What are baby loungers? Are they just expensive pillows and are they really worth it?

Those basic questions got us started in what would be a research journey to find the best baby lounger. We got started researching general things related to co-sleepers and loungers and after rigorous comparison, we found the OVERALL best baby lounger of 2020.

Here is our definition of a baby lounger. Baby loungers are pillows that have been designed with a small groove that your baby can lie on comfortably.

Below is a picture of Snuggle Me baby lounger, the rated baby lounger(as of Feb 2020).

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Image of Snuggle Me Baby Lounger

And one more thing.

Your baby lounger can be a small mattress for your baby. Just tuck them in comfortably and you’ll find your baby enjoying nice naps. You can carry your baby from one room to another in your room without needing any strap or harness.

Baby loungers are specially designed pillows that have a groove so your baby can comfortably sit on it without falling out. No harness or straps required, and most importantly, no need for setting up a crib or mattress! Just place the lounger on a flat surface, tuck your baby in, and be assured that he’ll happily and comfortably watch you while you do your thing.

Baby loungers have different designs and different brands use different materials to put together the baby loungers. We looked at several ranking factors that we decided on. The ranking factors we use are:

  • The breathability of material/fabric
  • Portability: Weight
  • Possibility to be used as a cosleeping bed
  • Design
  • Protection
  • Dimension

Below is our list with the 10 best baby loungers of 2020:

  1. Snuggle Me Organic: Overall Best Baby Snuggle With Patented Sensory 2020
  2. DockATot Deluxe+ Dock: Best Baby Lounger for Co-Sleeping
  3. Boppy Original Newborn Lounger
  4. Leachco Podster Sling-Style Infant Seat Lounger
  5. Hiccapop Day Dreamer Sleeper Baby Lounger Seat for Infants
  6. Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat
  7. Boppy Preferred Newborn Lounger
  8. BabyMoov Cosydream Premium Newborn Lounger
  9. CubbyCove Baby Newborn and Infant Lounger
  10. Baby Delight Comfort Nook Plush

Best Baby Loungers 2020 Reviews

Below is our list and reviews of the best baby loungers you can find in the market today.

1. Snuggle Me Organic: Overall Best Baby Nest Lounger With Patented Sensory 2020

Snuggle Me Organic is made here in the US and we crowned it the very best baby lounger because of its patented sensory and design. It also made it to the top of the list because of its 100% organic cotton material. We analyzed over 1,200 customer reviews on Amazon and uncovered that 81% of parents rated this baby lounger 5/5. In addition to its patented sensory and comfy rounded design Snuggle Me does not require straps or buckles to keep your baby in place.

Since 2007 Snuggle Me, the company behind Snuggle Me organic got started in Minnesota, USA trading as Simply Mummy LLC. 12 years later, parents are still enjoying some of their loungers including this Snuggle Me Organic which sells for about $150 on Amazon.

Its lightweight design pulls together to hug your kid using GOTS certified fabrics. Not even wearables like clothes hug you making it a great tummy time lounger and travel mat you can rely on. This technology has impressed many parents and 1,200 parents have rated it 4.5/5 reviews on Amazon. It is currently the 9th best-selling baby loungers on Amazon as shown in the snapshot below:

Snapshot showing sales ranking of Snuggle Me Organic
Snapshot showing sales ranking of Snuggle Me Organic

Snuggle Me Organic came ahead of several other credible contestants such as DockATot but after thorough evaluation, we were impressed with the following features that set it apart:

  • It has an unpadded center which causes sides to pull in and hug your little one
  • Its tight fit keeps the baby in place
  • It is made of virgin polyester fiber which is machine-washable.
Snuggle Me Organic
Snuggle Me Organic Poster

It is relatively expensive as it retails around $150. Compared with other baby loungers that sell at an average price of $50, Snuggle Me Organic is close to three times its peers. In addition to its hugging fabric technology, Snuggle Me also has incredibly great fabric that is certified organic. It also has a polyester fiberfill.

The video below explains why Snuggle Me Organic Patented Sensory stands out:

Snuggle Me Organic Hugs your baby

It has been in the market from as early as 2010 although variations of this brand have been available from as early as 2007. It weighs 3.9 pounds (1.7Kgs) and has the following dimensions; 29 x 4 x 18 inches (75 cm by 10cm by 45 cm).

Snuggle Me Organic is meant specifically for infants with 0 to 9 months in age.

