For many parents, a baby swing is a must have in their house. Some call the best invention in baby gears; some, God sent ‘sanity saver’ as it can soothe, calm and cuddle even the fussiest baby. As they imitate the rhythmic rocking motion of the womb and work magic on your LO.
The usage time is relatively short, at the most 6-7 maybe 8 months from the birth of your LO (some moms push it further), and you may be asking yourself if it’s worth the money.
Let us put it this way, if you can afford it, the investment will pay for itself many times over. It’s not the 6-8 months that count. It’s the days in and days out that will make the difference in terms of freeing up your time to have hands free moments to sit down and do whatever you want. Be it relax, take care of other things in your house knowing that your baby is in a safe place.
With so many choices available out there choosing a baby swing or can be a time-consuming task. To help you out we’ve come up with a list of highly rated, best-selling baby swings from basic to portable to stationary. We hope that you’ll find one that you and your baby will enjoy. And like many other moms and dads will call it a lifesaver too.
Best Affordable Space Saver Baby Swing
Fisher Price SpaceSaver Baby Swing and Seat is small but impressive. It has all the essentials you need: swinging (swings at a nice pace (5 settings) unlike some swings out there that barely move), vibrations, safety harness, music and a toy bar.
It doesn’t take a lot of space and is easy to fit around the house. Perfect for a small house or an apartment.
Toybar: The toy bar is pretty basic but should hold the attention of your LO. The hippo just hangs there out of reach; babies stare at it for a while, but after some time they might find it boring. You can make it more interesting by putting your baby’s favorite toy(s) on it.
The toy arm can be moved out of the way so that it’s easier for you to get your baby in and out of the swing.
Seat: The seat position is perfect for young babies as it has deep sides and stops baby slipping sideways. It also “wraps” around a baby, which is something that small babies love. The wide base makes this swing very sturdy. It locks into place which makes it much easier to get a baby in and out. The lock function also easily converts it from swing to stationary seat which is perfect for feeding.
The padding isn’t as good as in a more expensive model. To make it softer and more comfortable parents add a fleece blanket. It comes with 5 point safety harness.
Swing motion: The swing function has 5 different speed settings so that you can find the perfect ‘swing’ for your baby. And as you can imagine babies love it. Apparently, the swing motion sends babies to sleep within a few minutes of swinging without fail 🙂 The swing motor is very quiet and won’t wake your baby up in case they fall a sleep in it.
Vibrate Option: There is also a calming vibration option which was very helpful to put your baby to sleep. You can have the swing and vibrate ON at the same time or just one of them.
Music: It has built-in music, 6 songs, and sounds. The tunes are lovely and soothing. Babies love it. For parents, the music is a hit or miss. Which is normal when it comes to baby gears. If you find yourself on the ‘don’t like’ side, you can adjust the volume, (it has 2 volume settings) or you can turn it off. Hopefully, the baby won’t cry 🙂
Since it is a basic swing, there is no timer for the swing option, vibrate or music. So you have to remember to turn it OFF if you don’t want to use them.
Space saver and portable: It doesn’t fold. But it’s very easy to take down so you can travel with it. It has easy grips on the sides to pick it up and move if needed from room to room.
Compact saves space design. It doesn’t take up too much space and easy to get it out of the way. Won’t clutter your house either. Also great if you’re trying to save space in your nursery.
It swings only from front to back; it doesn’t swing side to side.
Easy to clean: The cover comes off easy to wash, dries fast and doesn’t fade quickly. You can wash the plastic parts with a washcloth.
Easy to assemble: Assembly is easy if you read the instructions, and it shouldn’t take more than 15 mins.
Battery: You will need 4 C batteries for the swing function and 1 D for the vibrate. Batteries typically last from a few days to 2-3 weeks depending on the type of battery and use. And how hard it has to work. It works “work harder” as your baby gets grows.
The D battery for the vibrate goes in a different compartment. If you don’t care for the vibrations, you can install C batteries only. And it will still work for the swing and music.
Its only power source is batteries; it does not have an AC adaptor to plug it into a wall.
Age range: From birth to 25 lb/11.3kg or until the child can sit up unassisted.
Overall: While it has a few cons like, basic toy bar, the seat could have a better padding and no AC adaptor I must say that this a great basic multi-purpose swing and worth the money. The vast majority of parents are extremely happy with it. Not cheaply made and very durable. It doesn’t squeak or a creak. All around a good buy. Perfect for someone on a small budget. Available in 3 different styles.
