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Best Steals and Splurges: Baby Swings

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Best Steals and Splurges: Baby Swings

Back. And forth. What simple qualifications for baby gear. Throw in an array of features and prices, and it’s tough to cast your swing vote.

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. shopboppy.com

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. safety1st.com

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. fisher-price.com

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. fisher-price.com

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. gracobaby.com