You can watch the video below to see how to position Snuggle Me Organic:

Snuggle Me Organic Pros and Cons:

1. This lounger can be used as a co-sleeper
2. It is great for travel
3. Snuggle Me Organic cradles baby to sleep.
4. It’s great for tummy time and diaper changing.
5. It is made of great materials
1. It is expensive compared to other loungers in this list
2. Your baby will outgrow it quickly – but then I like things that my baby will outgrow. It gives me reasons to smile and see my little one growing!
3. There is no option to secure the baby to this pillow

You can check its price on Amazon today here

2. DockATot Deluxe+ Dock: Best Baby Lounger for Co-Sleeping

DockATot Deluxe Plus and Dock is our second best baby lounger in our 2020 list. We liked this baby lounger most because of its design made to perfectly work when you want to co-sleep with your baby.

The rounded sides are perfect as they create a barrier between you and the baby so the baby can have and maintain his/her sleeping space. Though not made of organic material like Snuggle Me Organic, DockATot Deluxe is almost $25 more expensive than Snuggle Me Organic. In addition, DockAtot does not have the patented sensory design that gives a hugging feeling to the baby. It is however made of 100% cotton and 100% polyester. Its cover, tube, and pad are made with OEKO-TEX certified fabrics that do not harbor heat.

Its dimensions are: 24 x 6 x 18 inches

It weighs 1.25 pounds and currently ranked number 7 among the top 100 best-selling baby loungers on Amazon on August 2019 as shown in the snapshot below

Snapshot showing sales ranking of DockATot Deluxe on Amazon.
Snapshot showing sales ranking of DockATot Deluxe on Amazon.

You can check its price on Amazon here.

Here is a video review of DockATot Deluxe+:

Snuggle Me Organic Vs DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

The table below shows the difference between the two padded loungers; Snuggle Me Organic and DockAtot:

Snuggle Me OrganicDockATot
Recommended age: 0-6 months Recommended age: 0-8 months
Rated 4.4/5 by more than 1200 customers on AmazonRated 4.6/5 by more than 500 customers on Amazon
Manufactured by Snuggle Me, a company trading as Simply Mommy LLC founded in 2007. Manufactured by DockATot, a company founded by Lisa Furuland Kotsianis in 2007
Certified fabric material All parts of the DockATot meet the European Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class 1 standards
27″ tall x 18″ wide 18 inches wide x 29-34 inches long [29 inches with clasps closed and 34 inches with clasps open].
Number 9 of the top 100 best-selling baby loungers in Amazon Number 7 of the top 100 best-selling baby loungers in Amazon
Come with washable covers Come with washable covers
It comes in one size ideal for 0 to 6 months old.Does come in different sizes with Deluxe being for 0-8 month-old babies and Grand is for 9 to 36-month-old babies/toddlers.
Designed and made in the USADesigned in Sweden but made overseas in Europe and in the US.
Priced around $150 but can check its price today herePrice around $175 but can check its price today here

In the video below, Marrysa explains the difference between DockATot and Snuggle Me Organic:

DockATot Pros and Cons:

1. Very portable and great for travel
2.It eases transition from a bassinet to a baby crib
3. It provides a comfortable sleeping and napping space for a newborn and infants
4. It has sturdy and versatile as a bed, play area, lounger and carrier
5. It well made and beautifuly designed.
1. It is not easy to replace the cover after washing
2.It doesn’t collapse

3. Boppy Original Newborn Lounger

Bobby Original Newborn Lounger is our third-best baby lounger in 2020 and we specifically added it to this list as a third behind DockATot and Snuggle Me Organic because of its price. It costs almost a third of what Snuggle Me and DockATot are selling for and it is the most ideal for newborns and infants. Most parents, including this forum on Whattoexpect talked about how great it is to get both the Bobby Lounger and the Bobby Nursing Pillow.

This Bobby Original Newborn Lounger is cheaper than Leacho Podster Sling. As I researched this lounger, I learned that it’s really a not-too-distant cousin of nursing pillows and is designed for infants up to 16 pounds limit.

As of March 2020, 2,700+ parents on Amazon have given Bobby Original Newborn Lounger a rating of 4.8/5. That is a very high rating reserved for less than 5% of the most excellent baby products.

It is currently the best-selling baby lounger on Amazon as shown in the snapshot below. We couldn’t agree more.

In addition, it is the cheapest baby lounger on this list.

