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The only Baby Rocker Buying Guide you will ever need

When you have a baby, it can initially seem daunting, especially as there is so much preparation that you will have to carry out. Not only will you need to baby proof your house, you will also need to consider various accessories and toys to keep your baby entertained. The problem is that young babies can do very little other than just writhe about and perhaps crawl here and there, so you can hardly sit down and play chess with them. Keeping a baby entertained and visually stimulated however, is very important, which is why baby rocker seats are so popular. Baby rocker seats, sometimes known as baby bouncers, are specially designed seats that you sit your baby down in, and due to the design of the product in question, the seats gently bounce and rock your baby. This not only helps entertain them, it can also help them to relax and to get to sleep when they’re put down for a nap. Buying a baby rocker however, is not as easy as you may think, because you will obviously want the best rocker that falls within your budget. To help make your purchase a little easier however, here’s a look at a baby rocker buying guide as we look at a few handy things to keep a look out for when shopping for a rocker for your baby.

Bestseller No. 1
Ingenuity convert me 2 seat candler swing
20 Reviews
Ingenuity convert me 2 seat candler swing
  • Converts from swing to vibrating seat with EasyLockTM
  • SlimFoldTM design folds flat for easy storage or travel
  • Portable size with all the features of a full size swing
  • Powered by HybridriveTM Technology - batteries last up to 3 times longer
  • 5 swing speeds plus soothing vibrations
SaleBestseller No. 2
Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker
315 Reviews
Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker
  • Fold-out kickstand and reclining seat for feeding or napping
  • Deep cradle seat with calming vibrations soothes younger babies
  • Easy conversion to toddler rocker
  • Removable, machine washable pad
  • Secure, three-point restraint
Bestseller No. 3
Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper - Red
253 Reviews
Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper - Red
  • Easy to access lever for switching rocker to lie-flat napper or upright seat
  • Raised border for safe napping environment and soft padded seat inlay for added comfort
  • Electronic toy with two removable toy pals plays five engaging and four soothing songs
  • Adjustable arm turns 90 degrees horizontal for easy parental access
Bestseller No. 4
Kinderkraft 4-in-1 Cradle Recliner Rocker High Chair (Yellow, Unimo)
2 Reviews
Kinderkraft 4-in-1 Cradle Recliner Rocker High Chair (Yellow, Unimo)
  • 3 seat positions: seated, semi-reclined and reclined
  • Detachable canopy
  • Use as a rocker or place the recliner in a stabilized position
  • Folds and unfolds easily, convenient transportation
  • Soft and comfortable mattress
Bestseller No. 5
Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer in Cozy Kingdom
77 Reviews
Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer in Cozy Kingdom
  • Comfortable, cradling seat with soft, plush fabrics
  • Soothing vibration, 7 melodies, volume control and auto shut off
  • Seat features cushioned foot pillow and side supports with removable head rest
  • Toy bar removes with one hand for easy access to baby
  • No tools required for assembly

Last update on 2017-07-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Basic features – Before you go any further, one of the first things you will need to understand will be the basic features of the rocker. A good quality rocker should be comfortable, it should provide exceptional support, it should be easy to clean and maintain, and it should ideally be portable and light in weight.

Plug in or battery powered? – Many baby rockers are designed to provide the rocking motion either from a direct electrical supply, or via batteries which will be placed into the device. Commonly, most baby rockers are powered via a battery powered motor, which is all well and good, except for the fact that you will get through a lot of batteries. Some can be plugged directly into the mains, and some can be powered either way.

The rocking motion – Not all baby rockers were created equally, and so as a result, some rockers provide different rocking motions. You will also need to consider these motions when you purchase your baby rocker for your child. Some rock gently, some rock quite dramatically, some vibrate, and some can be adjusted so that they rock at different speeds and different intensities. It is best that you see the rocking motion in action before you make a purchase, or at the very least, that you read reviews and find out as much info about the rocking motion as you can.

Safety – Your baby’s safety is obviously your number one priority, so it is vital that you find a baby rocker that offers adequate safety features. In this case, it is the safety straps that are the most important things to consider. To prevent your child from falling out, you should look for a rocker with a 3 point harness to strap them in, though you may wish to opt for a 5 point harness instead, for added safety and peace of mind.

Added extras – Whilst the rocking motion will be the star of the show, you should also consider a rocker with added extras as well, just to ensure your baby is stimulated and entertained. You can find rockers with mobiles, toy bars, ones that play music, ones that play sounds, ones with interactive features etc, so try to find one that you know your baby would appreciate.

3 of the best baby rockers currently on the market

Now that you know what to look for when buying a baby rocker, it is now time to look at 3 of the most popular products currently on the market.

