You need a baby swing if your baby tends to get cranky if you are not rocking it back and forth yourself all the time it can’t fall asleep easily yet you just need some hands-free time knowing the baby is safe and happy. All this of course given that your child is a couple months old and isn’t constantly moving around or pushing itself up yet trying to explore the world.
Even though the maximum recommended weight of most swings might be up to 25 pounds or more, we recommend you stop using it between 15 and 20 pounds or as soon as your baby simply gets too active to enjoy the swing.
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Batteries or plug-in
A swing doesn’t move if you don’t push it, obviously this is true for baby swings as well. If you don’t mind giving up one arm in order to keep your baby’s swing in motion, keep up the good work and stick to a regular swing.
Since the electric motor does make a little bit of noise, you should let your baby try a friend’s electric swing if possible. The sound can be either soothing or startling depending on your child and after all it has to be silent enough to not disturb you.
If you intend to use it more often and want to enjoy the freedom of being able to use both your arms for something else, we recommend you get one with an electric motor.
A Battery powered swing is ideal if you want to use it in different locations or outside. Try to imagine where you are going to use the swing; if it’s right in the middle of the room where you can see your baby the easiest, someone is bound to fall over the cable at some point in time. On the other hand if you’re going to use the swing quite often, you’ll find yourself constantly changing batteries.
If you are going to use a swing with batteries, make sure they have a standard format so you can get rechargeable ones, otherwise you’re going to hurt both your wallet and the environment.
Even if your baby is soundly sleeping right next to you, you can’t realistically be alert all the time. Especially if your daughter or son is rather active, she or he might be in trouble before you can react so it’s common sense that your swing needs a harness that protects them from rolling over into a wrong position or move so much that the entire frame moves.
A five-point harness with straps that go over the shoulder is even safer but follow your instincts here.
Speed & motion
To each his own – whichever motion speed or pattern the manufacturers test babys liked does not necessarily have to be your child’s preference.
Her or his ideal speed will probably change over time or even day by day, mood by mood. Choose a swing with adjustable speed and you are prepared for all situations. Especially the higher-priced models even incorporate side-to-side motion which apparently some babies like more than the regular back and forth.
Duh. Obviously you should find a swing that is stable enough to support your child but choose one that will not break instantly once you pick it up or take it outside on a sunny day.
Look at our recommendations, they are all sturdy enough to last you a long time and are worth your hard-earned dollars.
As with all children’s products you need to be careful what kind of materials your child gets in contact with. The notion that everything produced in China contains poisonous colors or is of generally low quality is a prejudice and there are absolutely wonderful products that are safe to use and last a long which are manufactured in Asia.
If however you want to be sure your baby swing didn’t need to be shipped all the way across the sea leaving a huge environmental footprints and if you trust our national quality certificates, we do recommend you look for baby swings made in the USA.
If you are already a new mom or dad, you are aware that babies need constant cleaning. If the swings gets too dirty you’ll be thankful if it’s easy to clean. Most have detachable and machine washable cushions which is pretty much a must-have.
Last but not least the swing needs to be comfortable. Try and see if you can find one that reclines, in our experience babies like laying down completely just as much as us adults. If you buy your swing only check the product images thoroughly to see if seat cushion has enough padding and once it has arrive keep checking if your baby is happy and maybe add a blanket if necessary.