The Ultimate Guide To The 19 Best Baby Loungers In 2020

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As moms, we love knowing that our babies are cozy and comfortable during the day.

Whether they’re napping or just kicking it back, a baby lounger will make sure your little one is tucked into a safe position.

While they look like really big pillows, baby loungers are modified with a contour in the middle where your baby can sit or lie down, while the lounger keeps them safe and stops them from rolling out and falling down.

What I really like about loungers for babies is that they’re really light and easy to move around the house, unlike other, heavier pieces of baby gear.

Plus, they’re super comfortable for naps and I have yet to meet a baby who didn’t love their lounger!

The reason why most little ones love spending time in their lounger is because most models come with elevated sides that resemble a railing.

They make the baby feel like they’re being held and comforted, which helps them relax and sleep.

I’ve got plenty of excellent recommendations for you to consider, along with a helpful guide of useful things to know, so you’re all set for picking your very first lounger!

For all of you busy moms, here’s a quick list of our top picks!

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1. Boppy Original Newborn Lounger

The Boppy newborn lounger is a classic when it comes to lounging gear for little ones!

I know so many moms who swear by the Boppy loungers, and it’s not without reason. They’re really high quality and babies love spending time in them!

They also come in numerous gorgeous designs, but I’m quite partial to this pink floral model.

With a contoured middle for the baby’s bottom, the lounger will be really comfortable even for a newborn baby.

In fact, this lounger is perfect for babies from birth until they get big enough to roll out (or reach 16 pounds, whichever is sooner).

The fabric is easy to clean if it gets dirty – just wipe it down, or throw the entire lounger in the washing machine.

Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with a cover you can wash and remove. But covers can be purchased separately, such as this very colorful floral one.

Keep in mind that the cover is made from polyester, which might not mesh well with babies who are prone to allergies and sensitive to synthetic materials.

Alternatively, you can wrap a blanket around the baby lounger pillow and have it double as a cover!

One of the downsides of the Boppy lounger is that your baby won’t be able to use it for a very long time – around the 6-month mark is when most babies outgrow it.

2. Parkside Wind Portable Baby Lounger

I know that a lot of mamas out there are really interested in baby products that go a long way in terms of functionality!

And to be honest, who wouldn’t be?

There are so many products new parents have to buy, that they end up spending a small fortune even before the baby arrives, so naturally, many parents are fans of baby gear that can be used in many different ways.

Portability is a key feature of this lounger, which can also be used to change your little one’s diaper, as a baby bed while traveling, and of course, as a lounger for your baby.

My favorite thing about this particular lounger – and I’m sure it will be yours as well – is that it’s made from organic fabric (cotton, to be more precise).

Organic cotton is much better for sensitive skin and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, unlike some synthetic materials that can irritate infants’ skin.

On the other hand, that’s what makes this lounger slightly more expensive.

If you do decide to invest in this model, you can rest assured that you can use it for a long time!

The size can be adjusted for a custom fit for babies from birth until the age of 2.

When it comes to keeping it clean, there’s a zipper that allows you to remove the cover and put it in the washing machine; just make sure to remove the mattress insert first.

Aside from its practical features, I think this lounger does a really good job of being aesthetically appealing!

The soft grey and white-colored material will be a great fit for any home and won’t stick out from the rest of your furniture.

The lightweight design (it weighs a little less than 4 pounds!) means you won’t have any trouble transporting it anywhere you go!

And I know your baby will love relaxing in it, too.

3. Snuggle Me Organic Patented Sensory Lounger for Baby

The Snuggle Me lounger is definitely one of the pricier models on this list.

One of the reasons behind its higher price are the materials it’s made from, such as organic cotton.

These materials are hypoallergenic, so it’s a perfect choice for babies with really sensitive skin that’s prone to allergies.

The bottom of the lounger isn’t padded, which means that the baby’s weight will create the feeling of being cuddled and hugged, calming them in the process.

Plus, you can even use Snuggle Me during tummy time!

As the sides of the lounger wrap tightly around your little one, it would be very difficult for them to roll out and get hurt.

That said, as we all know how babies work in mysterious ways, you should never leave your little one lying in a lounger without being supervised.

