How to choose the right baby rocker

A baby rocker is a safe place for your baby to play and relax, giving you some time with your hands free. Here’s what you need to look out for to find the right one for your new family.

Babies love to sit in their rockers – they can watch everything that’s going on around them and start discovering the world. They can listen to music, play with their toys, or enjoy time with you. There are lots of different baby rockers available, so here are a few tips for finding the right one for you and your baby.

Think about safety: A good baby rocker will have a sturdy safety harness that keeps your baby secure. Look closely at the frame to check it is robust and well balanced so it won’t tip over easily. And check that it's made with high-quality, durable materials.

Look at the size of the rocker: Some rockers will only fit babies until they’re about six months old. Others are designed to adapt as your baby grows. Look for a rocker with extended use for the best value for money.

Consider easy cleaning: Rockers can be great places for first feeds – but if your baby’s being fed in a rocker, things are bound to get a bit messy! Look for a rocker that’s easy to clean so you can keep it looking its best.

Think about versatility: A versatile baby rocker can multi-task to make life easier. Look for flexible features, for example, does the rocker recline so your baby can relax comfortably? Is there the option to fix it in a non-bounce position for relaxing?

Using your rocker
Baby rockers when you need an extra pair of hands: A good baby rocker will keep your baby entertained and safe, keeping your hands free so you can get on with other tasks.

Baby rockers for playing: It’s easy to chat and play with your baby when they’re in their rocker. As you can set up the rocker in whatever room you’re in, your baby can see and interact with you wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. You can attach toys to the rocker to stimulate your baby’s senses. And you’ll love to watch their smiles as they discover the fun of bouncing for themselves as they grow.

Baby rockers for relaxing: Recline options make a baby rocker the perfect spot for your baby to relax. Give them wind down time in their rocker to prepare them for their nap.

Our top pick Maxi-Cosi rocker
The Maxi-Cosi Kori rocker is a multi-tasking 2-in-1 rocker that is suitable for use from birth thanks to the ultra-snug soft inlay for newborns. This lightweight rocker is easier to move around the house to where you need it so you can get on with other tasks in the room confident that your baby is safe and entertained. You can switch between three bounce and no-bounce positions for play or for relaxing. And the cover is machine-washable, so it is easy to keep hygienically clean. 

Meet the Maxi-Cosi Kori!