What Are The Best Baby Swings?

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best baby swingsBefore babies are born, they live in a rhythmic world, tuned in to their mothers’ heartbeat and breathing and to the patterns of their movement. No wonder that after they are born, many babies find rhythmic movement soothing. But bouncing and rocking a baby can get tiresome for parents, especially when there are so many other tasks that need to be done. That’s why many parents purchase baby swings to provide that calming motion.

A baby swing isn’t a must-have, like a crib or a car seat. Some parents purchase them and then get very little use from them, because their babies don’t like them. Many more parents, however, call swings lifesavers. “That swing saved my sanity,†more than one mom has been known to remark.

The ten swings reviewed here represent some with cutting-edge technology. They also have practical features, and most have eye appeal.

*All product links and pictures in this article will take you to the latest prices on Amazon.com, scroll down for our in-depth reviews below.

A lot of science has gone into developing baby swings that are safe for babies. Then manufacturers add bells and whistles. Some of the extras may be worthwhile. Other probably aren’t. Read on to learn more about how to pick out and use a baby swing for your baby.

What a Baby Swing Is Not

A baby swing can be a delightful device for your baby and a lifesaver for you, but there are some things a baby swing is not, according to guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A baby swing is not a safe sleeping area. Babies may slump over in such a way that their air supply is compromised. Babies who fall asleep in a swing should be moved to a safe sleeping surface, as hard as it may be for parents to disturb them!

The seat position of greatest recline should be used for babies younger than 4 months, who may not have good head and neck control. Again, the aim is to avoid slumping and keep baby’s airway open.

A baby swing is not a replacement for active moving. If you happen to have a baby who is happy in the swing for long periods of time, you must resist the temptation to overuse the swing.

For one thing, being in a swing for long periods of time can lead to positional plagiocephaly, which is a fancy name for a flat head. Although this condition is rarely serious, it is best to avoid it rather than treat it.

The best way to prevent a flat head is to alternate time in swings and other devices with periods of tummy time and periods when baby is held upright.

Of course, very young babies who don’t have good head control should always have their head supported when being held and should be closely watched during tummy time.

Most authorities suggest that babies not be left in a swing for more than half an hour. Two half-hour periods of use in a day should be the maximum.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has developed safety standards for baby swings. Although serious incidents involving swings are rare, there were 24 reported injuries related to baby swings during the years 2009-2012. These injuries included two fatalities.

The CPSC also maintains a list of product recalls. It is a good idea to register any products you purchase so that you will be notified in case of a recall. Registration can usually be done online.

Ages for Use

Baby swings can generally be used for the first year of your baby’s life, but every case is different.

Many swings say that they are safe for newborns. Some authorities, however, say it is safer to wait until four or six weeks of age to begin using them. If you are unsure whether you should put your newborn into a baby swing, consult your doctor.

Baby swing use should cease whenever babies become so strong and active that they try to get out of the swing by themselves. Usually that occurs around one year of age.

Most swings have an upper weight limit of 25 pounds. Don’t think that because your baby is less than 25 pounds that it is still okay to use the swing. A wiry, strong baby who weighs much less than 25 pounds may not be safe in the swing. Parents are the best judges of when the swing should be put away.

A few swings are designed for smaller infants, and their manufacturers may recommend stopping use earlier, at six or nine months of age.

Baby Swing Basics

Some bouncers also have swinging action, and there are also cradles that swing. This article is not about these devices. This article concerns baby swings of the classic type, although many have added features.

Three elements combine to create a baby swing. You just need a frame, a seat and a motor. That’s it. But with just those three elements, makers have created a wide variety of devices.

Swing seats usually have the basic shape of a regular infant seat and come with a padded seat cover. A few swings come with a seat that can be detached from the swing and used as an infant seat, bouncer or rocker.

Frames are engineered differently, but all should provide a sturdy and secure base for swinging action.

Motors should run quietly and have enough power to move the swing when baby gets heavier.

Compact or Full-Size

Most baby swings fall into one of two categories, portable or full-size.

Full-size swings have a large footprint and aren’t easy to move. If you choose this style, you’ll need to have a spot where it won’t be a tripping hazard. The spot will need to be close to a plug as most full-sized swings use AC power.

