If ever there were a person who truly needed a second set of hands, it would be the mother of a new-born. But, what’s the next best thing when you simply need a safe place to set baby down for a few minutes? A rocker. Below we answer some common questions and offer some things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
What is the difference between a rocker and a bouncer?
Both baby rockers and bouncers are designed to keep baby soothed and in one spot while mom or dad needs a break from holding baby. Rockers and bouncers are both typically designed to support baby’s body at a slightly inclined angle and close to the ground.
In most cases, products labelled as “rockers” offer a gentle back and forth movement (think: rocking chair), usually without any motorized component. On the other hand, “bouncers”—as the name implies—can sometimes offer more of an up-and-down movement, oftentimes motorized. Rockers and bouncers both come in many shapes and styles, with varying degrees of bells, whistles, and attachments.
What is the best and safest type of rocker?
First and foremost, a rocker should be designed with baby’s safety in mind. Here are a few pointers to remember when you’re shopping:
- Check the age and weight recommendations given by the manufacturer—and also use your common sense when evaluating various models
- The rocker should be sturdy enough such that baby wouldn’t be able to tip it over; also look for a non-skid base
- Look for a rocker that includes an easy-to-remove (and wash) cover—if it’s made of nontoxic, organic materials, even better!
- The best rockers provide a way to strap baby in, preventing them from rolling over or suffocating—but it should also be comfortable for baby
- Some rockers are more portable than others—if this is important to you, make sure the rocker doesn’t sacrifice anything in stability and sturdiness in order to be lightweight or collapsible
How long can a baby stay in a rocker?
Rockers are meant for short relaxation sessions, not for full-on napping or sleepy time. After about 30 minutes, it’s best to get baby out of the rocker and onto other activities (or down for a real nap).
Rockers can be great for babies (and maybe even better for parents!), offering a soothing and safe spot to relax as long as baby is awake and being monitored. Just think of all the things you can get done when baby is having a soothing rocker rest—from laundry or unloading the dishwasher, to meal prep or catching up with a friend!
To see Finn + Emma’s line of rockers, visit: https://www.finnandemma.com/collections/rockers.