Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bright Starts InGenuity Automatic Bouncer Review

As a mom of three, I need products that help to simplify my life. I have a nine year old on the autism spectrum, a six year old drama queen, and a 15-week old colicky baby with reflux who LOVES to be held- all of the time. I'm not one of those anti-holding moms, but I am busy, and usually being pulled into forty two different directions. I wear my baby as often as I can, but face it, sometimes I need a break.

Recently, we were asked to review the new InGenuity Automatic Bouncer by Bright Starts. I decided to give it a shot, because this bouncer is not a vibrating chair like the other bouncers on the market, and not a jumper-type contraption. This bouncer is supposed to mimic the movements a mom would make when bouncing her baby, say, while trying to get that last piggy out. The InGenuity Automatic Bouncer retails for $49.99, and this particular color/style is available at online and in Target Stores. Be sure to check out Amazon, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby, for the InGenuity Bouncer in other fashions.

Here's my video review of the product:

As you can see, it gently rocks the baby, not side to side, but front to back- in the same motion baby would make should you pat his tushy. I personally wish there was a way to increase the intensity, as sometimes my baby is really fights sleep and that stronger bounce would really help with his colic. If my baby is fighting sleep, ready to go to bed, I will put him in this, and he is usually out cold in just a few minutes. This is especially helpful when the house is busy and full.

He loves to hang out in it, because of the way the seat kind of hugs him with his weight. My baby is pretty small- he's only 11 pounds, 6 ounces- but I could see this product being able to "grow" with him, and still be comfortable the heavier he gets, as well.

Here are some product features:
  • 30 minutes of automatic bouncing that mimics mom's natural motion
  • Seat features cradling side supports and removable headrest
  • 8 melodies and 3 nature sounds
  • Removable, pivoting toy arm with 2 plush toys
  • Batteries last twice as long as traditional bouncers

Weight/Height: Up to 20 lbs
Age: Birth & Up

Battery Requirements:
3 C (Not Included)

They didn't make products like this when my two big kids were little, but if they did, it would have been such a lifesaver. I still have a vibrating bouncing chair, and a swing, but I love the option of having a bouncer. The only thing that would make this better is if it had the option to vibrate, as well.

The InGenuity Automatic Bouncer has two different sound settings. One plays lullabies, and the other is nature sounds. I like the nature sounds, but the big kids like the lullabies, so they can sing along. I think it's cute.

I love that the play bar is removable, and fully adjustable. I can flip it all the way back when I'm taking baby in or out of it, and pull it right back to the perfect position for him to bat at the toys. The big kids keep trying to clip extra toys to it, but the width of the bar won't really allow that.

All in all, if you are in the market for baby gear, put this one on the list. Follow KidsII on Twitter, so you can stay up to date on Bright Starts products, InGenuity products, new designs, or upcoming news.

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II, Inc. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed above are strictly mine, your experience may differ.


The Knutson Klan August 30, 2012  

Love the video! Thanks, Lauren!


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