The back-and-forth gliding motion is very calming, and there are six speed settings, along with two levels of vibration. Includes 15 songs and sounds plus toys to interest babies. The carry handle makes it a snap to lift the seat out of the frame, making it into a bouncy seat.
While the cradle/seat lifts out easily for use as a bouncy seat, the frame is not really designed for portability. Some users complained that the sound quality of the music was poor.
Six melodies to soothe baby to sleep. The six speed settings automatically adjust as baby grows, so speeds remain consistent. Cute toys keep baby entertained, and the plush seat is very comfy. Lightweight and easy to carry.
Runs on batteries only. There are only two seat settings, and this swing is not recommended for babies under 6 pounds.
The comfortably cushioned seat/cradle has five positions: reclining, upright, center, facing left, or facing right. Baby can swing from side to side, or head to toe, and there are six swing speeds to choose from. Lullabys or nature sounds calm, and the device even senses your baby's weight and adjusts the speed accordingly.
Although the legs fold in for storage, the swing is heavy and not really designed for portability. Some owners felt the motor was overly loud.
Built-in projector gives a "star show" for baby's enjoyment. Eight melodies and three nature sounds relax baby, and two stuffed lambs provide entertainment. The mesh sides keep baby cool and easily visible. There's even a removable vibration unit.
You'll need to provide the rocking motion yourself; this is not a battery or AC-powered swing, although the projector and vibration unit do require batteries.
You can control the swing's motion, sound, speed, and volume from your Bluetooth-compatible device. Play four soothing sounds or your own playlist for baby's enjoyment. Recline is fully adjustable so baby can lie flat or sit up. Three overhead toys for baby's eye tracking stimulation.
Not every baby enjoys the mild motions of this swing.
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Anyone who's parented an infant understands how hard it can be to get anything done that requires more than one free hand – especially with a fussy baby.
A baby swing shouldn't be a replacement for holding your baby, and you should avoid using it for long periods of time. But it can be a godsend when all else has failed, and it can provide a safe place for your child while you make yourself a snack, enjoy a hot drink, or catch up on a few chores.
Which baby swing is right for your little one? At BestReviews, we can help answer that question. To get the lowdown on baby swings, we spoke with Aimee, BestReviews consultant and pediatric occupational therapist. Using the information she gave us, as well as own extensive research, we created this in-depth guide to baby swings.
Read on to find out more!
Baby swings move back and forth, and sometimes side to side, on an axis. Full-size models are designed to be set in one place and kept there.
Full-size baby swings feature a large swinging arc.
Due to their large size, they can usually hold babies of a higher weight than portable models, so they take longer to outgrow.
Most full-size baby swings have a wider range of features than their portable counterparts.
Many full-size baby swings run on electricity, so there's no need to break out the batteries.
The swinging motion of a full-size baby swing isn't as smooth as the motion of a baby glider.
Full-size baby swings require a lot of floor space and aren't easily portable.
Dr. Aimee Ketchum is a pediatric occupational therapist practicing in the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric out-patient at Central Pennsylvania Rehab Services at the Heart of Lancaster Hospital. She has been working in pediatrics for 18 years and is also the owner/operator of Aimee’s Babies LLC, a child development company. Aimee has published 3 DVDs and 9 apps which have been featured on the Rachael Ray Show and iPhone Essentials Magazine. Also certified in newborn massage and instructing yoga to children with special needs, Aimee lives in Lititz, PA with her husband and two daughters.
Portable baby swings are similar to full-size models, except they're smaller, lighter, and foldable.
A portable baby swing can be stowed in a closet or other small space when not in use. This is helpful if you live in a compact home.
Portable baby swings can easily be packed in the trunk of a car for day trips or overnight vacations.
Portable baby swings generally cost less than full-size models.
Your little one will outgrow her portable baby swing sooner, as these swings have lower weight capacities.
Expect to find fewer features on a portable baby swing.
Portable baby swings generally aren't as stable as full-size models.
Baby gliders are alternative types of baby swings that don’t actually swing from the top. Instead, they replicate the gliding motion of glider chairs.
Baby gliders have a completely smooth motion. Unlike baby swings, there is no slight jerk at the start and end points.
For soothing and calming purposes, many parents find baby gliders to be the most effective type of baby swing.
You can find baby gliders with a wide range of features, from built-in sounds and lights to removable bouncer options.
Most baby gliders are fairly large and heavy.
Baby gliders can be expensive.
