Did you know that the Baby Björn company is now 50 years old? When I had my daughter 2 years ago I knew them for their baby carrier, but I had no idea that they actually started off with a bouncer! Björn Jakobson’s nephew Nisse, now in his 50s, was the first child in Europe to use a BABYBJÖRN bouncer.
Babysitting can have unexpected consequences for a young student. For Björn Jakobson, it was the prelude to his life’s work, BabyBjörn AB. During a trip to the U.S. in the 60s, Björn saw a bouncer and brought it home to his nephew Nisse, whom he would babysit often. Nisse liked the bouncer right away.
Nisse’s mother, Björn’s sister-in-law Elsa, also liked the bouncer. She could have her hands free while Nisse played or slept in the bouncer. Bouncers were not available in Sweden, so Elsa and Björn started a company to produce bouncers for Swedish babies.
The Baby Björn Babysitter Balance is more than just a “bouncy seat”. It’s an ergonomic place for baby to relax, play and enjoy the view around him or her. The bouncer fits children from newborn to approximately 2 years (8-29 lbs/3.5-13 kg).
Like the other great products from Baby Björn it is created with the comfort of your child in mind. The ergonomic design with molded seat ensures proper back and head support for babies and toddlers. The natural rocking motion, set in place by baby’s own movements, calms your child while developing balance and motor skills.
I was excited to receive this product as part of my It’s A Boy baby event. We will need a bouncer when Baby Boy arrives, but we were also in need of something for when friends and family with little ones come to visit.
Little Man from Joy of Momma Joyner was the first to get to try it out. At first he wasn’t to sure what was going on when we put him in the seat. He looked very comfortable in it physically, but it was a very new experience for him.
Then Big Sis got involved and showed him how he could make it bounce. Once he learned that he could make it move, it was a lot more enjoyable.
The bouncer was super easy to set up (because it comes fully assembled!) and I really like that the cover is machine washable, reversible, and you can buy spares!
A friend told me this was her “must-have” baby item and I can see why! You can purchase the Baby Björn Babysitter Balance for approximately $170. Follow Baby Björn on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the great stuff they are doing.