BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft Review

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We like

  • Has three stages of reclining that change as your child grows
  • Helps develop motor skills that will help your baby develop properly
  • Easy to clean and maintain with almost zero effort
  • Transitions from a bouncer into a seat for when your child becomes a toddler
  • Developed with pediatricians to ensure proper support
  • Comes with a harness that helps keep your baby safe while they are enjoying the bouncer
We don’t like

The bouncer may be out of the budget for some parents

How it works

The makers at BabyBjorn created a bouncer that works on the weight and movement of your child. The bouncer is designed to grow with your child into their toddler years. The bouncer is constructed on the most simple level, however, it does have several benefits that your child will grow from as they continue to use the bouncer. While your child is using the bouncer, it is also a great time for you as the parent to get things done while your child is entertaining themself, so it becomes a tool in your child getting to know themself and their abilities. With no assembly required and no batteries to make the bouncer move or work, the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance is a product worth considering as it will give you many years of use.

 

Design

Design

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance has a very simple very ergonomic design that helps your child move while you are close by. The bouncer is simply a U-shaped metal frame that is covered by a layer of fabric. There is no back to it, so your child rests in an almost zero gravity type of state that gives them the ability to use their own weight to rock the bouncer.

For infants up to eighteen months old, there is a harness on the bouncer that keeps your child from slipping out of the bouncer and on to the floor. The harness is simple to use and does not have a lot of buckles or straps so you can get your child into and out of the harness with ease.

The bouncer also comes with three different reclining positions for your child depending on their age and weight. The bouncer can be reclined for younger babies and then eventually moved up and forward for older babies and toddlers.

When your child reaches the age of eighteen months, the bouncer can become a toddler seat where they can sit and play or read without the harness and with the ability to get themself in and out of the chair on their own.
Safety

Safety

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance makes safety one of its top priorities. The bouncer comes with a harness that straps your baby in around their waist. Your baby can slip into the harness and put their legs through the leg holes of the harness so that the harness fully supports them around their pelvis. On either side of the harness is a button-like clip that slips into the opening on the harness securing it to the bouncer. The harness has two different settings so that you can keep the harness at two different levels of tightness.

The bouncer also comes with different kinds of fabric, one of the fabrics being mesh. If you choose to get the mesh cover it will give your baby more breathability when they are in the bouncer, however, the solid material works just as well and is just as safe for your baby.
Cleaning the Bouncer

Cleaning the Bouncer

Cleaning the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance is super easy to do. The cover of the bouncer is removable. At the bottom of the bouncer, the cover is connected to the metal frame with two strings attached to two clips. Unclip the strings and then you can easily pull the cover off of the metal frame. The cover can then be put into the washing machine. It can either be washed separately or with your other clothes. It is recommended that you air dry the cover when it is done being cleaned so that the fabric does not get damaged or the size of the fabric does not shrink or change size.

If you do not want to take the cover off, the fabric can be spot cleaned for smaller spills or leaks. Take a warm paper towel with soap or a household cleaning wipe and gently wipe down the fabric until the spill is gone.
Reclining the Bouncer

Reclining the Bouncer

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance can be put into four different levels. The first level is having the bouncer completed folded up and closed. This is where your child is not in the bouncer and you can store the bouncer in a closet under or behind furniture or back in its box that comes with a carrying handle.

The next level is fully reclined for when your child is an infant and they still can’t hold up their own heads yet. This position prevents your child from falling forward or having zero support for their neck and head. What little movement your child may have at this point will help to gently rock the bouncer.

The middle level of the reclining feature is when your baby is more mobile and can move and roll on their own as well as keep their own heads upright. In this position the bouncer is reclined enough that your baby can start to bounce and really get the bouncer going. Your child will understand at this point that they are the ones who make the bouncer bounce, and will, therefore, start developing their motor skills and movement skills.

