There is nothing in this world quite like the feeling of a newborn baby snuggled up against your chest...and there's also nothing in this world quite like the feeling of a long, hot shower, either. (Sans newborn baby, of course 😉)
Enter the baby swing: the modern mama's sleek, portable solution to arms that need a break from holding and legs that need a break from swaying.
Baby swings are a mama's best friend, especially during those long, hard fourth trimester days when it seems like your baby may need to be rocked to sleep until he goes off to college and you can't seem to find 10 minutes in your day to shower and brush your teeth. But with so many options, it's tough to figure out which is the best baby swing is right for you.
You deserve a break, mama—so we've done the work for you. From simple to sophisticated, here are 6 picks for the best baby swings out there.
If you're looking for a basic, compact swing that's small in size but big in features, the Simple Sway is for you. The small frame means it can fit in just about any space and is easily portable from room to room. And, despite the size, it's still got a ton of features—six swing speeds, two vibration settings, 10 songs + five nature sounds, a built-in mobile, and a 5-point harness. It runs on batteries but also plugs into a wall outlet, which we love.
The future of the baby swing is here, and it's the mamaRoo. There are so many cool things about this swing, it's hard to choose just a few. Our favorite is the way it moves: just like you. Instead of the traditional rocking motion, the mamaRoo mimics the movements of actual parents.
It has five unique settings, including motions like "car ride," "wave," and "tree swing." (It also features five different speeds and four soothing sounds.) The seat reclines, so you can find just the right angle for your fussy little one. It's even Bluetooth enabled; you can control the motion and the sound from your phone. Technology FTW, mamas!
This swing's frame takes up 40% less space than many other popular swings—but it is in
no way short on features! The Glider combines the compact design of a smaller swing with the extensive features of some of the larger ones, earning it a top spot on our favorites list. It features six gliding speeds, two vibration settings, three recline positions, and an adjustable toy bar, among many other innovative features. This is function + design at its best!
We love a good multi-tasker when we see one! This seat easily converts from a bouncy seat with soothing vibrations to a swing with five speeds, eight songs, and three nature sounds, making it the perfect pick for a mama who loves to have options. It also takes the prize for storage + transport—it folds completely flat, making it super easy to store under a bed or take to grandma's house. And did we mention how quiet it is? It's swings silently, so you'll never have to hear an annoying motor noise.
If you're looking for the ultimate in baby swings, then look no further. We can't name a feature that this swing doesn't have! Two swinging motions (side-to-side or head-to-toe); two rocking motions; two-position recline; 16 songs + sounds; an overhead mobile with lights; cozy fabric; a folding frame; Bluetooth connectivity...the list goes on. (And on, and on, and on.) It's baby swing innovation at its finest, mamas.
If options are what you're after, then the DuetSoothe is the best baby swing for you. Featuring an extra-roomy seat and three seating options, you can position your little one so she sways side-to-side or swings front-to-back. (It may sound like a small thing, but you'd be surprised how particular some babies can be—and we're all for anything that can calm a fussy little one!) The swing has a custom recline feature, a built-in handle for easy transport, and six swinging settings + vibrations, songs, and nature sounds. And like some of our other picks, this swing also operates either on batteries or via a power cord.
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