Baby bouncers come in many different varieties and price points. At the basic heart of the design is an elevated chair with a strap or a belt of some sort that can be used to secure the infant in the chair. These chairs can be manually operated, by bouncing the chair with your hand or foot, or they can be operated via electrical cord or batteries.
The most simple and therefore the least expensive form of the baby bouncer is the one that is a simple lightweight frame with a fabric cover and a seat belt, with no option for mechanical assistance. The only way the bouncer will move is if the parent or caregiver jiggles it with their hand or foot, or if the movement of the baby itself causes the chair to bounce.
A variation on this and other bouncers is the toy bar, a simple attachment that snaps onto the sides of the seat and has toys for the baby to look at and eventually touch or play with. Most toy bars are removable, which makes getting the baby in and out of the chair easier, but some are permanently attached to the chair. We also offer soft toys.
The next type of bouncer is the kind that runs on batteries. The batteries are less for bouncing and more for vibration. The batteries cause the chair to vibrate, which the baby often enjoys. Many of these seats have multiple levels of intensity for the vibration and also bounce, either from the motion of the baby moving in the chair or from the efforts of a caregiver to move the chair.
The most recent addition to the baby bouncer category is the full mechanical chair that bounces, vibrates or even swings the baby. These are considerably more expensive than the other bouncers on this list.
The price is generally comparable to that of a baby swing, which makes sense as they serve roughly the same function for a baby. There are several different fully mechanized bouncers of this type on the market.
The important thing to remember with all baby bouncers is that they are designed for use with very small babies. Most bouncers have a weight limit that will cause the child to be unable to use it after the age of a year. However, the baby itself is likely to become bored with a bouncer once they are able to sit up on their own, so at about six months.
The kind of baby bouncer chosen is dependent on several factors, the budget of the person buying the bouncer and the intended use of the bouncer being the most prominent. For those who intend to be sitting with the child at all times, a manual bouncer is probably sufficient. For those who wish to replace a baby swing with a bouncer, the fully mechanical chair is advisable.