Graco Simple Sway Swing – This rocker from Graco is one of the most popular rockers currently available, and has been generating a great deal of positive feedback from parents nationwide. It runs off of batteries though will also run off of the mains, so you literally get the best of both worlds. The plush seat is spacious and comfortable, and there is a hanging stars mobile to grab your baby’s attention. For safety, the harness is a five point so you know your child is safe and secure. As for the rocking, there are two vibration settings, and six speed settings, plus the device offers a side-to-side swaying motion to gently rock your child to sleep. What’s more, for hygiene purposes, the seatpad is machine washable, making this a real winner.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
4moms mamaRoo infant seat – grey classic
64 Reviews
4moms mamaRoo infant seat – grey classic
  • Five motions including car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock a bye and wave, and select from one of five speed settings to comfort or entertain
  • With built in sounds and MP3 plug in, select from four soothing nature sounds including rain, ocean, heartbeat and fan or play your favourite songs
  • Control sound and motion from the menu on the base or via your Bluetooth enabled smart phone (Android and IOS); simply download the free app available from 4moms and pair with a Bluetooth device to adjust the motion, speed, sound and volume
  • The seat is fully adjustable and reclines flat for maximum comfort; the fabrics are also easy to remove and machine washable
  • Complete with a toy mobile including three reversible toy balls, the mamaroo is sure to provide hours of fun, entertainment and comfort for any child
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Rainbow Fox Car Solar-Powered Solar Flower Dancing Flower Swing Flower (Orange)
6 Reviews
Rainbow Fox Car Solar-Powered Solar Flower Dancing Flower Swing Flower (Orange)
  • Material:ABS Resin
  • The funky green leaves sway to the light,bouncing simultaneously
  • No batteries needed,a light tap causes it to swing like a see-saw,or alternate its leaf movement
  • Cute and Tranquilising to watch the Flower and Leaves move gently
  • Height: 11 cm (including Flower)

Last update on 2017-07-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Fisher Price Rainforest Rocker – Next up we have this rainforest rocker from Fischer Price. The seat offers a three point harness, it has a fold out kickstand, it offers calming vibrations to soothe your child, as well as a toy boy with plush animal toys for your baby to interact with. If required, the toy bar can easily be removed, as can the toys themselves. Running off of a 1D battery, this rocker is one of the more affordable rockers on the market, which has helped to generate a lot of positive feedback as a result.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant Toddler Rocker (Pink)
346 Reviews
Fisher-Price Rainforest Infant Toddler Rocker (Pink)
  • Use from infant to toddler-up to 40 lbs (18 kg)
  • Fold-out kickstand & reclining seat for feeding or napping
  • Toy bar easily removes for older babies to sit & play
  • Easy conversion to toddler rocker
  • Removable, machine washable pad
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Infant-To-Toddler Rocker
33 Reviews
Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Infant-To-Toddler Rocker
  • Use from infant to toddler up to 40 lbs (18 kg)
  • Fold-out kickstand and reclining seat for feeding or napping
  • Two removable, linkable monkey toys with rollerball and clacker beads, deep cradle seat with calming vibrations soothes younger babies
  • Toy bar easily removes for older babies to sit and play, easy conversion to toddler rocker, removable and machine washable pad
  • Secure, three-point restraint, requires 1 D battery

Last update on 2017-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

4Moms RockaROO multi plush – This rocker has 5 speeds available and mimics the actions you may expect to find on a rocking horse. With a stylish and sleek design, this rocker not only looks great, it feels great as well, so your baby will absolutely love it. With a hanging mobile and a colourful eye-catching design, this rocker provides plenty of visual stimulation for your child. You can even plug in your MP3 and play your baby’s favourite music as they are gently rocked to sleep.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
4moms rockaRoo – Classic Grey
19 Reviews
4moms rockaRoo – Classic Grey
  • The rockaRoo flips the swing on its head; the rockaRoo's front to back gliding motion has five speed options
  • Provide your own soothing sounds by connecting any MP3 device to the rockaRoo
  • The rockaRoo comes with reversible toy balls that can be easily removed and are machine washable
  • The rockaRoo is suitable to use from birth up to approximate 6 months
  • Choose a preferred speed setting by turning the dial to the front - there's five to choose from, so there is something to suit everyone
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
4moms mamaRoo infant seat – grey classic
64 Reviews
4moms mamaRoo infant seat – grey classic
  • Five motions including car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock a bye and wave, and select from one of five speed settings to comfort or entertain
  • With built in sounds and MP3 plug in, select from four soothing nature sounds including rain, ocean, heartbeat and fan or play your favourite songs
  • Control sound and motion from the menu on the base or via your Bluetooth enabled smart phone (Android and IOS); simply download the free app available from 4moms and pair with a Bluetooth device to adjust the motion, speed, sound and volume
  • The seat is fully adjustable and reclines flat for maximum comfort; the fabrics are also easy to remove and machine washable
  • Complete with a toy mobile including three reversible toy balls, the mamaroo is sure to provide hours of fun, entertainment and comfort for any child

Last update on 2017-07-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API