3 Best Affordable Baby Swing Picks
Published: September 18, 2017
I have nicknamed our baby swing the Get Stuff Done Machine. I expertly registered for a swing with tons of bells and whistles. It promptly stood unused the first month or so after my baby’s arrival. Then one day I just had to get some dishes done. I plopped that swing in the kitchen, buckled her in and the rest is history.
For other parents, baby swings are the Get My Baby To Sleep Machine. Unfortunately, if you fall into this category your swing will be the only way you can sleep at first. Luckily, there are swings for all types of babies.
The most important thing about buying a swing is that no matter how good it is, it’s the baby’s opinion that counts. All of the big name brands are offer their version of the baby swing, but which are the best affordable baby swings? Looking for more baby swing recommendations? Check out these top-rated baby swings!
Safety is at the top of my list before making any major purchase for my baby. Two of the major safety certifications you’ll hear about is ASTM and JPMA. ASTM is a global standard that applies to both baby items and non-baby items. JPMA is a trade organization of baby product companies. They independently test baby products for adherence to ASTM standards. Meanwhile, the CPSC is the U.S. regulatory body for both baby products and non-baby products.
You may be wondering if you should only stick to products that are JPMA certified. In my opinion, it’s nice to have, but I don’t consider it a prerequisite. Keep in mind these swings must pass safety standards to even make it on the shelf or they will be recalled. Fisher-Price and Graco are both brands that are JPMA certified in the infant swing category.
Regardless of which certifications you seek, safety features to keep in mind include the harness and ample neck support. (You also can use rolled up hand-towels to provide additional cushion and support in baby’s earlier months.) Considering purchasing a used swing? Note that used baby products may not be up-to-date on safety regulations. Finally, when using your swing, avoid letting your baby sleep in it for prolonged periods of time. This can increase your child’s risk of SIDS and/or flat head syndrome.
Does it bounce, swing or all of the above? I remember bouncing a friend’s little girl once assuming all babies like to be bounced. I was quickly corrected this is not the case! You may consider a swing that has multiple settings to cover a variety of movement preferences.
Meanwhile. white noise and vibrating functions were both very useful when my baby was in her newborn stage. T rijhe idea of a baby swing is to replicate that feeling of being cradled and soothed. Plush fabrics, ambient sounds and vibrations all go into creating the ultimate experience. Remember that your baby was dwelling in the safety of your womb for 9 months – feeling that way again is comforting.
Ease of Use
While a lot of products can promise the world, how easy is it to actually use them? Questions to consider are: how easy is it to pack this up? Can I move this from room to room easily? Is it difficult to put it together? In my case, I prefer to have my swing plugged into the dining room, with the ability to pivot from kitchen to living room without having to unplug and re-plug into another outlet (the living room outlet is really hard to access).
Also, are the parts easy to remove and clean? Your baby will be constantly spitting up, and it’s going to get all over the straps and cushions. It shouldn’t feel like rocket science when you’re taking everything apart to clean.
Best Affordable Baby Swing Picks
Best Affordable Baby Swings
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n Swing
Part of the under $100 club, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Snugapuppy. For safety, there is a three-point harness to make sure that your little one stays in the swing. Cool features include two ways to swing (side-to-side or head-to-toe) and two reclining positions. A machine-washable plush seat pad, body insert and head support provide extra cushioning.
Another cool feature includes the smart technology that senses the baby’s weight so that it doesn’t slow down as they get bigger. It also comes with a 120-volt AC adapter, or you can use 4 D batteries if you aren’t near a charger. My favorite part is how easy it is to get your kid to sleep in it. There are also 6 different speeds and 16 songs and nature sounds. However, it may take up too much room for you (with dimensions of 44.02 x 35.04 x 37.01 in), and some parents consider it to be too loud.
Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing
The first stand out is that it uses 40% less space than the average swing so it can be used in any room. This is especially important if you live in a big city with a small living area. In terms of safety, the 5-point harness is a major plus. It also features a toy bar that will keep your child entertained as they lounge in this swing. You can either plug this in or use batteries.
This biggest standout with this swing is that it glides rather than swings like your traditional baby swing. It is the glide feature that allows it to take up less room. Drawbacks to this swing are getting to the batteries and always keeping them stocked in order for the vibrate function to work. Some parents reported that music selections were different than what was featured on their boxes.
Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing
This is a great budget swing, but you’ll need to be able to part with some fancy features. For example, this swing shuts off after 60 minutes, only swings back and forth, and can only hold up to 20 pounds. As a point of comparison, my daughter weighed in at her 6-month appointment at 17 pounds. Are you prepared for a swing that may only last you nine months?
It also does not have an AC adapter option so you will need to purchase 4C batteries. However, it is portable friendly and has two music settings so you the music won’t drive you crazy. I like how easy it is to put this swing together, but I would prefer more seating options. For example, you may find that you’re stuck having your child too upright or too reclined with no in-between. It is also a short swing, so you will have to bend down to get it.
This review features swings for a variety of price ranges so that at least one of these will fit in your budget. At the end of the day, which one you get will depend on what your current needs and wants are. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, look at the Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing. Just know that with this swing, you’ll want to use it as soon as your newborn comes home to get the most use out of it. If you don’t have a lot of space, I’d go with the Graco Glider LX. The obvious top choice for me would be the Fisher-Price swing. It’s under $100 and comes with a lot of bells and whistles.
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