bouncer or swing?

Melissa - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )




I am expecting my first baby this month and I am debating between buying a bouncer or a swing. Do you guys have a preference? What has been your experience with either?


Tamara - posted on 06/17/2011




Its hard to say, they can like one and not the other, then change a few months later. I like the bouncer a lot of time for space issues, also it was easy to put in the bathroom so I could take a quick shower on those days when the little one didnt want to sleep.

Jenni - posted on 05/30/2009




that's a tough one... b/c it depends on what the baby likes.. my son never cared for his swing... he loved his bouncer though... but i know lots of babies who are the other way around... so it's a toughy.... maybe try to get one of each... if u dont want to sprend a lot of money on both u could always get one used or both at a gently used store... infact... little word of advice, those are the best places to shop for ur baby supplies... they grow out of things so quickly! especially toys

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Elizabeth - posted on 06/19/2011




It's impossible to tell what your little one is going to like or hate. If you live in the US, it is my favorite season. Yard sale season. I found my Graco swing for 5 dollars (missing the battery cover) The most expensive one was 20. Since your little one is not here yet, I recommend trying to find a used swing. Then at the very least, you could get it to see if it is worth buying a new one. If you can borrow any items that would be good too. It's horrible spending good money on something that the baby doesn't like. The bouncy seat is all that the other moms say it is for my son. My daughter didn't want anything to do with hers and rarely liked the swing.

Susan - posted on 06/19/2011




Our life saver was the bouncer. It was good for when she wanted to be with one of us while we were doing something. When she had a cold, it gave her a place to sleep with her head up and the vibrations on helped her with sleeping.

Eve - posted on 06/17/2011




Bouncer (coming from a professional nanny and mom) more babies enjoy the bouncer, swings are 50/50, they might or might not, swings can be big, pricey and a waste of money if your baby doesn't take to it. But as the others said, if you can afford it, than no harm trying both, for cost reductions look into consignment stores full of swings and bouncers never or barely used. Congrats!

Shannon - posted on 05/31/2009




with my 2 kids, the swing has worked best, but the one we bought for the last baby detached and turned into a rocker or an infant seat, and it viberated like the bouncer, saved a lot of space by having the 3 in 1

Ez - posted on 05/30/2009




My daughter's bouncer saved my life when she was a newborn!! She took every single daytime nap in it until she was 2 months old as I couldn't for the life of me get her to sleep in her bed during the day. I have a swing too but she's never been too keen on it. She's not even quite 4 months but unfortunately she's now outgrown it (only has an 8kg limit and she's a BIG baby). I've been trying to get her to spend more time in the swing but she's just not a fan, so I boutht her a Bumbo seat today. Oh I also agree about the portability of the bouncer - big plus! Congrats on the new baby.

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We love both. The swing is great if they are kind of tired and you want them to drift off while you get some things done around the house. Plus they love the motion. The bouncer is great for play and we've found it useful to take into the bathroom, so you can get the well needed shower when the little one doesn't sleep long enough for one.

Debra - posted on 05/30/2009




There's one called a bouncy rocking chair. It is basically a rocking chair that is low to the ground. It vibrates and has an arm (removable) across the top with toys. I have used it everyday for the last 6 months and my baby is 25 weeks :) She loves her swing too, but that chair is the best invention yet. My first baby used the traditional bouncy chair, but I always thought she'd fly out of it one day. This new one has high sides, so it acts like a bassinet (sort of). I registered for it at Babies r us and one of my friends bought it for me. Now she's pregnant and has already called dibs!

Jess - posted on 05/30/2009




Buy both!! A travel swing can go anywhere, my daughter would not stay in a playpen so she slept in a swing a lot when we visited people. I used the bouncer a ton when she was a newborn, I would even bring it in the bathroom when I took a shower.

I bought the bouncer used, it looked new and it only cost $15, so worth it. You can find new bouncers pretty cheap too. The swing I got was the Boppy Travel Swing, my daughter is small and she used it until she was about 13mos!

Kim - posted on 05/30/2009




My oldest one loved her swing, my youngest loved her bouncer and hated the swing.

I found that although my oldest preferred the swing, I could put the bouncer on the counter or table when I was working in the kitchen. I could also move it around and give her different things to look at. It worked great for my youngest as well. She usually took her naps in her bouncer.

It really depends on the baby.

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If you can afford it, get both. They both serve different purposes. The swing is good for times when your arms need a break. Sometimes with the swing also, when nothing else would help my son to sleep, 5 minutes in the swing and he was out like a light. The bouncer....OHHHHH the bouncer! I guess if I had to pick my favorite it would be the bouncer. I can't tell you how many times I needed NEEDED NEEDED a shower and if it weren't for the bouncer I would have had to wait for my husband to get home from work. Put the bouncer on the floor of the bathroom (leave the door open so it doesn't get too steamy). Attach the activity bar and AHHHHHH most of the time I could shower til I ran out of hot water. Get both if you can, but if you can only get one, I'd suggest the bouncer. It's portable too. Congrats on your soon to be arrival!

Betsy - posted on 05/30/2009




I personally wouldn't think of going without both. They each have separate purposes. Bouncers most children like a lot. They like to sit in them and observe the surroundings, watch mom cook, clean, etc, as well as sitting up to play with their toys. Many times they like to begin being fed solids in the bouncer, not liking the high chair yet. Swings are more for soothing, rocking motion.

Tina - posted on 05/30/2009




Congratulations! My little one turned 1 in March. I had both a swing and a bouncer. But my daughter loved her swing. We got the Fisher Price Papasan Swing. It is a lot of money but it was well worth it. We used it for a long time. My daughter loved to sleep it.

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2009




i would have to say that my son loved both as well. he loved the vibrations of the bouncer chair plus the lights and movements on it and he also loved the swing (he's a yr and still does) but if i had my choice between the two i would def go for the swing!!

Melody - posted on 05/30/2009




My son was all about the bouncer! We would bounce him to sleep and when he was a few months old he learned how to bounce himself :) He's a year old now and will try to get everything to bounce! I prefer it to the swing cause it takes less room, travels well and they can do it themselves when they get bigger.

Kylie - posted on 05/30/2009




bouncer! they are great not only for settling newborns but they prop older baby's up like a comfy seat and because they are a relatively simple design you can bring the bouncer anywhere with you in the house so your baby gets a change of scenery and can watch you while you work. i bought one like this for my first child and am using it for my second now and they both loved it.
My baby is sitting in his bouncer at my feet talking to me as I type:)

Kenna - posted on 05/30/2009




I would recommend getting both. My girls loved both. The bouncer was more of an "entertainer" and the swing was more of a "soother."

Lindsay - posted on 05/30/2009




I had both and my daughter didn't care for either. My son preferred the swing and we hardly ever used a bouncer. All babies are different though. I know a lot of my friends said their bouncers were lifesavers.

Denise - posted on 05/30/2009




Swings are better for long periods of time, bouncers are good for traveling or for short periods. My first daughter wanted sit in bouncer, but I never have met any child that does not like a swing!! Helps sooth them to sleep!!!

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