Every parent will tell you an essential baby item is a good baby swing. In this review, we’ll be looking at some of the best baby swings for 2017. Whether you are a first-time parent or have been through this once or twice before, shopping for a baby swing can be overwhelming. With so many choices of brands and styles on the market today, how can you be sure you are getting the best product for your money? We’re here to help you navigate the ocean of baby swings available.
If you’re a first-time parent, you will come to find that a good baby swing is necessary for everyone’s sanity. If you’re a repeat parent, you already know what a life (and sanity) saver a baby swing can be. We all know that babies like to be held, right? Imagine that you’re cooking dinner, and the baby won’t stop crying. You pick up the baby in an attempt to soothe it — but dinner is still going. Suddenly you find you need an extra set of hands to do both tasks, but you’re alone. Your phone rings, and now you’re really in a bind. You need to soothe the baby, but also take care of dinner and answer that phone call you’ve been waiting for all day! You immediately feel overwhelmed because you need help, and don’t know what to do. A baby swing can help! When the baby starts fussing but you simply don’t have both hands free, a baby swing can be extremely useful.
In this article, we’ll review the pros and cons of some of our top picks, discuss different common features of baby swings, and a few top brands. A few things to consider before purchasing a baby swing include your space, like how much space are you willing to give up for a baby swing? As you most likely know, babies come with a lot of stuff, and if you live in a space that is already small, it’s important to think about how much space you are willing to give up for a baby swing. Another item to consider is must-have features. What must your swing include? Are basic features acceptable or are you looking for a swing that does a bit more? Finally, consider the style of swing you want. You’ve probably been hard at work planning a theme for the nursery, do you want your swing to match? What about the gender of your baby? Or perhaps you want something gender-neutral? Whatever you decide, there is a baby swing that is perfect for you and your family.
Top 10 Baby Swings of 2017-2018 Chart
Below is our chart for the top 10 best baby swings for 2017-2018 Season. These baby swings have a variety of useful features at a variety of prices. As mentioned above, it’s really important to think about what features are a necessity for you and your family before buying. While these baby swings are highly rated by parents just like you, it’s always a good idea to read the Amazon reviews of each swing before making your decision. After all, you want the best value with the best features for your baby.
|Image||Baby Monitor||Best Feature||Cost|
|Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle 'n Swing||Lots of different speeds and swinging motions.|
|4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing||*Our Favorite!|
You can control settings from your phone!
|Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing||Affordable & Space saving.|
|Ingenuity ConvertMe Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat||Affordable & a variety of songs and sound effects.|
|Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing with Smart Swing Technology||High rated by consumers for reliability and durability.|
1. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing
This swing is truly one of the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to features and consumer recommendations. This swing does (almost) everything — with adjustable positioning that allows for front-to-back motion, back-to-front, and even side to side. This swing is gender-neutral, with a simple brown and white puppy dog design. The cover is removable and washable, and features supports for the baby’s head making it a great choice of swing for newborns to older infants. It features a dancing puppy mobile and a mirror for baby to see themselves too. It even has take-along teething toys. This swing can be plugged-in, but can also be battery operated if lack of outlet accessibility is an issue. It features 16 swing speeds, and even plays lullabies.
- Lots of different speeds let you choose what you need to soothe baby
- Front-to-back and side-to-side swinging motions
- Plug-in or battery operation means this swing is versatile
- Gender-neutral, cute animal theme
- Takes up a lot of space
- Multiple consumer reports that the motor burns out easily
- Molds and rusts with time, worse depending on humidity where you live
- Pricey compared to other swings
2. 4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing
This swing is the first to be designed with the future of baby swings in mind. This unique swing is compact to save space (perfect for small homes and rooms) but doesn’t compromise on any of the latest features. In fact, this swing is quite the opposite of basic. Its simple design would lead you to believe this swing is a basic model — but it’s everything but. This baby swing is designed to mimic the natural motion of caregivers. It doesn’t just simple swing different directions, it does everything from the classic back-and-forth motion of an old-school baby swing to natural bouncing and swaying.
When you hold a baby, what do you do to soothe it? I’m guessing you didn’t answer with “swing it back and forth.” Of course, you don’t move with a baby that way, it’s completely against the way our bodies are designed. You bounce, sway, and walk. This swing is designed to make those same natural human movements while keeping your hands perfectly free. With 5 unique motion settings, this swing mimics everything from a tree swing to the motion of a car ride. It also has adjustable seat recline so baby will always be in the most comfortable position. Did I mention it’s Bluetooth enabled so you can control the motion and soothing sounds right from your smartphone?