The advantage of full-sized swings is that they provide a long swinging arc that is very soothing to babies. They also tend to be taller, which is a mixed blessing. It will be easier to get baby in and out, but the greater height makes them a tad less safe for your child.

Portable swings, on the other hand, are versatile. Most use battery power, so you can easily move them around from one spot to another. They can also travel with you. Most fold for easy transport and storage. They are more practical for small spaces as they take up less room even when in use.

The down side of portables is that the length of the swing is shorter. Also, they are closer to the ground and thus harder to reach. It can be a real chore to get your child in and out of a portable swing. It’s much like doing a squat with a weight that you can’t let go of.

C-section moms may have difficulty, as may grandparents and parents with any type of disability. Also, the controls are often on the side of the seat, making them low enough that you may have to bend or squat to see them.

Since the seat is so close to the ground, portable swings are generally considered safer. Any type of mishap is likely to be minor.

Troubleshooting Your Purchase

Parents tend to be picky about any product that they are going to use with their babies. Still, few products are perfect, and all have the possibility of malfunctioning.

Any time that you buy a product, you run the risk of being unhappy with your purchase. In the case of baby swings, most complaints stem from problems with the motor. Either the motor does not move the swing as it should, or it creates an unacceptable level of noise.

Some companies, including Fisher-Price and Graco, will  allow you to return any item purchased online for a refund within 30 days, but conditions do apply.

The item must be in the original box, you must have a receipt, and you will not be reimbursed for shipping. Products that are bought from retail outlets must be returned to the outlet.

Retailers have differing policies for returns. If you purchased your baby swing with a credit card, you may be eligible for certain kinds of purchase protection from the credit card company.

Most baby gear manufacturers offer a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty does not cover damages caused by misuse, incorrect assembly, failure to follow instructions, accidents or normal wear and tear.

In spite of these somewhat onerous conditions, most baby gear manufacturers are eager to please their customers, and you may find that they will work with you to resolve your problem.

If a baby swing malfunctions after the year’s warranty is up, you can often order repair parts and fix it yourself. Check YouTube for how-to videos.

Read On!

Graco and Fisher-Price dominate the baby swing business, and rightfully so, as they have produced reliable products for years. They are being challenged by some newer companies, however, and Kids II is also turning out a competitive line of baby gear.

It will be interesting to see what happens to baby swing product lines as these companies duke it out. Let’s hope that the result is baby swings that are even more ingenious and trouble-free.

You may feel overwhelmed when you start shopping for a baby swing, but this guide will help you decide what features are most important to you and also assist you in finding just the right swing.

One caveat: Manufacturers are constantly tweaking their designs, and so the product you buy could be slightly different from the one described here. Frequently fabrics and accessories are different even when the basic design is the same.

You may also want to check out the best backyard swing sets.

Best Baby Swings

4moms rockaRoo Baby Swing

The rockaRoo is a unique baby swing that looks more like an infant seat than a traditional swing. It doesn’t have a frame in the conventional sense but sits atop a base.

The device moves baby in a smooth, gliding, back-and-forth motion. Because the action does not come from the seat being suspended, it does not take up as much space as a traditional baby swing. Many parents like its sleek look and the fact that they can connect their devices and play their own music for baby.

The rockaRoo is an offshoot of the mamaRoo, an ingenious infant seat that incorporates five different motions to mimic the way that mothers move when soothing their babies. Some labeled the mamaRoo as the first really original baby product in years.

The mamaRoo is considerably more expensive than the rockaRoo. If you like the concept and the overall design, the rockaRoo may work just as well and save you money. If what you like about the mamaRoo is the choice of motions, the rockaRoo won’t fill the bill, as it offers only one motion, although it does offer five speeds.

The rockaRoo seat cover comes in a classic gray fabric. You can buy extra seat pads and infant inserts in coordinating prints.

4moms is a brand name belonging to Thorley Industries. It is a relatively new company specializing in using technology to make innovative products for children. Its products carry the 4moms name because a panel of four mothers provided original advice to the two male founders.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like:

  • Unique Gliding Motion. Babies who don’t take to traditional swings may like the smooth motion of the rockaRoo. Five speed settings add versatility.
  • MP3 Technology. Any MP3 music player can be attached to the rockaRoo, so that baby (and parents) can listen to music of their choice.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable. Use cold water and delicate cycle. Machine dry on low heat and remove promptly.
  • Extra Seat Covers Available. Extra covers can also be purchased so that you are never without a clean cover. The choices include plush versions for extra comfort for baby.
  • Head Support. Infant head support can be purchased separately.
  • Easy Assembly. Because of its unique design, the rockaRoo comes mostly assembled. Some buyers reported that it took only a few minutes to do the last few steps.

