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Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer review

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer

I never imagined I would so hate a device that aims to sooth baby with gentle vibrations on the back. It never occurred to me that this seemingly innocuous piece of baby entertainment would ever put my baby’s life at risk, but it did in a roundabout way.

I’ll get to that in a minute.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer features

  • Well made fabric
  • Snuggling cushion
  • Light
  • Body cushioning that you can remove as your baby packs on the pounds
  • And eight pieces of music that will not overcome the loud screams of people as they slam into this bouncer

What’s wrong with it?

So, the problem with this first manifested when it was in the living room. While other things on the floor were easily navigated by any guests we had at the house, this little bouncer kept getting tripped over.

I didn’t think much about it until probably the third time I saw someone nearly take a fall. Everyone seemed a bit confused as to how they managed to slam into it when they all knew it was there.

Last night I managed to nearly break a toe on the thing, and fell onto a couch where my baby had been hanging out for a second. I came down with enough force to make her fly off the cushion, but thankfully nothing other than my toe was hurt.

I moved the thing into the cat room, and vowed to only get it out when needed. Later, while feeding the cat I once again slammed into the thing.

Why is the Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer any different from other baby products?

The problem here is there’s an optical illusion as to how big the product is. The legs are rounded and when you look at the bouncer from an above angle, it appears as though the legs go straight underneath, but they don’t. They just out to the side adding an additional inch or two to the product.

That inch or two is just enough to hook a pinky toe. I took pictures of mine, decided to not post ’em. You’re welcome.

So I hate the Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer?

I’ll stress that everything except how the base is made about this product is pretty nice. I don’t have any complaints about anything other than the legs, but with multiple people and multiple near-falls, the thing is a danger.

The only thing I can suggest to make it not dangerous to you and your friends who walk is to cover the legs in some fabric so the illusion that the thing is two inches smaller than it actually is disappears.

As for the rest of the product, baby likes it, music is annoying and baby doesn’t care much for it, and the soothing vibrations tend to just make baby wonder what the hell is going on, seat and everything fit. Product could be fixed with a dust ruffle pretty much.

I’ll stress my rating is not what most others rate, although at least one 1-star review on Amazon states the same.

The optical illusion of the thing must be remembered.

The Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer is available from Amazon for $51.00

1.5 / 5 stars     

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.