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The Best Baby Swings Even Fussy Babies Will Love

by Michelle Calcaterra


The Best Baby Swings Even Fussy Babies Will Love
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If you’re about to become a first-time parent, you’ve probably begun researching which baby gear is essential for your new arrival. Put a baby swing at the top of that list. While they are among the bulkier of baby items, their soothing, swaying sounds and motion can be a godsend for calming fussy infants. Plus, they provide a safe, comfy spot to place your baby when you need a break from holding them or want to exercise a basic human need like showering, for example. But as with almost every product on the baby market, there are several swing options to choose from:

 

 

Best Overall Baby Swing: Fisher-Price Cradle ‘N Swing

 

Best Affordable Baby Swing: Ingenuity Portable Swing

 

Best Splurge Baby Swing: Graco Sense2Soothe Swing With Cry Detection Technology

 

Best Compact Baby Swing: Graco Glider LX

 

Best Outdoor Baby Swing: Little Tikes 2-In-1 Snug N’ Secure Outdoor Swing

 

Best Portable Swing: Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat

 

Best High-Tech Baby Swing: 4moms MamaRoo 4 Bluetooth-Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing

 

Best Wind-Up Swing: Nuna LEAF Grow Baby Seat With Toy Bar

 

Best Infant Baby Swing: 4Moms RockaRoo

 

Best Sleeper Baby Swing: Graco DreamGlider Gliding Swing And Sleeper

 

        • Traditional Swings 

Traditional swings utilize centrifugal-based rocking, meaning it either swings back and forth or side to side, at various speeds. Minimalists may balk at their loud, bright colors and patterns, but babies love them.

 

        • Portable Swings

 Not only do portable swings take up much less space than their full-size versions, but they also fold, making them easy to take along when you travel.

 

        • High-tech Swings

These baby swings are engineered to mimic the motion of real-life situations like swaying in a mom’s arms or going on a car ride, and are often controllable from your phone. High-tech swings are often more streamlined from a design standpoint as well, and will blend in better with your decor.  

 

        • Outdoor Swings

An outdoor swing can attach to an existing swing set or a tree or beam, depending on which model you buy. It has a front harness that keeps your baby snug and safe while they “swing” with the big kids. Outdoor swings are usually ideal for babies at least 9 months old.

 

Now that you know the types of baby swings available, there’s no need to go back and forth trying to find the one that’s right for you. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below

 

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Best Overall Baby Swing

Fisher-Price Cradle ‘N Swing

Price:$140.00

With six swing speeds and two swing motions, this soft, snuggly Fisher-Price baby swing is everything you could ask for in one product. It comes in several neutral colors and patterns, is machine washable, can be powered by an A/C adapter or batteries, and has a mobile with a mirrored globe, which will provide hours of entertainment for your infant. While it’s on the larger side for baby swings, the legs do fold up, making it easy to store or move from room to room.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My baby is two months old and loves this swing. I usually put her in it on the side to side setting and she really likes it. She naps in it during the day and sits content in it, too, so it really buys me some hands free time throughout the day.”

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Best Affordable Baby Swing

Ingenuity Portable Swing

Price:$40.00

This Ingenuity baby swing comes in four patterns, has six speed options and a reclining seat and can easily fold up for travel. It’s small in both footprint and price — though it’s wise to stock up on batteries because it doesn’t include an A/C adapter.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This is a great product. It isn't noisy to set up or run. You can operate the swing and music separately. The seat is machine washable and dryable (and doesn't fall apart in the cycle). The swing easily collapses flat for easy transportation and storage. Really a great product for the price!!!”

Image Credits: Bed Bath & Beyond

Best Splurge Baby Swing

Graco Sense2Soothe Swing with Cry Detection Technology

Price:$250.00

Yes you read that title correctly. This Graco baby swing has the ability to detect when your baby is crying and then automatically adjust its swinging motion to calm the little one down. Once you find the right combination of the swing’s eight different motion options, three speeds and 15 sound effects, you can save the settings for their next swing session. Now if only it could feed the baby too…

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It has been a lifesaver when I'm taking a quick shower. I just place the baby in his swing in the bathroom and if he starts to cry or get a little restless the swing adjusts on its own and the baby calms down. I can actually take showers now without having to have anyone at home to help me.”

