If like most parents you spend the majority of your time balancing your baby on your hip or attached to your breast or one-handedly learning (and often failing) to do all your house chores, then a baby bouncer is an absolute must.

The choice however is overwhelming. Does your baby really need umpteen movements and sounds to keep them entertained? Usually a short car ride does the trick. Is it better to stimulate your baby with colourful and bold designs of jungle animals and shapes?

Is it wrong you want an aesthetic design in-keeping with your living room décor? And then what about price? Is it better to invest for future children perhaps or just get a budget-friendly option in case your baby refuses to be put down altogether?

There’s so much to consider but what all our testers did agree on is value for money, noise levels (the minimal the better) a machine-washable soft fabric, a secure harness and a controllable bounce are all key in finding your new live-in babysitter aka baby bouncer.

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The verdict: Baby bouncers

Hands down and leaps apart, Babybjorn’s bouncer bliss is the firm favourite with our testers. The soft jersey design adds even more to the brand's already luxe collection. It’s not just a bouncer but a piece of furniture for your home that will give your little ones a comfy and soothing seat to sit on throughout their early years.

But, when it comes to mechanics, innovation and well-thought design, Nuna’s leaf bouncer is well-ahead of the game and our little testers agreed with some unexpected (and very much appreciated) shut-eye.

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