I came across the Babymoov Swoon Up Bouncer whilst trying to find out how many accidents there had been as a result of people putting baby bouncers on tables. Because loads of us must sometimes (quite a lot, very carefully, and whilst never taking our eyes of the baby or leaving him/her unattended) put the bouncer on the kitchen table. (Don’t we? Please say I’m not the only one.) Otherwise the dog would lick the baby all over, and we would trip over the baby in the bouncer and drop things on his/her head because he/she is on the floor. I know that we’re not supposed to admit these things, because of Health and Safety, and those rules are there for a reason, because there will always be some total and utter berk/exhausted person/drunkard who will balance a bouncer at the edge of a table and then knock the whole thing off. Which must have happened, because of all of the HUGE warnings on bouncers. How many times has this happened? Probably not that many. Or loads. I don’t know. That’s what I was trying to find out when I found the Babymoov Swoon Up Bouncer. (Can you tell I’m sleep deprived? Do try and keep up with my random stream-of-consciousness-style post.)
Bouncers on tables? Problem solved. Look at this jammy b*stard. The “Swoon Up” from Babymoov, who very kindly gave me one to test-drive. It has two heights: floor height (a bit higher than floor height, actually) and table height. Kind of like a high chair for small babies who can’t yet sit upright, except it rocks and you can tilt the chair into different positions, even lying it completely flat. Which is brilliant if your baby drops into a little snooze and you don’t want to move them into their cot. The seat swivels 360 degrees, so you don’t have to move the base and legs to point the baby in different directions, and there’s a detachable mobile too, to keep them occupied when you’re checking Instagram and not 100% paying attention. (DON’T LIE! WE ALL DO IT!)
What I love most about the Babymoov Swoon Up (besides the fact it’s like a little space pod and it makes your baby look like an astronaut) is that the design is so well thought-out and easy: you can adjust the height really simply, the seat reclines with the pull of a lever and the whole thing can be neatly folded up into quite a compact bundle, so it’s a cinch to transport when you need to visit Granny. Being able to plonk your newborn/little baby somewhere that’s not a cot or something that’s on the floor is an absolute boon – you can’t always have them in your arms, because sometimes you need to eat, and other important stuff, like arranging your iPhoto into categories using the face recognition function. (Why do you find such bizarre things to do when you’re busy with a baby?) Having them at table height means that they can be involved with daily life, not just looking up skirts and staring at the dead spiders that have gathered beneath the piano. Marvellous.
I’ve been testing the knockability of the Swoon Up, careering into it at full pelt to see just how stable it is when it’s at the higher level. It does pretty well. The legs are heavy and well spread (that’s how we got into this situation in the first place, dear!) and they have rubbery feet to stop the legs from slipping across the floor. Still, you obviously can’t go and leave the baby unattended and I would be especially careful if you have large, enthusiastic pets. Common sense applies, as with everything baby-related, though it does seem that much common sense makes a fast exit when you have a baby, along with memory. Which is why you find yourself putting toast back into the toaster to heat it up, complete with butter and jam.
The Babymoov Swoon Up lasts from newborn to 9kg. I thought that maybe we were coming to our end with it, as Angelica is desperate to sit up and keeps struggling forward, but actually she would only do the same thing in a high chair and the back and footrest on this move into a seated position, so maybe we have a while left! My only criticism would be that the straps fasten very low down on the body when the baby gets a bit bigger – it’s very secure on a newborn, but on a chunkier baby I think there needs to be more scope for adjustment, otherwise you have to make the straps really long to be able to fasten them to the buckle. Unless I’m missing a vital adjustment method – which is more than likely!
The Swoon Up comes in two colourways, both very chic and stylish, and costs £119.99. You can find it online at JojoMamanBebe here and on Babymoov’s website here – there’s also a little video of the Swoon Up in action. Nearly every single person who’s visited my house, parent or not, has commented on the Swoon Up and said what a brilliant idea it is – after a few months of almost solid use, I think that it has actually been one of the most successful and useful baby “gadgets” I’ve tried. For a household with pets, it’s an absolute Godsend – I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it!