The table below shows the comparison of Bobby Lounger, Pillow and Snuggle Me Organic:

Bobby Original LoungerBobby PillowSnuggle Me Organic
Rated 4.8/5 by over2,700 parents as of March 2020Rated 4.7/5 by over 1700 parents as of March 2020Rated 4.6/5 by over1,500 parents as of March 2020
Sells for less than $40Sells for less than $30Sells for 3 times Bobby Lounger
Has recessed interior to cradle baby’s bottom, keeping your baby relaxed and safeIt is an award winning pillow that provides your arms and back relief by lifting your baby to a more ergonomic position when breastfeeding or bottle feeding.Patented design pulls in to hug your sweet babe. This hugging sensation calms baby and, with its tight fit, helps wedge them into place
Can be used a co-sleeperCannot be used as a co-sleeperCan be used as a co-sleeper
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The table below has more details on this inexpensive comfy baby lounger by Bobby:

NameBobby Original
Product dimensions 18 x 7 x 18 inches.
Machine-washable materialYes
Awards for quality 2017 What to Expect Mom Must-Have Finalist, the 2018 BabyCenter Mom’s Pick Finalist, and the Mom’s Choice Award.
1. Very lights and portable with a carrying handle
2.Recessed interior keeps baby comfortable
3. On this lounger, the baby lounges in a slightly upright position
4. Easy to clean and machine washable
1. Only great for wake time
2.Your baby will outgrow it easily, 16lbs limit
3, No slipcover

4. Leachco Podster Sling-Style Infant Seat Lounger

Leachco Podster Sling-Style Infant Seat Lounger is our fourth-best baby lounger in 2020 only challenged by Snuggle Me Organic and DictATot. Although not necessarily classified as a baby lounger but more of a floor seat for your baby, you can use it as a lounger.

Leachco Podster baby lounger
Leachco Podster (Link to Amazon)

For about $50, you can get yourself a soft and comfy lounger that has been rated 4.8/5 by over 800 users on Amazon. While we do not advocate that you rely on the reviews as you make a decision on which baby lounger is great for you, they are helpful to an extent. In addition to its approval by users, it is currently ranked number 29 out of the top 10 baby loungers on Amazon.

Snapshot showing sales rank of Leachco Podster Sling-Style Infant Seat Lounger on Amazon
Sales Rank of Leachco Podster Sling-Style Infant Seat Lounger on Amazon as of Aug 30, 2019.

Features of Leachco Baby Lounger:

  • It is very comfortable and we rated it at 9.8/10 in comfort to your baby.
  • It easily adjusts to provide support as your baby grows
  • The lounger cover can be washed by the machine but you can’t wash the lounger itself with a machine.
  • The cover is zipped and can be removed.
  • Weighs 2.95 pounds
  • It has the following dimensions: 25.5 x 23 x 8 inches
1. It is adjustable according to your baby size
2.It is very easy to clean with removable cover
3. It is elevated a little higher than other loungers
4. You can get multiple covers if you want to switch out the color theme
1. It is fairly large in size and may not be very easy to travel with
2.It is relatively more expensive

5. Hiccapop Day Dreamer Sleeper Baby Lounger Seat for Infants

Hiccapop Day Dreamer is our fifth-best baby lounger of 2020 and we added to this list specifically because it can serve up to four functions. More than 50,000 babies have enjoyed this baby lounger (number of sales since launch on Amazon). However, as of this update in March 2020, it was not available for sale on Amazon and we’ve reached out to the manufacturer, Hiccapop to inquire. We’ll update this post as soon as we hear back.

Hiccapop Day Dreamer Sleeper Baby Lounger Seat for Infants is another baby lounger classified as a baby lounger but is really a seat and bassinet. It can serve 4 purposes; sleeper, lounger, feeder and travel Bed. It has also been referred to as a baby lounger bed as your baby may take it as his/her bed for some time. Over 400 customers had rated this baby lounger 4.4/5 before it was removed on Amazon. It cost thrice the cost of Bobby Original.

As of August 2019, it was the 8th best-selling lounger out of the top 100 best-selling loungers on Amazon.

6. Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat

Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat is our sixth-best baby lounger that effectively does what its name describes, assist your baby to sit up. For less than $50, you can get any of its two styles, crab and Lion and enjoy this baby lounger from a well-known brand, Fisher-Price.

