For babies that can't get comfy in traditional bouncers and rockers, a baby bean bag could be the perfect solution. Comfy and supportive, they provide the perfect place to lay your little one down safely and securely.
An infant bean bag is often filled with dried beans or polystyrene balls. They mould to your baby's shape and size, making them feel comforted and snug. Some newborn bean bags also come with an adjustable harness - perfect for when they start to wriggle about!
Are baby bean bags safe?
As long as you purchase a bean bag that is specifically designed for babies they are perfectly safe to use. Baby bean bags are firmer than normal bean bags, with a flatter surface area so there is little risk of your child rolling over and struggling to breathe. The adjustable straps or harness also helps to keep your baby in place. It is important that you do not leave your baby unattended in the bean bag - it is a handy and comfortable place to pop them while you're busy in the same room, or for them to take a nap while you get some chores done. Baby bean bags are suitable for short, supervised naps during the day and are not designed for sleeping in for long periods. Also don't lift or move the bean bag with the baby inside.
The benefits of baby bean bags
- Support and comfort - anyone who has sat in a bean bag knows how comfy they are, and how they mould to fit the body. They're soft as well as supportive, providing that perfect middle ground. They also help keep your baby upright and can prevent flat head and acid reflux.
- Portable - lets face it, a lot of baby bouncers can be a pain to carry. Bean bags are light, easy to transport, and you don't have to worry about damaging your walls when you're trying to maneuver them up your stairs.
- Easy to clean - lots of baby bean bags have wipe-clean surfaces or removable outer layers that can go straight in the wash when your baby creates a mess.
- Multi functional and stylish - another downside of bouncers is that when your baby grows out of them, that's it - another bulky item to go up in the loft or to try sell on eBay so you can actually move in your own house again. But bean bags have a much longer shelf life than a lot of newborn nursery products. Often the straps are removable, so your child can continue to use their bean bag as they grow, as a comfy reading chair in their room, or perhaps a snuggly spot to store some of their favourite teddies. They're a useful spot for adults to perch too, and could even be used as a foot rest! Available in a range of patterns, you're sure to find one that suits your home and your child's nursery decor.
Also avilable in pink and blue, this adorable cloud and stars patterned baby bean bag from bambeano is perfect for newborns.
Designed with a concealed zip, Bambeano covers are 100% cotton and can be easily removed and washed, so you can keep your little ones beanbag clean and fresh. Super-soft, breathable, non-allergenic and recyclable, the natural cover allows healthy air flow to keep your baby cool in summer and warm in winter. Bambeano is the only product of its kind to be awarded the prestigious 'Mother and Baby Award' as voted by Mums, as a silver winner in 2015.
Review: "I looked at these bean bags for ages and it took me a long time to decide to buy one and I'm SO glad I did.
My baby boy loves it and I feel like his back is nice and straight when he's napping in it (rather then a bouncer) I love it and it looks so cute, everyone who has been over has made a comment on how cool it is, even the health visitor was impressed. Defo worth the money 100%."
Designed for babies 0-6 months.
The racing car Gaga+ baby to junior beanbag can be used from birth to give your new baby a comfy, cosy place to rest. Once your child has reached an age where they can sit securely and you are confident they are safe, you may detach the harness and use for many years to come.
The Gaga+ has an adjustable harness to ensure that your baby is sat upright in a secure and comfortable position at all times. The beans mould to your baby's shape, gently supporting and preventing flat head syndrome. The gentle incline of the Gaga helps with colic and acid reflux.
Both the seating area and the back of the harness feature cuddle soft fabric which will ensure your baby’s comfort. They are also backed with a water-resistant barrier so any little accidents do not damage any of the beanbag. The beanbag is completed with an anti-slip and moisture resistant base. It comes filled and ready to use.
Designed and digitally printed in-house the fabric is comfy, strong, colourful and can be machine washed at 30°.
A beautiful and unique gift for any new baby. This gift pack comprises a lovely soft bean bag with two washable covers, one with 3 point safety harness for babies up to 1 year and the other for when baby becomes a toddler. These covers can be personalised to match a selection of accessories including a rounded bib, comforter, hat, bandana and cute booties.
Seat Material: Soft Velvet. Base Material: PVC coated Polyester (Waterproof. Strong and durable. Wipe clean).
Review: Lovely gift for new baby, arrived quickly considering it was personalised. Parents were very grateful as she wouldn’t sleep in the day but as soon as she lay on this was fast asleep. So soft and good quality
This is more of a stylish bean bag, great for baby photoshoots. If you do go for this bean bag be aware that it doesn't include a harness so should only be used when the baby is under supervision. Also comes in pink, grey and coffee.
Made in the UK, these bean bags come in a range of colourful designs which are suitable for both boys and girls - including farm animals, planets and diggers - and are fully compliant with bs5852 safety standards.
They also feature a durable cotton base and printed polycotton centre and are filled with fire retardant polystyrene beads which are encased in a inner cover. The outer cover can be removed and is machine washable.
Review: "This bean bag was my life saver, it was the only thing my son would sleep in for weeks, great value for money."
Featuring two interchangeable upper layers, one with a harness and one without, As Snug as a Hug bean bags adapt to grow with your child. This range of adaptable bean bags offer fully waterproof top covers, making them extremely easy to keep clean with messy babies. There are loads of designs available, for boys, girls, unisex and more modern abstract designs that will appeal to parents too. They also sell a range of replaceable covers which can be purchased seperately.
Suitable from 0 - 10 years
Let your little star lie comfortably with this cute baby bean bag lounger. Suitable for newborns up to six-months-old, this bean bag includes an adjustable harness to keep your baby safe and secure. The cover can be easily removed, slid off the bean bag liner and popped in the washing machine – perfect for any baby-related spillages. The seating area is also anti-slip and moisture resistant too.
Bean Bag complies with EN12790 and BS5852 Pt1
These personalised bean bags fully support your baby’s body, ensuring they are comfortable and content whilst resting. The bean bags are prefilled with fire retardant foam beans and include an adjustable harness to keep your little one safe.
Soft fleece adds extra warmth and comfort. Covers are removable, and hand wash is recomended.
Available in a range of colours, from neutrals to blues and pinks, the Gaga baby Beanbag can be used with the harness from birth to approximately six months of age or a Maximum of 8kg in weight for babies who cannot sit up unaided or roll over.
Review: "Fabulous design. Fabulous product. The beanbag has been put to very good use and goes everywhere we go. It always gets admired."