Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep Review




Every once in a while we get to review something we are really excited about. The Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep is one of those things! It's a beauty, just like every other designer baby gear item from Stokke. The epitome of modern baby gear design, the Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep is designed to make your life as a parent easier. It has made mine easier for sure! You see, we live in a small town home with three stories of living space. That means I am constantly up and down the stairs with my toddler and infant. The Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep enables me to carry the baby with me wherever I need to without disturbing his sleep, or simply without having to move him all over the place. Can you tell he likes it too? The daybed is the only place he can lay for several minutes without fussing (or falling). You know, a mom needs to brush her hair, wipe her toddler's bottom, or answer a phone call. I really think he likes that cocoon like surrounding.  



Okay, so I admit the baby mostly sleeps in a wrap during the day, yes - snuggled right on me. At night we co-sleep, so he is right next to me. But baby T loves the bouncer and daybed for his awake times. Now that he is three months old, he is awake a lot more - and since he sleeps in a Moby wrap, I try to give my back a break whenever he is awake. He spends most of that time in the bouncer. He loves watching me cook while he is in it, and he likes to watch me shower! Ha! No photos of that, sorry. 

The Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep was really easy to assemble. Though my husband did it, I very well could. He was very impressed with the quality, materials, and the ease of assembly (he is very discerning when it comes to products I review!). I just kept marveling at how modern it is. Most baby gear is too babyish for my taste, I'm no fan of pink and blue either. I can certainly appreciate the aesthetics as a professional Interior Designer.

If you have a baby with acid reflux, or one like mine - who needs to be semi upright to digest his food without spitting up, you'll love this. I remember the night we received the set, we didn't assemble the daybed right away, but we took out the bouncer since it comes pretty much assembled. I was a sleep deprived mom of a one month old. He would usually nurse and then sit in my arms for ten, fifteen minutes to digest what he just ate. That night I put him in the bouncer after he ate, he slept there for several hours and I finally got some sleep! Now during the day this is the place where he lounges after feedings, because let's face it - I have a toddler to take care of, a house to clean, meals to cook, and a blog to keep up with. 


While it seems there is little that can be improved upon for such a genius, high quality product, I do have a couple of ideas. First, I simply must address the velcro tabs that hold back the handles of the bouncer. While they function just fine, they are really loud! That pretty much guarantees baby T will wake up if I try to pick it up while he sleeps to carry him elsewhere or put the bouncer inside the daybed. A better idea would be some silent magnetic tabs to hold the handles back or something similar. My second idea is regarding the bouncer seat, it does't seem to be comfortable enough. In my opinion, it is a little bit too flat and not shaped enough to cradle the baby. Just to illustrate, the baby slides out of it in a couple of minutes if he isn't buckled in. Yes, it happened! I put him down to grab something quick and he slid down to the floor. While you should always buckle the baby, I think the seat should be comfortable enough for the baby not to slide down.

Here is us using the Bounce 'n' Sleep (we had every intention of making a superb video, alas our new computer has no video editing software!). The second video is from Stokke.





Finally, let's talk about the price! This isn't something that will fit into everyone's budget, it certainly would not for us. If you can afford it and you appreciate the simple, modern design, I say it is a must have. Especially if you're just having your first baby and plan on more, you will get a lot of use out of it. I can't think of any other product where you can easily move the baby like that, it is super convenient. Not to mention stylish! The Bounce 'n' Sleep Bouncer retails for $250 and the Bounce 'n' Sleep Daybed is $200. The price is right up there with other high quality Stokke products like the Sleepi Crib, Tripp Trapp Chair, and the thousand dollar Xplory Stroller.


The Stokke Bounce 'n' Sleep is available exclusively from Giggle  

Also available from Giggle at Amazon (use those gift cards!)





Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ. May contain affiliate links (please buy through these if you like our product recommendations).     

15 comments:

  1. Love it, that is a great product, i like how you can pick up the bouncer. I have older version bouncer and baby slides down the same way if its not buckled i think that is just how they made them. But i really like that you can bring it flat.

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  2. Wow, this thing is beautiful!

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  3. We're due with our first in July and I've been on the lookout for one of these! Thanks for the review!

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  4. Thanks for the great review! I've been considering this a while now and hardly found any reviews/opinions with real experience! Would you say that the daybed is suited for sleeping, even though you use it more as a lounger?

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    1. It's great for sleeping! I would have used it as a bassinet if my baby liked that kind of thing. But it just so happens that my babies always liked to sleep next to mommy. Even if my baby is in a deep sleep, five minutes after I place him anywhere else to sleep he wakes up. So he mostly sleeps on me in a wrap during the day and next to me at night. :) I love the Stokke Bounce n Sleep though, it is so convenient for us in the daytime!

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  5. Thanks for this! Question though- How portable/compact is the larger bed (vs just the bouncer)? I am wondering if I can take it home with me to the US at Christmas to use while there, as I live in abroad currently. Could I use it in place of a pack and play?

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    1. The daybed disassembles into a pretty compact package, it all fits into a box that's about 3'6" by 2'6" and only 6" think or so. It would still have to be a separate piece of 'luggage', or you could ship it here. A pack and play is deeper, you can't use this beyond six months or when the baby starts to pick himself up/sitting up. That's something to consider. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to ask! :)

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  6. Would you recommend buying just the daybed as I would like to use it as an alternative to a bassinet / moses basket for naps (and for use in the first 6 months)?

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    1. Yes, that's a great way to use it even without the bouncer. There is something about it, perhaps the cocoon/womb like shape and enclosure that's perfect for sleeping :) It's very lightweight too, easy to move between rooms.

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    2. I was also interested in purchasing just the daybed to use as a bassinet near our bed at night. Would this work? What is the weight limit for just the daybed?

      Would sheets need to be purchased separately? Thanks, love the post :)

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    3. I think it is great to use bedside, though of course no guarantee the baby will like it. Both of mine didn't like anywhere but next to me at night, but were fine in one during the day. There is no weight limit on the daybed, but they just say to stop using it when the baby is able to sit up OR kneel on his/her own (about 6 or 7 months). Sheets are sold separately.

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  7. would it be compact enough when folded to use as a travel cot ?

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    1. I personally wouldn't use it for short trips, but for long term travel like going somewhere for a couple of weeks or more, it wouldn't rake up much space in the car at all. It's just a frame with fabric! :) The frame is taken apart into smallish pieces.

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