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Chicco Hoopla Bouncer Review

Quick Overview

The Chicco Hoopla Bouncer is available in a range of different colours and patterns, whether you prefer a sky blue or stone colour with swirl details, a pink ‘princess’ option, plain grey with multi-coloured insert, or a plain teal choice (as pictured here). When seated, your baby can bounce to their heart’s content in this fully adjustable and padded baby bouncer. The product also features three colourful hanging toys for your child’s entertainment and keeps your baby safely in position with a harness and padded crotch straps.

Pros & Cons

  • Very comfortable padding
  • Easy to wash the new-born insert
  • Easily transported
  • Not easy enough to adjust the straps
  • Not very long-lasting
  • Lacking desired bounce

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First Impressions

Most parents reported that their child enjoyed this baby bouncer when at a young age, with some customers saying the product not only met their expectations but exceeded them. There are measures in place to make it long-lasting, which allows you to use the bouncer from birth and onwards. It features an insert for new-born babies, and a total of three height adjustments, so it grows with your child. It is closer to the ground compared to other bouncers, so it feels sturdier, and the four different reclining positions means your baby will always be comfortable.

What people love about the Chicco Hoopla Bouncer

Parents found this bouncer to be really good value for money, providing entertainment for their baby in a comfortable space, so parents can do some of those necessary jobs like putting the washing on while knowing the baby is safely watching from the bouncer. Parents enjoyed the fact that you could hang additional toys from the bar, so if your baby has a favourite toy, it will be easy to attach it to the bouncer. Toys can also be moved along the bar using the SlideLine system. It is delivered readily assembled with all its parts, so there’s no need to even dismantle or assemble the product. When not in use, it easily folds flat and can fit comfortably in storage spaces.

What to watch out for

Although there have been attempts to make this a long-lasting product, parents sometimes found that their child grew out of it, not because of the size, but because it wasn’t mentally stimulating enough over time. Perhaps if there were a wider variety of functions such as music and sounds, it could be more entertaining for children as they get a little bit older. Some customers also found that the product could break when used over a long period of time, which also raises questions about its ability to live up to its aims to be a long-lasting product. Parents commented that the fabrics could be brighter, and an adjustable backrest would have been good to have. The product is also quite large, so it requires quite a lot of space when in use.

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x Hoopla Frame
  • 1 x Seat Fabric
  • 1 x New-born Insert
  • 1 x Harness
  • 1 x Toy Arch
  • 3 x Hanging Toys
  • 1 x Set of Instructions

Specifications

Weight: 3.5 kg
Dimensions: 80 x 43 x 15 cm
Maximum Weight Recommendation: 9 kg
Material: 50% fabric, 50% metal

Hints and Tips

Parents have found that this baby bouncer is ideal for use after feeding, allowing the baby to be lifted rather than flat on their back. It’s gentle rocking (manual rather than electronic) means babies are often lulled to sleep once they have finished playing with the toy element. There’s no need to keep it in one room, as it is designed to move into any room with your baby.

Final Verdict

The Chicco Hoopla Bouncer is a simple product with enough little features to make parents feel it is worth the money. Winner of the Mother&Baby Gold Award in 2014, it still stands the test of time, whether your baby wants to bounce away, or just placed down to lay comfortably in the fixed position. As it can be stored flat, it is also possible to transport it, meaning your baby can have bouncy fun with toys wherever they go.

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Alex Jenkins

Alex is 34 and lives in South Wales. Father of two girls, massive spiced rum fan and likes to have a little drop of Old J Spiced on days off.

Favourite baby product: Scuttle Bug, can be folded away and both my kids love them. Just wish they were around when I was a little one.
Most likely to be found: Watching sport and thinking I need to get a little fitter.
Guilty pleasure: Watching TV aimed at kids ages around 8-10. Those were the best times!

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