Babysitter Balance from BABYBJÖRN

 

Manufacturer: BABYBJÖRN
Recommended Age: Newborn - 2 years
Retail Price: $169.95
On the Web: www.babybjorn.com
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Enjoy the little things in life— your baby safe, comfortable and happy in his/her own special seat. BABYBJÖRN® Babysitter Balance cradles your child while transforming baby’s smallest movements into a soothing, rocking motion. Sitting cozy and secure your child can sleep, rest, or take part in the things going on around him/her. There is no need for batteries as your baby’s movements are converted into a comfortable rocking motion. And, when baby falls asleep, the motion stops so baby does not become accustomed to needing movement to sleep. With the restraint removed, the sitter becomes a comfortable rocking chair for an older child. All fabrics are machine washable and Öko-Tex Class 1 certified (materials guaranteed to contain no harmful substances). Adjusts to three positions: Play, Rest and Sleep.


No tricky assembly or batteries required. The Babysitter Balance is ready to go straight out of the box – which thrilled our group – especially our Dads who have grown weary of the phrase “some assembly required”! All of our parents were pleased with how easy it was to transport the Babysitter Balance, and how easily adjustable this baby seat truly was. Changing seat positions and adjusting the harness was a snap.

It didn’t take long for our little ones to put the Babysitter Balance through the spit-up and spill tests. And our Moms and Dads were happy to report, a quick run in the wash and the fabric was clean (spot cleaning also worked!). All of our parents said that the frame was constructed soundly – and the entire seat felt very stable and sturdy – a big deal for some of the parents that were concerned with safety and balance.

Visual Appeal led to a lot of varied responses from our Moms and Dads. Families with more modern stylings really liked the clean lines of the Babysitter Balance. On the flip side, however, some of our Moms and Dads just said they would have liked brighter, more stimulating colors. Some said that it looked like the Babysitter Balance was designed more for parents than kids. The Babysitter Balance does come in a variety of colors – but we should note that all of them share that very clean look.

Fantastic functionality! That is what we heard over and over again from our parents. Moms and Dads who have had experience with baby bouncers in the past felt that the Babysitter Balance fit right in with the group. More exciting to us were the parents who hadn’t come in with bouncer experience – they were thrilled! The Babysitter Balance is easy to move from room to room and that perfect extra set of hands to hold your baby so you can cook, use the bathroom or just take a break!

So…here is the biggest problem our parents had. BABYBJÖRN’s Babysitter Balance is not inexpensive. In fact, it is a little pricey – and on the high end of baby bouncy seats – many fall in the $50 – $100 range. At an MSRP of $169.95 this is definitely up there. However, after getting the feedback from our Moms and Dads, it definitely came across that you would be getting what you pay for with this seat. The Babysitter Balance felt far more sturdy than many of the bouncer seats our parents had – and this definitely was a concern – or buying point – for many of them. Bottom line – the Babysitter Balance is expensive, but some of our parents felt willing to foot the bill for the piece of mind.
Manufacturers Note from BabyBjörn (in response to Cost Efficiency information)
Because of its solid construction, the BabyBjörn Babysitter Balance is safe for use up to 29 pounds, allowing many children to use it as toddlers. Once the child can climb in and out of the sitter on his/her own, the restraint system can be removed and the child can use it like a chair. This allows the Babysitter Balance to be used much longer than many bouncers that generally are only used for infants.

Baby bouncer seats are nothing new, but overall our parents felt what made this a little more original than others was its safety factors and sturdiness. Many bouncer seats are all wiry and flimsy feeling – the Babysitter Bounce feels strong.

Our parents loved, loved, loved the Babysitter Balance. Even the Moms and Dads who would have liked a little brighter colors or more fun patterns agreed that this felt like the strongest, sturdiest baby bouncer seat that they had ever come across. If it didn’t fall at such an expensive price, the Babysitter Bouncer would have flown through our review with almost 5-stars across the board. As it stands, however, the Babysitter Bouncer earned a solid 4-star review and impressed parents where it counts most – in durability, stability and safety!