I hope you will absolutely agree with me when I say:
Your baby is the most precious blessing you’ve ever had in your life..
Well, babies are adorable, but when they start crying non-stop, all you want to do is swing them in your arms till they calm down.
A baby swing mimics your arms’ swinging motion and helps you soothe your baby without having to physically carry him/her. Also, choosing the best baby swing is not an easy task and this review will help you in selecting one that’ll fit your needs.
Qualities of a Good Baby Swing
You don’t just go out there and purchase the first baby swing you lay your eyes on. Be sure to check out the following qualities before purchasing the best infant swing for your baby:
- Product should ideally come from a trusted brand
- The construction must be solid and stable
- Must come with easy assembly instructions
- The swing should have adjustable speeds
- Main swing seat fabrics and covers should be machine-washable
- The seat should be comfortable and adjustable
- A three or five-point safety harness is included
- Able to accommodate your baby’s growing weight
- Sound volume and swing motors must be controllable
- Plush toys and mobiles are a good plus
Choosing the Right Baby Swing for Your Needs
Not all baby swings are created equal. Hence, here are some considerations to keep in mind when shopping for the best infant swing:
- Ideally, buy a brand-new baby swing. Don’t be blinded by bargains or second-hand products.
- Choose a swing with a wide base. There are less chances of the swing tipping over with your baby if it has a wide base.
- Keep the safety on your mind by choosing a swing with a five-point safety restraint. Three-point restraints are also good.
- Choose a swing with adjustable controls for swinging speed, seat recline, seat positions and volume control.
- Babies are inherently messy, so look for a swing with a washable and removable seat cover.
- Purchase a swing with a reliable warranty coverage.
As You Shop, Here Are Some Things to Look for
The wider and more durable the base, the better. A wide base cuts down on the chance of the product tipping over with the baby in it.
Think about restraints. A five-point type restraint is generally considered to be safer than the three-point variety because it does a better job of securing the upper torso.
This will not come as news to parents, but babies are inherently messy. Look for a product whose cushions and coverings are easy to remove and can be safely tossed into the family washing machine.
Some swings operate on AC power (with or without an adaptor), and others use four or more “C” or “D” cell batteries. Some run on a combination of batteries and AC. Battery power is more convenient, of course, but it’s usually more costly. Pick the power setup that fits your needs and pocketbook the best. If you’re going the battery route, consider opting for rechargeable if the product permits this.
Beyond the basics, many products offer a selection of fun-time tunes and “nature” or animal sounds to amuse the baby. The presence or absence of these isn’t a deal-breaker but many babies love them. Make sure they can be turned on or off and that there’s a volume control. A timer for the sounds and music is another nice feature.
Most swings and rockers feature toy bars and mobiles that allow for interactivity. These should be removable and they should pivot easily when getting the baby in or out.
Adjustments are important. The better swings offer a nice menu of speed modes for rocking, swinging and vibrating. One speed can’t possibly fit all and you’ll quickly learn that babies have their individual preferences.
Parents who are short on space at home might opt for a unit that easily folds up, preferably as flat as possible. This also is ideal for transporting it from place to place.
Check here http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls to see if the product that you’re considering has been recalled. Just because it’s for sale online or available on a store shelf DOES NOT MEAN that it hasn’t been recalled!
Ask friends and family. Many parents just head out to the store and don’t avail themselves of personal recommendations.
Buy new, not used. Second-hand merchandise can be a bargain on many fronts but it should be avoided when it comes to baby products. There is nothing more important than the safety of your baby and buying brand new gives you the peace of mind of knowing that the product is safe.
Check the warranty and go the extra mile by actually reading the fine print. Most major manufacturers warrant these products for one year. But check out the terms and limitations for making a claim. With the big names, you can be confident that they’ll be around to stand by their product if something goes wrong.
Lastly, read consumer reviews. Parents and kids magazines are fine, but when they review products, they often give favorable reports in exchange for advertising. Websites like Amazon and those of department stores and other retailers give actual buyers the chance to rate products. Also, look online for blogger moms who specialize in in-depth reviews of baby goods
The Top 10 Baby Swings for your Baby
The following 10 products meet or exceed minimum quality and value standards and are all worthy choices for parents seeking a safe and attractive way to keep their babies occupied and content. Much of the choice is personal and subjective; what features are must-haves for you? And, by the same token, which can easily be lived without to save a few precious dollars?
Baby products are wildly competitive, both in price and features, and that’s a very good thing for consumers. So check out the following list knowing that you really can’t make a bad decision:
1. Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing, Starlight
When it comes to baby swings, looks shouldn’t be everything. Safety, durability and features are always more important. But looks do count. After all, the swing is going to become a fixture in your house or apartment, essentially a newly added facet of the décor.