What You May Not Like:

  • The rockaRoo falls in the moderate to high price range. Most users will need the head support, and that costs extra, increasing the price even more.
  • No Built-In Music Option. You will have only the music you supply with your device.
  • Controls on the Bottom. Controls are located on the base of the swing, basically at floor level, so they can be hard to reach.
  • Not Many Extras. The hanging toys are not particularly engaging, and there is no vibration option.
  • Single seat position. The reclining seat is appropriate for newborns, but you won’t have the option of sitting an older baby in a more upright position.
  • Not Suitable for Older Babies. The manufacturer’s website says the swing is good for babies up to 25 pounds, or until babies can sit unassisted, or until babies try to get out of the swing. This swing may not be suitable for some older, stronger infants. The 3-point harness may not be sufficient to keep them safely in the seat.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: Birth-25 lbs.

Item Weight: 11.5 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 29 X 16 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Electric cord

Number of Seat Positions: One

Swing Speeds: Five

Restraint System: 3-point harness

Timer: No


Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing

In the world of baby gear, Fisher-Price is known for creating items that are loaded with features but affordable in price. Nowhere is this more obvious than with baby swings. The Fisher Price website lists over 30 baby swings. It can be challenging indeed just to choose the best swing for your baby from the Fisher Price line.

The Cradle ‘n Swing is a full-size swing that provides a choice of front to back or side to side motion. It is available in several nursery themes and in a deluxe version with a few more features.

Fisher-Price excels at cute themes, and this is especially apparent in the Cradle ‘n Swing line. The Snugapuppy model has a seat cover designed to look like an adorable brown-and-white puppy.

When baby isn’t in the swing, it looks as if it is occupied by a little doggie. When baby is in the swing, he has cute little doggie ears behind his head. The mobile carries out the theme with miniature stuffed animals.

Similar swings are available in other animal motifs, including a bunny, lamb, kitty and monkey. Other swings recreate entrancing environments, like a rain forest, savanna, woodland or butterfly garden.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About Fisher-Price’s Snugapuppy:

  • Choice of Motion. Some babies may like the traditional front-to-back motion, and others may prefer the side to side. This swing gives baby a choice.
  • Controls on Top. Because the controls are on top of the swing, they are easy to read and access.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays 16 different songs, or users can opt for soothing nature sounds.
  • Toys Included. The mirrored mobile with dancing animals provides entertainment for baby, and a teething toy is also included.
  • Variable Positions. The seat has two reclining positions. In addition, the seat can be turned to face to the front, to the back, or to the side, all with push-button ease.
  • The frame folds for easier storage and so you can get it through doorways. Still, this is a big swing.
  • SmartSwing Technology. The swing adapts to baby’s weight so that swinging action is always just right.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable.
  • Head Support. Infant head support is included.
  • Two Power Options. The machine comes with AC power and a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.
  • Ease of Assembly. Significant assembly is required, but most buyers reported that assembly was problem-free.

What You May Not Like:

  • Noise Level. Some users find the swing too noisy. Others say that it is very loud when it starts up, but quietens down as it gets going. At any rate, it may startle a very young baby or one who is easily alarmed.
  • Not Easy to Move: The size and weight of the swing mean that it is movable, but not necessarily easy to move.
  • The Cradle ‘n Swing falls in the moderate to high price range, but offers a lot of options for the money.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: 5.5-25 lbs.

Item Weight: 20.5 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 36 X 39 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Electric cord or battery pack

Number of Seat Positions: Two

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: No


Ingenuity Power Adapt Portable Swing

The Ingenuity Power Adapt Portable Swing offers the convenience of a portable without the cost of batteries. When you don’t want to plug in, you can use the swing in battery mode, and batteries will last up to three times longer due to the company’s patented Hybridrive technology.

TrueSpeed technology keeps swinging speeds consistent by adapting to baby’s changing weight. The company also touts its WhisperQuiet technology that gives baby a restful ride.

