When parents think of one way to keep their baby content while they run a load of laundry or load up the dishwasher, baby swings often come to mind. These swings are known for mimicking the rocking motion that babies are used to from their time in the womb. It can be rhythmic and comforting for many little ones, allowing them to doze off and relax for even just a short period of time. Some moms and dads would call them lifesavers!
Baby swings are best used within the first few months. It is recommended by many manufacturers to not only consider the weight of the child when stopping use, but also the child’s abilities. A baby that can sit up or will not lay still in the swing should no longer be using it. Most baby swings cap out with a limit of approximately 25-30 pounds.
Buying a baby swing may seem rather simple. However, there are many things to consider when shopping for one.
- Portability – if you need a swing that is portable, you may want to get a smaller swing such as the Summer Infant Swingin’ Safari swing (http://www.babyhaven.com/summer-infant-swingin-safari-sweet-sleep-musical-swing.html). This can be easily relocated elsewhere in the house. Some swings even fold up or easily disassemble and may be perfect for parents who travel a lot.
- Power – there are two primary types of power used for baby swings including batteries and those with a power cord to plug-in to an outlet. If you are considering a battery-operated model, be sure to take into consideration the cost of batteries. Non-corded models are often best in situations where the swing may be used outside where there are no outlets.
- Speeds – most baby swings, including the Bright Starts Flutter Dot swing (http://www.babyhaven.com/bright-starts-flutter-dot-portable-swing.html), come with a variety of speeds. Some babies love a slower speed while others prefer a faster, more aggressive rock.
- Directional – some babies prefer to swing side to side, while others like front to back. Having a baby swing with an adjustable motion can cater to your child’s personal preferences.
- Easy to clean – look for models that have removable covers which can be easily thrown into the wash when spit-up, drool, or diaper blowouts cause a mess.
There are many other extras that come with some models that you may want to consider as well, including:
- Toy bars
- Removable tray
- Reclining seats
Most baby swings are priced anywhere from approximately $50-$200. If you are ready to shop for a baby swing, keep these buying guide points in mind and consider which works best for your child and lifestyle.