Not entirely unlike the swings you remember from childhood, the baby swing comes with some exciting modifications that turn it into a powerful force of entertainment and sleep-inducing magic that every parent can love. Simply, the idea of a swing stays the same, but add in an incredible amount of soft padding for baby to sleep in, the ability to rock front-to-back or side-to-side, variable swinging speeds powered by a wall outlet or batteries (your choice), calming nature sounds and songs, as well as a mobile or other eye-catching functionality that makes the swing a place a of wonder and excitement as much as a cozy place to take a nap. The rocking motion might just be the cure for your colicky baby.
Baby bouncers work naturally, not via a motor (running on electrical or battery power). Just like swings, they create a rocking motion that helps to soothe and comfort most babies. The advantage to a baby bouncer (sometimes called a toddler rocker) is its portability--they are super easy to travel with. Baby swings are typically too cumbersome to take places.
Babies love bouncers and swings, so you can’t make a wrong decision. Babies can relax equally in both. Parents love the added help a swing or bouncer provides, and both are great choices for giving your little one the chance to both relax and explore.
Baby swings are typically designed for the first year of birth, and by age two they tend to get phased out (or passed on to the new baby). During that time, the investment in baby gear like a swing or bouncer pays tremendous dividends--especially when you happen to have a child who only settles down when they’re in motion.
Be sure to read all the specific manufacturer's instructions that come with your baby gear, as there may be particular safety directions outside of the general best practices for baby safety when it comes to swings and bouncers.
First, you’ll want to mail in your registration card right away. In the unlikely event of a baby swing or bouncer recall, you’ll want to be informed immediately.
For swings/ bouncers, you’ll want to follow these guidelines in addition to your device instructions:
It can be daunting to choose which baby gear is right for your family’s needs, but we do want to help as much as we can. To that end, you can be assured that all the baby products are hand-selected by our team to meet and exceed safety standards. We’ve been doing this since 1933, and we’re all parents ourselves (it’s a family-owned business). More importantly, you could not find more passionate-about-baby-gear people to select these products--we love what we do.
Your decision on a bouncer or swing should really be driven first by available space in your home and then by personal style. There’s a variety of swings and bouncers that are equally comfortable and functional but done in entirely different styles. Features that you may want to explore include multiple swing speeds, trays, toys, mobiles, and padding. For bouncers, which are more streamlined in terms of design, you’ll want to choose based on any specific features that you require and your favorite (or your baby’s favorite) style.
When it comes to swings and bouncers, we love our entire selection. Regardless, there are some models that should capture your attention for specific reasons:
We always work to bring you the best products available on the market today--and while that includes comfort and safety, it also includes value. After nearly 100 years in this business, we are locked in when it comes to helping young families get the gear they want while they start their own stories of life and love.