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Best Infant and Toddler Baby Swings 2015
Benefits of Swinging Your Baby
Baby swings will give you added peace when you have a baby in your home. Babies are soothed by the rocking and swinging motion that swings provide; they spend many months in their mothers bellies and this motions is comforting to them. You need floor space in which to use and store the swing since they have a pretty big footprint.
I have noticed that you get what you pay for in baby swings. The bare bones models have not seemed very comfortable to my babies and I invested in a nicer one with more cushioning and more features. Swings are not only good for soothing baby, but they can offer a change of scenery from their other chairs and toys. If your baby ends up being one that will fall asleep easily in the swing, it can be a great place to let them sleep when they are stuffed up with head cold.
Tips for Choosing a Safe Baby Seat
Find one that has a sturdy form with strong posts that offer a wide stance to prevent tipping. The seat pad will be best if it is well padded but also removable, and washable. There are some very different features in swings that are offered on the market today. One such thing is the weight limit. Most swings will hold babies up to 30 pounds, and this is the standard, however there are some that will accommodate babies even heavier.
Most swings are battery operated to give you the convenience of using the swing anywhere in your home that you choose. Make sure the swing you buy has a harness to keep your baby firming in place and reduce accidents. I really like that some swings offer side to side motion as well. The more features you find in a swing, the more choices you will have. After all, babies have different preferences depending on their personalities.
5 Good Baby and Infant Swings for the Money 2015
#1 Graco SweetPeace Newborn Soothing Center
A popular, top of the line model that many parents like is the Graco SweetPeace Newborn Soothing Center. This swing features a very smooth and quiet motion with four different seat positions and three recline positions. You also get six speeds to choose from as well. The seat was designed to mimic the feel of a mothers arms and seems very comfortable. If your baby likes such a sensation, the seat also has an optional vibration setting. I love that the seat can be removed to sit on the floor so you can rock your baby anywhere.
The base will accommodate most Graco car seats for a quick transition from your car to home. This center is good for children up to 25 pounds. I think the best feature to this center is that it not only offers 15 different sounds that feature songs and white noise, but that it has an MP3 plug-in so you can play your baby's favorite music.
It comes with a removable tray that has a mirror and a rattle to help keep your little one entertained. It has a safety harness with a removable head support for more comfort for newborns. I like that it has a canopy that helps shade my baby when the sun starts to set and shines into my living room; the position this center is in, often means that my baby has some sun in her face for awhile. This swing can run on batteries or power through the AC adapter.
A Good Under $200 Baby Swing 2015
#2 Fisher-Price Cradle 'N Swing
Many parents love the Fisher-Price Cradle 'N Swing. You get tons of options on this swing that include two different motions, side to side or back and forth. There are six different swing speeds to choose from. Some parents find that the lowest setting can be a bit too fast for their baby's preferences. To remedy this, just put a blanket over baby and let it drag a bit along the floor. With 16 songs to choose from, your baby will be musically soothed and you won't be having the same tunes stuck in your head all day.
It features a motorized mobile that has spinning flowers for more sensory stimulation. You can opt to run this swing on batteries, or with an electrical plug. The seat pad is washable and the unit folds up for better storage. I like that it also features two different recline positions. Buyers should be aware that this swing has a weight limit of only 25 pounds. You will want to make sure to watch your baby's head while getting into and out of it since this swing does not feature an open top. I like that you can choose to have any combination of swing and music that you like. For safety, it features a 5 point harness that is quite easy to snap together and undo when your baby is all done.
A Good Under $150 Infant Swing
#3 Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Swing
Next, check out the Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Swing. With this device, you get lots of options as well. These include a seat that locks into four different positions, six swing speeds, and two recline options. For safety, it includes a 5 point harness and a removable head support. This swing is also only good for babies up to 25 pounds. It comes with the option of being battery powered, or powered through AC.
This swing is actually pretty easy to move from room to room compared to some of the others we've discussed. There are 10 different songs and 5 nature sounds to soothe your baby. I like that there is a variety of music as well; there are nursery songs to soft classical music. The overhead bar features dangling stars to look at though they don't light up or move much. The seat seems very comfortable and the cover can be washed in the washing machine. The seat seems to be a bit warm in summer months and doesn't breathe well, so you will want to wash the cover frequently if you find your baby sweats in it much.
I really like being able to turn the seat 360 degrees so the positioning is perfect for my baby's preferences. Assembly only took me about 20 minutes and the instructions were very user friendly. Overall, this seat is durable and long lasting; it would make a great piece of baby equipment to own.
#4 Bright Starts InGenuity Portable Swing
For something a bit more affordable, take a look at the Bright Starts InGenuity Portable Swing. This swing is different than the others we've discussed as it sits much lower to the ground and only features a forward to backward motion and does not offer side to side motion. This swing runs very quiet and that is a big plus for me. It features six swing speeds that work well as baby grows. They seem fast at first, but as your baby gets bigger and heavier, the higher speeds won't be as fast. It has a reclining seat with two positions to choose from.
I love that the swing has a timer too; you can set it to run for 15, 30 or 45 minutes and not have to worry about turning it off. It comes with a removable headrest for newborns, a cushioned foot pad, side supports and a toy bar that can be removed. There are six melodies to soothe your baby with volume control. It does feature a harness to keep baby in place; as your baby grow, you will want to make sure they are belted in since they can easily wiggle out of it. The seat and headrest are both machine washable for convenience.
At only 9 pounds, it is light enough to carry and folds up for better storage or portability. The only downside is that the toys that come on the bar are kind of boring. I found that my baby was much happier when I attached her favorite toys to the bar instead. Overall though, this is a sturdy little swing that you and your baby should be happy with.
A Good Baby Swing for Small Spaces
#5 Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing
The Fisher-Price Space Saver Swing is a good choice for those without a lot of space. This device was made to be a stationary positioned by locking into place as well as being a swing. There are vibrations added to this swing that can further soothe your baby if needed. There are six speed settings and six different musical tunes to listen to. It features a colorful toy bar that is positioned over your baby; it can be removed as well.
The design of the swing features a wide base and non-skid footings; these are great if you are using this swing on surfaces other than carpet. The seat pad is removable and washable for added convenience. The unit operates on batteries only. As with most of the others, this swing is good for babies up to 25 pounds. It is a small unit that is good for travel and doesn't take up much space while in use. The seat cushion seemed a bit thin to me, so I just added an extra cushion to it. This is a really good swing to consider while you shop.