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Baby Swing Features

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD

A swing can magically calm even the fussiest baby. As it gently lulls your baby to sleep, you can finally get a few things done! But just like any other piece of baby gear, keeping your baby safe is of the utmost importance.

Here are your choices when it comes to swings:

  • A standard swing is made up of a padded seat that hangs from a frame. Some fancier models come equipped with music, toys, or lights.
  • Cradle swings are more expensive, but some babies prefer the side-to-side rocking motion over front-to-back swinging.
  • Travel swings are more compact and fold up easily, so you can keep your baby calm on vacations or excursions to the grandparents' house.
  • When shopping for a swing, make sure it's sturdy and well made. Look out for lose hinges or sharp edges that could trap or cut the baby's tiny fingers.
  • The seat should recline all the way to accommodate your newborn's still-wobbly neck.
  • Try out the swing in the store. Make sure the motor is quiet so both your baby -- and you -- can get some much-needed rest.
  • Also look for a swing with more than one speed. Some babies like to rock and roll. Other babies prefer slow, gentle movements.

Reviewed on May 24, 2012

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