Great Portable and Affordable Baby Swing and That Folds Flat
Swing your baby in this swinging, cozy, fun, portable singing. Ideal for small rooms too! This is a great alternative to traditional baby swings and provides a safe place to put your baby when mom or dad has to do other things.
Comfy, relaxing and very entertaining. Lovely design and beautiful neutral colors. It has plenty of options. The seat has 2 different reclining positions and 6 different swing speeds, music and a bar above with plush toys to keep your baby entertained. Settings are easily adjustable. Seat pad and the little animals are washable. Portable and folds easily.
Seat: It has 2 seating positions. Nearly fully reclined recline and upright. The upright position is great when you start to feed solids and to give them a different outlook as they grow and start to focus and explore the environment surrounding them.
Do NOT use the upright position until your baby is 3 + months old as the angle seems to be too severe for an infant. Until your baby is 3-month-old, only use the seat in full recline. When in full recline, the seat lays back with a slight incline which is perfect for infants. So you don’t have to worry that your baby will lie flat in this swing.
The swing works very well from an infant to 6-7 months old providing it is used correctly.
The chair is soft, comfy and well padded including the head rest. The adjustable restraining straps will keep your baby secure at all times. It’s perfectly safe for baby to take a nap in it or just to chill out.
To make baby’s entertainment complete there is an easily detachable cushioned toy bar with 2 cute soft brightly colored animals. You can always add more toys if needed.
The seat does NOT vibrate. Also, the chair does NOT lock into place like Fisher Price SpaceSaver. Since it’s low to the ground, some parents may find difficult to get their baby in and out of this swing.
Swing motion: The swing movement is smooth and has a good range. It has 6 easy to adjust speed controls to suit your baby and their mood. From gentle to more vigorous. This is great whether you want to ‘swing’ your baby to sleep or for entertainment.
There is an auto shut-off feature. You can set the timer for how long the swing should go for 15, 30 or 45 minutes. If you do not select a timer setting the swing will auto-shutoff after 60 minutes. The music has auto-shutoff after 15 minutes.
The motor is very quiet and won’t disturb your baby.
It only swings back and front. It does not swing side to side.
Music: The music (6 original melodies) is lovely, calm and soothing without being annoying to parents 🙂 It has 2 volume settings to allow for quieter settings like nap or meal times or louder for fun.
Portable and folds flat: This swing is perfect for small spaces and folds flat when not in use or for travel.
Age range: Suitable from birth to max 20 lbs which is around 6-7 months. Once your baby can sit up unsupported and move around you should stop using it.
To get maximum use out of it, we recommend getting it at or before birth. Well made and should last for several children.
The seat pad and head support are machine washable.
Assembly: It comes with clear instructions so the assembly is straightforward. You will need a screwdriver.
Batteries: For the swing and music, you’ll need 4 C batteries. You can still swing it manually if the battery is dead. It does not support an AC adapter.
Overall a great baby swing, it has all the essentials needed for a good swing. It’s very comfy, some parents are asking if they make them for adults too 🙂
Like most baby swings most probably you’ll be using it until your child is 6-7 months old. It is a short period of time, but it will really pay for itself many times over regarding freeing you up to have hands free moments to sit down and have a cup of coffee or to do something around the house knowing that your LO is safe and entertained. Great price for something that is literally life changing without breaking the bank.
Top Stationary Baby Swings
When it comes to stationary baby swings, Fisher-Price and Graco swings are the most popular and highly rated swings on the market. They are functional, comfortable and come in different styles to choose from. Below you’ll find highly rated and most popular stationary baby swings on the market.
A quick note regarding Fisher-Price swings:
Although the vast majority of customers are very happy with them, some customers have reported issues with the motor and loud clicking noises.
Motor failure. Sometimes it may seem like it doesn’t want to swing. All you need to do is stop it and re-start or hit reset and it will work well again. Also, some older models require a push to get it going. If you don’t give it a push it may seem like dead out of the box.
If it looks like the swing is not swinging well, don’t turn off the swing. Stop it in the center and let go and the swing should work well again.
Clicking noises or popping sounds. Most of the clicking sounds are caused by the unit not being correctly assembled or because the plastic piece that holds the canopy, is not in the right place. If you see the plastic that holds the net in the right place (pulled down) all you need to do is put it back into place. Or if you do not have it put in the slots tightly it can interfere with the spinning and make clicking noises. Also in some models, the motor is loud when it starts. But after the swing and motor sync, and quiets down.