The Ingenuity line of baby swings is produced by Kids II. Although it’s not as well known as Fisher- Price, the company has been making baby products for 40 years. It is currently producing the Baby Einstein, Oball and Disney Baby lines.

This model comes in attractive gender-neutral color schemes. Vesper features grey, turquoise and green, with a cute lion and giraffe on the toy bar. Bingham Bunny is brown and blue and features winsome rabbits, of course.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About the Ingenuity Power Adapt:

  • Low Noise Level. Users give this swing high marks for quietness.
  • The swing folds easily for travel or for stowing away when it is not in use.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays eight different songs and three kinds of nature sounds.
  • Toys Included. The toy bar features two cute animals. The toy bar is removable for easier access to baby.
  • TrueSpeed Technology. The swing adapts to baby’s weight so that swinging action is always just right.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable.
  • Head Support. Infant head support is included but can be removed for larger babies.
  • Two Power Options. The machine comes with AC power and a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.
  • The Ingenuity swing falls in the low to moderate price range and offers a lot of features for the money.
  • Ease of Assembly. Assembly is required, but most buyers said that it was relatively quick and easy.

What You May Not Like:

  • No Choice of Motion. Swing has only the traditional front-to-back motion.
  • Low Height. While the low level makes it safer for baby, it can be difficult to put baby in and out, especially for grandparents and anyone who is differently abled.
  • Not Suitable for Older, Active Babies. The manufacturer’s website says to discontinue use at around 9 months of age, or when baby tries to get out of the swing.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: 6-20 lbs.

Item Weight: 14.3 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 14 X 22 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Electric cord or battery pack

Number of Seat Positions: One

Swing Speeds: Five

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: Yes, in 30-, 45- and 60-minute settings


Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker

The Graco DuetSoothe is all about choices. It gives you two directions for baby to swing, three directions for baby to face and two vibration speeds. Need a sound track? Choose from ten melodies and five tracks of nature sounds. There’s a plug so you can save on batteries and a battery pack when you need portability.

Best of all, the seat lifts out of the swing and becomes a take-it-with-you rocking chair. This versatile piece of baby gear has almost every available feature, at a price that isn’t low but won’t break the bank.

Graco is a trusted maker of baby equipment. The company actually claims to be the first baby swing maker. Many parents rely on the Graco Pack N’ Play portable playard when traveling with baby.

Graco baby gear usually has an understated color palette, heavy on the gray, and that is true of the DuetSoothe. The colors go well in modern homes but don’t have much visual zing. The swing has small stuffed bears suspended for baby to look at, but no mobile that actually moves.

If you live in a small space, the Graco DuetSoothe may not be for you as it occupies a bit of space and isn’t truly portable like some other baby swings. But as long as you have the room, the DuetSoothe is an enticing option.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About the Graco DuetSoothe:

  • Low Noise Level. The motor is quiet, although some users report a clicking noise as the swing operates.
  • Choice of Motion. Baby can swing back and forth or from side to side.
  • Choice of Position. The seat can be turned to keep mommy in sight or so that baby can have something different to look at.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays a variety of melodies and nature sounds. It also features a volume control.
  • Vibration Option. When used as a rocker, the seat has a vibration option with two speeds.
  • Carry Handle for Rocker. The handle makes it easy to move baby and rocker from one spot to another.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable. Cold water and gentle cycle are recommended.
  • Two Power Options. You can choose to use AC power or a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.
  • Ease of Assembly. Most users report that assembly is easy. A few had difficulty. There is a YouTube video showing how to assemble the DuetSoothe if you have trouble.

What You May Not Like:

  • Manual Rocking Only. When used as a rocker, the seat does not rock on its own but responds to being pushed.
  • Batteries Needed for Vibration. A separate battery compartment powers the vibration mode.
  • Not Portable. Neither the frame nor the seat folds for storage.
  • The DuetSoothe falls in the moderate to high price range, but offers a lot of options for the money.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: 5.5-25 lbs. for rocker, 5.5-30 lbs. for swing

Item Weight:  17.9 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 33 X 34 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Electric cord or battery pack

Number of Reclining Positions: Two

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: No


Graco Glider Elite

If you’re a fan of lawn gliders, you’ll understand the appeal of this type of baby swing. The Graco Glider Elite moves with a smooth and gentle gliding action that is quite different from conventional baby swings.

