As any parent will tell you, when you have a new baby it can be extremely difficult to get anything done. Even the little luxuries you used to take for granted like sitting down to drink a hot cup of tea can seem like an impossible dream.

Investing in a baby swing or rocker lets you free up your hands to do a few things around the house or even relax. Many mums find a rocker or a baby swing a complete lifesaver, especially when they have older children who also need attention. Having your baby safe and occupied, even for 10 minutes while you get dinner on or vacuum the lounge can make a huge difference to mum’s stress levels and helps family life run more smoothly.

There are so many different types of rockers, swings and baby bouncers on the market that it can be hard to know which one to choose. Firstly and most importantly you’ll want to think about your lifestyle and what you want to use a rocker for. Is it so you can look after your other children, get a few things done around the house, or entertain your baby when you’re out visiting? If you have an idea of what you want it’ll be a big help when it comes to narrowing down the right rocker from the multitudes out there.

Here are a few things to look for.

  • Versatility - Many of the bouncers and baby swings out there can be used in a number of different ways. For example, the Joie Serina Swing can be laid back for baby to sleep, or raised to a more upright position when baby wants to look around and watch you. It also features vibration, sounds and three different recline positions

    Joie Serina Swing - Petite Trees

  • Longevity - If you want to ensure good value for money, think about a bouncer that can be used as baby gets older, as a high chair or seat. Investing in a bouncer like the Nuna Leaf Rocker means you won’t have to go out and buy separate items further down the track.

    Nuna Leaf Rocker - Bisque

  • Portability - If you’re looking for a way to entertain your baby while you hang out the washing, chop the vegetables for dinner and fold the laundry, you’ll want a bouncer that’s easy to move around and that comes with a canopy like the Steelcraft Denim Rocker to keep baby out of the sun. Portability is crucial if you’re planning to take your baby’s rocker out and about with you. Bouncers are great when you’re visiting and they can be a lifesaver at a picnic as they let baby be part of the conversation while also keeping your hands free so you can eat.

    Steelcraft Denim Rocker

  • Added extras - Many rockers and bouncers like the Tiny Love Rocker Napper come with added extras like music, toys and mobiles to entertain bubs. When looking at these keep in mind that all babies are different and you can’t really tell whether your baby will enjoy music and spinning lights until he or she lets you know. It’s beneficial to find a rocker that lets you clip your own toys on so if baby has a particular favourite it stays within easy reach. Also be aware of developmental considerations – newborns have limited vision and may not benefit from a colourful mobile. Black and white is often better for new babies while older babies will enjoy colourful displays.

    Tiny Love Rocker Napper - Red

  • Appearance - While appearance can often be the first thing parents to be look at when shopping for any baby item, in reality it’s probably one of the least important factors. Having said that, it’s always nice if your baby bouncer matches your other baby furniture and fits in with your home’s décor.

If you’re still not sure which is the best baby rocker for your needs, pop in to your nearest Baby and Toddler Town store for a chat with one of our experienced team members.