The last stage of the bouncer is when the bouncer is moved up as far as it can go and the bouncer can then be changed into a toddler seat. In this position, your toddler can then get themself in and out of the chair with ease and still use their body weight to rock themself while they are sitting.
The Toddler Seat

The Toddler Seat

Because the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance grows with your child, it is recommended to turn the bouncer into a toddler seat when your child turns eighteen months old. Parents have found that before eighteen months it was hard for their child to get in and out of the seat on their own. Some parents found that their child did not have the height to be able to get in and out of the chair. When you see that your child is able to work the chair on their own then you can make the bouncer into a chair.

To make the transition from bouncer to seat, first you have to flip over the fabric. When the bouncer is set up for infant to toddler there is the harness that keeps your baby in it so they don’t slip out. Toddlers do not need the harness, so the fabric is turned around to get the harness out of the way. On the bottom of the bouncer where it sits on the floor, the fabric is connected by two straps that are clipped onto the metal frame. All you have to do is unclip the straps and pull the cover off the bouncer from the top. Flip the fabric around so that the harness is now behind the frame, pull the fabric over the frame tight, and then you can resnap the straps back onto the bouncer frame and you are ready to go. With the adjustable reclining feature, make sure the red lever located behind the seat is pushed up to the full upright position so that the chair is not reclined back too far.

Your toddler will now have a place they can sit and rock while they read or play.
Motor Skills

Motor Skills

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance helps your child develop motor skills. When your baby is old enough to roll over and crawl and move around in their crib on their own then is the time to put the bouncer into the second position so that your baby can start to rock themself. When they start engaging their core muscles to move themself back and forth to bounce as fast or as slow as they wish, they will then start engaging their upper body muscles in their chest and arms to really bounce themself forward. Sooner than later their legs will start to kick giving them even more bounce and even more motion. Their entire body is engaged and this becomes great exercise for them and keeps them healthy

Once your baby starts to fully understand their body and how their body works, that knowledge will translate over to when they are playing and moving and grabbing and they will further develop their motor skills into all areas of movement, play, and exercise.
Developed With Doctors

Developed With Doctors

The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance was developed with pediatricians to be the most effective way for your child to exercise and develop during their infant to toddler years. Doctors have also helped in the design of the bouncer so that it gives your child the proper neck, head, and body support while they are in the apparatus. This way, no matter what age your child is when they are using the bouncer, they will always be properly supported and safe.
Gives Mom and Dad a Hand

Gives Mom and Dad a Hand

Many parents are pleased with the BabyBjorn Bouncer because it entertains their child while the parent is busy doing things around the house. Most parents have found that the bouncer is most effective when Mom or Dad needs to take a shower. Many parents put the baby in the bouncer and place it on the bathroom floor while the parent quickly showers. The baby is safely reclined and resting and Mom or Dad can see the baby as they take care of their business. It also has helped parents who are cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, or working from home while the baby is awake. Baby can entertain themself and work on their own development while Mom and Dad can get peace of mind that what they need to get done is getting done in a timely fashion.
Price

Price

The BabyBjorn Bouncer is not inexpensive. It has a high price tag, and when researched, has one of the highest price tags on the market for bouncers. If this is something that can fit into your budget, it is worth researching because it is something that you can have for years as it will last you about two years. If you are planning on having multiple children, you will get several years of use out of it, which may make it an investment for you and, therefore, the price tag won’t seem too high for you. Even if you only use the bouncer for one child, after the two years of use, it is still a good investment. It is easy to clean and comes in the box already assembled on top of other great perks that help your child grow and develop, so it is something that should be considered if you are looking for a bouncer.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The BabyBjorn Bouncer is a great buy for any parent who is looking for a bouncer that does more than just rock their child to sleep. The BabyBjorn Bouncer also helps your child develop the motor skills and muscle groups necessary to fully play and develop further. The development that your child will experience will help them when they crawl and begin to walk. Your child will be able to grip better and play with more range of motion. The bouncer also is a place where your child can just have fun bouncing themselves and then relaxing and maybe even taking a nap. A bouncer is a great place for parents to place their child while they are doing other things around the house even if they are in the same room as their child, and their child can entertain themselves and be safe while Mom or Dad gets things done like laundry and cleaning. The BabyBjorn Bouncer is a great buy for parents who can fit it into their budget and should be considered by all parents who are looking for a fun and safe way for their child to be entertained.
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