This lounger is perfect for little munchkins from birth until they reach 6 to 9 months of age.

Because babies grow at different speeds, your little one could outgrow their Snuggle Me sooner than another baby of the same age.

A telltale sign that your baby has outgrown this model is when their behind begins touching the bottom of the lounger.

Although you can still use the lounger after this by moving your baby up a little bit, this should only be done on a flat surface and with a parent present, because your little wriggler will be able to get out of the lounger on their own.

The Snuggle Me comes in 6 different colors that are all very soft – from ocean green to pastel blue – so they don’t scream “baby gear.”

When it comes to keeping it clean, both the removable cover and the lounger insert are machine washable.

If you’re worried about your baby having an accident and ruining the lounger in the process, you can purchase what’s called a “Puddle Pad.”

It’s a specially designed cover that can soak up a significant amount of liquid and will protect the lounger from getting stained.

This is a pretty neat option as this is a pricier lounger, so you would definitely want to keep it as clean as possible, for as long as possible.

4. Borje Baby Lounger

If you’re interested in a more affordable lounger, the Borje model could have everything you’re looking for, including a pretty reasonable price!

However, let’s address something that’s pretty important first.

The Borje lounger is marketed as a co-sleeping bed, and there are many other brands that do the same.

But when it comes to co-sleeping and loungers, there are many safety factors to be considered – I’ll talk about that a little later!

For now, it’s important to know that just because a brand markets their lounger as being great for co-sleeping, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safe.

Now, let’s take a quick look at all the great features this lounger has! First off, it comes with a really cute baby pillow.

And if you travel a lot or are planning a holiday with your baby, this lounger will be really easy to pack because it weighs just a little under 2 pounds.

The fabric that the cover is made from is cotton, so you can pop it in the washing machine – just remember to take out the lounger insert first!

Unfortunately, the package comes with only one cover, so you can’t alternate them between washes.

On the plus side, this lounger can be adjusted to fit the baby’s size and comfortably wrap around your little one as he or she grows.

I also really love all the cute designs it comes in, but keep in mind that not all of them come with a baby pillow (the panda and the bear lounger don’t have one).

Nevertheless, I guarantee your baby will absolutely love just how comfy and soft it is!

5. DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

If you thought that I could write a post about the best loungers for babies without mentioning the DockATot, then you thought wrong!

By this point, I don’t think there’s a mom who hasn’t heard of this brand.

I know that when I was first researching loungers for my daughter, the DockATot was always recommended to me as one of the best options.

Plus, there are so many high-profile celebrities singing their praises to this particular brand of loungers for babies!

Even though I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to celebs promoting anything, I have to say I was intrigued.

In the end, though, I didn’t end up going with the DockATot (the price is enough of an explanation, I think), but I have heard lots of good things about it from many of my mom friends.

At first glance, this lounger looks a lot like a pool mattress.

Plus, you can choose from 10 different modern designs – my favorite is the “La Vie en Rose” since I’m a big lover of floral patterns, but there’s also really simple black, grey, and white designs if you prefer more low-key colors.

The DockATot is also marketed as being a great co-sleeper lounger.

It’s made from a material that allows air to circulate, which lowers the chances of your baby getting too hot.

And it’s washing machine safe as well.

The sides of the lounger wrap around the baby, creating a comfortable feeling that allows them to relax.

This lounger should be used by babies who are a maximum of 8 months old, so I would definitely recommend getting the DockATot as early as possible so your baby can use it for as long as they can!

You’ve probably noticed that this is a Deluxe+ version of the DockATot, and you might be wondering what’s so deluxe about it.

Well, it comes with inserts that allow you to fix an arch for toys to the lounger (sold separately) that makes it really entertaining for babies.

What’s more, playing and swatting at the toys will help your little one develop gross motor skills as well!

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The DockATot can also be used to help your baby spend some time on their tummy.

And since it weighs a little under 5 pounds, it’s a great lounger for when you’re traveling, too!

6. DockATot Grand Dock

For babies who are older than 8 months and absolutely love spending time in their Dock, there’s an especially designed lounger to fit them, too!

The Grand version of the DockATot can be used by little ones from 9 months of age until they turn 3!

And considering the high price point, it’s really great news that it can be used for a longer period of time.

