My ds is 6 months and is good at sitting up on his own. He isnt crawling or moving about yet, so only lasts about 10 mins on his back before he gets bored. I know bouncers and walkers arent meant to be good for babies but i was thinking it would be something to entertain him for a while - i wouldnt leave him in it all day!
But which is the better of the two evils!?
Personally I don't like walkers. They need room to use them properly which most modern houses don't have, risk of squishing fingers agaisnt furntiture and walls, crashing into things, reaching stuff out of range before, tipping down uneven surfaces etc . They were banned in Canada I believe. Expensive for a limited life span. the static playcentres may be preferable but again you can only use them until they take their first steps.
We had a Tippitoes bouncer which both mine enjoyed and was somewhat less expensive. You do need to ensure it is secure on the door frame, that they can't swing into the doorposts and it is adjusted to the right level so they are not weight bearing the whole time. Also they need good neck control and should be in there no longer than 15-20mins at a time. I used to put some music on and they'd dance along!
Just to reinforce Wigwambam - stationery walkers - activity centres are great and most can be adapted for toddlers as well. You can leave a kid in one when you need the loo as well. A lot more versatile than a bouncer. Mine was one of my best ever buys
Think we got it from Toys'r Us but that was a few years ago , cost about £20 . Blooming Marvellous ( here ) still sell it amongst others.Tippitoes bouncer shown here . It is a fabric seat but very supportive.
We had a door bouncer & a static play centre for both ds's & they were both wonderful!
The play centre was great & both ds's loved it.
It was a little tikes one & I used it until they were around 18 months, as it kept them in one place!
The door bouncer was a big hit too!
They both kept ds's entertained while I got on with other things.
I would definitely NOT reccomend walkers though.
Just yesterday I was round a friends house & watched her 8 month old dd tip out of her walker & land on her head.
It was apparantly the second time she had done it that day.
my ds had a baby walker from Mamas and papas and it was fantastic he loved it. Not once did it tip it was v v stable. I didn't shut the kitchen door properly and he managed to open it. Past the door in the kitchen is a tiled step that leads down to bathroom and study and he went flying down the step,whilst i was screaming incase he tipped over and smashed his head in he was laughing as he got into the bathroom. They are great things to have to give your baby more independence but you have to have eyes like a rocket!
my dd has a walker and she loves it, gives her loads of freedom. we have a big house so she has loads of room to roam around in. you do have to make sure nothing dangerous is in her reach. she loves pulling the cd'd out of the rack and the pool balls out of the pool table