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Top Rated Baby Swings for 2014

Updated on October 10, 2014

Top Rated Baby Swings

There are dozens of top rated baby swing to select from. Let us help you determine which infant swing is appropriate for your needs.

When our daughter was an infant, a baby swing was one of the best purchases we ever made. Most of the time, she wanted to be carried around and held, but our little girl absolutely loved being in the swing. Many times, that was the only way to get her to stay asleep. The rocking action seemed to sooth her.

Our first swing was a mechanical, wind-up type of swing. That was great, as long as it continued to swing, but as soon as it began to wind down and stop moving, she would wake up. We even got wise and tried to wind it before it stopped, but the noise that the crank made would wake her up.

Finally, we broke down and purchased an electric swing. It would just keep swinging for hours at a time. That one survived our three children and we finally gave it to someone else as a baby gift.

Features of the Top Rated Baby Swings

What to Look for When Purchasing a Swing for Your Infant

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When you are looking for a Top Rated Baby Swing, the first things that should be considered are its safety, comfort, and durability.

Look for a swing that has strong, stable legs with a wide enough stance that it won't tip, even if your baby leans to one side or the other. If the legs aren't heavy enough, the swing will feel unstable and wobbly. This can especially become a problem as your infant begins to grow.

You should consider a seat with an open access from the top. This makes it easier to get your baby in and out of the swing without having to kneel down and wriggle the infant in from the front.

At least three reclining positions are a must for helping your baby to remain comfortable. Depending on whether they are awake or sleeping, you may wish to have your baby in different positions.

Find a swing with plush durable seat pads and removable head rests. The style, color, and material will be up to your budget and your personal preference, but you want the padding to be soft and full for the baby's comfort.

Whether you decide to get a portable swing, or a full sized swing depends on your needs. If you will be moving from room to room and want to keep your baby nearby, you may want to consider a portable swing that is easy to carry around and relocate to different places.

  • Multiple Seating and Reclining Positions
  • Battery Operated and Plug-in Options
  • Multiple Swing Speeds
  • Brand Names You Can Trust

What to Look For When Buying a Baby Swing - The Most Important Features That You Want Your Baby Swing to Have

Options of the Top Rated Baby Swings

So Many Styles to Choose From

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Different people have different needs and may want different options. I've compiled a short list of things to consider when deciding which swing to purchase

Consider the following:

  • Battery or Plugin vs. Wind-Up
  • Portable or Full Size
  • Number of Swing Speeds, Number of Song Choices, and Volume Control
  • How Many Reclining Positions
  • Front to Back Swinging Motion or Side-to-Side Cradle Motion
  • Open Top Style or Flip-Up Tray
  • 3-Point or 5-Point Harness

When our children were at the baby swing age, the most important feature for us was that it ran by battery or plug-in so that we didn't have to routinely wind it up and wake the sleeping baby.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My old 'crank it up' baby swing survived two babies. But it was such a pain to get the baby in and out of. Then when the grandkids started to come along, my daughter got a new style where the top was open, a lot like the Graco Lovin Hug Easy Entry Open Top swing above. What a difference! And that was over 17 years ago. Oh, it was electric, too. Used 'D' cell batteries.

      There are so many more styles to choose from today. But any one of these would make a wonderful shower gift. Even if you are giving it to yourself!

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      techmom 5 years ago

      We used a baby swing a lot when our babies were little. Once they got past six months, we stopped using it pretty much.

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      JoyfulMom LM 5 years ago

      Our baby swing was one of the most used baby things that we bought!

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      PaulForcey 5 years ago

      A baby swing saved my sanity when my daughter was little. She was very tiny and did not sleep except when held or rocked.. Best investment we ever made was in one of these swings

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      It looks like some of these baby swings go around in a circle, which would be cool

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! Baby swings have come a long way since my kids were babies. :)

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      RachelMTurner 6 years ago

      Thanks! I'm thinking about picking one up for my goddaughter

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Baby swings have come a long way from the days of having to wind them up, especially when baby just was a little out of sorts and the swinging motion seemed to be so comforting until it slowed down too much.

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      Lauren 6 years ago from Florida

      Love the Snugabunny swing--we just put ours away...made me sad! I liked that the music for that style was actually nice music, even for adults.

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      LaurieKristensen 6 years ago

      Since I had my 2 sons about 30 years ago, I am in awe of what is available for babies today -- especially these baby swings! We also had one that you had to wind up, and there was only one position (sitting upright) and it was not very padded at all. Both boys had their days and nights mixed up and it was very, very difficult... I cannot help but wonder how much better life could have been with my babies if we'd had these swings available back then. Today's parents are LUCKY!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Luckily (for me), I don't need a baby swing but this is a great resource for those who do.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i bought one for my son. hihi

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      Have finished with all that but anything that keeps that baby happy has just got to be a good investment.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, these baby swings have come a long way in the nearly 30 years since I had one in the house. Nice choices!

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Exceptional lens with a wide variety of baby products.