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    Baby Swing Features

    WebMD Medical Reference

    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 September 02, 2014

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