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Best Compact Baby Swing

Graco Glider LX

Price:$98.00

The frame design of this Graco baby swing takes up a whopping 40 percent less space than traditional swings. So it’s ideal for apartment dwellers or those who aren’t into baby gear as a focal point in a room. With two vibrating speeds (the swing does plug into the wall, but you’ll need batteries for the vibrating feature) and six gliding speeds — plus a toy bar and 15 song and sound options — this swing does everything you’ll need it to, despite its compact size.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Buy it! My baby cried non stop and would not let you put her down until we got this swing/glider. She will sit and sleep in it for hours. She whines to go back into it now. It has helped tremendously with her colic. It’s also great because it barely takes up much space at all which is helpful in a small home.”

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Best Outdoor Baby Swing

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug N’ Secure Outdoor Swing

Price:$30.00

Little Tikes is the gold standard when it comes to outdoor toys and equipment for tots, and this outdoor swing is no exception. The sturdy plastic swing features a T-bar and shoulder straps to keep your child snug, and it can be hung from an existing swing set, a tree or an overhead beam. This outdoor swing is ideal for babies age 9 months and up who want to swing with their older sibs instead of watching from the sidelines.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Easy to get child in and out of. My 10 month old grandson smiles every time I put him in it.”

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Best Portable Swing

Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat

Price:$80.00

Not only is this swing portable, but it also becomes a stationary baby seat when not in swing mode. (So basically, you can take bouncy seat off of your baby registry.) This Fisher-Price baby swing features SmartSwing technology with six swing speeds, 10 song and nature sound options, plus a removable infant insert and a five-point harness. But best of all, it folds flat, making it easy to take with you wherever you go.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The swing has a lot of power and it's great because I can take it into any room I'm going to be in. We had a full size swing with our first and we loved it but it is way too big for all the toys we have now and I feel this swing does the exact same thing for 1/4 the space.”

Image Credits: Bed Bath & Beyond

Best High-Tech Baby Swing

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth-Enabled High-tech Baby Swing

Price:$250.00

If being able to control your baby swing from your smartphone is one of your must-haves, then this swing is for you. Not only is it Bluetooth-enabled — with the option to plug in your phone and play your own bird sounds for your baby — but it’s also designed to mimic a mom’s rocking motion. Plus, it has “infinite” recline positions, comes with a plethora of reversible toy balls and its small, chic design will blend in easily with your living space.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“This product is so awesome, it's like having your own personal babysitter. It is worth every penny.”

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Best Wind-Up Swing

Nuna LEAF Grow Baby Seat with Toy Bar

Price:$290.00

While true wind-up swings have gone the way of playpens and walkers (what were our parents thinking putting us in those death traps?), if you want a more natural, swaying-in-the-breeze approach to baby swinging, this is the one. It’s noise and motor free and requires parents to give it a gentle push to set the swing in motion. (Keep in mind that this push only propels the swing for a couple of minutes, so you’ll need to be within arm’s length of it until your baby stops fussing.) A sleek, neutral design in three color options (champagne, blush and iron) makes it pleasing to the eye as well as the infant.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It has a solid and quite heavy base, and it's very stable. Inner seat is very soft and can be detached easily for wash. Gentle swing movement is great and it can be locked to the front position. Recommended for someone for finding a high quality baby seat.”

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Best Infant Baby Swing

4Moms rockaRoo

Price:$160.00

This 4Moms swing is the less pricier counterpart to the mamaRoo, and while it has less fun features (no Bluetooth capabilities), it’s compact in size (it weighs about eight pounds less than the mamaRoo) and it reclines completely flat (like a bassinet), which is important for newborns, who don’t have much head control at first. This baby swing glides back and forth at five different speeds, plugs into the wall, and its smooth, nylon fabric is machine washable.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Puts baby to sleep so mom and dad can sleep too. Gliding motion is less abrupt than old style swings, and the speakers let us use an old phone as an infinite lullaby generator. Loses one star because the mechanism is a bit loud for a glider.”

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Best Sleeper Baby Swing

Graco DreamGlider Gliding Swing and Sleeper

Price:$165.00

This Graco baby swing is safe for infants to sleep in because the seat easily reclines into a flat bassinet style sleeper — while your baby continues to glide. It comes with sounds effects (birds chirping, anyone?) and features six swinging motions and two vibrating speeds. This glider can also be plugged in or operated by battery. The outside of the glider is a neutral gray and the inside cover comes in two nondescript designs, so it’ll easily coordinate with your other baby gear.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Our daughter is almost 4 months old and we finally decided to give this swing a try. Total life saver! Let me tell you -- I regret not buying this sooner. Our daughter sleeps so comfortably and soundly through the night! An absolutely great investment!”