Best Baby Swings 2018 – Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Best Baby Swings 2018

Check out our list of the 10 best baby swings for 2018 and choose one that will meet your baby’s needs in terms of comfort, portability and soothing capabilities.

For mothers who are basically lazy or need some free time to do more important chores around the house instead of spending the whole day cuddling and soothing the baby, a baby swing can truly come in handy in these kind of situations. Thanks to products like baby swings which are designed to help soothe, comfort and even entertain a baby during the day, most parents can know afford to buy some “me time” and enjoy their life doing other recreational activities rather than spending most of the time tending to their babies needs.

Now that you know the importance of baby swings, how then do you go about finding and buying the right type that will perform the job of soothing and keeping your baby calm and relaxed effectively and especially when you consider all the brands and models that are available to choose from? Gladly, we’ve already done the hard work for you so you can have the easiest time of your life finding the best baby swings 2018 that will meet both you and your baby’s needs without the need to spend a lot of money in the process. Additionally, we have a detailed buyer’s guide that will help you start on the right track and answer any pressing questions you might have about baby swings.

Best Baby Swings 2018

1.4moms Mamaroo Baby Swing

4moms mamaroo

First on our list of the best baby swings 2018 is the 4moms mamaroo baby swing that’s designed and built to move just exactly like a mother does when soothing a baby. It moves up and down and also sways from side to side exactly the way parents move when soothing and comforting their babies. In addition, this baby swing can provide your baby with five different unique soothing motions that include the car ride motion, kangaroo motion, free swing, rock-a-bye and wave motion. With your baby’s comfort in mind, the seat of this baby swing can be easily adjusted to any position or reclined to multiple positions to enable your baby to lie back and relax or even sit up and play on the swing.

For the purpose of soothing and entertaining your baby, it features built-in sounds from where parents can select up to four soothing sounds for the baby together with MP3 plug-in to enable parents play their favorite songs when the baby is on the swing. We really like how the motion, sounds, speed and volume on this baby swing are compatible with smart phones to make it very easy for parents to control and operate these features via Bluetooth. And since it comes in an array of different colors such as classic grey, designer plush, silver plush and classic black, parents can choose the best color that blend’s perfectly with their baby’s nursery room. The seat fabric that comes with this baby swing is also easy to remove and machine-washable to provide for quick and easy cleaning operations whenever the baby messes on it. It’s also important to note that the manufacturer recommends using this swing on babies who have a maximum weight of 25 pounds and are able to sit up unassisted.

There is only one downside to this baby swing and that is the price. This is actually one of the most expensive baby swings you can get on the market but this high price is justified by the premium features it provides to both parents and babies alike. You also need to purchase the newborn infant insert separately for your baby to get the support and comfort required.

But this is definitely a high-tech baby swing with features like no other. And if you have the money to spend, then we would advise you to grab it without a second thought.

2.Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘N Swing

fisher-price snugabunny

The fisher price snugabunny is designed to function both as a swing and as a cradle at the same time. It features two distinctive swinging motions that will help to soothe your baby to sleep quickly and peacefully. It is capable of rocking your baby side-to-side like a cradle and also swinging your baby back and forth from head-to-toe just like a traditional baby swing. Additionally, it features the SmartSwing technology that offers up to six different baby swing speeds ranging from high to low so parents can provide their babies with customizable swinging motions that their babies will like. Even better is how this baby swing can sense your baby’s weight so that the swinging speed doesn’t slow down as your baby continues to grow. To make the job of soothing your baby to sleep even easier and quicker, it comes with 16 different songs together with gentle nature sounds just for this purpose. For entertainment purposes, there’s a tethered plush bunny toy and sot little birdies that “fly” overhead to help soothe, entertain and stimulate your baby’s developing senses. Parents also like the quick and easy installation process it provides to first time users.

With your baby’s comfort in mind, this baby swing can be reclined to two different positions plus the seat can be adjusted to three positions which include right-facing, center and left-facing positions respectively. There are also body inserts and head support in case your baby needs additional support and comfort. The seat cover can also be removed for quick and easy machine-washing operations when your baby messes on it.

