View Full Version : Bouncy Seat that actually BOUNCES?
11-21-2006, 06:48 PM
Silly girl that I am, I thought that bouncy seats would actually...I don't know...bounce!
But I'm learning that this isn't exactly the case - some bounce, some vibrate, some rock, and some just sit there.
So what "infant activity seat" do y'all recommend?
11-21-2006, 07:06 PM
Its hard to say because every baby has their preference. :) We had the FP Ocean Wonders bouncer (which vibrates and bounces) and it was fine for us. DD liked the vibration and the bouncing. The Papasan bouncer looks so comfy and cozy for a newborn, but probably would be outgrown earlier than others because it IS so perfect for a newborn. A newborn and a 5 month old have vastly different preferences, KWIM? My parents have the FP Rocking bouncy seat (which does not bounce, but rocks and vibrates) and DD hates it so far.
FWIW though, my DD gave up the bouncy seat by the time she was sitting unassisted, at 5 months. HTH a bit!
Mama to DD 11/05
11-21-2006, 07:15 PM
We had the FP Kick and Play which vibrated and bounced. ILs had the rocker version which never really worked for DS except as a place to stash him for a minute to go to the bathroom.
DS LOVED the Kick and Play. He would really get it going, he loved to kick his legs and the thing really bounced. He also liked the vibrate initially.
mommy to James
11-21-2006, 07:23 PM
Our favorite was the Kick and Play Bouncer. We had two--the Kick and Play and the Aquarium Wonders bouncers. Didn't care for the Aquarium Wonders bouncer as much--the play bar is heavier and for ours, the AW seat was higher off the ground.
11-21-2006, 08:18 PM
I think all of the Fisher Price bouncers seem to get really good reviews with the exception of the *papasan. We have the "Cover n' play" (Link below to give you the general idea + all of the bouncers can be found at this link) which is the most basic bouncer and we love it. We bought it when Connor was born 2 years ago and now we use it for his sister. We also use the Fisher Price rocker for both Connor and the baby and we like it as well, but it doesn't bounce.
*The papasan is NOT a bouncy chair... it doesn't bounce at all!!! And it's tiny, my friends baby outgrew hers at barely 3 months. With the cost, I'd definitely avoid that one!
The bounce part comes from the baby's movement (or yours on the back of it).
11-22-2006, 12:41 AM
>The bounce part comes from the baby's movement (or yours on
>the back of it).
I think what the original poster means is that some bouncers don't seem to have much bounce in them. And I have to agree. I babysit for our neighbors son occasionally and they have a Graco bouncer and it's very "stiff" feeling (doesn't free bounce with baby's kicks and movement). It didn't even bounce a whole lot with me bouncing it with my hands or feet. The FP that we have on the other hand bounces a bit when my god daughter stirs in her sleep and settles her back in and then it bounces quite a bit on it's own (without one of us having to bounce it) when she's kicking and playing around.
11-22-2006, 01:50 AM
Thanks for all the input!
I just found a FP Kick-n-Play for $7 on Craigslist, so I think I'm gonna go with that.
I'm SO loving me some Craigslist these days...although if I don't stop soon, DH is gonna ban me from the computer!
11-22-2006, 08:54 AM
I would go with the FP Kick N Play, especially if you can get it for only $7.00! I bought one for $12.00 at a Mom 2 Mom sale when I was pregnant with DS and he loved it! That was the best $12.00 I have spent on baby items. I bought the Aquarium bouncer for DD and she hates it so I pulled out the Kick N Play and she loves it. So now I am going to post the Aquarium bouncer on Craigslist and see if I can
I also purchased the papasan one and ended up selling that on Craigslist too because DD hated it as well. She needs something that bounces, has lights and sound so the Kick N Play fulfills all of those requirements. I think the papasan would be good for a newborn but that don't stay small long so it doesn't get much use!
11-24-2006, 09:19 AM
We have the kick n play too.
One little trick to add bounciness -- when they're little enough that theres no risk of rolling off, try rolling up a blanket and placing it on the seat and sitting baby on top of it. The higher up on the bouncer you position the baby, the more "bounce" you get!
Both my kids napped this way for the first 3 months of life. We'd swaddle them (which adds to the safety), roll up a blanket on the seat base and sit them on top of it, the tap the crook of the bouncer leg with a foot. It was like magic! :o) Sitting them lower in the bouncer never generated enough movement to soothe them.
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