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There are tons of must-have products when it comes to baby gear, and a baby swing is definitely one of them. Not only does it have benefits for baby, using a swing can be great for parents too!
Imagine popping your little one in, and as she nods off to sleep you have time to make lunch, fold the laundry, take a shower, or even get some work done. Now that sounds like a pretty awesome baby accessory.
But where to start? Which are the best baby swings? Why exactly do you need one and what should you look for in a swing?
There are many of reasons to buy a swing.
First of all, it can help relax your baby. Every parent wants a quick way to calm their little one when he's unhappy. Baby swings are a great idea in that the gentle motion, combined with soft music, can help the fussiest of babies settle down. Swings can also help with colic.
A swing can be used to rock your baby to sleep. It's not recommended to always put your baby to sleep in the swing, but it can be an effective method for soothing him for a while.
The swing is a great form of entertainment for baby. There are lots of different toys and mobile attachments available to ensure your little one doesn't get bored.
Swings also provide visual stimulation. The movements, sounds, and sights of the toys and attachments can help keep baby happy and interested.
Before you go out and get a baby swing, here are some important questions to consider before shelling out your cash.
Do you want a swing that runs solely on batteries? Or do you want the option of plugging it into the wall? Would you prefer one which rocks from front to back, or side to side, or both? Will you be leaving it in the same place, or do you want to be able to move it around, or even take it with you?
Does the swing sit very low to the ground? Is there sufficient head and neck support should baby fall asleep?
Does it come with bead bars, light bars, toys or trays? Will baby be kept sufficiently engaged?
For other considerations before you take the plunge, check out this great article.
Keep your answers in mind as you look at our top picks. Here's a quick look at some of the best models on the market right now.
Min. & max. weight (lbs.)
Features we love
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Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing
5.5 - 30
- Deluxe seat reclines to 2 positions
Bright Starts Itsy Bitsy Jungle Portable Swing
6 - 19.8
- Special tech means speed remains consistent even as your baby grows heavier
Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing
5.5 - 25
- 16 songs and soothing nature sounds
Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing
5 - 30
- Comes with mobile with 3 toys to keep baby engaged
Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker
5.5 - 30
- Doubles as a swing
Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing
4 - 25
- Many ways to customize the experience for baby
For a more detailed look at the above models, keep reading.
This swing is the perfect combination of both comfort and style! The adjustable, padded seat and headrest made from cozy, attractive fabric ensures that baby will easily relax into the swing’s soothing motions and sounds. The seat and headrest can be cleaned in the washing machine. This swing is ideal for babies ranging in weight from 5.5 to 30 lbs.
This is a battery-operated design. There are 6 speeds to choose from (with automatic shut off) plus 6 original melodies (with volume control) so you can appeal to baby’s many moods. The “WhisperQuiet” technology blocks out any mechanical noise during this soothing swing time.
For extra stimulation, baby can enjoy the two plush toys that are secured to the swing.
In terms of safety, there’s a padded harness that you can adjust as baby grows as well as a removable headrest. The seat has 2 secure reclining positions. As a bonus, this swing is portable, so you can fold it up to take along when you travel.
We felt this swing is a great size. It's compact and light, which means you can easily move it around and even take it with you. That being said, it's also well-made, so you don't have to worry about it breaking easily.
This is the perfect swing for parents on a budget, and for those looking for a compact swing they can take to their in-laws' house, on vacation, and anywhere else they desire.
What sets this swing apart from others is that it packs a whole lot into a very small design! In turn, this is a superb choice for a smaller apartment or for families that don’t have a lot of extra space for baby’s gear and toys. This swing weighs only 9 lbs. and can easily be folded up for storage or travel.
Like many larger models, baby will enjoy 2 secure reclining positions, a padded seat and a padded headrest (that can be removed as baby gets bigger). Both the seat and headrest can be washed in a machine.
A lot of attention has been paid to safety features, including no-skid feet, a 5-point harness, and a toy bar that can be quickly removed if needed. Enhanced weight technology ensures that there’s a consistent speed regardless of baby’s size. This model is safe for newborns and little ones up to 20 lbs.
The Itsy Bitsy Jungle Swing plays 6 melodies with a handy volume control and an automatic shut-off. Two of the most enjoyable features are the “Taggies” that are suspended from the toy bar that will certainly catch baby’s eye!
Its small size is a plus point for those parents who don’t have much space. We also love that this option is highly portable, and can be taken with you just about anywhere.
This is the perfect option for parents looking for an inexpensive baby swing that is compact, reliable, and offers great value for money.
