What features to look for in a baby swing
Having a baby? Congrats! You just started down the road to an experience that is equal parts smiling heaven and sleepless hell. Sorry, not sorry; we are not going to sugarcoat it. Being a parent is rough business from day one.
A baby swing is one of those irreplaceable items that will make parenting so much easier, and there are plenty of websites available to recommend you the best ones, like the collection at this link:
We want you to understand what you might be buying, though. And so today we put together this handy guide on features to look for in the best baby swing. Take a look!
Look at the seat
The seat of your chosen baby swing is more than a tool to support your little darling’s back. They will likely be spending a whole lot of time in there, so consider it from the angle of day to day practicality too.
First off, consider whether the seat will be easy to clean. The one sitting in it will be a baby, after all. From various foods in random conditions of semi-digestion, to any weird baby bodily fluids, you will definitely find all sorts of stuff on the swing over time.
Make sure that the seat cover, or the whole seat, is easy to remove and reinstall, and that the cover is made from a material that is easy to clean. Check out this helpful article for some tips on natural stain removal.
Next check to see if the seat is padded right. If your baby is uncomfortable in their new swing, you can bet all the coffee in the world that you will end up even more sleep deprived when they voice their disapproval. Feel the padding to make sure it is neither too thin nor too thick.
In the end, confirm whether there are different reclining positions available. Of course, a newborn will appreciate a fully reclining seat as it will be the most comfortable for them, but when your baby gets a little older, both of you will definitely appreciate some measure of variety.
Inspect the frame
The three most important things when it comes to the frame of your new baby swing are the material it is made of, the condition of its legs and base, and whether or not it will fold.
As far as material goes, just stay as far away as you possibly can from plastic. It might be affordable and comparably lightweight, but there will be no sturdiness to speak of and your precious baby will be tumbling down hard in no time flat. Think in the long term and only consider a swing that has a proper metal frame.
A wide base for the swing equals a good sturdy construction. On the bad side, it also means a bigger thing to navigate around when you have to clean baby vomit off the floor or chase down the scattered toys and trinkets.
Foldable frames are your best friend if you live in an apartment or otherwise have little space at your disposal. It will let you neatly pack up the baby swing and shove it into a corner out of the way when you are not using it. These are also extremely handy if you have to travel, and you know that your arms will be needing a break from cradling and swinging that demanding little angel of yours.
Check out the power source
Typically, there would be three varieties to choose from: plug-in, wind-up, and powered by a battery.
Plug-in swings are the most expensive pieces on the market. They are regarded as the most comfortable, and there is definitely something to be said about not having to rewind all the time or to fumble with screwdrivers and battery hatches – especially when you have a screaming baby to deal with.
Wind-ups are the cheapest available option you can get. As a counterbalance to saving you money, though, they will spend your nerves pretty quickly. On average, you would need to rewind the thing every ten to fifteen minutes, so these will basically keep you just as busy as swinging your baby in your own arms.
Battery powered baby swings are typically a nice, affordable middle ground, especially when comparing costs with the plug-in variant. However, they have a serious downside of being less effective for babies who are tough sleepers. In that case, you will need to buy new batteries every week or so, which is a costly requirement in its own right.
Consider how easy it is to use
So far we were all about baby comfort and general life practicality, but you have to consider your own parental convenience as well. What with all the struggles ahead, you should really seize a chance to make your life easier with the little things.
Consider the assembly requirements. Baby swings are unassembled when you buy them (so unfair, we know), so you will have to that on your own. Pick a model you can handle without wanting to hammer it to smithereens.
Consider the growth and positioning of your baby. As your child gets older, it will become increasingly difficult and clunky to place them into the swing and pry them back out of it. Therefore, be smart and invest in the future by opting for a swing that has a foldable frame, or an open top, or both.
Finally, if you decided to buy a swing powered by batteries, take into account the ease of removing and replacing them. You do not want to wait to be stuck with a screaming baby on your hands only to discover that you have no idea how to get thing working again. Make sure the battery compartment is easily accessible and that you can open and close it fairly quickly.
Hopefully these tips will help you choose a swing that is both safe and smart. What is your favorite?