Baby swings create soft rocking motions to help babies relax or fall asleep. They are made up of a freestanding frame and a padded seat, which is suspended so that it swings back and forth within the frame. A movable tray is placed across the front to secure the baby in the seat. The movement is regulated by an electronic or mechanical device built into the frame, and can sometimes be set to move back and forth or side to side. Most models also include mobiles, toys, soothing music, and other forms of entertainment to keep the baby occupied and relaxed.
Types of Baby Swings
Kinds of Baby Swings include the following:
Battery-operated baby swings
These baby swings rock the seat using small motors that run on built-in batteries.
Some models connect to AC adapters for an alternate power source.
They usually have more swing speed settings and entertainment features such as music and electronic toys.
Wind-up baby swings
These baby swings use mechanical springs to push the swing at a constant force within the frame.
They have to be occasionally rewound to keep the springs tight and maintain proper movement.
They usually swing back and forth and have less features than battery-operated swings.
Choosing Baby Swings (Buying tips)
Stability: Choose a baby swing with a wide, sturdy base. Make sure it will not wobble or slide when the seat swings. Look for one with rubber pads on the bottom to provide traction on slippery floors.
Seat size: Choose a baby swing with a large padded seat. There should be enough room for your baby to stir and move around while in the swing. Make sure it provides adequate support from the bottom to prevent falls. Manufacturers usually specify recommended ages and weights for each model, so make sure your baby fits into these specifications before buying. JPMA approval: Make sure your baby swing meets the safety standards set by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This is usually indicated by an approval seal on the package.
Recline: Choose a baby swing that you can set to recline after your baby falls asleep. Look for one with at least two recline settings to help you find a comfortable sleeping position.