When we were preparing for Little M’s arrival we knew that we wanted a bouncer chair but I was concerned that most chairs on the market were so brightly coloured and, frankly, garish and I had it in my head that our baby would be over-stimulated leading to all sorts of behaviour problems later on. It should be noted that I have no evidence whatsover for this – call it pregnancy logic! In fact we have recently ordered a very brightly coloured (some might say garish!) play mat and activity gym as we’re not concerned Little M doesn’t have enough stimulation!
Anyway, we visited the Baby Show in London and it was there that we came across the BABYBJÖRN Bouncer. We particularly liked it because it was neutrally coloured (which meant that, in addition to the above, it matched our living room decor!) and, unusually, could be used up until the age of two. Yes, that’s right. Not two months. Two years! Rather cleverly the fabric seat can be turned around once the baby has learned to sit up without help, creating a comfy chair. Genius! The price tag is expensive but this longevity of design makes it seem like better value for money than other bouncer chairs on the market.
The other thing I like about it is that the cover is machine washable at 40º. This proved invaluable when LIttle M vomited all over it the first time I sat her in it. (Note to self: wait a bit longer after a feed next time. This parenting lark is a steep learning curve, isn’t it?!) The fabric is really soft and comfortable and looks as though it supports Little M really well.
The BABYBJÖRN Bouncer is plain, but there is a range of accessories that you can buy, which fix to the bouncer for the baby to play with. (I particularly like this ‘Googly Eyes’ one). Now that Little M is becoming more alert and prepared to sit in the bouncer for more than two minutes at a time, we’ll probably invest in one of these.
One of the things I especially like is that the people at BABYBJÖRN have clearly thought about this product. In addition to the features listed above, the bouncer also folds flat for easy transportation. In fact, hubby is intending to take it round to his parents when he visits later, and is planning to stow it in the enormous basket of out Uppababy Vista pram when he walks round there.
We’re really pleased with our BABYBJÖRN Bouncer purchase and are really looking forward to seeing how Little M enjoys all the different features of it as she grows.