Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer Review

Updated April 30, 2014
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Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer
Bottom Line

If you want a bouncer with all the bells and whistles, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer is a good pick. Between lights, sound effects, songs, toy animals and vibration, parents say this seat has plenty to keep a baby entertained. However, a few parents complain that the seat might be too stimulating, while others say the toy bar is awkwardly placed. Concerns over the seat's ability to hold larger babies have some parents questioning the weight limit.

Safety

Questions about stability. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer is suitable from birth, and parents agree that the seat is sufficiently padded and reclines enough for the smallest babies. The three-point harness keeps infants secure, but may not be the safest option for older or more active babies. Most say assembly is easy, but a few say the bouncer felt unstable after putting it together. The maximum weight capacity is 25 pounds.

ProsLights, sounds, music, Parent- and child-activated modes, Vibration feature, Easy to moveConsBest for smaller babies, Some quality issues

Performance

Stimulating, but perhaps too much? Reviewers say the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer features many stimulating features for baby, including a fully loaded, removable toy bar. The bouncer also has a vibration mode and rainforest songs and sounds. Parents can use either child-activated mode -- where the baby is rewarded with lights and sounds when batting at toys -- or parent-activated mode, which plays 10 minutes of sounds, lights and motion. A few parents complain that the bouncer is too stimulating for babies, but most say it's easy to make the bouncer more soothing.

Durability

Potential quality concerns, quickly addressed. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer has machine-washable padding that reviewers say is easy to remove and clean. It does not recline to more than one angle, though heavier babies will weigh down the seat more than lighter ones. Several parents report loud clicking noises, broken toys or busted vibration, but nearly all say Fisher-Price quickly rectified the problems.

Our Sources

1. Baby Bargains

Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, 10th Edition, 2013

"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.

2. BabyCenter.com

The Best Baby Swings and Bouncers, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated

The editors of BabyCenter.com praise the "cheerful animals" and stimulating design of the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer, saying the seat will keep babies entertained. They also like the music and vibration when soothing is the goal. However, the bouncer burns through batteries, and may be too loud and busy for some.

3. Amazon.com

Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014

The Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer earns 4.3 out of 5 stars in about 390 reviews. Most parents like the bouncer's portability and that it can be more stimulating or soothing depending on the mode. However, some report motor issues, while others say the bouncer is too loud and eats batteries.

4. Babies 'R' Us

Fisher-Price Bouncer - Rainforest, Contributors to Babies "R" Us, As of May 2014

The Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer earns 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 1,500 reviews on ToysRUs.com. Reviewers say the bouncer is stimulating and comfortable, simple to put together, durable and easy to clean. Some complain that it has a limited life span, while others say parts broke quickly.

5. BabyGizmo.com

Bouncers & Infant Seats, Editors of BabyGizmo.com, Not dated

Editors at BabyGizmo.com offer a general overview of what to look for in a bouncer, including important features. They also list five Editor's Choice picks, which include the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer. However, they do not review the bouncer or compare it to other models.

6. PopSugar.com

Top Swings, Bouncers and Exersaucers, Editors of PopSugar.com, April 29, 2011

Editors say parents they've surveyed like the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer for its vibrations, colorful toys, songs and noises. One parent is quoted as saying the bouncer is good at both soothing and entertaining her baby. The short review does not note any cons or compare the bouncer to others.