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Baby Bouncer Seat Versus a Swing

I received a Baby Bouncer seat as well as a swing for my newborn baby as a shower gift. Would you suggest I keep both or do they do the same thing? I'm under the understanding that the bouncer seat is for vibrating motions and the swing is a swaying motion back and forth? Just didn't know if it's worth it to keep both. Sorry is I sound so clueless about it. Thanks!

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I have 4 children. My first 2 loved the swing and used to fall asleep in it. My third loved the bouncer without the vibration because he could sit and see everything. As he got older, he liked the jump-a-roo. He never really liked the swing. My 4th likes the swing, bouncer, and jump-a-roo. So all kids are different. I also like the bouncer the best because I could put it next to the couch and lay next to him while both of us nap.

I used both. The bounce seat i didnt use as long but i could take it from room to room very easily and on the road. The swing i wouldnt live without. I used it forever. Even til age 2. They, all three of mine, slept in it for naps forever and hated to give it up.

I had both. Both my boys lived the bouncy seat when they where young and that was all that the babysitter could even get them to sleep in. My oldest did not like the swing till he was a little older. I would suggest to keep both!

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If I were to keep only one, it would be the bouncer hands down. I always say if I could only have one baby item it would be the bouncer. I use it all the time, my daughter loves it. As a newborn she would only sleep in that because she had acid reflux. Now she likes to sit in it alot, like while I make dinner, work outside, shower/get ready in the morning,etc. If you need to put the baby somewhere it's perfect. My daughter never took to the swing. I have it but she doesn't like it.

I would definitely keep them both! The swing is a must, and the bouncer seat is also nice because it's more portable. You can move it from room to room with you, and mine was even so light that I could take it in my care to someone's house if I wanted to use it there. My son loved both of them!

In my eyes they were both a must!

I had both. Both my boys lived the bouncy seat when they where young and that was all that the babysitter could even get them to sleep in. My oldest did not like the swing till he was a little older. I would suggest to keep both!

Definetly, both!! My first son loved the bouncy, but didn't care too much for the swing, but my second son loved both. So, even if you don't use both for your son, you may want them both later if you have another. Congrats on your new baby boy!

You will learn by doing in this case. some babies love the swing, hate the bouncer, and vice versa. he may love them both, and it will depend on what is more convenient at the given point in time. I would keep one packed away for taking on long trips, so you can have one at your destination, I used to take the bouncy EVERYWHERE, just so I knew he would have a safe place to sit, not everybody has babies you know! the bouncy also doubles as a good first feeding chair, prior to the high chair. Hope this helps!

It will completely depend on your baby and what they like or prefer. My baby only likes the swing about 50% of the time, but she always loves the bouncer. I still use both of them and she is 5 months old, but she prefers the bouncer.

We also got both and this was our experience. The swing was a Graco Open Top and it was great for soothing the baby. Mine went into a trance and didn't make a peep for an hour or more. I have heard about others finding it the only solution to calm a colicky baby. He started liking the swing at about 2 months old.

The bouncer was a Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer which is now the Precious Planet Bouncer. And this is by far the best baby thing we got. There are lots of types of bouncers and some look great but aren't bouncy or aren't comfortable. This one is perfect and I have not found another bouncer that is as great!
http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/baby/gear/bouncersinfants...

My baby is now nine months and long ago learned how to bounce himself and can spend an hour or so just sitting in the bouncer and looking around.

I have several friends who have fancier bouncers but their babies likemine the best.

I would think you should KEEP both gifts depending on what kind of swing and bouncer they are. Exchange them if you think the model/brand isn't something your kid will love.

If you need to take one of them back, I say keep your bouncer if it is colorful and bouncy and will accommodate your child's growth for at least six months.

My baby stopped really caring for the swing but I think most babies love swings. And when you are busy with dinner or taking a shower, it is nice to have options for how to keep your baby occupied.

Feel free to email me if you'd like to know what kinds of swings my other friends have gotten and hated or loved.