The biggest difference between the Grand and the regular version is the bottom of the lounger, which is open for bigger kids.

But it’s still made from materials that won’t cause your little one to sweat or overheat while resting in the lounger – the cover is made from cotton entirely, so it will be easy to wash, too!

Since most toddlers take some time getting used to sleeping in a bed of their own, and not in a crib or with their parents, a lounger can help them get used to their own bed.

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Feeling tightly wrapped by the Dock will comfort them in their new big boy or big girl bed and will make sure they go to sleep more quickly!

Also, every mama knows very well just how easily toddlers roll out of bed – I don’t even remember how many times I’ve been woken up by the sound of a kid hitting the floor in the middle of the night!

So, a lounger can decrease the chances of nighttime accidents as well (although I can’t guarantee that your tot won’t find a way to roll out).

And this means more sleep for the entire family!

When you’re traveling, you can take the Dock with you for your little toddler to sleep in. Trust me, he or she will appreciate going to sleep in their old “bed” in a new place.

There are also additional covers available for you to purchase and alternate between washes.

Besides, it doesn’t hurt to give your baby’s lounger a fresh new look every once in a while!

When it comes to different design options, you can choose between 7 colors.

They range from really colorful prints, such as the one with an image of a crystal clear ocean, to a simple and minimalist white.

7. LOAOL Baby Portable Lounger

This lounger by LOAOL is a more budget-friendly option, especially when compared to the DockATot!

But just because it’s more affordable, doesn’t mean it should be overlooked, right?

In fact, I always make a point of including recommendations with different price points, so you can really get an understanding of the different options that are available.

It comes in 5 lovely colors, including baby pink and baby blue, and I really like how you can reverse the lounger and use the bottom side as the top.

Since the bottom part has a different color, you can switch it up when you get tired of looking at one color for too long!

To make transporting the lounger from one place to another easier, there are two hooks placed at the top and at the side of the lounger.

It weighs slightly more than 2 pounds, so it’s a really lightweight option for you to consider for your little one, especially when traveling with your baby.

It’s also equipped with a little buckle at the bottom along with a lovely bow that you can use to tighten or loosen the lounger to perfectly fit your baby.

While there is no official size guide for this model, and since some babies are taller than others in the same age group, you’ll definitely be able to modify it to your growing baby’s needs.

The cover fabric is made entirely from cotton, so you can rest assured that it will be gentle on your baby’s sensitive skin.

Unfortunately, the cover can’t be removed completely; you can only take the mattress out before putting it in the washing machine.

So cleaning isn’t as simple and easy as it could be, which is a bit of a downside.

On the other hand, your baby will really love how soft and cozy it is!

8. Bamboo Super Soft Baby Newborn Lounger Pillow Bed

Most loungers for little ones claim that they can imitate the feeling that babies had while they were still in their mommy’s womb.

Since most of them have elevated sides that wrap snugly around the baby, they do mimic this sensation to an extent, and babies love feeling wrapped up and warm.

That being said, the Bamboo infant lounger by Happy-bub really takes things to the next level!

The first time I came across this brand, I was really surprised to find that they’ve equipped their loungers with something called a “heartbeat box.”

This box is placed inside a special pocket and when it’s turned on, it vibrates, making the baby feel like he or she is close to their mommy’s heartbeat.

Pretty cool, right?

For this purpose, you will need 3 AAA batteries (they don’t come with the lounger).

But whenever something is powered by batteries or runs on electricity, I’m always worried that I will forget about shutting it off on time.

Luckily, the Happy-bub newborn lounger has a system where the vibrating box will turn off after an hour, so you won’t have to think about turning it off yourself.

I think that this heartbeat feature is a lifesaver when it comes to helping a fussy baby sleep longer because it can have a really soothing effect.

Another thing that really sets this lounger apart from others is the material, which is made from bamboo, and it’s a really great choice for babies’ sensitive skin for numerous reasons.

For one, it’s a lot softer than cotton so your baby will feel really comfortable and cozy while lounging in it!

What’s more, it’s hypoallergenic, making it perfect if your little one is prone to skin allergies, for example.

Plus, when you compare it to other hypoallergenic options (such as organic cotton), this bamboo lounger is definitely more budget-friendly.

