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.
Not only are they great for posture and supporting your baby, but they're also easily portable which is great for travel and moving from room to room. They're also easier to clean as you can often pop the cover in the washing machine for a good thorough wash, unlike some baby bouncers and rockers which can be trickier to clean.
Best baby bean bags shortlist
• Best baby bean bag for warmth: Snug Oat Gaga Baby Bean Bag – Buy now at Amazon
• Best for soothing colic and acid reflux: rucomfy Beanbags Gaga Baby Bean Bag – Buy now at Amazon
• Best personalised baby bean bag: Personalised Baby Bean Bag Gift Pack – Buy now at Etsy
A baby 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 safety harness - ideal for when they start to wriggle about!
The best baby bean bags for your nursery
Best for soothing colic and acid reflux
Also available in pink and grey, this adorable star patterned baby bean bag from rucomfy is
- Good for acid reflux and colic
- Comfortable cosy soft material
- Some parents were concerned about the bag tilting
This pre-filled bean bag is made from a cosy soft velvet and the base is made from a PVC coated
- Safety features
- Limited choice of designs
A beautiful and unique gift for any new baby, this gift pack comprises a lovely soft bean bag with
- Can be personalised
- Makes a lovely gift
- Limited colour choice
Best for multi-use
This is more of a stylish cushion rather than a bean bag, but it serves a similar purpose and
- Easy to transport
- Not very firm
Let your little bundle of joy lie comfortably with this cute baby bean bag lounger. This bean bag
- Easy to wash
- Doesn't last very long past the newborn stage
Best baby bean bag for warmth
We love the super cosy design of this beanbag and think it would look super stylish in every home.
- Warm and cosy design
- Easy to wash
- Not ideal for bigger babies
With a bold pattern of jungle leaves, trees and safari animals, this colourful Safari Gaga+ will
- Fun design
- Can be personalised
- Limited designs
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. Having said this, you should never leave baby unattended in a baby bean bag.
Baby bean bags also feature adjustable straps or a harness, helping to keep your baby in place, but you should never lift or move the bean bag with the baby inside.
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 relax and watch TV but they are not designed for sleep. Baby bean bags are suitable for short, supervised times during the day and are not designed for sleeping or lounging in for long periods, similar to a baby sleep nest.
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: Let's face it, a lot of baby bouncers can be a pain to carry and move around the home. Bean bags are light, easy to transport, and you don't have to worry about damaging your walls when you're trying to manoeuvre them up the 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 to sell on eBay so you can clear the clutter and 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 footrest! Available in a range of patterns, you're sure to find one that suits your home and your child's nursery decor.
About the author
Lorna White is the Senior Digital Writer at Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website, specialising in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting website. After graduating with a First Class Degree in Journalism, Lorna enjoys writing about a huge range of topics to help parents and babies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young sisters, dog walking and enjoying the outdoors with her family.