In that department, this swing from the venerable maker Fisher-Price is one of the nicest-looking we’ve seen with its gorgeous, sheer canopy. But it’s more than merely pretty. The canopy actually sways along with the gentle motion of the swing and a starry lightshow is projected onto the fabric.
Beyond the beauty and “special effects” is a solid and feature-packed swing that should please and soothe even the crankiest babe. There are six selectable swing speeds and the seat itself easily reclines into a pair of positions. There’s a removable headrest that’s perfect for the comfort and safety of newborns and the swing mechanism moves both back and forth and side to side.
The Papasan also plays a total of 16 songs and sounds with half designed for the daytime and the rest best used at night. There’s also a very welcome auto-shutoff feature for the melodies and sounds.
As a bonus, this swing operates on both AC power directly from the wall or from four “D” cell batteries providing welcome flexibility. The swing weighs 15 pounds and is on the large side, measuring 44 x 28 x 41 inches. It will safely accommodate babies and infants weighing up to 25 pounds. Moms will like the fact that the seat itself is washer-safe.
Some will see the swing as pricey and it does cost more than most. But, if appearance is an important consideration along with the kind of features that you’ll use, it could be well worth the investment.
2. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing
Fisher-Price is pretty much the granddaddy when it comes to baby products and the Snugapuppy is the winner in this derby. The swing includes all the basic as well as most great functionality boasting no less than six swing speeds. It is both battery- and AC-powered.
It has the most admirable price-to-feature ratio, offering more than others and at a quite attractive price. It makes no pretention of being super high-tech. Rather, it’s an intelligently designed and solidly built product that – going by Fisher-Price’s history – is likely to be highly dependable and long-lived.
Easy to assemble, the swing accommodates babies up to 20 pounds. There’s a two-position recline function with three adjustable seat positions: right-facing, center or left-facing
The swing features stuffed animals on a mobile that seem to “dance” above the baby’s head, and the baby can see himself in a mirrored globe. The swing can be easily adjusted to move either side-to-side or head-to-toe. It is also foldable and it features a choice of 16 tunes and a pair of “nature sounds” that can be turned on or off.
Fisher-Price’s “SmartSwing Technology” senses the baby’s weight so the swing won’t slow down as the baby grows and gets heavier. The seat reclines, and the frame is made of steel. It is easy to assemble, and the instructions are written in plain English and easy to understand. A removable teething toy is an added bonus.
Another plus feature is that the plush part of the swing can be easily taken out for washing.
This unit’s strong points far outnumber the weaknesses. It soothes well, has a deep, comfy seat and it’s extremely simple to operate.
3. Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat
This extremely lightweight swing packs plenty of features and value. It’s unusual in that it offers parent and baby the convenience of both a swing and infant seat, and manages in one compact unit.
Like the Snugapuppy, this space-saving swing also features the company’s weight-sensing SmartSwing Technology along with six swing speeds, 10 tunes and nature sounds and a pair of attractive and colorful overhead bird toys. (The music and sounds can be turned off and there’s a volume control.)
Included is a soft, removable insert for newborns. It runs on “C” batteries only. No AC adaptor is provided. A sturdy handle allows the swing – along with baby – to be easily carried from place to place. Safety-conscious parents will undoubtedly appreciate the swing’s non-skid feet.
The swing is rated safe for babies up to 25 pounds although, as with any baby seat or swing, if the infant starts trying to climb out, it’s time to stop using it. Despite its bantam weight, the unit feels sturdy and well-crafted.
The swing easily folds quite flat (it can fit into most suitcases or be easily tucked into a small closet) and has a machine-washable seat pad that is also safe to pop into the dryer.
What really sets this swing apart, though, is that it’s easily convertible into a gently vibrating, stationary baby seat in which the child can rest or sleep.
The instructions are clear and setup should be a breeze.
This is obviously an all-around wise buy because there’ll be no need to purchase a separate seat. Not only that, having the swing and seat in one unit can’t help but mean less clutter around the house. What mom wouldn’t appreciate that?
4. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother
Maybe your baby is fussy because swinging isn’t his preference. If so, this versatile unit from Fisher-Price instead rocks and glides – either from head-to-toe or side-to-side. It features three speeds, a pair of reclining positions and four motions. It can also be set to gently vibrate. (Note that batteries are required for vibration. Other movements use AC power).
Additionally, the baby can be calmed and entertained by a dozen tunes and three nature sound effects.
The unit features a large on/off button that’s easy to see and get to. It operates in a very smooth way and works great at feeding time as well as for snoozing or just relaxing. The glider base is quickly and easily removable and can be carried from room to room. Just lift the vibrating rocker seat from the base of the glider.
