Your baby might giggle if you call it a bouncy seat. It's a little frame made of plastic, metal or wood, and it holds a seat that is suspended on wire springs. You place your baby on one, and you don't even need to do anything when you baby moves a little bit, the week springs sag and bounce a little bit, and the gentle rocking motion keeps you baby amused..
You will find that the manufacturers try to design a number of features into any baby bouncer seat, and they may be attractive enough that you might want to buy a model just for them. The bells and whistles apart though, what really should you look for in one of these products?
Which is a pretty good question because we keep hearing about all kinds of safety compromises in baby products that we never would have thought were a danger like baby strollers. Who would have imagined that they would make them in such a Way that they would amputate fingers?
They do make battery powered baby bouncer seats too. Mostly though, you shouldn't need any battery powered bouncing. A baby bouncer seat for the most part, is meant for babies who are not older than six months. Powered bouncing as such, isn't really recommended for such young children. A gentle, battery powered rocking motion though, may sometimes be convenient when a busy mother is trying to put your baby to sleep.
It is quite imperative that no matter what baby product you buy, that you should make sure that it is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association to meet the safety standards set by the ASTM International . There are just too many things that can go wrong with little babies and mechanical devices. Products by makers such as McLaren, Graco and Fisher-Price, are usually well-certified.
If you're wondering about what could possibly go wrong with a baby bouncer seat that wasn't certified, think of all the parts that go into the making of a baby bouncer seat. Any wood, metal or plastic parts that get used, need to be smooth and need to demonstrate a high quality finish. You don't want any sharp edges or splinters or anything. The whole structure should be designed to ensure that there is no risk of toppling over.
The fabric used needs to be safe for baby skin. Any latches or openings, should be safe for little baby fingers or other body parts. There are lots of things that could go wrong if you don't buy certified.
Beyond your basic certification issues, your can go ahead and buy any kind of design that you like. There are many kinds. Some companies like Bloom, like to make their products look kind of futuristic; and they're expensive too in excess of $250. They even come with their own built-in music and video players.
Baby seats from the likes of Fisher-Price can take a child as large as 40 pounds, and they are kind of multipurpose, too they can vibrate, and they can turn into a rocking chair for the baby.