We bought this baby-bouncer from John Lewis out of desperation - my baby was not happy unless someone was holding him and gently bouncing him, which meant my hands were constantly full of baby! The bouncer cost £47 and was fairly easy to put together (I managed it in around 10 minutes, with only 5 of those spent being initially confused by the instructions) and although it requires a battery for the vibrating and music it functions fine without them if you prefer. Both the vibrate and music have three settings of intensity, and there are three different levels the seat can be held at - from horizontal to sitting position.
The baby certainly liked it! With the vibrate setting going, he's happy to sit in it for around 20 minutes at a time, particularly as he becomes more alert and able to look at the toys. The toys were a great bonus as we don't have very many and it's amazing how far two plush animals and a cloth book can take you at playtime. The vibrate setting is not enough to activate bouncing but keeps the baby content enough. The music plays a selection of tinnily rendered snippets of classics - the constant changing between snatches of songs helps to keep the baby interested, I've seen his face start to crumple before brightening up again as the song changes.
The main worry for me was that unlike some of the other models there is not much cushioning support around the top for the baby's head and neck. As such I wasn't very happy with him on it until his neck muscles had strengthened a bit - on his first go his head wobbled rather alarmingly. Even now, he will sometimes slump to one side of the bouncer which doesn't look all that comfortable (not that he minds). He's also already starting to get a bit long for it (at 10 weeks - although he is a big baby), his feet knock against the hard battery pack as he kicks so I'm not sure how much longer it'll survive for.
I'm glad we bought it, as it's allowed me some 'hands-free' time, and it has also become the focus of our playing sessions. It was relatively inexpensive, but a second time round I might be tempted by one with a little more cushioning support around the baby. We bought ours from John Lewis, but you could probably get it cheaper online.
Features: If you listen carefully, you can hear Planet Cosatto's busy Knit Wits' needles clickety-clack as they create these curvy threaded thrones. Get knitted-out and kitted out pronto. Bobbin comes with removable plush pals and a bendy book of buddies. Keep baby safe and snug with the quilted panel tummy harness and rubber stops to prevent floor skids. A crafty rainbow splodge on shiny red legs with double cute plush pals. The Cosatto knit-wits have gone super citrus in Bobbin's stripes. Detachable toy bar can be unclipped and attached to a pushchair for a familiar companion when out and about. The Bobbin is easy to assemble. Includes a padded book with mirror, music and vibration unit to comfort unsettled babies. Must not be used once child can sit unaided. Adjustable. Soothing vibrations. Music. Detachable toy bar. Includes 3 toys. Multi position backrest. Support strap. Non-slip feet. General information: Suitable from birth. Suitable for babies up to 9kg. Removable washable cover - 30Â°C machine washable. Batteries required 2 x C (not included). Size H56, W59, D48cm. Folds flat for storage. Manufacturer's helpline number 0871 977 3900. Manufacturer's 4 year guarantee. EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5021645041208. WARNING(S): To be used under the direct supervision of an adult. Only for domestic use.