Variety and versatility
This gliding baby swing from Graco gives you more than you might expect from just one seat. Not only does it offer a gentle gliding motion and two vibration settings, but you can also remove the top half and use it as a portable baby bouncer.
Most baby swings feature a number of swinging modes. Some basic models have just a few modes, whereas others have as many as six or eight. The swinging modes offered may include faster and slower speeds, side-to-side motion, vibration settings, and more.
We recommend opting for a model that has at least a few different swing settings, as individual babies have their own ideas about what they find soothing.
In addition to basic swinging, almost all baby swings offer some kind of entertainment option. This ranges from a simple hanging mobile to a full-on entertainment center with a wide range of lights and sounds. Some high-end models even allow you to plug and MP3 player into them to play your own songs to your baby.
The question to ask yourself is whether you want a baby swing to relax or stimulate your little one. If you want to help your baby wind down, a swing with too many entertaining features is likely to have the opposite effect.
Look for a baby swing that's sturdy and stable. The base should be made of quality metal and/or heavy-duty plastic. Larger bases tend to be more stable and less likely to tip over if your baby starts to move around.
All baby swings should come with some kind of harness to keep your infant securely in place. High-end models tend to feature five-point harnesses, whereas more basic models use three-point harnesses. The ideal harness is adjustable so it fits your little one as he grows.
Color and pattern
Some baby swings come in neutral colors; others are much brighter. Some feature plain material; others offer a range of patterns. Jungle and wild animal prints are extremely popular, but you can find everything from florals to night sky patterns.
Babies always need to be supervised in their activities, especially in things like swings. They should have a good secure belt or harness to keep them from falling out.
Non-portable swings can be very heavy. If your baby goes to Grandma’s house a few times per week, consider a portable baby swing so it can travel with you.
Swings and gliders that mimic how the parent holds and moves the baby are most effective for soothing and comforting your little one.
Basic baby swings
Simple baby swings with few “extra” functions start around $50. Many of these are portable models that don’t have many, if any, bells and whistles. There may be just a simple toy bar, for example, or the fabric and padding may not be as plush as that of a pricier model.
Mid-priced baby swings
Baby swings from $60 to $100 may feature more swinging modes, melody choices, and entertainment options. They may also have more padding than low-cost swings. Many of them are portable, and some are on the small side.
Full-size baby swings and gliders
If you’re looking for a full-size baby swing or glider, expect to pay a minimum of $100. Full-size baby swings and gliders can cost up to $350, and sometimes more, depending on what features are included. For example, a baby swing with an MP3 plug-in, multiple reclining options, numerous settings and entertainment options, and plush padding is likely to cost you more.
Swinging on the go
Thanks to its compact folded size and weight of just seven pounds, the Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing from Ingenuity is easy to take on trips or to the homes of family and friends. Since it's fully powered by battery, there's no need for power outlet access, either.
Check that your chosen baby swing is easy to clean. The seat should wipe clean or have the capacity to be removed and laundered.
Decide whether you want battery or AC power. Some baby swings are powered by either battery or AC power, whereas others give you both options to choose from.
Look for a baby swing with seat recline options. Younger babies will be more comfortable lying further back, whereas older babies may prefer to sit up and look around.
Q. How old is too old for a baby to use a baby swing?
A. This depends on your baby and how quickly he reaches milestones. While many baby swings can hold up to 30 pounds, your little one will likely outgrow his long before he reaches this weight. Check the instructions carefully to see if there's a maximum age limit for the swing. Some models are unsafe once your baby is able to sit up on his own, as sitting up in the swing could throw it dangerously off balance.
Q. How do baby swings differ from jumpers and bouncers?
A. Baby swings are powered by a motor that runs on battery power or electricity. Baby jumpers and baby bouncers don’t have motors.
Baby bouncers move around as your baby wriggles around, but her feet don’t touch the floor.
Baby jumpers allow your little one's feet to touch the floor so she can "jump" up and down as she pushes against it.
Q. How long can a baby safely spend in a swing?
A. Our expert Aimee advises that babies should not swing for more than 20 minutes at a time. Similarly, a baby should not sit in a swing excessively throughout the day, as he could develop a flat head from the excessive pressure on his skull.
Baby gets two products for the price of one: a soothing swing with gliding motion, and a portable bouncer seat, making this the best bang for your buck. The innovative frame design takes up much less room than many other swings, so this is a great choice for a small nursery. Runs on AC power or batteries.
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