Confession: I am one of those suckers who is always on the lookout for baby gizmos and gadgets. It’s terrible, really, I may as well give my credit card details to the clever companies who make these clever contraptions.
And since I have done so much of this purchasing and using stuff business, I thought I’d share my experience with y’all. In the spirit of shopping, heh heh. Gawd. When was the last time I went shopping for MY OWN THINGS?
Never mind that.
I had a crush on the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft even before Zac was out of my womb. I really liked the idea of the baby rocking himself and the fact that this is a chic baby product. I dig chic. Am v vain and all.
Luckily for me, I have a cousin who reads this blog – hello! – and she kindly purchased this for me when Zac was born. When the husband opened the package, he went, “WAH. You’ll like this.” And when I saw it, I went, “OH MY GOD! Is she clairvoyant?”
We started using the bouncer pretty much since that day and I have to say that I really, really like this.
Looks aside, there’s nothing to complain about the bouncer. It’s ergonomic and provides adequate support for baby’s head and back. Zac went into it at one month old and we never had to pad his head up with towels and blankets and pillows to prevent his heavy noggin from flopping around.
The bouncer has three different positions so you can adjust it according to whether the bubs is sitting upright or trying to catch a nap. Personally, we hardly use the reclined sleep position because I haz the magic boob for non-napping situations. We pop Zac into the bouncer whenever we need both hands to do something (like fix up their meds) or when the toddler demands our attention.
At three and a half months, Zac has finally realised that the more he kicks, the more the bouncer will, well, bounce. And it’s super cute! He sits in there kicking his drumstick legs vigorously, and when I cheer him on, he gives me the widest smile and kicks even harder. I have so many videos of him doing that. Absolutely pointless but it gives me so much pleasure to see his chubby thighs kick away. (That’s why I need a new iPhone with a bigger storage capacity!)
I also love that the bouncer can be packed flat for storage or travel. We are planning to go for a quick family getaway soon and will definitely be bringing it along with us.
All in all, I think the Bouncer Balance Soft is a fantastic addition to our baby ware. We use it every single day and I like that it has longevity. Even Aidan loves to plonk himself down on it – and he can, since the bouncer can transform into a chair for kids up to two years of age. It’s a tad pricey but I think it’s well worth the money.
The only negative I can think of is that the add-on toy bar is crazy expensive. At $79, I am not sure it is worth buying.
But the bouncer itself? Definitely a good investment.
(Edit, 1 Oct: We did bring it along with us on our holiday! It was a godsend, we could seat Zac in the bouncer and not have to carry him all the time. He sat in there while we swam in the private pool of our villa, and watched as we had dinner. Awesome stuff.)
Other gear that we love:
Three Years of Great Stuff
Before Baby or After Baby?
Pregnancy must-haves, circa 2014
The great diaper bag review
Wheels for the bubs
5 space-saving essentials
What’s in my diaper bag