Those early days at home with a newborn are so special and sweet. They’re so tiny and cuddly, and the excitement of bringing your baby home is in the air. Caring for a newborn is a 24/7 job, though, and there will certainly be times that you won’t be able to hold or babywear, such as when you’re in the shower, or when you’d like to just sit down for a meal.
Although I’m a big advocate of cuddles and closeness, I feel it’s important to have a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sit from time to time during the day. That’s where baby bouncers come in. And naturally, I’m going to recommend the best non-toxic baby bouncers for you to choose from, because we want your baby to be surrounded by nothing but the safest materials.
The Best Non-Toxic Baby Bouncers
- Reader Favorite Bouncer: The Baby-Bjorn Bouncer
- Favorite Swing/Bouncer: Nuna Leaf Bouncer
- Coziest Bouncer: Stokke Steps
- Most Stylish Bouncer: Bloom Coco Lounger
A bouncer is essentially a baby seat, and I recommend having one because they’re incredibly useful. Bouncers can be really soothing to babies, too, so it’s a win-win for both the baby and mom and dad. Just make sure your baby can see you (and that you can keep an eye on them) while in the bouncer, and that you don’t have your baby in their bouncer too long. (A good rule of thumb I’ve heard is no more than two hours per day sitting “in something”.)
I recommend buying one bouncer for each floor in your home; otherwise, you’ll end up lugging the bouncer up and down the stairs every day. If you have a two-story home, for example, that gives you an opportunity to put your baby down while you make breakfast downstairs, and while you take a shower upstairs. (Tip: If you want your baby to sit in the bouncer while you shower, make sure they have just woken up from a nap and have a full tummy. Otherwise, you’ll have to tend to a crying baby mid-shower, and probably with a head full of shampoo. Spoken from experience.) If your baby doesn’t take to their bouncer right away, give it some time.
Here are some wonderful non-toxic baby bouncers that are made with safer materials and fabrics for you to choose from.
We have used the BabyBjorn bouncer with both kids and have been very happy with it! Actually, that’s an understatement because it has been both of my children’s favorite place to sit (aside from mom’s lap!).
The best part about this bouncer is that your baby’s own movements will keep them bouncing happily in their seat. It is SO adorable when your baby figures this out and learns how to keep the bouncing going.
You can also push the seat to bounce your baby, but your baby will likely learn very quickly that they can power the seat all by themselves.
The BabyBjorn has four positions and can be used from birth to age 2, making this a versatile bouncer. As with all BabyBjorn products, the fabric used is Oexo-Tek certified, meaning it’s free from harmful chemicals. And with the fabric being removable, it’s easy to throw it in the washer. It also comes in a variety of colors to match your home or nursery.
You can also add on the Wooden Toy Bar for this bouncer, giving your little one something to play with while they are seated. I know the toy bar is pricey, but it’s really worth it.
All in all, the BabyBjorn Bouncer is a great choice!
I love the Nuna Leaf! It’s a gentle bouncer that has a soft rocking motion that won’t overstimulate your baby. It is not electronic in any way – meaning it has no cords, batteries, or vibrating motion. It simply rocks naturally with a gentle push, and will continue rocking on its own for about 2 minutes at at time.
This is such a nice and comforting bouncer seat for your baby. In the company’s own words, the Leaf was inspired by the “carefree float of a leaf on a breeze”.
The Leaf features a GOTS-certified organic cotton newborn insert, ensuring that your baby only comes in contact with the gentlest of materials. I highly recommend this – it’s one of my favorite non-toxic baby bouncers.
The cutest styles I’ve seen are available from Pottery Barn Kids, but you can find it in different fabrics at various retailers I’ve linked above.
Another wonderful bouncer to consider, the Stokke Steps Bouncer is powered by your baby’s own movements. It features a plush padded seat and was designed to give your baby the feeling of being cradled.
The bouncer comes with a newborn insert so that you can begin using this from the newborn stage until your baby reaches the 20-pound weight limit. The Stokke bouncer has multiple seating positions to accommodate your baby at various growth stages, and can also be folded down flat for storage. It also comes with a detachable toy bar for your baby to play with.
The Steps Bouncer is ergonomic in design and is manufactured in The Netherlands.
Probably the most stylish of all baby bouncers, the Bloom lounger features a contemporary design that won’t stand out like a sore thumb in your living room. The Bloom Coco Lounger features a self-rocking motion and features an organic cotton seat, so you can rest assured that your baby won’t be coming in direct contact with any harmful substances.
This product is also free of lead, BPA, phthalates, PVC, formaldehyde, and flame retardants.
Which non-toxic baby bouncer did you choose? I personally love the Nuna and the Bjorn bouncers. Hope you found one that you love!