Manufacturer: Comfort & Harmony
Price Range: ££
Merry Monkey Instruction Manual
At a glance
The Merry Monkey Bouncer is a colourful and feature packed fun little bouncer from Comfort & Harmony, perfect for your own little monkey.
Comfort & Harmony’s Merry Monkey™ Cradling Bouncer™ provides you with a lot of bouncer for your money. The company’s mantra is that everything they do is about two things – your baby and you. Considering the features they have put in to the merry monkey bouncer, we think they have met their mission statement. It has luxury soft fabric, lovable characters, trendy patterns and an ergonomic design.
This cute little bouncer is packed with features. A stylised monkey adorns the safety harness giving its merry monkey name. Plush fabric covers the extra thick cushioned seat and non slip feet keep the bouncer safely in place. You can watch your baby bounce along to the 7 musical melodies it plays without fear of movement. The music unit also doubles as a vibration unit and can provide soothing vibrations to help your baby relax and sleep. Volume control and automatic shut off has also been thought of as a nice touch. The colourful toy bar, which is easily detachable with one hand, includes two plush animals, a cute tiger and little monkey.
Interestingly comfort and harmony have taken the concept of a baby playing with a clothing label/tag and built it into their bouncer. Taggies™ are little satin tags that the baby can play with to feel calm and secure.
In addition to the calming satin Taggies the bouncer is fairly well padded and covered with velvet like plush material so it certainly feels comfortable. A head hugger insert cushion is included to provide support for newborn and younger babies.
A 3 point safety harness, secured with two plastic pinch clips, keeps your baby firmly in the seat and non-slip rubber feet stabilise the bouncer on any surface.
Ease of Cleaning
The seat pad is removable and fully machine washable so cleaning is simple. You can wipe clean the toys and the frame with a mild detergent and non abrasive cloth.
Ease of Assembly
The Merry Monkey Bouncer does need some assembly out of the box but this is a relatively simple task. The steel tubular frame slots easily together into plastic hubs. You then slip the padded seat cover over the frame and fix in place with a pinch clip strap. The music/vibration unit then just clips onto the frame. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver to open the battery compartment on the music/vibration unit. The bouncer requires 3 X 1.5v “C” type batteries which are not supplied.
To disassemble the bouncer you will need a small Phillips head screwdriver in order to depress the release buttons inside each connecting hub on the bouncer.
Age Range and Usage
You can use the Comfort and Harmony Merry Monkey Bouncer from birth up to the age of 6 months. Roughly up to a maximum weight of 9 kg or 20 lbs. Assuming you buy for a newborn baby, getting 6 months usage out of this bouncer is pretty much marked at the average usage in months compared to other bouncers on the market.
Value for Money
In looking at value for money, consider the price you are paying against length of usage.
At the time of writing this bouncer cost almost £40. Just under the wire for the lower end of the price range (££ on the comparison table) which is between £20 and £40’s. As indicated on the age range you should get at least 6 months usage out of the product. A cost of £39.99 for 6 months gives you a usage cost per month of £6.66 which is a middling usage cost per month score. See Baby Bouncer Comparison Table.
However, if you consider the quality, comfort of the seat and its play features this bouncer still comes out as a good value for money buy.
- Music and soothing vibrations
- Toy bar included
What to watch out for
- The chair itself is a bit flimsy
- It doesn’t fold flat for storage or transport
The Merry Monkey Bouncer has all the essential features you could need for your new baby. It also provides these at a reasonable price so all in all this bouncer provides fairly good value for money for what you get. You don’t need to buy any additional accessories. Everything you need is included straight out of the box, with the exception of some batteries. This is a good all round bouncer for your money.