This is one of the more customizable designs; it certainly has a lot to offer your young one. With numerous melodies, calming nature sounds, 2 types of swinging styles (from left-to-right or from head-to-toe), 6 speeds, and multiple seat positions, you can be pretty sure that something will appeal to even the most difficult-to-soothe baby. The various positions are easy to switch with just the push of a button. The solid metal frame ensures that the motion remains soothing and safe. Baby will also enjoy interacting with the detachable toys and teether.
This swing runs on batteries (not included), but it also has a plug in option (AC adaptor included). Its “SmartSwing” system allows for consistent motion regardless of baby’s size, whether it’s 5.5 lbs. or 25 lbs.
For extra convenience, the swing folds up and can be carried with you (although it’s a bit hefty at around 20 lbs.) and the seat cover may be machine-washed.
This badboy comes with a 120-volt AC adapter, which is a convenient power saving option. We also love how this model can sense baby's weight, so it doesn't slow down as your baby gets bigger.
This is a great option for parents who want a consistent swing for their babies. Previous customers concur that it puts baby asleep in no time.
This swing by Graco is another example of a design that offers a lot more than you’d expect at first glance. The smaller footprint makes it ideal for a small apartment or a home that’s already crowded with baby gear, toys and furniture. This swing runs on batteries (not included) or you can plug it in if there’s an outlet nearby (or if you’ve run low on batteries). An AC adaptor is included.
This compact swing has many attractive features: 10 melodies plus 5 different nature sounds, 6 swing speeds, side-to-side motion, 2 vibration modes, a 5-point safety harness, and a toy mobile. The swing weighs in around 19 lbs. and is suitable for babies from 5.5 lbs. to 30 lbs.
Although the Graco Simple Sway doesn’t fold up, nor does it swing in a traditional head-to-toe style, it has other attractive features that will most likely appeal to little ones who are longing for a new type of comfort, security and a little fun.
We love that this swing can be plugged into an outlet. That was fantastic news for our battery budget. We also like that there's no auto-shut off option, which at times can disturb a sleeping baby—and nobody wants to disturb a sleeping baby!
This is a great swing for parents with a bit more room, as this model is not as compact as the others we feature here. It's a sturdy option that may cost a little bit more, but our research indicates that it's well worth it.
This larger sized and pricier baby swing is perhaps one of the most versatile on the market. Its main selling point is that you can remove the swing seat from the frame and use it as a rocker. The rocker has a convenient handle so you can carry around baby in a safe and secure manner.
The Graco DuetSoothe runs on batteries (not included) or it can be plugged into an outlet. It offers 2 vibration settings, 6 swinging speeds plus two different swinging styles: front-to-back or side-to-side. There are 10 melodies plus 5 nature tracks, 3 different seat positions, and a 5-point safety harness to keep baby snug and secure. With so many options, you can count on baby feeling relaxed and entertained for extended periods of time.
This swing and rocker weighs around 20 lbs. and is suitable for newborns (5.5 lbs.) and babies up to 25 lbs.
Our favorite feature is, without a doubt, the fact that this is a 2-in-1 product. Let your baby swing, or unhook the swing and let him rock on the floor. The vibration option can be used in both modes. Given the massive number of baby products out there, it's great to find one that has multiple functions that your little one is sure to love.
This is an excellent option for parents looking to get some great bang for their buck. Grace is a trusted name in baby products, and this swing/rocker has proven to be extremely popular with parents.
Of all the baby swings we reviewed, the Papasan Cradle Swing has the most bells and whistles (and a higher price point to match!).
The draping canopy is what draws our attention first. A sheer fabric gently drops from the top of the swing’s frame and surrounds baby in a lovely, soothing enclosure. With the push of a button, a simple light show is projected on to the canopy that is guaranteed to capture baby’s attention while stimulating her visual senses. And while the lights are flickering overhead, you can choose from 16 different melodies, 2 different swinging styles (side-to-side or front-to-back), and 6 swinging speeds.
The seat reclines in 2 positions and is made with a plush fabric that can be removed and washed in a machine. A 3-point safety harness keeps baby secure at all times. Parents appreciate the handy volume control and also the foldable frame that helps with storage and travel.
The sturdy frame and attachments weigh in around 22 lbs. and its maximum weight capacity is 25 lbs. Like many other designs, this runs on batteries (not included) or an AC adaptor (included).
This swing has a wonderful nest-like feel to it, and we suspect that baby is super comfortable gliding back and forth. The dome overhead projects lit-up butterfly images too, which we thought was a very unique touch.
This is a particular great swing for little ladies, as it definitely feels more feminine. This model also comes with a ton of music and nature sound options—16 in total. This is more than all the other swings we reviewed.
Choosing a baby swing is a matter of careful thought and deliberation! Your newborn will be spending a lot of time in the swing and picking the right model is important for both your baby and for you!
We hope these reviews will help you choose the perfect one!
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