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7 Best Baby Rockers (2022 Reviews)

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As a parent, your child will inevitably spend a whole lot of time in your hands, but let’s be honest – sometimes you need your hands to do everything. It’s not always convenient to hold your little one when you’re trying to get things done. It can make any task go on longer or just be plain ol’ harder to manage.
Baby rockers, bouncers, and swings were created to help parents, especially moms, take a hand break and to give our little ones a chance to learn some independence. We’ve put together seven great rockers that’ll help you take a load off.

Best Baby Rockers

  • 1.

    (Best rated — $)

    Why it’s great: Fisher-Price designed this model of a rocker to work for a baby and a toddler. The seat comes with a three point restraint, offers two reclining positions, and it comes with a kickstand to stabilize the rocker for seating. To entertain your little one, there’s a mobile with two toys that can be removed when your baby gets older, and it rocks with soothing vibrations to lull your baby no matter their mood.

    If it gets messy, simply toss the washing machine and dryer-friendly seat pad in with baby’s regular laundry. You also get the choice of three designs to suit a girl, boy or keep it gender-neutral.

    Keep in mind: Rocker weighs 6 pounds and supports weight up to 40lbs (18kg). Manufacturer recommends it for newborns to 2 years old toddlers. Rocker requires 2 C batteries.

    Good for: transitioning between infancy and toddlerhood.

  • 2.

    (Best soothing options — $$)

    Why it’s great: Need to sway your little one with a soothing side-to-side swing? Graco has you and your baby covered with 6 swinging speeds for whatever pace your baby desires, 10 well known melodies, 5 calming nature sounds, and 2 vibration settings. It conveniently offers the ability to use batteries (5 D-cell) or plug it in to access these features.

    It’s also made with a comfortable, deep seat that also comes with a removable head pillow support to make the soothing experience feel even better. For entertainment, this mobile has a toy bar with three visually stimulating toys. This swing can also easily fit into any space with its compact design, and your little one will be safe because of the five-point harness.

    Keep in mind: Swing weighs 13.55 pounds with a maximum weight recommendation of 5 to 30 pounds. It’s also suggested for infants 24 months or younger.

    Good for: a side-to-side motion, various soothing/calming options.

  • 3.

    (Best rocker for travel — $$)

    Why it’s great: Imagine a bouncer and rocker in one no more! Summer Infant offers this easy to convert duo with calming vibration options, recline adjustment, and a removable mobile with two toys. It also flattens so you can easily store it out of the way, or take it on the road. In bouncer mode, you can alter the incline and move the feet to get that bounce your baby will enjoy. In rocker mode, turn the feet in and adjust the incline to get rocking.

    When it gets messy, simply take off the insert and wash it. You can purchase this duo in teal or gray. This easy to assemble and lightweight bouncer and rocker is definitely a great contender.

    Keep in mind: Item weighs 5.55 pounds and is recommended for 0-6 month old babies, or 5 to 20 pounds. It also requires 1 C battery.

    Good for: traveling, using as a bouncer and rocker.

  • 4.

    (Best features — $$$)

    Why it’s great: Finally, a swing that mimics the way a parent and other familiar movables move! 4Moms’ genius baby rocker captures the bounce and side to side motion of moms and dads with 5 distinctive motions and speeds to boot. This means there’s an option for a car ride or a tree swing! If that isn’t enough cool, baby-loving features, there’s plenty more to adore: bluetooth capabilities to control sounds and motions from your phone, MP3 plug ability, an adaptable recline, AC adaptor option, and an interactive toy bar.

    These incredible features are well built into the smooth nylon material with removable and washing machine-friendly seat fabric. It’s a must-have, so be sure to add it to your baby registry!

    Keep in mind: Maximum weight recommended is 25 pounds (minimum of 4.4 pounds) and is suggested for 0 to 3 years old. It is the pricier option on our list, but it comes with the most unique, familiar features most babies will love.

    Good for: familiar motions (such as a parent or a car ride), bluetooth capabilities.

  • 5.

    (Best value — $)

    Why it’s great: This bouncer provides impressive features at an equally great price. It includes relaxing vibration patterns to calm your little one, an entertaining and removable toy bar, and it comes in a unisex pattern with a soft and easy to wipe clean or wash fabric. This lightweight bouncer is fuss free and just a simple, but effective aid in making any baby feel a whole lot better.

