The 10 Best Baby Swings Of 2019
Here are the best baby swings for parents-to-be to consider for 2019.
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 $157 on Amazon, the 4moms rockaRoo is certainly an investment. But considering it was named BabyCenter’s 2018 Moms’ Picks winner for best baby swing, it’s well worth the cost.
One happy reviewer wrote, "So far I really like this for my 1 month old baby girl. The rocking motion is a nice speed. The highest setting keeps my baby entertained without rocking her too hard. It is a great peaceful place for her to rest when she is calm. We use it several times a day. I like that I can buckle my baby in it and let her rock happily while I grab a bite to eat or fold some laundry. I do wish it calmed her when her belly is hurting from colic however. Overall pretty good product. The design is the most attractive you can find for a baby rocker/swing. The one thing I don't like about it very much is the speakers. They are not the best, but I still use it to play music for my baby occasionally while she rocks. Also I wish it did more than just rock. It would be nice to have a vibrating option as well."
2. Bright Starts Rock and Swing 2-in-1
As its name suggests, the Bright Starts Rock and Swing 2-in-1 is actually two baby gear items in one. Parents can simply lift the rocker off the swing frame, and voila! It's easily converted from a swing to a rocking seat. The swing — which runs on batteries but also has an AC power adaptor — features three time settings (30, 45 and 60 minutes), three recline positions, as well as soothing music and nature sounds with volume control. Other specs of the Bright Starts Rock and Swing 2-in-1 include: true speed technology that ensures swing speeds remain consistent as your baby gets bigger, an overhead mobile, and a machine-washable seat pad. For $110, this two-in-one swing is affordable and practical.
Says one five-star Amazon reviewer, "Our baby has loved this swing! He naps so well which helps us get some stuff done around the house. It’s lightweight and easy to move from room to room, even in our small house. The noise feature has been so helpful. Will recommend to all new parents!"
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 $219 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 $70, 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 $99 Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker features vibration with two speed settings.
One satisfied customer wrote, "I spent a lot of time researching different swing options, and I went with this because it looked like a baby-containment multitasker, which is so necessary with the limited space we have in our apartment. I think I made the right choice: this swing/rocking seat combo is fantastic. My 3.5 month daughter is asleep in the swing this minute! I live in a 2-bedroom apartment and that thing goes back and forth from Baby's room on the swing, to my bathroom when I shower, to the kitchen when I need my hands free to make myself lunch, every day. On hardwood and tile floors, any movement the baby makes causes the seat to rock, which is kind of nice. On carpet I have to rock it for her. If I had it to do over, I would buy this swing again."
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 $119.99 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). In addition to puppies, there are four other styles you can choose. 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 4.1-star rating isn’t too shabby.
One five-star Amazon reviewer wrote, "This is a life saver! It's cuter and more effective than the expensive mamaroo. You can set the swing speed/ amplitude as your baby likes it as well as the music volume. The mobile turns on its own too (another advantage over the mamaroo). There are two different swing motions: back and forth and front to back. My baby prefers the back and forth motion. There are safety buckles so you don't have to worry about the baby slipping down. And although it takes a little bit of space it's quite light and you can easily lift it and move it around. I absolutely love it and I highly recommend this to any parent out there with a newborn! You can thank me later!!!"
7. Graco DreamGlider Gliding Swing + Sleeper
At $195, the Graco DreamGlider Gliding Swing + Sleeper is no small investment. However, this special swing also has dual functionality. The gliding seat reclines into a sleeper with the pull of a lever. With two-speed vibration, six gliding speeds, 10 songs, and five nature sounds, there’s bound to be a combination of features that will relax and lull your baby to sleep. Like most swings, there’s also a bar mobile with soft toys. Parents have the option of plugging it in or using batteries.
One parent was thankful she made the investment: "My husband and I were on the fence about buying this swing. Our daughter all ready had a swing she loved and would sleep in, but, since it isn't safe to let a baby sleep in a swing for long periods of time she would only sleep in her dads arms at night comfortably. Our daughter is almost 4 months old and we finally decided to give this swing a try. Total life saver! Let me tel lyou -- I regret not buying this sooner. Our daughter sleeps so comfortably and soundly through the night! An absolutely great investment!"
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 three styles on Amazon that range in price from $70 to $90.
One Amazon reviewer wrote, "I was so reluctant to get a travel swing because I thought I would be missing key features but my house is pretty small so I thought I’d give this a go. I’m glad I did. I love that I can pick a speed and the music has volumes. Also a HUGE plus is it has a timer selection on it. This is great because with it being battery powered, you don’t want to accidentally leave it on all night and drain the battery."
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, "Our newborn loves this swing! She can swing in many different directions and it vibrates! The music is better than any music on any of the other baby devices we have. She loves looking at the bears on the mobile! It is a game changer in that once she is calm, it gets her to sleep in only a few minutes."
10. Fisher Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing
Not only does the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing double as a rocker seat with two rocking motions, but you can control all of the swing’s functions from your smartphone. With the help of a free SmartConnect app, parents can control the swing from up to 164 feet away. Baby can swing side-to-side or front-to-back in this versatile swing, and there are also two soothing motions for it. Other specs to consider include: six swing speeds, two-position recline, 16 songs, a variety of nature sounds, and an overhead mobile with lights. Plug it in or use batteries — whichever works best for you. At $140, this model is a bit pricier than many on my list, but the convenience of smart connectivity is definitely worth it for some parents.
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