When I was pregnant with my first baby, the idea of tackling my baby registry was an exciting prospect. Honestly, pretty much everything baby-sized is adorable — from the teeny, tiny booties to the itty bitty newborn clothing, I couldn’t wait to get started! And then I got to the big-ticket items: baby cribs, playpens, strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, baby monitors, baby carriers and more. I froze. That was a lot of money to shell out, and I felt an obligation to take these decisions seriously (for both my baby shower guests' sake and my own). From experience, one big-ticket baby item that involves more consideration than first meets the eye is the baby swing.
Let me start off by saying that baby swings have evolved a lot since since my first child was born more than seven years ago. Now that I’m pregnant with my fourth child, there are so many more baby swing options and features available for parents-to-be to wade through. This is a good problem to have — but it makes the decision process even more complicated. There are traditional baby swings that stick to the strictly back-and-forth motion, there are side-to-side swings, compact swings, travel swings, and high-tech swings you can control with your smartphone that offer a wide range of motion options. Not to mention the price points, which vary so widely, it’s insane!
But look, I get it. More often than not, babies crave some kind of motion to help calm them down or to aid them in falling asleep. Mom and/or dad can only pace back and forth while bouncing, swaying, and singing for so long. A baby swing is one of those baby gear items that can turn out to be a real middle-of-the-night lifesaver after parents have already changed, fed, and burped their little ones. Likewise, baby swings are a great spot for infants to hang out so mom/dad can grab something to eat or finish up a few household chores. So you definitely want to make sure to invest in a baby swing that will meet the needs of your family.
Luckily, this been-there-done-that mom’s got you covered. I’ve combed the internet for the best baby swings on the market — including a variety of price points for every budget. Hopefully, this list will make your quest for the perfect baby swing a little easier.
1. 4moms rockaRoo
The 4moms rockaRoo has a modern appeal that many parents love. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it’s one-third the size of traditional swings, so it's a practical choice for families who live in small apartments or don’t want to deal with the bulk. The rockaRoo is powered by an AC adaptor (no batteries), and offers a front-to-back gliding motion at five different speed options. It also has an MP3 plug-in, so you can rock your baby to sleep with your favorite songs. Another perk parents will appreciate: The seat fabric zips off and is machine-washable — a must for messy newborns. One thing to keep in mind: Your child can use the 4moms rockaRoo until they reach 25 pounds or can sit up unassisted — whichever comes first. At $159 on Amazon, the 4moms rockaRoo is certainly an investment, but it’s well worth the cost.
One happy reviewer wrote, "Absolutely awesome. My grandson loves relaxing in his Rockaroo. It’s very quiet and he loves the vibrant colors on the mobile. Perfect gift for Momma to be. Highly recommended."
2. Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing
The Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing has two recline options and six different swing speeds to keep your baby soothed so you can get a few things done. It plays music and has a foam toy bar that includes two hanging plush toys to help your baby stay entertained while they swing. The best part about this battery-operated swing is that it easily folds up so you can store it when it's not in use or you can bring it with you to a friends house to give your baby a spot to play while you get some adult time. The fabric lining is removable and machine washable and the chair can hold babies between six and 20 pounds. You can snag this 4.2-star rated swing for around $70 on Amazon.
One happy customer reviewed this swing and said, "Comfy and cute! Very pleasant music! My baby would nap only in this for the first couple months."
3. 4moms mamaRoo 4
Like the 4moms rockaRoo, the 4moms mamaRoo 4’s compact and modern design is appealing to parents. However, the mamaRoo 4 goes beyond gliding front-to-back and offers five unique motions and speeds. This particular model is also Bluetooth-enabled, so parents can control motion, sound, speed, and volume right from their smartphones. Additionally, the swing has an adjustable seat recline, along with four built-in sounds and an MP3 plug-in for parents to play their favorite lullabies. Again, having zip-off, machine-washable seat fabric and washable plush toys on the mobile is a handy bonus for parents. Infants can use the mamaRoo 4 until they’re 25 pounds or can sit up unassisted. With all of these high-tech features, the $220 price tag doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Check out the mamaRoo 4 in action in this YouTube review.
4. Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing
The Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing gets the job done without breaking the bank. At just $83, this space-saving swing features height-adjustable legs, which allows parents to choose between compact or full size mode. When you’re not using it to soothe or lull your baby to sleep, the swing can be folded up and tucked away. Its carry handle — combined with the fact that it has a battery-operated motor — makes the Graco Slim Spaces compact baby swing ideal for travel. Adjustable speeds, two soft toys that dangle in baby’s eyesight, a five-point harness, and removable head support round out this simplistic swing.
5. Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker
The Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker is yet another multi-functional baby gear item, as the cradle seat can easily detach from the swing and become a rocker. In its swing configuration, there are three seating positions that give parents the option of having their baby swing from side-to-side or back-and-forth (you can use batteries or plug it in). Along with songs and sounds, the $119 Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker features vibration with two speed settings.