- Design makes it great for small spaces (no bulky frame)
- Unique, natural motions that go beyond the classic swing
- Bluetooth technology allows you to control settings from your phone
- Polyester cover for easy cleaning
- Built-in overhead mobile
- Gentle motion
- Significantly more expensive than a classic swing
- Noisy motor
- Touch screen features can be finicky
- Gentle motion
You’ll notice that gentle motion is on both the pro and the con list. That’s because, depending on the child, gentle motion can be wonderful, or simply not vigorous enough.
3. Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing
This swing strikes a nice balance between the first two swings on our top five list. This swing offers side-to-side swinging, and not front-to-back like many others. What’s nice about this swing is the frame has a small design, making it a great choice for small homes or rooms. This swing can be plugged in to save money on batteries, or if your space isn’t outlet accessible, it can be battery run as well. This swing also offers a gentle vibration within the seat itself to help soothe baby further than just the classic swinging motion. With 2 vibration settings and 6 swing speeds, this swing is versatile enough to meet your needs without a hefty price tag. The deep seat keeps baby on their back and prevents them from sliding down in the seat or leaving their little heads in an awkward position. Removable head supports mean you can adjust the seat of the swing as your
This swing also offers a gentle vibration within the seat itself to help soothe baby further than just the classic swinging motion. With 2 vibration settings and 6 swing speeds, this swing is versatile enough to meet your needs without a hefty price tag. The deep seat keeps baby on their back and prevents them from sliding down in the seat or leaving their little heads in an awkward position. Removable head supports mean you can adjust the seat of the swing as your baby grows.
- Space saving
- Gender neutral
- Plug-in or battery operated depending on your needs and space
- Simple mobile can be easily added or removed based on baby’s preference
- Loud motor
- If not plugged in, swing decimates batteries quickly (this can become expensive)
- Head support lacking for newborns
- Can become squeaky with a lot of use.
4. Ingenuity ConvertMe Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat
This baby swing hits a lot of must-haves for many consumers. Its compact design makes it great for small spaces and it has many features for its size. While this swing doesn’t look like most others, it certainly delivers in terms of functionality. The seat is fully adjustable to sit up or lay back depending on how your baby is most comfortable. One thing that really sticks out about this swing is the design allows it to be folded up so it’s easy to transport. If you’re looking for a swing that can easily travel between home and other caregivers, this is a great choice of swing for you.
Most other swings are a total pain to transport, to the point it’s almost easier to purchase two or more swings for different locations. This swing will help solve that problem. Additionally, fully assembled this swing weighs less than ten pounds, so if you need a swing that can easily change floors or rooms, this one is a great choice. This swing is completely battery operated but features special technology made to extend the life of your batteries up to triple the normal length. With built-in speakers, this swing plays up 8 melodies and 3 nature sounds to help keep baby calm.
- Very affordable
- Compact design
- Easily folds up for easy transport
- Super lightweight
- A variety of songs and sound effects means nobody in the house gets sick of listening!
- Head cushion doesn’t move, leaving it in an awkward spot for smaller or newborn babies
- No mobile
- Safety straps are inconveniently placed
- Battery operated only
- Swing will sometimes stop randomly
5. Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘N Swing with Smart Swing Technology
This baby swing features a lot of the same features as the Snugapuppy cradle n’ swing model. The seat can be adjusted to face forward, rear, or to the side. Like the Snugapuppy, this swing features both a back-and-forward motion as well as a side-to-side motion. This swing features six swing speeds, and 16 songs and soothing nature sounds to help keep baby calm. This swing is very easy to adjust positions with only the push of a button and single quick movement. The cover is removable and washable and it features a cute bird mobile to keep baby entertained in the swing.
- Adjustable back-and-forth swinging or side-to-side swinging
- Gender neutral
- Lots of different music and sounds
- High rated by consumers for reliability and durability
- Large frame is bulky, not great for small spaces and rooms
- Battery operated only
- AC Adapter (to plug into a wall outlet) available separately.
- Loud motor
Types of Baby Swings
Motorized Baby Swings
Our list features motorized swings, but there are other types of swings to consider. Motorized swings are either plugged into a wall outlet or are battery operated so once you start them swinging, they don’t turn off until you turn it off. Some motorized swings feature timed settings so it will only swing for a certain amount of time. If this is an important feature for you, check carefully to ensure the swing you want has a timer.
