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Momtrends Must-Haves: Bouncers, Swings & Activity Centers

Best Bells-N-Whistles Baby Seat: 4moms mamaRoo

4moms mamaRoo

Part rocker, part swing, part bouncer, the 4moms mamaRoo is ready to give you a hand. This seat is pretty amazing if cost is not an issue. Unlike other swings and rockers which have one set movement, the mamaRoo is designed to move like do when you're trying to soothe baby around the house and out running your errands. The mamaRoo moves up and down and side to side with five unique combinations to choose from - kangaroo, car ride, tree swing, rockabye and wave. The list of features go on and on - seat recline, five speed options for each of the five motions, a mobile with three reversible toys, and four built-in sounds plus the ability to plug in an mp3 player. The latest version of the mamaRoo is also Bluetooth-enabled so you can adjust the motion, speed and sound from your phone or tablet. A splurge, but also a major sanity saver. BUY: Amazon

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Best Baby Swing: Graco Simple Swing

Graco Simple Swing

Our favorite soothing swing is the Graco Simple Swing. It has a well-padded, machine-washable seat, six swing speeds, two vibration speeds, a three-toy mobile and 15 songs and sounds to help calm your babe. At 38"H x 31"W x 30"L, the Simple Swing has a smaller footprint than many other on the market and with the option to power via an AC adapter or batteries, you can use the swing anywhere you need. BUY: Target

Best Portable Swing: Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat

Fisher Price Take Along Swing

If your baby loves the swing, you aren't going to want to be without it (read: overnight at Grandma's, dinner at friends' house, etc.) which is why we love this Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing. The seat itself offers 6 speeds, 10 songs and nature sounds, and can convert into a stationary vibration seat for babies up to 25 lbs. Best of all, this battery-run swing can fold in half for easy storage as well as easily disassemble to fit into a suitcase - with room to spare! - for travel so you'll never have to be without your favorite soother. BUY: Amazon

Best Modern Baby Swing: Nuna Leaf

Nuna Leaf

Company coming over? This is one baby swing you won't mind leaving out. The Nuna LEAF (and its modern sis with a contemporary base, the LEAF curv) are both pretty and practical. No batteries, no cords, no noise - and one simple push of the seat provides over two minutes of gentle swaying to soothe your babe. The seat can also lock in place once baby is asleep or is ready for stationary playtime. We are fans of the seat's buttery soft organic cotton seat fabric, pinch-free Velcro harness, 130 lbs. weight limit (big kids can still use it too!), and the optional toy bar add-on. Baby soothing in style. BUY:Amazon

Best Minimalist Bouncer: Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer

Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer

There was a point where bouncers, rockers and swings only came in a primary color explosion of colors and designs. Fortunately, minimalist moms can still have a practical place to put their precious cargo without overwhelming the rest of their décor. The Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer is about as simple as they come (solid and tone-on-tone colors, no batteries, no bells n whistles) - but still useful for giving baby a place to play. The seat has three recline positions for play or sleep and an ergonomic design to keep baby comfortable and supported while your child's natural movements will cause the seat to gently bounce. Added bonus? The seat folds flat for storage or travel. BUY: Amazon

Best Affordable Bouncy Seat: Bright Starts Bouncer

Bright Starts Bouncer

Yes, this bouncer is bright, but talk about affordable! This Playful Pinwheels Bouncy Seat by Bright Starts is under $20 on Amazon! The bouncer has a built-in vibration option (1 C battery required), an included toy bar and machine-washable seat. While the seat does have a three-point harness, it may not recline enough for newborns or as a napping option so keep this as an option for awake activity time. BUY: Amazon

Most Versatile Bouncer: Stokke Steps Bouncer

Stokke Steps Bouncer

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We love gear that grows with baby like the Stokke Steps Bouncer that transitions from a luxe bouncy seat to a raised seat/infant high chair with the Stokke® Steps™ High Chair Concept. The plush padding on the bouncer and newborn insert ensure that the seat can be used from birth and the four different heights allow you to adjust baby to the perfect angle for play or rest. We also love the included detachable toy holder and that it folds flat for easy storage under the couch or crib. Check out our Momtrends video review here on our YouTube channel. BUY: Nordstrom

Best Affordable Activity Center: Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

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Kids and parents alike will love this basic activity center that still comes chock full of features. The seat has three heights to let babies up to 25 lbs. jump, and a 360° spin-around seat to enjoy the different play stations. Turn on the jump-activated lights and music - or switch the sounds off for quieter playtime. Best off, you can pick up this activity center for under $70 at Amazon. BUY: Amazon

Best Grow-With-Me Activity Center: Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center

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Baby gear is notorious for being useful and useable for a short window of time, but this activity center has the added benefit of growing with your child. The Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center transitions from newborn to 2+years as it moves from a tummy time playmat with activity bar to a stationary activity center to an S-curve activity table, perfect for early walkers to explore. Eleven different toys and activities keep your little one occupied with this Amazon jungle theme (or choose from other themes like Animal Planet or World Explorer). BUY:Amazon

Best Space-Saving Activity Center: ExerSaucer Fast Fold + Go Treehouse Triple Fun 

Exersaucer Fold and Go

Let's be honest - you don't buy an activity center because you love how it looks in your living room. You buy it because you need a way to keep junior occupied while you make dinner or help siblings with afternoon homework. Which is why I love this Fast Fold + Go Treehouse Triple Fun from Exersaucer that folds up when you're not usingit - to just 7" wide! The center also grows with your baby from a tummy time play mat to a sitting play center to a toddler-friendly toy toss game. BUY: Toys R Us

Favorite Newcomers: 4mom bounceROO and Oribel Portaplay Activity Center

Check out two of our favorite newcomers to the market!

4moms bounceROO

4moms bounceRoo is the latest addition to 4moms amazing line-up of seats, rockers and bouncers. The battery-powered bounceRoo has three unique vibration modes (bee, wave, heartbeat) plus three levels of intensity settings to help to you find the perfect motion to calm and soothe your baby. We also love that its lightweight (just 5.86 lbs) and easy to move anywhere in the house you need. BUY: Target

Oribel Portaplay

We've already talked about how much we love multi-use gear which is one of the major selling points of the new Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center. The activity center is suitable for kids 5-12 months before the infant seat pops out and is replaced by a solid panel creating an activity table for kids up to 5 years old! You can leave some of the toys attached or remove them all for a flat surface. We're also big fans of the bold, modern color palette and the fold-in legs for easy storage. BUY: Amazon


Lucky you! We're giving away one of our favorite luxe do-it-all activity seats - the amazing mamaRoo by 4moms!

This seat moves like you do with five unique motions that combine side-to-side and back-and-forth motions. Moving and soothing, just like you do. Check it out in action!

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