As of this review, Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat is currently the 4th best-selling baby seat and lounger on Amazon. This Fisher-Price brand baby lounger currently has 4.6/5 from over 1500 users on Amazon. That said, below are why we included this baby lounger in this list:

  • Easy to open the packaging
  • Very portable
  • Very wide and sturdy
  • Machine-washable pads

You can check its current price here.

1. It is very well designed for baby comfort
2.It has a higher seat back for neck and shoulder support
3. It is designed for legs to fully extend and works well for babies with chunky legs
4. The seat is removable and machine-washable
1. It is not designed for a long period of use
2.It is not very portable

7. Boppy Preferred Newborn Lounger

Boppy Preferred Newborn Lounger made it to our list of top baby loungers in 2020, coming 7th. This baby light baby lounger weighs just 3.2 pounds and in September 2019, it is ranked 9th of the top 100 best-selling baby loungers on Amazon.

1. It is very higly rated with 90+% of parents rating it 5-star lounger as of March 2020 (in Amazon) and rated 4.9/5 by over 300 parents that left reviews
2.It very soft and made of great material that is easy to clean and machine-washable
1. It is a bit bulky for washing machine

8. BabyMoov Cosydream Premium Newborn Lounger

BabyMoov Cosydream Premium is our 8th best baby lounger in 2020 and we specifically added this lounger on this list to gather for parents looking for an ideal lounger that can be turned into an infant sleeper. It has been regarded as the perfect baby lounger for co-sleeping.

Healthcare professionals recommend this baby lounger because of its patented osteopath design which has been developed to provide the highest quality, comfort, and safety for your baby. BabyMoov is made of machine-washable and very lightweight materials (0.55lbs) that are foldable for easy travel and care. However, you should note that this baby lounger is only good from when your baby is born to when they attain 3 months in age.

9. CubbyCove Baby Newborn and Infant Lounger

CubbyCove Classic is our 9th best baby lounger in 2020, behind its direct competitors, the DicATot and Snuggle Me Organic. CubbyCove comes in six different varieties but what sets it apart is its truly breathable 3D Mesh fabric. It is currently the 29th Best-selling baby lounger on Amazon and has an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 180 customers.

CubbyCove Classic is almost $50 cheaper than DictATot and about $25 cheaper than Snuggle Me Organic.

10. Baby Delight Comfort Nook Plush

Baby Delight is our 10th best baby lounger in 2020 and this 4.8/5 rated baby lounger wins as the most comfortable napping lounger for your baby. It is a product of Baby Delight, a mom-owned business that was founded in 2000 by Farah Morton. It is a new brand as it was released to the market in March 2019 and is challenging established brands such as DockATot, Bobby Original and Snuggle Me Organic.

Baby Delight literally gives your baby great delight as it designed with 25 degrees incline to help with reflux and reduce congestion. Many parents recognize this and that’s why it’s currently the 25th best-selling baby lounger, despite it being pricier than other loungers such as Cubbycove. It is also a favorite lounger for those who’d like to travel and appreciate light loungers.

I did not just include Baby Delight as the best baby lounger because of its comfort and ratings. Baby Delight is also made of very breathable side walls at the top section with a mesh that aids in airflow.

This lounger will cost you $100 on Amazon but you can check its current price using the link alongside.

Below are other features of Baby Delight that summarizes why we added it on this list:

NameBaby Delight baby lounger
Dimensions and weight29.5″ x 16.5″ x 11″ and 5.5 lbs
Age recommendation0 to 6 months
Why We like it mostComfort because of its contoured inclined position and Safety because of its breathable sidewalls, sturdy base and a 3-point harness
Current Ranking and Rating25th Best-selling lounger and rated 4.8/5 by 29 customers
Prime EligibleYes
Machine WashableYes
PriceCheck price

We already reached the 10th baby lounger but I got a question the other day from an expecting mother on a lounger most ideal for a newborn. After much research, I settled that NiceTime baby lounger as the best although the above reviewed Bobby loungers are also ideal. We have a bonus below review of a newborn baby lounger below:

NiceTime Baby Lounger

Nicetime baby lounger is the most ideal baby lounger for a newborn and you can rely on it to give maximum comfort any lounger can offer to a newborn, right from the hospital delivery room. NiceTime lounger is designed to look like the uterus and imitate the posture your baby takes when they are born. It looks like a nest and your baby will find this guardrail-designed lounge easy for your baby’s spine to fit. What you will appreciate is that your baby will enjoy its padded surface and as a parent, you’ll also appreciate the lightweight and washable material of NiceTime lounger for newborns.