Assembly is pretty straightforward and should take about 45 min. However there are around 20 or so steps (depending on a model), so if you do buy one of them, please give yourself some time to assemble it correctly so you and your baby can fully enjoy it.
If the motor indeed does not work properly or the clicking noise is caused by a mechanical failure, rest assured that Fisher-Price will take good care of you. Just contact them, and if needed, they will replace the motor ASAP at no charge, or do what needs to be done to make things right for you. They are known for outstanding customer service.
If not for the negative motor and clicking issues reviews which in most cases can easily be taken care of with simple adjustments, the swings would have ratings of 5 stars all across the board. They are beautiful and versatile swings. Again, overall most customers don’t have major unfixable problems, just an occasional little hassle here and there but what product don’t have that.
Most Popular and Affordable My Little Snugapuppy Cradle n Swing
My Little Snugapuppy baby swing is the most popular and least expensive model from the Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing.
It comes with the following features:
- 2 position recline with 3 adjustable seat positions: right-facing, center, left-facing
- SmartSwing Technology: The swing actually senses baby’s weight so speeds won’t slow as baby grows. And it starts without a push.
- 6 swing speeds
- 2 swinging motions to soothe baby: side-to-side cradle or traditional front to back motion
- 16 songs, soothing nature sounds
- Machine-washable seat cover with deluxe My Little Snugapuppy™ body insert and head support
- Easy to convert to different positions—just press a button and turn
- Motorized mobile with mirrored globe; animal friends “dance” overhead
- Two convenient power options: use the included 120-volt AC adapter (so you save on batteries!) or 4 D batteries
- Legs fold for storage and easy room to room portability
- Plus there’s an airy canopy on the back of the swing too
- Age range: From infant up to 25 lbs.
Timer: The times is functional but doesn’t have a lot of features. There is no feature that would allow you to set the swing to run for a period of time, say 20,30 or 40 min. However, it has built in safety feature which will stop the swing after 4 hours of usage. The mobile (rotating toy bar, music or sounds will turn off on its own after approximately 20 minutes.
Noise: It may be a bit loud when it starts, however after a few minutes when swing and motor are in sync it quiets down. After that, you can hear the motor running but it’s not too loud to wake up your baby. It won’t bother you either. It is quiet enough to have it next to your bed and have a good night sleep.
Every swing powered by a motor will produce some sound. So we won’t tell you that this swing is whisper quiet. It does make some sound when running, but again, it shouldn’t bother you or your baby.
Cleaning: Like every mom out there you may be wondering how easy it is to clean, after all, babies can be ‘messy’. Well, the seat cover comes off very easily and is machine washable, you can put it on delicate wash and air dry it.
Folding, travel, storage, and moving: Easy to move around the house too. If you have a narrow door frame it may not fit through it. In this case, all you need to do is to collapse the legs which very easy to do and move it anywhere you want.
Please note: None of the Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing swings have a seat that vibrates.
There are a number of reasons why parents buy this swing. To begin with, it has the option to swing front to back or side to side, which gives them more options to soothe even the fussiest baby. Or to entertain your LO and finally have the time to relax. Or have time to get things done around the house.
It has adjustable seat positions that grows with your baby. 2 settings; you just click a lever in the back to change it. One, fully reclined, perfect for infants. The second is upright, great when your baby has more control over their head, starts to explore what’s around them and perfect when you start feeding solids. Moreover, it has a 5-point harness to keep your LO safe and sound at all times.
AC adapter for a battery-free operation which is way better and budget friendly. And you don’t have to worry buying batteries.
The bed of the swing is so soft and comfy even for the most sensitive LO.
It plays different music for a sleepy time, chill time, and nature sounds with a volume setting and rotation options. Surprisingly, and it doesn’t happen too often when it comes to baby gears, both babies and parents love the music!
Babies love the mobile (toy bar with mirror) they enjoy looking at their reflection in the mirror and watching the mobile go around.
It keeps them entertained long enough, or they stare at themselves and the colorful, rotating animals until they fall asleep and finally giving mom or dad a much-needed break.
The cute and neutral colors are perfect for a girl or boy. Last but not least, for what it does, it’s worth the price.
Below you’ll find different variations of My Little Snugapuppy baby swing. In terms of comfort and features, they are all the same. Just the colors and design pattern are different.
