6. Best Overall: Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n’ Swing
The Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle ‘n’ Swing is one of the most popular baby swing options on the market because of its affordability, flexibility, and deep plush seat. It’s especially comfy-cozy compared to many of the other swings on the market, making it perfect for naps.
This swing also features a mirror and mobile, six different speed settings, two seating positions (one flat, one inclined), and 16 songs and nature sounds, including white noise for babies who can’t settle down for a nap without it.1 The Snugapuppy rocks side-to-side or back-to-front, depending on your baby’s preferences, and its SmartSwing Technology senses the baby’s weight and starts rocking without a single push.
The Snugapuppy is machine washable and can be battery-operated or plugged in. Its major drawback is its size: It’s hefty, with a wide base, and takes up quit
Want versatility in your baby swing? The Ingenuity ConvertMe Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat effortlessly transitions from swing to vibrating bouncer with minimal frustration. The Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat is also convenient for storage and travel, as it folds up flat with a single motion.
The convert Ridgedale is particularly customizable, with a wide variety of options available to fit your preferences. The Swing-2-Seat offers five swinging speeds, eight songs, and three nature sounds for you to choose from. To keep your baby entertained, there’s a hanging detachable toy and three extra loops if you’d like to hang up your little one’s favorites.
While the Ridgedale is battery-powered only, parents rave about the swing’s special technology that allows it to last three times longer than the average battery. Many users, tired of clicky motors and whirring noises, are also grateful for the Ridgedale’s WhisperQuiet system that keeps it virtually silent.
If you’re short on space and don’t want your baby swing to crowd your compact home or apartment, Graco’s might be your best bet. The Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing, Abbington, easily fits through doorways and has a narrow frame, so it can nestle snugly in any available corner. It’s user-friendly and easily assembled, and can be either plugged in or battery-powered.
The Graco Abbington’s plush seat has head support and safety harness to keep you peaceful, while 15 different songs and nature sounds will do the same for your little one2 (without getting overly repetitive!). Some parents wish it had more options for speeds, vibration, and motions, as it swings only from side to side and includes only one vibrational setting.
If you want all the bells and whistles and a few different movement options the MammaRoo is for you. The newly updated version has five movement modes which include car ride, kangaroo, wave, tree swing, and rock a bye that will help soothe your little one. Besides a range of motions, this is also Bluetooth enabled so you can control it from your phone if you can’t otherwise get up to move it. The whole seat reclines so you can find that perfect angle your baby favors, plus it also has built-in sounds and the option to connect your phone to play your favorite lullabies.
While many reviewers swear by this product a few note it wasn’t worth the extra cost. Sadly, with baby swings, you won’t know what works until you try it on your child, so if possible it might be best to let your baby try a friend’s or go to a store before making a substantial purchase.
Babies with colic are notoriously difficult to soothe.3 The Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker, Winslet, allows for multiple seating positions, one of which allows colicky babies to rest in an upright position that many little ones find calming. Babies can swing head-to-toe or side-to-side, and the seat is removable, transitioning it from swing to rocker without having to risk waking a resting infant.
This swing is both customizable and powerful, with a strong rocking motion, ten soothing melodies, and two different vibrational speed settings. The Winslet has a handle, so it’s easy to carry from room to room and can be powered by battery or by a wall outlet. Users say that, while it’s worth the effort, assembling the Graco Winslet isn’t as easy as it looks.
Designed by a desperate father of a baby with colic, KidCo’s Swingpod, a portable swaddle and baby swing best for 0-6 months, is best in terms of portability and versatility. The Swingpod works as a baby swing as well as a swaddle and a portable changing pad. It’s easily packed into a diaper bag and can be used at Grandma’s house or even a restaurant.
Reviewers say the Swingpod soothed their baby like nothing else would, as it combines the coziness of a swaddle with the soothing rocking motion of a swing. The Swingpod requires minimal assembly—no fumbling around with parts—and is machine washable. The most common complaint is that it’s only designed for short-term usage and, since it’s manual rather than automatic, it can give parents a workout!
What to Look for in a Baby Swing
Features: If you haven’t checked out baby swings in a while, you’ll likely be blown away by the array of bells and whistles from which you can choose. They range from basic models to those that feature multiples speeds, music, and varying levels of vibration. Some are even Bluetooth enabled. You’ll want to consider your needs and budget to select the best swing for your baby.
Size: Swings come in a variety of sizes, including full-size models and those that sit on the floor. Consider the size of your home as well as how you’ll be using the swing. If you’re going to be moving it about from room to room or packing it up frequently to take on the go, you may want to choose a smaller, portable version.
Noise: If you’re sensitive to sound, pay careful attention to the sound the swing makes as it moves back and forth. Some make a steady ticking, clicking, or whirring, which can be annoying. Fortunately, there are models that are nearly silent. Also, check out the music and other sounds the swing plays to make sure you and your baby will find them pleasurable.