Product Name: BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft
Price Range: ££££
At a glance
The BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft is super stylish with great practical design. Packed full of features it’s an extremely high quality bouncer.
The BabyBjorn screams Swedish design and practicality. Whilst not as brightly coloured as other bouncers this chair oozes style and would look the part in any modern home. This two-in-one bouncer and chair is extremely well put together and is lightweight enough to be easily moved around the house.
There are currently a total of 12 different colours available, across 4 different fabric types. Those being: Cotton, Polyester Mesh, an Organically grown Cotton and the ‘Soft Selection’ range of super soft Jersey Cotton.
As standard out of the box there are no toys included. However, should you wish to purchase some, there are a range of three clip-on toy bars with prices ranging from around £20, up to about £40. The 3 different models are Flying friends, Googly Eyes and Big Smile.
The bouncer has four different height settings, starting with the highest upright position for ‘play’, a more relaxed angle for ‘rest’, more laid back again for ‘sleep’ and folds flat for the ‘transport’ mode.
One of the key features is that the bouncer turns into a chair when your child is old enough to walk and sit unaided. The fabric seat cover reverses to create the toddler chair. This feature is key to giving the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft a longer lifespan and potentially justifying its high cost.
The Bouncer mode has a maximum weight of 20 lbs/9 kg and the Chair mode has a slightly higher maximum weight of 29 lbs/13 kg.
The BabyBjorn bouncer is ergonomically designed to give proper support to your baby’s head and back from the age of newborn upwards. Weight is distributed evenly by the fabric seat moulding itself around the baby’s body. The claim by BabyBjorn is that the bouncer is developed in collaboration with leading Paediatricians to ensure correct head and back support. The bouncer certainly looks to be a comfortable product and is well made.
A three point safety harness secures your baby comfortably in the bouncer. The safety harness is attached by three buttons and corresponding button holes. The bouncer is kept stable by anti-skid pads on the bottom of the chair frame. All 4 fabric types are easy on the baby’s skin, completely harmless if chewed and are free from health-hazardous substances and allergens. They also meet the Oeko-Tex® standard.
The Babybjorn Bouncer Balance Soft meets European and American safety standards (EN12790:2009 and ASTM F2167).
Ease of cleaning
The fabric seat can be completely removed from the bouncer in order to machine wash. You do this by undoing the two elastic loops at the base of the seat and pulling the seat up and over the frame. All in all cleaning couldn’t be simpler.
Ease of assembly
Since the bouncer is ready to go out of the box there is no assembly required and this couldn’t be simpler. You place the bouncer in front of you and pull the seat up until you hear a click. This is the first height position for ‘sleep’ which is recommended for newborns.
Age Range and Usage
Since the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft can be used as both a bouncer and a chair it has a much longer than average usage time. See Baby Bouncer Comparison Table. It can be used as a bouncer from newborn (at least 8 lbs/3.5 kg) up until the child has learned to sit up unaided. When your child becomes a toddler and can then walk and sit on their own, the fabric seat can be reversed in order to create the chair (up to 29 lbs/13 kg or approx. 2 years).
Value For money
In looking at value for money, consider the price you are paying against the length of use.
The average cost of the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft on Amazon (obviously varies depending on model chosen) at the time of writing, is towards the upper end of the spectrum (££££ on the comparison table) which is between £80 and £120’s. At time of writing the Bouncer Balance Soft (Black/Dark Grey, Cotton) was £104.90. However, due to the extended age range you get by converting the bouncer to its toddler chair setting you should get up to 24 months usage out of the product. So, simply put, a cost of £104.90 for 24 months gives you a usage cost per month of £4.37 which is a good average score. See Baby Bouncer Comparison Table.
If you consider the BabyBjorn’s overall quality, comfort, stylish look and feel and the fact you are investing in a bouncer that you will get up to 2 years usage out of then this bouncer is coming out as good value for money.
- Can be used from Newborn up to 2 Years of Age
- Folds flat for storage and transport
- Natural Bouncing, no batteries required
- Can be turned into a toddler chair as well as a bouncer
What to watch out for
- Toybars not included and sold seperately
- When folded flat is quite long
At the upper end of the market the BabyBjorn does show off its quality. Although only a minor drawback the fact that it doesn’t come with any toy-bars included is disappointing. However, these can be bought separately. It is a stylish ergonomic bouncer with an extra long period of use, however it does come at a price. If viewed as an investment in quality over its full lifespan then its still a good value for money bouncer. One that will certainly look the part in any stylish home.