The only downside to this baby swing is that it is noisy when in operation and it also has a big footprint especially if your baby’s room is small. But other than that, this is a fantastic baby swing that comes highly recommended by the happy and satisfied parents who’ve already purchased it.

And when compared to other expensive baby swings on our list, the fisher-price snugabunny is actually quite affordable and yet it comes packed with impressive features that make it a great option for any parent to consider.

3.Graco Glider Elite Baby Swing

graco glider elite

If you’re looking for a baby swing that also functions as a portable bouncer, then the graco glider elite would be a great option to consider. It comes with an ingenious frame design that not only gives parents two functionalities in a single product, but the design also enables the graco elite to utilize 40 percent less space in your baby’s room thus making it a big space saver for small rooms. The soothing capabilities of this glider elite comes in three different ways that include a gentle gliding motion, a bouncing seat and two vibration speeds that help to keep your baby calm and relaxed. Additionally there’s a removable light shielding canopy with two soft toys along with 10 classic melodies and 5 nature sounds to help entertain, soothe and amuse your baby. A convenient carry-handle gives parents the flexibility to move or multitask around the house while keeping their babies comfortable and in close proximity. Since this carry-handle can be easily rotated towards the back of the bouncer, the process of getting your baby in or out of this glider is also going to be a breeze.

The seat is also roomy and comes with plush body support and a 3-position recline to provide your baby with the maximum comfort he/she deserves. We also like the 5-point harness that helps to keep your baby snug and secured to give parents the peace of mind they need when they are not in close proximity. Designed and built with portability in mind, this graco glider gives parents the freedom to choose between batteries or a plug in cord. In case you wish to use batteries, the timer mode will help you to maximize on battery life by keeping the glider in operation only for as long as you prefer.

However, we found it a bit cumbersome to put this glider together considering the instructions for assembling this baby swing aren’t that easy to understand. But the installation process is the only issue we have with this wonderful glider from graco. And to be honest, this is one of the best baby swings you can ever get for your baby. It’s very portable, a big space saver and flexible enough to allow parents multitask around the house while the baby is safe, relaxed and comfortable in this baby glider.

4.Ingenuity Swing ‘n Go Portable Baby Swing

ingenuity swing n go

This baby swing from ingenuity is designed to provide both parents and babies with plush luxury and the convenience of taking it anywhere they go and yet it comes at a reasonably affordable price. When compared to other baby swings on our list which are quite noisy when in operation, the ingenuity swing n go is actually very quiet and noiseless when in operation. It features the innovative Hyberdrive technology that does a great job in saving battery life so that your baby can get even more enjoyment and longer swinging times. For soothing purposes, there are up to 8 melodies and 3 nature sounds that parents can play for their babies to keep them entertained and in good mood. And just like its name suggests, it is very portable and easy to store thanks to the slim fold feature that allows for an easy fold so that parents can carry it with just one hand when on the go. For even more convenience when travelling, the Hyberdrive technology boasts battery life by three times so that your baby can use this baby swing anywhere, anytime. Most parents are also impressed by the easy assembly process it provides to first time users.

It comes with up to 5 swing speeds and the three timer choices enables parents to find the suitable swing-time comfort zone for their babies. For safety purposes, it features non-slip feet at the bottom to secure it firmly in place and the five-point harness also helps parents to secure the baby snugly and comfortably on the baby swing. The materials used to construct this baby swing make it feel very sturdy and strong. The head support is also padded for additional comfort and support while the seat pad together with the fabrics are removable to provide for easy machine-washing operations if your baby messes on them.

However, few parents complain that the swinging motion on this baby swing isn’t durable enough. This is especially true when the baby gets to about 4 months old and gains some body weight. But apart from that, there isn’t anything else to complain about this baby swing from ingenuity. The portability you get together with ease of installation and quiet operation experience makes it a strong contender among the many brands and models that are available.

