren’t afraid to pay for it.

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MadeForMums verdict

The Mamas & Papas Nuna Leaf is a stylish, ingenious and unique piece of baby gear that you almost wished came in matching adult-size. However, as rocker and bouncers of this kind are only suitable up until 6 months, your baby won’t use it for very long, making the price tag a little eye-watering.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Mamas & Papas
Model Nuna Leaf
Price £130.00

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Up to 6 months

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions H:45cm W:71cm D:72cm

Features

Washing instructions Machine washable and wipe clean
Features
  • Side to side rocking motion for two minutes
  • Lockable stationary position
  • Seat and base can be separated to store

Accessories

Toys/Toy bar included No
Head hugger No