The Best Baby Bouncers and Rockers

The Best Baby Bouncers and Rockers

Our pick

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

The best baby bouncer

This battery-free, baby-propelled bouncer is durable, portable, and versatile—offering more positional options than any other model we tested. It converts from a bouncer to a chair, accommodating newborns to 2-year-olds, and our testers loved its sleek design.

Buying Options

$196* from Amazon
$200 from BuyBuy Baby
$200 from Target

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

The BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft was more responsive to a baby’s movement than any other bouncer or rocker we tested—and it’s also the most sturdy, versatile, portable, and stylish model. It’s light and it folds flat, so it’s convenient for travel and storage. We love that it can convert into a bouncing toddler chair, supporting kids up to 29 pounds. And though it’s significantly more expensive than most other models we considered, we think this built-to-last bouncer is worth the investment for families who plan to use it with more than one kid or want to sell it once the child has had their fill of bouncing.

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Budget pick

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Inexpensive but functional

Offering features similar to those of models that are many times as expensive, this cheery-looking chair both bounces and vibrates.

Buying Options

$32 from BuyBuy Baby

The compact and lightweight Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer is less responsive to a baby’s movements than our pick, but it offers battery-powered vibrations. (The BabyBjörn bouncer does not.) Though sufficiently sturdy, the Bright Starts bouncer’s thin metal legs make it feel flimsy compared with the BabyBjörn model. And though the seat will hold a kid weighing up to about 20 pounds, it doesn’t have a dedicated toddler mode. However, at a fraction of the cost of the BabyBjörn bouncer, the Bright Starts bouncer is a solid budget option.

Also great

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Accommodates up to 40 pounds

This rocker is a versatile, budget-friendly choice you can use for a long time.

Buying Options

$35 from Walmart

Because of its 40-pound weight limit, the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker has the potential to be useful longer than the BabyBjörn Bouncer, yet it’s closer to the cost of our Bright Starts budget pick. It’s sturdy, and it offers two positions, a vibration mode, and a toy bar with a musical elephant. But this rocker is not as easy for babies to get moving on their own compared with the BabyBjörn, and it’s not as well made.

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Our pick

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft

The best baby bouncer

This battery-free, baby-propelled bouncer is durable, portable, and versatile—offering more positional options than any other model we tested. It converts from a bouncer to a chair, accommodating newborns to 2-year-olds, and our testers loved its sleek design.

Buying Options

$196* from Amazon
$200 from BuyBuy Baby
$200 from Target

*At the time of publishing, the price was $200.

Budget pick

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Bright Starts Playful Pinwheels Bouncer

Inexpensive but functional

Offering features similar to those of models that are many times as expensive, this cheery-looking chair both bounces and vibrates.

Buying Options

$32 from BuyBuy Baby

Also great

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Accommodates up to 40 pounds

This rocker is a versatile, budget-friendly choice you can use for a long time.

Buying Options

$35 from Walmart

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