If you’re shopping around for the best baby swing, look no further. You have certainly come to the right place. As a little extra, I’ve also included handy guides and tips on baby swings.
Considering my babies are still growing, I’m constantly on the lookout for the best baby swing which will enhance the comfort of my babies. So, feel free to look around and hopefully you’ll be able to find your best baby swing!
Types of Swings for Baby
At first sight, swings for babies might look the same to new parents. However, do be careful for different types of baby swings are meant for different occasions. While there are quite a number of baby swings out there, I have narrowed them down into three different types of baby swings to make it easy for you to understand.
1. Basic Cradle Swings
- Rocks back and forth and side to side
- A usual favorite
- Recline seat
- Great for infants or babies with colic
A favorite among parents, cradle swings rock back and forth as well as side to side. This is a plus point compared to standard swings which rock back and forth only.
Your baby sits in an inclined seat. Hence, compared to lying down, it’s great for the digestion of babies, especially if you have younger infants with colic. There are not much differences in cradle swings, save for the two or three position seats, accessories and functional differences.
Thus far, it appears that Fisher-Price brand dominates the top pick for cradle swings. Although there is a lot of variety, it seems to be similar to most parents. Note that, if you have no idea which one to choose, look for function first, then only accessories (loud or subdued), theme and then color.
2. Portable Baby Swings
- Light and small
- Easy to fold and easy to be transported
- Safety harness
- Includes baby travel swing, baby garden swing and outdoor baby swing
While not all parents like portable swings, it is a blessing for those parents on-the-go. The advantages are the weight (light), size (small) and the easiness to be folded up for easy transportation (in the car) or storage. Hence it is sometimes called Travel Swings.
However, don’t expect it to have all the features of full-size swings. If you choose to buy portable swings, check for two crucial features which are the safety harness and the seat (for comfort). A handle makes moving around more convenient, albeit not necessary.
A higher range portable swing include a pivoting toy bar to allow you easy access to the baby, variable ranges of music and different position reclining seats.
If you want extra professional information, here’s an interesting fact. Medical professionals have long recommended that a method used to help babies fall asleep is to put them in a portable swing. Nevertheless, caution must be applied as the maximum of 30 minutes should be followed. If your baby has already fallen asleep inside the portable swing, you should stop the motion. Likewise, if you are drowsy, shut the machine off before you sleep!
3. Electric Baby Swings
- Plug into an electrical outlet
- Environment friendly
- Continuous swinging motion
- Recline position
If you use baby swing for long hours every day, it is best to look for electric baby swings. You do not need to worry about burning a pocket buying batteries and you’ll be more environment-friendly. So, for instance, if you need to wash your clothes, prepare meals or catch up on your rest, this electric baby swing is a blessing in disguise.
The core advantage, apart from those mentioned above, is the continuous swinging motion which is great if you need a short break from taking care of your baby. This means you don’t need to worry about battery dying just when you had a short reprieve! Additionally, most of it comes in a recline position which means you can use it for infants as well!
Nowadays, there are many electric baby swings online but do your research by comparing different electric baby swings’ options side by side. Also, if you have friends who are already using one, ask them for their advice.
How to Buy the Best Baby Swing
After you’ve looked through my guide on a quick understanding of the types of baby swings, you are now ready to look for the features before you buy a baby swing.
The most important tip is that you should always bear in mind that the baby swing should be for the benefit of your baby. This means that you should know your baby well (such as whether your baby is suffering from any sickness, their preferences and how they prefer to be soothed). With them in mind, I’ve gathered 8 features to keep in mind when looking for the best baby swing for you.
1. Safety and Stability
Check for a wide base and for a seat that is close to the ground. This will ensure a low center of gravity so that your baby won’t topple over. Check for a sturdy seat belt, e.g. a 5-point seat harness whether they are shoulder or crotch straps. It is vital for newborns and hyperactive babies.
2. Battery-powered or wind-up
Battery powered swings let you rest your hands since you do not need to keep re-winding. However, the convenience may be offset by the added cost over time.
Wind-up swings may be noisy during winding which means your babies’ nap will be disrupted in between.
For a newborn, choose a swing which has a recline position. This is important for infants who cannot hold their head up. It allows the baby to breathe properly and have a proper development. For older babies, the recline position allows them to sleep faster and soundly.
When looking at the mechanism, check whether you can easily recline and change the seat position.
4. Different speed settings
Colicky babies prefer more forceful rocking while others prefer slow rocking. Since you usually would not know, choose a swing that has a number of different speeds and rocking pattern.
5. Different entertainment
Some babies prefer no music at all while others prefer some. Even then, they would have their different inklings to the type of music that they want. A tip for mothers: check if you can bear listening to the music over and over again!
6. Flip-out/Fold-up tray
This is useful if you want to gently remove your sleeping baby without trouble. That way, you won’t scrape your baby’s legs while getting them in or out of the swing.
7. Open Top and Smooth Edges
This means if you want to lift your baby out, there won’t be a chance of your baby hitting his/ her head on the swing’s upper bar. Nevertheless, if you are getting a portable baby swing, a handle is always preferable for easy method of transport.
Similarly, you wouldn’t want a swing which has sharp edges or hinges. Whether you are taking your baby out of the swing or leaving them inside for a while, there is always a risk that they might be in contact of these minor but hazardous features!
8. Easy to Clean
Just like all things, a baby swing has to be cleaned as well. Even if your baby hasn’t oozed milk unto the swing, it’s always best to keep it clean to prevent your baby from getting sick. So, where possible, do get a baby swing which has removable covers. Then all you have to do is to put them in the laundry, dry them, and back it goes into the swing!
I hope you find the perfect baby swing that is most suited for your baby. Raising your babies is a wonderful experience. So, instead of the dreaded lack-of-sleep experience, you’ll love it if you have the best baby swing to help you out.
Check out the 9 Best Baby Swings on the market right now:
1. Fisher-Price My Little SnugaMonkey Special Edition Cradle ‘N Swing
2. Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing, Butterfly Garden
3. Graco Duetconnect Swing Plus Bouncer, Monroe
4. Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing, Allison
5. Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing and Seat, Ocean Wonders
6. Ingenuity Swing ‘n Go Portable Baby Swings, Hugs & Hoots
7. Bright Starts Itsy Bitsy Jungle Portable Swing
8. SwingEase Portable Baby and Toddler Swing (6-18 Months)