Bouncers are one of those parenting products that can really make a difference—anything that soothes a fussy baby or offers mom a few moments of much-deserved quiet time is alright in our book.
While admittedly there are higher-end products on the market that may look more modern or offer more bells and whistles, the Elephant March Cradling Bouncer by Bright Starts gets the job done.
While it's important to note that you should never leave a baby completely unattended in his bouncer, it is nice to find a product that has taken extra care to ensure your wee one is as safe as possible when he's out of your arms. The Elephant March bouncer has an adjustable 3-point safety harness and non-slip feet, so baby stays put, and the toy bar is easy to remove with one hand, which allows for immediate access.
As far as entertainment goes, this particular bouncer is a simple solution to help soothe baby. It comes with three toys—a soft lion, a plush giraffe and a spinning rattle—that are all adorable and, more importantly, keep an infant completely mesmerized. The cradle-like seat is cozy for baby and the light colors are attractive and calming. The bouncer lightly vibrates and includes 5 different melodies, and it also comes with an automatic shut-off feature, so the vibrations stop once your baby is lulled to sleep.
Notably, one of the most appealing features of this bouncer is its price—at only $25, it makes a great gift or a pain-free purchase if you find yourself in a pinch and need a bouncy seat while you're away from home. (Hey, it's not always possible to take everything to grandma's for the holidays!) If you do find yourself having to satisfy a fussy baby with a bouncer during your travels, and the low price-point doesn't convince you, then this will: it comes ready to rumble, right out of the box—no tools are necessary! (You will need 3 C batteries to make the music play, though!) For sleep-deprived parents, the ability to forgo a long, technical instruction manual is a perk that can't be beat. Plus, the seat pad is machine washable, another very convenient plus that is easy to appreciate.
All in all, this bouncer is definitely a catch for parents who are trying to stick to a budget or get a little more bang for their buck.
Buy it: Target.com