Bamboo is also able to regulate your baby’s temperature, so your little one will be warm when it’s cold, but won’t get too hot when it’s warm.

And as an added bonus — bamboo can be machine washed, so cleaning won’t be a hassle.

But to go back to the Happy-bub infant lounger, your baby will be able to use it from birth until he or she turns 1 year old, so you will get lots of use from it!

The only downside I could think of when it comes to this lounger is that it’s quite limited in terms of colors as there are only 3 options to choose from.

Overall though, I definitely think this is one of the best baby loungers out there!

9. Soft Cotton Newborn Lounger

For newborns and babies until the age of 1, this lounger will definitely meet all of their needs!

It’s entirely made from cotton, which is great news for babies with sensitive, allergy-prone skin.

Using the bow at the bottom of the lounger, you can adjust it to your baby’s size.

And when it’s undone completely, the lounger can even be used by toddlers until the age of 2.

The small hooks attached to the top and side of the lounger also make it easy to carry and transport.

There are 4 different colors and designs for you to choose from, and I really like how you can reverse the sides to change up the look whenever you’d like.

Plus, it’s machine washable – all you need to do is take the little mattress out and you’re good to go!

Like many other loungers for babies, this one also has sides that wrap around the baby and make them feel like they’re getting a warm cuddle from their mom or dad.

10. Mamibaby Baby Nest

The Mamibaby models really kicked it up a notch when it comes to design!

Although you can only choose between 3 different patterns – grey leaves, moose, and little stars – I find all 3 of them to be really pretty (the leaves one is my favorite, though).

No matter which one you choose, however, it will be a great addition to your home since the colors are really soft!

Plus, your baby will love how the sides of the lounger fit very snuggly and comfortably. This sensation of being held helps babies relax and fall asleep.

The Mamibaby model is made from two types of materials – velvet and cotton.

The lounger is reversible as well, so you can use both sides as you see fit and change it up from time to time.

At the top of the lounger, there’s a handle you can use to carry it from one place to another, which is pretty neat!

This is also another adjustable lounger that can be modified to fit the baby as they grow and get bigger.

All you need to do is tie the bow at the bottom of the lounger and you’re good to go! You can also leave it untied when your baby gets older than a year.

And before washing, don’t forget to take out the mattress pad!

All in all, I think this is a really great economical alternative to some of the pricier loungers on this list.

11. Leachco Podster Plush Sling-Style Infant Lounger

At first glance, this Leachco Podster sling-style lounger for babies is really similar to the Boppy lounger, but there are a few key differences to keep in mind if you’re on the fence about which one to pick.

First, Leachco is more expensive than Boppy, but it’s bigger, too.

Plus, it weighs a little less than 4 pounds, so it’s very easy to carry around the home.

Your baby can take a comfortable seat and rest and relax while you enjoy your hands-free time and keep an eye out on your little one.

Even though this baby seat is slightly different than a lot of the other models on my list, it can still be adjusted according to your baby’s age and size by using the two tabs placed at the bottom (whereas the Boppy, for example, can’t be adjusted to the baby).

These tabs can also double as a handle you can use to carry the lounger.

For washing, you can just remove the cover and throw it in the washing machine.

But the cover is made from polyester, so this is something to keep in mind if your little one is prone to allergies.

Otherwise, it’s a really soft material your baby will feel super comfy in.

12. Lil Goos Minky Baby Lounger Set

Now, with most of these loungers for babies that I’ve talked about, you really don’t get any extras.

If you do, it’s usually a removable cover or a travel bag at most.

But with this lounger by Lil Goos, you’ll get all sorts of extra accessories, such as pillows and a blanket.

All of the items are made to match one another, so you’ll have a really cute set for your baby to use.

Plus, you can take the individual accessories out and use the blanket while taking a walk with your little one in the stroller.

It’s important, though, to remember that babies should be covered with loose blankets only under the supervision of a parent.

With little babies, they’re a safety hazard since they can prevent the baby from breathing properly or cause them to overheat.

The same goes for a baby pillow – the safest way for your little one to sleep is flat on their back without any pillow to support their head.

Lil Goos used two types of fabric with this lounger, as every item in the set can be reversed so you can use different sides.

