The Best Baby Swings

By Katie Dyal

Most parents will suggest that investing in a baby swing is one of the smartest decisions you can make for the early years of your child’s life.

It’s hard to get stuff done around the house when you have a little one that is seeking all your time and attention. Having a swing that your baby likes can be a huge productivity tool and save you from lots of tears and interruptions!

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you should know when it’s time to purchase a baby swing. But if you can’t wait to see our top picks, click below to see our favorite baby swings!

Why You Need a Baby Swing

A baby swing has many benefits but the number one reason most moms rave over them is because they help soothe a baby to a healthy, happy state. Now, every child is different so it doesn’t have any magical powers that are proven to calm down every child, but most babies do appreciate the experience that a swing provides.

Baby in his swing

It’s been proven that swinging has soothing benefits for all age groups! Think about it moms, don’t you experience blissfulness when you’re swinging in a hammock? The same goes for a baby swing! The swinging motion naturally soothes your child as they no longer feel alone or “bored.”

Children can sense and feel frustration and irritability when a parent is trying to calm them down. The swing is a great alternative for when the parents can’t seem to make it work on their own. Not to mention, some experts say that it reminds newborns of being in the womb because the rocking and swaying apparently creates a similar sensation.

Baby swings are also meant to be entertaining and educational. Most swings will offer built-in music capabilities to encourage relaxation.

Also, most swings have different settings that provide several movements and motions, preventing your baby from getting tired of the swing, as well as keeping their bodies in a different motion for better circulation. It’s important for all babies to practice motion for healthy development.

Lastly, most swings come with colorful and playful attachments that the baby can look at or even flick/grab. This encourages motor skills while also creating a distraction from thinking how they aren’t with mom or dad.

What to look for when shopping

Finding out you are pregnant can be extremely exciting in the moment, but boy, is can also be extremely stressful to think about all of the things to buy and what will actually work best for your baby. Luckily, we’ve put together a guide for you on what to look for in terms of a baby swing.

Size and Style

This is quite obvious but the first thing you should always do when looking for a baby swing is what size and style will work best for your baby/child. There are swings tailored for newborn babies, toddlers and even children. Age matters when deciding which swing to buy because it will be designed for their needs. It’s important to maintain a certain alignment for a newborn baby rather than a toddler, so you have to make sure the style and size is best suited for your situation.

Add-Ons 

There are so many different types of swings that offer so many different features. We’re just saying in this scenario, “more” features isn’t always the better option. Your baby most likely won’t recognize that large of a difference in motion changes and you don’t want to overwhelm them with too many noises and added attachments. The one thing that most moms will recommend on every swing is a soothing music option. This will help relax the baby and cancel out other noises, keeping them calm.

Safety 

All swings will come with their own set of directions for installation but there are some universal rules when it comes to safety. You can always refer to the AAP’s safety regulations to make sure your swing is following the general guidelines. This will give you peace of mind and confidence that it’s a safe product to use for your child.

Pediatrician Approval

If you want to be extra cautious and confident that you’ve picked out the safest equipment for your little one, asking your pediatrician is always a practical bet. Your pediatrician is most likely the next person in line to know your baby as well as you do so they will guide you to the right decision. Your pediatrician is there to help guide you throughout your child’s life- take advantage of it!

Our Favorite Baby Swings

There are a lot of great options out there but this is our take on the best baby swings on the market. From best value, to most luxurious, to the most affordable — one of these options will be a great fit for your baby’s needs.

 

Fisher-Price Baby swing

Best Buy

Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing

The Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing is our pick for best value. With the plush seat pad that offers head support and comfort, this swing will have no problem soothing your baby. Not to mention, all the padding is machine-washable and stays in good condition after multiple washes.

This swing can be used for newborns up to a 6-8 month olds. This is why we consider it the best bang for your buck. Being able to use the swing up to 8 months of your baby’s life is pretty unbeatable. It has the option to move side-to-side or head-to-toe, six different swing speeds, 16 relaxing tunes built-in, and two recline positions. This is a super important feature because you can adjust the alignment for your current baby’s height, weight and age.

The only con about this cradle n’ swing is that it’s bulky and somewhat heavy. It takes up a good amount of space and is not easy to stow away or move around from room-to-room. 

mamaRoo Baby Swing

Most Luxurious

4moms mamaRoo 4

The 4moms mamaRoo is the most luxurious because it’s not only most expensive from our other picks but it looks more modern and has more up-to-date capabilities.

There are five motions and speeds, as well as four built-in sounds. The motions are called names such as “wave” or “car ride” which makes it easier for parents to remember which motions the baby likes best. Along with the already built-in white noise, this swing is also bluetooth enabled and it runs off an AC adaptor so no batteries are required.

It can hold up to 25 pounds and is somewhat heavy so moving from place to place will be its only downfall.

Graco Baby Swing

Best For On A Budget

Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing

The Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing is one of our two options that are best for on a budget! It’s very affordable while providing the comfort and purpose to soothe your baby. It’s great for traveling because it’s easy to fold up.

It is battery powered and isn’t filled with all the bells and whistles. It’s very basic but it’s comfortable and proven to be great for travelers. If you’re looking for an infant swing that will get the job done, this is the one for you. It has a toy bar over the top with two soft toys for babies to interact with. The swing speeds are adjustable. Ultimately, this is a great addition to your baby gear if you travel often.

Snugabunny baby swing
Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, My Little Snugabunny

Another great, affordable option is the Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer! This isn’t much of a swing set per se, but it does give a rocking motion and parents swear by it! It’s a standard bouncer with multiple vibrational settings. It’s baby-entertained with the plush toy bar that is attached at the top.

This bouncer does run on batteries which is its downfall. However it does include 20 minutes of songs and nature sounds to help soothe the baby and all the material is machine-washable!

There are several other infant swings that we did not list that could be a great fit for your child. Ultimately, it’s up to you and your budget. Always be sure to pay attention to the features and guidelines to ensure you are getting the safest product of your child.

A Quick Precautionary Note on Baby Swings

It’s important that you don’t change the purpose of the swing. A baby swing is meant to soothe, relax and entertain your baby. It’s not meant to be a place for the baby to constantly sleep. The swing should also not be a place where you expect your baby to sleep for long periods of time. This inhibits your baby’s brain from entering into a fully-rested state and can cause dizziness, which can lead to developmental issues further down the line.

Your baby needs to receive the interaction and attention from true, human contact. Make sure there’s a healthy balance between swinging and interacting with others. After all, the swing is meant to serve as a good alternative when nothing else is working to ease their problems. It’s important to not take advantage of its capabilities and lose sight of what is ultimately best for your baby’s growth and development.


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