For many moms, baby swings are a lifesaver. The smooth, rhythmic motion is reminiscent of months in the womb and lulls many a babe to sweet slumber — allowing mom to catch some precious z’s or take some time for herself. The upright position is also handy for babies with a stuffy nose or breathing concerns. If you’re in the market for a baby swing, how do you choose from so many? Let’s break it down by looking at what factors are most important to you.
But first, a word of caution: some babies don’t like the motion of a swing, so try it out before you spend a lot of time searching for one.
• Size and Portability
How much space does your home have for a swing? Will you move it from room to room? Do you plan to take the swing when you travel to Grandma’s house? Portable swings, also called travel swings, are much smaller, easier to move, and easier to fit in a car than standard swings. However, the seat is much closer to the ground, which may be awkward for everyday use. Standard, or full-sized, baby swings generally support babies from birth to 25 or 30 pounds.
• Type of Motion
Most swings offer a front-to-back motion, while others rock baby side-to-side. Fancier swings even offer both. Some babies prefer one type of motion over the other, so it’s best to try out both options ahead of time so you know what to… Read the rest