The Best Baby Swings
Have you ever needed to make a bottle for a crying baby who didn't want to be put down? Or been trying to get your toddler dressed and out the door while your baby also is requesting attention? Maybe you just need a safe space to contain your baby while you're cooking dinner. Whatever the reason, sometimes parents simply don't have enough hands to accomplish all that family life throws at them. A baby swing can be the answer to this dilemma of wanting to keep your baby safe and comforted while dealing with a task that can't be put off. Babies often love their swings, so it's a win-win situation for everyone involved!
We reviewed the best baby swings on the market to help you make an informed decision. When choosing a baby swing (or anything for your precious child), safety is of course of utmost concern. We wanted a swing that was stable and durable. Some swings offer more features, toys, music, and entertainment factors than others. Your baby should feel comfortable and happy in the swing. It should be easy to set up. Because diaper mishaps and spit up happen, it should also be easy to clean. The weight limit will factor into your personal decision, as will your personal budget.
Top Choice: Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing
The Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing is so cute and sweet! This swing measures about 35 inches by 44 inches by 37 inches, but make sure you leave some extra space to accommodate the swinging motion. It weighs close to 25 pounds. Swing setup does require tools, so get your toolkit ready! The size, weight, and assembly/disassembly process make it not the most portable swing even though it does have the option to operate on batteries and has foldable legs. The body insert is actually bunny shaped, complete with ears. It can support babies from infancy to up to 25 pounds (or until he begins trying to climb out of the swing, in which case it is no longer a safe option). You can power it either by the included AC adapter or with batteries. A mobile over baby's head provides entertainment and stimulates her senses, and you can choose among 16 songs or nature sounds for baby to listen to while rocking. You can adjust the volume up or down, and the music and mobile turns off after 20 minutes of use, which you can restart if baby is still awake. The swinging also has a self-shut-off feature, stopping after 4 hours of nonstop swinging and rocking. Again, you can easily restart it with the touch of a button. Some reviewers noted a louder than normal sound when starting the swing, but this was not always the case. A plush bunny toy is tethered to the swing so that babies can play without fear of misplacing their new toy friend. The Smart Swing Technology refers to the swing's ability to sense baby's weight and adjust the speed accordingly, so it won't slow down as the baby grows. A five-point harness keeps baby safe and secure. Additionally, this swing is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association for safety. Overall, our reviewers called this swing a lifesaver! If bunnies aren't your thing, you can choose other animals too such as a puppy or monkey version of this baby swing instead.
Sleek and High Tech: 4moms mamaRoo 4
The mamaRoo 4 is an upgrade baby swing choice that features way more motions than just the simple side-to-side or back-and-forth of most baby swings. This would be a great pick for super fussy babies. This baby swing measures 33 inches by 19.5 inches by 25.5 inches and weighs 19 pounds. It is suitable for babies weighing up to 25 pounds, or who can sit up on their own or attempt to climb out. It is powered via an AC adapter so there is no need to worry about ever running out of batteries. 4moms actually says that in development of this baby swing, they placed sensor vests on parents to learn their natural motions and then replicate them. It's actually really smart because they are right: parents don't vibrate or swing like a traditional swing. This baby swing can also can move at five different speeds so you can choose the one that's right for your baby. This is helpful, because otherwise the control settings are located at the base of the mamaRoo 4, which some reviewers found to be inconvenient. You can adjust the seat recline position up or down to get baby comfortable. It has a 3-point harness which was disappointing, as we'd rather see a 5-point harness on a baby swing. The seat fabric is thankfully easy to remove and is machine-washable. Babies calmed right down in it and even though the mobile may seem simpler than other mobiles, they still seemed quite entertained by it (when awake anyway!). The mamaRoo 4 comes with a 1-year warranty. There are multiple colors and patterns that you can choose from when selecting this swing.
Super Portable: Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing
The Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing is a portable pick that is great for travel to grandparents' house or anywhere else you need. It measures 23 inches by 22.5 inches by 28.5 inches. It is suitable for babies weighing between 6 pounds and 20 pounds. In other words, it is smaller and the weight capacity isn't as high as our other choices, but such is the price of portability. At the same time, it weighs only 7 pounds so it doesn't feel like you're completing a CrossFit workout every time that you want to move it. Some parents of very long babies noted that due to the swing being so low to the ground, it didn't fit their babies for as long as they hoped. You'll need a screwdriver to put it together. The whole thing can be folded up for transportation and storage, without need to disassemble. You can set the swing timer to 15, 30, or 45 minutes; otherwise, the swing automatically shuts off after 60 minutes to save you battery. You can always restart it if baby wants to swing more. There are also six different melodies that you can choose from. You can adjust the volume to the perfect level for your little one. A five-point harness helps keep baby secure. The seat pad and headrest can both be removed for machine-washing. The Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing comes with a limited 1-year warranty.
A good baby swing is so helpful to new parents. Plus, we love seeing babies enjoying them, whether the swings are soothing them to sleep or entertaining them with music and toys. Our top pick for most families is the Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing. It offers a number of different swinging options, entertainment features, and we like that it has JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certification for safety. Our runner up and premium pick is the 4mom mamaRoo 4 which is a high-tech choice that offers amazing movement that will be sure to comfort, soothe, and entertain any baby. Of course, this premium pick comes at a premium price. For those who can afford it though, it's a nice option! Finally, for the travelers out there who want something more portable, the Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing folds up and weighs in at only 7 pounds, plus, at just $50, your wallet won't feel much of a hit!