5.Graco Soothing System Glider

graco soothing glider

This glider soothing system shares most of the features with the graco glider elite that we’ve reviewed above even though the soothing system glider comes with a few additional features that the glider elite doesn’t have. It comes with up to four different modes of use all packaged into a single product. It can be used as a gliding swing, a gliding bassinet, portable bouncer and also as a portable bassinet. When used as a swing it’s capable of soothing with the same gentle motion just exactly the way parents cuddle and comfort their babies. With up to 6 different gliding speeds, parents can find the perfect swing comfort-zone to enlighten the baby’s moods. When you want to offer your baby a gliding rest, the portable bassinet can be used independently without motion. For multitasking around the house, the bouncer feature’s a very convenient handle that enables parents to carry the baby between rooms to keep him/her in close proximity whenever they want to be. There’s also a removable light-shielding canopy included for all the three modes of use.

Parents can also play up to 10 classic melodies and 5 nature sounds for their babies to keep them entertained while still enjoying the soothing motions in the gliding swing. We also like the 5-point harness that helps to secure the baby safely and comfortably in the glider. When it comes to comfort, this soothing system glider from graco provides plush body support for ultimate comfort and the seat’s body support can also be removed to create additional space for growing babies. You can also recline the glider to the perfect position quickly and easily with just one hand. The whole system is also versatile enough to enable parents choose between a plug-in cord and batteries. If you opt to use batteries, the timer mode will help you maximize on battery life by being able to operate the system only as long as you need to.

And when compared to the glider elite that we’ve reviewed above, this soothing system from graco actually comes with a few extra features that some parents might find to be useful on a day to day basis. With this in mind, it’s for parents to decide which of these two models they’ll prefer especially if they are basing their purchasing decision on the features and price.

6.Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing

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The fisher-price papasan is also packed with the same soothing features found on the snugabunny cradle n swing that’s reviewed above. It can be used to cradle the baby from side-to-side or function like a traditional baby swing to soothe the baby in a head-to-toe swing motion. These two swinging motions together with the 3 adjustable seat positions will enable parents to customize the soothing experience to suit the baby’s moods. There are 6 different soothing speeds which work in cradle or swing mode and a 3-point harness helps to keep the baby safe and secure on the swing. We also like the sturdy steel frame used to build this baby swing that adds to its durability while still being able to be folded easily thus making it convenient for storage or carrying on the go. For even more convenience, there’s a quick-release power cord that will enable parents save up to $130 annually on batteries.

The assembly process is also quite easy and the deep and cozy papasan-style seat is very comfortable and supportive. Even better, the head support together with the seat pad can be easily removed for a quick machine-washing operation when they get dirty. We also like the sweet little canopy that surrounds the baby and sways along with the swinging motion of the baby swing. When you want to get your baby to sleep faster, you can choose from the eight lullabies or simply flick a switch to activate the magical butterfly light show that projects onto the canopy to float your little baby off into dreamland.

The fisher price papasan is therefore an amazing baby swing that ticks all the right boxes as far as portability, ease of assembly and soothing capabilities are concerned. It also shares the same features found on the fisher-price snugabunny above but it’s also a bit more expensive with no additional features to brag about. With this in mind, we would advise parents to save the few extra bucks they could have spent on the fisher-price papasan and instead get the fisher-price snugabunny that is slightly more affordable.

7.Graco Duet Soothe Baby Swing

graco duet soothe

This ingenious baby swing features a removable seat that also doubles as a rocker to give parents the flexibility of being able to walk around the house while keeping the baby cozy and in close proximity. As a multi-directional baby swing, it is capable of swaying the baby side-to-side and swinging back and forth in three different seating positions just the way your baby prefers. In addition to this, there are up to 6 different swing speeds to choose from that will allow parents to find the right pace that suit the baby’s moods. To help keep the baby relaxed and calm, there’s a vibration feature with 2 speed settings together with 10 melodies and 5 different nature sounds to keep the baby delighted and happy.

With your baby’s comfort in mind, the roomy seat comes with plush body support for ultimate comfort and relaxation. You can also detach the seat of this baby swing to use it as a rocker seat with a convenient carry-handle that enables you to move around with your baby and keep him/her by your side anywhere you want to stay. We also like the attractive and playful white stitched circles that dance over the smart grey chevron background together with the vast array of colors that match perfectly with the sophisticated look to provide for a gender-neutral fashion suitable for both boys and girls. And just like all the other gracos on our list, this one also gives parents the freedom of plugging it in the socket thus saving money on batteries or using batteries instead and getting the convenience of being able to use it on the go.

