Disclaimer: It is not recommended to let your baby nap in their bouncer without supervision.

I was so excited for my baby to nap in his bouncer for the first time. As any new mom knows, nap time is so important. However, my excitement didn’t last long. After many failed attempts, he would only last ten minutes at the most before he would start crying. Why? He couldn’t stay asleep. I heard the same problem from a ton of my mom-friends. In fact, most of them have said they almost never use a bouncer or swing because their babies will start crying almost immediately.

Mom Hack #1: Add a car seat head support to your baby’s bouncer

If you watch your baby try to nap in an elevated position you’ll notice their head will usually shift to the side. Since their neck muscles are weak when they are first born, they can’t hold their heads up for extended periods of time. This is especially true when they are sleeping because their neck muscles will relax.

After adding a head support to my son’s baby bouncer he was able nap for three to four hours at a time! And even if he was awake, he was finally able to entertain himself without crying.

Be sure to check out some of my favorite baby bouncers for moms on a budget on my blog.

Best Baby Bouncer and Swing on a Budget

Mom Hack #2: Add a velcro mirror

What if your baby is not sleepy, but you still want to put them in their bouncer? Many have built-in songs, vibrations or a mobile, however, this usually only works for a few minutes at a time.

I noticed how much my son LOVES his reflection, and can just stare at himself for so long. I found a small mirror with a velcro band and attached it to the top of his bouncer.

Mirror With A Clip


The first mirror has ties, which can also be used for cribs! The second mirror has a clip that allows you to clip it to the top of your bouncer.

See above for how I have attached my blue, velcro mirror on top of his bouncer!

If you try any of these tips, I’d love to hear if it works for you! Please be sure to comment below!

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