Baby bouncers – the best way to keep your baby soothed and relaxed and possibly the most sought out ‘baby must have’ after your stroller. After using two different brands, the Nuna Leaf Grow and Baby Björn Bouncer Bliss and realising while there were similarities, there were also plenty of differences too – I thought I would share my review with other parents who are caught in a dilemma over which bouncer to buy.
The reason I initially was impressed with the Nuna Leaf Grow was because of its design. It’s elegant, modern and looks like a luxe piece of furniture. We have the Leaf in the champagne colour, which is quite neutral and would work well for either a baby girl or boy. The distinguishing feature is that when you gently tap the Leaf, it will sway on its own for up to two minutes without you needing to do anything, no batteries or cables. It also sways in reaction to your baby’s movements as they grow and wiggle around more. This means you can easily move it from room to room or outdoors.
The Leaf also has three recline positions as pictured above, with the last being near flat which makes the Leaf ideal for naps. I also like the padded newborn insert which looks and feels very comfortable for a newborn and is conducive to day time naps. This insert can be removed as your child grows, hence the name ‘grow’ as it can also be used as a toddler chair, with a cool mesh underside and the harness can be completely removed.
The Nuna Leaf Grow can hold a maximum weight of 60kgs. which is staggeringly fantastic as to the longevity of the product – from baby bouncer to toddler chair.
The infant insert, seat pad and toddler seat are all removable and machine-washable for easy cleaning. I currently use my water wipes to spot clean, and the fabrics wipes clean easily without leaving any stains or water marks.
The downside is that the circular base can take up quite a bit of room. Therefore while you can move it to multiple rooms, it is best kept in one area as it can be cumbersome moving it. We also have the optional accessory, the toy bar, however find that it easily pops off even when placed on securely. Lastly, it is difficult to store away as it does not fold down completely flat.
Pictured: 3D Mesh in Pearly Pink
We used the Baby Björn Bouncer Bliss with our first born and will continue to use it with our second due to the convenience it offers. Overall, the Bouncer Bliss is a very compact and light unit and weighs just 2kg. I can easily move it from room to room with ease. It also folds down flat so you can store it away easily or take it away travelling with you. Once babies start to wiggle and move, their movement naturally rocks the bouncer and they really enjoy it.
It is available in an array of fabrics and designs and the covers are interchangeable on the frame (so you can purchase additional covers if needed). I prefer the mesh, as it is great in summer and the mesh is cooler with increased air circulation and is breathable. I also find that the mesh does not show up stains as easily as the cotton fabric.
One really notable point is that we have washed this cover multiple times and it still looks quite new.
The maximum weight hold of Bouncer Bliss is 13 kgs, therefore is can be used from birth to about 2 years as it converts to chair. Our daughter did continue to use it until she was 2 years old as her movie chair and she enjoyed sitting in it.
The downside is that the Bouncer Bliss does not bounce on its own. Therefore, unless your baby moves and wiggles it won’t. This is not ideal when babies are in that newborn stage but is great when they are older and have the strength to move to activate the movement of the bouncer to naturally bounce. However, you can tap it manually to bounce in meantime. Lastly, even though it can be used as a toddler chair, I found when my daughter was two years old and sitting in it, the fabric would give and her bottom would be on the floor which is not ideal.
I’ve also put together a handy comparison table which shows you the similarities and differences side by side.
Please let me know if you have any questions on either bouncers. I would also like your feedback on either of the two, or why you chose one over the other.
Kerstin // Lux Mumma
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