BABY BOUNCER SPEND OR SAVE?

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When I was pregnant with Vinny we had a pretty simple bouncer, we actually went through a couple of different ones with him and there was definitely one he preferred over the other. Renzo has got two chairs and to be honest he likes them both, one is quite a considerable amount of money and the other is rather affordable and perfect for those on a budget so I thought it would be a nice idea to compare the two and hopefully help some of you who are deciding on a baby chair. Which do we prefer? Let’s discuss!

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OK so let’s start with the high-end chair, we have the Nuna Leaf which retails at £160. This was the chair I had my heart set on when baby shopping, I’ve always loved the way it looks. I remember looking through baby magazines when I was pregnant with Vinny always oohing and ahhing over it,  it’s super modern which was important too me as I was looking for something that would go well with our decor and wouldn’t look like just another baby toy. You know what it’s like when you have kids, toys everywhere and for someone who loves white simple decor it can get a little out of control sometimes.

As soon as the Nuna arrived I noticed straight away how big it actually was and how heavy it was too. I mean it doesn’t weigh a tonne however if you want to move the chair from room to room like I did then you may find it a little frustrating as the base is quite large also which makes it a little awkward when moving through the doors. That being said Renzo does like the swaying motion, it moves from side to side with just one push. You do need to keep pushing it to keep the movement going though but there is no need for batteries or the need to plug it in like some chairs on the market. One thing to mention is that you can lock the seat in place so it is stationary when feeding or playing with little one whites fab and I can’t deny it’s a gorgeous chair.

PROS

  • Stylish design
  • Sway motion relaxing for baby
  • Large comfortable seat
  • Long Lasting (will take upto 60kg in weight)
  • No Batteries Required
  • Easy Assembly

CONS

  • Quite Heavy
  • Swaying motion doesn’t last long
  • Loud velcro harness
  • Expensive

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Now onto the budget chair and this is the Mothercare Whale Bay Bouncer which retails at £30. This is your classic kind of bouncer, very simple yet effective. This is suitable from birth and we’ve been using it since Renzo was about 4 weeks old. Renzo seems very comfortable in it and I really like the removable supportive head hugger that is included.

This chair also has a vibration mode which can help to soothe baby but to be honest we haven’t used that feature as it requires batteries, and at the time of assembling I didn’t think about adding the batteries. You need to do this whilst assembling so to do that now would be a little fiddly because you need to take the seat cover off which is rather difficult to put on in the first place. I’m usually quite good at putting things together but adding the cover did require Marks muscles as I was a little weak… I blame the lack of exercise! Despite the chair taking a little longer to put together once it’s assembled it’s a little dream, lightweight and easy to put baby in and out with its 3 point harness. This also included a toy bar which goes above babies head, it is removable and you can move the position of it too.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Extra head support
  • Toys included
  • Cheap to buy
  • Vibration and bouncing motion
  • Coordinates with Mothercare Whale Bay bedding collection
  • Baby can bounce himself as he gets bigger

CONS

  • A little fiddly to assemble
  • Instructions to assemble could be clearer
  • Only lasts up to approx. 6 months

So do you need to splurge when it comes to a baby chair? In my opinion no, we have been using the Mothercare bouncer more than the Nuna Leaf mainly because of the weight and the ease of moving it from room to room. If you are after a stylish chair then the Nuna definitely wins but when it comes to practicality I’d say the Mothercare wins hands down which is fab because you can save yourself a massive £130 by going for this option over the Nuna.

Did you save or splurge when it came to baby chairs for your little one? I’d love to hear about your experiences and thoughts on them.

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  • I’m definitely with you on this! I actually found a brand new swing, still in the box, for £6 at my local car boot! Ada actually hated it when I put her in it and she’d always cry, but within ten minutes she’d be fast asleep, so it was great for letting me get some work done at nap times. I’d hate to spend so much money and my baby to hate a swing like the Nuna, as beautiful as it is!

    Catherine | Hey, Mama

    • lizaprideaux

      AH it’s crazy isn’t it, it’s definitely made me think when buying things for Renzo now x