One side is made from cotton, while the other from Minky fabric (this is actually really soft polyester, so, unfortunately, it’s not hypoallergenic).

You can get the Lil Goos lounger in three different colors – pink, blue, and grey.

I also love that it’s one of the more affordable loungers for babies, despite all of the extra accessories that it comes with!

13. CubbyCove Classic – The Truly Breathable Baby Lounger

Sure, the CubbyCove lounger might resemble a lot of its counterparts on the market.

There are, however, a few things that really separate it from the rest and justify its higher price point, in my opinion.

First of all, it’s made from materials that won’t block air from circulating, which prevents your baby from overheating.

Secondly, you’ll get a removable shade you can use when your baby needs to be protected from the sun.

This comes in really handy during the warmer months, because you won’t get much use out of a lounger outdoors if your little one can’t escape the sun rays.

Weighing a little less than 8 pounds, this lounger is heavier than some of the other models.

But this is balanced out by the fact that it’s also longer, so your baby will be able to use it more!

Plus, you’ll also get a neat bag that you can store the lounger in when you’re traveling!

I think it would be good, however, if there was a way to adjust the lounger.

Especially because there are taller babies who seem to grow at a faster rate than others — this feature would definitely benefit them.

With the CubbyCove, you have a choice between 4 colors – baby pink, baby blue, white, and green.

There’s even a white travel version for parents on the go!

The CubbyCove Travel is slightly smaller than the regular one, which makes it easier to transport.

Also, it’s foldable and you can zip it up so it stays folded.

14. CuddleNest Mini by LoLueMade: Infant Lounger, Newborn Lounger, Baby Nest

The CuddleNest Mini lounger by LoLueMade is another budget-friendlier alternative to the DockATot, although it still comes at a slightly high price point.

As for the age range, your little one can enjoy spending time in the CuddleNest Mini until he or she turns 8 months old.

This is also a great choice for parents of babies with really sensitive skin, because the polyester that’s part of the CuddleNest is hypoallergenic, while the rest of the material is cotton.

Cotton also allows for good air circulation, so you won’t need to worry about your baby getting too hot or sweaty while spending time in the lounger.

When your little one is ready to spend some time on their tummy, you can also use the CuddleNest for them to get that much-needed exercise time!

Although the lounger is not adjustable, your baby will definitely have lots of room to grow in this model.

Plus, parents really love that the zipper is really good quality and isn’t prone to breaking or getting stuck.

What I’m also crazy about with the CuddleNest is that it comes in a couple of really vibrant colors – not just your standard blue and pink, but 8 options in total to choose from!

15. CuddleNest Mighty by LoLueMade: Toddler Lounger, Toddler Nest, and Resting Station

But what happens after your baby outgrows the CuddleNest Mini and loves it so much that you just can’t say goodbye to it just yet?

Well, you can also invest in the bigger version called the CuddleNest Mighty.

It’s made for babies from 9 months and toddlers until the age of 3, so this model will definitely get a lot more usage than the Mini version!

Some parents even go straight to purchasing the Mighty model and skip the smaller one altogether, which is a lot more cost-effective, I have to admit!

Another difference is that the bottom half of the lounger is open, allowing your little one to kick their legs around freely.

That being said, the same great features that are part of the Mini lounger can also be found here.

For example, the Mighty model is made from cotton as well, in addition to containing hypoallergenic polyester.

16. NiceTime Lounger

If you’re going to a baby shower and you’re at a loss for what to get, this NiceTime lounger for babies makes for a really lovely and practical gift (along with our printable baby shower games, of course!)

What’s more, it’s really affordable, so it won’t break your budget.

This lounger is also adaptable, so you can use the snaps at the bottom to tighten or loosen it as needed.

And there’s a cute bow that hides the snaps and makes it more aesthetically pleasing.

Material-wise, it’s made from cotton that will keep the air flowing and ensure a really breathable environment for your little one.

Unfortunately, you only have one color to choose from – the blue and grey design with stars.

But at least the lounger is reversible, which means that you can use both sides!

17. Babymoov Cosydream Original Newborn Lounger

The Cosydream newborn lounger by Babymoov is really unique when compared to most other lounger models.

