6 Pros and Cons of Using Baby Bouncers? Are they Really Safe?

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Baby bouncers are the coolest tool for parents that can help them soothe fussy babies and help them sleep better. However, modern living can make it more difficult for babies to reach vital milestones and that actually can have a negative effect on the baby’s development. Babies love to play in their bouncers! Most little ones love the fun up-and-down feeling of a bouncing chair. They’ll often stay put for a long time while enjoying the stimulating springy movements. Some kids go really crazy and get super hyper in their excitement.

Firstly, what is a baby bouncer?

A baby bouncer is a motion-powered baby seat/support tool. It is usually smaller than baby swings and baby rockers and takes much less space than either. When the baby wiggles around, or if you give them a little bounce, the bouncer will vibrate for a couple of minutes.  Then it will wind down to a standstill until stimulated again.

6 Must Know Pros and Cons of a Baby Bouncer

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Positive Effects of Using Baby Bouncers

They can have great add-ons

Some of the best baby bouncers take things one step further. They have additional features like toys and adjustable vibration meters. The calming vibrations can effectively soothe crying and fussy babies and lull them to sleep. And the cute animals can hang from the bouncer toy bar, so your baby can reach out and play with their furry friends. These keep the babies engaged in other developmental activities.

Super easy to use and portable

Unlike cribs and elaborate swings, most baby bouncers are portable. They allow new parents to get out of their homes and spend time outdoors without worrying too much about constantly engaging their babies.

Designed for your baby

Baby bouncers are designed to better suit the delicate, growing spines of babies. So your baby can lie in the bouncer comfortably, without experiencing any discomfort or ill effects at a later stage.

Safe too

All certified brands adhere to the usage of skin friendly fabrics and materials. This makes sure that a baby doesn’t get a rash or skin problem by staying in the bouncer for a long time.

Can be adjusted for your baby’s comfort

Baby bouncers often come with multiple position settings that can help position the baby for whatever activity they want to do; it can be repositioned to let them lie down to sleep or you can sit the baby upright for playtime.

They secure your baby

All baby bouncer chairs should have suitable head rests and straps to secure your youngster and make sure they’re safe when used appropriately. Make sure you read the instructions carefully.

Negative Effects of Using Baby Bouncers

Reduces mobility

Being in a baby bouncer means that babies are spending less time developing floor mobility such as sitting and crawling, which allows them to develop their muscles as well as spatial awareness and confidence.

Can damage the spines

Bouncers do not offer much support for babies, since they are left hanging by their crotches, thus putting stress on their pelvic bone and spine. If a baby spends too long in a bouncer, it is thought to put an unnatural and excessive strain on their backs.

Have weight restrictions

Baby bouncers can be used only for a very specific weight range (up to 12kgs).They cannot be used for premature babies, who are below the weight limit. It can prove hazardous to them.

Can affect sleeping patterns

Babies love their bouncers and tend to stay in their bouncers for as long as possible (and even like to nap in them}. This can be a hindrance to their crib training. You can resolve this by restricting your baby’s bouncer time and encouraging a greater usage of the crib.

Can get in the way and be a hazard

A baby bouncer is considered to have a good design and balance if it has a wide enough base to absorb jerky motion. However, the wide base can become a placement hazard, so be careful about placing the baby bouncer around the house in places where there is a lot of foot traffic like in the kitchen or in doorways.

Reduce social interaction and exploration

Bouncers are also bad for baby’s social development as interaction with their environment and other individuals are greatly limited. It also reduces their ability to explore their environment, move by themselves and they also can not

It’s most important is to determine what’s right for you, your schedule and your baby. Whether you choose a baby bouncer, a rocker, anything else or a combination of them all, your little baby will let you know what they like best. This article would have helped you make a good choice.

Sources

https://ourstart.com/pros-and-cons-between-a-baby-bouncer

https://www.bababing.com/blog/baby-rocker-vs-baby-bouncer

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