Baby is on the go, seeking out adventure and learning how to sit up unassisted, crawl and eventually walk. They are both exciting but also frustrating times as baby experiments and no doubt suffers a few set-backs and stumbles along the way.
This is where a piece of action equipment like a bouncer can make a fantastic addition to your playroom, providing baby with a safe and controlled environment in which they can have fun, experience the sensations of new movements and feelings in their legs but in a controlled way that can even give mom and dad a bit of much-needed respite while they get on with the chores that might sadly have gone by the wayside – like cooking, cleaning and ironing for example.
A baby bouncer is not only going to be a secure place to leave your baby but it’s also going to give them some exercise, a sense of fun and freedom while at the same time developing important skills they’re going to soon require, like coordination.
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Bouncers come in various different shapes and sizes with chair and swing versions available and your baby’s first true experience of movement and activity might well come from within the safety and confines of a bouncer.
The up and down springing motion creating the perfect environment in which to strengthen and further develop the muscles in the legs ready for that all important next stage to come, crawling. They can also come with additional handy built-in features like vibration, rocking, music and toy bars to encourage more stimulation and development.
Not only that, but a bouncer can also have a very soothing and relaxing effect on a baby too. Bouncers generally come with both safety security straps and some also have additional head supports which means that you could put a newborn in a bouncer only for a short period of time; however, once your baby gets to 3 months, they are just going to love spending time inside their bouncer, kicking their legs and exploring their environment.
Your baby will continue to love their bouncer right up to the 6- to 7-month mark when they are probably going to want to make a break for freedom. As a note of caution, always ensure that your bouncer is on a stable flat floor surface; no one wants a bouncing baby catapulting off a high surface.
Of course, you can also get a bouncer that attaches to your doorframe too and these are a great option as your baby gets a little bit older and starts to develop their muscle leg strength ahead of the crucial stage in their early development – walking. These are also great for anyone limited on physical space as they neatly fit inside your interior doorframe.
These types of bouncers are better suited for babies aged 6 months and older who have mastered supporting their weight. They provide baby with an opportunity to effectively stand up straight and encourage lots of leg mobility and activity so can really quickly develop the motion and strength needed for walking.
Before you consider putting a baby into a door attached bouncer, make sure that your baby can now support their own head so normally we’re talking 5- to 6-months mark.
A good bouncer can support a weight of up to around 11 kg. (25 lbs.) so it’s a great investment as you could be using it for at least 12 months with your baby of up to 18 months old still enjoying a good old bounce around while you are getting on with the vacuuming. Just ensure that your own particular bouncer has been designed and manufactured with toddlers also in mind.
As a tip for installing a door assisted baby bouncer, make sure that it’s at the right height for your baby and isn’t too high. You don’t want an over energetic baby bouncing so vigorously that they hit their head on the door frame either.
When it comes to deciding when your baby is ready to be put into a bouncer, it is less about their age and more about their physical capabilities in relation to the particular bouncer type too. Always check the safety instructions and ensure your bouncer is properly set up first.
Again, as a very generic rule of thumb, for the purposes of guidance, your baby needs to be able to support their own head weight first and support themselves on their feet before you put them into a bouncer. Don’t just leave baby in the bouncer once you’ve purchased one either.
It’s still important to balance leg strength with neck and back strength too so your baby should still have lots of playtime on the floor in order to learn how to achieve the important formative milestones like sitting crawling and walking.