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Buying the right bouncer seat

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The lowdown on bouncer seats
A bouncer seat (or bouncy seat) is a versatile, relatively inexpensive piece of baby equipment that your baby can use from day one. It’s especially helpful in the early days as a safe place to lay your newborn while you grab a bite to eat or take a shower – just bring the lightweight seat into the bathroom.

At first your baby will recline semi-upright, happy to stare up at you or the attached toys. Later, the bouncer will respond to your little one’s kicks with a springy up-and-down motion, satisfying your child’s desire for movement, like the ones right here. It can also have a calming and relaxing effect, perhaps lulling your baby to sleep.

You can choose between a simple model that moves when your baby does or models that vibrate, play music, move baby around, hold electronics within baby’s view, and fold flat for storage and/or travel. Some are made from natural materials like wood; others of plastic or metal.

Many bouncers can only be used for a baby’s first 6 months, up until he weighs 25 pounds or can sit up independently (which usually happens between 4 and 7 months). But some models can be used for children up to 30 pounds, while some have weight limits so high that even small adults can sit in them – at least one model holds up to 130 pounds.

Some parents choose either a bouncer or a baby swing to hold and soothe their baby in the early months, rather than investing in both products. That can work fine, especially if you’re trying to avoid having your home taken over by baby gear. If your baby loves constant motion, both products will come in handy. Bouncers are lighter, typically less expensive, and easier to move from room to room than baby swings, but they don’t offer as much movement or the dramatic side-to-side or back-and-forth swinging that some tots love.