Looking more like a gyroscope than a baby seat, the swing is also sure to get everyone’s attention. It offers a host of other cool features as well.

For starters, the seat can be removed from the swing and used as a bouncing chair. In addition to the usual songs and nature sounds, the chair also provides vibration. A canopy shields baby’s face in case you want to go outdoors. It’s a lot of baby swing for a price that falls into the moderately high range.

This model doesn’t require a lot of space for operation, but it also doesn’t fold up for easy storage. Even when the seat is removed, the base cannot be folded.

Graco offers a line of gliders. This model is in the mid-range for features and prices. You can get a glider for quite a bit less or considerably more.

This model comes in two color schemes. The Pierce has a neutral palette of grays and, black. The Sylvia adds a perky pink to the basic gray.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About the Graco Glider Elite:

  • Two Modes for Use. With the Graco Glider Elite, you are getting a swing and a bouncer in one.
  • Six Gliding Speeds. You can choose the gliding speed that pleases your baby.
  • Low Noise Level. There’s very little motor noise to disturb baby.
  • Vibration Option. This swing offers two levels of vibration. The vibration unit requires one D battery.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays 10 melodies and makes five nature sounds, and it has a volume control.
  • Plush Support. The seat is soft and cushy and provides infant head support that can be removed when it is no longer needed.
  • Accommodates Larger Babies. The swing can be used up to 30 pounds. The bouncer should not be used for babies over 19 pounds.
  • Two Power Options. You can choose to use AC power or a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.

What You May Not Like:

  • The price is in the moderate to high range. You can buy similar baby swings for much less than the cost of the Graco Glider Elite, although you will give up some features.
  • Not Portable or Foldable. While the seat can be removed and used as a bouncer, the swing isn’t portable or foldable in the usual sense.
  • Music Quality. Some users state that the tonal quality of the music is poor, making it irritating to listen to.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The website says to check the product labels for cleaning instruction.
  • Ease of Assembly. Some users report that this swing is a chore to put together. Graco has a YouTube video with instructions for assembly

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: 5.5-30 lbs., 5.5-19 lbs. for bouncer

Item Weight: 23 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 28 X 24 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Electric cord or battery pack

Number of Seat Positions: Three

Glide Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: Yes


Fisher Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat

Another two-in-one model, the Fisher Price Take Along converts from a portable swing to a stationary baby seat. The conversion is carried out by simply snapping a strap in place to hold the swing still. There’s no complicated dis-assembling or re-assembling.

In both modes, the seat boasts an array of entertaining sounds. In the stationary mode, it also features vibrating action. Parents will appreciate its affordability.

The swing is currently available in three color schemes. One is a subdued taupe palette, one is a brighter jungle theme, and the third is a pretty pink.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About Fisher-Price’s Take Along:

  • The swing folds easily for travel and stows away when not in use. The top bar turns into a grab-and-go handle.
  • Small Size. The swing doesn’t require a lot of room to set up.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays songs and nature sounds, for a total of ten choices.
  • Toys Included. Two cute animals dangle from the bar to entertain baby.
  • SmartSwing Technology. The swing adjusts to baby’s weight so that swinging action is predictable.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat pad is machine washable and dryable.
  • Head Support. Plush head support is included for newborns but can be removed for larger babies.
  • Low Price. The Fisher Price Take Along is one of the most reasonably priced baby swings on the market.

What You May Not Like:

  • Noise Level. Some users find the motor too noisy.
  • Battery Operated. The machine comes with a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.
  • Low Height. While the low level makes it safer for baby, unless you can get down on the floor, it can be difficult to put baby in and out.
  • Head Hazard. It’s easy to hit the baby’s head on the top bar when putting the baby in or taking the baby out of the swing.
  • Assembly Problems. Users reported some issues with assembly.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: Birth until baby tries to climb out. Maximum weight 25 lbs.

Item Weight: 10 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 20 X 25 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Battery pack

Number of Seat Positions: One

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: No


Ingenuity InLighten Cradling Swing

This baby swing adds lights to the action. The LightBeams electronic mobile is sure to get baby’s attention, but the Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing has more innovations up its sleeve. There’s a clear sleeve to slip in a smart phone or other device so that baby can enjoy personalized pictures and music.

