The Best Travel Baby Bouncers and Travel Baby Swings

Author: Celine Brewer

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Having a baby swing and a baby bouncer at home with a baby is a must! Our baby swing is ideal when trying to get something done and having a safe place to put baby down. We use a baby bouncer all the time too! We move our baby around depending where we were in the house. What about travel baby bouncers or baby swings – are they a must-have?

We probably wouldn’t call a travel baby swing or baby bouncer a must-have baby travel essential but if you have the space, they can be worth packing! A baby swing or baby bouncer for travel can be a downright lifesaver depending on where and how long you’ll be traveling for.

Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that “parents should limit the amount of waking time their baby spends in a seat such as an infant swing, bouncy seat, car seat or carrier to prevent the baby’s still-soft head from becoming flat as a result of being in the same position for too long.”

baby sleeping in swing.
Our son fast asleep in our baby swing.

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Best Travel Baby Bouncers and Travel Baby Swings

When it comes to travel baby bouncers and baby swings, it should be portable, easy-to-carry, and foldable. Here’s a list of some of the best travel baby bouncers and baby swings to help you find the best option for your family:

baby sleeping in portable baby bouncer.
Our newborn in a baby bouncer.

My Top Picks for the Best Baby Travel Bouncers

I know you don’t always have time to read. You’re a busy new parent! So here are my top picks for the best portable baby bouncers for travel:

Best Overall:

BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft – This travel bouncer folds flat, is easy to pack and provides a safe and comfortable place to put your baby down.

Best Budget Option:

Baby Delight Alpine Deluxe Portable Bouncer – This portable baby bouncer also fold flat into its’ carry bag, but it comes at a much lower price.

What to Look for in a Portable Bouncer or Baby Travel Swing

Safety, comfort and space for the baby are probably every parent’s first and foremost concern. But what about when your baby isn’t using it? Portability and ease in setting it up and taking it down are just as important, especially if you’re on the move quite often.

How Portable Is It?

Baby travel swings usually come with a metal frame, off of which, the swing is suspended. While these are usually collapsible, you will want to make sure that yours gets as compact as you need it to be. The portable baby swing must fit in the trunk of your car and come with a handle or sling to carry it along with the rest of your luggage during your road trips with a baby.

How Easy Is It To Pack Down?

The idea is to have a hassle-free baby travel accessory for your trips, which means that the portable swing and its frame need to both be easily collapsible. Too many knobs and keys to tighten it can be time-consuming, so make sure you choose one that takes minimal effort and time to set up and pack away.

How Easy Is It To Move Around?

Most travel baby swings are lightweight and easy to move. Choose one that folds down easily, without any protruding bars or handles that are inconvenient when carried around. Check for sharp edges or tips that might pose a risk to the baby, you, or even the swing itself.

Baby outside in baby travel bouncer

Where Will It Be Used?

Ideally, you want to make sure that your baby travel swing can be used anywhere and everywhere that has enough space to accommodate it. To ensure this, look for rubber padding at the bottom of the swing for added grip or extendable stabilizer feet that can hold your swing in place. 

Safety Features

Although the safest place for a baby is in their mother’s arms, most travel baby swings come with a lot of safety measures too! You will also want to choose a baby travel swing that comes with a padded carrier and a comfy harness to keep your baby secure and in place. Soft fabrics, plush cushions, and headrests are all a bonus!

What to Look for in a Baby Travel Bouncer

Where travel swings for baby can look elaborate and wide, the baby bouncer travel accessory gives your baby just as much joy by bouncing them up and down instead of swinging them from side to side! Aside from the quality of the materials that make up the bassinet and the durability of the elastic materials, there are a couple of other things you need to check for before choosing a baby travel bouncer.

Packs Flat

Easy storage makes a baby travel bouncer easy to handle, so make sure you choose one that packs up flat. Whether it be in the back of your car or under the bed in your hotel room, a flattened travel bouncer should allow you to shove it into or under just about anything without occupying too much space.

And when you need it, simply take it out, straighten it out and you’re good to go!

Easy to Clean

Between spilled baby food and spit-ups, cleaning up gooey messes is inevitable, so make sure you get a bouncer that cleans easy.

Many travel bouncers are made of high-quality materials, some even machine-washable to save you the effort of having to painstakingly scrub off dirt. Others even have seating pads that are removable, making them even easier to handle and clean up.

Acadia NP with baby
BabyBjorn Portable Bouncer used in Acadia National Park with a baby.

Portability

Make sure your baby bouncers are lightweight and easy to carry around. A flattened-out travel baby bouncer should be easy to pack into a car and shouldn’t weigh too much.

Choose one where the frame is durable and light and the cushioned fabric isn’t too dense, making it all the more convenient for when you need to carry it.

Ease of Setting It up and Taking It Down

Most modern travel baby bouncers can be easily set up by straightening the seat pad to click it into position. Take it back down by releasing the clip and the seat pad will fold right back down.

Consider baby bouncers that do not have too many hinges and folds to worry about and choose one that works smoothly with minimal effort.

How Much Will You Use It?

Depending on how much you intend to use your travel baby bouncer, you can choose a more sophisticated one or one that has more features. For tech-savvy parents, there are travel baby jumpers that run electronically for as long as you set a timer (more on this below!). But for those who suspect they might not use it as often, a normal, classic bouncer might be more than enough for your needs.

Before buying a travel baby swing or portable bouncer, make sure it’s something you’ll actually use. We recommend it for trips when you’ll be visiting family and mostly staying put for a majority of the day. If you are on a sightseeing trip abroad, in our experience, it’s unlikely you’ll be spending enough time in your hotel room to make it worth traveling with.

If you are doing long-term travel, then you may also want to consider one since you’ll likely be moving at a slower pace and staying in apartments instead of hotels.

parents relaxing on couch with baby in portable baby bouncer for travel

Safety Measures

Always ensure that the material used for the seating and the padding is soft and baby-proof. Seating that provides sturdy support for the baby’s back and neck a must.

Seating pads need to be tight enough to hold the baby in place and most baby bouncers come with adjustable heights allowing you to set it at a safe inclination. Also, remember to check that the frame and seating pads are not wobbly, but firm and safe even when the baby is placed in it.

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This post was written & edited by:

Celine Brewer - Baby Can Travel

Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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