Unfortunately, though, it can only be used until your infant turns 3 months old, so if your little one is already approaching the 3-month mark, it’s probably better to consider other loungers.

But if you’re expecting or have just given birth, this is a great option for you!

I really like that it’s designed in a way that prevents the baby from getting flat head syndrome.

While there are plenty of pillows available to prevent this condition, this model combines an infant lounger and pillow in one, which is definitely better value for money!

Even though it can only be used in a pretty short time frame, you can still adjust the Cosydream to your baby’s size.

Plus, the curved bar that lifts baby’s legs is a great addition since it helps your little one breathe properly.

If the baby has trouble with colic, for example, having their legs slightly lifted will ease some of the symptoms and improve digestion.

And when your baby is colic-free, that means everyone gets to sleep better!

When it comes to keeping this lounger clean, you can wash it in the washing machine just like you would any other laundry. It’s also the lightest lounger on my list – it weighs less than a pound!

18. JoJo Infant and Toddler Lounger

Looking for a high-quality lounger that your baby can rest and nap in even when they enter their toddler years?

The JoJo lounger could be the answer to your prayers!

It’s completely made from cotton, which makes for a lounger with excellent airflow and perfect for sensitive skin!

The baby is kept in place by a padded barrier that can’t be manually adjusted, but there are different ways of how you should place your baby based on how old they are.

Younger babies, for example, should be placed towards the bottom of the lounger which is slightly more narrow.

Bigger babies and toddlers should be moved towards the top of the lounger which is wider and can accommodate them better.

Together with the lounger, you will also get a cover that you can remove and wash (it’s also made from cotton) as well as a bag for easy carrying.

The all-white design is quite simple, but will definitely fit perfectly into any home!

19. Organic Newborn Lounger

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things organic, and that includes cotton, too!

I know that it’s not always possible to pick out the most environmentally friendly and organic option when looking for baby gear (unless you’re loaded, which I’m obviously not, ha!) but it’s always good to have such options in mind.

Especially if we’re dealing with baby gear that your baby will spend lots of time in, it’s important for the material to be as safe as possible!

This newborn lounger by LaLaMe is made from organic cotton, so you can be 100 percent sure that your little one won’t be coming into contact with any of the chemicals that are usually used to grow cotton.

Plus, this material allows air to flow freely, eliminating the risk of the baby getting too hot while napping or resting in the lounger.

I also love that the lounger is waterproof and won’t hold onto any odors if your baby has a diaper accident, for example.

Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t come with a cover you can remove and you can’t purchase any extras either.

As for different color options, you only have a choice between baby pink and nude.

If you have an arch for toys, however, you can attach it to the lounger and let your baby play while lying down.

But this lounger is also perfect for taking naps during the day – just make sure to keep an eye out on your baby while they’re sleeping.

You can also use it during your baby’s tummy time sessions!

Along with the lounger, you’ll get a bag for easy carrying, no matter where you’re going!

It’s perfect, for example, if your little one is spending the day with their grandparents.

To adjust the fit, there are strings at the bottom of the lounger that you can tighten or loosen based on how big your baby is.

You can even open them completely and allow your baby’s legs to kick freely!

The clear downside of the LaLaMe lounger is the price, though, which is definitely on the more expensive end.

A Guide To Loungers For Babies

Combing through a sea of baby gear items can be really frustrating at times.

You probably have a nursing pillow and a baby bassinet and are now wondering what these loungers could be for?

Well, as you can tell from the name itself, they are a lounger for your baby!

It’s a comfy place for your little one to nap and rest during the day. Some parents even use them during the night, but more on that later.

For example, one of the ways you can use a lounger is to place it on the floor during the day or on the couch when you’re watching TV, and your baby will be safely cradled by the lounger.

Most loungers for babies look like giant pillows that have been modified to gently cradle your little one.

But what are some of the important benefits of a lounger for babies?

For one, since babies love to move and wiggle around while they’re up, loungers offer the kind of protection that they need from rolling over and falling down.

Baby in a white-gray baby lounger on a white background
Image via Boppy.com

Some loungers do this with barriers that wrap around the baby, but others are wide enough for the baby to be safely nestled in the lounger.

