This is a good bouncer to get your baby started. It is a nice change of scene for a newborn rather than them lying on their back under activity mats a lot of the time. The bouncer is quick and easy to assemble and the cover is machine washable which is helpful for any messes that may occur. The bar of toys is easily detachable but can also prove to be a disadvantage as it can be slightly difficult to attach at times. There is also a nice little vibrator at the foot of the bouncer which babies tend to love! As well as that there is a head rest which is great for babies who don''t have good control of their heads yet. The only real disadvantage about this bouncer was the fact that our baby was quite a big and heavy baby and therefore never got much use out of it past 3-4 months.
The bouncer on first appearance looks rather flimsy for a mamas and Papas product it has thin legs and the material is very thin but the overall appearance is still rather pleasing with bright colours standing out well so we were happy with our purchase.
The bouncer itself needs to be put together but this is rather simple and only takes around 5 to 10 minutes it is just a case of fitting the frame together and adding the seat cover and toy arch and it is ready to go. There are instructions but it is easy enough to do without them and if I am able to do it anyone can.
The non slip feet mean that the chair can sit on laminate flooring without sliding really well and it does not push away from you while you are putting little one in and no matter how much they wiggle it stays in one place so great for children who are just exploring movement.
It is bright and colourful in appearance a white background with lots of bright shapes and animals printed all over but the fresh design means it is suitable for both boys and girls which is great. It has a toy bar that sits across the bouncer which has 3 bright red toys for little one to look at and play with they are made from soft material and are great for developing senses the toy bar can be a little difficult to clip on at first as the grips that hold on to the side of the frame are rather stiff but this does ease up once you remove and re ad it a few times and it comes off very easy making it possible to get little one in and out quickly. The toys just hook on to the toy bar and this can result in them slipping down one side but this did not seem to bother my little girl as it made them easier to get at and play with.
There is a seat strap that secures little one in and it has 2 clips either side to open and close it which is easy enough for mummy or daddy to do but difficult for children so my son was not able to try and get his sister out to play which he did try many of times. This feature makes me happy knowing that little one is safely held in the bouncer no matter how much they wriggle and move so peace of mind.
There is no music with this bouncy chair but there is a vibration feature there are two speeds you can choose from and both are rather gentle and help little one drift off to sleep. This is easy to locate at the bottom of the seat of the bouncer and it does require 2 AA batteries and these are not included. I would suggest a high quality battery for this as we tried supermarket ones and they lasted all of a few days where as Duracell lasted weeks and weeks so it is worth paying the extra. This is great it helps little one relax and although I do not like to use it too much it is a nice extra to amuse baby while they sit in the seat.
One of my downsides is this is said to be suitable from birth although I like to keep my children lying flat or in my arms for as long as possible during their first few weeks as it can be very bad for their developing back I expected this to lay back a lot more than it does. It does not sit upright but still far enough that even my 4 week old little girl looked really uncomfortable in it so I went in to panic mode and she went back in her mosses basket for a few more weeks and it was not until she was around 8 weeks old I fully trusted putting her in this bouncer.
As this bouncer is only designed till around 6 months due to baby sitting up and being more independent they can easily tip the chair it does limit the amount of time you can use it but I suppose with all things related to babies they soon grow out of them.
A positive part of this bouncer is it has a head support that can be easily taken away once little one is older and no longer needs it. Also the whole seat cover is removable and washing machine friendly which is great as it is white and can get rather dirty quickly. This is easy to remove and add back on and it helps the bouncer stay in tip top condition. It washed well it did not shrink and the colours did not run at all the end result was the seat looking brand new again without affecting any of the quality.
The legs of the bouncer may look thin but we found in use this allowed the perfect amount of movement for little one as she wriggles in her seat creating a sift bouncing for her as she played. We did not really use this and we did not often use the chair preferring to have her out and about exploring this was mainly used for while mummy was doing housework and my little girl wanted to look around but she preferred her bumbo seat to this.
There is no extra padding to the chair and it is just the thin cotton material that little one sits on and although it is comfy enough it might have been nice to have a little padding like other bouncers we have owned saying that then it would make it more difficult to wash it so maybe this is why.
Over all it is sturdy enough although it looks a little flimsy it lasted my daughter for the time she needed it and we actually gave it to my sister in law who used it for 5 months with her little girl and it was still going strong. It is very durable and despite our first thought when looking at it the bouncer has lasted really well.
I would recommend this bouncer jut not from birth as they suggest as the comfort for a new born baby is just not there but this is definitely another winner from mamma and papas. It retails at around£25 which for a bouncer is cheap but there is a lot less material and extras with this bouncer is just a plain and simple seat which is probably why.