Bunny themed cover
Bear themed cover
Pink Cat themed cover
Pink butterfly mobile
Rainforest Cradle n Swing with Removable Snack Tray
Fisher Price Cradle n Swing Rainforest is a slightly different model. Aside from standard features like:
- Side-to-side or front-to-back swing
- 12 different songs
- 6 soothing swing speeds
- 2 position reclining seat with 3-point restraint
Furthermore, comes with a removable snack tray. The tray is very handy for toys and finger food. For most parents, the tray is the main reason why they buy this model.
The mobile on Rainforest Swing has bright, stimulating colors which are perfect for babies. As the mobile moves the plush ‘rainforest friends’ move in and out of baby’s sight to stimulate their visual tracking skills. It doesn’t have a mirror like other models. The mobile arm lifts up allowing you to take your baby easily in and out the swing.
Just like other Cradle n Swing models it can run on 4 D batteries or be plug-in to an AC adaptor that comes with it. The legs fold for storage too.
Incredible Graco Gliding Swing
There are a couple of cool features about Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing. The first one that makes it unique is the way it swings, it doesn’t swing like a traditional baby swing, it mimics a gliding rocking chair which is very soothing for a newborn.
It glides nice and quiet and has a good amount of gliding/swing motion.The moments are nice a gentle. What’s more important is when you turn it off or change the speed. It takes a few minutes to slow down or speed up. It doesn’t stop right away. It slows down slowly and smoothly. Which is great if your baby falls asleep in it and you want to stop it without waking them up.
It has a 6-speed setting so that you can find the perfect glide from newborn to older child. See the short video below; it isn’t the best quality but good enough to give you an idea how it swings/glides.
Safe and sturdy: One of the safest swings on the market. The way it is designed and the shape of the legs make it very sturdy and practically untippable. It does have plush, comfortable newborn head and body support to ensure that your baby will feel comfortable in it. 5 point harness will keep them safe.
Both, newborn insert and the harness are removable, so you can adjust the space in the swing as your baby continue to grow.
The plush, roomy seat has built-in vibration with 2 settings so you can go from little vibrating to lots of vibrating. I’m sure that the vibration will help you to get your LO to sleep on many occasions. It also has three reclining positions, from reclining to more upright for older babies. You can adjust the recline with one hand.
Comes with cute little toy bar which has 2 little dogs attached to it. The toy bar isn’t the most sophisticated, but you can hang more toys on it if you want. The entire toy bar is removable; it snaps on and off easily, and you can change the way it is positioned. The two toys attach to it are also removable. So putting your baby in it and taking out is very easy. 10 classic melodies and 5 nature sounds will provide plenty of fun for your LO.
The controls on the Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing are easily accessible and operate.
Another cool feature is the timer. It allows you to keep the glider on only when you need it. It doesn’t automatically shut off. So you have to remember to set the timer on if you want it to stop after a certain time. You can turn it off at 15 or 30 minutes. If you don’t set the timer ON it will keep going on and on… until you turn it OFF manually.
There is the ON and OFF button along with the speeds settings. Buttons for the music or nature sounds and volume up and down and turning the music OFF. The vibrating setting is located in the front of the baby swing.
Easy to clean: The detachable fabric is washable and easy to slide back on and snap it back in place.
Here is the approximate footprint of the swing
- 37″ tall with the seat in upright position, without the toy bar
- 29″ wide, and you need 36″ front to back for the seat to have room to swing
This swing can run on 4 D batteries, or you can plug it into the wall. The vibration runs on 1 D battery ONLY.
It doesn’t fold, and the seat is not removable. But this wasn’t a problem for most parents. Easy to move around the house between rooms.
It swings in one direction, front to back. If you need a swing that has an option to swing front to back and side to side see our review below of Graco DuetConnect Swing and Rocker.
Age and weight recommendations: From newborn up to 30 lbs. More or less 8-9 months, depending on how fast your baby will mature. Some parents even use it as a co-sleeper or bassinet. Just be sure to buckle your LO with the safety harness. In a way, you have 2 products in one with great options.
Overall a great product. Very soothing for the baby. It takes less space than a conventional swing. Glides very smoothly and is easy to use. If you need a swing with a small footprint and perfect swing motion this is an excellent choice. Available in many colors.
Here is another model of this baby swing and glider that comes with extra features
Graco Elite Gliding Swing
Baby swing that’s safe, sturdy and has all the great features as the one one above. In addition, the seat is removable and acts as a bouncer and it has a canopy as well.
Age, weight recommendations: From newborn up to 30 lbs. More or less 8-9 months, depending on how fast your baby will grow.
