Sometimes in the world of baby gear, less is definitely way more. These modern, space-saving baby bouncers capture this spirit in a big way. Their sleek designs mean your living room can look less like a mini gymnasium and more like smart, stylish adults live there.
When my first child was born, I splurged on that deluxe set with all the bells and whistles, dangling toys, and musical buttons. My sister, on the other hand, chose a bouncer that was about as big as her diaper bag and folded up to slide under the sofa when not in use. Turns out her baby was just as safe and happy in this mini minimalist bouncer as mine was strapped into a monstrous gym that beeped, squeaked, and rattled.
So, yah, I learned the hard way. But you don’t have to! Here are our favorite baby bouncers that just might save your sanity. And your living room.
Baby Björn has, for a while now, made sleek, space-saving bouncers but now they’ve come out with the even more compact version (also at top) that’s perfect for babies from birth to 6 months old. (After that, they’ve pretty much outgrown bouncy seats anyway.) It has comfortable, washable fabric and two different sitting positions. The best part? Baby’s own movement bounces them, which we think makes them (and us) a lot happier than an endless cycle of musical swinging.
This beautiful wooden rocker from the French company Charlie Crane is one of those pieces you’ll be so sad for your child to grow out of that you’ll hold on to it until grandkids come along. And it’s likely to withstand that test of time. It’s gorgeously made and will fit in with the most sophisticated living spaces — or those that have Cheerios all over the floor too.
This bright red rocker from Bloom is a very cool way to go modern with a bit of edge, although the seat also comes in natural wood too, for those parents who think red is a little too rocker for them. This piece really makes a bold statement, and right now it’s $150 off retail, which is enough of a statement for me.
If you’re drawn to the Coco style but like the idea of something a bit more portable, check out Bloom’s 3-in-1 on-the-go model. This chair has three modes — bouncer, rocker, stationary seat — and is good for babies up to 25 pounds. We love this foldable seat for travel and for stashing away when guests come over. Although, you may want to show it off, it’s that cute.
This simple wooden baby bounce chair folds down flat to slide under a chair or table, so when you don’t need it, you’re not tripping over it. We’ve been big fans of this company’s sleek, space-saving, simple designs for years now… and we plan to be for years to come.
I really try to avoid spending a ton of money on baby gear I’m only going to use for a few months, but this smart bouncy seat is worth a whole paycheck because it grows with my child. You can use it from birth all the way up through the toddler years, which mighty possible make it the best investment second to that college savings program. Plus, it makes a really cute backdrop for your monthly, then yearly, photo snaps.