Furthermore, with a lounger at your disposal, you won’t have to place your baby in the crib every time you need to do something at the house.

It’s also easier on the arms, since you won’t always have to carry your baby everywhere.

Loungers are also some of the most portable baby gear because they’re usually pretty light and you can easily transport it from one room to another.

You can even bring it along for a family picnic at the park, for instance.

Compared to other pieces of baby equipment, such as strollers or cribs, loungers usually don’t need any assembly and the only thing you might want to do prior to your baby using it is to give it a wash to make sure it’s as clean as possible.

Many models are machine washable, too, so clean-up won’t be a problem!

When picking out the perfect lounger for your baby, however, there are certain factors you should keep in mind.

We’ll go over them now so you can make the best decision possible!

Safety

Whenever we talk about babies and sleeping, we also have to remember Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) that can occur as a result of unsafe sleeping practices.

When it comes to newborns, the safest and best way for them to sleep is in their crib while lying flat on their back.

There shouldn’t be anything else in the crib that could pose a threat to the baby’s breathing, such as blankets, pillows, or plush animals.

Besides, there will be plenty of time for your little one to play with stuffed toys, so holding off on placing such toys in the crib is the safest choice for your baby.

Even though your little bundle of joy might find their little lounger the most comfortable thing ever, you should remember that leaving your baby sleeping unsupervised in a lounger is very unsafe.

This means that using it during the night, when both parents are asleep, is dangerous and something that’s not recommended you should do.

In fact, even the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against using loungers in this way.

But allowing your baby to rest and relax in their lounger during the day, while under your watchful eye, is perfectly safe!

What’s more, babies generally love it and are happy to spend time in it.

That being said, you should remember the importance of giving your baby enough tummy time every day so she can begin to develop her motor skills.

The good news is that you can even use a lounger for this activity, as well.

What about co-sleeping with your baby in a lounger?

Cotton baby lounger with a slipcover on a white background
Image via sei-design.de

Many models of loungers market themselves as being a great choice for co-sleeping, but this is somewhat of a contentious topic among both parents and pediatricians alike!

Since this can be pretty confusing for a lot of moms and dads out there, I thought it would be a good idea to give this topic some more attention.

The main reason why a lounger (especially those designed like the DockATot) are praised left and right as being great for co-sleeping is because they’re designed with especially elevated sides that protect the baby inside the parent’s bed.

It also minimizes the risk of a parent accidentally rolling over onto the baby since they’re protected by the lounger.

But to co-sleep with one, you need a pretty decently sized bed so that both parents can fit!

A lounger might seem small at first, but it can take up a lot of space once it’s in your bed.

The thing is, though, that not even a lounger for your infant will make co-sleeping entirely safe; there will always be risks to consider.

But as moms, we know that sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

For example, you might have been adamant during your pregnancy that your baby would never sleep with you in your bed, only for it to happen from time to time when you are just too tired to even think!

According to the DockATot, around 60 percent of new parents end up co-sleeping with their little one, so it’s clear that it’s much more prevalent than you might think.

This is why it’s always a good idea to research the safest practices for co-sleeping, so you can be prepared in the event of your baby having to sleep in the same bed with you.

Size

Another important factor to consider when picking out a lounger is how old and how big your baby is.

But not all loungers are made equal, and not all babies grow at the same rate either!

There are models that are appropriate for newborns, but for an older baby, you might need to look for a bigger model.

There are even toddler loungers on the market which your baby can use after he or she turns 1 year old!

Baby boy sleeping on a white-grey lounger pillow at sweet home

The biggest difference between the baby and the toddler loungers is the bottom – with loungers for babies, it’s usually closed so babies can’t slip out.

The toddler models, however, have the bottom part open because they need more room to move around.

That being said, some brands have come up with loungers that can be used from birth all the way into the baby’s toddler years (usually until the age of 3), which eliminate the need to get a second, bigger model when your little one outgrows their infant lounger.

Some loungers can also be modified to perfectly fit your little one, so take some time to read through the different product descriptions to find the perfect choice for you!

Fabric

Because your baby will be in direct contact with the material of the lounger, it’s important that the fabric it’s made from is safe and high-quality.

You’ll find that many lounger covers are made from polyester fabric.