However, the graco duet soothe does have some few downsides that are worth mentioning. First, it comes with build quality issues that make the seat to bend too far backwards and stay tilted at an angle when the baby is on it. You also need to unscrew the seat cover when you want to wash it and this makes the process time consuming and a bit difficult.

And considering the fact that it costs slightly over one hundred dollars, we think it would be wise for parents to either spend the few extra bucks on a better baby swing or even look for a cheaper alternative that still comes with all the important features they are looking for in a baby swing.

8.Fisher-Price My Little Snugabear

fisher-price snugabear

When it comes to baby swings, fisher-price as a brand is well known for quality and reliability and so it shouldn’t surprise you to see we have a third baby swing on our list from the same manufacturer. In fact, this particular model is also very similar to the snugabunny and papasan that are listed above. The music, nature sounds and motorized mobile that are featured in this baby swing help to stimulate your baby’s senses and the playful ballerina bear friends also help to encourage eye-tracking at an early age. With up to two different swinging motions together with a plush, deep and cozy seat, your baby will benefit from the soothing comfort and security provided by this baby swing. Just like in the papasan, this snugabear baby swing also comes with the SmartSwing technology with six swing speeds ranging from high to low so that parents can find the right motion speed to help calm the baby.

Unlike most baby swings whose swinging functions stop when the baby gets heavier, this one is actually able to sense the increase in your baby’s weight and as a result adjust/increase the swing speed to accommodate your baby’s growth and weight. The installation process is easy even for first time users and the seat can be adjusted to three different positions at the simple press of a button to provide a customized swinging experience for your baby. It also comes with two convenient power options which include a 120-volt AC adapter or 4D batteries if you don’t wish to plug it in.

And from the feedback we’ve received from parents who have already purchased it, this baby swing is very effective in getting your baby to sleep peacefully without any disruptions when in operation. The only issue is the slightly loud noise it makes when it’s on. But the high star ratings together with the praise it gets from happy customers is more than enough proof that this baby swing is actually one of the best you can ever get your hands on. And the price you pay for it is a perfect much for all the helpful and convenient features it provides to both babies and parents alike.

9.Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing & Rocker

ingenuity inlighten

If you’re looking for a baby swing that’s been designed with parenthood in mind, then this ingenuity inlighten swing and rocker will be a commendable option to consider. Thanks to the ConnectMe feature, parents can connect their Smartphone in order to entertain the baby with their own preferred choice of music, images or video. The baby’s soothing experience can also be customized with up to 8 different melodies, 3 nature sounds, LightBeams electronic mobile, soothing lights and plush toys that all combine to help keep the baby calm and relaxed. Additionally, the swing can be used in multiple ways to soothe your baby to sleep thanks to the 6 different swinging speeds, 2 adjustable recline positions and 3 automatic swing timer settings featured on this baby swing. We are also impressed by the WhisperQuiet technology from ingenuity that provides for a very peaceful and noiseless soothing experience for your baby without causing any disturbance when the swing is in operation.

In terms of comfort, it comes with an over-sized seat that has removable infant support bolster and head support to provide your baby with a plush place to relax. When this baby swing is not in use, you can quickly and easily fold it for storage and portability. It also comes with an AC adapter that will enable parents to save money on batteries by being able to plug it in an electrical outlet. Parents will save even more money and space because it features two ingenious infant seats in a single product. When not used as a swing, you can remove the seat in order to use it as a vibrating rocker seat on the floor.

However, the installation process of this baby swing is a bit cumbersome. The construction also doesn’t feel solid or stable and its large footprint makes it occupy a good amount of space in your baby’s nursery. But even with those few downsides, this baby swing still does a great job in soothing babies to sleep thanks to the customizable soothing features it provides and its quiet mode of operation. And that is the main reason why most parents decide to buy this baby swing.

