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 baby.
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 me 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 the best baby swing can be a time-consuming task. To help you out we’ve come up with a list of best swings from basic to portable and stationary. We hope that you’ll find one that your baby will enjoy. And like many other moms and dads will call it a lifesaver too.
High-Tech 4moms mamaRoo4 Baby Swing
4moms mamaRoo4 Baby Swing is one of the most advanced swings on the market and there is a reason for that. It was designed to specifically stimulate the natural side to side swing motion a mother would do to calm a baby. Aside from that, it’s loaded with great features that a baby and mom would appreciate.
To begin with, it has not one but five different swing motions to help your LO being smoothed while you’re busy doing something else like cleaning the house, preparing dinner or just want to have a hands free moment knowing that your baby is safe and well taken off. If your child is bord with one motion you can easily switch to another. There are 5 different choices to choose from. Car Ride, Kangaroo, Tree Swing, Rock-A-Bye and Wave. You can set the swing intensity from 1 to 5 for each swing motion.
If that isn’t enough, you can add music too. You have a choice between Rain, Fan, Ocean and Heart (heartbeat sound). Moreover, it’s MP3 or smartphone compatible so you can choose your own music to soothe the baby. You can easily switch the swing motion and music using the control panel or use the free mamaRoo app. The control panel’s buttons are large and easy to operate. Switching between the swing motions or music can easily be done by pushing it with your toes. The app is great and nice to have. However, since I always keep my baby in my sight, I rarely use the app as it’s easier for me to simply walk to my baby and switch the swing motion or music with my toe. It’s going to come down to your preferences.
The (music) sound quality isn’t exactly a bose system. At this price point, I’d expect better. But it’s way better than lame lullaby on most baby gears I’ve dealt with. At least it won’t drive you nuts and you can pick something that both of you can enjoy.
The seat is fully adjustable. From recline or flat. So you can play with the seat recline along with the swing motions to make your baby happy. And if you happened to have a baby with reflux that gives you even more options to make sure that your baby can enjoy their meal without any side effects. A lifesaver if you ask me! Been there, had to deal with it. So I know how it feels trying to desperately calm a baby with reflux.
In the event of those unexpected spit-ups and what not that little baby is capable of, washing it could not be easier. And trust me, no matter how prepared you might be those blow-ups will happen and you want to be able to deal with it as quickly and efficiently as possible. And in this department, this swing won’t let you down. Simply unzip the cover throw it in the washer and you’re done. Putting it back is as simple as taking it off.
The motor is surprisingly quiet, it does make some noise but more like a white noise to help your baby fall asleep. So you don’t have to worry about those sounds waking up the baby. Moreover, it plugs into the wall so you don’t have to worry about running out of batteries. The cord is on the short side, so depending on how far you place it from the nearest wall plug you might need an extension. Kind of let down, but still better than relacing batteries every week or so.
No matter if you live in an apartment, small or big house, you’ll love the small footprint. It’s about 19 inches wide and 23 inches long. More importantly, no matter which swings motion you choose, it always stays within the base parameters. It nicely fits in a small corner and out of the way so your place isn’t cluttered with baby gears. It takes up much less space than a traditional swing.
One of the easiest to set up. The parts are big and click easily into place. No need for any tools.
One important thing that you have to keep in mind. It has no forward/backswing motion. Not every baby enjoys side to side swing motion, some prefer forward/backswing motion. So before you buy one you need to test which swing motion your baby responds or likes the best. Simply when your baby is fussy try to swing it in your arms side to side or back and forth and see what they like the best. You could do the same using a car seat. If your baby likes the side to side swings go for it. It’s on the expensive side but in the long run, it’ll save you a lot of time and give you a much-needed break so you can do other thing things around the house or just some time for yourself. Besides that, it is well made and one of the best-looking swings on the market. It blends in perfectly with modern home decor.
Price Range: Around $210.99
Small But Impressive And Very Versatile
Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing is small but impressive. It has all the essentials you need: swinging (swings at a nice pace (6 settings) unlike some swings out there that barely move), vibrations, safety harness, music, and a toy bar. The toy bar is pretty basic and has two dangling birds at arms reach but you can easily add more colorful toys on the bar. It swings only from front to back; it doesn’t swing side to side.
Extremely sturdy, well made, and supports baby’s back and head perfectly. The fabric is super soft with thick padding and very comfortable. 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.
Space saver and easy to move around: Compact space-saving design. It folds for easy transport or storage. It doesn’t take up too much space and easy to get it out of the way. Won’t clutter your house either. The top bar is very strong and you’ll able to carry your baby in one hand and lift swing with the other to move to different areas in your house. Perfect for a small house or an apartment. The legs have good traction and don’t skid.
