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Best Steals and Splurges: Baby Swings

  • Editor's Pick! Boppy Rock in Comfort ($70)
    Small and collapsible, it's perfect for travel but durable enough for day-to-day use. It has six speed settings, removable bar with detachable plush toys, and 8-, 10- and 30-minute timer. The plush padded seat has a five-point harness to keep baby securely in place.

  • Steal: Safety 1st Disney All-in-One ($80)
    With its wide footprint, circular leg bases and earth tones, Safety 1st's swing is more function than fashion. But that doesn't mean this Winnie the Pooh swing lacks personality. There's a sound machine with five songs and five sounds, and a toy bar featuring plush characters straight outta the Hundred Acre Wood.

  • Steal: Fisher-Price Precious Planet OpenTop Take-Along ($70)
    Cheerful and easy to pack, this space-saving swing is perfect for traveling tots. The deep bucket seat with double-clasp harness keeps baby secure, while the five swing speeds, seven songs and removable toy bar has her covered from A to Zzzz.

  • Splurge: Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Cradle 'n Swing ($150)
    This papasan-style swing is baby's equivalent of a high-def entertainment center. While swaying in a cradle motion, he can listen to 8 different songs or the sound machine, and enjoy the overhead mobile. It's also super-soft, a fact underscored by the lamb ears on the seat cushion.

  • Splurge: Graco Lovin' Hug ($110)

    Made for babies from 5.5 to 30 pounds, this mulberry-hued swing can adapt to many shapes and sizes. The soft cushion support keeps infants snug and in place, and can be removed for bigger tots. Multi-tasking moms like the four-position recline and the easy-entry tray, which requires only one hand to operate.