The portable seat itself, which has a removable newborn head- and body-support insert, has two adjustable positions. This means that it essentially “grows” along with the baby. For newborns or napping, the reclined position is recommended; it’s advisable to try the inclined setting for older or larger infants. The seat pivots a full 360 degrees, so you can always keep tabs on the baby. The seat handles make it simple to transport.
A removable toy bar features two soft overhead toys, and for physical play, there’s even a turtle toy.
The unit comes with clear instructions and is easy to assemble.
Obviously, the 4-in-1 is an attractively economical buy because a single unit accomplishes so many different, necessary functions.. And, like the Fisher-Price above, it’s undeniably a space-saver – definitely something to think about for occupants of small apartments or anyone without an excess of storage space.
5. Graco Simple Sway Swing
The name tells you that simplicity is the goal of this swing but space-saving is one of the main selling points of this entry from Graco, another big name in the baby sweepstakes. Measuring just 31 x 38 x 30 inches, the product’s frame is designed in an unusually compact way. That means that the swing can be placed just about anywhere. Thus, since it will fit in any room, there’ll never be a need or reason not to keep the baby near.
There was no scrimping here – despite the unit’s compactness and light weight (just 17 pounds), a lot of must-have features are cleverly packed into the diminutive product. The side-to-side sway is easily adjustable in six speeds. 6 swing speeds accommodate your baby’s moods, and there are two vibration speeds.
An attractive and festive three-toy mobile is also included, and the unit plays a robust 15 melodies and sounds, a higher number than just about all the competition.
The unusually plush seat also gently vibrates at two speeds (a separate battery is needed for the vibration effect).
For parents who might have safety concerns, the baby is secured by a five-point harness.
Other strong points? The frame easily wipes clean, and the seat pad is machine-washable.
The unit runs on AC power as well as four “D” cell batteries. Graco rates battery life at a fairly impressive four hours.
The swing is rated safe for babies weighing from 5 ½ to 30 pounds. The minor assembly is easy and painless.
In short, all parents (particularly new ones) know how quickly baby gear mounts up in the home, and it’s easy to get lost amid it all. This unique product will be constantly useful without adding a thing to the clutter.
6. Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker
The “DuetSoothe” moniker here is a reference to the fact that the swing seat does double duty as a rocker, so it’s effectively two products for the price of just one. The rocker has a carry handle that conveniently allows the baby to be easily moved from room to room so he or she will always be nearby. It is a truly multifunctional product that manages to be quite serviceable and stylish at the same time.
Many parents have discovered that the traditional back-and-forth rocking motion isn’t going to soothe and quiet all infants. In fact, some have been shown to refuse to go to sleep with that motion. This swing accommodates those varying preferences by offering both side-to-side and back-and-forth rocking motions.
In addition, the usual features that most parents expect in a swing these days are here: a selection of hanging toys, musical and “nature sound” entertainment, a half-dozen speeds for the swing, and adjustable seat vibration. When the baby gets bigger, the plush insert can be removed, effectively increasing the useful lifespan of the swing.
The item is designed for infants weighing 5 ½ to 30 pounds. Note that this is five pounds heavier than the competition meaning that your baby can safety and comfortably use it longer.
It operates on 4 “D” cell batteries as well as AC power. At 33 x 34 x 43 inches, the swing is larger than most, a fact that potential buyers might want to take into consideration if they don’t have the most abundant of space to work with.
Safety-wise, the swing has a sturdy five-point harness, and Graco says the product is free of phthalate, latex, lead, and BPA.
7. Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing
Graco’s swing is notable for its compactness, taking up 40 percent less space than many competitors. Despite its small footprint, the frame is sturdy enough and there’s plenty of room to insert and remove your baby. At no time does it appear that space for baby was scrimped on. But be aware that the unit does not fold up.
A couple of features are especially worth noting: First, this Graco includes a timer that only keeps the glider on when it’s being used. This is a highly useful and practical feature that can definitely save batteries (four “D” cells) or AC power. Second, all fabric parts are detachable and washable. This should leave a much better result than mere spot cleaning.
Otherwise, the features on this product should be fairly familiar to parents who already own or have been shopping for a baby swing. The seat is plush and vibrates (two different vibration speeds). There are six speeds for gliding and the extra-cushioned seat boasts three positions for reclining. (A separate battery is used for the vibration function.)
The usual removable toy bar is also present as are 10 classical melodies and five nature sounds. A toy bar with two soft toys can be placed within reach of the baby or removed and left off altogether.
An infant head and body support is built in to keep the infant calm and comfy. The good news is that it can be removed as baby’s size increases over time. The five-point harness was clearly designed with safety in mind.
The swing measures 30.8 x 24.5 x 36 inches.
Parents report no trouble putting this swing together.
