“ Brand: Bright Starts / Type: Bouncers „
I bought two of these bouncers in Asda during one of their many baby events. At the time I was pregnant and wanted a basic bouncer for home and also to keep at my parents' house for when we went to visit. I paid half the RRP at the time - £16 each instead of £32. I notice this bouncer was also reduced in the most recent baby event at Asda so I would recommend looking out for it in the sales rather than paying full price if you can time it well.
The bouncer is very bright which not only captures baby's attention but also brings a splash of colour to our living room! It was very easy to construct, with the fabric fitting around the frame supplied to provide the seating area for baby. The seat is on quite a slant so you do have to use the harness to strap baby in....I only point this out because we have another chair which I picked up from a charity shop and this has a deep seat which baby could use without the harness when he was smaller (supervised under my beady eye obviously).
I always feel these bouncers look a bit uncomfortable for baby because the harness takes the weight of their body, but I guess the nappy cushions this area so they don't feel any discomfort between the legs. My little boy seems comfortable enough in this, although I don't keep him in it for too long as he has a very low attention span. He absolutely loves the little toy bar which loops over the top, and although this looks a bit boring to the average adult, a mirror and rattle hanging down in front of his face causes much excitement which he expresses by bouncing his body and flapping his little arms and legs like a windmill! This is very cute to watch and also buys me ten minutes to have a shower whilst he entertains himself. I place him in the bedroom next door to the en-suite so I can keep an eye on him, although this is mainly to reassure him that I am still there as he gets a bit needy when I leave the room.
Typically, being so young means his attention span is poor, so I've never known him to stay in the chair for longer than 20 minutes or so. We use the one at my mum's to sit him in when we're eating and this tends to entertain him for long enough for us to eat a meal before it goes cold. There is also the option to vibrate the chair to soothe baby, but he's never been overly impressed with this and prefers one of us to use our foot to make the whole chair bounce.
The only thing I'm not so keen on is the fact I find it quite difficult to get him in and out of this bouncer as he gets older. I have a painful wrist at the moment, and trying to balance him in the seat whilst strapping the harness is quite tricky, but this is true of most bouncers so no reflection on this particular brand.
I would recommend this bouncer if you're after something fairly no-frills, although there is a good chance some babies might be more impressed with the vibrations than my little boy. Although personally I didn't want to spend more than about £15 on one of these so I was pleased I managed to pick mine up for half price.
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