Baby Swing Features

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 25, 2022

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 loose 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.
  • Be sure you check the weight requirements or limits when you're deciding on purchasing the swing.
  • If the swing you are considering is used, be sure it hasn't been recalled.

Show Sources

MacLean, Heather. The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide, Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008.

Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect the First Year, Workman Publishing, 2008.

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