    Keep in mind: Item weights 3.64 pounds or 1.65 kilograms, and is best for 0 to 6 months old (up to 20 pounds). It requires a 1 C battery to operate as well.

    Good for: budget conscious families, those needing a lightweight bouncer.

  • 6.

    (Best rocker & glider duo — $$$)

    Why it’s great: This cool rocker doubles as a swing seat. Simply lower the seat to transform it into a rocker with one hand and without having to move your little one. The swinging motion mimics the motion of a parent or caregiver, and the safe, comfy, plush walls make it feel like a snug cuddle.

    Get baby into a tranquil mood with one of the two vibration options, six speeds in swinging mode, as well as calming melodies and soothing nature sounds. You don’t need to worry about safety because of the 3 point harness. There’s even a small mobile to keep your little one entertained.

    Keep in mind: Glider weighs 22.77 pounds. It’s suggested for 0 to 4 months old babies with a minimum weight of 5.5 pounds and a maximum of 30 pounds. It can be plugged in or battery operated for use, plus there’s a timer option to increase battery life.

    Good for: 4 months and under, those who need a rocker that doubles as a glider.

  • 7.

    (Most comfortable — $$)

    Why it’s great: This cradling bouncer seat is so cozy it’ll feel just like a cuddle! The headrest, footrest, and side supports are all cushioned to create that ultra luxurious feel that parents give. Keep baby engaged with the removable toy bar, gentle bounces, 8 melodies, and auto shut-off vibrations. This cool bouncer is safely made with a 3 point harness and feet that won’t skid.

    Choose from 4 cool designs that’ll fit into any décor, or will work for a boy or girl. It comes with a character cushion that can be removed as used as a floor mat when your little one becomes not as little anymore.

    Keep in mind: Bouncer weighs 3.06 pounds. It’s recommended for up to 6 months old. It also requires 3 C batteries.

    Good for: bouncing, traveling, gifting.

Best Overall

The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker is our overall top recommendation. It's the highest quality product we have found with the most affordable price making it the best value on our list..

FAQs about Baby Rockers

  • 1. What’s the difference between a rocker, a swing, and a bouncer?

    Our list includes all the above options, but here’s a breakdown of the differences and similarities:

    • A rocker moves manually or via something powered, such as a plug or battery.
    • A swing is mechanical with varying movement options, such as side to side. They’re typically more expensive because they come with many options for sounds, tones, mobile or toy bar, and vibration patterns.
    • A bouncer typically relies on a baby’s movement to get things shaking, or it requires a little nudge to get it moving. They’re typically cheaper and more lightweight, so they’re easier to travel with.

    (For the purpose of the FAQs, however, we’ll classify them all as rockers.)

  • 2. Why should I get a baby rocker?

    Rockers are wonderful for both parents and their children. As a parent, it frees up your hands to complete everyday tasks, or just to simply free up your hands for a rest. As a baby, it’s an excellent alternative to mom and dad’s rockin’ motions to help soothe and relax.

  • 3. How will I know if my baby will like a rocker?

    One can’t be too sure without testing it out. Your best bet is to note what sort of motions your baby prefers and buy according to this first. If you’re not sure, bouncers are best for more independent babies who are a little more self-reliant and curious. Swings are best for comforting fussy babies because of their various options. Rockers are more of an in-between, so they’re a good starter option if you’re not sure. And of course, be sure to keep the receipt in case your baby doesn’t like it!

  • 4. What are some things to consider before choosing a rocker?

    Aside from choosing between a rocker, bouncer, or swing, here are some key points to keep in mind as you look over our list:

    • Consider your space. Where do you want to put the rocker? Will you move it around your home? Do you want to travel with it? Make sure to also pick one that fits in with your décor.
    • What kind of vibration, melodies, and sounds do you feel your baby will respond to best?
    • Messes will happen. So, is the baby rocker easy to clean? Does it have a removable cover you can wash?
  • 5. Is there anything important to keep in mind safety-wise?

    Always supervise your little one whenever they’re in a rocker. However, most have harnesses, and they’re not recommended for sleeping according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Conclusion

For most parents, a rocker of some kind is a necessity. Your new baby will demand a lot of attention, and having a rocker to assist you will do wonders for your sanity, and it’ll give your baby some time to hang out with themselves. There are, of course, plenty of options, many with the ability to double as a rocker, swing, or bouncer. Our list has 7 great ideas to match what just about any parent and baby is looking for.