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The Best Baby Bouncers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about baby gear before — including the best swaddles, products for getting babies to sleep, strollers, and baby monitors — here we’ve rounded up the best baby bouncers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated baby bouncer

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, Geo Diamonds

Reviewers rave about this product’s versatility, which allows the rocker to be used as their child grows up, from baby to toddler. “This review is given almost two years after purchase,” writes one parent. “Product was bought at the birth of my first baby. She had jaundice and we needed to expose her to UV radiation for several hours a day with a biliblanket (basically a blanket that emits UV light). We basically laid the biliblanket in the rocker in bassinet mode … Eventually, we transitioned to rocking mode as a rocker/bouncer that could contain the little one while grown-ups got things done. As a toddler rocker, it’s my toddler’s favorite chair to sit in while she watches her shows. It was easy to put together, light, easy to transport, and easy to clean.”

The rocker itself is also easy to adjust, writes another satisfied customer. “You actually get four different head elevations because you can release the bar at the bottom and you can adjust the top of the seat as well … This is especially accommodating for my reflux-y baby who is almost 3 months old. This is the one place he will sit (other than mom’s or dad’s arms) after a feeding without fussing.” Reviewers were also impressed with the quality of this bouncer, and many found that their little ones enjoyed it enough to allow parents to take a few minutes for themselves. One woman said, “This has made life as a new mom so much easier! I take this wherever I go in the house, and my baby really seems to love it. One of the best uses is that I can put her in it in the bathroom while I shower, so she can be close by and I don’t have to give up on my hygiene. Seemed impossible with a newborn.”

Best-rated (less expensive) baby bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Many reviewers bought this piece as an inexpensive second bouncer for travel or for day care, but were then blown away by the quality. “This thing is super cheap,” writes one parent. “I thought the toy attachments were cheap and useless. My baby LOVES this stupid thing. It is the most used baby item I bought.” Another reports a similar experience with her daughter, explaining, “I bought this as a cheap option to have at our 4-month-old daughter’s caregiver’s house. She has a more expensive one and prefers this one over it. I actually ended up buying another one to have at home.” Parents also appreciate that the lightweight design is easy to move around, as well. “Babies who don’t care to lie flat will love this product, and I love it because I can actually take my baby around the house and get things done,” says one. “It’s lightweight and easy to move from place to place. My baby seems quite comfortable in it, especially with the subtle vibration turned on. Naps are frequent. The color isn’t too bad either. Looks kind of retro.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of baby bouncer you might be looking for.

Best baby bouncer for newborns

Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker, Rainforest

This bouncer is similar to the Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, but with a low-profile frame and a setting that provides head support that’s ideal for newborns, according to dozens of reviewers. “Worked like an absolute charm getting our newborn son to sleep,” writes one parent. “Very solid construction and adjustable to grow with the child; this rocker offers great stability and safety, while providing an opportunity for us to eat or get things done around the house.” Another reviewer explains, “This rocker is great for the price. Baby loves vibration. Easy to rock with my foot if I’m doing something else like folding. The incline is absolutely perfect for a newborn. Can’t guarantee every baby will love it immediately, but at least when they get adjusted to being in this new world they’ll have a place to sit.”

Best baby bouncer with music

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny

Though the cute bunny ears above the pillow and supersoft seat on this deluxe bouncer are highlighted in dozens of reviews, what reviewers rave about most are its sound effects. One said: “During her first 2 months of life, my baby simply loved this bouncer! It was the best way to soothe her, especially if we combined the bird sounds and the lullabies.” The volume is adjustable, which reviewers appreciated. “The music actually sounds good, and I love the volume feature because when he’s fussy I can turn it up loud enough so that he can actually still hear it to be soothed, but when he is in sleepy mode it can be just loud enough to barely hear,” one parent explained. “It is cozy enough to really support and cradle a newborn well, with plenty of room to grow. The music and sounds are quiet and soothing, not at all annoying like some other products can be,” notes one reviewer. “Your babe looks too stinkin’ cute with the bunny ears behind his head.”

