May 11, 2012

Baby Essentials: A Baby Bouncer

I thought that I would share some of the baby essentials that I have loved with Allie and now with Macsen.  Today I have a guest post for you written by Catherine M.L. on the benefits of baby bouncers:

Being a new Mum or Dad is the best thing in the world. You can’t believe that you
and your partner have made this beautiful little thing, lying in front of you.

You never knew you had it in you, but being a new parent also comes with its fair
share of responsibility. You’d love to be able to sit there all day, just staring in
amazement, but there are bottles that need preparing, clothes that need washing
and jobs that need doing. So sometimes – even though you really don’t want to –
you need to be able to get on with other things.

That’s where the baby bouncer comes in – and a few months later, the baby walker.
You can put your little one in the bouncer and let them jiggle and wriggle around,
making the bouncer move whilst stimulating their little minds. At that age everything
is new, so wherever you put them, they’re going to be learning.

A well-earned break for Mum and Dad

Of course, this little break will also give you and your partner a bit of time to
yourself. You won’t get much free time when they’re this age, so make the most of
it. Just sit back, relax, and think about what a whirlwind it has been over the last few

A stationary bouncer for a new born or very young baby is a very safe place to be
– providing you use some common sense when placing it in the home – so whilst
they’re happily occupied there, you can get on with the day-to-day stuff.

Physical and mental stimulation

After a few months they will have grown out of the stationary bouncer, and
progressed to a walker. Although this requires a closer glance at some of the safety
concerns, provided you do your homework, a walker is a great way for your little one
to explore. They’ll be able to move about and get some exercise, before they can do
it completely unsupported.

Having a bit of independence – not to mention physical and mental stimulation – at
an early age is a really good thing, and there are plenty of benefits to baby bouncers
and walkers for both you and your child.

Use a bit of common sense, plan well, and they will really make those first few
months all the more special. After all, it’s a time that you’ll really want to make the
most of.
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