The BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance is the sleek Scandinavian answer to traditional bouncers. When baby kicks or thrashes, the seat bounces -- no batteries or plugs required. Like most BabyBjorn products, it has a long lifespan and a good resale value, but a few parents say their babies prefer a traditional vibrating bouncy seats.
Keeps babies secure. Parents say the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance feels safe and stable. There are separate weight limits for each seat position: 15 pounds for the flat Sleep setting, 22 pounds for the reclining Rest setting and 29 pounds for the upright Play setting. Reviewers say the three-point harness keeps babies secure because it comes up high on their bodies. Though newborns can use the seat, very small babies should not be placed in the upright positions until they have head and neck control. The Babysitter Balance comes fully assembled.
No electricity required. The BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance is completely baby-powered -- the more baby kicks, the more baby bounces. This simple design has fans among many owners, but a few note that their babies prefer traditional seats with battery-powered vibration. Parents also can purchase a toy bar (*Est. $35) that features spinning wooden balls and flowers. Because the seat folds completely flat, reviewers say it's easy to take from room to room or throw in the car for trips to grandma's house. The fabric seems comfortable, parents say.
Built to last. It's easy to remove the seat fabric from the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance, reviewers say. The fabric is machine-washable and reversible, so parents can create four different looks by flipping the main seat and harness fabric. The seat can become a toddler lounger when parents remove the harness. The Babysitter Balance comes with a two-year express warranty, and customer service receives high marks. Some parents also note that the seat has a high resale value once their children have outgrown it.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors recommend a handful of swings based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth Edition, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In a thorough review, the editors of BabyCenter.com praise the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance's simplicity and ergonomic design. They praise the fact that it won't overstimulate a baby, folds flat for easy traveling and has a streamlined modern look with several color choices. However, they note that it is expensive and might not soothe some babies who prefer traditional vibration.
Review: The Best Baby Swings and Bouncers, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Editors of MomFinds.com crown the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance the Best Overall Baby Bouncer, praising its back-to-basics, easy-on-the-eyes design and organic cotton. They like that the seat is baby- or parent-powered instead of requiring batteries, and say the three positions make it versatile and comfortable. However, it is expensive given its simplicity, they say.
Review: Best Baby Bouncers, Editors of MomFinds.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Vengrow's roundup features 10 high-end bouncers, including the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance. The short review focuses on the retro edition, praising its vintage design, comfort, security and adjustability. Vengrow does not note any cons or compare the seat to others.
Review: The 10 Best Bouncy Seats for Your Baby (So You Can Have Lunch!), Bonnie Vengrow, Jan. 29, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance earns 4.7 out of 5 stars in more than 200 reviews on Amazon.com. Owners like the ergonomic, sleek design, portability, sturdy construction and easy-to-wash fabric. However, a few complain that their babies were underwhelmed by the seat or didn't seem comfortable. Others say the Babysitter Balance is expensive compared to other bouncers and has a limited lifespan given the price.
Review: BabyBjorn BabySitter Balance, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Good This roundup features six high-end bouncers, including the BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance. The short review praises the seat's simple, safe design and range of fabric choices -- regular, mesh, organic and retro. The focus is on modern-looking baby products, and the Babysitter Balance is a top pick of the reviewer.
Review: "Bouncer Most Likely to Chill Your Baby" 2012 Cribsie Awards Finalists, Editors of BuyModernBaby.com, Undated