With a month old child in the house, I can tell you with certainty what items from my registry were worthwhile and which aren't used much, or aren't used yet. This bouncer is among the most used items we own for our son. This lightweight, easy to put together bouncer with an option for vibration and dangling toys is something I'd likely get for any mom-to-be. Especially one living in a small apartment with limited space.
The bouncer is a soft green color, with machine washable covering (important!). It's a nice neutral fit for the non-gender specific shower. The entire thing is easily put together out of the box, even for this all-thumbs parent. Once put together, it is sturdy, but lightweight enough to be easily carried from room to room or lifted up and transported. While the wider base can be a bit tricky to navigate at times, it's much smaller than a baby swing and fits an apartment lifestyle where space is at a premium. The build of the bouncer allows it to bounce when the baby moves, or when an adult gently "bounces" it. It also has a battery operated vibrator that takes one D battery. The vibrations may be a bit strong for some newborns, but our son seems to enjoy them. The dangling toys include two soft toy animals attached with velcro and a plastic frog with a handle. When this is pulled, it plays some rather tinny music which I don't care for all that much, but can overlook.
The bouncer is equiped with a safety belt to keep a child in place (given that our little guy is a squirmer, this is fundamental!) And a baby can sit and watch the world around them, or sleep securely. Our son prefers to snooze in his bouncer than to sleep in his bassinet and often ends up spending the night tucked into the bouncer close to hand so that if he fusses, a quick nudge or two will send it moving and hopefully help lull him back to sleep. The dangling toys don't interest him much yet, but may in a few more weeks, for now they mostly get in the way when we're trying to get him out or put him in. But this is a minor quibble and the two soft toys can be removed, as can the whole toy arch. The vibration on the chair is the only battery operated part, and this can be ignored if batteries aren't available or run out.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is debating about a swing or bouncer for their first child, and it's a great shower gift. If you're looking for other essentials, you might want to check out baby travel systems (strollers with car seats) and a good changing table pad.
Happy parenting! ^_^ Shanshad
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