One satisfied customer wrote, "I give this swing 5 stars. It was fairly easy to assemble. I love the different speeds for swinging and the different musics. Also it is great that you have the option to change orientations also that you can take the "seating" off from the swing. It comes in handy. My baby enjoys this swing and falls asleep in it very often. Happy baby = happy mommy."
6. Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing
With two ways to swing — side-to-side or head-to-toe — and two comfortable recline positions, the $127.99 Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing is both practical and adorable. The plush seat pad and gentle swinging motion will cradle your little one snugly and have her drifting off into snooze land in no time (bonus: the seat pad is machine-washable). The swing features six speeds, along with 16 songs and nature sounds. It can be battery-operated or plugged in at your convenience. One thing to keep in mind is this swing has a wide base and takes up a significant amount of space. Still, a 4.5-star rating isn’t too shabby.
One five-star Amazon reviewer wrote, "This has to be the best thing I have bought for our newborn so far. NOTHING else has been able to calm her other than my husband and I holding her, which is not possible for us to do the entire day. I highly recommend."
7. Graco Soothing System Gliding Baby Swing
At around $226.99, the Graco Soothing System Gliding Baby Swing is no small investment, but it's not just an ordinary swing. It can be set up as a gliding swing, gliding bassinet, a portable bouncer seat, or a portable bassinet. Its designed to easily transition from one mode to another, has two vibrating speeds, and can be operated using batteries or plugged in. Babies as small as 5 pounds and as big as 30 pounds (or 30 inches tall, whichever comes first) can enjoy the system.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, "Our son loves sitting in the bouncer up high. He enjoys being able to see everyone. He falls asleep in the bassinet when its rocking. I think he enjoys the freedom of laying down along with the movement. The swing looks nice, clean and stylish."
8. Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat Portable Swing
Not only is the Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat Portable Swing incredibly affordable, but it doubles as a swing and a stationary vibrating seat. It’s great for small space, and its foldable design makes for simple storage and transport. Parents can switch between gentle swaying motions and soothing vibrations. This battery-operated swing has five swing speeds and plays eight songs and three nature sounds. It comes in several styles on Amazon that range in price from $70 to $90.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, "I love this swing and have given several away as gifts to expecting mother friends. All of its settings make it a great accessory for infants and toddlers. The quality of this product is great as well for such a good price."
9. Graco Simple Sway LX with Multi-Direction Baby Swing
The Graco Simple Sway LX with Multi-Direction Baby Swing allows babies to sway front-to-back or side-to-side. This $129 swing features six different speeds, two-speed vibration, 10 songs, and five nature sounds. Parents can choose to plug it in or use batteries, depending on what’s most convenient. One satisfied customer wrote, "This swing is providing my grandson with a great time! He likes the seat vibrator and the music being adjustable is a great selling point. It is easy to move around and I like that it is either battery or AC."
10. Graco EveryWay Soother Baby Swing
The Graco EveryWay Soother Baby Swing With Removable Rocker is an investment, ranging from $157 to $200, but it's versitility makes it more than worth it. It offers 16 different swinging options (eight ways to swing and two directions) and six different speeds. Parents can also take the seat off the mount to easily move baby around the house without waking them. There are three reclining positions, two vibration speeds, 15 songs (with adjustable volume), and a mobile with plush toys attached. The best part? You can remove the seat cover and toss it in the washing machine to keep it clean and fresh.
11. Fisher Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat
A more affordable option, the Fisher Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat will run you $52, making it a less expensive baby seat. It's designed to be more portable than some of the other swings on the market, so you can easily move it from one room to another with one hand as you tote your little one in the other. It offers six different swinging motions as well as calming vibrations and soothing musical sounds, so it does pack quite a lot of function into a smaller, more affordable seat. Your baby will also be able to play and bat at the two animals that hang from the overhead bar, offering entertainment while you give your arms a break.
12. Graco Sense2Soothe Baby Swing with Cry Detection Technology
If you're ready to pull out all the stops and make sure you have technology to help you soothe your baby, the Graco Sense2Soothe Baby Swing with Cry Detection Technology could be the swing for your family. For $239, this swing offers a very sturdy base where you can easily choose from one of the eight soothing motions, three different speeds, two vibration settings and fifteen sounds and songs, all designed to keep your baby calm and relaxed. But where it goes above many other swings is that it can hear when your baby is crying and changes settings in order to help calm them. And if you have to move about the house, you can pick up the top part which functions as a portable swing.
13. RONBEI Baby Bouncer Swing
The RONBEI Baby Bouncer Swing looks a bit different than most infant swings, but offers more functionality than a traditional analog baby bouncer. In addition to offering a simple bouncer where you can place your baby to kick and wiggle while you dry your hair or get a little work done, the RONBEI bouncer swing has two swing speeds and eight sounds that can soothe your baby if a simple bounce isn't cutting it. The bouncer swing, with a price tag of $80, also has the ability to sense when your baby calms and shut off the back-and-forth swinging motion if it's no longer needed, and you can control both the sounds and motions remotely.
Be sure to bookmark this page as you begin your search for the perfect baby swing. Best of luck! You've totally got this, parents-to-be.
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