The moment you put it together, it takes about 30 min. Your life will become a lot easier. The detachable bouncer is light and has a carrying handle allowing you to take your baby anywhere around your house. The canopy is perfect to shield your LO from bright light, and if not needed, just fold it back. It does cost more, but if it’s within your budget, worth every penny. Available in 2 colors.
Best Multi-Use Baby Swing. 1 Product 2 Uses
Having a swing with multi-use is like having an extra pair of hands. It comes very handily, especially when a baby is fussy. With the ability to swing front to back or side to side you can turn the fussiness into a BIG smile 🙂 And with the removable infant swing seat, you can take your LO with you anywhere around the house.
The swing: The swing has the ability to swing front to back or side to side. Switching from swinging side to side to front to back is easy and will keep your child entertained in case they get bored with one motion.It has 6 speeds and the vibrating rocker seat has 2 vibration settings that will help you to keep the baby soothed. One of the few swings out there that offers so many choices. The seat has adjustable 2 position seat recline, 1 for young infants, and 2nd more upright for older babies.
It has 6 speeds and the vibrating rocker seat has 2 vibration settings that will help you to keep your baby soothed. One of the few swings out there that offers so many choices. The seat has adjustable 2 position seat recline, 1 for young infants, and the 2nd, more upright for older babies.
The rocker seat is removable and slides on and off very easily. It’s light enough to carry it around with one hand. This is very handy, especially when you want to be in another part of the house but don’t want to wake your baby, just pick up the rocker portion and take your baby it with you.
Comfortable: Nicely padded with quality fabric. Some of the paddings can be removed, so your baby will be able to fit in it as it continues to grow. Moreover, it will be comfortable in it even if you keep your baby in it for long stretches of time. Be it asleep and awake.
Also, the swing has a built-in speaker. There are 10 songs, 5 nature sounds and cute stationary mobile toys to grab your LO’s attention and keep them entertained.
Ease of Use: This swing is made for convenience. It operates on both, AC adapter or batteries. Just keep in mind that the vibrate is battery powered only.
The swing motion and music works on either, batteries or AC adapter. The controls are easy to read and operate.
It does make some ‘clicking’ noise. But it’s not like it will disturb you or your baby. It’s not something that you have to worry about. The clicking is perfectly normal. All motor power swings do make a ‘click’ sound.
Safe: You can use it from birth up to when your child is about 30 pounds. Which is around 5-6 months. Some parents continue to use the seat (not the swing) until 9 months or so. There is a five-point harness that will keep your child safe. The straps are well made. It has a stable base that’s secure and sturdy.
Having a swing with multi-use is like having an extra pair of hands. This one comes very handily, especially when the baby is fussy. With the ability to swing front to back or side to side you’ll be able to turn the fussiness into a smile 🙂 With the removable infant swing seat, you can take your LO with you anywhere around the house.
Safe: You can use it from birth up to 30 pounds. Which is around 5-6 months. Some parents continue to use the seat (not the swing) until 9 months or so. There is a five-point harness to keep your child safe. The straps are well made. It has a stable base which is secure and sturdy.
Great Baby Swing That Converts To a Bouncer Chair
Graco DuetConnect LX Swing and Bouncer is very similar to Graco DuetConnect and Rocker. The main difference between them is that this one swing swings side to side only and swing seat doubles as a bouncer.
All other features are the same:
- 6 swinging speeds, from soft to more vigorous.
- 10 classical melodies and 5 nature sounds
Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven
Hungarian Rhapsody #2 by Franz Lizt
Pachelbel’s Canon by Johann Pachelbel
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms
Claire by Claude-Achille Debussy
K466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fairy by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
Donna by Guiseppe Verdi
Happy Farmer by Robert Schumann
Danube by Johann Strauss II
- 2 vibration settings, you can use the vibrate while swinging or off the swing
- 5-point harness, plush head supports, and toy mobile, the toy mobile doesn’t rotate
- The swing has an option to plug in or use batteries, the vibrate runs on battery only. The swing takes 4 D batters and vibration on 1 D. The AC adapter is included, batteries are not
- It does not fold
Parents love this combo swing and bouncer because of the flexibility it offers. They often use swing part for naps or just to have fun. And the removable bouncer is perfect when you need to do stuff around your house but want your baby near you.
Excellent if you need to move your baby to another room without waking them up. Just unclick it and take it with you. It’s sturdy and very secure. Overall great 2 in 1 product. Available in different color patterns.