Swing motion: The swing function has 6 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 asleep 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. You can rotate the music every 10-15 minutes. 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 🙂
Battery: You will need 4 C batteries for the swing, music, and vibration. Batteries typically last from a few days to 2-3 weeks depending on the type of battery and use and how often you use it. Best is to have 8 rechargeable batteries. This way you’ll have in use and 4 charging ready to use them. To replace the battery you need a small Philip screwdriver. There are a few complaints about that but keep in mind that the box holding the batteries designed with baby’s safety in mind. You wouldn’t want a baby to accidentally open the box and play with the batteries. Its only power source is batteries; it does not have an AC adaptor to plug it into a wall. It doesn’t have a timer so you have to remember to turn it OFF if you don’t want to use it. There is a small green light indicating when the swing is on.
Easy to clean: The cover comes off easily 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.
Overall 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. You’ll be surprised how practical a smaller swing can be. Available in 3 different styles.
Price Range: $68.99 – 79.99
Excellent, Affordable And Folds Flat
Swing your baby in this cozy, fun, compact swing. Ideal for small rooms too. This is a great alternative to traditional 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 headrest. The adjustable restraining straps will keep your baby secure at all times. It’s perfectly safe for the 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 forth. 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.
Compact 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 swing for a baby, 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 🙂
Most likely you’ll be using it until your child is 6-7 months old. It sounds like 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.
Price Range $69.99
Super Comfortable And Portable Baby Swing
Ingenuity compact swing is another great low-cost choice. It’s very comfortable, has super cozy fabric and comes with removable padded head support. Sturdy construction, non-slip feet, and five-point harness provide the safety features parents demand. The harness is tacked away so it doesn’t pinch the baby.
The toy bar is removable. Believe or not, this is an important feature parents are looking for. It makes it so much easier to put in or take out a baby out of a swing, especially when the baby is sleeping, the last thing you’d want to do is to wake them up.
It has 8 melodies and 3 nature sounds plus volume control. The music isn’t that bad, actually some parents like it.
The swing has 5 different speeds. It comes with a built-in auto shut-off timer. You can set it to 30, 45 or 60 minutes. If you don’t set the timer, it will automatically turn off after 90 min. This is for the safety of the baby as a baby as they are not meant for “prolonged” sleep. The swing motor is virtually a noiseless experience so you don’t have to worry that it’ll wake your baby up.
The swing is battery operated only. It requires four D size batteries (not included). With the Hyber-drive technology built-in which extends the life of the batteries, they should last for about 2-3 months. So you don’t have to worry about changing batteries every week or so.
Folds up flat to take it anywhere. Easy to move around the house or travel with. Folding is very easy, all you need to do is squeeze a bar that’s at the bottom, below the seat and the swing will fold. However, it doesn’t come with a carrying bag.
It doesn’t lock into a stationary position but when the baby is in it the swing sits still. Also, it doesn’t have a vibrations mode. The minimum weight is 6 lbs and a maximum of 20 lbs.
This swing swings front to back only.
Easy to clean. The seat pad is machine washable on the gentle cycle.
Please keep in mind that this swing will operate correctly with the baby in it and you NEED to give it a slight push after turning it on and then set the swing speed. If it starts to act erratically it’s probably a sign that the battery needs to be changed. If you follow the instructions, you should not have any issues with it.
All in all, a great inexpensive swing, although it doesn’t lock into a stationary position and it doesn’t have a vibrations mode that doesn’t take away anything from it. Because whether you need those features or not depends entirely on you. What’s important is ease of use, comfort, and safety for your baby and this swing delivers on that.
Price Range: $79.99 – $69.99
Most Popular My Little Snugapuppy
My Little Snugapuppy 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 timer 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 a 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’s quiet enough to have it next to your bed and have a good night’s 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 a 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 grow 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 about buying batteries.
The bed of the swing is so soft and comfy even for the most sensitive LO.
It plays different music for 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. Available in different colors and design patterns.
Price Range: $133.99 – $159.99
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 back to front, 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 an older child. See the short video below; it isn’t the best quality but good enough to give you an idea of 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.
It comes with a cute little toy bar that 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 are easy to access 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 panel.
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 the 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.
Price Range: $139.99 – $97.00
Best Multi-Use 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: it 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 offer 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 offer 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 that is secure and sturdy.
Price Range $169.99
Portable Swing For a Baby That Converts To a Bouncing Chair
Graco DuetConnect LX swing is very similar to Graco DuetConnect and Rocker. The main difference between them is that this one 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.
Price Range: 149.99 – $122.30