10.Fisher-Price 4 Motion Cradle ‘n Swing

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Last on our list is the fisher-price 4 motion cradle n swing that can be used as a cradle to soothe baby side-to-side and also as a traditional swing to soothe baby in a head-to-toe motion. It comes with four different soothing motions, two motions for the swing and two motions for the rocker. We like how it allows parents to customize the whole soothing experience by choosing either to use the swinging feature only or combining the swinging feature with music and mobile lights simultaneously. There are up to 16 different songs and a few varieties of nature sounds which parents can choose to play for the baby. With the ease of use in mind, parents can operate all the features on the swing via the Smart Connect app that lets them control the music, sounds, volume, speed and swing motion from their smart phone. In terms of comfort, it comes with plush insert, padded headrest together with a deep and cozy seat that provide your baby with the security and soothing comfort he/she deserves.

If you want to take your baby with you whenever you are around the house, you can remove the seat from the swing device even though the process of getting the rocker off of the swing’s base is a bit hard. And even though it comes in many parts, the assembly process is quite easy and the instructions are very straightforward. The colors and design that come with this baby swing also make it look very attractive and complements well with most décor in your baby’s nursery.

However, parents complain that this baby swing is quite loud and noisy when in operation. The swing is also not well built in terms of quality and sturdiness. Few parents complain that it broke after only one month of use. And to be honest, there are much cheaper baby swings on our list that come with much more features and are also very quiet while in operation thus making them effective in soothing your baby to sleep peacefully without any disturbances. With all these factors in consideration, we think this baby swing is more expensive than what it is actually worth.

Baby Swing Buyer’s Guide

A baby swing basically comprises of an infant seat that is supported by a steel frame that can either sway itself side-to-side or rock back-and-forth to provide a little baby with a soothing and comforting motion just like a parent moves when cuddling or comforting a baby. The main reason why most parents decide to buy baby swings for their babies is because these products are very effective in keeping babies calm and relaxed so that the parent doesn’t have to deal with the constant demands from the baby. And this is what most parents want because once the baby has something to keep him/her happy, relaxed and calm during the day, the parent can get some free time to do more important tasks around the house.

Difference between swings, bouncers and jumpers

Baby swings – they move side-to-side and back and forth in order to soothe the baby. The baby doesn’t need to move in order to activate the swinging motion.
Baby bouncer – they bounce or move in an up-and-down motion according to the baby’s wiggly movements on the seat.
Baby jumpers – they bounce up and down with the help of your baby’s jumping actions.

Types of baby swings

Before talking about the different types of baby swings available, it’s important to understand the basic parts that make up a baby swing. Most baby swings consist of three main parts that include a seat (for supporting your baby), a motor (that drives the swinging motions) and a steel frame (that holds all the other parts off the ground). With that said, there are two main types of baby swings according to the three basic components that they are made up of.

Full-size baby swings

Just like their name suggest, these are quite big and come with a big footprint that makes them occupy a large amount of space in your baby’s nursery. It is wise to assemble or install a full-size baby swing in a permanent location because the size can make it a bit cumbersome to move it from place to place or even store it. In addition to being big, they are also quite tall because the motor that drives the swinging motions is usually located at the very top of the swing. Thanks to the motor’s position, the seat can go through a full range of swinging motion that results in a smoother and longer swing. The seat where the baby is supported is higher off the ground and this means that your baby will take a bit longer to completely outgrow a full-sized baby swing. They also come with a wide base support that makes them quite sturdy and a bit hard to knock or tip them over and this adds to their safety especially if the baby is on the swing. Full-size baby swings are also more expensive than the other types of swings and so if you’re a parent who has the money and your baby’s room is spacious enough, then a full-size baby swing would be a great option to consider.