Boppy Newborn Lounger Pillows are great loungers for twins that you should consider. They are super soft and although they may be classified as pillows, the Bobby Newborn lounger can serve your twins well.

Buyer Guide: How to Choose the Best Baby Nest Lounger (5 things to consider)

I have simplified this guide to assist any parent looking for a lounger or co-sleeping lounger to get the best or at least the most ideal lounger. Below are the most important things you should consider:

1. Material Used to Make the Lounger

The best baby loungers available vary in the material they used to make the baby lounger. The most important variations are material such as cotton, polyester, silk etc. In any material you go for, make sure the material is soft and is not rough on your baby skin. The second consideration in addition to being soft is toxicity. Make sure you pick non-toxic-material baby loungers that are not allergic. The last thing you should check on the material is their odor. Some materials do not lose the odor and you should make sure that you go for loungers that do not hold odor.

2. Size and Weight

The size of the baby lounger will determine the portability. In addition to portability, some babies may be taller and may not fit the standard-sizes for normal loungers. Make sure you get a custom-fit design if your baby is taller or snug-fit if you think your baby needs a snug fit design.

The other article you need to consider is the weight of the baby lounger. If you plan on using your baby lounger when traveling, make sure you get a light one. Some baby loungers can also be used as a playpen or as beds with changing units and if you anticipate traveling a lot with your baby, getting a lounger that is light and can serve more functions will be very ideal for you and your baby.

3. Purpose of your baby lounger

Baby loungers are designed for use by the baby when taking naps and can also be used as a bed, a co-sleeping lounger. There are however more functions that the lounger can be used for such as tummy-time loungers, massaging-loungers or loungers for changing nappies. When picking a baby lounger. Make sure you pick the one that best suits the need that you want to use the baby lounger for.

I personally recommend a multi-purpose baby lounger which may be more expensive but maybe totally worth it.

4. Covers of Baby Lounger

Make sure you pick a baby lounger with covers that are washable. Machine-washable covers of a baby lounger make them easy to be reused and solve a lot of hygiene-related issues.

5. Organic Fabric

If you want to go all-natural, you can pick baby loungers that are made of organic fabric such as Snuggle Me Organic.

If you follow the 5 tips above, you can be sure to pick the best baby lounger that will be safe and ideal for your baby.

Benefits of Baby Loungers – Parent Guide To Using Loungers to Your Benefit

Wondering whether there are any documented benefits that parents and little ones can expect from a lounger? Back to our initial question of whether loungers are worth it. Here are the key benefits that you should know and can count on any of the loungers you buy to provide:

  1. You’ll have a lot of comfort having your hands not committed to carrying the baby around as you cannot place them to stay on their crib all the time. You’ll need to walk around the house, do some laundry, chat with friends and to keep an eye on your baby, you can just put your baby to rest. Your hands can now do all the great things a parent can do with the hands.
  2. It makes your baby ‘portable and reachable’ without the need to bend down all the time. With a lounger, you can place your baby at high surfaces such as countertops and your back can take a break from bending. Like many new mothers, you’ll appreciate how great this is and healthwise, your back will stock aching from too many bending.
  3. Easy to set up a comfortable spot for your baby at any time. Unlike using makeshift clothes to make some spot for your baby to rest on, loungers are very easy to set up and already have neck support for your baby. Your baby’s upper body will remain elevated and this is not only great for comfort and for your baby’s view of the space around him or her, but also great for your baby’s digestion.
  4. Very easy to clean: Several top loungers on our list can be easily cleaned with a wet wipe and some parents have seen loungers lasting for up to 5 months before it starts smelling bad.

The other baby loungers in our list that we’ll continue to review include the following:

  1. Snuggle Me Original | Co-Sleeping Lounger
  2. Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping Baby Bed
  3. CubbyCove Baby Newborn and Infant Lounger
  4. Snuggle Me Organic Infant Padded Lounger
  5. Snuggle Me Organic Co-Sleeping Bed Bundle

FAQs on the Best Baby Loungers in 2020

Are baby loungers safe?

Yes. baby loungers are safe if the right ones are picked and if used for the right purpose. Make sure you follow the five key items to consider when choosing the best and a safe baby lounger highlighted on the article above.

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