Are baby bouncers safe for a newborn? This is a question that many parents consider before the arrival of their baby. Let’s face it, newborns are tiny and often still quite crunched up, having been in the womb for 9 months. Baby bouncers are an essential product for many parents, yet when used with a newborn, they naturally cause worry and questions. At Parenting Expert, we are here to help and have worked with market leaders, Ergobaby, to provide you with a comprehensive guide to ensure the safe use of your baby bouncer.
Baby Bouncers: A Parent’s Guide to Safe Use
Baby bouncers are a very popular baby product, but it’s important to use them safely. When used correctly, they can be a real asset to your parenting journey. They give you an ‘extra pair of hands’ and allow you to leave your baby somewhere safe, especially useful while you nip to the loo or pop the kettle on!
Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
Assemble the bouncer correctly.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the bouncer is assembled safely and securely. Loose parts or incorrect assembly can pose a danger to your baby. If in doubt, contact your manufacturer. Most will also have instructional videos on YouTube, which are really useful.
Use the bouncer for the correct age and weight range.
Not all bouncers are created equal. Some are designed for newborns, while others are better suited for older babies. Make sure to use a bouncer that is appropriate for your child’s age and weight. The Ergobaby Evolve is suitable for newborns and is one that Parenting Expert highly recommend. Take a look at our review here.
Use the correct inserts.
If your bouncer comes with inserts, use them as directed. This will help to ensure that your baby is in a safe and comfortable position. The Ergobaby Evolve comes with a specially designed, ergonomic newborn insert.
Use the safety harness.
The safety harness is there for a reason! Always use it to secure your baby in the bouncer. Even newborns, who you don’t think will move, can and will!
Position your baby correctly.
Ensure that your baby is correctly positioned in the bouncer, with their head and neck well supported. Babies should not be slouched or in a position that restricts their breathing. The Ergobaby Evolve has been designed in conjunction with Paediatric Orthopedist to ensure that this is the case and to prevent flat head syndrome.
The following diagram shows the position your baby should be in.
Supervise your baby at all times.
Never leave your baby unattended in a bouncer, even if they are secured in the harness. One of the great things about baby bouncers is that they are transportable and can easily be moved from room to room.
Limit the amount of time your baby spends in the bouncer.
Limit the amount of time your baby spends in the bouncer. Prolonged use can lead to discomfort or pressure on certain body parts, potentially causing discomfort or harm. Follow the World Health Organisation’s advice and limit your baby’s time in a bouncer to one hour per session. You can put them in the bouncer multiple times a day, but make sure to give them breaks in between. If your baby is getting drowsy it is best practice to place your baby in their moses basket or cot and always follow the safe sleep guidelines.
Be aware of the signs of discomfort.
If your baby seems uncomfortable in the bouncer, take them out immediately. Signs of discomfort may include crying, fussing, or trying to get out of the bouncer when they get a little older.
Avoid overloading the bouncer.
Don’t place any additional items in the bouncer, such as toys or pillows. This can interfere with the bouncer’s weight distribution and balance. You can, however, use toy bars that come with the bouncer or can be bought as an accessory. These will have been safety tested while in use with the bouncer.
Place the bouncer on a flat, stable surface.
Always place the bouncer on a flat, stable surface. Avoid placing it on high surfaces, such as tables or countertops, as babies can accidentally tip over.
Keep the bouncer away from hazards.
Keep the bouncer away from cords, sharp objects, and other potential dangers.
By following these safety tips, you can help to ensure that your baby has a safe and enjoyable time in their bouncer. Bouncers are an incredible support for parents and a must-have product for many families.