Different Types of Bouncy Chairs for Babies

When you’re choosing furniture for a baby, safety and comfort are paramount. You’ll want something that soothes them while also keeping them happy. The different types of bouncy chairs you’ll find offer a lot of options for the little ones in your life.

Join us for an in-depth look at these types of chairs for infants. We will explore the available types and what you should look for when the time comes to purchase one.

What’s a Baby Bouncer Chair?

Babies can be a handful for parents, which is why anything that keeps them safe and occupied is precious. You’ll come across different types of furniture for infants, such as rockers, bouncy chairs, and jumpers.

Bouncy chairs are a great option because they have a simple and effective design. They have a metal frame, covered by a padded exterior where the baby lays. With each movement of the child, the chair will bounce or wiggle.

This motion is very similar to the motion children feel when they were still inside the womb, which is comforting to them. You can rest assured that your child is safe in one of these chairs, so you can take some time for yourself.

Any parent with an infant will know that finding free time is very precious, which is why bouncy chairs have become so popular today. In comparison to other types of infant’s furniture, baby jumpers only move up and down, while swings move the baby back and forth.

Bouncers are perhaps the most natural of these three, but all of them serve the same purpose. Let’s find out what types of bouncers you’ll encounter in your shopping experience.

The 2 Types of Baby Bouncer Chairs

Bouncy chairs come in two distinct forms. They have a significant number of differences between them, to serve a variety of needs for you and your child. Let’s take a look:

Basic Bouncy Chairs

Standard bouncy chairs remove all of the special features or added trinkets and provide a basic experience for your infant. The bouncing and wiggle motions will be present, but otherwise, the chair is fairly simple.

These types of chairs focus on the bouncing feature above all else. They allow the baby to enjoy the typical bouncing motions without much effort. 

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This type of bouncy chair is also portable. They can be packed up and moved around or taken with you.

The only real downside to these is a lack of unique features. Otherwise, they are a great fit for your basic needs.

Activity Bouncer Chairs

Basic versions of bouncy chairs present a problem in the long run: what happens if your baby gets bored? They can only do much bouncing before they’ll want something else to catch their attention.

This is where an activity bouncer can be a great fit. These bouncy chairs have all kinds of extra features on them. From dangling toys to mobiles, to vibration and even music, these chairs do a lot.

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They’re great for keeping infants entertained, but they can be less bouncy than other options, mostly due to the added weight of the extra features. This also makes them less portable as they can’t fold with all those extra pieces.

Those extra features will also bring the price up, so keep this in mind as you explore your options.

How to Choose the Perfect Bouncy Chair

When you’re looking for a bouncy chair, you should consider several factors, chief of which is your baby’s preferences. If your child likes to have a lot of stimulation in the form of toys or music, then an active bouncer could be the perfect fit.

While rockers are great for helping infants sleep, they can be expensive. Bouncers are less expensive, take up less space, and have a lot more portability than rockers.

Here are some features to consider when you’re looking around:

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Overall Portability

Depending on the type of bouncer you’re looking for, you may want something that is easy to pick up and move. The most portable bouncy chairs conveniently fold down to go with you.

These types of chairs are not intended for long-term sleep, so being able to take the chair with you is ideal.

How Easy is it to Wash?

Babies tend to make messes, and that’s perfectly normal. What’s important is your ability to clean up their area quickly. The best bouncy chairs offer machine washable covers that can be removed.

There are also waterproof fabrics that can be cleaned by hand.

Does It Have Sound or Motion Settings?

If your baby is interested in sounds or music, it’s nice to have a few options. This will allow you to change the settings based on your baby’s interests. The same goes for vibration or motion settings.

Some of the higher-end chairs also allow you to play music from your phone or computer, which is an excellent option.

Power Options

Some active bouncers are powered by electricity. This gives you the option for batteries or a plug. Batteries will run out very quickly, so it’s better to choose something that you can plug into the wall.

Seat Angles

The option to adjust the angle of your seat is very important. As your baby gets older, they will prefer to sit up more. If you can adjust the angle to allow them to sit upright, it gives you longevity so you can use the bouncer longer as your baby grows up.

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Bouncy Chairs for Babies

The different types of bouncy chairs on the market give you tons of flexibility in their features. Whether you want something that’s portable, or you need a chair that can keep your infant entertained, the options are there.

A bouncy chair is a perfect way to keep your child safe and happy so you can find time for all the other responsibilities in your life.

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