Baby swings mimic the rocking motion felt while in the womb as Mom walked and moved around. This swinging motion can be comforting to babies and automatic baby swings help give parents a rest while keeping baby happy. As with all baby gear, look for products that meet current safety guidelines and your specific needs.
Recommended Baby Swings
Some babies are most soothed or amused by a swinging motion which is why baby swings are a great option for giving mom's arms a break. Different manufacturers have different age and weight limits, but most swings are acceptable for babies up to 25 pounds. Double check your swing to be sure of its weight and age recommendations.
4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing
Trusted children's brand, Fisher Price, sells the ultimate modern baby swing with their 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle n' Swing. This compact swing features a single post that holds the swing in place rather than the large, bulky frame most swings have. The white and beige frame piece holds up a cream and light green cushioned swing making it a gender-neutral option.
The best feature of this high-tech swing is your ability to control its settings using an app on your phone or tablet. So, if the baby is playing in the swing listening to the music and watching the light-up bird mobile and gets bored while you are doing the dishes, you can flicker the lights and change the music without walking away from the sink. Plug the unit in or use it with batteries to rock baby side-to-side or back and forth. You can also remove the swing seat and turn it into a rocker that sits on the floor. With a price tag around $130, it's no wonder this space-age swing is the number one choice by The Bump. This option is best for parents who like modern convenience paired with a traditional style.
If you've got a tiny budget or are looking for a swing you can take along with your busy family, the Comfort and Harmony Portable Swing is an ideal option. Professional baby product reviewers at Baby Gear Specialist say this is the top model for portability thanks to the compact design and easy-to-clean features. At only 23 inches tall, this small swing packs all the must-haves. The ultra-cushioned seat is white and tan with line drawings of jungle animals and pops of orange and turquoise. You choose from two reclining positions and six speed options while baby relaxes or enjoys the hanging toy bar with a plush lion and elephant. When you're ready to head out to your next location, simply fold the frame on each side and go. The best thing about this fun and functional swing is the price tag of under $50. Customers give this swing four out of five stars with one reviewer raving "it folds up to be very compact which is nice for traveling." Since the whole seat sits close to the ground you won't have any anxiety about your baby falling out or tipping the unit over, but this also means baby may outgrow it quickly.
The Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing mimics the rocking or swinging motion you make when holding your baby in a gliding rocking chair making it different from most other baby swings. Also, unique to this model is the framework which sits at the sides and under the cushioned fabric seat instead of using a tall frame that hangs the seat. Thanks to this sleek design, the gliding swing takes up less space than other models, making it great for families with small rooms. Choose from six gliding speeds that move baby in a head-to-toe direction for optimum comfort. The swing operates with batteries, but you can also use it plugged in. The Affinia style features gray and green tones for a gender-neutral look and sells for about $80. Music, sounds, and a toy bar with plush bears help keep baby happy in this smooth, comfy swing. As an Amazon Bestseller, this swing gets four out of five stars from over 700 customer reviews. If you've got limited space and are concerned about safety, this is the swing for you.
Miracle Baby Swing and Hammock
If you're in the market for a natural motion manual baby swing with an old-fashioned feel, check out the Miracle Baby Hammock. This baby swing features a large metal frame with a small cloth hammock suspended from the center bar. Baby lays in the cotton hammock, which keeps her snug, and you gently push the entire hammock to start the side-to-side swinging motion. The sheer top panel of the hammock zips to protect baby indoors or outdoors. This swing comes fully assembled and the frame folds up so you can move it around easily. However, it will take up quite a bit of space with a 35 x 45 x 36-inch footprint.
Hammock color choices include red, green, blue, yellow, and orange in the Next Generation Elite Edition which sells for about $200. For added security and longevity, purchase frame end caps for $7 and an extra hammock for about $25. While this innovative baby swing may not fit the typical look and design of most baby swings, the manufacturers adhere to ISO 9001 standards. This enhances their credibility, but they also claim the product helps prevent the issue of a flat spot on your baby's head. All customer reviewers give this swing five out of five stars thanks to the ease of use. Parents wishing to keep batteries and electronic parts away from baby like a manual option like this which don't require as much maintenance care because there are no bells and whistles.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not warn against using baby swings altogether, the organization does state parents should not leave sleeping babies in a baby swing. Their newest sleep recommendations say babies should sleep on their backs on a firm surface. If your baby falls asleep in the swing, you should move him to his crib or another flat surface.
There are other uses for baby swings that don't involve sleep, like giving baby some safe time for independent play or giving mom's arms a break. When you use a baby swing:
- Make sure baby is awake while swinging.
- Limit time to 15-30 minute intervals to avoid flat spots on baby's head.
- Use the most reclined position for babies under 4 months old or babies who cannot hold their heads up alone.
- Ensure the swing can't tip over.
- Use shoulder straps when the seat is at a 50 degree or more angle.
- Keep baby in your sight while swinging.
- Purchase only new baby swings to ensure the highest safety standards.
- Place the swing on a sturdy, flat surface.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) reports between 2009-2012 there were around 350 injuries reported from baby swing-related injuries. Because of this statistic, they instituted new regulations in 2013 for baby swings. Current guidelines insist manufactures perform a stability test, provide clear warning stickers, and test harness systems among other things. Take a look at the CPSC recall list to make sure your selected model hasn't been recalled.
Baby's First Playground
Every kid has fond memories of swinging on the playground or experiencing their world from the unique view provided by swings. Give your baby the comfort of the womb and the excitement of a playground with a baby swing.