Advantages

a.Come with almost all the important features

b.Safer thanks to the wide base support that makes it hard for a playful toddler to tip the swing over

c.Your baby will take more time before completely outgrowing a full-size swing

d.They have a larger swinging arc

Disadvantages

a.They have a big footprint thus not good space savers

b.A bit cumbersome to store or carry from place to place

c.Expensive depending on quality and features

Portable baby swings

Just like their name suggests, these are very portable and smaller when compared to full-size baby swings. Most come with a slim fold feature that enables you to fold them flat and compactly for storage or taking with you on the go. These are also cheaper than full-size baby swings and this makes them suitable for parents who are on a tight budget. However, portable swings come with some downsides that are worth mentioning. First, they are not suitable for use on taller babies because their low ground design makes taller babies to start dragging their feet on the ground after only a few months of use. Secondly, the motor is located at the side in an attempt to keep their height shorter. This design makes the swinging arc to be a bit shorter than that of a full-size baby swing. Lastly, most portable baby swings only come with battery powering options that adds extra costs of about $130 annually.

Advantages

a.Very easy to store or carry around

b.Cheaper than full-size baby swings

c.Light in weight

Disadvantages

a.Extra costs on batteries

b.They have a shorter swinging arc than full-size swings

c.Less features since they are cheaper

Baby gliders

As a third type of baby swing available on the market today, gliders are fairly new to the market currently. Technically, a baby glider comes with all the features found in a normal baby swing with the only difference being the swinging motion. While a normal baby swing is quite noisy and jolty when you’re switching it on or off, a baby glider on the other hand is designed to stimulate the smooth gliding motion of a nursery glider chair that makes it to be incredibly smooth and quiet while in operation.

Important features to look for in a baby swing

The seat

Since the seat is the place where your baby will spend most of the time in, you need to look for the following features in the seat of the baby swing you want to purchase.

Removable seat – if you want to carry your baby with you around the house, the seat needs to be removable to enable you to do this. Also if your baby doesn’t want to use to swing, a removable seat will enable your baby to use the seat independently from the swing as a stationary place to rest.

Clip in seat – a clip in the seat will also allow you to clip the seat into a fixed, immovable position when the baby is tired of the swinging motion.

Ease of cleaning – whenever the baby messes on the seat, you should be able to remove it and wash it quickly in washing machine. Some seats are even coated in a waterproof material that prevents the baby’s spills from getting soaked into the seat. This will allow you to just wipe the seat clean if your baby messes on it.

Seat padding – for the sake of your baby’s comfort, look for seats that are well padded but the padding shouldn’t be too thick that it ends up taking a lot of space on the seat.

Seat recline – most baby swings come with seats that can be reclined to different positions depending on the age and posture of your baby. A baby who can’t hold his/her head upright unassisted will be much comfortable while seating in a reclined position whereas older babies might prefer to sit upright on the seat.

The swinging motion

There are also important features to consider in the swinging motion of a baby swing. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Adjustable swing speed – most baby swings come with different speeds of swinging motion that enable parents to find the perfect speed for the baby’s mood. Since each baby is unique, some may prefer the speed to be high while others may find it comfortable if the speed of the swing is kept low. This feature thus enables parents to customize the whole soothing experience for the baby.

Direction of swing – some baby swings can move side-to-side and back-and –forth while soothing the baby. It’s important to pay close attention to the direction of swing that your baby tends to enjoy the most. Some babies may prefer the side-to-side swing direction while others may prefer the normal back-and-forth motion found in all baby swings.

Swing timer – a timer will enable you as a parent to set the maximum amount of time your baby spends on the swing. When the preset time elapses, the swing should be able to turn itself off to help prolong the battery life or in case you are using a plug-in cord, save energy or electricity bills.

The frame

The frame does the important job of supporting all the parts while preventing the swing from falling over. Here are the important features to look for in a frame.

Base of support – look for wide base supports that make it hard for the swing to be easily tipped over especially if the baby is still in it. But even as you are looking for a wide base support, it’s also important to ensure the legs don’t protrude outwards too far causing yourself to trip over them accidentally at night when it’s dark.

Material of the frame – you want to ensure the frame is built of steel or metal to make it sturdy, strong and durable enough. Avoid cheaper models whose frames are built of plastics since they tend to be unstable and break easily.

Fold-ability – some baby swings, especially the portable types, usually come with foldable frames that make it easy for them to be stored or carried around when the baby isn’t using the baby swing.