Best baby bouncer with toys

Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer, Luminosity

According to one reviewer, this baby bouncer “has just enough bounce, vibration effect is soothing, our baby LOVES the colorful, rattling toy bar.” And several other comments remarked on the quality of the toy bar, especially in the muted color palette. “This bouncer is pleasing to the eyes, the colors are fantastic, bright and neutral,” writes a reviewer. “I think the new baby will be pleased with everything about it and the toys will hold his attention when the vibration feature doesn’t make him fall asleep.” Those neutral colors are described by one reviewer as ‘“subtle and not too loud.” And because “it’s a much smaller footprint than most bouncers out there, very convenient,” said one reviewer. It’s a high-quality, simple option that gets the job done, and as another reviewer noted, it’s “easy to assemble. My 12-year-old assembled it by himself.”

Best baby bouncer with soft toys

Fisher-Price Woodsy Wonders Deluxe Bouncer

Though this deluxe baby bouncer gets top marks for ease of assembly and cleaning, many reviewers picked it for its subtle, neutral color palette. “I love that it’s not covered in bright colors and silly-looking animals, one of the few baby items with a pattern that feels okay to leave in the living room,” writes one reviewer. The muted palette is also a plus for parents who worry about overstimulation, one of whom was “happy that the dangling mobile is simple and not too elaborate, so just enough to keep the attention of the baby if needed.” That dangling mobile, made of two soft toys, is another selling point: “This bouncy seat is slightly larger, but my little one loves sitting in it and staring at the fox and raccoon that dangle from the mobile. The fabric is super soft and easy to clean too.”

Best bouncer for gassy babies

Fisher-Price Baby’s Bouncer, Geo Meadow

This bouncer’s ability to instantly bring on a bowel movement for a baby has several reviewers calling this the “poop chair.” One writes, “This thing is magic. Put your gassy or fussy baby down and in no more than five minutes they will be relieved. If you’re a parent you know why this is so phenomenal. When my son is clearly uncomfortable we just sit him in this chair and he poops almost EVERY time. It’s amazing! Beyond being our go-to for going No. 2 (sorry, not sorry) this is a great, lightweight bouncer. Truly a great purchase.” Another very enthusiastic reviewer also called this baby bouncer magic: “My son loved to kick around and bounce in this thing; it helped him poop, he loved the toy bar it came with, and it vibrates. For that price point, it CANNOT be beat!”

Best battery-free baby bouncer

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

“I did NOT want to love this bouncer as much as I do,” writes one reviewer who was initially wary of the price of this BabyBjörn bouncer. “I felt like it was way overpriced for such a minimalist​ bouncy chair, but let me tell you, after three months, this is my favorite piece of baby gear … The ‘bounciness’ is very receptive to baby’s movements and soothes her, much more so than our other more traditional bouncy chair.” And many reviewers agree that this soft bouncer offers babies the right level of bounce. “My once colicky baby is instantly soothed by this bouncer,” writes one reviewer, who adds that though she was worried that it wouldn’t work because it relies solely on her baby’s movement, her baby “started easily (and quickly!) bouncing up and down. She instantly calmed down. This has absolutely been the best purchase for us! Within a few minutes of being in the bouncer she falls asleep, and she is a baby that did not sleep much prior to this. If you have a fussy baby that can only be calmed down by rapid bouncing, BUY this.”

Most stylish baby bouncer

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer

Multiple reviewers appreciate that the design of this bouncer is sleeker than other options, with one even calling it “modern design that isn’t such an eyesore in the home compared to other bouncers.” Another reviewer said, “I really like the chair design. The dots are fun and fascinating for baby, and the colors are nice and muted — not too babyish and not too garish. Just right!” But there are plenty of stories of satisfied babies in the comments, as well: “My baby LOVES this chair. She was very colicky for the first 3.5 months of her life, and we couldn’t put her down in anything, despite the multiple expensive baby rockers we tried. This was the first thing she would ever sit in, and she still loves it at 7 months old. What a lifesaver this has been! … Fussy baby approved.”

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The Best Baby Bouncers on Amazon, According to Reviewers