While polyester is generally safe for babies, keep in mind that it’s a synthetic material. These types of materials are not the best choice if your baby is allergy-inclined.

So if your baby has really sensitive skin, you should probably stay away from it and opt for cotton (especially organic cotton).

Besides, organic cotton is eco-friendly and isn’t grown using toxic chemicals, which means it’s much better for the sensitive skin of babies.

Organic products, though, are usually more expensive because it costs more to produce something in an organic way.

Breathable materials are important as well because they allow the air to flow and prevent your baby from getting too hot.

Newborn baby boy sleeping in a grey cotton baby lounger on white sheets
Image via Milkybubblekids.com

When the fabric stops the airflow, not only is it a risk to your baby, but it can also cause them to sweat and get really uncomfortable and cranky.

And no one wants a cranky and fussy baby!

Plus, if your baby happens to roll over on their stomach while sleeping, they will still be able to breathe if the material is designed with air circulation in mind.

While we’re at the topic of materials, no matter which fabric you go with, try to pick a lounger that has covers that are machine washable and removable!

The ability to remove the cover comes in really handy when you need to put it through a wash cycle, especially when your baby has a diaper accident – and those can be very frequent.

I would also recommend getting more than one cover so you can alternate them between washes.

Unfortunately, not all brands offer replacement covers, so look out for this feature when shopping!

Extras

Since there are so many brands on the market, they all try to gain the advantage over the other by adding extra features you might, or might not, find very useful.

There are infant seat loungers, for example, that come with a convenient handle that allows you to easily carry it from place to place.

Some even have handles on multiple sides!

Then, there are models that can double as a bassinet, a travel bed, or even as a table for diaper changes which is pretty useful, but if you already have all of these baby products, you won’t necessarily need another one, right?

So, in some cases, multi-functional loungers are not a necessity.

The kind of extras you would like with the lounger depend on your own and the baby’s needs, so choices are definitely going to vary from family to family!

For example, if you’re traveling a lot, it’s worth looking into loungers that are really portable.

Some are specifically designed for travel and can be folded and zipped up in a second, allowing you to keep moving quickly from one place to another.

baby boy in a gray lion lounger at home
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Having a dedicated travel bag to pack the lounger in will make traveling even easier, so that’s definitely a plus for parents who are used to being on the go.

But if your baby is mostly going to use the lounger at home, then there’s no need to complicate things – you will do just fine with a regular one!

Unless, of course, you really like the portability of travel loungers for babies.

Another extra feature of some loungers are toy arches that can be hooked onto the sides of the lounger so that your little one can play while lying down.

Obviously, this is lots of fun for most babies and can keep them entertained for a long time!

However, if your baby boy or girl might already have enough toys at their disposal, they won’t exactly need another gadget, right?

There are also loungers that come with different accessories, such as blankets or little pillows that you can use for other purposes as well.

I know many moms that are really low-key and like to keep their baby gear free of all the different bells and whistles that many companies offer, but if that’s something you enjoy and consider necessary, then go for it!

To Conclude

All in all, baby loungers are a great piece of baby gear that I think every new mom should put on her baby registry!

They will allow your baby to enjoy some of your daytime routines with you, such as having a cup of tea in the morning on the couch.

Newborn baby in a white baby lounger with a blanket on white sheets
Image via Adams-offer.com

You can just put your baby in the lounger, place it on the couch, and enjoy the start of your day with your little one without worrying that your baby will roll out and fall down during the 10 seconds you weren’t paying attention!

Also, it will free up your hands since you won’t have to hold or carry your munchkin all the time.

While it is true that there are simply so many different types of loungers for babies, I think this is more of a blessing than a curse!

What’s more, this gives you lots of room to explore options that are more budget-friendly as well as loungers that are pricier and come with extra features you might have not considered before.

Of course, it might have been a little bit difficult to decide which one to pick in the beginning, but with a little help from your online friends (a.k.a. me), you have gotten all the info you need to make the best possible choice!

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Written by Ivana Davies

Hey there mamas! I'm Ivana, a millenial mom of two wonderful kids. I was a teacher, but now I'm a stay-at-home mom running this blog with the goal of uniting all moms into a supportive community and providing insight into the everyday battle of motherhood.