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For How Long Can My Child Sit In the Bouncer At a Time?

You can let your child sit in the bouncer for as long as he or she is content. However, small children should not sit or lay still in the same position for long periods of time. Therefore, BabyBjorn recommend that you pay attention to your child’s needs and switch between using the bouncer and, for example, a baby carrier, your arms, a pram or a crib. You should always use the baby side with the safety harness fastened for small children who cannot sit unaided.

How Does the Bouncer Balance Soft Work for My Child?

Your child’s smallest movements are turned into soft, soothing rocking in the bouncer. Babies practice their coordination and have fun at the same time. When your child is big enough and can walk unaided, turn the fabric around and use the bouncer as a high chair. The bouncer can be used for babies until they weigh 28 lbs/13 kg. Batteries are not required for our bouncers.

When Can I Begin Using the Bouncer Balance Soft for My Baby?

The bouncer can be used by newborns (3.5 kg) until they weigh 13 kg (at approx. two years old). Until your baby is able to sit unassisted, the baby side should be used and the safety harness should always be buttoned up. Once your child can walk unaided, the chair side can be used as a comfortable chair.

Why is Using a Baby Carrier Such a Good Idea?

A baby carrier has many practical benefits. But the absolutely most important reason to carry your baby close to you is the great need babies have to stay in physical contact and enjoy closeness with their parents. The closeness you both experience when you carry your tiny baby strengthens the all-important bond between you. A baby carrier gives you the opportunity to stay in close physical contact as much and as frequently as possible – even when you need your hands free for everyday tasks.

Why is the Baby’s Position In the Baby Carrier So Important?

The skeletal tissue surrounding a newborn baby’s hips is still soft. This makes it important for a baby to sit in a natural, wide-leg position during their first months. Our baby carriers give your baby the correct support for their hips, thighs, neck and back, while still allowing them to move freely. We recommend that you carry your baby facing inwards during the first five months while they are still small and need proper support for their neck muscles.

Can Baby Carriers Cause Hip Problems In Young Babies?

No, all newborn babies are examined at birth to check that their hips are normally developed. If they are not, they will receive medical treatment. It is not possible for a baby carrier to cause hip dysplasia. 

Almost everyone who works here at BabyBjörn is a parent too and BabyBjorn work closely with doctors who specialise in paediatric orthopaedics when they develop their baby carriers. BabyBjorn also has midwives, safety experts from testing institutes and other specialists to advise them. Without their approval, BabyBjorn  would never let parents use their baby carriers. 30 million children all over the world have been carried in our baby carriers so far, without a single baby coming to any harm.

Does a Baby Sit Comfortably In a Baby Carrier?

Baby carriers are designed to encircle the baby, so weight can be distributed across the baby’s entire body. This is important because babies have very different proportions to adults. Your baby’s head, for instance, accounts for up to one third of their total body weight and the baby carrier’s adjustable head support helps to support your baby’s neck muscles. BabyBjorn's tests show that most of the pressure under the baby’s bottom in the baby carrier is placed on the sitting bones, which is exactly what they want for optimal sitting comfort for the baby. As there is least pressure around the genitals, there is no risk that they will be harmed in any way. A nappy makes it even softer.

Can My Baby Get Over-stimulated When I Carry Them In the Front-facing Position?

You carry your baby close to your body in a baby carrier. This gives your baby a great sense of security. BabyBjorn recommend that babies are carried in the facing-in position for the first five months. By the age of five months, a baby is usually growing more interested in their surroundings and you can try the front-facing position to see if your baby likes it. 

BabyBjorn collaborate with some of the world’s leading paediatricians and psychologists, and they say there is no need for parents to worry about their baby getting over-stimulated. The best thing you can do as a parent is to listen to your baby’s signals. If your baby seems to prefer the facing-in position, that’s fine. If you have an inquisitive baby, there’s no reason not to let them sit in the front-facing position when they are old enough. Let your baby decide!

Is the Carrier Really Designed to Suit a Baby’s Back?

BabyBjorn FR's baby carriers are developed in collaboration with doctors who specialise in paediatric orthopaedics. The baby carriers provide well-adapted support for a baby’s hips, neck and back. A baby’s back is C-shaped at first and gradually acquires the S-shape of the adult spine. There is a popular misconception that a young baby’s back is held in too upright a position in a baby carrier. But this is completely unfounded from a medical standpoint. On the contrary, baby carriers provide good back support when the fabric encircles the baby’s body. Babies also spend many hours asleep lying flat on their backs in their cot. Lying flat on their back does no harm at all to a baby’s back. It is just as safe for a baby’s back to be carried in a baby carrier.