A member of our family adopted a newborn this summer, so it’s an exciting time as we think about a baby shower and what items would make the best gifts for the new bundle of joy! One of the classic items you think of new parents picking up is a baby bouncer. I’m pretty sure most of us sat in a bouncer of some kind as a child! The only downside to bouncers is that, like many baby items, they can be bulky, require quite a bit of assembly, and might not be that practical for packing up and taking on the road. Enter Tiny Love’s new product: The Take-Along Bouncer!
This is a brand new product that just debuted this month, and is a great solution for families on the go. Unlike the big, bulky bouncers my parents had in the ’80s, this bouncer folds up flat and can be easily moved wherever you want to go, or put away for easy storage. I received a Take-Along Bouncer to review, and I unpacked it to do some investigating before I pass it on to the new parents!
When you unbox the Take-Along Bouncer, you will find one flat, folder bouncer, instructions, and a carrying bag. The bag is for storage and to help keep the bouncer clean as you tote it around to various locations. Smart! And when they say “No Assembly Required”, they really mean it. All you do is unfold the bouncer, and it’s ready to use immediately. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
This lightweight, travel-friendly bouncer would be great to take almost anywhere. It has a safety belt on the front so you can snap baby in, so I think it would be great for keeping baby snug no matter where you go. Think: Family outings, gatherings at the homes of extended family or friends, or even just sitting in the front yard on a nice day! I like that it’s light and foldable, since parents have enough bulky stuff to lug around everywhere as it is!
Since I didn’t have a baby handy to sit in the bouncer, I sat a stuffed toy in the Take-Along instead to demonstrate it for you. Mr. Stuffed Elephant looks pretty cozy. 😉
The trickiest part of this bouncer for me was folding it up. This video shows how it is done:
Twisting the dial while pushing the button was a little less graceful for me than in the video, and I got confused at first as to where the top part was supposed to fold and had a hard time getting it back into the box. Once I realized that the top is supposed to fold down, I got it back in the box with no issues. You’ll also want to watch that you don’t pinch your fingers when folding this. However, I’m sure that after you’ve done it a few times it becomes much smoother!
As someone who has never set up a baby bouncer before, I think if this product is this straightforward and easy for me to understand, then it should be a piece of cake for moms and dads. I think this is going to make a fab baby shower gift for sure!
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