Post # 1
We are expecting our first baby in November (yay!!!) and I have been looking into some baby gear. I cannot decide if we should be getting a swing or a bouncer seat. We definitely don’t have room for both, so it will have to be one or the other. I have asked a couple of friends who have kids, and it seems to be pretty split as to what most people prefer.
I’m basically looking for an option to be able to put baby down sometimes to free up my hands.
I was hoping to hear some opinions on which way we should go and your reasoning why.
Post # 2
I had both, but to pick one- the Bouncer- it’s more mobile you can take it anywhere- you will need it to shower and cook dinner.
Post # 3
I say swing 100000%. My son lived in his for the first few months. The bouncer was fine after the first couple months, but we didn’t et nearly as much use out of it.
Post # 4
We have a small amount of living space and baby is sharing a room with us and we have room for both because of the ones we chose. I chose the fisher price comfort curve bouncer which can’t be stored. It’s really small and very portable and light weight. Haven’t used it yet but I’m due in August.
For the swing we chose the graco swing by me swing and it super small and has two heights as well as the fact that it’s foldable and compact. It is sitting folded up against the wall in our hallway and it is so thin when folded I love it! I like that it’s easily stored away until we start using it for baby! I was almost positive we would have to choose one over the other but luckily the compact storage ability of that swing made it possible for us to have both!
Post # 5
We have neither. We do have a rock-n-play, which is where baby spends a lot of time during the day.
Post # 6
We had both. I couldn’t really choose because both were most helpful at different ages.
Post # 7
Thanks so much for that recommendation. DH has been giving me a hard time for passing by a $50 swing at a garage sale. Similar swings are over $100! But it was just so big. The swing you mentioned is only a little more money and solves the storage issue. Score 1 for me! 🙂
Post # 8
We had a swing and a rock n play. The rnp is nice because it is portable. I could bring it in the bathroom, etc. (some people love it for sleep so dual purpose. The swing was great for naps in the early days.
Post # 9
I had both. He used the bouncer from 0-3months and the swing after that. We had an old bouncer that had a pretty low weight cap. He enjoyed them both but the swing we could not have loved without.
Post # 10
The bouncy seat has been used WAY more than the swing for us. It moves all around the house, bring it in the bathroom when I need to shower, put it in the kitchen so I can cook or clean, it goes anywhere I need it to go. The swing is big and can’t move and he only enjoyed it for the first couple of months. We also have a rock n play which is what he slept in for the first 4 months, it’s also small, portable and great to have right next to your bed at night. He’s in his crib now I still use that upstairs for shower time or while I’m getting ready for work when the bouncy seat is downstairs.
Post # 11
There are swings that have a detachable chair that turns into a bouncer, maybe you can look into those?
I couldnt live without our Rock n’ Play, lifesaver!
Post # 12
I have registered for both.. I think they’ll both be good for different times/stages of life. We don’t have a very big house, but a good amount of storage space so that’s why I was ok with getting both. I did want a smaller swing though, I didn’t want a big one taking up a ton of space in our living room. So I registered (and received) this one.. it’s smaller & portable, and can be adjusted to 2 different heights. I haven’t taken it out of the box yet, but a friend has the same one and I saw hers, it’s a good size not too big or small.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies for sharing your experiences!
Thank you for the suggestions for smaller options! I am definitely going to look into those!!
weddingmaven: This is what I keep hearing from a lot of people! I wish these things were smaller!
MrsWBS: almostmrsj: jny1179:
Thanks for your responses! Unfortunately, the Rock N Play is not approved in Canada, so I can’t have that as an option.
I had no idea there was a two-in-one option with the bouncer and swing! I’m going to see if I can find one!
Thanks for the suggestion! That swing looks super cute, and if it’s not too big, I might be able to fit both!
Post # 14
we are registering for a 2 in 1 swing with the detachable bouncer. They also make a version with a rocker instead of a bouncer but I think the bouncer will be much more useful. Here’s a bunch (price seems to vary wildly by color for some reason?)
Post # 15
we have a rock n play and a bouncer (mammaroo)
The rock n play takes up almost no space, it folds up very compact and ive heard nothing but good things about it.
the mammaroo is a really modern bouncer, it has 6 different types of bounce movements, ive also heard awesome things about this as well. My friends son loved it, I hope my baby will too