Babies love to bounce. Whether it’s on mommy’s or daddy’s knee, in their stroller or playtime in their crib; it’s a pure and simple fact, babies love the motion of bouncing.
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Toy manufacturers are brilliant. After the thrill is gone from bouncing, there is the popular, “got to have one” baby bouncer. There are a myriad of reasons why the baby bouncer makes the perfect toy for a baby. Aside from the benefits gained through exercising, bouncers provide hours of entertainment for babies that can’t seem to stop moving.
Baby Bouncers are “Must Haves”
As a new parent, one of the “must have” items you will need is a baby bouncer. It is perfect for keeping your baby occupied and amused. As an educational, early developmental stage toy, baby bouncers are fabulous, because they can be equipped with music and primary colored lights. Some bouncers have lights that change colors when different music is programmed to play.
Self-Contained Baby Bouncers
There are many types of baby bounces on the market. Some are quite basic, while others have all the bells and whistles sure to please the most persnickety child. Of course, the cost of a baby bouncer is usually determined by the accessories the unit comes with as well as the quality of the unit itself. There are self contained baby bouncers that are round with a dropped in seat. Some of these self-contained units have wheels and look much like a baby walker. The disadvantage of wheeled units include the fact that a baby could bounce and roll down a flight of stairs, off a table or right out the door. Therefore, many parents and experts recommend the wheel-less units, which allow a baby to bounce in a stationary position.
Door Mounted Baby Bouncers
There are also baby bouncer products that mount to any doorway. They usually have a seat attached to straps and snaps, which buckle on to a doorway. A quality door mounted baby bouncer (you may have to pay more) offers all the safety components necessary to keep baby free from tips, spills or falls.
Fun and Exercise All In One
With all the hopping and bouncing, a baby is sure to get healthy benefits from the time spent in a baby bouncer. The energy used to get a bouncer in motion helps a baby’s coordinating skills as well as balance. Arms, legs, stomach and back muscles also get a good workout because of the gliding and dance movements that are naturally performed to keep the bouncer rocking.
Lastly, it’s important to note that a baby should never be left unattended in a baby bouncer. As a matter of fact, never leave a baby unattended period. Although there are no longer any physical attachments between baby and mommy, there are emotional and and realistic attachments that should always keep your baby close and out of harm’s way.