Holding a baby is pure bliss but as much we love to snuggle our little bears, parents need hands free time too, and that’s where a baby swing is so convenient. It holds, entertains, soothes and settles bubs so you’re able to make dinner, do some work or have a cuppa in peace.
Baby swings are a gentle way to comfort babes through swaying or swinging motions and they distract fussy tots by playing sweet sounds or with hanging toys.
What to look for when buying a baby swing
Here are some of the key features to look for when buying a baby swing:
Functions: Of course movement is key when it comes to baby swings, but swinging isn’t just swinging! Some swings have the ability to change the speed of the swinging or even the type of movement. Gliding and even movement that replicates being rocked in a parent’s arms are also options.
Portability: Some baby swing models are pack and play, easily folded for storage or toting to gran’s house.
Washability: There will be times when bub decides the swing is the perfect place for posseting, so having a seat that easily wipes clean or can be removed and put into the washing machine is very handy.
Power: Most baby swings are battery operated by there are models that also have the option to be plugged into electricity. Others that don’t have motors need either push from a parent or baby’s own movement.
Safety harness: If using the swing from newborn, an in-built safety harness is a must. A comfy, padded seat is also something to keep an eye out for.
Technology: Baby swings now come with all sorts of bells and whistles, including the ability to stream music from your device, and to control the swing’s settings remotely via an app.
9 baby swings for soothing and swaying
To help you find the best baby swing we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:
When it comes to tech-savvy swings, the MamaRoo is riding high. It sways from side to side, but also bounces up and down, mimicking a comforting parent’s movements. With five different motions and five speed options, it means there are 25 combinations to make sure bub is happy. Play one of the four in-built sounds or plug in your own device.
An easy-fold frame with handle means plenty of fun no matter where you are. The Take-Along is an infant seat and swing in one with calming vibrations, six swing speeds and 12 songs and soothing sounds. The seat pad is deep and comfy, and completely machine washable.
Soothing swaying and entertaining bounces make this baby swing a secret weapon when it comes to settling bub. The motion is completely created by either baby’s own movement or a parent giving the seat a little push. There are 19 tunes to choose from, cute characters to play with as well as a soft, padded seat that’s easy to wash.
A light and compact baby swing, the Nesso Mini has five different speeds to choose from and sounds and melodies to entertain. The removable toy bar engages fine motor skills and the seat’s two recline positions are perfect for getting babies in just the right comfy spot.
The Joie Serina does double duty as a swing and a portable rocking seat. Six swing speeds, a three-position reclining seat, two-speed soothing vibration, and ten different songs and sounds all combine for a handy hub to keep bub content.
Everything you need in a baby swing in a petite package, the Comfort2go has two recline positions, three timer settings, technology that makes it whisper quiet as well as eight melodies. And when you’re done it folds flat for easy storage or taking on the road.
A little bit swing and a little bit rocker, the Nina Leaf Grow is as aesthetically beautiful as it is practical. Inspired by nature’s gentle breeze on floating leaves, the smooth side-to-side motion just needs a gentle push to get it going for over two minutes of hands-free swinging. There are no motors, no batteries, no cords, just quiet swaying.
A reclining seat means premium comfort while the 12 melodies engage bub’s senses as the Pendule Cradle Swing moves through one of five different speeds. The detachable mobile with three animal toys is the perfect distraction device during the witching hour.
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