Congratulations on having a baby! They are the best!

My son is 3 months today. We opted to just get a swing, thinking that that were similar enough we just needed one. WRONG! He used to love just his swing, but now he doesn't like it. I had to guy buy a bouncer as well. I think that the swinging motion makes it hard for him to focus on things in front of him, where the seat keeps him still so he can. The swing is still great to put him to sleep, but if I want to get anything accomplished the bouncer is the way to go!

We couldn't have survived without the swing but also used the bouncer seat often.

keep them both!!!! they are both great to have especially when you need to get a few things done.

I would keep both. With my kids (I have 3) it depended on the kid and the day as to which they preferred. I like the bouncy seat because it is easy to move from room to room. My babies would sit and watch me shower or do dishes and they were pretty happy as long as I was nearby and they could hear me. Good luck and enjoy your precious gift. Time flies!!!

L. I had both of them and they worked wonders with my son. I am expecting my next one and i do intend to have both of them again. along with a jumparoo and other stationary toys that bounces and viberates. It really all depends on what mood your baby is in does the baby wanna bounce or does the baby wanna swing. Sometimes the bouncer is helpful when you go to take a shower and the swing is good for when you have no hands free at the moment. I believe that you should keep both of them..
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BOTH BOTH BOTH!!! Some nights our son would only sleep in that swing. He took many naps in there as well. It was a LIFESAVER! The bouncy seat we used more for play. It is also great to put in the bathroom so you can take a shower or do whatever you need to do.

I also have both and would do without either.

My son used both equally for quite awhile! Congratulations to you!!!!

If you are registered at babies r us return them both and look at the graco bouncer swing. the seat comes out to be a bouncer and you can carry it around or use in the swing.

Keep both! My daughter would take short naps in her bounce seat during the day - from the time we brought her home up until she was 13 months old! When she started walking, she would even sit down in her bounce seat (we had it on the floor) and sit back to watch her favorite show :)

And the swing - there is no doubt that you should keep it. Little ones can get the sniffles and a cold so easily and if they get congested, sleeping at that angle really helps them with drainage and to sleep much more sound. My son (who is almost 3) was sick a lot when he was a baby and he slept in his swing until he was 8 months old! My daughter (who is 16 months) only slept in the swing when she had a cold - on and off until 10 months old.

:) Congratulations on your baby boy!

Keep both. It will give you and your baby variety.

keep both, they both work in different ways and mine would like one one time and a different the next time. They are both very helpful!!!

Bouncer is more of a place to put the baby down, not just for soothing. It also comes in handy for when he's congested, etc. (though they're not supposed to sleep in them...we broke that rule a couple times.)

Both my kiddos hated the swing, but some kids practically live in them for the first 3 or 4 months.

So, based on my experience, if I were not wanting a bunch of "gear" cluttering the house, I'd vote for the bounder over the swing.

We used the swing for in the kitchen and other rooms to help pacify while cooking or doing dishes, cleaning etc.. We used the bouncy seat to put them in front of the tv for sound and color movement to encourage motor skills, it also served as a reclined seat to feed while they were to young for the high chair. It also makes it easier to interact with them if they are sitting reclined slightly in front of you so you can see and play with all of them and they can see more then just your angled face. The chair also helps with colic while the swing does not. Good Luck and their are no dumb questions except the ones not asked

I used both. The bounce seat i didnt use as long but i could take it from room to room very easily and on the road. The swing i wouldnt live without. I used it forever. Even til age 2. They, all three of mine, slept in it for naps forever and hated to give it up.

I have 4 children. My first 2 loved the swing and used to fall asleep in it. My third loved the bouncer without the vibration because he could sit and see everything. As he got older, he liked the jump-a-roo. He never really liked the swing. My 4th likes the swing, bouncer, and jump-a-roo. So all kids are different. I also like the bouncer the best because I could put it next to the couch and lay next to him while both of us nap.

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