“ Brand: Bright Starts/ Type: Bouncers „
We bought this bouncy chair for Logan with some Boots vouchers that I was given as a maternity gift from work. Oakley (our eldest) had a Fisher Price chair which was very similar which we had a lot of use out of, but unfortunately got squashed after 4 years in storage and came out rather wonky. It was also royal blue, so as we didn't know the gender of our baby when expecting Logan and with the vouchers burning a hole in my pocket we decided on this neutral, cream coloured Bright Starts chair.
The main seat
The chair was very easy to put together, with very clear instructions in picture format and with written captions underneath. Some of the connecting joints can be a little tricky and stiff, but this just reassured me that they also wouldn't come apart with the constant bouncing or vibrating movements. There are rubber feet which keep the chair stable, especially on laminate flooring like we have.
The fabric seat was quite difficult to stretch around the seat frame, but again, this provides a great, comfortable support for your baby. The fabric is secured at the back with plastic clips, two length ways on either side and another which tightens width ways accross the bottom of the seat. The music and vibration unit which houses the batteries slots onto the frame at the lowest end of the seat, this is best fitted before the fabric seat and the batteries should also be inserted first. The seat fabric is mostly cotton which is creamy yellow with with pale green, blue and yellow stripes, the stripes have little leaves coming off them, with plain cream suede effect side panels and a suede effect crotch harness, which also has two embroidered animals, a giraffe and elephant. There is a clip either side, the same as on the back which are very secure and from experience, I can report that it's very painful if you pinch your fingers, I'm always extremely careful here to keep my hand between the clip and my baby, as I worry that I might accidentally catch them in the clip. In the Fisher Price chair we had, the clips were tucked inside the crotch harness and although difficult to dig it out of the fabric, it meant there was a barrier between baby and the clip, which I preferred.
There is also a head hugger included for tiny babies, which just has to be placed behind your babies head. This seemed a little strange at first, I thought it should be secured, but the babies weight keeps it still and if there had been velcro or some other fixing, it would still be on the main seat and would cause discomfort for older babies who no longer need the head hugger.
The toy bar slots into fixings either side of the chair, they just 'sit' into holes in the fixings, so can be easily removed, your baby in the chair couldn't pull it out, but now we are using it for Ruby, I do find that Logan tries to pull it out. I have to be on my guard if we use it when he is around as I believe if he did quickly pull it out he could catch Ruby in the face with the plastic ends. The bar is quite thin and feels like it's made of plastic which makes it very bendy. The main part of the bar is covered in slightly padded cotton fabric which matches the seat. Ours has become a bit out of shape from hard use! There are three toys provided, a soft giraffe, a soft, crinkly elephant and a plastic rattle with a spinner in the middle. They connect to the bar by three fabric strips which slot through tabs on the toys and close with velcro. I like this touch as it means I can connect different toys, usually brighter ones when the children are older. The velcro isn't that strong, which is good for your baby as they seem pretty pleased when they can pull a toy off and chew it!
The unit is again in cream to match the rest of the chair, with the buttons and icons in pale blue. First we have the music choice, the icon, a musical note. There are three choices: Off, quiet, loud. Loud isn't really bad, it's not going to blow your ears off and infact both my kids have fallen asleep with this level playing. It plays seven different nursery rhymes. The vibration switch is next, only two modes here - on or off! There is a slight buzzing noise when on, but nothing too annoying. My children have never really been bothered by this mode and we don't tend to use it, they prefer to bounce. The good thing here is that the unit switches off after 30 minutes of non use, preserving the batteries.
I've used this chair for Logan and now Ruby (5 months). Both seemed extremely comfortable in it and Ruby especially finds it very easy to bounce herself in it. We are very mindful that she shouldn't spend too much time in it, but she very often falls asleep for 20 - 30 minutes in there, as did Logan, which at tea time is very helpful!
Out of the toys which are included, the giraffe has been the favourite for both children, I think because it's an easier shape to grab. I also like the fact the toys aren't sewn in, meaning you can adapt it and attach your own toys.
Although the instructions say to only clean the fabric seat with a damp cloth, I can advise that it is machine washable! After a rather messy nappy accident (or ten) which is rather common for little babies, I soon realised a quick wipe would not suffice! A machine wash at 30 degrees gave a good as new seat pad with no adverse affects. This is how I always wash it now, being cream it needs washing fairly often, I've probably washed it about 20 times now with no problems at all. However, the toy bar I've followed the instructions and used a damp cloth and air dried, because I believe it is plastic and would warp in the machine. There are a few slight marks which I can see, but these are caused by Logan grabbing it with dirty hands now he is older, if your baby has no older siblings the bar will not get this kind of abuse!
Suitable from birth, until baby can sit unaided.