Another product of Kids II, the Ingenuity Inlighten has a clever base design, too. The swing has the wide base needed to keep baby safe, but the frame folds for easy moving from place to place and for more efficient storage.

Baby will never feel shut in with this wide open design, and a rotating seat makes it easy to turn baby without moving the seat. Everyone knows that babies are happier when they can see their parents or siblings, and this swing makes it easy. This unique design also means that baby can move in three directions.

Some models of the swing are designed so that the seat can be lifted out and used as a rocker. That feature raises the cost of the swing quite a bit.

Finally, the swing comes in a number of lovely motifs, including three animals: Lullaby Lion, Lullaby Lamb and Zoo Zoo Zebra. What could be cuter?

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About the Ingenuity Inlighten:

  • Variety of Music. With supplied songs and nature sounds and the ability to add your own music, the variety of music baby can hear is unlimited.
  • Electronic Mobile. The mobile lights up and moves to keep baby’s attention.
  • Rotating Seat. Seat can be turned 180 degrees, enabling a variety of swinging movements.
  • Foldable Design. Although the swing is full-sized for maximum utility, it also folds for easier moving and storage.
  • Two Power Sources. Use plug-in power or a battery pack. The patented Hybridrive system makes batteries last longer.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat pad is machine washable. Use cold water and gentle action.
  • Ease of Assembly. Users reported that the swing was easy to put together.
  • The Ingenuity Inlighten is moderate in price.

What You May Not Like:

  • Large Size. The swing does require a lot of space for set up.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: Birth until 20 lbs.

Item Weight: 23.4 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 35 X 34 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Battery pack or AC power

Number of Seat Positions: Multiple

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: Yes, with three settings


Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing

If you’re looking for a baby swing that creates a magical environment, too, look no further. The Fisher-Price Papasan is just your ticket. Here’s the blueprint.

First, the swing moves either back-and-forth or side-to-side. Second, there’s an entrancing mobile that lights up at night. Third, a filmy canopy adds a sweet touch. Available in butterfly or starlight motifs, this swing is a baby entertainment complex!

The Papasan Cradle Swing also comes with the more usual features: music and sounds, adjustable seat, dual power sources and washable seat pad. It’s on the high end price-wise, but after all, you’re buying a swing with more than the usual number of features.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About Fisher-Price’s Papasan:

  • Choice of Motion. Only a few swings give baby a choice of front-to-back or side-to-side swinging action.
  • Choice of Seat Orientation. The seat can be turned to face either side or the front.
  • Controls on Top. Controls are on top of the swing for easy access.
  • Variety of Music. The swing plays 8 songs, 8 lullabies and nighttime nature sounds.
  • Multimedia Mobile. The mobile adds light and movement for baby’s entertainment, featuring either a galaxy of stars or a swarm of butterflies.
  • Removable Tray. A play tray with two bead bars can be removed if not needed.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable.
  • Head Support. Infant head support is included.
  • Two Power Options. The machine comes with AC power and a battery pack that requires 4 D batteries.
  • Ease of Assembly. Significant assembly is required, but most buyers found no major problems.

What You May Not Like:

  • Noise Level. Many users find the swing too noisy, some reporting a grinding sound when it starts up.
  • Not Easy to Move: The size and weight of the swing mean that it is movable, but not necessarily easy to move.
  • Unsecured Canopy. The canopy isn’t attached to anything at the bottom. It is removable if baby starts grabbing it.
  • The Cradle ‘n Swing falls in the moderate to high price range, but offers a lot of options for the money.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: Birth until baby tries to climb out. Maximum weight 25 lbs.

Item Weight: 22.4 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 44 X 41 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Battery pack or AC power

Number of Seat Positions: Two

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 3-point harness

Timer: No


Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing

If you don’t want to pay a lot for a baby swing, the Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing will win your heart and your pocketbook. You’ll be captured right away by the whimsical motif and simple design.

You’ll be even happier when you learn that this Kids II product has many of the features of the company’s more deluxe swings. Super light and portable, the Cozy Kingdom swing can travel with baby almost anywhere.