It's quite overwhelming at the amount of products out there for babies, especially the different varieties of chairs, swingers, rockers and bouncers. It makes you wonder how mums used to get on "back in the day" before all this stuff came along. The simple answer is they just got on with it, but nowdays we are lead to believe that we need endless amounts of stuff for our kids. Fortunately I haven't been sucked into it too much and have only been duped into buying a few items like this chair, the playmat/gym and a couple of other big playtime items, a bouncing chair was one of only a few items on my list of things to get Freya.
I was after a bouncer that was sturdy, looked cute (but not pink and uber girly), didn't break the bank and vibrated. I had a look in Mothercare and wasn't really blown away by the selection, taking into account that my Mothercare store in my town is pretty small so I didn't have much choice, however, I thought I would have a look in Argos to see what they had to offer and out from the laminated book of dreams (the argos catalogue) popped this bright and colourful looking bouncer. I saw the brand name Mama's and Papa's and immediately thought it would be around £40-£50 so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the price tag of just under £25. It had the vibration feature that I was after, and I'd heard a lot of my friends talking about Mamas and Papas being a trusted good quality brand so I snapped it up.
Assembling the Mamas and Papas rocker couldn't be simpler, it comes flat packed and all you have to do is clip the legs together to the circular disc which acts as the support bracket for the bars enabling it to bounce securely and safely. There is a secure harness which is attached to the main part of the bouncer. The head rest isn't connected to anything, which means that you can move it to where you choose and to support your little ones head in whatever position they are sitting in. The cover is re-moveable and fully machine washable so if your little one ends up having an accident (Freya has thrown up a few times on it) then you can whip off the cover and throw it in the wash. The head rest can also be washed and after 3 or 4 washes it still hasn't lost it's shape.
The Mamas and Papas bouncer is suitable for babies newborn - 6months of age. Freya is now just over 3 months old and still loves the chair, she is outgrowing it a bit now as she is a tall baby but she still sits in it quite comfortably. She no longer needs the head support pillow as she holds her own head up a lot better than she used to, but I'd recommend that you use this for newborns as it keeps them upright. The straps attached to the support harness are adjustable so you can make it bigger when your baby starts to grow there is a lot of give in it, so it will fasten over most babies laps. It is recommended that the bouncer only be used with babies weighing no more than 9kg, but by that weight babies are normally more independent and can sit up on their own.
The bouncer could be used for girls or boys as the pattern is very gender friendly, it is covered in brightly coloured letters, numbers mushrooms and what look like hippo/dinosaur looking things. The harness and head rest are in a lovely bright red which stand out from the rest of the chair.
The vibration feature requires 2 x AA batteries, I'd recommend you use a decent brand of batteries otherwise you will end up going through a fair few if you have it on quite a lot. The vibration settings are easy to use, it's a simple turn switch at the foot of the rocker there are no set levels i.e level 1, 2 etc, it's just a progression from nice gentle vibrations up to the top vibration setting which is pretty loud. The placement of the vibration switch is a little odd as its right by your babies feet. This is nothing to worry about when your baby is a newborn, but Freya - being quite tall and just over 3 months - can now switch the vibrations on and off with her feet.
To keep your little one entertained whilst their happily sat in the chair is an arched bar which attaches to each side of the chair. There are 2 toys which you can wrap around the arch to keep your baby occupied. The toys are only 2 soft shapes - a square and triangle - the square has a bell inside with different textures and patterns around it, the triangle looks the same but makes a crunching sound instead of a ringing like the square. Unfortunately the toys aren't enough to keep my little girl entertained so I attach other things to the bar to keep her interested.
The last feature I will mention of the bouncer are rubber grips on the back and front of the bars, which stop the rocker from sliding around on floors like laminate or tiles. The Mama's and Papa's bouncer can be bought from Argos for just shy of £25. Now this might seem like a lot as it just looks like a generic rocker chair, but I'm glad I paid that little bit extra for something of great quality.
I'd recommend any new mum or dad to buy a bouncing chair, they're great fun and good for keeping your little one sat almost upright. It is easy to rock, you can use your foot at the side or front to rock pressing on the bars. It's practical, simple in design and keeps your little one entertained leaving you free to do other things. This doesn't mean that it is safe to leave them unattended for long periods, you must keep your eye on your baby whilst they are sat in the chair as it is quite easy for them to slide sideways - they wont fall out - but it's not going to be comfortable. The vibration setting is great for helping get wind up, although if it's set too high it can make them sick a little, although this may just be the case with Freya - haha!