8. 4Moms Rockaroo Swing
Here’s an interesting candidate from a perhaps less-familiar brand. This compact swing (70 percent smaller than the competition, according to 4Moms) is pretty much a basic, no-frills unit, but it does boast one quite special feature – a plug-in and pouch for MP3 players so that baby can ”rock out to his own songs.” Also, the bright, busy pattern of the seat is quite eye-catching and distinctive.
The sturdy, contemporary-looking swing measures 16.5 x 29.6 x 27.5 inches, considerably smaller than most full-size baby swings. It has a single front-to-back rocking motion – think of a hobby horse. Essentially, this movement serves to heighten motion at the baby’s head instead of the feet as with a traditional swing, and many infants seem to prefer it that way. The rocking movement is gentle, soothing, and quiet.
Some users have compared the way the seat is attached to the frame to an old-fashioned hammock.
The motor can be turned on with the push of a toe, and the speed is easily adjusted to any of five levels. No batteries are involved here – it is AC-powered only. There virtually no assembly to be concerned about.
Other appealing features include a removable and machine-washable seat fabric. Speaking of removable, so are the toy balls above the baby’s head and an insert designed for newborns. In addition, the seat is deeper than on other such products.
The cover can be removed easily and tossed safely into the washer, and the attached toy bar easily swings out of the way when inserting or removing the baby.
Babies up to 25 pounds should be able to fit comfortably and securely. The straps on the three-point (we’d prefer five) safety harness are made out of a soft material, enhancing baby’s comfort even if they’re wearing bulky togs.
9. Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing
This little budget-conscious swing, the runner-up in our little sweepstakes, offers a surprising amount of features for the price, and still manages to it with a dash of style and flair.
Decidedly gender-neutral, the jungle-themed swing is extremely portable, easily folding for travel or storage.
It includes a timer with an automatic-shutoff feature which many parents can’t help but appreciate. I t’s not mandatory to use the timer. The unit plays six tunes and has a volume control (there’s an auto shutoff for this feature as well). There are two levels of volume.
The seat reclines in two positions, and there are six swing speeds, easily changed by a simple dial on the side of the swing. Like Fisher-Price’s technology, this product’s TrueSpeed feature maintains the rate of speed as the baby’s weight increases.
The headrest isn’t adjustable. However, it can be removed when the baby outgrows it, and both the seat pad and head support are machine-washable. There’s also a foam toy bar (with two plush toys) that pivots for handy insertion and removal of the infant.
The materials that comprise the seat itself are unusually soft. Even the plastic buckle on the five-point harness is swathed in an ultra-soft fabric. Having a five-point harness on a product at this price point is quite impressive, another indication of the level of the swing’s value.
The quick-folding, whisper-quiet, easy-to-assemble swing runs exclusively on four “C” style batteries. Battery life is said to be three hours. It is recommended for babies up to 20 pounds. It measures 34 x 28 x 24 inches.
10. Ingenuity Convertme Swing-2-Seat
This extremely attractive and value-packed product will be hard to resist for budget-conscious parents. It basically offers two seats for the price of one, quickly and easily changing from portable swing to standalone, vibrating seat. But the low price alone doesn’t nearly tell the story – it is laden with features normally found only on more expensive swings.
It offers five different speeds with a timer for 30, 45 and 60 minutes. Features also include weight-sensing to keep speeds consistent as the baby grows in size. The swing conveniently folds completely flat.
The task of switching the unit from a swing to a smooth and gentle vibrating seat is a simple one. And it quickly and simply folds flat for storage and transportation.
While on board, the baby can be soothed by eight melodies and three nature sounds. He can play with a pivoting toy bar with a pair of plushy toys (there are also loops to attach more).
The swing operates on four “D” size batteries, and the vibrating seat requires one “C” battery. Ingenuity claims that its “hybridrive” technology permits batteries to last three times longer than usual. In fact, the company claims that the batteries will last an impressive 24 hours.
The unit assembles fairly easily and has a safety-conscious, five-point harness with non-slip feet, important safety features to look for on baby gear regardless of price.
The seat pad and head support can be safely washed in the machine.
The swing measures 22 x 23.5 x 23 inches and is recommended for infants weighing up to 20 pounds.
As stated at the outset, the Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing comes out at the top of the heap but just barely. Its strongest point is its ratio of price to features and quality – it simply does more than several others and at a price affordable to most.
It doesn’t pretend to be particularly exotic or cutting-edge. Rather, it is a very well-made, solid, and highly dependable product. It could very well still be swinging after being enjoyed by several new babies in a family. Its fit and feel tell you all you need to know.
If you’re wedded to brand names, Fisher-Price is high up among the most trusted.
But a close second in our review was the lesser-known Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing, the perfect and obvious choice for buyers who strongly desire certain features but at a considerably lower price point.
Let the swinging begin!