One of the smartest purchases I made as a mother of infant twins was the Bungee Baby Bouncer ($40) by E & I.
Given a tip from a fellow mom, I found the bouncer online and was eager to set it up. There are two separate pieces: the part that hangs from the doorway and the harness that is strapped on the baby. The metal clamp hooks onto the top molding of most doorways and beneath it sits the bungee cord and wooden holder. You place the baby in the adjustable safety harness that comes complete with a thick Velcro closure topped by a buckle closure for additional safety. Then hang the harness straps onto the wooden holder. It sounds complicated, but it only takes seconds. And my twins loved it.
It was the only toy or activity that they would be happy with for more than a few minutes at a time. Starting at four months and continuing until they were almost nine months old, my twins used the Baby Bungee Bouncer at least three times a day for up to 30 minutes at a time. I’d put on music and they’d dance, bounce and laugh in complete joy. I would hang toys from the straps for them to shake and they loved kicking at balls and toys at their feet. In the meantime I took the opportunity to devour a sandwich or restock the diaper bag. And considering they didn’t always nap on the same schedule, sometimes it was the only moment of peace I’d get all day.
Plus it’s easily portable since there are no screws and the pieces lie almost completely flat. So the bouncer traveled with us to both sets of grandparents and a few friends houses to help keep the babies (and adults) entertained.
– Sarah S.
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