You have to remove the seat pad to replace the batteries. Although this isn't major, as the batteries do last quite a while (thanks to the automatic shut off) it's still a pain as the seat pad is difficult to stretch on to the frame.
Batteries are not included. (Takes 3 x C batteries.) This is a major bug bear of mine (have you read my other reviews!!) I do feel that baby toys are well over priced for what you get and it really wouldn't hurt for the manufacturer to provide batteries so you can get the product working immediately.
I would like the toy bar to clip in somehow. The advertising blurb boasts 'one handed bar removal'. I suppose this would be handy if you quickly needed to get your baby out, but in most instances to manange a baby you are going to need both hands, especially to manage the harness clips. If it clipped in, older siblings couldn't get it out so easy and I would feel happier that Ruby wouldn't get hurt!
We paid just under £40 in Boots in 2009. It is no longer available there, however, there are now newer models available. It is advertised on Amazon, although presently (Feb 2010) unavailble.
Absolutely, there are a few problems maybe, but still, these kind of seats are quite generic and they give you a bit of hands free time while baby satisfies themself with a bit of hand eye co-ordination and bouncy exercise! This seat is easy to keep clean for such neutral colours, I like that I can change the toys, keeping baby amused and the vibration and music are an added bonus.
This bouncer is loved in my house - by baby and parents!
We bought it when baby was only a month or so old and we realised how interested he was in seeing everything thats going on around him. He also needed a safe place to be during the day time that wasn't for sleeping in. The bouncer lets him amuse himself by playing with the toys or just by being able to watch me doing the housework or having my dinner.
Because he was so young at the time we decided to go for a cheaper model but this Bright Starts bouncer has a vibration mode and also music to play and it still cost less than some other models. You can switch each mode on independently of each other.
The seat comes with a detachable bar with velcro straps which each hold a teething toy, a soft toy and a rattle. As my little one has got older I have changed these toys to suit.
The bouncer is compact and lightweight. I take it with me when we visit friends and family because my baby is happy to sit in it for so long and it takes up less room in their houses than my pram.
The seat is covered in a stecthy fabric that can be sponged down, I haven't had any accidents that have needed a more thorough clean so I'm not sure about machine washing. A head cushion is provided for smaller babies which you slot in behind their head.
All in a bouncer is great help when you're at home with a baby and I would recommend this model becuase its so cheap and has everything that is needed.
This little bouncer has been a godsend. When looking around at the hundreds of bouncers on the market it was tough to know what to go for. Do you buy the high end, all singing and dancing bouncer that does everything accept change nappies, or do you go for the very simple and classic bouncer that many of us had as babies.
A friend had told me that her baby (who was quite colicky) really enjoyed the vibrate facility on her bouncing chair and that it seemed to really calm her. We decided that this was a facility that could prove very useful - boy were we right!
After looking around all of the shops and talking to friends we decided to go with the Bright Start Adventure Pals Cradling Bouncer. As we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl, the neutral colours suited our colour scheme. We also knew that Bright Starts was a lovely brand as we had already purchased the Baby's Play Place.
The bouncer comes with a lovely cushioned seat and a head support for newborn babies. I was slightly disappointed that there was no way of attaching the head support to the chair, but once we started using the chair we soon found that it sat very securely behind the baby's head and that it could easily be moved as baby grew. It has the all important vibrate and varied volume nursery rhyme facility, both of which will automatically shut off after 30 mins to conserve battery power. It also has a lovely detachable toy bar, with a plush yet crinkly elephant and giraffe and a spinning rattle. Our baby loves the toy bar and pays specific interest in the giraffe, who he enjoys beating up!
You have to assemble it yourself, which is quite simple. I was a bit put out by how creased it was when it came out of the box (during my nesting phase so things like that really riled me!), but the creases soon smoothed out after a few used.
One handy hint and yet word of warning about this bouncer is that when our baby has not been to the toilet for a little while it seems to get things 'moving' big time! This is great for baby, but does create a rather messy and leaky nappy; however I am happy to report that the fabric seems to be almost stain resistant! It says not to machine wash, only sponge, but I have hand washed dirty areas and it has always come up looking like new.
This bouncer has given us many a peaceful hour (especially at dinner times when it seems customary to scream the house down) and has also saved my sanity. It is so calming and yet fun for baby at the same time. We paid £34.99 for the bouncer at Boots - a small price to pay to keep baby and you happy!
Bright Starts Adventure Pals Cradling Bouncer gives fun bouncing to the music with two cuddly friends. This musical bouncer with vibration features cute characters, seven melodies, and three fun toys. It features automatic shut off after thirty minutes. This has three fun toys including a plush giraffe, plush crinkle elephant, and a spinning rattle. The soft, one handed, removable toy bar provides easy access to baby.