Baby swings are funny things. Or more precisely, babies are funny about swings. Some babies love swings while others hate...
Baby swings are funny things. Or more precisely, babies are funny about swings. Some babies love swings while others hate them to death. My advice - borrow one for a week or so if possible. See if your baby likes the swing; if not, you've just save some cash. For example, I heard over and over, "Oh babies LOVE swings!" and "You HAVE to get one!" This of course made me think, hey a swing = great idea. Turns out, my son HATED his swing. We used it very rarely and he'd scream the entire time he was in it.We ended up giving it away. Now, my friend's little girl did love her swing and so it turned out to be soothing and useful for her. So, first of all, yes, borrow a swing, see if your little one likes it. If so, take a look at these safety buying tips...
  • Secure harness - the best harness is a five-point system. This will prevent your baby from slumping over and slipping.
  • Removable seat pad - babies drool. Babies eat super messy cookies. Babies poo right of that diaper. In a word, babies are a mess. Get a seat pad that can be taken out and washed.
  • Smooth moving - some baby swings are more jerky than others. You want a smoothly rocking swing. Also one that runs on its own, and lasts long enough to get your baby relaxed.
  • Easy open - look for an open swing without a crossbar above the seat so that you can easily slide your baby in and out.
  • Cool music - okay, to be honest, I've never heard actual cool music from a baby swing. However, there are swings with less annoying music. If possible, find that less annoying musical swing.
P.S. If your baby hates the swing, try a bouncy seat, which is, in my opinion a much more versatile and awesome piece of baby gear to own.

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