Entertainment

Most baby swings also have entertainment features to keep the baby playful, happy and entertained. Here are the few entertainment features to look for.

Toys – some baby swings come with a variety of different toys that range from hanging stuffed animal characters, rattles and mirrors to spinning projection lights and motorized baby mobiles.

Vibration – some of the high end baby swings feature a vibration setting that gently vibrates the seat to soothe the baby.

Music and sounds – some baby swings come with different choices of melodies and nature sounds to help soothe your baby to sleep faster. However, these music and sounds can sometimes be distracting to the baby and other family members especially when they are very loud and the noise coming out of them is unbearable.

Safety features

It’s important to ensure your baby is safe all the time he/she is swinging on the baby swing. The following safety features are important to consider.

Weight capacity – almost all baby swings come with both a minimum and maximum weight recommendation. You should make sure you baby no longer uses the swing the moment he/she exceeds the maximum weight limit to avoid unwanted accidents when the swing suddenly breaks due to the baby’s excess weight.

Seat restraint – in order to keep the baby safely secured on the seat of the baby swing, ensure it comes with a 5-point harness or a 3-point harness just for this purpose. In addition, the straps used to hold the baby in the swing should be strong, durable and comfortable on your baby.

Adequate recline – since most infants who are under 4 months old cannot completely control their neck, you should be able to recline the seat of the baby swing enough to prevent the baby from slumping.

Canopy – in order to keep out distracting light or sunlight from getting into the swing, a removable light-shielding canopy would be able to do this job very effectively.

Ease of assembly

A great baby swing should provide you with a quick and easy assembly process right after you get it out of the box. In addition, the instructions for installation should be very easy and straightforward for any parent to understand.

Batteries or Plug-in cord?

We know baby swings can either be powered using a battery or a plug-in cord. Each type of power option has its own merits and demerits. In case of batteries, they will give you the convenience of using the baby swing on the go but they do come with additional cost. If you plug it in, you’ll be able to save money on batteries but you won’t get the convenience of using the swing on the go. Most baby swings however come with both power options so it’s up to parents to decide which option they want to use to power the baby swing depending on the situation at hand.

Important baby swing safety tips

Even though baby swings are great products designed to keep little babies relaxed, calm and entertained, they can pose a safety hazard to your baby if not used correctly. It’s therefore important to keep the following safety tips in mind whenever your baby is in a baby swing.

• You should always ensure you’re in close proximity and within the sight of your baby anytime he/she is on the swing. We all know babies are curious creatures who want to explore everything they come in contact with. Out of this curiosity, a baby can put him/herself in danger without the parent’s notice and for this reason you need to be always near your baby to react quickly when the need to do so arises.

• You also need to follow the weight, height and age limits as set out by the manufacturer. Otherwise, the baby swing might prove hazardous to the baby if you allow him/her to continue using it once these limits have been exceeded.

• The moment your baby starts to push up on his/her hands and knees unassisted, it’s highly advised to discard the baby swing immediately. If the baby tries to escape from the swing when it’s in operation, it can cause serious injuries to the baby.

• Even more important is the place where you set up the baby swing. Avoid setting the baby swing on inclined or elevated surfaces, and the area should also be free from wandering dogs or pets that can accidentally knock the swing and tip it over when the baby is in it. The place should also make it easy for the parent or other adults to view and see what the baby is doing.

• Allowing your baby to sleep on the swing for only a very short time is okay. However, a baby crib is the safest place for the baby to sleep throughout the day and night. It’s also important to note that baby swings were not designed with night sleep in mind and for this reason they might prove to be dangerous if you let the baby sleep in it over night.

Conclusion

That wraps it up for this detailed and informative guide on the best baby swings 2018. If you’re a parent who is looking to buy a great baby swing for your baby, then the information provided in this article should be able to answer all of the questions you might have pertaining to choosing, buying and using a great baby swing that will perform the task of soothing and comforting your baby effectively while still ensuring your baby is safe at all times. Additionally, the 10 baby swings we’ve listed and reviewed above should provide you with vast options to choose from even if you’re on a budget.

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