This same basic blueprint is available in other motifs, including a swing that’s pretty in pink.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like About the Cozy Kingdom:

  • Low Noise Level. WhisperQuiet technology makes this swing operate without annoying noises.
  • TrueSpeed Technology. The swing adapts to baby’s weight so that swinging action is always just right.
  • The swing is light and folds easily.
  • Removable Toy Bar. Two cute animals hang from a toy bar that can be removed to access baby.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable and dryable. Head rest should be air dried.
  • Head Support. Head rest can be removed as baby grows.
  • The swing is budget-friendly.
  • Ease of Assembly. The simple design means assembly is easy.

What You May Not Like:

  • Battery Operated. This model does not come with a plug-in option, so the cost of batteries is an added expense.
  • Low Height. While the low level makes it safer for baby, it can be difficult to transfer baby in and out of the swing.
  • Few Musical Options. Swing plays only six songs.
  • Not Suitable for Older, Active Babies. The manufacturer’s website says this seat can be used for babies up to 20 pounds, but use should always be discontinued when baby tries to get out of the swing.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: Birth-20 lbs.

Item Weight: 9 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 14 X 22 inches (approximate)

Power Source: Battery pack

Number of Seat Positions: Two

Swing Speeds: Six

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: Yes


Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing

If your budget and your space are limited, you’ll like this basic baby swing. The open design means that it’s easy to put baby in and take baby out and easy to keep an eye on your child. It also has adjustable legs.

Choose the shorter setting to keep baby closer to the ground. Choose the higher setting to make it easier to get baby in and out of the seat.

The swing is foldable and portable. Its light weight means that you won’t dread moving it around. You may even want to take it with you to grandma’s house. The carry handle makes transporting it a snap.

The swing comes only in battery-powered form. There is no AC cord. That is a drawback for some parents. Not only do they have the expense of buying batteries, but also the batteries may fail at inopportune times.

The swing comes in two fabric choices. Linus is an animal print paired with two yellow hang toys. Alma is a flower print and is paired with two brightly colored hanging flowers.

PROS & CONS
What You’ll Like:

  • The Slim Spaces Swing is foldable, portable and adjustable. It can be used indoors or outdoors, at your own home or when you are traveling. Some users report that it fits nicely inside the Pack N’ Play for travel.
  • The seat covers come in choice of two cute prints. The total look is no-frills but nice.
  • Ease of Cleaning. The seat cover is machine washable. Use cold water and delicate cycle. Line dry.
  • This model is about half the price of higher-end swings.
  • Head Support. Infant head support comes with the swing and is removable for older babies.
  • Ease of Assembly. Although a significant amount of assembly is required on the part of the buyer, most reported that the process went smoothly.

What You May Not Like:

  • No Music. The Graco Space Saver does not have music.
  • Noise Factor. Some users find the swing noisy.
  • Battery Power: Keeping batteries fresh is an extra expense.

Specifications:

Age/Weight Range for Baby: 5.5-25 lbs.

Item Weight: 13.5 lbs.

Size of Footprint: 22 X 16 inches (approximate)

Power Source: 4 D batteries

Number of Seat Positions: One

Swing Speeds: Multiple

Restraint System: 5-point harness

Timer: No


And the Winner Is!

The Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker combo gets the nod! Its assortment of features will please most parents. The medium height means that it’s easy to get baby in and out, and the controls are easily accessible and readable.

In addition, it facilitates babies’ biggest needs – to see their parents and be with their parents. With the swing that turns in all directions and the removable rocker option, the DuetSoothe promotes bonding with baby while also giving mommy a little break.

The DuetSoothe isn’t totally noiseless, but it shouldn’t get on the nerves of baby or parents. Parents have enough stress in their lives and shouldn’t have to put up with with noisy motors or tinny music.

Those who want a smaller swing or one that is foldable will find other options on the list. The Ingenuity Power Adapt Portable Swing is definitely a top pick.

The innovative rockaRoo was a contender for best overall swing, but it does not have the versatility of the DuetSoothe. The Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing line has lots of fans, but some users report that it is noisy.

Baby swings may feature lots of bells and whistles, but in the end it’s all about movement. That’s the focus of the DuetSoothe. In swing format, it gives baby a choice of two swinging motions. In rocker format, it offers gentle back-and-forth action or calming vibration. These choices should make for a happier baby and parents who can relax a little, too.

 

Peter
Peter
Father of two wonderful kids, love parenthood and feel blessed to have an amazing family.
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