“ Brand: Bright Starts / Type: Bouncer „
I got this in pink for my daughter and she absolutely loved it. It took me a while to choose out of all the different ones with different features that are on offer but i made the right decision in this one, its a comfortable price for us parents as it is for our baby's to sit in. I loved the fact that i could leave the room to get on with housework etc knowing that she was safe and comfortable.
The fact it vibrates plus soothing tunes is just a bonus but it does need batteries, i was able to put the vibrate on and a tune and that's it my daughter would be sound asleep or if she didnt sleep she would be playing with the toys on i t which also taught her how to grab and hold items which was amazing to watch.
There is 3 toys attached to the toy bar which can be changed also the bar can easily be removed and put back on by clipping into the side if the chair, and the actual cover on the chair can be removed and washed.
I was so please with this product and so was my daughter she was able to use it until she was at least 7 months old so i would highly recommend it.
A baby bouncer is one of those pieces of equipment which is an essential, in my opinion. Every parent needs a safe place to leave their baby in for a few minutes, while they get a cup of tea or answer the phone and bouncy chairs are ideal, as they are comfortable and secure. We spent several hours browsing the bouncy chairs on offer in Mothercare, Toys R Us and our local nursery shop before purchasing one from Argos - the Bright Starts Elephant March Baby Bouncer, which they sell for £23.49. We had a few requirements - not too expensive, suitable for a boy (so nothing predominantly pink!), suitable for the age and weight of our baby, light enough for me to carry and lift, a bright and cheerful design and a bar across it with a couple of toys. This particular model ticked all those boxes, my partner and I were both happy, so we bought it and took it home.
We have now been using this for around five months, so I feel I can review it fairly. The Bright Starts Elephant March Baby Bouncer is suitable for babies from birth and up to 9kg in weight. Our son weighed just over 15 pounds at four months, which is less than 7kg, so he was fine. At six months, he is at around the maximum weight, so we feel he will soon have outgrown this. At the moment though, we use this every day and our son happily has his daytime naps in it, as it is well padded and supports his head and body effectively.
The design is mainly a blue and green base with zebras, elephants and swirls on the material. The removable bar is very easy to clip in and out and doesn't need any strength to move it, you just push it back and click it out. It is brightly coloured in stripes and reminds me of a circus tent. This bar comes with three toys - a cuddly zebra and an elephant with a red and yellow rattling toy in the middle. The zebra and elephant are not removable, but the middle toy is. There is a Velcro strap in the middle, which means you can put other toys there if you wish to vary them. (I've even hung a dummy there, so we don't lose it, if he has spat it out!) The cuddly toys have plastic hoops on, so the baby can hold them.
When my son was younger, he was happy to just look at the toys, then progressed to batting them in a haphazard fashion. Now he can grab and hold the toys and even pull down the middle one, so he is enjoying them in a different way.
The baby bouncer has too buttons on the front which are the controls to the vibration and music settings. (These need batteries.) I rarely use these, as I prefer to use my foot to rock the bouncer as necessary and I find the music very irritating, but my partner uses the vibration setting and it does seem to soothe our baby at times. The music has five different tunes, but all of them are equally annoying!
The base of the baby bouncer is sturdy with some give, which is handy for the afore-mentioned foot rocking! It is light enough to pick up and carry into different rooms and the straps seem to hold the baby in well, even when they try to turn over or move forward as my son does now! There doesn't seem to be a lot of range in the straps though and I wonder if they will become a bit tight as he gets bigger, but for now, they are fine. You also have to watch that the baby has their hands out of the way when you clip the straps in, so you don't pinch their skin. (I either hold my son's arm out of the way or place my hands round the clip to protect him from it.)
It is fairly easy to clean as a damp sponge is usually enough, but if it needs a better clean, you can remove the whole cover, which is machine washable. It is usually enough for us to sponge clean it, but we have machine washed it twice and it has come up really well. It also dries quickly too, which is great.
Overall, I am very pleased with the Bright Starts Elephant March Baby Bouncer and feel we have already had our money's worth with it. It is bright and colourful with an interesting design; it is sturdy and comfortable, as well as coming with the toy bar which my son loves too. As long as you follow the safety instructions (which are mainly common sense, such as not leaving the bouncer on a high surface!), it seems ideal and well worth the money.