Ceiling Mounted Baby Swings
Typically designed for older babies who are preparing to walk, ceiling mounted baby swings come with hardware to install on a ceiling or in a door jamb. Also known as “jumpers,” this type of swing is ideal for playing. These swings generally keep the baby in an upright position and aren’t designed to aid in sleep or substitute for a crib or bassinet.
Travel Baby Swings
Generally cheaper and smaller than a full-size swing, these sit lower to the ground and are lightweight and compact. If you’re living in a small apartment or home, or have a small nursery space, a travel baby swing might be a good choice for you. They aren’t bulky and don’t have large frames. Most travel swings are on timers and will only swing for 45 minutes to an hour before shutting off. If the idea of getting up every 45 minutes to turn the swing back on makes you want to rip your hair out, consider a full-size swing instead. Typically travel swings are battery operated as well and many don’t have an AC adapter option. Consequently, a downside to these swings is batteries can become costly very quickly with frequent use.
Full-Sized Baby Swings
Full-size swings are the traditional option, with a full-size, often large frame and many options. Full-size swings assume you have ample space but are a popular choice among consumers because they offer the most options in swing speeds and time. Most full-size baby swings will swing as long as you let them go. If you’ve got a baby that will only sleep in the swing, these swings are a good choice for you. Full-size swings can usually be plugged into a wall outlet or switched to battery operation for more power flexibility. If you hate the thought of changing batteries daily, consider a full-size swing.
Top Baby Swing Brands
Fisher-Price is a well-known and well-loved brand for babies and kids that has been around for years. Parents have trusted Fisher-Price for many generations, and their products today continue to live up to their outstanding reputation. Consumers consistently rate Fisher-Price highly in terms of price, reliability, and durability.
Graco is another age-old company that parents have trusted for decades. Their products continue to stand the test of time and receive high marks all around from parents. Consumers love Graco’s great customer service and willingness to stand behind their products.
4moms brand is relatively new on the market, but makes fantastic, high-technology products and is committed to bringing the future of the classic baby swing. By integrating more natural movements and speeds to their swings, they are pushing the bounds of what we thought we knew and loved about baby swings. With things like Bluetooth integration, these swings are helping to make daily life with an infant less stressful.
Ingenuity swings live up to their name by continuing to push the boundaries of travel swings and compact baby swing design. Their goal is to make compact swings that are easily portable and lightweight but don’t skimp on the features and conveniences of a full-size swing. This company understands the need for portability and strives to make baby swings that continue to deliver full functionalities in a smaller package.
What to look for in a baby swing
Before purchasing, consider the size of your space. Can you accommodate a full-size swing with a bulky frame, or do you need something considerably smaller? Where do you want to keep the swing? Do you need to be able to move it to different locations of the house?
How many speeds do you want in a swing? How many different directions do you want it to swing in? Think about what is too fast and too slow. If you shop in-person, many stores have swings set up with batteries in them so you can test speed functions.
How easy is it to put together? Do you need specific tools for assembly? Are the instructions clear and easy to understand? Nothing is worse than getting frustrated trying to put a baby swing together.
Babies make messes, and will inevitably make a mess in the swing. How easy are the seat, cushions, and cover to clean? Would you prefer a surface that can be wiped down quickly or a cover that can be removed and washed?
Is the swing battery operated only? AC adapter operated only? Consider the limitations of your space — do you have a free outlet that can be dedicated to the swing? Would you prefer a swing that can be plugged in sometimes, and run on batteries sometimes? Think about how much time you plan on using the swing. If you plan on running it a lot, consider a model that can be plugged in. If you don’t mind buying and replacing batteries, a battery-operated model might be the best choice for you.
What is the weight limit of the swing? Will the baby outgrow it too quickly? Consider how long you want the swing to be useful to you.
How easy to use is the safety harness? Are the straps easy to reach, easy to buckle and unbuckle? Will the baby slide around too much or slip out of the harness?
Just like everyone, babies want to be comfortable. Consider the materials and cushioning of the swing. Will the baby be comfortable enough? Can the seat adjust to multiple positions? Is anything in the seat scratchy or rough that might irritate the baby?
So there you have it! Our list for the best baby swings for 2017-2018. Hopefully, our list can help guide you to make the smartest purchase for your needs and your family. Whether you’re awaiting the arrival of your first, or aren’t new to the parenting game, a good baby swing is an essential piece of equipment for every caregiver.
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