UNLIKE a pram or a Moses basket, a baby swing is something parents like to wait to buy to see if they’ll need it.
But once they realise it will entertain and soothe their baby (plus give them a chance to take a shower or prepare dinner) the swing seat quickly moves from the ‘optional’ to the ‘essential’ category.
Below we’ve rounded up our pick of the best baby swings of 2019 to suit a range of budgets and styles, selected using our own expertise as well as chosen based on top reviews.
- Or if you’re after some baby bouncers, here are the best cheap baby bouncers on the market.
The best baby swings are most useful in the first few months of a baby’s life, but some can accommodate babies for up to a year.
Are baby swings good for babies?
Baby swings offer a number of benefits for your little one from keeping them calm, stimulating their senses and mimicking the womb to make the transition to the real world a little less scary.
Be aware that young babies, in particular, require only a small amount of stimulation before they get tired so baby bouncers or infant swings on lower settings are best when your child is tiny.
Don’t forget to use the lowest recline position for newborns, too.
As they get older, the faster vibration settings or multiple lullabies will keep them entertained.
Once your baby can roll or pull themselves up, they should no longer be put in a baby swing or bouncer for their own safety.
What baby swing has the highest weight limit?
Most baby swings can support babies weighing up to 20lbs or 9kg but there is a handful of swing seats and bouncers that can be used for longer. Be aware that they don’t come cheap.
The 4moms mamaroo, for example, is suitable for babies up to 25lbs, or 11kg. This is thanks to its sturdy base.
There are swings available in the US that can support children up to 40lbs or 18kg; namely the Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler rocker.
However, as swing seats aren’t suitable once your child is rolling or sitting up, it’s unlikely you’ll need or be able to use a baby swing for that long.
1. Ingenuity Candler ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat
- Ingenuity Candler ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat, £59.99 at John Lewis – buy here
This portable baby swing has five speeds, plays eight melodies and three soothing nature sounds and converts from classic swing to vibrating bouncer for play or sleep.
A toy bar will help with entertaining your little one. Parents like how quiet it is – it runs on magnets rather than motors – and they appreciate the compact shape, making it suitable for small spaces.
2. Joie Serina 2 in 1 swing
- Joie Serina 2 in 1 swing rocker, £149 at Argos – buy here
The Joie Serine has six speed settings, three different seat positions – including a recline position, two-way seat swings (front to back or side to side) and lights to get your baby’s attention.
Your baby is secured using a five-point harness and its head support keeps your baby’s head safe.
It also plays five lullabies and five nature sounds.
The best bit? The baby swing also converts into a baby rocker so you can take it with you even when space is limited.
3. 4moms MamaRoo 4.0 Rocker
4moms mamaRoo 4.0 Rocker/Bouncer is Bluetooth-enabled so you can control everything from your phone[/caption]
- 4moms MamaRoo 4.0 Rocker/Bouncer, £269.99 at Mamas&Papas – buy here
The 4moms mamaRoo baby swing is absolutely gorgeous in terms of design and its innovative approach to its vibrational setting mimics the motions that parents use to comfort their babies (car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, etc.).
It allows you to choose from five different speeds.
It’s also Bluetooth-enabled so you can control everything from your phone.
If you get tired of the four built-in sounds, connect it to your MP3 player and blast Hamilton instead.
4. The Original Jolly Jumper Baby Exerciser
The Original Jolly Jumper baby exerciser is secured by a harness
- The Original Jolly Jumper with door clamp, £59.32 at Amazon – buy here
Slightly older babes who like to move will LOVE this doorway swing.
Secured in the harness, they can jump to their heart’s delight.
Meanwhile, you can sip a cup of tea on the sofa and pat yourself on the back for your superior parenting skills.
And if all that bouncing causes a bit of spit up, the cover is machine washable.
5. Graco Baby Delight Swing
Graco Baby Delight swing comes with a toy bar for entertaining[/caption]
- Graco Baby Delight Swing – Block Alphabet, £39.99 at Argos – buy here
Five-point safety harness? Tick. A choice between two swinging motions? Tick. Three recline positions? Oh yeah.
This baby swing packs away easily, making it perfect for small spaces, and comes with a toy bar while your baby will love.
This is only suitable for younger babies.
5. Fisher-Price Rainforest Take Along Swing
- Fisher-Price Rainforest Take Along Swing, £68.95 at Amazon – buy here
A portable six-speed swing, this colourful, animal-themed Fisher-Price option has 10 songs, a couple of nature melodies, and can convert to a baby seat with a soothing vibration setting.
Parents like how chilled their babies are in it but warn that it drains batteries quickly.
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